Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How I inventory my stamps

Hi Everyone!

Well I got into the craft room yesterday and prepared a video of how I inventory my stamps using my scanner and the free program Picasa 3!  I was asked about this many times but just hadn't got around to getting it recorded for you.  You was watch the videos below  click here to be taken to my YouTube Channel directly.  Hope this helps or gives you some ideas of how to inventory your own stash of stamps or images!





Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Friday, January 3, 2014

Do you have those bulk paper pads that more than half the papers scream "What were you thinking?"


Hi Everyone!

I have to admit I'm a lover of a deal & those paper pads with anywhere from 50 to 200 sheets seem like a 'deal you can't pass up' but once the money has left my bank account and the paper has made its way to my scraproom I have that 'What were you thinking?' panic attack!!  10 - 30 pages will work on your layouts and cards but what to do with the rest???

Marry those 'unsuitable' sheets to your We R Memory Keeper's Envelope Punch Board!!  Those paper stacks are almost always single side graphics so use the white side for the outside of your envelope and the inside makes an instant 'trendy envelope liner' look!  With the pattern on the inside, no one will care about it's beauty as they will see only the inside flap of the color and the outside is clean and white ready for the address labels.  The other great thing is that these papers are slightly heavier than text weight paper (the kind in your printer) so it will be sturdy enough to handle the post office machinery and the pattern on the inside ensures the content can't be seen from the outside :)

Use tape runner etc for construction securing the 3 flaps that form the envelope & then use some inexpensive double-sided tape roll (I use some from my local dollar store) on the closure flap...just don't bare the tape until the envelope is ready to be sealed.  That way you can make lots ahead of time to store or to provide with card sets as gifts.






Thanks so much for stopping in today and allowing me to share my ideas! Hope you find them useful!
Happy New Year!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 23, 2013

All Smiles Layout

Sharing another layout about our 25th Anniversary vacation.  Very simple layout, photos inside those file folders on the right, used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add glitter & glitz to the water, fish and tag (clear glitter that doesn't add color just shimmer), added a few tags, images & ribbon from scrapbook kits that were purchased on the Carnival Cruise Ship.  The beautiful paper is from the Club Scrap Cape Cod kit and work great with these photos!  That cool sea turtle is from the Close To My Heart Footloose Kit.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!




Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want even more ribbon storage??

Whenever I go on vacation, visit theme parks or perhaps attend a class we often get lanyards...being a scrapbooker makes me a 'non waster' so I have diligently kept each and every lanyard, rehung them every time they spilled off the hook....and now I have found a use for them!!

I have to simple ribbon holders purchased at Michael's Craft Store...each shelf has 2 ribbon rods and each holds plenty of ribbon however, I still had ribbon stashed in cupboards, baskets, bags, containers etc as they just don't make a ribbon rack big enough for it all!  Well as they say, out of sight means out of mind and so my ribbons stayed hidden in their cupboards instead of on my cards and layouts :(  Then I was struck with a billion watt spotlight lightbulb moment!  I got out my mini ribbon spools, strung them on the lanyards (the hooks or tag holders stop them from falling off the lanyard at the bottom) then I proceeded to evenly space the lanyards between the rolls on the ribbon rods!  Walla!  An amazing amount of additional ribbon storage!

(If you don't already have lanyards to do this, allow me to enable you to get an alternative...
1.  Dollar stores sell lanyards for $1 a piece!
2.  Tie a knot at the bottom of an old necktie string the rolls on then loop the end over the ribbon rod and staple, tie a knot or use an elastic to stop secure the tie to the rod.
3.  Use inexpensive cord from the bargain bin at the fabric store, add a noose at one end to thread onto the ribbon rod then add an embellishment to the end of the cord to stop the spools from falling off the other end!
4.  Got an empty ribbon spool and some 'ugly' ribbon?  Tie one end of the ugly ribbon around the empty spool thread on the spools you want to display then tie a large paper clip to the opposite end of the 'ugly' ribbon to stop the threaded spools from exiting :)

Ok here's a photo!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 9, 2013

Totally Off Season!

Ok a break from Christmas...these are a few more cards I made from the Close To My Heart Dream Pop Workshop in June.  I love these 'pinwheels' for embellishing cards and layouts!  They add such dimension and just make your heart happy with childhood memories!





Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pronged Embellishments! What a pain!

Hey my friends!

I have a tip for you today...

Every try using those pronged embellishments, sometimes called 'nail heads' etc.  If you are going through patterned paper then they are no problem, just put a soft pad beneath, like an old mouse pad or Close To My Heart's Grid Mat, then sit the embellishment where you want it, push down with your thumb and walla it pierces right through!  Turn over your paper and bend the prongs down, done and done right!  Well how about when you want to put them through thicker papers like cardstock?  Almost impossible to push them through, sometime you can't even dint the paper because pushing down causes the prongs to start to curl in...so what do you do?  Tap the prongs onto an ink pad then touch the prongs to the paper.  This will leave little dots where the prongs will go in and then come in with your piercing tool and walla the embellishment slides nicely into the pierced holes, ready for you to turn the paper over and bend down the prongs!  Works for me and I hope it helps someone else too!







Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, November 25, 2013

December's Story

Hi Everyone!

I just finished a new project, I tried my hand at a December's Story Book and it was such fun!  I was inspired by Kathy Files & Scrapbook & Cards Today, as they both used this file folder lapbook in the past.  Here are a few pictures!


I used the 12 x 12 paper kit by Carta Bella 'so this is CHRISTMAS' line by Carina Gardner.

My wonderful Mom passed away from breast cancer last October and we just couldn't bear to celebrate Christmas without her.  Mom had a stroke when she was 40 and 8 years later my father passed away so Mom has lived with us for many years and therefore she was a huge part of my daily life.  I decided I just couldn't continue to 'Skip' Christmas so I needed to develop a new tradition and I chose this daily log of my journey to Mom's most favorite holiday of the year.  I can share with Mom what I did each day leading up to Christmas Day with pictures & journaling, taking it one day at a time, recording our new way of celebrating Christmas.

There is a Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp to create a 'Christmas Countdown' so if you decide to make a countdown project be sure to enter it there for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog