Monday, February 22, 2021

Craft Goodwill with me!

Craft Goodwill with me!

As much as I hate to admit this to everyone online, I am a major goodwill shopper when it comes to craft supplies.  I hate to admit it because its been my little secret for YEARS.  I frequent them often and sometimes find some really nice gently used items.

I feel like there are some resellers that have started buying from goodwill and the prices have been driven up a bit, but I just buy stuff for my personal use. 

Below are my recent goodwill finds.  Check out your local thrift stores.  You would be surprised at the items I have found. 


Perfect Pearls, Perfect Medium, and Inka Gold in this box
Approximate Retail Value  $90  Goodwill Price: $5.49


Stazon solvent ink pads with a versamark pad 
Approximate Retail Value  $87.91  Goodwill Price: $3.49



Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
                 Approximate Retail Value  $34.99  Goodwill Price: $1.49


DCWV La Creme Stack
48 sheets 8x8 flocked sheets of paper
Approximate Retail Value  $ 19.99 Goodwill Price: $3.49

I guessed on the approximate value, I can only find it on ebay for $25-$30


I love my Create 365 happy planners so I was excited to find this planner punch.
Approximate Retail Value  $39.99 Goodwill Price: $4.49



Stampin' Up 6x6 album and refill pages
Approximate Retail Value  $10.00  Goodwill Price: $4.99
This is my best guess of retail price.  I know it would be more than that especially with shipping.


Premium Leather Scrapbook 8x8
Best guess Approximate Retail Value  $10  Goodwill Price: $2.49
I bought 3 :)  I want to put my printed 8x8 pages from my Project Life app in these. (I blogged about it earlier)

This is only a few of the items I have purchased lately from my local Goodwill store.  I always see stamps, paper, and albums.  I rarely pay full price for a scrapbook album because I see them there all the time.

I also find Xyron machines there all the time for $5.00 and under.

Go check them out!

How are you thrifty with your purchases?  Let me know in the comments section.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Are glitter glues created equal? I don't think so... Nuvo Drops or Pearls? Shimmer pens. Yes Please!

Are glitter glues created equal?  I don't think so... 

Which dimensional drop do I use and what is best for my project?  Also, we are going to talk about a few tips to jazz some cards up!

Come craft with me!


Today I played around with the following:

  • Nuvo Drops by Tonic Studios vs. liquid pearls by Ranger
  • Dollar Store glitter glue vs. Stickles by Ranger
  • And to add some glittery touches my favorite, Close To My Heart shimmer brushes
Where can you find them?

Nuvo drops:  www.tonic-studios.com

I bought some glitter glue from Dollar Tree because I am a craft hoarder and wanted to test it out.  Its 3 large bottles for whole dollar!  I couldn't resist.  


I created a few tests of $ tree glitter glue vs. my stickles and other than the stickles being the obvious winner, there may be some uses for this cheap glitter glue after all as I performed better than I expected.

  • Top 2 rows is the $ tree glitter 
  • Notice how the dot is very clear and see through, it also was difficult to get a good small dot.  I tried again at the top and the dot was not very uniform.
  • Bottom dots are the Stickles, its a very strong nice color and very glittery.  Also a really uniform nice dot.
  • Stickles dries much faster and doesn't spread out as much which is nice.





I used stickles on some wooden clothes pins below:

Notice how the purple ($ Tree) is very spotty with the glitter while the red (stickles) has tons of glitter and color?


I used purple $ Tree glitter glue for the dots on the card below.  The dots seemed to spread due to the wetness in it and some smooshed together.  

The clear dots in the bottom right hand corner were done with Stickles.  They remained the same size, did not spread, and look nicer.



I could see using $ Tree glitter glue for fun or kid crafts but I wouldn't use it on my cards or scrapbook pages.  It just looks really bad in my opinion and takes every longer than Stickles to dry.  Maybe if you were going to paint a glitter sheen onto the top of something it would be okay.  Even then I would use Stickles.  It doesn't look like there is enough glitter in it.  

What would you do with the $ Tree glitter glue?  Leave me a comment below and let me know.


The next couple items I tested out were the Nuvo Drops and  Liquid Pearls.


I like both for different reasons.

Nuvo I like for dimensional dots.  
Liquid Pearls seemed stiffer and harder to squeeze from bottle and it was harder to get a rounded top.  However, you can use them to watercolor.  


The yellow dots below were made with Nuvo, Notice how uniform they look?
The purple dots were done with Liquid Pearls and I couldn't get the peak off of them.

If you tap the bottom of your paper, the dots will usually flatten out.  Could it be that my Liquid Pearls are old?  Idk, let me know if you have experience with it?

I used the Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color Dandelion Yellow.
In Liquid Pearls I used Orchid.



You can buy small dots like this but you are going to pay 3.00 or so for a sheet.  With Nuvo you can make them as big or as small as you would like, they are at your fingertips, and you do not need to find the sticker sheet. They dry popped up and are 3 dimensional.

                             

What I found about liquid pearls is that if you take Liquid Pearls and mix them with a bit of water they made a beautiful water color effect.  Use this to paint over stamped images!   I used the Orchid color.




As I was adding liquid Pearls to the card below I decided to use my finger and wipe around on the embossed card front to create more a painted look.  I really like how it turned out.





Close To My Heart Shimmer Brush

This provides a light hint of glitter to your projects.  Below I added it over the ink to the beetle and sentiment and it really makes it pop.  These come in a wide variety of colors and match our CTMH inks.  I used the clear color.


With the options above, I would choose Stickles for my go to glitter glue, shimmer pens by CTMH for your light glitter, Nuvo Drops for 3D dimensionals, and Liquid pearls for coverage, painting, or watercolor.

I also have tried and like to use the brand Wink of Stella shimmer pens.  They seem to be more expensive and do essentially the same thing as Close to My Heart so I choose to go with CTMH (and they match my inks/paper colors)

Let me know what you think.

Is there anything you would like to see tested out?  Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Project life App

Project Life by Becky Higgins 

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I happened to be on a Facebook group and someone mentioned the Project Life App and I got really curious because I had no idea what it was.

Then I got really excited to play with it!

I LOVE scrapbooking with real paper and stickers but I am always looking for a faster way to get some of my photos scrapbooked.  I don't know about you, but I have so many years of Christmas photos just sitting in my phone.

This way, I can create scrapbook pages on the go!  Waiting for the doctor or even while watching TV.  

I downloaded the app and started digitally scrapbooking on this app within the last week.   The name of the app is Project Life and its available for Apple and Androids.

There are 4 Main buttons.  
FIRST button to check out is QUESTIONS!


I'm starting with the QUESTION button, this one is your friend.  It will take you to a ton of YouTube videos created by Becky Higgins and will walk you through the creation of your first page or photo.  It will show you all the capabilities you have with this app.


Next is the option that looks like a book. Click on it.

A few things you can do with this feature:

  • Create a 12x12 full page photo.
  • Create a 4x6 or 6x8 print with multiple photos on it.
    • You can print this and get so many more photos printed for traditional scrapbooking.
  • Create a photo card for Christmas photos.
  • Add some journaling cards or themed filler cards for design.
    • The app includes a few free kits, you can also purchase more if you would like.



To select the template you would like to use, click here.



All the available templates show up at the bottom of your screen.


For fun I picked the 4x6 template.


Next if you click on one of sides (blue or orange area), 2 options come up:

  • A photo (selection on the left) which allows you to upload a picture from your camera roll and even Google photos.
  • A filler photo or journaling block (selection on the right) which allows you to pick from some really cool kits



If you pick the right side, all your templates come up.



by selecting one of the kits, you can see all the fun cards available in the kit and add them to your pages.



These are great because you can print them out to use in your scrapbooks or use them on the digital cards and scrapbooks.

The one I selected below was a journaling card so I was able to type into it.  if you want to type over photos you will need to purchase an upgrade.  If you try, the app will send you to the purchase screen.

There are a ton of fonts and colors to choose from and a variety of options to manipulate your text.  All were pretty easy to do once you play around with it.


below I added a pic of my dogs and a journaling card.


If you select the share button it gives you options to print, share, etc.

This option box will pop up.  Here you can pick what you want to do with this newly created piece of art!



Next lets look at the scrapbook page option.



There are so many free templates available to use.

The scrapbook area works very similarly to the area we first talked about.  You can add photos journaling cards, and other items from the kits available.  

I made a scrapbook page and printed it out.  I printed an 8x8 page to cut down later on an 8.5 x 11 pc of white cardstock.  Look at this scrapbook page I made in about 5 minutes


The last area is the area where your pages get saved.  They automatically just save when you exit the app.


Below is a pic of my app and some of my saved pages.



The possibilities are endless on this app.  You even have the ability to order prints directly from the app and I may do that for my 12x12 pages.  Again, take a look at the YouTube videos that are available by going to the ? on the main screen.


I just got so excited about this app I had to share it!  There are so many things you can do with it, I couldn't possibly cover them all.  I hope I got you as excited as I am!  Try it out!


Leave a comment below, let me know if you have used this app or plan to!  If you have used it, do you have any tips or tricks for me?


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