Step INTO your fear.

This is what I fear most.

This is what I fear most.

I’ve used lace before.  I’ve used beaded ribbons before.  I’ve used flowers, too.  Doesn’t mean that I no longer fear the silly things.

Inadequate.  Judged and found wanting.  Self recrimination.  Self abuse.

I suppose, like other things in life, you can develop a tolerance for horrid things after you do it/them multiple times.

The tag shown above took me over two hours to make.  I had the heat embossed swirl applied to the tag in about four minutes as I did the tutorial on heat embossing with stencils.  That was the easy part.

For me…facing my fears is akin to finding a spider coming from above on its invisible web.  No matter the size, minute or as big as a quarter, that spider will send me running and squealing.  Calling out for help to my “Spider Slayer” husband.  When he is not home to do this job then I am left to deal with the spider myself.  Most of the time it gets safely away to torment me another day.

A small pile of lace trim sitting on my work table can make my stomach twist, my heart beat faster, dread well up from the depths of my core.  My eyes flick back and forth from the lace trim to the blank tag.  My brain has shut down at this stage and all I feel is the fear.  I find that I have been holding my breath.  You’d think that I was in imminent danger of my very life.

While I’m creating cards or other abominations in my craft room, I start with a glimmer of an idea.  As I begin the process of gathering my supplies that glimmer turns into a spark, then into a fully fledged idea that I will work toward.  Not so when faced with lace trims.

I used my video camera to document my progress from paralyzing fear to actually completing the tag.  As I said, it took well over two hours to make this one tag.  I’ve edited the video down to about 18 minutes.

So anyone out there that is scared out of their minds, terrified to make the first move, and have clamoring voices in your head telling you to STOP…..Take a deep breath and STEP INTO YOUR FEAR.  You’ll never know how it will turn out.  Your first attempt may look like something that needs to be immediately thrown in the trash bin.  That is not the message.

The message is YOU DID IT AND  YOU SURVIVED IT!  You learned a little something along the way.  Your next attempt will be better.

Maybe you will have found a nugget of information to use on your next project, whatever that may be, as you watch my video.

Leslie

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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

 

I Double Dog Dare You to make some tags using scrapbook sticker sheets!.

I got sidetracked.

My intention was to get in my craft room and begin purging.  Clear out the massive amount of crap I have in there so I can find a home for the new paper cutter Joe got me.

I did make a start.  I have several 13″ x 13″ pocket folders chock full of sticker sheets.  Most of them are missing stickers.  While going through the file pockets and trying to sort the stuff I could purge…an idea struck.

Here is a sample of the condition of my sticker sheets.

Partially used sticker sheet.

Partially used sticker sheet.

I didn’t feel right in putting that in a pile to give to someone.  Frankly, if I received this sticker sheet from someone I think I might have thoughts of passing it on to someone else.  The images are photo quality.  Burlap images.  Button images, quite a number of them are stuck to the inside of the plastic file pocket I had this stored in.  I bought this sheet somewhere around 2007.  I don’t even know what I have used it on.

I have a challenge for you.  Nay.  I  dare you!  I dare you to do the following:

Paw through your stash of sticker sheets and select one.   Any one.

Locate your stash of chipboard.  Haul out  your stash of saved cereal boxes.

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Grab a spool of lace trim.  This is the only lace trim that I have so I have used it.

Locate your stash of lace trim

Locate your stash of lace trim

I have a small stash of burlap that has been crammed away in a drawer for about 5 years.

Small stash of burlap

Small stash of burlap

Get your stash of small flowers.  No bigger than 1-1/4 inches.  This is just a tray that was easy for me to get to and it has a mix of flowers in it.

My stash of small flowers

My stash of small flowers

If  you have made decorative pins, bring them out.

My pitiful stash of stick pins

My pitiful stash of stick pins

Do you have some glittered up chipboard embellishments?  Well, what’s taking you so long?  Get them located.

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Use some acrylic paint.  I’ve chosen to use my long neglected Acrylic Paint Daubers from Ranger Industries.

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Yellow

Snow Cap

Snow Cap

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

While you are digging around in your sticker stash find some other long forgotten pieces, too.

Sticker embellishments

Sticker embellishments

Last thing is some 1/4″ ribbon.  If you don’t have the eyelets to punch and adhere to the tags, you can always use a trusty stapler.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Need some inspiration?  Need a gift tag or two?  In desperate need of having some decorative tags that coordinate with the mini album or scrapbook layouts you are working on?  Out of money and can’t go to the store to buy some ready made tags?  Alright, alright.  I’ll shut up and show you what I’ve done.

Here they are.

Tag #1

Tag #1

Tag #2

Tag #2

Tag #3

Tag #3

Tag #4

Tag #4

Tag #5

Tag #5

Tag #6

Tag #6

Tag #7

Tag #7

Tag #8

Tag #8

This is all that remains of the sticker sheet.

 

The sticker sheet after

The sticker sheet after

I even made the buttons 😀  I used a 1 inch circle punch and a 3/4 inch circle punch.

 

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Button stickers

Button stickers

Not bad for about four hours work.  Any fun distraction is always helpful after I have finished my daily business paperwork mess :/  I’m nearly finished with July.  Woo Hoo.

Leslie