Monday, December 13, 2010

Calendar Scrap Kit

After posting this month's challenge and offering "a Calendar kit of some kind," I started looking at some options.  There are many kits out there, some cheaper than others.  I found one I liked the look of (and the price of) and realized it was something I could make quite easily!  So, here it is, the calendar kit for this month's challenge:


The kit includes a spiral bound 8.5" x 5.5" chipboard book to decorate, 
12 month calendar grids, and an easel back for desk display.

I made a few sample pages to show how it works, and had a blast going through all different seasons of my paper stock, instead of just looking for wintery sheets!







As you can see, there is plenty of room for a photo, sentiment, or list of special dates on every month page.

Now for the cool part- I will be sending one of these kits, a $14 value, to EVERY PERSON who comments on the club challenge this month!  So hop on over, take a look, and leave us a comment to claim your calendar kit!  (Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you!)

Happy Holidays from the Crazy Crafters Club!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Colors of Winter Projects

Well, December is here, and those of us who were supposed to be helping to motivate the group have been in need of some motivation ourselves!

Thank you and congratulations to NickeyCole, who posted in October's Free-for-all challenge about some projects she's been working on!  Rose will be in touch with you to get you your prize pack!

I seem to find more inspiration in wintertime than the rest of the year.  If you visit my blog, you will see some of the projects I have been coming up with this past week as I have been trying to organize all of my supplies.  But something I have been thinking about this morning is color schemes for the holidays.  Long gone is the standard red and green, being replaced by pale blue and white, or green, ivory, and gold.  But it doesn't stop there!

I want to know the craziest, oddest, most unusual color combination you have seen for a winter holiday project- it can be in advertising, crafts, horrible sweaters, whatever!  Just post a comment telling about the colors, and if possible, list a link so we can see what you mean!

Click here to see this month's awesome prize!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Free For All Challenge

Greetings Crazy Crafters!

Rose and I have both been busy with life stuff, and the October challenge got put on the back-burner... so instead of a specific challenge (the rest of) this month, we're having a free-for-all!  Post any- and everything you are working on and be entered to win a prize!

So get out the crafts, cameras, and glitter, and show us what you're up to!

Your prize this month is an embellishment kit: A set of alphabet stickers, Pillow stickers & Journal tags!


Friday, October 1, 2010

September Challenge Winner

I just want to say thank you to all the participants this month! I am thrilled that we got such a great turnout after the long summer, and know you guys will keep rolling out the awesome projects!

By completely blind, random selection (no, really, I asked Lindsay to pick a number) the winner is:

Cole!

Congratulations, Cole! I'll send your prize with Rose tomorrow!

Thanks again for playing, and keep up the great work, crafters!
The October challenge will be up soon!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Chance

Ok, lazy crazy crafters!  I worried that last month's challenge wasn't inspiring as I had hoped, but Tonya came through in the end!  If you didn't see her amazing array of inspired cards, check them out! (click here for the details)

Here it is:

This month's challenge is to be inspired by either a story or a song.

Do you have a favorite children's story that would make a great card or scrapbook page?  What about your favorite song?  There have been a lot of fun new "wild thing" and little monster stamps out recently, just full of potential!  I personally think the world needs more Yellow Submarine cards!  Or is there a song about colors that might be fun to work with?

Don't forget- we're not just about paper crafts here!  You can knit, crochet, weave, quilt, paint, sketch, whittle or do a found art piece- any medium is accepted!  (Plus we're not too strict about how it fits the theme.)  We just want folks being creative and sharing the process with the group!

Check out Deb's blog to see what inspired her this time 'round!



So here is what to do:

Once you have made your project for this challenge, post it on your blog or gallery and give us the link below!  Make sure to reference what story or song you were inspired by!  You may enter as often as you like, and we will be selecting a winner at the end of the month!

As a bonus, if you happen to do a scrapbook page based on a song, you can also enter it here at Scrapbook.com for another challenge, due by October 12!

If you need help:

If you get stuck and need some help brainstorming ideas, let us know!  We'll be scheduling a few crafting days at the Crop Stop this month so we can all work on projects together- stay tuned on our Facebook page for details!

Please let us know if you don't have a blog or gallery set up yet- we would be happy to help you set up!  Just leave a comment below or send a message Rose or Deb.

The Prizes:

Here is this month's cool prize-





Stampin' Up! Retired set, Island Blossoms
Brand new, unmounted with wood blocks all in a plastic storage case.

So make sure you get your projects submitted for your chance to win!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Final Check-In!

Well, it has been an exciting month, and a very wonderful weekend!

Please stop by Deb's blog to learn about how the Expo was and for a chance to win an expo tote bag!



The August challenge deadline is just around the corner- anyone need help putting the finishing touches on their project?




Post a link on the challenge page or a comment with a link to your gallery to enter- and don't forget, there is an amazing prize package up for grabs for one lucky participant!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Big Event!

The waiting is finally over!  The Stamp & Scrap Expo is here!


Hooray!






The Stamp & Scrap Expo
Saturday & Sunday, August 28th & 29th
This 2-day event out in Greeley brings you face-to-face with the vendors and creators of your favorite scrapping products!  You do not want to miss this opportunity to see the latest products, try out new tools, and schmooze with the stars of scrapbooking!
Go to www.rubberstampandscrapbookexpo.com for more info and a $3 off coupon!!!



Don't forget to stop by and see our very own Heather Reed from the Crop Stop!  She'll have a booth there and will be offering some great products, demos and make and takes at the show!


If you don't have your tickets yet, don't worry- you can buy them online through the link above, or right at the door!  Don't forget your coupon!

Can't wait to see you all there!



What are you looking forward to the most at the expo???  Is there a vendor you want to meet?  New tools you want to try out? We want to know!
 Leave us a comment!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Exciting Weekend & Challenge Check In

How are you all doing on crafts this week?  

There is still plenty of time to get your challenges in for this month!  And to help get the projects off on the right foot, how about checking out one of the exciting events going on this weekend and next?





Miss Ma'am will be hosting a
Close To My Heart gathering.
Sunday, August 15th, 2-5pm, Loveland
(Yes, that's tomorrow!)
If you're interested in attending please contact Rose at 970-599-1677 or by email rose@creatingwithrose.com for the address of the event. Feel free to bring a friend or two. We'll be creating a scrapbook layout, greeting card and if time permits learning some new techniques.






Capture Scrapbooking is hosting another Armory Crop!
Sunday, August 15th
(Tomorrow too!)
There are still spots available for this all day scrapbooking event! 
See www.shopcapture.com for more info and to register online!










Just a couple more weeks until
The Stamp & Scrap Expo!!!
Saturday & Sunday, August 28th & 29th
This 2-day event out in Greeley brings you face-to-face with the vendors and creators of your favorite scrapping products!  You do not want to miss this opportunity to see the latest products, try out new tools, and schmooze with the stars of scrapbooking!
Go to www.rubberstampandscrapbookexpo.com for more info and a $3 off coupon!!!




Can't wait to see you all there!


We want to know what crafty projects you've been working on!  Post a link on the challenge page or leave us a comment!

Don't forget, there is an awesome prize for the winner of this month's challenge!



Sunday, August 8, 2010

Checkin' In

Finding it hard to get back into crafting?  Having trouble finding inspiration for this month's challenge?

Maybe next weekend you should join one of the craft events going on right here in Northern Colorado!

Miss Ma'am will be hosting a
Close To My Heart gathering.
If you're interested in attending please contact Rose at 970-599-1677 or by email rose@creatingwithrose.com for the address of the event. Feel free to bring a friend or two. We'll be creating a scrapbook layout, greeting card and if time permits learning some new techniques.









Capture Scrapbooking is hosting another Armory Crop!
Sunday, August 15th
There are still spots available for this all day scrapbooking event!
See www.shopcapture.com for more info and to register online!








And then just a couple more weeks until :

The Stamp & Scrap Expo!!!
Saturday & Sunday, August 28th & 29th
This 2-day event out in Greeley brings you face-to-face with the vendors and creators of your favorite scrapping products!  You do not want to miss this opportunity to see the latest products, try out new tools, and schmooze with the stars of scrapbooking!
Go to www.rubberstampandscrapbookexpo.com for more info and a $3 off coupon!!!



Wow!  It is so awesome to have such amazing events right here in our neck of the woods!
How's that for motivation?


We want to see what you're working on!  Are you having trouble finding inspiration?  Not sure how to achieve what you imagine?  We'd love to help!  Just post a comment or link for us, and we'll give you ideas & feedback!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Challenge

Well folks, it has been a long summer, and we wanted to kick the challenges off with something simple so everyone can get back into the swing of things!  August is going to be a very exciting month around here- school supplies are out in the stores, along with some wonderful new products for crafters!  Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as we get ready for another Armory Crop and the Rubber Stamping and Scrapbook Expo- right next door in Greeley!  So dust of your crafting corner for an exciting craft-filled month!  Ready?  Good!

August Challenge





That's right- just one challenge- but this one can be color schemes, layouts, techniques- whatever you are inspired to do!  The only rule is to post a pic of what inspired you along with your entry!

Here are some ideas to get you started:
CCEE Stampers challenge based on Williams-Sonoma food pic

• A while back I noticed a fun project challenge on a blog I follow.  Every week they would post a photograph of very artfully placed food items from Williams-Sonoma catalogs, and the participants had to come up with a paper craft design (card, page layout) based on some aspect of the food shot.  Some focused on the repetition of certain shapes, some on specific color combinations, and some used the layout of plate and food items to generate their own project.

While I noticed this cool challenge, I did not have the opportunity to participate, but thought it was a great way to promote people to find inspiration in the most unusual of places.  After all, they do call it the “culinary arts”; aesthetics remain basically the same.  Do you have any magazines or cookbooks with neat food pictures that could translate into a card?  What about a scrapbook page layout?


Verve Challenge ideas from Bed Bath & Beyond

Verve Stamps is currently running a challenge on Splitcoaststampers where every week they look at a different room of a house and have challenges based on that room.  They offer layout, which can be matched with whatever that room inspires them to do.  You can find out more at this week's challenge post.


• Sometimes "necessity is the mother of invention."  Ever look at a kleenex box or tea kettle and have the sudden desire to crochet or sew a cozy for it?   Here in a couple months we'll be getting loads of snow- and a bare head is certainly inspiration for that knitted hat you have been wanting to learn how to make!  And what about that painting, looking so lonely without a proper frame- I bet you can build one!  This challenge is open for your own interpretation!


• I love to get ideas from all sorts of places- but this challenge starts right where you are, right now!  Look around your computer, car, kitchen, the kids' toy box, anywhere in the house...  there are loads of possibilities!


• You can also hop over to my blog to see what inspired me: Crafty Saffy Paper Crafts



Don't forget!

Be sure to post a picture of what inspired you, along with the final project!  Deadline is the end of August, and you may enter as often as you like!

This month's amazing prize is another mini-kit full of papers, stamps, and more! Picture to be posted soon!

PLUS- "Committed" crafters (like June and Lindsay) earn DOUBLE POINTS!  Try to keep up with them, or join to double your entries for this great prize and more!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pre-Challenge Giveaway


Well folks, we kind of fell off the motivation wagon there for a bit.  For me, as the weather got nicer, I felt less and less like working with paper!  Whatever free time I have found these last weeks I have tried to spend on the garden.  While it was great to feel the dirt in my fingernails again after a long hard winter, I think it is now time to get the crafts out again.  What say you, dear crafters?

So here it is, already a week into June, I haven't even changed my craft calendar over from May yet.  Not a great way to help motivate others, now, is it?  I will tear down the cobwebs and turn the calendar page to get organized again, and in the mean time I want to see what you have been working on of late!

Post links through the linky below, or leave a comment.  
I will be giving away a special prize to a random submitter
(and remember- you can earn double submission points as a "Committed Crafter"!)  
Drawing will be held when June AUGUST challenges are posted, so get ready!

~Crafty Saffy

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 3 of May

Hello Crafty Pals! What's new in your happy crafting land?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 2 of May

Saturday again! Any neat crafts or general creative-ness this week?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 1 of May

Check in time again! So what have all you fabulous crafters been up to this week? Any crafty plans for the weekend? We'd love to hear from you!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day Mini Challenge

Mother's Day is this Sunday. Did any of you make something special for your moms? Show us what you made & you could win a this acrylic stamp from Inkadinkado!



Saturday, May 1, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 4 of April

It's Saturday again! That means it's check-in time again. So what have you crazies been up to this week?

Anyone wanna share some pics of the circle journals being passed around? Done any other fun stuff you want to share? We love to see your comments & if you post a link we'll come comment on your blog too!

This week I finished a few challenges. Been waiting on the next circle journal to come round my way. Later tonight or tomorrow I'll be making a Mother's Day Card.

And it's National Scrapbooking Day! Tons of challenges all over the crafty-web if you feel up to participating. And I'll be posting our May Challenges as well as announcing the April winner later this evening!

happy crafting
~ Boho Rose

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 3 of April

It's that time of the week again! Time to check in! We still don't have much participation yet :( Drag your friends here, even if they're not slacker-ly like we are. We'd just like to see people play along.

So here's a little of what I've been up to this week:

Let's see ... I finished a set of 15 Artist Trading Cards for the Bombshell Stamps Design Team Swap ... and since I'm Ms. August 2010 I got to play along!

15 cards were a lot to make! I had some help last week from the lovely AND talented NickyCole coloring and cutting out all the bombshells, hats & cauldrons. So this week was assembly week! Sadly I screwed up a few of the stamped images and had to make more :( I'm really happy with how they turned out ... cute, sassy & wicked!




I made a card for the Bombshell Forums Monthly Challenge. The card fits two challenges. The sketch challenged called for some triangles and the other challenge was to create your own pattern/design paper. Since I felt like I was falling behind on my monthly to-do list I decided to combine the 2 challenges into one! And Voila! A pretty groovy card if I do say so myself!



And yesterday I started working on a Mini-Album for my Mom on Mother's Day. During our usual lunch time conversations Mom mentioned that she wish someone would tell her how amazing she was .. (she was jealous because I'd just got done telling her that someone had told me I was amazing! haha). So I thought what better way to show her than with a little book of love made by me.

This morning I thought out what I wanted in the book, scoured old albums for photos and then did a layout sketch. I've never done a scrapbook before so I wanted to keep my thoughts organized, a sketch is a great way to do that! And yes I tend to make sketches of my cards before I create them too.

I happened to already have a mini-chipboard album at home. Found some paper I liked and spent the evening gluing pages in for my backgrounds, trimming them to size, and accenting them with a gold paint pen. As you can see I still have some more work to do with the painting!


And did I mention I also had a nasty virus and was bedridden most of the week! lol I don't feel so bad for spending 4 days in bed now that I've got so many things cleaned off my crafty lil plate!

Well folks that's all I've got for ya this week. So how about you? What have you been up to? Anything fun and exciting? I'm so desperate to know that I don't even care if it's craft related! hehe


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Weekly Check In: Week 1 of April

So what have you crazy beautiful ladies been up to this week?

Here's what we've been up to:

Boho Rose here this week. This week I finished all the wedding invitations! Hooray! It turned out to be a heck of a lot more work than I had anticipated. So needless to say I was thrilled with JuneDeer offered to help out! Thanks so much for all your hard work JuneDeer :) I also did some freelance design work, creating a blogger template for someone I admire. And best of all I finally finished my circle journal and was able to pass it on to Ms. Crafty Safffy so she can start working on her spread in the book.

I'll post some pictures of my circle journal later. Maybe I'll even use the linky! hehe

I was very glad to have those 3 things crossed off my to-do list! Now I can work on finishing up my sister's baby quilt ... which just so happens to fit 2 of the challenges for April!

So what have you beautiful crafters been up to this week? Use the linky below to share with us what you've done this week. Or just leave us a comment .... pretty please!! :) We love getting comments!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

March Challenge Winner

Sorry I hadn't gotten to this yet. The winner of the March Challenges was JuneDeer of Fairy Good Food & Crafts with 3 Entries!

And as a "Thank You For Playing" NickyCole will also be receiving a little something special, since she was the only person other than June to play!

Congrats ladies!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Challenges

And here's the REAL challenges for the month of April! Feel free to play along with the April Fool's Challenge still :)


Each month we bring you 3 challenges to inspire new and exciting projects, and we want to motivate you with prize giveaways!  (Please refer to the Challenges Page for more details and to find out how to get extra entires!)  Enter as many times as you like for any of the challenges - and have fun!

Challenge 1:


Amigurumi
Cat Neck Pillow


Reversible ToteFat Quarter PurseFaux Stitching9 Patch Quilt

The links in the above picture have been giving some crafters issues, so here they are in a clickable text link as well:


Reversible ToteFat Quarter PurseFaux Stitching9 Patch Quilt

Challenge 2:






Challenge 3:




If that wasn't enough to motivate you here is 
the prize for the April Challenge:



Mother's Day Mini Album Kit: Includes 2 Mini Clear Stamps Sets (that's a total of 7 stamps!), 1 5-page Scalloped Circle Chipboard Album, Acrylic Block, Glitter Glue, & 5 sheets of 12x12 paper. 




Challenge Samples:
 And to get you started here's some samples from our Craziest Crafters .... The Crazy Crafter Design Team!

Sample from Deb with this month's layout



Deadline for submissions is the last day of April by Midnight MST.  Submit the link to your page with  the gadget  below:

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Fools Challenge

To start with we're bringing you just one challenge this month. And you're even getting it a few hours early! So no complaining that you didn't have enough time! And since so many of you clubbies had problems with even doing last months challenges, why come up with 3! Bunch of slacker crafters we turned into last month! Let's see if we can't do better this month.

The point of the club is participation. So even if you're not crafting we'd still love to see comments from you! Even if it's "Aaaah! Life has steam rolled me over this week & I didn't have any time to do anything craft related!" At least you're are participating. And in return your fellow crazy crafters will be able to be supportive for you. So comment, comment, comment! Pretty please??

And without further ado ..... Your First Challenge For April!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Motivation Monday and Pencil Day!

Crafty Saffy here, and I wanted to share another fun holiday from my calendar of odd and obscure days-

National Pencil Day!
March 30

Now how could I pass on a holiday like this?

Our crafty friend Laurie submitted this little excerpt for today's posting, and I think it sums up quite well how we think of pencil day here at craft central!






Sunday, March 28, 2010

Circle Journal & Swapper Check-In

Hello Crazy Crafters! Just before our blog went live, our group decided to do a journal swap (For the Curious) . And while I don't want anyone to feel left out because they didn't get signed up in time, I also want to encourage the ladies in the swap to share their work with you here.

We all need feedback and especially praise ;) So even though the swap doesn't apply to all our members I will be sharing the swap with all of you via the blog.

For those that haven't heard of Circle Journals ... and don't feel bad because we only just recently heard of them too! Anyhow, circle journals are like altered books or scrapbooks. The group will swap books with each other, every swapper creating a page in some one else's book. So when the swap ends everyone will have a book with beautiful artwork from the rest of the group.

There is some structure to the swap. Each Crafter can dictate some rules of engagement for working in their book, and to keep us on track every book will have a theme and some design specifications.

Our swap decided to give each crafter a month to create a two page spread in each of the books. At the end of each month we'll swap books until we've made a complete circle with the books.

So far our CJ (Circle Journal) swappers should have their books nearly ready for swapping. During the first month of the swap each participant was asked to do the following:

1) Pick a book. It can be any size, it doesn't have to be a traditional journal or even a traditional album! The majority of us in the swap chose to go the Chipboard album route.

2) Choose a Theme! Each swapper chose a theme for their journal. This theme dictates what the book is about as well as how each swapper will create their spread in your book. There are millions of varieties of themes, you can be as specific or as vague as you like. Here's a great list of themes we found when researching theme ideas: Link to Themes

3) Set Some Rules! It's your book and you know what you want, so let us know what you want! Without being too over controlling give your book some rules or design specifications. Tell us what colors you'd like us to use, how much glitz you expect, how you'd like to see crafter's interpret your theme, etc. But, please keep it simple but to the point, don't want to bog the swapper's done with too much fine print ;)

4) Design Some Pages! Decorate your cover(s) and do a spread with the rules of your book or an introduction. Create a page for all the artists to "sign-in". It can be as simple as tags for the artists to just sign, or little cards with pictures and biographies. Be as creative as you want with this! Remember that you are setting the feel for how you want your book designed. And lastly create the very first spread of your book, following your own rules & theme.

5) Start Swapping! Each of our swappers have been given a list of names. At the end of the month the book will pass to the next name on the list. Each swap the crafters have one month to create a spread (aka 2 page layout) in the book in their possession.

I hope you few (but we're very thankful!) readers will enjoy seeing some of the journey and behind the scenes chatter as we strive to finish our first ever swap! And if all goes well you'll maybe even join us in our next swap!

So with all that out of the way .... Where do we stand swappers? Everyone feel pretty confident about our April 1st swap date? I know I have yet to hand out the swap list, but other than that does anyone feel like maybe they need more time before we swap? We can delay the start date by up to a week to give you more time if you need it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekly Check In : Week 4 of March

So what have you crazy beautiful ladies been up to this week?

Here's what we've been up to:

Deb is so excited, she mailed off her entries for the Paper Crafts Magazine "Stamping Royalty" contest on Tuesday! She also sent a card to the Taylored Expressions Dragonfly Card Project, and feels really good that one of her creations will be given to a family for whom it might offer some healing.

If you haven't visited Deb's blog, stop by and check out the fun things she has been working on for World Folk Tale and Fable Week!


Ash has been experimenting with some fun projects for her circle journal- let's see if we can talk her into blogging about it!

What about you?  Use the linky below to share with us what you've done this week, or leave us a comment.

What Do YOU Want?

We're here to help motivate YOU ... so we'd like to know what would you like to see more of. We're always open for suggestion. So leave us a comment or ten ;)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekly Check In : Week 3 of March

So what have you crazy beautiful ladies been up to this week?

Here's what we've been up to:
 Boho Rose here this week. I forgot to update this before it auto-posted, so a little late but here nonetheless :D

Well this week was extra busy for me. While I didn't get to make any new projects, I was able to make a dent in one of my long term existing projects. I was asked by a dear friend to create her wedding invitations.

The supplies arrived last week and I've been producing all the parts so that in 2 weeks they can be assembled and mailed out. 100 invitations, about 15 pieces per invite. 3 die-cuts per invitation, 3 scores and lots of gluing! But so far I've got about 1/4 of the scoring & die-cutting done. Slow but steady wins the race right?

Here's the outside of the invitation when it's all assembled.


So what have you beautiful crafters been up to this week? Use the linky below to share with us what you've done this week. Or just leave us a comment .... pretty please!! :) We love getting comments!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Getting Back on the Horse & Setting Personal Deadlines

The biggest reason this blog was conceptualized and put into action was to create a community of crafters, who like us have problems staying motivated and keeping inspired and creating. Creating for me gives me a sense of personal fulfillment. It is the light at the end of my dreary day. Creating makes me a better person and therefore I am committed to continue creating.

This past week unfolded into a mess of chaos, drama and family obligations. In the midst of all that I didn't have enough time or energy to devote to creating as I would have liked. I missed a few personal goals, I even missed a few blog posts. In a way I feel I let myself down and let my readers down too ... the 3 of you that actually read ;) hehe ....

I spent my morning & afternoon sleeping the stress of last week away. Unlike most people Monday is my version of Sunday. I look forward to Monday mornings because the kids go to school & I have time for myself with no pending stress of work or obligations. When I finally woke I actually cleaned the house (which is like "hell froze over" kind of thing for me!). While cleaning I was trying to come up with ideas for this blog post. However, all I could think about was how bad I felt for missing deadlines & not being creative enough last week. I first lectured myself and then began to give myself a pep talk.

It dawned on me ... what better post to bring you this week than my own self-pep-talk. Plus I have nothing else to write about since I spent a lot of time lecturing myself!

Getting Back on the Horse

We all stumble. We have the best intentions and then get swept up in the whirl of life. Before we know it a few days have passed, a week has passed or even more. And all those things we'd planned to do for ourselves to give us a sense of purpose and fulfillment, all the things we wanted to do to enrich our lives .... we've forgotten about.

What's important though isn't that you keep at it all the time, never faltering ever persistent. What's important is that when you do have that moment when you feel like you've fallen then make the point to get back on the horse. Just like everything else in life sometimes we need a break even from the things we love the most. Sometimes that break is a conscious thing, but more often than not it's life throwing us curve balls.

So when you feel like you've fallen behind make a point to start again.

And how do we start again?

By Setting Personal Deadlines

I'm a go with the flow kind of gal. I don't live by routines or schedules. I'm like water. The problem with being like water is that I often overflow the banks of my river. I overbook myself, over extend myself, and wind up with too little time for myself.

The thing I've found that helps keep me focused is setting personal deadlines. Little goals that I can easily reach. My goals include things like: make 1 blog post a week, finish 1 large scale project a month, finish the swaps I signed up for, and do at least 1 crafty thing a week.

Your goals can be as simple as being creative once a week. This doesn't mean you have to do a project once a week, it doesn't even mean you have to create anything. Just make a concious effort to be creative. This can be as easy as designing your circle journal in your head (hint, hint!), it can be thinking about using challenge colors in a drawing, or even day dreaming about the paint colors in your house!

Set some easily attainable short terms goals for your crafty selves and see how great it feels to meet them!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Weekly Check In : Week 2 of March

Time for the weekly check in, and to announce the winner from the "Think, Plan, Do" blog candy drawing!

And the winner is (drumroll, please):

June!

Junedeer said...

I like to put on some good tunes that move me! Today while I was painting I listened to the Animatrix soundtrack and burned some patchouli leaves. I also clean up so I don't get space issues going on. I get what I need for the particular medium I'm working with, and then I jump in feet first and see where the colors take me. That is for my painting at least. I have never paper crafted so I'm trying to finish collecting a few things I need before I start. Rose will be helping me in that department tomorrow! :)


We will contact you with more information shortly.  Congratulations, and we hope to see what you create with your new bling!

And thank you to everyone else who participated!  It was a lot of fun to see the different ways people get ready to create!


Don't forget to submit your projects for this month's challenges for more chances to win!
    


So what have you crazy beautiful ladies been up to this week?

Here's what we've been up to:

Boho Rose: I seem to have had a creative-block kind of week. I did some freelance design this week. Other than that, I did do some planning for my circle journal and for a stamping demonstration. We did a card & an altered journal for the demonstration.


Crafty Saffy has been working hard on her Circle Journal*, a project the club decided to start last month.  She is very excited about her pages so far and is looking forward to seeing what everyone else does!


*To learn about Circle Journals, please visit the following sites:


Now it is your turn!  Do you have some exciting project you are dying to share?  Need ideas on what direction to take it?  Use the linky below to share with us what you're working on this week!



Sunday, March 7, 2010

Think, Plan, Do

Let's face it- you can't just craft anywhere.  If you sat down at Wendy's and pulled out your paper trimmer, scissors, glue runner, paper, and embellishments, you would not only get some odd looks from the other patrons, but probably get "the boot" from the establishment.

But more important than the astonished stares from those around you, and the question of cleanliness of the work surface, is the general atmosphere: does it inspire you to create?

In her post about Creating InspirationBoho Rose invited us into her spiritual preparations to summon the muses to her crafts; a relaxing bath, aromatherapy and music to set the tone.  While I don't go through such a thorough ritual, I do have my own technique of preparing to craft.

I follow a "think, plan, do" methodology that my Color Theory professor prescribed in college.  From a cleanup of the crafting area, to selecting supplies for the next project, down to the cutting and pasting of the project itself, this method clears my head and lets the creativity flow!

Think

While I clean up and organize my craft area from whatever project I have left out, I also clean out my thoughts of anything non-craft related.  I let go of the day, work, my to-do list, bills, and anything else that can block my creativity.  I start to think about the project at hand.  Am I using a sketch or design scheme?  Do I have an event coming up that I need a card for?  Did I come across an adorable photo of my niece that needs to be scrapped?  I determine the project and think about the basics to get started.

Plan

Once my space (and head) is cleared, I can start planning my project.  I will look at the sketch or photo, and go through my supplies looking for ideal colors or patterns that will speak what I want my project to say.  If I am making something for a friend, I will focus on their taste and personality, and find suitable papers and embellishments.  Do they like bold colors and patterns?  Do their tastes run toward more simple designs?  And of course, do I have any new stamps or embellishments I really want to try?

Do

Once I have supplies gathered I am ready to start experimenting and piecing together my project.  While it does not always come out as I envision it, this method keeps me focused and able to come up with fantastic cards and scrapbook pages I can be very proud of.

~ Crafty Saffy


So now it is your turn!  What rituals do you go through to get ready to craft?  Or do you just jump in, feet first and see what happens?  Do you keep your craft area clean and ready for the muses to drop in?  Do you have to listen to music?

For every 25 comments left here, I will give away one of the fishing tackle boxes full of fun bling and brads (that's right, I found more!) Only 1 entry per person, please.  You have until Friday, March 12 at 5 PM (Mountain Time) to submit your comments, then I will randomly select the winners and post them in Saturday's Check-in.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekly Check In : Week 1 of March

Hey all!
Crafty Saffy here, for this week's check-in!  Just wanting to share what I've been working on and see what you all have been up to!

I had a brilliant idea last week!  I have been looking all over for just the right way to store my embellishments, and finally I scored the perfect solutions.  As it ties in with Boho Rose's post about setting up a craft space, I wanted to share it with you!

I was wandering around my local Kmart, thinking craft/storage thoughts, and I looked up to realize I was on the fishing/tackle aisle.  Those little clearance tags just seem to jump out at me (I love a deal!) and I found some little round plastic storage containers with several individual compartments.  It is perfect for my variety of brads and faceted beads!

I was so excited, I bought the last 2 they had!  It keeps my different embellishments separate, and the compartments are easy to poke a finger in to get one out, or I can shake out a bunch at a time, without getting a handful of all different ones!

My luck continued as I wandered a few aisles over.  I have many fun and unique embellishments, but most are bigger than will fit in the little tackle box.  I wanted something with individual containers that I could pull to my project area one at a time, but some way to keep it secure with the rest of the embellishments.  On the kitchen accessories aisle I realized that their spice rack was just what I had been looking for!

Reasonably priced, I got 12 glass containers with plastic lids (the shaker tops just pop off) and a complete unit to store it all together.  It is just a bonus that the unit is black metal in a floral motif, which goes with a lot of my things!  It can sit on a counter or shelf, or I can put a screw in the wall to hold it out of the way, in case I run out of horizontal surfaces!



What unique storage do you use for your embellishments?  Leave us a comment to share your brilliant ideas!














We also want to know what projects you have been working on this week- upload them with the linky below to share!






Thursday, March 4, 2010

Creating Inspiration

Often I find I feel the urge to create but I’m not sure what to do or what to make. I feel motivated but uninspired. Over time I’ve learned a few tricks on inspiring myself. Hopefully my experiences can help you develop your own tricks to inspire yourself.

Before I can begin to create I must be in the right frame of mind. For me creating is a nearly spiritual experience. In order for my creativity to flow I must first break down the dam. I have to purge the day from my mind, get relaxed and get in the mood.

I like to take long hot baths to relax my body and melt away stress. I like the start setting the mood with candles, incense and music. When I’m preparing to be inspired I like to play ethereal music like Enya, Dead Can Dance, or even Enigma. I even have a few of the “mood” CD’s from the kiosks in stores, you know the ones where you can sample the music by pressing a button on the display. The important thing is that the music is something that can take you away … combined with some Calgon! I like this type of music because my mind can wander, it facilitates daydreaming and thereby aids in the creation and inspiration process.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Challenges

Welcome, Crafters, to the first of hopefully many craft challenges from the Crazy Crafters Club!

Each month we will bring you 3 challenges to inspire new and exciting projects, and we want to motivate you with prize giveaways!  (Please refer to the Challenges Page for more details and to find out how to get extra entires!)  Enter as many times as you like for any of the challenges - and have fun!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Challenges

Hello Crafters!

Starting this month the contributors at the Crazy Crafter's Club will be offering you challenges to get your creative engine jumpstarted! Each month we will post 3 challenges:

Sketch Challenge - use the layout sketch as an inspiration point for you cards, scrapbook or other projects. You don't have to stick strictly to the layout. Use it as inspiration and a starting point.

Color Challenge - use the colors, or something close to it, to create the color palette for your next project.

Try-it Challenge - we'll give you a different technique each month to try, along with links to tutorials to learn the technique before you try it out

Challenges will have a link submission box in the post. Use the simple form to share a link to your challenge projects. We'd love to see your project as well as give away some prizes! Each submission increases your chances of winning. You'll get one entry per project, unless you're a subscribing member in which case you'll get two entries per project submitted.

Winners will be announced within a week of the challenge end. Winners will be contacted by email. We will ship prizes internationally too!

And so please come back tomorrow and join us for the March Challenge!

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Challenge

Since February is all about love how about you show us some things you love! It can be a tutorial you love, a technique, a project, anything you love as long as it's somehow craft related. Feel free to post links and photos as well!

As always there'll be a great prize TBD soon :)