Practical. Solutions. Seriously—I LOVE these two words.
I can be practical to a fault sometimes, but I guess I have my father to blame for that! My left brain definitely grabs onto the usefulness of any given thing in my life. I am a master grocery cart arranger and trunk packer. And there’s nothing I love better than coming up with a practical SOLUTION.
But, ohhhhhhh my right brain. My right brain definitely wants EVERYTHING to be pretty AND practical. And that’s not always easy.
So far this week you’ve seen lots of practical ways to transform and organize your craft space (and perhaps I’m talking to dead air since you’re off buying PVC pipe and lengths of gutter at the hardware store). But, wait!! This issue also features around 200 paper-crafted projects that are both practical AND pretty. After taking a look at these inspiring sneak peeks, you might find yourself rummaging around the house for items to use in your next craft masterpiece!
Get ready to be practically blown away as we take a look at five of my very favorite i-puffy-heart-these-practical-solutions-for-paper-crafters projects.
Look closely! Designer Laura O’Donnell came up with a gem of an idea when she used the INSIDE of a security lined business envelope. That unique pattern shouldn’t be left hidden inside!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Windy Robinson is known for lush bows and sumptuous flowers. But these white flowers? Yeah, that’s duct tape. Really. I mean, who knew duct tape could look so pretty?
Former Go-to Gal Kim Hughes did something so brilliant here! Lean in… Do you see how those three ribbons appear to be tied around something? That, my friends is an empty ribbon card. Instead of tossing this piece of refuse in the trash, use it as a part of your project!
When I’m crafting, I have this bad habit of dropping things that I find under the table after everything has been put away. In many cases, I toss those little left-over bits into a bowl for later use. Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Julie Campbell has inspired me with this heart full of beautiful bits and a sentiment that matches perfectly!
Oh, this card by Emily Branch is simply dripping with deliciousness. To begin with, Emily used patterned paper scraps in coordinating colors (and you know how I love scraps!) with an ornament die (clever). These colors feel so springy to me, and spring is one of my very favorite times of the year! And the design of this card is just impeccable from the interlocking ornaments, to the movement of the eye to the sentiment, to the teeny tiny scrap peeking out from behind the bottom left corner that was rounded. Super pretty AND practical!
Okay. After you get back from the hardware store, swing by and pick me up! I’m SO inspired, I think I need an afternoon of crafting with you. We’ll devour this issue and come up with our own batch of practical solutions.
For a chance to win a copy of this magnificent special issue, comment below telling me what we have shown on the blog that has inspired you so far this week! All comments must be received by Monday, March 26th at 5 pm MST.
Oh, and don’t forget to see what’s going on over at the Moxie Fab blog!
Practically doing a delightful jig about this issue,