3 Reasons to Organize your Stamps and Tools Part 4…

I finally finished this project

I know I will be changing this up as I add new stamps

When I was finished with stamping all the images I realized a few things…

One, I want them to be catagorized

Two, I want them separated by type

and

Three, I want the word and sentiment stamps in their own section

so I will be redoing this part of my organizing

For now they are all in there at easy glance

I did find another reason to do this

The other day I was working on some 3 x 3 cards for my craft fair

when I got frustrated with a particular design my partner asked if I wanted help

She wanted to know what stamps I had and it was so easy to hand her the book and say they are all in there.

Having my punch book helped too because we could just hold a template to a stamped image and see what fit

She designed and created her very first card, boy was she proud!

Okay back to the stamps, here is a few pictures of how they turned out

The Stamps 3 The Stamps 2 The Stamps 1

Like I said earlier I will be redoing these but for now they are all in one place

They are easy to see and I don’t have to grab all my stamp boxes to decide just which one I want to use

I hope you enjoyed my organizing journey

I am sure I will find more to organize and will keep you updated as I do

Please let me know if you have any organizing tips or questions by contacting me HERE

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More Love for MDS…

Grand baby number two Raelynn

I took more time to make this one

I hand colored a couple of the stamps

That was fun, it was easy too

I could zoom in on the image so I could color precisely where I wanted just like markers to stamps

This time I used letter punches for the name instead of text

Raelynn's Page-001Four more Grand Babies to go

I will try to find new techniques to use on each one

I will report anything new I try and any glitches if I find them, so far it has been pretty flawless

I think the only trouble anyone might have is understanding layers

Think about how you would lay down a paper scrapbook page and then you can see in layers…

Background page, embellishments, stamps layers of paper and photo are all layers

With MDS you don’t have to worry about getting them placed just right

You can bring something forward or send it back behind something else

You can grab something and move it to the exact location you want

If something else is in the way just move it for awhile fix what is behind it and then put it back

Don’t like something just click on it to change it or delete it

No worrying about gluing down and ripping paper to remove it

Did I mention I love MDS

Don’t get me wrong I am still a hands on girl and love my paper and ink

But MDS is awesome too!!!

Now if I could just find a way to watercolor in MDS I would be set!

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3 More Reasons why I love MDS

I have said before I love MDS

Well here is 3 more reasons why…

1. I can customize it exactly the way I want

I can put a stamped image one, two or, three layers behind

2. I can use whatever photo I want or I can leave it without the photo to add after printing

and

3. It is quick and easy

Tyler james page-001This project took me about ten minutes to pull together

You can see how some of the stamped images are behind the frame layers

The hearts are actually Perfect Plum but I made them more opaque

I can’t wait to play with this more

Stay tuned I have five more grand-babies and numerous animals to use!!!

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I am still working on Part four of my organizing “the stamps” it will be done shortly

3 Reasons to Organize your Stamps and Tools Part 3…

This is part 3 of my personal journey to get organized

This post I tackled my color collection

I only have the colors that are staying in the Color Refresh (May 31st I can post all the new colors)

I have a technique book that is an 8 x 8 photo album

I decided to put my color pages in with my techniques to keep everything close at hand

I don’t want a ton of different books to look through to find what I need

The Bright Collection
The Bright Collection
The Neutral Collection
The Neutral Collection
The Regal Collection
The Regal Collection
The Subtle Collection
The Subtle Collection

In the process of creating these pages I also added some organizing to my stamp pads

I used the Word Window Punch to punch out two of the same color as the ink pad

One punch I cut in half and glued into the ink pad as I was stamping the color pages

This way when two ink pads are sitting open side by side I can tell which is which

As you can see from the picture I have Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso side by side

It is hard to tell by looking at the ink pads which is which but with the card stock insert it is easy

Ink Pad Identification
Ink Pad Identification

The other punch is attached to the color page so I have The marker, Ink and, Card stock colors in one grouping

I am on a mission to organize all of my craft stuff starting with my Stampin’ Up! supplies

I hope you are enjoying this journey with me

It is a lot of work but well worth the effort

Stay tuned for part 4 “The Stamps”

Please let me know if you have done this and share pictures of your ideas!

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3 Reasons to Organize your Stamps and Tools part 2…

This is part two or rather a redesign of the original post (can find it here)

After I posted that I really looked at the Punch Templates and just wasn’t happy with it

I went back to the drawing board and came up with this:

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Punches
Punches
Die made and Outline
Die made and Outline
Die Cut
Die Cut
Die cut Inside and Out
Die cut Inside and Out
Framelits
Framelits
Framelits
Framelits

I am really please with how this turned out and I have room to expand it.

Every Template can be laid out over an image to see the fit

I can even use them to sponge with

I will be adding pages with the die cut blanks as well

That way I can see exactly what I have to play with

Stay tuned for part three “The Colors”

Please let me know if you have done this and share pictures of your ideas!

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