Creating on a budget.

The temptations are out there.  Online, in big box craft stores, YouTube videos, things you see in other people’s craft space.

Sometimes, it seems, there is just as much of a problem for “impulse shoppers” within the crafting community as is in your local grocery or convenience store.  See it and you gotta get it.  I know this only too well and have fallen prey to the temptation many times over the years I have been doing paper crafts.

Ribbon bows are not my forte.  I can tie the bows but they look like I enlisted the aid of a three year old.  Wonky, squished, disproportionate, and just plain sad looking.  My bows always need help.

A couple years ago I wandered the aisles of my local craft/hobby store, Hobby Lobby, and saw a template to make paper bows.  At nearly $5 I thought it would be a great deal.  The template has various sizes and types of bows that can be made so it seemed economical.  I got it home and quickly made a paper bow using the template.  Even the template was no insurance against the three year old bow maker.  :/

The template was chucked into a storage device and forgotten about.  Then I watched a video showcasing the new “Envelope Punch Board”.  The bow that came from the punch board was every bit as good as the one I made using the template.  Albeit done by someone that knew how to work with the paper to make it look like a bow and not some mangled thing.

While making my Christmas gift tags I took that template back out and gave it one more try.

Bow making template

Bow making template

Hello my new little friend!  At the cost of $5 I can make about five different styles of bows.  The $20 Envelope Punch Board can make one style.

The template takes longer than the Punch Board.  You have to trace around the stencil item, cut it out, fuss around with it, and then get  your bow made.  The Punch Board has no messing about.  Stick the paper in an area and punch, turn and punch, move and punch.  Just that fast, lickety split, you are ready to fold and create the bow.

Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the Bow Punch Board for your comparison.  Here is a link to a blog post featuring this tool – Envelope Punch Board.

You decide which you would like to have in your craft space.  I have a video showing how I used the template to make the bows on the Christmas gift tags.

Leslie

I didn’t know I had that! The things you find while going through the disorganized mess.

For the love of Pete!

Wait.  Who’s Pete?

Never mind.  I need to have a mild curse phrase because the one running around in my head is far from mild.  More along the lines of an “F” bomb or three.  I am now working on the fourth cupboard along the wall of my work table.  You will see the doors standing open.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

All the CRAP that is on my work table….well most of it anyway….has come from the cupboard with the open doors.  I just can’t believe that all that crap was crammed into that space.

The "Before"

The “Before”

How the heck had all this CRAP stayed in that cupboard?!

So much CRAP

So much CRAP

Taking a closer look at what I had stashed away in that frightful mess, I came across a piece of my husband’s history.  An address book that someone in his family handled a lot.  They are long dead now. This address book is from the 1930’s or 1940’s.

An old address book

An old address book

Okay.  Maybe not the 1930’s or 1940’s.  There are postal zip codes in this address book so it is sometime around the 1950’s though.

Old addresses

Old addresses

I will give this to Joe when he gets home.  I’m sure he will be surprised to see this treasure from his past.

And he might not be so thrilled at the next piece of his past.  Joe and his friend, Cliff, modified a pickup truck in 1979.  The truck was transformed into a van with a flatbed at the rear.  The two guys fabricated the cab to fit on the chasis.  They upholstered the inside of the thing.  The two of them spent months working on something they thought could be sold by a car manufacturer.  They did sell it to someone that blew smoke up their a$$ and screwed them out of a patent and any royalties.

An old document from Joe's past.

An old document from Joe’s past

Sorting through this unbelievable mess I had to work out a system of putting like things with like things.  The stuff that I pulled out will be put in a different space in my room.  A better place than where it had been that is for sure!

This cupboard will be used to store my “Bling”.  Flowers, chipboard embellishments, half backed rhinestones and pearls, and all the stuff that I keep telling myself I don’t have any of.  This is ridiculous!  I have more embellishment stuff than I realized.

Now this cupboard has gone from CRAP!

The "Before"

The “Before”

To FAB!

Embellishment cupboard

Embellishment cupboard

Hey, I’m making progress.  The floor is open now and I don’t have to worry about breaking my neck.  I’ll take the little skirmish wins as I do this battle.

Leslie