Baskets full of washi tape – Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hello there! I have a confession to make. I own so many rolls of washi tape that I will probably never be able to usem them all, even if I try really hard. But, since I have made this promise to myself for not hoarding my scrapbooking supplies anymore, I started to think how I could use them. Obviously one can use them for making pretty present packaging, pimping up candles and even redecorating one´s keyboard (saw that on Pinterest recently), however that is not going to solve my problem, as I am obviously not going to be able to decorate my keyboard with multiple layers of washi *smiling*.

When I saw the bright and happy October mood palette, I immediately saw a possibility to reduce the washi stash a little bit. Here are two cards I created mainly based on washi tape and then just added a few little details here and there.

I first took a piece of leftover scrap paper (white side) and covered it with random strips of washi tape.

Next I took a circle punch and punched various sized circles out of the with washi covered paper.

And this is what the card looks like. Fast, simple and easy to do. You could also add such elements onto layouts, ATC´s and art journal pages or even wall art pieces. And the bigger the piece, the more washi you can use up -> good for your stash :).

The second card was even faster and easier one to do than the first one. I just adhered washi strips onto the card base, added a doilie and a mistable flower, then stamped a sentiment and grabbed a few enamel dots for additional decoration. Now I have kept to the bright colour palette colours on these cards, but you could naturally choose any color combination you want to/have in your stash. And these two cards are naturally not going to solve my washi problem either, but it is a start and if I made like a set of 10 of each, I´d notice a difference 🙂 !!! Now´s your turn! Have fun!!

Happy crafting, Sanna

ps. don´t forget to check back to Off The Rails for more inspirational posts and challenges :)!

Remember to look up

Hi there! I found some time to play along at Challenge YOURself blog this month (it has been a while since I last joined in ;-)..). The challenge is about scrapping an affirmation. You can read more about that here at their blog.

I often look for inspirational quotes to keep me motivated, to built me up and to keep me focused. I have been making some big changes in my life since summer and it has all been for the good, but not always that easy so this months challenge theme fits my recent “state of mind” like a glove :). Here is my take on the challenge #11:

I did use quite a few motivational phrases on this page, but they all spoke to me, so I just had to add them. I also emphasized the word/quote theme by adding random alphas and number to the background. I really, really like how this page turned out. And can you see that there are no ink splatters, no stenciling,  and absolutely no stamping in there?!!! And it still felt totally comfortable to create this one :). I know, first that pinkish, flowery page, and now this?? What an earth is the matter with me??? 🙂

Thanks for a fun challenge, Challenge YOUrself!! Enjoyed it alot!!!
xoxo, Sanna

Get inspired by a moodboard – Paperilla-lehti

Hi there lovelies! Today it is again my turn to share with you a project at the Paperilla magazine´s blog. This time it is all about getting inspired by a moodboard. This particular one was put up by myself, the photos are all from Pinterest (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

this is how my “DIY” moodboard inspired layout turned out:

I got inspired mainly by the colours. In addition I lined the bright papers that are tucked behind the photo somewhat in the middle of the layout ( the line up is inspired by the pile of pillows and the ball of wool photo). See the photo on the lower left corner of the moodboard. I took some stars into my layout from there, but then I also divided/cut my background papers to match the 2/3-1/3 division of the photo background. Colours are obviously inspired by all the photos. Then I drew some signs onto the background. They build the journaling of the page and are also inspired by the lower right corner photos. I drew all the text and images myself. The biggest sign is also inspired by the right upper corner signs (see the numbers there :)..). So a moodboard can be interpreted in such many ways. Some of them very obvious and some of them can be just tiny parts from here and there that lead to an idea.

Even thought I am not a fan of my own handwriting, I chose to do all the journaling and drawing myself. Since this is a page about me, I found that I should stay true to myself and use my own handwriting. Would be interesting to see how you would interpret this moodboard! Next time, when you are looking for inspiration, why not gather some images together and build your very own moodboard and get inspired by it!! And if you are not familiar with photo editing programs, just cut and gather some nice images together and glue them down on a piece of paper or hang them on a wall in front of you. AND have fun!!!!

Happy scrapping,
xoxo, Sanna

My storage solutions – Scrap365

Hello there! Sanna here today to share some storage ideas I´ve incorporated into my scraproom. Before we moved to a house, I used to have my stash and tools in cardboard boxes piled in various corners of our livingroom. It was very frustrating because while scrapping, I very often did not find what I was looking for. I knew I had that particular embellishment/piece of paper, but just could not find it, and then eventually just left it out of my layout/card.

When we started building our house, one of the things I gave lots and lots of thought, was to create an area I could leave my crafting tools out in the open. So I planned very carefully. I have a space upstairs under a sloped roof, so I didn´t have the wall hight for big cabinets. I therefore chose lots of small units (mainly IKEA, because they are cheap and practical).

Most of the furniture is either IKEA or were given to us by our friends and family (tables). I did not spend that much money on the furniture and even reused some old furniture too. The most important thing for me was to have enought table space and area to spread my things and not having to gather it all together every evening.

This is the view of the room as it is now:

Now more about my storage solutions:

I stored the things I use all the time in little shelves and boxes on the wall and on the table. That way I can just grab them when I need them. Then I have two “Alex” drawers (IKEA) under the table and I used to store my inks in there in the beginning. That did not work for me, since I have quite a few inks and use them pretty often. When you pile them over each other into a drawer, you are bound to take them all out to find the right colour and then pile and organize them back into the drawer again later. Very time consuming and unpractical. I now store wooden stamps, minibook covers, dies and embellishments in these drawers instead. That works for my needs much better.

So I then bought a bathroom shelf (IKEA again) and have my inks stored in there now. Now I can just grab the colour I need and use it and place it into the shelf again. Fast & easy, just the way I like it!

I have quite a few very random and various little boxes on my table where I store tags, chipboard, paint brushes and all kinds of little tools and goodies. They are easy to reach and go thru. I find that in my it is the best to keep all these little bits out in the open and within reach. That way they get used. If I store them in boxes and hide them behind cabinet doors, I will not think of them and use them that often. And since I´ve set a goal to use the stash instead of hoarding it, a different solution would be very contraproductive for me.

In the beginning I also used to have  all my media stored on the wall (IKEA – metal kitchen wall baskets), but they were very soon so full that I had to find a new place for all the media. I then bought a Råskog serving wagon (IKEA kitchen dept.) and find it really practical. I have the heavy media stored on the bottom of the wagon, next are paints and glitter glue´s and on top are all the mists. I like the fact that I can pull the wagon next to my working area when I need it and then push it back on it´s place when I´m finished.

I store my flowers in 3 IKEA glas jars and that is more than plenty for my purposes.

 I used to store brads in glas jars too, but that was not at all practical. I now have them in these little plastic boxes, sorted by colour. Much easier to take them out this way than from a jar…

For some reason I have managed to collect a reasonably big amount of wood veneer embellishments (..and..ribbon..*sidenote*). After sorting them into these little boxes it has been much easier to find what I need and to use them.

I store my papers in organizers (from Cropper Hopper) and have them sorted after manufacturer. The cardstock is stored after colour but I find it easier for me to sort the patterned papers by manufacturer.

So these are the kind of solutions that work for me right now. Would be interesting to see what you have come up with. So if you would like to share some ideas, just leave a link to this post. I also have a little video from my scrap room up over at my YouTube channel. I made this one for another blog some time ago, but since I haven´t changed anything in my room, it is still up to date. Have fun watching :)!

xoxo, Sanna