Today I wanted to share a project I made using the amazing paper line by My Mind’s Eye (MME)Now and Then. When I saw this paper I fell in love with it and knew immediately what I would use it for.
I don’t know about you but when I am out and about browsing the scrapbook stores for new and exciting products I never seem to recall the particulars of my scrapping stash. Things like what size punches, types of punches, paper packs and matching embellishments, ink pad and marker colors. I end up purchasing duplicate supplies or buying something that will not coordinate with what I already have.
So to solve this dilemma I decided to create a supply reference book. It is large enough to hold the all the main supplies I own and use to create my projects. It is also small enough to fit in my purse so that I can tote it around to help me shop. When I find something I need, gotta have or is priced to good to pass up, I can quickly check my book to see if it is going to fit well into my stash and it also gives me a pause to reflect on whether I really need it or will I ever use the item.
My supply reference book is divided into sections for the different types of supplies I have. I started with two covers. I love to use artist canvases from the dollar store for my album covers. They are cheap and very sturdy and come 2-3 per package depending on the size. For this book I used the 5 7/8 x 8 inches. I choose my favorite paper from the paper line for the front cover- greyish wood grain with flowers in one corner. I covered both sides of the canvases with paper.
I decided I would hold my book together with binder rings because I can add or remove pages as needed. I used 2-inch rings.
Next I punched two holes in the front and back covers with my Crop-A-Dile 2. Love this tool! It is strong enough to go through thicker materials and allows you to add a punched hole far in from the edge of your page. It can also be used to add eyelets to your projects.
For the dividers between types of products, I used scraps of cardboard from old boxes and packages. I made them 5 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches. I covered the cardboard with paper too.
The pages in between the dividers are white cardstock.
Every die, punch, and embossing folder image I cut out of black cardstock and glued them down. I wanted them to ‘pop’ on the clean and crisp white background. I label the items by company name and product name.
Embossing Folders(harder to see embossing)
I stamped all the images I have in black ink.
I stuck 2+ inch strips of washi tape to display all the pretty colors and patterns at a glance.
Distress Markers and Ink Pads
For the markers I made a scribble to display the colors. I used a Q-tip to transfer inkpad colors to make a pretty pallet.
It took me some time to go back through my supplies to create this book. Now that it is done, every time I get something new it can be easily added to the book in no time at all.
I find that I am using this book with my scrapbook store excursions and when I am creating. I can flip through the book much more easily without digging through my stash to find what I want to use in my project. It speeds up my creative process and makes it more enjoyable. It is a win-win project and resource!
How do you stay organized with your supplies?