Floral Phrases Home Decor Frame

Home Decor Frame using Floral Phrases from Stampin' Up! Uk and an IKEA frame

I’m always looking for ways to get creative. I love card making, but I do indulge my crafty passion in other hobbies too (when I get the chance!), I’m currently working on my Wedding Scrapbook, I have a stash of half-finished crochet projects and I love a spot of painting too. So, when James and I recently took a trip to IKEA on the hunt for a new bed, I couldn’t help but stop in the section of the shop where they have all the frames and candles, material and other fabulous home-y bits and bobs. I love this bit of IKEA, there is always a bargain and it can all be modified in some way shape or form to create something fabulous!

Home Decor Frame using Floral Phrases from Stampin' Up! Uk and an IKEA frame

This frame cost me the grand total of £1, and it even comes in a variety of bright colours as well as this off white. I will admit that it did sit in my heap of crafty stuff (which includes candles, sweeties and an assortment of other odd bits and bobs) for a few weeks before this creation was born.

Bermuda Bay is one of my favourite Stampin’ Up! colours, its just so bright and fun, but I really wanted to make something classy with it. Die cut using the Detailed Floral Thinlits it is so pretty. Sticking down these detailed die cuts can be really tricky, but using the Fine-Tipped Glue Pen it is super simpe, I add a thin line of glue to the outside edges of the die cut, and add spots to the thicker parts to, easy!

Frame using Floral Phrases and Butterflies from Stampin' Up! UKThe bottom left hand corner has a flower of Pool Party inlaid into the Bermuda Bay Detailed Floral die cut. The piece is completed with a double butterfly die cut from Bermuda Bay and Pool Party, a sentiment taken from the Floral Phrases stamp set and a few Pearls!

This piece currently sits in my office, on a shelf above my PC, but I think it might need to find a more permenent home soon.

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Storage Sundays

Hello and welcome to storage Sundays

This will hopefully be a regular posting focusing on different areas of my craft room.

Yesterday, in preparation for this post (and because it was desperately in need of a tidy up), I reorganised my 12×12 paper stash. I’m hoping this method works for me, I will keep you posted with any changes I have to make. I have tried a number of storage solutions in recent years; drawers, boxes, stashed on a shelf, and I suppose this follows along the same lines, but with the added bonus of being able to find what I’m looking for!


I have the IKEA expidit 4×4 shelving unit. I love it, although I currently have to share it with J for his college work.

My 12×12 has always had its own compartment within the unit, along with my current scrapbook, a box of Becky Higgins page protectors, and my misting box (just because I don’t have quite enough paper to fill the whole shelf). However, it has just been put there, shoved onto the shelf, and then sort of abandoned because I couldn’t see what I had, what were full sheets or just scraps. So I haven’t really used it!SAM_0296

That was until yesterday. First of all, I cut some labels. I would dearly love a tab punch, but I cant find one I like that someone still actually makes! But I do have the Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags Bigz Die from Sizzix, so out came the Big Shot, and a piece of 12×12 cardstock in a colour I am unlikely to use for anything else (strange sort of yellow, I’m not all that keen, but it’ll do for this purpose), and I cut myself a whole pile of tabs.

SAM_0304Grabbing my stapler and a pen, I got onto the floor, and sorted through all that paper. I decided to organise by brand. Until a couple of months ago I was a member of the Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit Club, and so have a lot of certain brands; Studio Calico, American Crafts, Crate Paper, etc. but I have also bought collections packs from other companies; Echo Park and Papermania, as well as a pad from K & Company (which, is very thin paper, and only get used for proto-typing) and a stack from core’dinations.

SAM_0310Each section got a tab, stapled to either; the front sheet (if it was a collection pack), or a piece of heavier weight cardstock. I find that I know what sort of papers I own from each company, and so find it easier to organise that way rather than say, by colour. But its about finding what works best for you, and if you find yourself thinking ‘I need a blue paper’ rather than ‘I think something from October Afternoon would work’ organise that way.

So, the final reveal. I’m pleased with the result, I did a bit of crafting after all my organising, and found what I was looking for pretty quickly (and sorting it all out helped me find a heap of stuff I’d forgotten I bought!).

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Back with more crafts, cards, and storage solutions soon