Sunday, February 26, 2012

newbie ? (this is for you whitney)

i recently received a very inspiring email from a new scrapbooker. she asked when and where i get my products and what the best washi tapes, mists, and stamps are. below, i have created a 'best of the best' list. now, some of the products may be out of stock, but, they eventually restock. the best tool for finding products is to google a very detailed name of the product. one tip, is always wait for free shipping! i never ever pay shipping. i will wait until i get enough product (min is usually around $30 sometimes more sometimes less) frequently design team members of certain stores will have coupons on their blogs that aren't available anywhere else. etsy, is your friend! i find great things and deals on etsy. and if you dont see what you are looking for dont be afraid to contact the seller, chances are they can get the product or have it and havent listed it yet. i see a lot of people that frequently order from daily deal sites. i say avoid them. you always pay shipping and unless its something truly awesome chances are you only want one or two of the five or six products you ordered and paid shipping on. i have bought two daily deals, one was bakers twine and boy have i gotten my money out of that, and the other was a set of stamps that was a really great deal. so below is the list of my favorite things. just click on the pic and it will take you to the store. hope this helps!!!

also, here is a rundown of recommendations:

paper: studio calico, october afternoon
cardstock: bazzil kraft & avalanche white
ink: memento tuxedo black
stamps: studio calico, paper smooches, lawn fawn, ali edwards
mists: october afternoon sprinklers & studio calico mister hueys
alphas: basic grey micro monos, october afternoon mini market, american crafts thickers

Monday, February 20, 2012

february favorites

now that cha 2012 is over and all the new releases are trickling into the stores,
i find myself making multiple lists of the items i loved and want in my stash.
i feel like my 'style' in crafting has finally plateaued and with that i have become so
much more selective in the products that i purchase. i know what i will and will not use.
this is such a great feeling because there is nothing worse than having something
around you have never used and knowing that you probably won't ever use it.
so with spring approaching it's time for a good spring cleaning. i have already
gotten rid of several things but i plan on doing one more sweep through.
there is some awesome stuff coming out in the upcoming months.
for now here is what i am loving and some things i have made with the new collections.
let me know what you are loving and looking forward to!!!

this is a layout for the creative type february prompt which was to scrap your celebrity crush and use red. i love the crate paper paper heart collection so i used it in this layout.

some cards i made with the new dear lizzy neapolitan, some awesome washi tapes,
fun bakers' twine, and some october afternoon sprinklers.

so here are the products i am loving ...