Christmas Elegance

December 31, 2006 at 8:08 pm (Cards, Classy, Discussion, Formal, Mom, Paper fashions)

The combination of Christmas morning and the Christmas dinner is displayed in this colourful outfit. The pattern on the skirt is a lovely paisley design on tissue paper postioned so the eye flows along the torso. The bright red napkin top and underskirt creates excitement for the eye as it moves over the figure. Accents of gold on the purse, top and underskirt add eye appeal. The lovely turquoise necklace adds an element of surpise to complete your holiday outfit. mom.jpg

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Sorting My Paper Collection

November 2, 2006 at 12:25 am (Craftorials, Discussion, Michelle)

As my last post suggests, I love making paper fashions, but dread waking up in the morning to the mess my late-night crafting tends to leave in its wake. I knew it was an organizational issue, and so I thought an organizational cure was needed. I love all the suggestions you’ve given in the comments – I think I will definitely use some of them – however, here’s my first go at being paper-organized.

Originally, I’d just been throwing all my paper crafting supplies in one of the larger drawers on my cheap-o plastic set of drawers. As you can see, it was overflowing and unwieldy, paper flying out in all directions.

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So, I headed over to my neighbourhood Canadian Tire and for $11 purchased another nice set of plastic drawers, this one specifically for holding documents. It’s got three drawers, each about 7 cm deep. So I set about sorting into new categories, I choose

  1. Cardstock, any size
  2. ”Found Papers” – anything I’d rescued from the recycling bin, mostly tissue papers, brown paper bags, tin foil, and my beloved and cherished Via Rail Blue Textured Puke Bag (now a collectors item… they’ve sadly moved to boring white ones)
  3. Blank cards and trims
  4. Indian handmade papers (I have lots, I keep buying packs from Michaels
  5. Other purchased speciality papers
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Now all pretty and sorted, I can’t wait to begin crafting again! The whole process was surprisingly short and enjoyable – I have quite a lot of paper, and it only took about half an hour to sort through it all. It was a welcome distraction from applying to PhD programs, and intellectually, quite its opposite. I think I may even buy another set of drawers, and categorize my paper even further – $22 is little to pay for paper piece of mind!

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Keep Smiling,
Michelle

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Keeping It Clean

October 30, 2006 at 10:46 am (Discussion, Michelle)

I’m loving the paper fashions, but am finding it difficult to keep my workspace clean. Since I’m a student and my crafting workspace is my work workspace (it’s not like I have a craft room), it’s important that I keep my life in order. And then there’s the inevitable saving of every piece of interesting-looking paper – paper crafting begets a big pile of papers.

I’ve got some ideas on how to keep it organized, but am interested in what you think? Any bright ideas on keeping your craftspace relatively clutter-free?

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