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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Good afternoon - glad you could stop by today. Its been full steam ahead today since I rose at 7. I've been to uni for a 2 hour lecture, the post office to post parcels, catching up on my comments for DTs and checking out my eBay and PayPal accounts. Whew.. and on top of all that I had a little experiment to run.

So in my post laaaate last night I said that I would go over some ways of storage I use atop my desk. As I do have a corner desk I have that little bit of extra room to keep stuff out. I like things to be around the edges, and so I have come up with little ways of having some things in full view all of the time. (Apologies now for the blurry photos - my camera wasn't playing nice!)

Here is a general overview of my desk - the contents of my bag was chucked onto the desk as soon as I walked through the door.. there to act as a reminder that I HAVE WORK TO DO!! No matter how long I put it off for, it will HAVE TO BE DONE..


Here are a set of mini drawers I picked up from Asda on Monday , the cost me around £6 which is reasonable. Top drawer: cards I need to stamp with my details, post about on my blog and them wrap with an envelope into a cellophane bag. Second drawer: stamp images which need colour or are coloured, digi paper and digi designs that I could put to good use. Third drawer: all of my The Ribbon Girl purchases, I can see myself needing a bigger drawer for all that stuff soon though, hehe. Bottom drawer: as it stands its empty, but hey.. Iv've only had the unit two days!!

Now for the experiment I mentioned.. This be Mr. Laminator. :) He's pleased to meet you too.. Anyhoo.. I want to start experimenting with Distress Inks and a blender pen, and needed something bigger than the surface of an acrylic block to play on. So a friend over at the Trimcraft forum (thank you Tracy!! *big grin*) suggested I laminate a slice of paper or cardstock, that way I can create my own slick water proof surface. So when I got in from uni I set about doing that. At first I wanted to create an a3 size, which can be seen in the above picture (just folded in half), but I found I had real trouble feeding the paper in once it got past the first slice of a4 laminating sheet - if you get me.. so I opted to make an a4 size instead and I'll see how I get along with that.

a4 sheet of laminated cardstock

And last but not least. One of the reasons I wanted a Cuttlebug was not really for the embossing folders (although I do love them..) it was more for die cutting - specifically with Nestabilities. The picture on the left shows a cheap CD tower which I have used to store my Nesties which I placed in CD cases with some DST. It works so well for me. I only have 5 sets of Nesties at the moment - I hope my collection will grow - the bottom two cases are home to some of my Whimsy Stamp Ticket sentiments and matching die! :)

The picture of the right is of a bookmark I recieved off Di over at the Trimcraft forum as part of a bookmark swap - unfortunately I never took pictures of mine before I posted it off to her, but I though I would show you the gorgeous one she made me using ribbon weaving! :)

Well, thats all for now, thanks for stopping by. I'm off to make some dinner while I have everything under control. I apologise now if I don't make it round peoples blogs - I feel like I spend more time commenting that I do posting these days, what with the DT positions. My poor keyboard is worn out at times. Luckily most of the uni work I will be doing later is using the number keys - give the little letters a rest! LOL.

Enjoy the rest of your day. xo


  1. Thanks for letting us wander round your desk this week and for giving us such good ideas. Let us know how you get on with the Distress inks project.

  2. I have those little drawers they are handy for storing bits and bobs. Hugs Pam x

  3. happy woyww, thanks for sharing :)
    crafty hugs - Andria (42).

  4. I recently invested in a laminator for my bookmarks, great workspace, happy woyww, thank you for sharing, #9

  5. Hiya Lou, thanks for your comment. RE: The Hair! Well, I like to research new toys and pencils being new I did a bit of reading and the artists say they add various other colours into the hair as most hair has a shine and also reflects lots of other colours so they add a bit of green, some red so I just added what I have (turquoise and magenta) using some light streaks and some heavier and blended in with the brown so it looks a bit more natural. That was done with artist pencils (prisma/derwent coloursoft/polychromo) x

  6. Love my laminator but I only use it for stamp storage. Great shots of your storage - thanks for showing us.

  7. Enjoyed the tour of your work desk! Star 125

  8. Very nice! I wonder why we buy all this stuff that makes us busier! I want a laminator but so far havent been able to buy one. Let us know how it goes. Vickie #80

  9. thanks for the peek a lot of good ideas here.

  10. I love my cuttlebug too. Lots going on. Thanks for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo lucky #1


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