Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scrapbooking Storage Tip 3: Recycling Hanger for Washi Tapes Storage

Have you started spring cleaning for the new year?

I started very slowly. Too many distractions from my kids and housechores, not forgetting last minute emergencies. Sometimes, while I was feeding my baby, my mind wondered and planning where to pack. I have too many junks at home. I just unsure why I kept them in the first place. So I decided to throw them out. Yes, those I have not seen for more than a year, out they go.

One corner at a time. I still have less than 2 weeks to pack.

I was packing my craft room and saw a pile of washi tapes I have collected over the years. Yes, I am still buying cute ones.

Washi tapes
Some are not cheap. I dont seem to be able to finish one roll though I used as a replacement of scotch tapes and in my scrapbook stuff or even decorate my envelopes. Big E used them too for her crafts or sometimes she played with them by stacking up.

I wanted to pack them up nicely.

The other day, I saw this hanger for pants in my wardrobe. Suddenly I had this idea of placing all the tapes onto this hanger.

Hanger for pants
Good idea? But there was a catch! The holes are too big and the tapes will slide on the end. I need a stopper. I made one.

I used this kitchen towel roll as the stopper. Simple and FOC.

Materials needed:
1. Kitchen towel roll
2. Pen or Marker
3. Ruler
4. Awl
5. Scissors

Towel roll

1. First, I drew a straight line on the length.
2. Mark the positions where the edges of the hanger on the roll.

Mark the positions
3. Use the Awl to poke the holes.
4. Enlarge the holes by cutting a X using a pair of scissors.

Cut a X using a pair of scissors

5. Then bend them in like that.

Bend in
6. Ta-da! You can place the roll onto the edges.

Please onto the hanger

Final product
Now they look neat and tidy.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Little Lessons: How to destress for Preschool Kid

School has started for 2 weeks plus. Sometimes, Big E looked quite tired as she has to skip her afternoon nap and also her milk feed. All because her class is in the afternoon now. Some people told me that it is a good transition cos some primary school is in the afternoon session.

Oh well, I don't really mind her skipping nap and milk. The most she sleeps early at night and I topped up her morning and night feed. :)

One fine day, I was doing my spring cleaning when she saw some bubble wraps in my room.

She said: Mummy, can I pop the bubbles, please?
I said: Why not?

She looked stress, eh?
But she was having fun!

Having fun popping

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Monday, January 6, 2014

2013 Project Life Mistakes Made.. Moving on to 2014

I have not completed my 2013 Project Life album. The other day, I just finished my September month. I left 3 months before I can close the 2nd album. I am so late!

2013 title cards

Here are the reasons why I think why I failed for 2013 Project Life:

1. My first attempt
2013 was the first time I tried doing project life. I also did past years from 2009. Too overwhelming I guess.

2. Too many photographes
I love to take photographes of daily happenings especially on my kids. I can even took 5 of similar shots to make sure I had a good one. This amount to hundreds per month to sort and select. Plus I had to photoedit to make them nicer. I also had to write the dates down so that they were in order.

3. Used too many embellishment
I have a lot of embellishments. A LOT of stickers, alphas, quotes, cardboard type, washis, etc. I had an intention to use as many as I can so that I can clear them. I had been hoarding them for too long. So the problem came as I had too many to choose from and designing just one card.

What will be my plans for 2014?

1. Do not edit my photographes
I will give up editing all my selected photographes and print directly. This will save me a lot of time.

2. Used lesser embellishment
Yes, definately helps and saves a lot of time. I will also asked my Big E to help decorate some of her photographes with the stickers I have in my storage.

3. Move on and never look back
I will not look back at the previous months for touchups. Move on!

4. Use a diary
2014 planner from Typo
I intend to use this planner that I bought at a sale at Type (50% discount) as my diary that document all we have spent each day. It will be easier for me to tally with my photographes.

Wish me luck!

Maybe I should do both 2014 and 2013 concurrently. Good idea?