Craft Outfitting, Inspiration to get more done

What is Craft Outfitting™?

Craft Outfitting™ can help you transfer awesome projects out of your mind and onto the paper or surface, even when you don’t know where to start. Craft Outfitting™ helps you create “that look” you see in craft magazines and online, but still leaves room for your own creativity and design. And best of all, there are no kits to purchase or supplies to have shipped — Craft Outfitting™ uses YOUR OWN SUPPLIES!

With Craft Outfitting™, you will simultaneously give your mind a creative rest AND a creative recharge. How is this possible? Use your personal craft stash as your “closet”. Then, based on the “outfit” you choose, select a few pieces of cardstock and a few tools and follow a series of step-by-step instructions. In a few hours, you will have completed a series of 12″x12″ SCRAPBOOK PAGES and several A2-SIZED GREETING CARDS all IN ONE SITTING!

Here’s how it works: I used the The FREE SAMPLE pattern below to make two (12″x12″) layouts, five (8″x8″) layouts and six (A2) top-folding cards. I wanted to work on my oldest son’s sports album, so I chose basketball-themed paper (several sheets according to the pattern). The pattern let me relax at my craft table and follow simple instructions to create lots of projects at once. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I also made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And, I also made SIX cards:

When I followed the pattern, I was in control of the paper I chose and the embellishments I chose. I could have made these projects any way I wanted, for any occasion I wanted.

Check out the same exact “outfit” using different paper. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And I made SIX cards:

Same exact pattern. ONE SITTING. Different paper. Different embellishments. No subscription kits. No fancy tools. Just you and your stash and one Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Imagine if you did the pattern again with holiday paper, baby paper, wedding paper! Imagine graduation paper, school years paper, beach vacation paper! Think of the possibilities using cat or dog paper, Halloween paper, winter paper, spring flower paper… anything you have in your stash already will FINALLY get used!

How is Craft Outfitting™ different from a layout sketch or challenge? First of all, a layout sketch always begins with the sketch, the picture of the end result. Craft Outfitting™ always starts with the materials, the papers you are in the mood to work with. Secondly, with a layout sketch, you pull papers and supplies and end up with one project. With Craft Outfitting™, you pull papers and supplies and end up with several projects! Finally, a layout sketch requires you to try to figure out as you go how to achieve the end result, but with Craft Outfitting™, you just follow the instructions and almost like magic, the projects appear! Then you can really use your creativity to make those projects fit YOUR occasions.

Sandpaper Road offers Craft Outfitting™ patterns for purchase. Visit sandpaperroad.com and click the SHOP button or click HERE: SHOP Craft Outfitting™ by Sandpaper Road

What will you get with your purchase? Your purchase includes ONE easy-to-follow, downloadable, printable pattern with step-by-step instructions to create several projects in one sitting (with over 50 full-color photos to accompany the steps), plus a private link to a companion video tutorial which walks you through the pattern every step of the way. Once you purchase a pattern, you can watch the video again and again. You can also print or download the pattern (with the full-color photos) to take to a crop (especially handy if your crop location’s WiFi is spotty or unreliable).

The above pattern is only a short sample of what you will make with a Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Typically, Craft Outfitting™ patterns yield FOUR (12″x12″) layouts and TWELVE (A2, top-folding) cards. Imagine… with FIVE patterns, you will be able to make a 20-page (12″x12″) album and 60 cards in no time! Plus, you can use the patterns again and again for different holidays, seasons and occasions!

STILL NOT SURE? Give it a try! Check out this PRINT-FRIENDLY FREE SAMPLE Craft Outfitting™ PATTERN by Sandpaper Road HERE: Craft.Outfitting.FREE SAMPLE PATTERN.A.1.print.friendly.version

VIEW the FREE companion video on YouTube HERE: Craft Outfitting™ FREE SAMPLE VIDEO

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Greeting Cards

EASY DIY Baby Card or Birth Announcement using Papertrey Ink “Onesie Die”

Papercraft like a PRO using the “Onesie” die from Papertrey Ink! It’s QUICK and EASY! Watch the complete video tutorial here:

 

1. Start with 1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ colored cardstock and 1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock. Cut the colored cardstock in half, lengthwise. Then fold ONE of the colored halves in half to make an A2-sized, top-folding greeting card base (4.25″ x 5.5″). Set aside.

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2. Cut ONE “Onesie” die cut shape from the remaining half of the colored cardstock. Set aside. Also cut ONE “Onesie” die cut shape from the white cardstock. Emboss this white die-cut shape as desired with an embossing folder. If desired, ink the outside edges of the white die-cut shape with a coordinating “baby-colored” ink of your choice. Then, with scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out a strip of the die-cut shape across the “chest” of the onesie (about 1/2″ or 3/4″ wide, depending on your preference). Locate the colored die-cut onesie shape from earlier. Adhere the 2 pieces of white onesie die-cut to the colored die-cut onesie shape, lining up the edges of the white onesie with the edges of the colored onesie. Set aside.

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3. Use the remaining white cardstock to stamp a sentiment for the front of the card and another sentiment for the inside of the card. These examples show stamps and ink from Stampin’ Up!. Die cut the sentiments as desired. These examples show scalloped circle dies from Spellbinders and stitched rectangle dies from Whitelotous. Set aside sentiments. Wrap a flat strip of ribbon around the onesie piece and secure on the back with adhesive. Use another piece of ribbon to tie around that first ribbon strip in the front, OR create a bow and then adhere with a glue dot to the first ribbon strip. Adhere the front sentiment to the onesie shape with dimensional adhesive. Set aside.

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4. Locate the colored A2-sized top-folding card from step one. Carefully line up the folded top of the card with the dotted line on the die. Die cut the entire card. Test and make sure the die cut folded card stays intact when it opens and closes.

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5. Place adhesive on the die-cut folded card front. Adhere the decorated full-sized onesie card panel to the front of the folded die-cut onesie-shaped card, lining everything up at the bottom edges. Adhere remaining stamped sentiment on the inside of the card as desired.

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So CUTE!

Imagine using this same technique to make congratulations baby cards, shower invitations, shower gift thank you cards, infant baptism/christening cards, or even happy “birth”day cards! This die is also perfect for use in a scrapbook baby album! Use as a tag, use for journaling, or even use to frame a small photo!

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Please note that at the time of this posting, I am not in any way affiliated with Papertrey Ink. I just really like this die! You can purchase this die from Papertrey Ink here: https://www.papertreyink.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=search&search_str=onesie+die

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Inspiration to get more done

Inspiration to get more done – Finishing half-done cards

Be inspired to get more done! Finish half-done greeting cards with supplies you already have on hand. Today I completed 12 “card starts” in one sitting without leaving my craft table!

5 Tips for successful “finishing”:

  1. Set aside about two hours for yourself. Turn your phone to “do not disturb”, set a timer, and be determined to stay in one spot for the time you set. Don’t worry about HOW MUCH you get accomplished. Instead, focus on staying ON TASK.
  2. Before you start your timer, gather a few embellishments and keep them on your table. Only gather what can stay on your table! A few pieces of ribbon, a few die cuts or stamped images leftover from other projects, a few stickers, a little bling… don’t go overboard. If your table starts to look cluttered even before you START, you are starting with too much!
  3. Gather the adhesive of your choice. Variety is key! Foam dots, glue dots, tape runners, liquid adhesive, glue sticks, even kids’ school glue… just have a nice variety within reach!
  4. Just for this set-aside time, don’t feel pressured to make all the cards for the same holiday or occasion. Look at each “card start” as if it were the only card you were making. If you end up with a birthday card, a Christmas card and a sympathy card at the end of your time, great!
  5. DO NOT use this time to stamp and create NEW embellishments, accents or sentiments. Try your best to use items you have in front of you and your own creativity to finish what you have started!

These are the tips I use for myself to stay motivated, exercise my creativity, and get more accomplished. Hopefully, you find them inspiring!

Please share these tips with your crafty friends (and maybe share with that one crafty friend who never seems to finish anything!).

Feel free to leave a tip of your own in the comments section below!