I know it is cliche, but can you believe how fast the year is going? I have a few videos that I would like to share with you, and if you want to stay up on my latest videos don’t forget to subscribe to my You Tube Channel: Take Time To Create. I recently posted a video on my craft goodies haul and an art journal page that I thought you might enjoy.
I haven’t been shopping too much lately for craft goodies, I am trying to use up what I have. I know, an impossible task, lol. But I did get some really cool goodies from my Finnabair weekend and so I made a video showing what I got.
I am in love with the Impasto Paints and I can’t wait to do even more playing with them. I also got some cool waxes and metallique paints.
The other video is an art journal page I created. I used the new art journal I altered in Finnabair’s class, it was so much fun getting back into journaling!
I was so in the zone of creating that I forgot to take pictures of my process, but I do have some up close pictures of the finished page and the video will take you through the process and show you the techniques that I did. I am happy with how it turned out!
Check out the video for all the step by step instructions and details.
So much fun creating and discovering new products and seeing what they can do.
I there a particular technique or product you would like me to demonstrate?
If you are like me you love to get a bargain, especially for craft supplies. Craft supplies can be very expensive, but you can find some great deals at creative reuse centers, or thrift stores.
Recently I went to my favorite creative reuse center, Who Gives a Scrap, and I have a craft supply thrift haul video for you.
Also, I wanted to give you a few tips, tricks and hints when shopping for craft supplies at a creative reuse center or thrift store.
Before I get into the tips, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to buy what you need. If you buy everything that looks good, or interesting, you will be over run with stuff very quickly!
And always ask a person working at the store before trying out something when you trying to determine if the item still works or has ink left in it.
Things to look out for when shopping for Fabric:
Size- is it the size I need
Condition- are there any rips, tears, or stains that can’t be fixed or worked around
Things to look out for when shopping for Punches or Scissors:
Test to make sure they work! Try them out on a piece of paper
Things to look out for when shopping for Paint or Ink or Markers:
Open it to make sure the paint is not dried out, and there is still plenty left
Smell it, sometimes paint can start to smell a little funky and you don’t want that, lol
Scribble the markers to make sure they work, you don’t want to purchase dried out markers.
Things to look out for when shopping for Books:
Check for pages torn out, if there are missing pages it might be a vital instruction that you are missing, lol
Check for overall condition, can you still use it?
Things to look out for when shopping for Embroidery/Cross Stitch/Needle Point Kits:
Check to see if it is unopened, if that is the case then you are good to good
But if it is open, check to make sure it has the floss, instructions, and anything else you need to complete the kit.
Things to look out for when shopping for Charms or Jewelry Making supplies:
Check to make sure there is enough to complete your project
Check the condition of the beads and tools, if it is not in usable condition then pass on the item.
There you have it, my tips, tricks, suggestions, and hints I use when I go thrift shopping for craft items. Any reputable thrift store, like Who Gives a Scrap, will have quality items that work and are ready for you to use. Keep your eye out, you never know what bargain you can find!
What tips do you use when you go craft supply thrift shopping?