Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 21 (round 3): Pens and Pencils Part 1

This week starts off with another card for Tuesday Trio (Sketch #51). The theme for the sketch was hidden tags, but with the upcoming (or is it impending?) Valentine’s Day, Creative Me (currently going through pearl withdrawal. Fabulous spouse performed an intervention last week, and the withdrawl process has not been going well.) decided that we needed some candy in lieu of bling! Mmmmm…candy…. Is it really fair to have the Super Bowl and Valentines so close to December?


Sue, a.k.a. Midwest girl- you may note that while I no longer have sticky pearls…there are still plenty of swirls. Yes, my name is Scrappnbee and I have a problem. But seriously, it looks kind of cool! For this card, Creative Me brought out all of her current addictions…dots and swirls (using best PBS voice: brought to you today by a white gel pen), butterflies, brads, flowers, and GLIMMERMIST! Seriously, it is like going to the Dark Side without the nasty side effects of super wrinkles and red eyes or black chrome and asthma.


Creative Me can do a lot, but OCD Me says freehanding symmetry is not one of them. So, here is Creative Me cutting up some butterfly paper which she had glued to thin chipboard to make a mask for the card (or is it a stencil?). Don’t use the good stuff. Inner Hoarder says that this chipboard comes courtesy of Costco…free gift with purchase when you purchase enlargements.


Then these chipboard butterflies were strategically placed on the card base…Don’t over think this part.

Spray with glimmermist by Tattered Angels.  This is your chance to go all Jackson Polluck or unleash the Anti-OCD Me! Then, Creative me removed the chipboard, and put another lighter layer of glimmermist, but the outline of butterflies remains! (and the paper now has a shimmery sueded look).


Then Embellish! Use pearls, rhinestones, or your pens if you too are in rehab due to your current overdependence on the first two!  Creative Me originally went without the swirls, as you can see, but the card was just a little too plain!

As for pens and pencils , now is the time to do a health check. Pop in your Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and get out a piece of scrap paper (or junk mail envelopes) and determine whether or not these pens are dead or alive… “I’m not dead yet…” This is good for two reasons. One, your inner OCD Me gets to feel like she has accomplished something, and your Inner Hoarder will get to make a list for that 40% off coupon from your big box store. Besides, it is never cool to go to journal and realize that someone (Girl Friday) “borrowed” your best journaling pen, and now the nib is cracked and a little dried out…

Also, how are you going to store your pens and pencils? Do they live in your tool bag? Do they live in a container of like colors (all reds) or same brand/type (copics with copics, watercolor pencils all together, ink pens together)? Girl Friday keeps hers here in another Iris 12x12 Clamshell, and it is just a big… party… in there… pencils, markers, crayons, legos, playdough and more. The POW will reveal our pen and pencil solutions at the end of the week.

9 comments:

Steph said...

Very pretty. Love the embellishments.

Becky said...

Awesome card! I think you need to thank fabulous hubby for pushing him out of your comfort zone and then punch him in the teeth for causing you so much creative distress! You really make me laugh! Laugh forward to your writing implement storage. Btw, my daughter's pens and pencils look JUST like that!

Anonymous said...

Your card turned out so cute!

Amanda said...

We are moving in a few weeks and I get to start fresh in a new scrap space, I will store away some of these ideas!

Tracy said...

Your card is so cute and yummy.
Your marker container is giving me hives, I need to organize it, lol.

Tammy said...

Love your card! I use a combination of things. I keep the pens I use all the time (black and brown with different point sizes) in a holder right on my work surface. I reach for them all the time. I have a supply of Bic ultra fine Mark-It pens that store in their case in an iris cart drawer. And then I have other asst pens that I keep in their respective color drawers. It's kind of crazy to have them in all these different places but I didn't have a spot big enough for all of them, plus easily accessible. Somehow, this system works. Good luck organizing your pens...... :)

ScrappnBee said...

Tracy- trust me, we have tried and failed to keep Girl Friday organized (I think that it is hereditary). It is sad...but this is the best that we can do right now for her.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Yes, I love how you are going to get in your swirls, come what may. Can't blame you, they do look great. Most impressed by the butterfly - cutting anything by hand makes me break out in a cold sweat.

hilde janbroers said...

love the butterflies!!!