Tool Envy. The roadblock to creativity.

Sometimes, not often, a bit of envy creeps in on us in the paper crafting arena.  There are so many tools on the market for paper crafters.  Die cutting machines, embossing machines, die cutting AND embossing machines, Score Boards AND Scor-Pals, electronic cutting machines like the Cricut.  Paper trimmers, hand tools, and punches.

It would cost a fortune to trick your craft space out with the latest and greatest.  Or even with the oldies and goodies found at yard sales, thrift shops, and auction sites.

Having been a new craft person myself, years ago, I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos on creating all manner of things.  I found myself in a catastrophic “Hoarder” position. Each video I watched I knew I just HAD TO HAVE the tools used in the videos.  It got so bad that I had to stay out on the road as a truck driver to (1) earn back the money I spent in the craft stores and (2) STAY OUT of the craft stores so I wouldn’t spend any more money.

My YouTube channel is all about using what you have.  No More Tool Envy PART 1 and PART 2.

So for those new to the paper crafting world that don’t have a die cutting machine to use the Tim Holtz rosette die; or can’t quite afford to plonk down over $30 for a Score Board or Scor-Pal; or find the $15 to $20 border punches.  I have two videos up today on creating accordion fold rosettes using nothing more than a pencil, ruler, bone folder, a pair of scissors, a paper trimmer, some kind of adhesive, and a bit of your time.

Accordion fold rosettes

Accordion fold rosettes

Making the rosettes the “Old Fashioned Way” is easy to do.  I have quite a number of Christmas themed stickers that are 15 years old that need to be used up instead of neglected and stuffed away.

My second video, or Part 2 of No More Tool Envy, I use those old stickers by giving them a face lift, if you will.  Adding glitter glue and a bit of ribbon.  Or take two stickers that are exactly the same and making them dimensional.

Dimensional stickers

Dimensional stickers

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Make use of your new found creativity and explore the avenues that open to you as you USE WHAT YOU  HAVE to create awesome things.

 

Leslie

Collaborating with a friend.

I’m very excited to announce that one of my YouTube subscribers, Bobbie Demster,  of CraftyCritter919 has agreed to do a collaboration with me on an Operation Write Home card sketch #197 today.

Bobbie is all about the lace, flowers, and bling.  If you have read my blog before you may know that I have a crazy fear of all “girly” stuff.  Glitter, flowers, lace, and bling in general.

Here is Bobbie’s card.   To watch her video on how she put this card together – CLICK HERE.

CraftyCritter919, Bobbie Demster's, OWH #197 card

CraftyCritter919, Bobbie Demster’s, OWH #197 card

This is my version of OWH Card Sketch #197.  You want to see how I put it together CLICK HERE.

OWH Card Sketch #197

OWH Card Sketch #197

I can’t believe that I have over 1400 YouTube Subscribers on my channel.  This is my “Thank You” to each and every one of my them for sticking with me through all my crazy blathering and tutorials.  I am grateful for the following and the wonderful comments left on my videos.

If there is anyone out there that would like to participate in the Collaboration on OWH Card Sketches, leave your request in a comment below.

Leslie

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