So I've been haunting the 'scrapbooking' aisles of the craft stores again. I just need to get pictures onto pages, and I shared a few posts ago about the Library of Memories class I'm taking. It's worth it for the "How To" Picasa alone! I am in love with Picasa and the way it can help me organize my photos easily and quickly. I can find what I need, or simply find the best of the best and my children can actually look at photos before they have children of their own.
So if you're like me you avoid aisles that have 'nothing to do' with sewing. Truth be told, I'm actually I'm afraid to be tempted into (yet) another creative endeavor. I paint and sew, and that's enough for now. I used to scrapbook but it to too tedious and I couldn't stand to cut out papers and make it all cute taking an hour per page with only 3 pictures on it. I did our wedding album, my three daughter's baby albums and called it quits.
I've been making my children's Valentine cards, and they have fun too, so I pop into a scrapbook store every so often. Sometimes I find some great 'side tags' that were popular with scrappers years ago. I don't seem to find them as much anymore.
In taking the LOM online class, I've been poking around those areas of stores and sites I might not regularly look at, and lo and behold, some great products that translate well for the sewist!
This is called a "Clip It Up". It clips stuff up (surprise!!) but in a circular arrangement, like a tiny clothing rack at a department store. Replace the computer with a sewing machine, and patterns etc. for the stickers and paper and viola! What a great storage device.
Seriously, I'm trying to talk myself out of it as I type this...
I found a video about it here:
Magnetic storage 'book'
. As far as I can tell, it comes in black and white This would be great for pins and needles,
anything around your sewing area that is metal. You could use a
permanent marker and a straight edge and keep certain needles (sharps,
universal, ball) separated as you wish
How clever are these? Fringe Scissors from Martha Stewart.. I am interested to see how they'd to on fabric too!Scrap-MaBob".
Personal Die Cutter from Making Memories. This seems to be a great idea, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. I would think that if you used iron on interfacing then a machine like this, you'd be able to make some quick and cute applique's. I'm also interested in it from the teaching point of view. No more die cuts one at a time down in the office LOL. I realize there are more out there and maybe they are better, I'd love to know if they work on fabric! Here's a video
Lastly, I came across these Crafter's and Crafter's Thumb gloves. I know I can use them while on the computer for a bit too long, or during a sewing streak:
Color anyone? What to know what's going to be hot this fall?
Although I have to say it looks more avocado to me.... not unlike many appliances of my childhood... I wonder how far behind gold is as the 'new' color combination.
Here's how they come up with some color palettes and what's hot this coming season. If you are a mama who likes to sew using colors that are up and coming, take a peek! (I did have a few moments of "people get paid to do this?" but I know I couldn't do it so more power to them! ) Also they feature Nannette Lapore who is my favorite designer on their home page.:)
That's it for this weekend. We're all working on getting better, I'm trying to gather all the photos of items I've made (ie all my SNS's -- Sew and Shows) but that's another blog post all together! Keep on sewing sisters!