Creativation 2019

These are the moments that remind me how lucky I am to work in the Creative Industry.

Opening Day…waiting for the show to open

Last month, I got the opportunity to fly to Phoenix to work and attend the Creativation Show.

For those of you that don’t know what Creativation is, it is the annual trade show for everyone

involved in the Hobby and Creative Industry.

Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Designers, Bloggers.

For me, as a designer, it’s also the opportunity to reconnect face to face with friends

that I only get to see once a year.  (you know…”my tribe”)

Oh… and the chance to see what’s new and the latest and greatest in the industry.

Make and Takes in the Deflecto Booth

I always have great intentions of taking tons of pictures and possibly a video or two.

But in Reality…I also have to work.  (or play)

Each day, I taught a different “make and take” in the Deflecto Booth.

Deflecto is one of the great companies I have the honor of working with.

Deflecto is known for their awesome craft storage.

The Great Wall of Deflecto Stack ‘N Go Caddy Wheel Base, Craft Organizers*

At Creativation we like to have a little fun.

Each day in the Deflecto Booth they host a Stack ‘N Go Caddy Challenge,

attendees compete to see who can fill and stack the caddies with the fastest time.

(The one with the best time each day wins a American Express Gift Card.)

It’s a big hit and can get quite competitive at times.  At the end of the show, if you’ve got

your special postcard stamped, they give away all caddies used to build the great wall.

It’s a fun booth to work in.

Another company I have the privilege of working with is StyleTechCraft.

They have the best adhesive vinyl to work with.  (and they treat me like a queen)

As you can see…I had a three hour demo on Saturday.

Graphic 45 Booth

I love all their new paper collections.

The Graphic 45 booth is always one of my favorites because their samples are always

so beautiful and inspiring.

Bloom where you are planted…(I need this collection)

Another one of my favorite booths is the Jillibean Soup booth.

Besides being know for their fun paper collections they also have a wonderful line called

Mixed the Media.  I love everything about this collection.

I NEED these windows.  (just saying)

I also took a little “me time” and did a make and take in the Jillibean booth.  

This is from their Embroidery Hoop Art collection.

Simple Stories Booth

This is embarrassing.  As much as I LOVE Simple Stories, this is is the only picture I took.

Sometimes…I get to talking too much (and drooling) to take pictures.

Tim Holtz ideal-olgy Booth

As a “vintage lover” this booth always stops me in my tracks.

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Idea-ology Booth Make and Take

Look what I made.  Isn’t he cute?

 At Creativation there is a large variety of classes that attendees can take.  

Business classes, workshops.  This is from the Waffleflower class I took.

I got to use their new “Water Media Mat” that will be available next month.

I always wish I would have taken more pictures. 

My pictures are only a super small sample of all the wonderful and creative things

to see and do at the Creativation Show.

If you’d like to see more…

Check out the Creativation Round Up on the Designer Craft Connection Blog.

        

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Deflecto in the Kitchen

Deflecto in the Kitchen…organizing the dreaded kitchen cabinet.

In an effort to tame the chaos (in my mind) during the holidays,

I like to find small problem areas around the house that I can work on a one at a time.

My kitchen cabinet next to my stove was one of those problems.

This is embarrassing to show.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a cabinet like this one.

It’s probably the most used cabinet in the kitchen and it showed.

With the help from my friends at Deflecto.  (design team perks)

I got the kitchen cabinet project started.

I asked Deflecto to send me several of the medium caddy compartments*

from the Stackable Caddy Organizer*  (yes, you can buy just the compartments)

The medium caddy compartments* were the perfect length to fit inside my cabinet.

FYI…there are three sizes of compartments that fit into the stacking caddy organizer.

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The first thing I did was to completely empty the cabinet and wipe it down.

I tossed all the outdated spices and discarded old medicines.

I put like items together for easy grab and go.

I removed the lids from a couple of the clear compartments to use with taller items.  

I love that the compartments are stackable.   That helps eliminates wasted cabinet space.

These really do come in handy when cooking.

Take it a step further in your organizing by labeling all the bins.

The finished kitchen cabinet all clean and tidy.

It’s been a few weeks since I reorganized the cabinet and thanks to my new organizing

compartments it still looks great.

Here’s a short video I made on the Deflecto Stacking Caddy Organizer*.

You can find the Deflecto Stacking Caddy Organizer* on Amazon or ask for it

at your local craft store.

Want more organizing ideas? 

Check out this post on Organizing the Kids Craft Cabinet.

      

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Holiday Candy Bar and Fillin Station

Create a Holiday Candy Bar for your next Party or Get-together.

Both kids and adults alike will get a kick out of coming up and sneaking a few pieces of candy.

To get the party started you’ll need at least one set of Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins*

and a variety of yummy holiday candy.

The bins can be stacked, attached side by side or used individually.

Make it into a “Holiday Fillin Station” with Clear Candy Tubes* for your guests to fill.

Just add ribbon, twine and tags and let your guests create the perfect party favor.

You can purchase the Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins* I used for the Holiday Candy Bar

in a set of 4 interlocking bins, available at Michael’s or on Amazon.

Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins*             (*affiliate link)

But don’t stop there…

Make sure to check out all the other great tilt bins and storage options available from

Deflecto Craft Solutions and create your own perfect storage.

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a boy and his cars…

I have this sweet boy in my life that loves cars.

Hotwheels to be exact.  (he’s very brand loyal)

Whenever he walks in my house he puts out his hand to show me the car of the day.

“Grandma, I have a new car to show you, you’re going to love this”…

This one’s Split Vision.  He’s aerodynamic and he goes really fast.”

I imagine he’s going to be a Race Car Driver or something equally cool when he gets older.

This kid always has a car with him wherever he goes.

I watched him at his big brother’s Spring Concert roll his car along the bleachers,

checking to see if it would fit under the boot heel of the guy sitting next to me.

To him… everything’s a potential ramp or tunnel.

For my Deflecto Design Team project this month, I decided to “think like he does” and make

a Deflecto 12″ x 12″ Clear Craft Picture Frame* into a “super cool” ramp for my grandson.

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I gave the Deflecto Frame* a light sanding with an extra fine sanding block to help the paint

adhere better.  Then, I painted the frame with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Black Spray Paint*.

I used my Silhouette Cameo* and Glitter Vinyl* from Tape Technologies to create

the words and stripes for “our” new ramp.

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And… because you always need more storage for your cars.

I made him a new car box using a Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizer*.

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Together… Mini Flip Album

Together is my Favorite Place to Be…

This cute little flip album is one of the “make and take” projects that I taught

in the Deflecto Craft Solutions Booth at Creativation in January.

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Directions:

  1. Make two marks on the top of the frame approximately 3/4″ in on each side.  The marks need to be approx. 1/2″ down from the top of the frame.  (If the holes go down too far the pages won’t flip correctly.)  Drill two holes in the top of the frame with a 3/16″ drill bit.
  2. For the mini album cover…Adhere a 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ scrapbook paper strip onto the top of the corrugated paper leaving a 1/8″ margin on the top.  Adhere the 3″ x 4″ journaling card (cut from the scrapbook paper) onto a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of blue scrapbook paper layer, add those layers onto the corrugated paper and then onto a 4″ x 6″ black cardstock layer.
  3. Using the drilled holes on the craft frame as a guide, mark the cover and the kraft cardstock pages and punch two holes on the top.
  4. Mark and punch holes into a piece of 4″ x 6″ decorative scrapbook paper and insert into frame.
  5. Attach cover and pages to the craft frame with book rings.
  6. Tie ivory ribbon around cover.

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Rotating Embellishment Organizer

Being a paper crafter at heart, I sometimes wonder…

What’s your favorite way to embellish?

For me it’s flowers, twine, buttons and pearls.

My Rotating Embellishment Organizer also know as Deflecto’s Rotating Carousel Organizer*

is a great way to organize my “go to” embellishments.  (and it looks pretty too.)

The Deflecto Rotating Carousel Organizer with Nine Canisters*   (*affiliate link)

comes with three 6″ bins and six 3″ bins.



It is also available as a Rotating Carousel Organizer with Six 6″ Canisters*.

It’s a great way to organize your supplies.

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Next Stop…Creativation 2018

I’m heading West today to Phoenix for warmer weather and the Creativation Trade Show.

While there, I will get to see the latest and the greatest in the Hobby and Craft Industry.

Can you say Creative Overload?

I will be doing make and takes in the Deflecto Booth first thing Saturday morning and again

in the afternoon.  I will be demoing in the Tape Technologies Booth on Monday afternoon.

In between working…I will be walking the show, networking, meeting up with old friends

and hopefully taking lots of pictures to share with you.

After the show is over, I’ll be heading to Sedona, AZ for a little rest and relaxation.

I can’t wait to get out of this cold and snow.    Stay tuned….more to come.

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