Category Archives: This and That

Tracking Copic Skill with a Sketchbook

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a little different from my norm. I wanted to share with you an idea I had on tracking Copic coloring progress. I am always trying to improve my coloring, whether it’s shadow, glass, skin, fabric, anything really.  So I have begun a Copic sketchbook where I will color any thing, any time, whether I want to practice a specific technique or just color for the sake of coloring. By the time the book is filled, I hope (and expect) to see improvement in my skill. :)

Copic Sketchbook by Imagination International, Inc.

I use Copic’s 5″ x 7″ sketchbook available from Imagination International, Inc. (Also available in 11″x 14″, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 12″, 7″ x 10″ and 9″ x 12, ranging in price from $4.99 to $24.99.)   5″ x 7″  is the perfect size for my purposes and easily tucks into my purse or luggage.

Taylored Expressions "A Life She Loved"

Within the super-thick cover are 50 sheets of high quality (70 lb.) Japanese illustration paper, perfect for use with Copic markers and mixed media.

SB3

Stamping Bella “Edna Loves the Ocean”

Copic ink does bleed through to the back of the paper but did not bleed through to the next page. This may depend on just how much ink is applied, but even red did not bleed to the next page (as shown in the photo below). It may be a good idea to tuck a piece of scrap paper beneath when coloring, just in case.

SB4

When my book is filled, I will come back to share my results. Is anyone with me in this experiment? It will be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Copic Studiiio App – Beta Testers Needed

Studii!o Beta Testers Needed

Imagination International, Inc. would like to invite you to beta test Studii!o, a new app for managing your collection of markers and connecting with artists!  Simply answer a few quick questions to be one of the first users!  It will only take one minute, I promise!

Start HERE or click the graphic above. Thanks for helping!  :)

1amichele siggy

Copic Marker Storage: Art Case with DIY Inserts

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing Copic‘s new Art Carrying Case and how my handy husband created removable inserts for the markers. This sturdy, lightweight case holds all 358 Sketch markers with extra room for accessories and comes in four colors. You can read a bit more about it here.

Black Case

Plastic marker cases, available here, fit inside, holding the markers upright, in place and nicely organized with room to spare.

Case filled with cases

I, however, don’t have any of those cases. After chatting with friends and doing a bit of Pinterest research, I found that many folks use fluorescent lighting ceiling panels as the markers, both Sketch and Caio, fit perfectly within the squares.

Case-open

From one panel (<$20), my husband used a Sawzall with a fine blade to cut two pieces, (each is 26 x 19 squares) to fit the inside of the case. He also cut two pieces of foam core board to 17 1/8″ x 3 1/2″.

Case-supplies

One grid is placed on the bottom, the core board is placed along each long side with the second grid placed on top. A marker inserted at each corner holds the core boards and grids perfectly in place. My husband is so clever. ♥

Case-corners2

With 26 x 19 squares, I can hold 494 markers (haha).  I don’t have all 358 markers, but if I did, I’d have plenty of room to spare. With the extra space, I find it helpful to leave a bit of room between the color groups.

Case-top-view

I like that the panels are easily removable so the case is great for other items as well. When not in use, I store the panels, strap and keys inside.

Case-inserts-storage

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

1amichele siggy

12 Holiday Gift Tags That Take Packages From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Looking for some DIY holiday gift tag inspiration?  On the Craftsy blog today, you’ll find twelve amazing ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

BeFunky-Collage65-

Simple silhouettes, fun/quirky sentiments, beautiful mixed media, computer printables and more!

Take your packages from ordinary to extraordinary! Check it out!

Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer Issue Now Available

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available in print as well as FREE on-line. You can find the on-line issue HERE.

SCT-summer-2015

Lovely scrap layouts and cards!

Congratulations-CU

Here’s a snippet of my card (using Paper Smooches stamps and dies) found inside.

I hope you’ll check it out.  It truly is a lovely publication.  HERE.  FREE.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring Issue

Hi everyone.  Just popping in to share a link to Scrapbook  & Cards Today Spring issue, now available in print and on-line for FREE!

SCTSprngCover2

In addition to the release of their beautiful Spring issue, Scrapbook & Cards Today is celebrating their 9th birthday! Yesterday began the kick-off to nine days of celebration.  Check out their blog HERE to join the party (with LOADS of incredible give-aways)!

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 5 of 5 – Inks and Refills

5Days_BlogHeader

Hi everyone! Welcome to the last installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing ink pads and refills.  Prior to this week, my ink pads were pretty much a hot mess. Some were labeled, some weren’t.  My dye ink refills were with the dye ink pads but all of my hybrid refills were in a bag.  It was somewhat of a nightmare. I feel so much better now, labeled, stacked, categorized.  Ahhh…   :)

On a shelf behind my stamp table, I have all of my MFT inks and some refills.  All ink pads are labelled and grouped by color. (You can find MFT labels HERE.)

All-inks-1-500

My dye inks and refills are stored on a little shelf organizer my husband made for me a while back.

Dye-ink-w-refills-500To the left of the dye inks are my hybrid inks and a handful of pigment inks.

Hybrid-Pigment-Inks-500Since there is no room for the hybrid refills, I store them in bins with a 1/4″ circle cut from the coordinating card stock glued to each top.  The refill with no card stock on top is black. Once I begin accumulating pigment ink refills, I’ll store them similarly but in a different color bin.

Hybrid-Refills-500

I’d love to take credit for the punched circles but I can’t.  Jody mentioned it to me long ago and I thought it was brilliant.

Hybrid-Color-Tops-500

Head on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more ink organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win our GRAND PRIZE Package!  (It’s INCREDIBLE!)

5Ways_Prize5a

 

I hope you enjoyed our Five Days to An Organized Crafty Stash!   Thanks for stopping by!   :)

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 4 of 5 – Card Stock

5Days_BlogHeader

Hi everyone! Welcome to another installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing card stock.  I have a lot so it’s stored in a few different locations.

Several years ago, I was doing all my stamping from my dining room table.  As you can imagine, I quickly outgrew that (plus it was an eyesore). During that time, I was offered a really big job, I worked hard, saved my money and bought a very nice project table with storage on each side.  I ♥♥♥♥♥ it. On this side, I keep a rainbow of card stock from which I pull on a daily basis.

Card-Stock-FrontI “file” my card stock packages with the label out so I can be certain of what I’m grabbing while flipping through.

CS-2-labelsI also open my packages from the bottom (near the label) so I can easily access the extra cut pieces I store in the package.  I’ve started writing the coordinating Copic color on the label as well.

CS-5-Lable-Opening

Since I use whites and black most frequently, I keep them on a shelf behind where I stand to stamp so they are very accessible.  (Yes, I stand.)  :)

CS-3-Basic-ColorsOn the other side of my table, I use the bottom shelf to store all of my “extra inventory.” (I didn’t take a photo of the entire side because it’s not as pretty.)  😉

CS-4-Extra-StockHead on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more card stock organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win one of two Prize Packages:

5Ways_Prize4a

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 3 of 5 – Die-namics

5Days_BlogHeader

Hi everyone! Welcome to another installment of Five Days to an Organized Crafty Stash with My Favorite Things!  Today we’re sharing our ideas for managing Die-namics. 

Necessary statement:  I attribute 90% of my stamp room organization to Jennifer McGuire and her incredibly creative and brilliant ideas.  I cannot thank her enough. (You can find her info on die organization here.) 

I purchased two of these refrigerator bins from Bed, Bath & Beyond. They’re a bit pricey (for bins) but worth every penny.  (Plus I had a coupon for each.) I use one bin for dies and a second for stamps.

Michele Boyer/Die-namics Organization

Here’s a close-up of my labels.  The categories are basically in order of most used. (I hate to dig through things.)

Michele Boyer/Die-namics Organization Labels

I use this label maker and tape to label my Blu Raspberry dividers. I’ll eventually switch the dividers out for something more sturdy but for now they work great!

I accidentally bought black on white tape once so you may notice a white label. I’m not picky enough to peel it off and replace, but I do prefer clear.  

ETA:  Free downloadable files are now available HERE for printing labels for MFT stamps, dies, stencils, etc.

Michele Boyer/Die-namics - Label MakerI purchase these magnetic sheets from my local Home Depot (about $4), cut to size and adhere to Sweet Tooth card stock to place in each sleeve.

Michele Boyer - Magnetic Sheets (Vent Covers)

I had originally used three types of sleeves for my dies but I’m transitioning down to two.  And they just happen to now be available here in the MFT store.  :)

Here’s a sample of my dies on the magnetic sheets. *So happy*   

Michele Boyer - Die-namics Stored on Magnetic Sheets/Clear Pockets

I keep the label maker on my desk but everything else is stored in a basket on a shelf over my dies.

Michele Boyer/Organization Supplies Storage

I cannot begin to tell you how great this system works for me. It took a while to get organized as I already had a LOT when I started but it was worth every minute, every penny. I already thanked Jennifer once, but I will thank her again.  And again. And again. ♥

Head on over to the MFT blog for a list of direct links to more Die-namics organization! And be sure to leave a comment there on the MFT blog for your chance to win one of two Prize Packages:

5Ways_Prize3a

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

An Organized Crafty Stash, Day 1of 5 – Stamps

5Days_BlogHeaderToday My Favorite Things kicks off Five Days to an Organized Crafty StashEach day we will highlight a different area of the craft room and share ideas for putting everything in its place. To make it even more fun, two prizes will be given on Days 1 through 4 with one Grand Prize on Day 5.  (And believe me, it is g-r-a-n-d!) For your chance to win one of these AMAZING prize packages, be sure to leave a comment on each day’s Organization post on the MFT Blog.

Necessary statement:  I attribute 90% of my stamp room organization to Jennifer McGuire and her incredibly creative and brilliant ideas.  I cannot thank her enough. (You can find her info on stamp organization here.)

I file most of my stamps in this bin from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Michele Boyer - Stamp Organization

Each stamp set is placed into one of these clear pockets and filed under the appropriate category.

Michele Boyer- Stamp Set in pocket

If the set has coordinating Die-namics dies, I adhere a magnetic sheet to the back of the white insert so all pieces are kept neatly together.

Michele Boyer/dies stored behind stamp set in pocket

I use these vent covers (magnetic sheets) available from Home Depot for about $4 per pack.

Org-Mag-sheets

Pure Innocence sets are filed in a basket on one of my shelves, sorted by holiday, birthday,  miscellaneous, etc.

Stamps-3-PIsBackground stamps are stored in a basket as well.

Stamps-4-Backgrounds

Head on over to the MFT Blog for direct links to more stamp storage solutions! And don’t forget to comment there for your chance to win one of two prize packages:

5Ways_Prize1a

Thanks for stopping by!