Nearly every crafter that I know is constantly reorganizing their supplies and the space where they do their crafting. I think that the desire (need?) to have "one in every color and size" leads to a lot of overbuying. I know that I am guilty of pursuing the sometimes foolish quest to have all of the items in a particular collection or series.
I also come from a long line of frugal people - my parents grew up during the Great Depression and we were taught that most things can be reused or repurposed. So I tend to save things that "might come in handy..." because I can almost always think of a way to alter or upcycle items. Much to my husband's dismay, these items can sit around as a "crafty project to do someday" for a long time.
We usually buy an assortment of nuts to serve for the holidays and the large wide mouthed jars they come in are perfect storage containers. I have quite a stash of these jars in the basement, just waiting to be put to use. If you use a little Goo Gone, the store labels will come right off.
|Lori Whitlock "Maggie" collection from Jessica Sprague.com|
I recently bought this digital collection and I decided to use the label shapes and add my own words to sort out a few things on the shelves. The collection is by Lori Whitlock and is called "Maggie." You can get it at Jessica Sprague.com HERE.
I set up a print and cut file in the Silhouette software. The labels are a slightly different shape than they appear in the kit because I wanted them to fit neatly on one of the flat sides of the plastic jars. My frugal tendencies kicked in too, so I added some other digital elements to fill up as much of the sheet of Square1 printable inkjet material as possible (keeping them out of the cross-hatched areas so the machine can see and cut them.
I followed the instructions on the Square1 package and set the printer for best quality and matte photo paper. Here is my printed sheet, ready to take to the Silhouette for cutting.
I did a "kiss-cut" which cuts neatly through the fabric but leaves the backing paper intact. The backing paper can be saved for storing the images.
I used a mat and the settings were speed - 8, thickness - 16 and the blade was set at 5. I have this set up as a "user-defined" setting for Square1 Printable. I always do a test cut first (the blade will cut a small triangle in a square at the top left corner) to double check the settings on material.
The label on the ribbon jar is a little different in style. I added the offset background and filled it with some of the floral paper to coordinate with the other labels.
If you would like me to do a video showing how I bring the images into the Silhouette software, add the words and create the cut lines, just let me know.
If your shelves are tall enough, you could stack one set of the jars on top of another set - I wouldn't do more than two layers and it is a good idea to keep the most frequently used items on the top row if you do stack the jars.
The lids of these jars were black and a dark orange red. In better weather, I will probably take the lids outside and spray paint them ivory or white to coordinate more nicely with the room.
There is a special offer on right now for the Square1 Printable. You can get a pack of 8 sheets with a free instructional video and free shipping for just $14.99 (usually $19.99 plus shipping and no video). If you have been curious about trying this material, now would be a great time to try it. Click HERE to go to the site and scroll down to find this offer at the lower left of the page.
If you are curious to see what I did with the extra bits and pieces I fit onto the printable sheet, be sure to check back tomorrow.
In the jar labelled "Beads" I stashed some of the charms that I buy at a local antique shop. I have used these from time to time on cards and I realized that I have plenty to share...so...
Each of the Blog anniversary boxes will have a set of charms added to it.
The boxes are filling up - I think I should wrap up that ribbon neatly again so I can see how much room I have left to add things. We started on the 10th and the plan this year is to add something every day for two weeks to make up for missing the week-long celebration last year. It may last a little longer - I am having a lot of fun reading all of your answers each day. I hope you are also reading what other people say - particularly today.
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
What organization tips can you share - just a few of your favorites. Do you save a lot of "gunna" items (things that you are "gunna" do someday?). What is the most unusual thing you have ever "upcycled" - or do you prefer new things?
It looks like our weather will be a bit warmer this weekend - time to melt some snow! I just worry about it all melting and freezing into giant ice slicks. No Olympic style skating skills in this house!
Have a great weekend!
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