Sunday, January 6, 2008

Reflections on 2007

As the memories of Christmas 2007 are being packed away it is a time of bittersweet reflection. Today I am taking down the collection of wonderful Christmas cards from so many crafters. I certainly hope I said a special thank you to each and every one of you who sent special wishes. Indeed they added a lot of joy to my holiday! But for now I wanted to share a few "ah-huh" highlights from my creative times in 2007.

1. Best Project of the Year-Ink sampler notebook...I love using inks and have LOTS...but wanted to think broader to be able to mix different types of ink as well as color combinations for single projects. I started last year by making this notebook with samples of all my inks. It has proven to be a useful tool for me to see new possibilities. It also helps me make faster and better buying decisions.

2. Best Purchase of the Year-Ribbon storage...YES, I do love ribbon and I finally came upon a way of storing it that works for me. I found these great over-the-door towel racks. I have 2 on craft room doors. Each holds approx 25 narrow spools per rod. It even takes the extra large SU spools that are 4 1/2"diameter. Best part is it was just over $7 on sale at Freddies (a west coast super chainstore). The only assembly required is 4 screws to attach the brace at the top and end caps on the rods so they don't slip out of place. It is made by Zenith and is a part of the "Bathstyles" organizer collection.

3. Best Times of the Year- Times with other stampers. Fun creative moments have been shared with the Stamp Shack’s Creative Team, special stamping events at 2 Peas, Splitcoaststamper challenges, Saturday challenges and Tim Holtz’s 12 days of Christmas tags. And of course staying in touch with individual old friends and new...some of which happened through the starting of this blog in 2007.

Indeed it was a very good year! Thanks for being a part of it and stopping by!


  1. Jan, this post was such a treat to read and such fun reading about your reflections on this past year whether it be projects, great finds and cards from other card making enthusists! I'm still drooling over your distress ink box in the post below!

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Jennifer

  2. Your ink book puts mine to shame. It's such a genius idea to have them all there. I need to update mine before the stamp convention. I share in your craft highlights.

  3. That ink sample book is a great idea.

  4. I see my card!! :) Jan, you are an amazing lady and an absolute doll! It was my pleasure to send you a Christmas card.


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