Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shopping tips, OWH Rule of Thirds Bootcamp, and more Masculine Swap cards from Julie's kit

I wanted to start today's post off with a couple of money-saving shopping tips.  First of all, you have probably seen Sandy's "Precious" if you've watched OWHtv.  It's her gigantic roll of dimensional foam tape.  Sold on Amazon for $32.91 for 38 yards, it's cheaper than buying smaller rolls of Scotch adhesive elsewhere.  I've been buying small rolls of another brand from Big Lots for about two years because I didn't want to deal with the storage of a gigantic roll nor the big sticker price all at once.  When I picked up a new roll yesterday, I decided to do a price comparison.  The Scotch stuff is 1/2" wide by 38 yards (114 feet) long.  The price works out to 29 cents per linear foot or 5 cents per square inch.  The Big Lots brand "Front Porch Treasures" is 3/4" wide and 16 feet long for $1.50.  The price works out to 9 cents per linear foot or 1 cent per square inch.  So, if you've been buying the Scotch brand and want to save some money, you can save at least 2/3 off the price by shopping at Big Lots.  I've found it to be plenty sticky and it's marked as photo safe, so I feel comfortable using it on my cards.  

Look in the stationary aisle or the hardware aisle.  I've found it in both places. 

Another great deal at Big Lots yesterday: Elmer's brand washi tape was in packs of three rolls for $1.  Each roll is 30 feet long.  These were in the stationary aisle in my store. 


I put some of the black and white washi on this card made from one of Julie's kits.   I think the placement of the tree and washi stripes makes this one qualify for Paula's Rule of Thirds boot camp.  I love reading her design lessons and was honored that she used one of my cards as an example.  I never took any studio art classes after 8th grade, so all of my learning on the topic has either been theory (in Humanities class in high school) or through helping my college roommate with her projects.  She majored in art but recognized that I had a better eye than she did for layout so she would always have me help her with her collage projects.  All that is to say, I enjoy reading the theory behind why some of my cards work better than others!  Now, I just have to remember to put it into practice all the time. 

The other card I made from Julie's kit with a sentiment of my own:

I used the extra sentiment from Julie's kit for this card: 

A left over scrap of the orange paper from Sandi's kit made it onto this card:

Have an excellent week!  Remember that the OWH Mother's Day deadline is just a week away. 
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Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 340 blank and 140 AnyHero (as of 1/7/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

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5 comments:

  1. I really appreciate your tips! Thanks for sharing. Your cards are really great, too. Perfect for Dad's.

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  2. Fantastic group of cards for Dad! That tree is among my all time favorite stamps and I would have to say that the double-matted design with the tag sentiment is my favorite. I have a tendency to prefer symmetrical designs but when I veer away from them I do try to keep the Rule of Thirds in mind and find it does help to envision the grid when trying to find that 'sweet spot' in terms of placement of my focal point. Thanks for letting me use your card as a sample and for joining in on this months Bootcamp too!

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  3. I've found and bought the same Foam Mounting Tape at the .99 cent store for years. They even have the "dots" and pre-cut inch ones on the roll. I'm going to check my Big Lots for the Washi Tape next! :)
    Raeanna

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  4. Thanks for the tip on the Foam Mounting Tape..for those of us with limited budgets every cost saver is appreciated!!

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