I'm sure many of you have heard me say this....."where does the time go?!?!?!!". With each passing year, I feel that time flies by faster and faster each year.
Here we are, a week from Christmas. Other than making calendars for gift-giving, I haven't had much time, energy or the motivation to be creative. I think it's been over a month since I've posted anything here other than the "picture of the week".
Christmas is my favorite time of the year and normally, I am overflowing with Christmas spirit.
The last couple months have been draining. In November, I finally sat for my CFP Exam. Most of my energy (mental and physical) for the last 3 weeks has been spent on trying to catch up at work after taking a couple weeks off to study for the exam.
With all that behind me now, I've been trying to get re-organized at home and get my mojo back. During this shopping season (BTW... this is the first year that I did NOT go out shopping on Black Friday...did all my shopping online this year), I added to my Copic collection. I heard that prices will go up again in January, so I took advantage of a sale and now I'm about 30 shy of having a complete set of Copic markers.
To track my Copics, I created a spreadsheet. I printed the spreadsheet to a 11 x 17 paper and colored the squares as I added to my collection. Here's a sample of the chart:
I decided to come up with a different method of keeping an inventory of my Copics. Everytime Copic added a new color, I would have to amend the spreadsheet. With my new method, I won't have to do that. What's my new method, you ask?
I created Copic cards using a business card template.
Each color will have its own card, so all I need to do is print out a new card for any future colors that are introduced to their collection. The big square is to color in. There are 2 small boxes below the main box - one box (with "R") is to mark whether I own a refill for that color; the other box is to mark what type of marker I own ("C"iao, "S"ketch, "O"riginal). I included a section on the card where I could add my favorite color combo for that color. The cards look like this:
The cards will go into a binder using business card binder pages that you can find at any office supply store:
I would love to find a business card wallet that held enough business cards to represent all the Copic colors, but I haven't found one yet that has enough slots and is reasonably priced.
I'm hoping that this is a start to getting my mojo back. After the holidays, I plan on starting next year's gifts.....a cardkeeper with various themed cards. That should keep me busy all year, right?
Recently, I hosted a swap among A Muse Studio consultants. This swap came about when I started my Christmas calendar gifts, which I posted about HERE.
I thought it would be a fabulous idea to see what others would come up with for their pages using the calendar template I created. So, why not a swap?
I was quite impressed with the creativity of all the consultants. Ladies, thank you for participating in the swap and making it so successful!!
For the swap, I chose the month of May. Here is my calendar page:
Supplies: A Muse Studio Floral Duet stamp set, Sugar cardstock, Bermuda cardstock, Blush Ink Pad, Grapefruit Ink Pad, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Sugar Polka Dot Organdy Ribbon; sponge daubers
Non-A Muse Studio supply: Stickles
I used the triple layer stamping technique.
Here are the measurements for the layers:
I started by lining up the a|s Sugar cardstock in place. To keep the pages from moving, I dabbed a little adhesive tape on the back. TIP: after you run the bit of tape on the back, dab it with your fingers to remove some of the stickiness so that you can eventually separate the pages.
I stamped the images. To make sure I inked the images in the right spots, I placed the calendar mat in place and stamped around it.
I used a sponge dauber to color the center of the flowers using Grapefruit. I started in the center of the flower and pulled the color outward.
Then, I sponged the rest of the flower using Blush.
After carefully separating the layers, I adhered them to the proper mat layer (Bermuda cardstock). Tip: Before separating the stamped image layers, sponge a little color on the backside in one corner of each layer so that you keep the images aligned.
Before adhering the front layer, I used glue dots to place the ribbon. Adhere the calendar in place.
Admittedly, I was being a little lazy. I knew I wanted to add some sparkle to the flower, but instead of using the a|s Diamond Glitter and getting glitter all over the cats, I used Stickles.
Now, without further ado......here are the wonderful pages from the other A Muse Studio consultants.
January - Jane using Chill of Winter and Let It Snow
February - Sylvia using All My Hearts
March - Pamela using Beautiful Botanicals 2 and Graphic Sunflower
April - Nancy using Bunny Business
June - Rita using Enjoy the Ride
July - Christina using Let Freedom Ring
August - Pamela using Sea Shells
September - Tobey using Autumn Leaves
October - Laura using Toil and Trouble
November - JoAnne using Autumn Days
December - Karen using Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Splendid job, ladies!!! Huge thanks to you all. I'm excited to use these pages for 2013!!