These babies are helping me finance all my DIY wedding crafts. I’m pretty sure I haven’t bought anything full price yet. I downloaded the app to my phone and I get text and email coupons, so every few days, I’ll go in with two or three coupons and grab a few of the supplies I need. So far, it’s been working brilliantly! I’m surprised the cashiers don’t know me by name yet.
I have always been intrigued by the various machines in the scrapbooking aisle, but never figured out the difference between them all and what they do, so during one of my recent trips to Joann’s, I took advantage of the sales associate who was helping me find a large tag punch and asked what the difference between the machines is.
She brought another lady over who proceeded to extoll the virtues of the Cricut die cutting machine, telling me all about how it is digital and computerized, so you can change the size of the shape you want to cut without having to buy more plates and cartridges. I was sold. I wish I had enough wedding projects that would benefit from this to justify the expense, sadly at this point I don’t. One more thing for the “someday when I have time and money and space for crafting” list.
I have such an incredible weakness for these wonderful collections of perfectly coordinated colors and patterns. It’s like I can actually see myself accomplishing some of the projects that they suggest when I pick out whichever set of 48 beautifully decorated pages appeals to me that particular day. And yet. I think I’ll let the amount of paper stacks that I have still intact show you exactly how many of those projects I’ve completed. hashtagnotverymany
Not the post office kind. No, we’re talking the next generation of Stampin Up. You get clear plastic blocks in various sizes and then you get flexible rubber stamps that come on a plastic sheet. You peel the stamp you want to use off the plastic sheet, affix it to the clear plastic block through some marvel of science that allows the stamp to be perpetually sticky and viola! You have your own custom stamp! The best thing is using the alphabet set to create your own phrases and words. I have utilized this system for many wedding related projects already, including my bridesmaids boxes.
My mom is actually the one who bought this to use as a slightly more involved portable sewing kit. She let me borrow it last year when I was sewing a costume for a halloween party, (the FI and I made a pretty awesome Phantom and Christine). I’m not entirely sure she’s getting it back. (Sorry mom!) It’s the perfect size to fit all the little odds and ends that you collect when working on a project and it’s perfectly portable. It works much better than shoving everything into a grocery bag, which is usually my method.