This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from MugsyBoo.
As someone who is trying to streamline my crafting process, I love the ease of monthly kits. I also love mail! Is there anything better than coming home to find boxes on your front step? The answer is no, no there isn’t because boxes filled with paper crafting supplies are the best! Each month I receive a scrapbook kit and a couple of pocket page kits. Since the arrival of our daughter a couple of years ago, I have found that I have less and less time to actually shop in brick and mortar stores. On the rare occasion that we do enter a craft store, there are ground rules like no touching, don’t ask me to buy you everything, and please don’t open anything. We have a mission and we are in and out in 5 minutes or less which doesn’t give me much time, if any, to look at paper and embellishments.
As much as I love digging into the boxes each month to see what they hold, there are inevitably a couple of things that stump me or that I have received before and feel like there isn’t a new fun way to use them. Recently for me this has been mini clothespins and decorative paper clips. They are cute as can be, but I often find that after sorting my kit they get pushed to the side or added to my daughter’s crafting stash. I had an assignment this month from one of the kits I received to share an idea on how to use the mini clothespins on a scrapbook layout. I was inspired by laundry hanging on a clothesline so I created a mini clothesline from baker’s twine, added assorted embellishments and clipped the clothespins to either side.
Here are 10 more ways to use clothespins, mini and regular size, on your paper crafting projects. From embellishing them to using them as embellishments, these ideas have me digging through my daughter’s stash for the clothespins I had previously passed on to her!
Paper Clip Crafts
Paper clips now come in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors. They even come in shapes for every season. Basic paper clips also come in a rainbow of colors to match your crafting and DIY projects. Get creative and use them to create Holiday Decorative Clip Embellishments, make shapes out of them, or try one of these 8 other ideas on your next paper crafting project.
Have you used clothespins on a project before? What did you make?
I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted!I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it.
We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away.
I started out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it!
When I’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughters which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (they love it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time.I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.