Why I Love my Stamping Friends…

I am a loner. Because I have a crazy work-ethic I’ve always had at least 3 jobs and it’s been like this my whole life. What does that mean for a social life? I don’t have one!! I have some really great life-long friends that are with me through thick-and-thin (as they say…) and that’s kind of it! I didn’t know I was missing something in my life until I got together with some online friends for a weekend of stamping/talking/shopping and laughing at Jessica’s house. Have you ever tried saying a phrase like “What do you prefer for die-cutting Spellbinders: a Cuttlebug or a Bigshot?” to a normal friend? They look at you like you’re from mars and do the Awkward Turtle… So needless to say, getting together with 12 CARDMAKERS was a supreme joy and I learned so much from all of them.

Today I’m sharing my biggest “aha!” moment from the weekend. I was able to put it into practice today after gathering the necessary supplies: 6x6 envelopes. Thank you to Jessie Rone for showing me this tip. I will use it forever now!


Do you have a shameful collection of 6x6 pads? (or 6.5x6.5 or 8x8…. Yah me too..)
I’ve always loved these pads because 1) you get the pattern scaled-down for cards, 2) you get all of the patterns in a collection and 3) scraps are minimal because you only start off with half the amount of paper.. BUT, there are still scraps, right? Here’s the solution.


a 6x6 envelope on the back of the pad. So easy, so simple, so awesome… Why didn’t I think of it???


Now all of the scraps are stored WITH the paper pad and won’t be forgotten next time you do a project with it! Do I have genius friends, or what???

Remember my Technique Tuesday post from a couple of days ago? Head over to the TT Blog to see everyone’s creations, and there may or may not be a stamp giveaway..

Have a great day!

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  1. awesome idea! tfs i'm going to use it :)

  2. You are the best! I got a giggle out of your post and there is a reason that I don't have normal friends ;) I stick to the crafty peeps because they understand me! Hehehehe

    I had a fantastic time with you guys and I can't wait to do it again :D

  3. Hehehe! I love the paper pads too!! I don't feel like I'm wasting paper whenever I use them.

  4. This IS a great idea Tobi! I didn't even realized they made 6 x 6 envelopes! HUGS!

  5. Oh my goodness...looks like you girls had SO much fun! I am crafty friends with some of those ladies, too, and SO would've crashed the party, LOL!

    Anyway, I've been trying to find a way to get a handle on all of my scraps and this truly is GENIUS! I was ready to put all of my paper pads in small ziploc bags to keep the scraps with them but, wasn't crazy about the idea....this is simply BRILLIANT! Thanks SO much for sharing!


  6. TOBES! You are so funny! I had te same "AHA" moment when smarty pants Jessie and Wendy were talking about that neat trick. I am mesmerized by your finger nails in these photos. :)

  7. LOOOOOOVE this tip!!! So clever and I'm glad that you shared:)


  8. Well HOW FABULOUS is this tip!! Its like a "duh" moment when it is written! Really why didn't I THINK of that! :) Thanks for sharing!!

  9. First of all, genius idea :) Second, most of my bestest friends are crafty friends. We get together regularly to make stuff. But they are just as much my true friends as my non-crafty friends. We have all been through a lot together! I said once, it was never really about the cards. That was just the excuse. Glad you have that too :)

  10. I am currently resorting all of my paper. This idea couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you.

  11. I just squish the scraps in the pad and they are laying around on the floor...how wrong is that? Great idea!!! Actually have a plan for the stampin room this year?? Loved the card you did for I Spy...fabulous use of chipboard!!


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