Practical Solutions Week: Practical, Yes, But Totally Pretty Too!

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Susan R. Opel

Practical. Solutions. SeriouslyI 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.

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Job Well Done Card by Laura O'Donnell

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!

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My Story Notebook by Windy Robinson

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?

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Ribbons for Mom Card by Kim Hughes

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!

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Full Heart Card by Julie Campbell

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!

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For All You Do Card by Emily Branch

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,

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148 Responses to Practical Solutions Week: Practical, Yes, But Totally Pretty Too!

  1. Jordan says:

    I was inspired by your clustered heart design. It is beautiful! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Donna says:

    The For All You Do card is just awesome. I love the way the ornament dies just all fit together. Could you share which one it is? I too love to use scraps. This is just a great card. And the mom card I just may need to make for my Mom’s birthday next week.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Sharon Tabone says:

    OMG i love these, and how did you make the flowers i need to know now.. I am the same flowers and ribbons are what i am known for but never thought to use these mediums before and boy has my mind been blown …Do you have step by step instructions for how you made the roses out of tape.. I LOVE THEM…Now what can i use them on first….

  4. Laurie Kearnes says:

    I love the use of the inside of the security envelope!

  5. liz says:

    so much talent! TFS such beautiful inspiration.

  6. I really loved Teri’s butterflies and Emily’s ornament punched scraps.

  7. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I just love the notebook with the duct tape flowers. It is just stunning and speaks out to me!!!

  8. Helen F. says:

    WOW, I love those duck tape flowers on Windy’s card. I would love to try that with some patterned tapes I have! Would love to get a copy of this magazine :)

  9. indy says:

    Wow–those duct tape flowers are incredible

  10. beatrice lawson says:

    I have a box full of tiny scraps, leftover pieces that I cut one too many of and so on. Always mean to do something with them… now I know what. The ornament die cut card is amazing!! Actually pinning pretty much all the inspiring projects showcased today to my board.

  11. SusanB says:

    What I love is the emphasis on using things we have around already, our scraps etc. So often we feel that we need to buy something new every time we make a card. The creativity here is outstanding with beautiful results. Also love the 5 cards under $5.
    Thanks for all the organization tips etc. This edition is right up my alley.

  12. I was inspired by the pallet wall organizer and the ladder ‘bookcase’ storage.

  13. Karen R. says:

    The cards WERE so practical and stunning! I think I was most inspired by these today! Thanks for the great blog entry and the chance to win the magazine!

  14. Virginia L. says:

    I find the card with craft packaging most fun and inspiring!!

  15. Keren says:

    The duct tape flowers are awesome. After making a duct tape bag after seeing Jodi Kahn do it, I love duct tape. Really clever!!

  16. Natka says:

    The stiching butterflies! I love them and want the way!

  17. Cathy says:

    Wow I have just found your blog (through Creating Keepsakes) and must admit I am super inspired now to use up my stash of scraps and make something with them.

  18. Jamia says:

    Terri idea of die cutting butterflies out of a variety of papers and stitching them together and making stickers out of the them. OH MY, cant wait to get in my room and die cut butterflies, stars, flowers and hearts!!

  19. Pam says:

    I’m inspired by everything I’ve seen from this. I have to have it!

  20. Angie says:

    The stacked stickers/embellishments have inspired me,……and love those felt eggs!!

  21. Maureen Chandler says:

    I love using pretty scraps in new and different ways and this card is lovely! The shapes are very cool and fit together beautifully! Thanks so much!!

  22. I have loved every juicy tidbit you’ve thrown at us this week. I can’t wait to find a copy of the magazine locally.

  23. Stacy C says:

    I really like the up cycling and the way to make it personal but really amazing.

  24. rkokes says:

    love that tiny scrap in the corner on Emily’s card-what a great idea for scraps, and super cute too!

  25. janeen says:

    GREAT ideas all the way around. I repurpose things all the time. I use the bags that onions come in. Tape them down and sponge over them for patterned paper.

  26. charlene says:

    I like how pretty the duct tape flowers are and I love using the bits of paper for something gorgeous like the ornament die card…I’ve been inspired all week!

  27. Felicity says:

    I currently live in a teeny tiny apartment that I share with my boyfriend, my cat, my dog and three ferrets. Space is at a premium. The idea of moveable storage that optimizes the use of the room and allows me to still find things. Thank you so much for the amazing ideas and the chance to win!

  28. Mrs. Hill says:

    I love the ornaments! It’s interesting when I see a seasonal element used for something else! I have ornament stamps that I could do this with… Hmmm, what ink to use… Excuse me, they’re calling my name!

  29. Raquel Mason says:

    Wow duct tape flowers! What will they think of next? I thought that was oh so clever of you guys. Thanks for the chance to win a great mag.

  30. I love the idea of using all of the leftover bits on a card and am going to challenge myself to do that tonight! Now I just need to find a little bowl to put them in so they’re not all over my desk!

  31. Kristen M says:

    The duct tape flowers have inspired me-have to figure out how to do that!

  32. Sandy Bayles says:

    I like the card “Thanks For All You Do”. Love the great colors……….Thanks for a chance to win and good luck to everyone…….

  33. bzyPTmom says:

    This week has inspired me greatly–from thinking of new ways to use up my paper scraps and turning them into cute designs and also using packaging for creating DIY embellishments. Thanks for sharing all of this knowledge with us!

  34. wendym says:

    That card from Emily is just awesome! I’m always looking for clever ideas for all of my scraps (I can’t bear to throw them away) – that teeny tiny bit in the corner is pure genius!

  35. Cheryl R says:

    It was just wonderful to see how others use bits and pieces and scraps to create cards and embellishments.

  36. DJ says:

    I was inspired by Emily Branch’s card to get out my stash of scrap paper and make some flower shapes with them. Her colors made me think of spring flowers and I will make some notecards with those bouquets of scrap paper flowers!

  37. Cynthia Rose says:

    Practical storage and practical cards – what’s not to love!

  38. jen shears says:

    All the ideas are fabulous- but the storage one gave me an idea for my room! :D

  39. Kathy W. says:

    I love Emily Branch’s card. This is a great use for paper scraps and also leads to many other creative opportunities! I’m seeing Easter eggs, Christmas ornaments, etc! Multi-inspirational.

  40. Angie Hall says:

    I’m so tickled to know there are other crafters who save small scraps of paper & other goodies because we might “need” later for a project. I think it’s cool to reuse packaging in our projects. This issue covers a lot of valuable, and helpful areas for “practical” crafters. Thanks for all the previews.

  41. diana albright says:

    I am completely in love with Windy’s duct tape roses! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  42. Melinda Wilson says:

    I loved the peg board frame. I have a big open wall over my scrapbook area that I could give this a try!

  43. Carmen says:

    I love the paper flowers and the use of those buttons!

  44. I simply adore that duct tape rose!!!!

  45. mandi says:

    I love the duck tape flowers.

  46. Laura says:

    The card using the scraps has inspired me to try one myself.

  47. maria f. says:

    I’m with you on all those little pieces that fall onto the floor. Why don’t I just throw them away? Too practical, they could amount to something. I’ve been pushing them around on my workspace for days now, trying to come up with something for the Moxie Fab challenge.
    Enter Julie C.’s card. I just have to give them something to hold on to and they will be fine :)

  48. Gill says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I live in the UK & don’t know anywhere that stocks it. I so need to get my supplies organised & to read all about practical solutions. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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