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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
4 Erasers Every Crafter Should Know

You planned a great project and outlined it with a pencil now you want to erase the pencil and it won’t come off. I want to share the 4 Erasers Every Crafter Should Know so you’ll be able to correct, erase or redo a part of your project.     4 Erasers Every Crafter Should Know Rubber Eraser This is the eraser we see on the top of our pencil. It works by shedding itself while lifting the graphite pencil marks. It works rather well although it doesn’t always removes the marks completely and can tare the paper if used too aggressively. Gum eraser The gum eraser has a softer feeling to it and also works great on paper. It tends to crumble while you use it but this is what enables it to absorb the graphite from the paper. The only problem is that it doesn’t last as long as the rubber erasers. Kneaded eraser This type of eraser …

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Black Inks: The Ultimate Guide

Today I want to share with you the Black Inks: The Ultimate Guide. I use black ink for so many things and I found out that not all black inks are the same and that some are better for certain tasks than others. So here are my thoughts and recommendations for the different black inks out there.     Black Inks: The Ultimate Guide Stamping is a very broad term and the kind of ink you want to use depends on what you’re stamping on and what kind of project you’re creating. Stamping on Paper If you’re creating a card or a scrapbooking layout you can use any type of black ink you have. However if you are stamping on an art journal page for example and later plan to add wet mediums you want an ink which doesn’t bleed. In this case you’ll need to use a permanent ink like Ranger Archival Ink. Stamping on non-porous surface When you …

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Craft Guide: All You Need to Know About…

A few months ago I started writing the Craft Guide: All You Need to Know About… The craft guide is a blog post about something you want to know. It’s not a tutorial or a video it’s a guide that educates you about something. I got so many good comments about the guides I wrote I decided to write a post with links to all the guides I wrote until today.     Craft Guide: All You Need to Know About… 10 Things to do with a blank canvas You look at the empty canvas and your mind goes blank. Everybody goes through this so I want to share with you my 10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas. How to create altered art The basics of How to Create Altered Art. Altered art is transformation or ‘alteration’ of ordinary, everyday objects into decorative pieces using a wide variety of different techniques and materials. When do you need to replace …

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Creative Spring Cleaning: Keep What You Need and Throw What You Don’t

Spring is here so it’s a great time to be doing a Creative Spring Cleaning: Keep What You Need and Throw What You Don’t. We all have so many craft supplies that we don’t always keep track of or remember we have so I thought about doing a little cleaning. My system of cleaning is really simple and you don’t even need to do it in one day!   Creative Spring Cleaning: Keep What You Need and Throw What You Don’t The first step is to divide the supplies into themes or subjects. For example: stickers, papers, stamps etc. This doesn’t mean all the similar supplies need to be in the same place it’s just means that you work on each subject from start to finish. We will basically have three piles at the end: unwanted used supplies, unwanted new supplies and wanted supplies. Stickers First we divide again according to themes: letters, seasons, children etc. Then I check which …

Sunday, April 9th, 2017
When Do You Need to Replace Your Supplies

Did you know that art supplies have an expiration date? But When Do You Need to Replace Your Supplies. Most of the art supplies last for years but even they finally expire and need replacing. Some of the signs are obvious but some are might be more difficult to notice so here is my guide on When Do You Need to Replace Your Supplies.     When Do You Need to Replace Your Supplies Acrylic Paints Acrylic paints can develop mold or more commonly dry out. In the case of acrylic paints you get what you pay for. The danger of the paint drying out is greater if your paint is not in good quality. Try to buy the artist grade paints and not the student or kids paints. the process starts when the pigment becomes separated from the binding material and then the drying is accelerated. You need to use your paints within a short time of buying them or shake …

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online

When you buy craft supplies online do you have a method or you just buy whatever you see? Today I want to share with you My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online without spending unnecessary money or time.     My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online  Most of the supplies I use are either unavailable here or very expensive so I do most of my shopping online. That is sometimes a challenge because I can’t “feel” or touch the items myself. So I have my own formula of shopping that ensures I get what I need. This method works for store shopping too. 1. Make a list When I work I always have a piece of paper on the desk titled The List. This is a list of supplies that I NEED to buy. While I’m working some supplies are finished so I write them down on the list. I also get ideas for supplies I need and don’t have …

Friday, March 10th, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Photos Pop

If you’re scrapbooking (and you better be) you’re probably looking for ways to make your photos noticeable on the layouts you create. Today I have 5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop. The photo is usually the focal point of the layout but it’s always a good idea to make it pop even more!     5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop Use Interesting Shapes My favorite shape to use is a circle. This is not a shape you would expect a photo to be so it’s surprising and draws your eyes immediately. You can also cut your photos into an oval, heart or even diamond shapes. Another great idea is to cut the photo along the lines of the image on it. For example: a person sitting, dancing or just standing.                                     Use Contrasting Colors Put a white and black photo …

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