Friday, September 10, 2010

It's an Orange and Green Hop.

For the past few years I have been a member of a great online community sponsered by Fiskars.  Before I joined this group when I thought of Fiskars, the only thing that came to my mind was the famous orange handled scissors.  Now when I think of them, I think of all kinds of fun scissors, squeeze punches, border punches, corner punches, trimmers, and of course friendship and support. Today I am privilaged to join them in the Fiskateers first ever blog hop.  Before I tell you about my fun project lets get a little housekeeping out of the way, if you have come here from "Kelly Starsky 6446" then you are in the right place. If you have stumbled upon the blog hop you can start at the beginning at the Fiskateers Blog.

As I have aged, I seem to have a problem remembering what wonderful toys I already own.  I have been looking for something that I record all of my toys in, but yet would be small enough that I could take it with me.  I decided to create a 3 ring binder.  I used an 8inch chipboard binder from Pine Cone Press.  Actually this was left over from a class that I took a few years ago.  Never got around to creating the project.  I painted the edges of the album with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Daubers Sandal.  After the paint dried (which doesn't take that long) I coverd the paper with Coredinations cardstock, choosing the orange and light green from the REtro Mod Squad collection.  These two colors were almost an exact match for the Fiskateers colors.  I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. I have to say that of all of the wet glues I have tried for scrapbooking this is my all time favorite.  I love that it comes with both a point for detailed work and a bigger brush on the opposite end.  Since I am trying to also use up my stash before purchasing anything new, I just used a cheap piece of black cardstock, not sure but I think that I purchased it from Walmart awhile back.  I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the letters with Plantin Schoolbook.  When I cut out smaller sized letters, I loved to use my Xyron X sticker maker to put adhesive on the back of the letters so that they can be attached with out to much of a mess. I used the Fiskars Corner Rouder squeeze punch to round the corners of my papers so that they match the corners on the chipboard album.  I must say that the squeeze punches from Fiskars are probably the easiest punches I have ever used.
Once again because I am trying to use up my stash, I choose a piece of green patterned paper that I already had in my collection.  Not really sure of the brand for this one.  As you can see I didn't have quite a large enough sheet to cut out two pieces, so I ended up piecing the back page together.
For my inventory pages, I am creating documents on my computer using Microsoft word.  Each page will stand for a different product.  I have decided at this point to list all of the items available in that line and then highlight the ones that I have.  I know that I will need to update my lists every so often , but at this time, feel that it is better than a handwritten list.  Plus this way, I can put a pencil mark next to items that I really would like to get, making it easier for my husband and children to purchase a gift for me, without having to ask what I already have, or what I would like.  (DH if you are reading this, the hint is for you).  I have many more pages to complete with this project, but only limited time, so I am trying to add a page or two every week.  Since I am on a no buy kick, I am hoping to have all of my lists created before I let myself purchase new supplies.

I will probably eventually add dividers as I get more pages created.  I am hoping that this size works well for me, I don't think that it is too large that I don't want to carry it, nor do I feel that it is so small that I can misplace it. 
I have plans to finish the outside of the album yet.  I am thinking about putting Inventory down the spine of the album and would also like to add some embellishments to the front.  I played with a few things while making it, and nothing seemed to work.  If you have any suggestions feel free to leave me a comment.

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104 comments:

doverdi said...

Great idea. I've been working on coming up with something to keep track of my own purchases. I hate buying duplicates. lol

Divinity said...

this is such a good idea!!! at least this way people who don't understand much about crafting will be able to get you stuff you want/need instead of being stumped when they get to the crafting section! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this idea especially that it makes it easier for the family to buy gifts as my family always struggle and I end up buying my own most times.
Cheers
Lorarine-Lee Fiskateer #1086

Robyn W said...

love your idea, i am in the process of making something similar, mine is smaller though ...will try and get some pics up of what i have done so far and put them up in the gallery...thanks for your ideas

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Tami B. said...

Such a useful and fun project, Colleen. I love that you used a 3 ring binder, so you can update it endlessly.

Robyn W said...

ps am also following now too

fiskateer #323

Kelly Massman said...

That's a great idea! I've become a follower!
7120

jackie 4124 said...

Love this idea. I made one similar, but for recipes that I've found in magazines

CraftyAlice said...

Now that is a great idea - I just love when craft can be joined to my love of working and tweaking on the computer...

Jennybean said...

I love the binder idea!

Rachel said...

Love it! I have to keep organized myself!

patty w said...

good, I can finally comment !

Great idea Colleen !

Patty 2832

patty w said...

good, I can finally comment !

Great idea Colleen !

Patty 2832

Connie said...

what a great project-very clever!!

Donna said...

Your project is such a fun idea, thanks for sharing.

Lisa's Scrap Site said...

GREAT PROJECT,COLLEN.

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

Colleen - I didn't know you had a blog! I became a follower. Thanks for being part of the blog hop!

Shannon Marie said...

just hopping by to say hello to my fellow blog hop participant!!! :)

ChangedbyHim said...

Did you say that you were enclosing your computer generated lists in plastic sleeves? That is what I have done with my binders for my Spellbinders that I have begun and other items to keep track of like Sizzix, etc. That way they will last longer and you can change them out when necessary. I got mine really cheap at Staples that were sturdy.

kellystar said...

What a great idea for inventory...I've started making one too, but am punching a sample for the punches and die-cuts (I don't always remember what the name is). It's a lot of work, but will be worth it in the end, especially if you get your "wishes" granted!

Joanne said...

Great Idea! I did something similar this year but your big lists are smarter than writing down what I have.

Joanne #7173

Donna said...

Wonderful idea! I keep a list of punches and Cricut cartridges in my purse-calender. Donna 6036

Manhattan Mandie said...

What a cool idea! That's a great way to keep track of what you own and what you *need*, LOL! Thanks for showing us your great project!

Debbie Yates said...

Love your binder! Would you be willing to share your lists? I just became a follower and Fiskars scissors are the best!

Carrie said...

Great to meet you, Collen! I'm following you and I've subscribed to your RSS feed and look forward to getting to know you. I am also on a "no buy" kick and I love the idea of creating an inventory. It will help me appreciate all I have.
Carrie Bond #6781
www.imwearingpurple.blogspot.com

Denise V said...

Wow interesting;-) can't wait to try it.

dendearmas@aol.com

Genevieve Rodriguez said...

:) I love that you're created an inventory list AND it will help your honey do some shopping for you! Heehee!

Gen #839
Your fellow blog-hop participant

NanaBeth said...

What a brilliant idea-I need to get to work on this.

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

What a nice notebook! Handy and very useful as well. To keep from accidentally boying an item twice, a friend of mine just altered a composition book to make lists of thngs she owns. Since she is a new papercrafter, it was a good time to start. I like the notebook idea better, because when the pages start getting old and tired, you can swap them it for a new piece.

Great Job, Colleen

Karle said...

good idea i can always use another binder . lol TFS xoxo

Rachel said...

I could never run out of a new binder!!! love it

Stephanie said...

very good idea. I lend my tools fairly often while at crops, so I've thought of something like this.
I'd say on the spine you could do "Play Toys" or just "Toys" or "My Toys". "Inventory" is boring. :)

Shirley said...

gotta love being organized!

Carol N said...

Your project is simple but so very needed. Thanks for the ideas. I've become a follower.

Stayce DeWid said...

Fab idea!!

Stayce #2985

Tona said...

What a great idea. I need to make something like this. I became a follower.
Tona #4437

pinkyxoxo said...

I started making someting like this a while ago and then life got in the way! Thanks for motivating me to finish what I started!

Cheryl #4362

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

This reminds me of the works in progress I have! Great binder, and definitely a smart way to share what you would like.

I added your blog to my RSS reader!

Scrapycandy said...

This blog hop is great fun! I am now a follower and look forward to many days of inspiration! Thank you!

Hollyk said...

Great ideal. i just keep a book with a punchout from every punch I have. I am a visual person. :)
Holly #5486

And U Jest said...

great way to stay on top of it all.
Thanks

Tifany said...

Great idea!

I'm now a follower!

Tifany #5942

Karelj said...

I really need to do this! I need to figure out how to store all my punches, as well....thanks for the tips. I'm now a follower!

http://angeladaniels.squarespace.com/ said...

Holy guacamole! That is SO smart and SO organized. I have something like that for stamps I own but NOTHING as detailed as your book. LOVE it(and of course I love the orange and green, too)! Thanks for sharing and thanks for always been such an active and positive Fiskateer friend. Hugs!
-Ang

Jessica said...

Great idea Colleen, I made something similar for my Cricut Cartridges and their images. It too, needs to be updated every now and then. But adding to the list and then printing it out is easy! Thanks for sharing.
Jessica #5319

Anonymous said...

Wow great idea. I tend to do everything in excel. I should do that for my stamps. I have lots of those.

Ashani #4682

Ginny said...

Fun project. I love their punches as well!

Lesa said...

Super cool idea, Colleen!

Carrie said...

I had a tough morning and just figured out I transposed my fiskateer's number.I'm actually #6871. This blog up is so inspiring me!

AngieMSaunders said...

yeah for you that you have a need to organize all your toys!! im thinking you are on to a great idea with the wishlist!!

Bonnie in SC said...

I wish I was that organized. Perhaps one day, lol. I'm a ne3w subscriber. :)
~Bonnie in Sc #7278

Erika M. said...

What a delightful idea!

Debby said...

Come over to my house I'll let you get me organized. This is wonderful.

Betsy said...

wow impressive! I'm no where near that organized! Great job!

Regena said...

What a neat idea!!

Peg said...

What a fabulous idea! I love how you decorated the binder. I am going to have to make one, too. I have many supply lists floating around here. Thanks for sharing.

Jean said...

Love the idea of having something to carry with you! New to many of these blogs so am having fun hopping. Thank you for a chance to win.

mjmarmo@comcast.net

Godzoned said...

cool idea putting the list of tools in your ring binder and decorating it.

Great work.

Annie Fiskateer #1326/SCDT member said...

Collen - What a great idea! I need to create one of these for sure. It can also help you keep track of what you brought to a crop. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

marla said...

What a great idea for an inventory. I know that I have so many tools that I cant remember what I have either and have made some lists so I dont buy duplicate things. I am now a blog follower. Who couldnt use another pair of scissors!!!

Vicki in MD said...

I need your organization! I've started so many lists of things I have, but the binder is totally what I'm going to make up for my lists! thanks for sharing!

vicki in MD
#2122

gscrapbooks said...

What a fun project!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Great idea. Now can you come over and help me....LOL

Scraples said...

This is a great idea!!!

Kerri#1017 said...

Hopping & Stalking from New Zealand...fab idea, must take notes for anything lately, my mind is like jelly. look at all the fiskateers here hopping away, good luck to all for the RAK & awesome of you to share the love

sandyh50 said...

Great idea! I like the idea of penciling the items you would like to purchase and then kind of show it to your family!!

sandy 4165

kim said...
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kim said...

What a great idea. My daughter for one would love if I did this. She's always "snooping" in my room to find what I have (or don't) but as she's not a papercrafter she's told me that I have too much stuff and she has too little time to snoop. LOL.

Kim 5612

Marey said...

Awesome idea! Now if I could only get that organized??!!

Janet M said...

The binder is a good idea. Thanks

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

I didn't know you had a blog Colleen - Great job repurposing!

Chris C said...

Great idea, I love that your family will know exactly what you want without having to ask you so it would be a surprise, great thinking.
Christine C #2264

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Great idea! I so need to do this for myself. I constantly buying duplicate.
butterfly2547@yahoo.com

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Great idea! I so need to do this for myself. I constantly buying duplicate.
butterfly2547@yahoo.com

beulahmom said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

MaryNSC said...

O I need to do this.. thank UUUUU

Dot said...

What a great idea! I always am forgetting what I have too! Dot #6703

retiree3 said...

Love the way you organized your supplies.

Keely Yowler said...

Thanks so much for hopping! I'm a follower :)

BJ said...

Nice idea!
Bj #7298

Gail said...

You sound so organized!!!

Scrappy Rat said...

Neat idea, especially for all my punches and dies! Maybe someday I can be this organized. :)

Veronica #1135

Katherine said...

What a wonderful idea! This would prevent me from my habit of frequent returns because I love something so much I buy it twice! LOL
Katherine #6847

Marci said...

Boy am I familiar with that "forgetting what I have" thing, lol! Great idea!

TracyM #6773 said...

Fisk-a-fabulous project Colleen!!!
I love that you have your wishlist included as well and think I might scraplift this idea as it is so easy to get mixed up when you start thinking what sizes or shapes you have versus the ones you want to get - thank you :)
No RAK for me - just wanted to drop by to see your project and share the Fisk-a-love!
... will be back soon to look back through your blog.

Mary said...

Mary #5509, love your inventory idea, wish I was organized enough to carry it through! I would probably get the binder made and never finish the inventory process. :) Fun blog hop!

Kat said...

What a wonderfully, crafty, Fiskateer project. Thanks for sharing your creativity. #6243

rstuck2003 said...

This is a awesome idea...thanks for sharing.

Debra #5116 said...

Wow this is great idea, I some times forget what I have and buy double. Thanks for sharing.

PattiM said...

#2567

What a great idea!

Hugs,

PattiM
{Pattie's passion}

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

Paper Patti said...

Great idea. I need to do this.

Patti #3651

Laura Bray said...

Holy organization, Fiskateer Girl! That's a fabulous idea! I like any idea that makes it easier for people to buy gifts for me!

Karee Sue said...

What a great idea, I've been thinking about doing the same thing myself,
thanks for sharing and the change to win.

karenvonbaron said...

What a fabulous idea. I think I am going to try this myself! Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

RobinV said...

Great idea to put all the items instead of just the ones you have. I never would have thought of that but it seems it would make shopping much easier.

Thanks for sharing

robin.valera@yahoo.com

cardsister said...

I think this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

goldyfish said...

What a great idea for keeping up with your treasures. TYFS. Best Wishes Lucinda #7098

Groovy Deborah said...

Cool project Buddy ")
Deb♥

johanna peterson said...

very cute!! and organized!

Sheila D. Staves said...

cool idea...it's nice to know i'm not the only one who has purchased something more than once

HopeyNSC said...

Nice and organized. Good job.

chignon said...

The binder idea is great so you can update and add as needed! How about a brown ribbon on the front where the two colors meet, something wide perhaps? At any rate it is fantastic!

Rosalee said...

This is such a neat idea Colleen and so organized. Thanks for the chance at your RAK, I just became a follower
Hugs, Rosalee