Have you ever bought a roll of wrapping paper at the store and wrapped about two gifts before the roll ran out? Or it tore as you were wrapping it? Well, you won't have that problem using Kraft Wrapping Paper. When I saw this at Archiver's, I knew would be more cost effective, less frustrating, and much cuter than my usual wrapped gifts. One roll costs $2.99 and contains 37.5 square feet of paper. It wrapped all of the gifts you see in the picture, with much more to spare. Then, I had my boys help me use alphabet stamps as we practiced spelling out the names of the members of our family. Now with my shopping finished and these gifts wrapped, I am officially in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas to all!
If you know me at all, you know that once I get an idea in my head, I cannot let it rest. So when I decided to display my framelits on a magnetic board for easy use, I was not going to let my first failed attempt stop me. So after a brief explanation of the laws of magnets that I obviously didn't grasp back in high school, I went on to the next idea. I saw a few ideas on Pinterest that were possibilities: using magnetic sheets to cover the failed attempt; an 8 x 8 scrapbook with magnetic sheets slipped into page protectors to store them; using a magnetic sheet to just slip into the original packaging that the framelits already come in (which eliminates the sticky tape); or using strips of magnetic sheets to hold them rather than covering a whole board.
I decided on a combined approach of some of the above. I already had some Magnetic Sheets on hand which someone had bought me off my amazon wishlist back when I was planning to make magnetic business cards. So I decided to put those to use. If I wanted to cover my failed attempt, I would need to buy another pack, so, I decided to keep the failed attempt a chalkboard and find another place to use the magnetic sheets. Since my basement has paneling, I figured I could cut the magnet sheets to fit the width of one piece of paneling, going from floor to ceiling.
First, to cut them. I was surprised at how easily a trimmer could cut these sheets. Next, to hang them. Of course, I assumed the white backing was adhesive, but should have known that would be too easy! So I trekked to Michaels with the two toddlers in tow and was told they do not sell 8.5 x 11 sheets of adhesive. The store worker suggested Command Strips, which I bought quickly, not really sure how they worked. They adhered easily, and I just used a small piece at the top and bottom of each strip of magnet.
I was quite pleased with the finished product, just in time to hang my new framelits, the Deco Labels, Floral Frames, and the new Banner Framelits from the upcoming Occasions Catalog. I decided not to show it to my children...It took two days for them to discover it on their own and then had to give them the stern talking to that they are not to play with them. Yes, I know I am probably foolish for putting them at arms reach of a two year old, but we'll see...I think this will work!
My desire to have all of my framelits out for easy use led me to Pinterest where I saw many ideas. My plan was to use the crawl space covering in my basement craft room and convert the whole thing to a magnet board to store all my framelits.
I have seen friends use magnetic paint to cover a wall in a kids' playroom to make it fun for kids, so I assumed that was the way to go. I went to Lowe's and found a can of Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer for just under $20. I then came home and found it on amazon for the same price, and spent a lot of time reading the reviews. A few tips I picked up there suggested: have the paint shaken at the store; use about eight coats for best effect; make sure to use a tarp, in a well-ventilated area, because it is messy and odorous; and make sure you paint over it since it is just a primer which can peel. So because I wanted to have the can shaken, I went back and bought it at Lowe's and had it shaken there. My helpful husband painted it for me in the garage with the door left open. He painted one coat, and then let it dry for 30 minutes before applying the next coat. After each trip back in, he said, "I don't think this is going to work!" After the suggested eight coats (four hours later), he left it overnight to dry.
The next morning, we discovered that some magnets did stick to it, but not my framelits, the whole purpose of this project! So we proceeded to spray paint it with black chalkboard paint I had on hand. Worst case scenario, it could be used as a chalkboard. When we got it back up in the basement, I do have to say I like the look of the framed chalkboard, a better disguise for our crawl space hole. Now, I need to figure out a back-up plan for storing my framelits. Stay tuned...
We are a few days away
from the 1st annual Shop Till You Drop Open House!
Please join us, do your holiday shopping,
and support local artists and businesses!
The current list of confirmed vendors is below.
You won't want to miss this!
Sweet Rewards: www.facebook.com/sweetrewardsshop
Stampin' Up!: www.cherylpiotrowski.stampinup.net; www.heatherhitchcock.stampinup.net
Juel Photography: www.juelphotography.com
Willing Hands Designs: www.willinghandsdesigns.com
Pampered Chef: www.pamperedchef.biz/amandamorrow
Alexander Fiber Studio: www.etsy.com/shop/PegAlex
Little Habits: www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Habits/166749203371945
Jaime's Sweet Treasures: www.jaimessweettreasures.wordpress.com
Las Casas: www.makelifefair.com
Get on the Ball Photos: www.getontheballphotos.com
Usborne Books & More: www.v3998.myubam.com
Maya's Barkery: www.mayasbarkery.com
Old Bank Antiques & Uniques: www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Bank-Antiques-Uniques/174890849195890 Fran Lee Designs: www.franleedesigns.com
Lovelee Ladies: www.etsy.com/shop/loveleeladies
Angie's Handmade Gifts & Aprons: www.craftymom75.etsy.com
Pink Zebra: www.pinkzebrahome.com/melissabonta
Foster Global: www.ijfoster.com
Creative Memories: www.mycmsite.com/lindamindy
31 Gifts: www.mythirtyone.com/214764
Jamberry Nails: www.kristimyers.jamberrynails.net
lia sophia: www.liasophia.com/wendyvarvil
Mary Kay: www.marykay.com/catherinesee
In my last post, I mentioned how I got "tricked" into in this whole home business venture. This post is from an article I wrote recently for my MOPS group newsletter that outlines a few of my successes, failures, and things I have learned along the way. I imagine these perspectives might hold true with any business venture you might try (or have thought about trying).
I consider all of these years a success simply because it is a means to support my own habit. Some people will have great success in whatever business they try. For me, I will not. I am not a sales person and I try hard not to be. I have not come close to finishing the years in the black, but if nothing else, I have had 20-30% off on products that can otherwise be a little pricey. I was able to write off expenses that I would have been incurring regardless, like photo developing, gas, and a new computer for digital scrapbooking and photo organization. Most importantly, my success has been in the way of relationships. I found a church (in IL) that offered free monthly “Scrapnights.” I showed up without knowing anyone and 3 years later, I had made a lot of good friends whom I would have probably never connected with outside of that hobby. It’s amazing how quickly you can get to know someone by looking at their photographs. I am convinced this is a great opportunity for churches to host as a way of reaching out to non-believers or deepening relationships through fellowship specifically geared to women.
On the failure side, I joined home businesses that had been around a long time, so therefore I wasn’t able to cash in on a new market, unlike my friend in 31 who is near the absolute top of the hierarchy. For me, there was never any profit to be made. With Creative Memories, you are required to sell (which for me meant mostly buy) $500 per quarter. With Stampin’ Up! the minimum is only $300. But the kicker for me was the quota. For CM, your quota started over the month after you met your minimum. So for example, let’s say you happened to sell $500 on January 21, your 3 month quota would start over in February; so you’d then have Feb, March, and April to meet the $500. For SU, the quarters are fixed. You could sell all $300 in January, but wouldn’t have to sell another $300 until the end of June. I have to say I jumped into this without truly understanding how this all worked.
I’ve learned much over the years. I was once given the advice, if you have a home business, it’s better to sell consumable product like Tastefully Simple or Mary Kay. For me, that has proven true. I try to be a minimalist (which obviously is hard with kids), but I don’t want a bunch of candles or Tupperware sitting around. The second lesson I take to heart now is this: When faced with a need to buy something, stop and consider if you can buy the item by supporting someone’s home business. If I need a pizza cutter, I will turn to a Pampered Chef consultant 9 times out of 10 before going to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Why? Because she will get excited about your order; the megastores will not. Lastly, take some risks. Don’t let your feelings get hurt. And when it becomes a chore, it’s time to quit.
For the last four years I have been a part of MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers), the first two in Illinois and the last two at Redeemer Presbyterian Church downtown Indy. I can't imagine where I would be in motherhood without the support of MOPS! This year, the international theme is: A Beautiful Mess. "Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered, and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God’s love and purposes. A Beautiful Mess — reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The bruises of life can bring God’s redemption" (www.mops.org). My group came up with the idea for each table to display a mess created by one of the table members. I was asked to contribute my papercrafting mess with a finished product, a card, to represent the beautiful creation that comes out of the mess. I am excited to start my fifth year of MOPS this week, meet new friends, take a break from the mess, and reflect on the theme verse: "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Ephesians 2:10).
Since I love cards of all sorts, I love the idea of the Reframe! And originally from Detroit, I love this effort even more! Sadly, the hand stamped embellished cards I create won't fit in the Reframe, but I still plan to order to display the cards I receive from loved ones! Check it out!