It all started on Monday when I saw the empty coffee canister by my desk. Such an innocently empty vessel just sitting there waiting to be picked up, smelling of fresh ground coffee and hinting of a wake up call. But first..my cluttered desk space was bugging me. I needed to find room to put away the supplies from the workshop I had taught the Friday before. In my space everything has a place and it bugs me when I can't put something away neat and tidy. So I spent a half hour decluttering my work cabinet and in doing so I found 8 perfectly good binders filled with old resources. The resources I chucked but I just couldn't get rid of these 8 perfectly good binders..there had to be something that I could use them for, some crafty upcycling that would give them fresh life..so for the time being I piled them up on a chair and returned to looking at the coffee canister. My co-worker has been faithfully saving these canisters for me, with the idea that when I collected enough I would use them for something crafty. Well I believe that time had come because as I looked at the empty coffee canister on my desk, my mind was doing a mental tally of how many canisters sat on the shelf in my craft room. Surely there had to be enough now to create a class around, but what to make?
I took the empty coffee canister and one of the binders home and put them in my craft room. There they sat for a few more days while ideas percolated in my brain. After another conversation with another co-worker around scrapbooking and papercrafting ideas, a few visits to pinterest, some time spent on my favorite crafting blogs, and reading my various weekly RSS feeds, the ideas started to coalesce into that tunnel vision I mentioned before..sitting there at the back of my brain and digging a path through my consciousness.
The coffee canister became an easter container wrapped in pretty paper and covered in paper flowers made from all the paper posies I have been punching out like crazy this week (thanks to an article my co-worker shared on waste not/want not scrapbooking tips) and filled with plastic easter eggs hunted from my family's easter egg hunt. I can picture how each container will look, all soft and pastel coloured, or perhaps they will become container's for Mother's Day and I will go fresh and vibrant with the paper selection?! so many visions playing around for what these will become, but for now they will sit on the shelf until I can post a finished product..their time is coming soon so stay tuned!
The project that really took hold in my creative mind, the one I had to actually try first..is the binders. I would love to say that I came up with the idea for their final vision myself but rather I was inspired by those continued conversations with my friend and co-worker. I could picture covering the binders but ran a bit blank from there. It was my friend's suggestion to turn them into a card holder/organizer. From there I came across file folders and envelopes in the local grocery store, which made me think of an idea I had seen on Pinterest about a cardholder made out of a folder and several pins I had seen about using envelopes for mini albums. I bought those and returned home after work to play!
I am in the midst of creating this project, which I will call my "Creative Card Carrier" (sorry, I have a think for tongue twisters lately). I've been taking pictures of the various stages of it's development, since the idea is that once I finish the prototype, I will promote it as a class (I do after all, have to find something to do with the other 7 binders!), but for now I want to share just a teaser of how it's coming along. My next post will have all the photos and finished project.
|I've taken the opportunity to use up all my extra Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers|
I've started this project and should have it completed this weekend, which means stay tuned next week for more photos and a final product reveal!