Originally I was going to paper piece the balloons, but ended up liking them way too much and just left them alone. Of course I use a stamp-a-ma-jig to layout my scenes. I am really getting much better at actually using it for more things - like placing letters. It sure makes life much easier and doesn't take much time at all. So here are the copics I used: Y21,Y26, Y28, Y17, B91, B93, B97, YR23, Y08, B00, B0000, E25, E00, E11, E37, E29, E18, E33, E31, E35, E41, E21, R20, YG03, YG63, YG67, YG11, SPICA 03, 00, 11, 18. Sure seems like a lot of colors when you look at the picture! I imagine everyone is as excited about seeing all the new products being released at CHA as I am! So far there is only one thing I just have to have no matter what - that is at least one of the new distress markers from Tim Holtz! I finally have almost all my stamps organized so its going to take something beyond beyond for me to buy more before I am completely done.
My biggest and best suggestion is no matter how you store your stamps, you really should make a category divided notebook of each stamp. My categories include: people, flowers and vegetables, background stamps, scene items, words, vehicles. I stamp every stamp into that notebook (it is looseleaf and really not neat at all!) and then near that image I tell where it is stored. I have my wooden ones in huge boxes (2 rows high), my cling and clear stamps take a bit more explaination - I will take some photos and post my way of storage shortly. I look through my notebook and decide what I am doing. Then I go get the stamps and voila! If I am not sure of the size, I can measure the image in my book. Since I redid the cling, I have pretty much decided to unmount my wood stamps and store them like the other ones. I find I go to the cling/clear first because its so easy to find them and put them back.
Please leave me a comment and tell me if you think I am improving. I am really wanting to streamline my processes so I hope I haven't lost any quality. What do you think? Hugs to you all, Barb F