Sunday, April 25, 2010

WooHoo! I finally found a great option for my ribbon storage. They say third times the charm and it certainly holds true here...So here's the history. When my littlest was very little the ribbon rounds were such great entertainment. But as she grew up, she was able to do more damage, and I had added to the collection. I really needed something to get them stored out of the way, and yet easy to see and easy (for me) to get to. I liked the idea of putting them in drawers rather than hanging them, so the CropperHopper embellishment storage boxes seemed like a great solution. I had drooled over others blog posts of neatly organized ribbon and decided to order what I thought I needed. Well, i ended up with a bunch of the small and nearly useless boxes and none of the most useful size. Apparently they don't make them any more. Strike one. So, onto the ribbon storage from Bestcraft. The ribbon spooler and small round cases seemed nice and easy to store even if they offered less flexibility and were more expensive. Well after they arrived I excitedly started to roll ribbon....strike two. With only a very few exceptions the ribbon I had wouldn't fit!! Ugh! So while I was shopping for some ribbon for my teacher appreciation projects (we use a lot) I stumbled o another product at the wholesale site. It seems that their clear favor boxes are just the ticket!!! They come flattened out and with a bow on top that is easily removable but the boxes are cheap, about 34 cents a piece, and they are just about the right size for every roll! So exciting. I happily rolled up a few of the most unraveled ribbon spools and put them in the few trial boxes I works! They are 2X2X1 and fit inside the sterlite 12X12 drawers so nicely! As you can see I left some spools that already fit and some adhesive ribbon in boxes in their original containers and I put some ribbon together with a chipboard spacer. I love this new organization and even these few in the drawers have freed up one of my big baskets! :)
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I forgot Some-bunnies

My oldest was so proudofthese bunnies that she set up a special photo shootfor them and I fogot to post it to my blog. So, for her, here are the stars of the day! :) And here's a look at the fun!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

How Cute is this?!

Meet Cocoa, our newest little girl! She is a vey sweet tempered , 6 month old hedgehog. After a year of watching hedgehog videos and then researching for a few months, we finally decided to jump into the world of exotic pets. Well unless you consider the girls wolly worm pets exotic. :) There willbe more photos of her tom come and lots of scrappy oppurtunities. K already made her first two page lo of her first day with us!

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Cricut Easter Eggs

I love all the things I can do with my Cricut. I had to try vinyl on our eggs this year and although we had a few learning experiences they were fun and came out great! The letters were great for mnograms, the half flower from Graphically Speaking (overlapping the petals worked best) was nice as well as simple circles...longer strips like the ric rac from the Easter Cartridge weren't so good but next year we'll make them thinner and try again! I loved the littel bunnies for the eggs but will have to cut them smaller next year and try more with some double dipped eggs. Coloring eggs with a todler doesn't leave much time for experimentation. :) Mostly the girls had a great time and so did I!
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Cart Storage Solution

I think I finally hit on the perfect storage system for my Cricut cartridges! This Art Bin set of storage drawers are perfect for me. I cut some cereal boxes to make dividers so that 16 carts will fit easily without sliding around and yet they are easy to to take in and out. Now I have really fast, easy access to my carts. For a Design Studio project that uses four or five on a single project I can easily pull a bunch out and better yet, put them back! And I have room to grow! :) It's really easy to rearrange them when I get a new one....all my books and overlays are already in a photo storage box so I really only needed this. Now if I could only figure out my ribbon storage problem!
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