My Craft Room: Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my craft room tour! If you missed Part 1 or 2, you can view them here and here. In this part, we will take a closer look inside some of my baskets, boxes, and bins to see how I store some of my items.

I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. I saw a post somewhere about these being a perfect size to store CTMH’s 6″ x 6″ My Acrylix stamp sets… and they were correct! I have since tried to find these again, but haven’t been successful. *Sigh*

These baskets hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep, as well as some older, but still valid, Cricut-compatible stamp sets.

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One of the green baskets on my large shelf holds my current stamp sets that I am actively working / creating with.

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Okay, when you first enter my craft room, there is a bathroom straight ahead and a little bit of a hallway that has room enough for a large wooden shelf unit. I didn’t show any pictures of this in my last posts. It’s mainly my Etsy / shipping center, where anything for sale, ready to ship, extra padded envelopes, etc. are kept. It isn’t particularly crafty, except for these white storage bins.

I purchased 4 3-drawer bins from Target to hold my current projects, papers, stamp sets, and stamp of the month sets, all organized by month. The first bin (not pictured) starts with August, as this is the first month that the CTMH catalog goes live every year. So, I have an August, September, October bin, a November, December, January bin, etc. Here is a picture of my current drawers. As of the writing of this post, we are in November, and I am working on the “Pathfinding” papers, kits, and stamps this month. Each bin also houses any stamp sets from the Workshops on the Go Kits, and the current CTMH Stamp of the Month set.

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Remember the old wooden stamp sets that CTMH used to carry? Well here are my complete sets, stored in the two painted boxes from my large storage shelf. I originally joined CTMH in 2003, then in the 2004-2005 catalog, the My Acrylix stamp sets were introduced! Therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps. This is my compete collection!

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Remember these older storage items from CTMH? Well, I still use them! And why not… the quality is fantastic (about 10 years old and going strong!), and I still have bits and pieces of older product in them to use up (yeah, I know I’m slow).

This is the last place that I store my stamps. The box holds my retired alphabet stamps and a little bit of ribbon. Scroll down to peek at what’s inside my cases…

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The top case holds eyelets and an eyelet setting kit. Each small container is labeled with the eyelet’s color name. The middle kit holds all of my acrylic blocks. These are the original blocks that I bought when they first came out 10 years ago and I have never had to replace them! They are the BEST quality blocks I have ever come across! I use them almost daily, so they have had a lot of use but you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. CTMH has since come out with a new case and insert for these blocks, but mine is still going strong. Although, I did have to purchase a new size of block, which unfortunately doesn’t have a space in this case.

The last case holds some retired CTMH Organdy Ribbon. I love these! It’s a shame that they were discontinued.

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This is the other green basket on my large shelf. It holds some giveaway swag! I have a lot of stamp sets and some other items (all brand new) that I give away from time to time. Make sure to subscribe to my blog’s emails, so that you don’t miss your chance to win something! I also give away new Cricut cartridges, which are not represented in this basket.

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Here are my home-made sponge daubers. First of all, my disclaimer… these are NOT great quality! I saw a tutorial about a year or so ago on how to make your own sponge daubers with just PVC pipe and make-up sponges. It worked like a charm and it was C-H-E-A-P… about $20 for 100 sponge daubers (including the cost of the PVC cutters, which was the majority of the cost). However, they don’t hold up really well (they shred and tear). BUT, I wanted a TON of daubers in every single current and retired CTMH ink color that I own, and purchasing the name brand daubers, plus the storage case and insert would have been about $170 plus tax and shipping. So, $200 or $20?

I have two containers of sponge daubers, but only the current colors (and a few extra) are shown. I cut a small strip of matching paper to go around each dauber and labeled them with my label maker. I made holes in floral foam to hold them all upright in their container.

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And finally, I want to mention that I keep a craft inventory in a large 2.5″ binder. I don’t have every new item up to date, but it’s far more important for me to list outdated and retired product, so that I remember that I have it and know where to find it.

Here are a couple of pages from my stamp inventory. I stamp EVERY image that comes in the set, and list CTMH’s product number and/or name of the stamp. Then, I came up with my own numbering system to make them SUPER easy to find. If you look at the left page of the set below, you’ll notice that it says “M5” in the top left hand side of the page. If I am looking for an image and like one from this set, I will go into my pink (retired) baskets and look for M5, which you’ve probably guessed by now will be filed in order!

Each stamp is put in a certain category that I designate… for example,  the stamp sets on the right page below are titled “Stamps – Sentiments/Phrases.” Although this inventory took a lot of time to set up initially, it doesn’t take much time to maintain.

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I use this system for everything! My binder has sections on papers, inks colors, punches, decorative scissors, markers, embossing powders, etc. If I own it, it will probably be in my binder. Although I need to update my newer stamp sets (the ones in the green bin), they will definitely be accounted for before they make their way to my retired stash, if not sooner!

Here is an example of the CTMH paper colors that I own. This includes both current and retired papers, and continues for another page or two (not shown).

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I hope that you enjoyed Part 3 of my craft room tour! Remember, if you missed Part 1 or 2, you can find those here…

My Craft Space: Part 1

My Craft Space: Part 2


Thanks for viewing!

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My Craft Room: Part 1

Back in November, my craft room was featured on the Craft Storage Ideas website. But, I just realized that I never posted my room here! So here you go, today is Part 1 of 3 of my craft room.


Welcome to my craft room! Earlier this year, we converted a guest room into my new crafting space. Since this room contains a full 4-piece en suite, it does not leave a ton of floor space in the bedroom itself, but it is perfect for my needs and I am so happy to have my own space!

Please join me for this 3-part series into my craft room. Why a 3-part series? Well, there are a lot of large pictures associated with these posts, which can mean a long, slow load time for this page. Breaking up the picture-intensive posts makes it quicker for you to get to the pictures!

When you first enter the room, the bathroom is straight ahead. Then, you turn the corner and see this…

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We’ll take a counter-clockwise tour of the room, starting with my main desk to the right of the entrance. The large black desk and turquoise chair are from IKEA. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Here is my Close To My Heart ink and marker storage system. It swivels around to easily access all of my inks! CTMH switched to high quality ShinHan Touch Twin Markers this year. These markers are much wider than our old ones, and don’t fit in the original base, so it’s mainly stocked with older markers and colored pencils.

I included a dollar store basket on top to add a pop of color to the black tray (and to make a deeper storage unit). In the basket, I store my stamp cleaning pads/sprays, and some re-inkers.

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This is my Recollections wall-mount storage unit. I use it mainly for embellishments, but also have some markers, watercolor pencils, and Stickles displayed and within easy reach. The bottom shelf came with a dowel for ribbon storage, but it’s such as inconvenience to take the entire thing apart every time a roll of ribbon runs out, that I ditched the dowel and now use the entire shelf for storage.

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So where did my ribbon go? Full rolls of ribbon ended up on this nice unit below. Both the ribbon storage unit and the stamp storage unit are from Organize More. You may remember my Ribbon Storage Unit review over at the Craft Storage Ideas website, here? I love this unit because the ribbon rolls can be taken out and put back with ease… no dowels to thread them through!

The bottom organizer is actually a stamp/ribbon organizer (you can see the larger space and small dowel rod for holding the ribbon in place). However, I have way more stamp pads than ribbon, so I use it how I need it. This unit is filled with retired CTMH stamp pads. I bet you can spot the “old style” stamp pads right away…. they are smaller, and stored upside down to keep the ink at the top! I love the newest style pads with the swivel tops and the ink pads automatically stored upside down.

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Here is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. You can see more on that post, here. I purchased the size of pegboard that I wanted, painted it white, and painted Lagoon-colored trim to go around the outside. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments (retired CTMH embellishments front-and-center so that I remember to use them up!), a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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This small side table holds the most current CTMH Idea Book / Catalog, some How-To inspiration books for scrapbooking and cardmaking, a very large tape runner gun and my Washi tape dispenser. There is some memorabilia in the large, clear bin under the table.

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Next to the table is an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold my retired CTMH stamp sets… the ones in the 6″ x 6″ envelopes. I have my old wooden stamps stored elsewhere. To see the inside of these baskets, and my wooden stamp storage, be sure to check out Part 3 of this series.

On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks. You can see the post here for more details.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame. I discarded the old picture inside, lightly sanded the frame, applied a base coat of paint, crackle medium, then a top coat of paint. Once the frame cracked, split, and looked “antique,” I sealed it with a Mod Podge spray. I added screws with “eyes” to tie some jute string through both ends, and then use clothespins to hold my cards in place. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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Here is a close-up of the crackled finish on the frame… and a cute polar bear, too!

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Going around to the 3rd wall in the room, this is my Cricut desk. Above the desk is some family art that I made with the CTMH Skylark paper. The colors matched my wanna-be theme of blues and greens (and sometimes pink!). Under the desk are my large rolling CTMH tote and shoulder bag that I use for parties, crops, workshops, etc. It is HUGE! It carries a ton of product and has a nice telescoping handle to roll it all away with ease.

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Here is a closer look at my Cricut desk. On it you will find… an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture! You can see more altered clipboards in this post, here.

The Cricut heads were cut from the “Storefront” Cricut cartridge. The laptop is an old computer (well, old in computer years anyway) that we had and were planning on getting rid of… until my husband came up with the idea of using it as a dedicated Cricut computer! Now I don’t have to lug my laptop upstairs every time I want to make complicated cuts… I use it solely for the Cricut Craft Room!

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I hope that you enjoyed the first part of this tour! I know that there’s only one wall left to show you… but it’s the biggest one, so you won’t want to miss it!


Thanks for viewing!

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Sunday Savings: Craft Store Coupons and Deals for 10/26/14

Coupon roundup

Check this blog each Sunday for the latest coupons from Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and current promotions from CTMH and Scrapbooking Sue.

Here are the coupons starting 10/26/14:

Michaels

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Jo-Ann

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Hobby Lobby

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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AC Moore

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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CTMH Promotions:

Don’t forget about the current CTMH deals, promotions, and/or freebies available this month. These deals are only available until October 31st (unless otherwise noted):

1. CTMH October Stamp of the Month – “Home for the Holidays”

7 stamps for only $5.00! Find out more HERE.

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$5 Stamp of the Month Set!

2. October Constant Campaign Promotion: Ribbon Revelry

The ribbons shown for this promotion are now SOLD OUT! However, CTMH will make a substitution with another ribbon, trim, or accessory! When you make a $50 purchase on my CTMH shopping website, you will receive a BONUS roll of ribbon, or an accessory for FREE!

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FREE Ribbon or Accessory!

3. Spooky Crafting Adventure Contest

Play a short Halloween game that leads to a specific crafting challenge. If you complete and submit the challenge, you will have a chance to win a treat from the CTMH Cut Above line of treat bags or card kits! Find out more here.

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Scrapbooking Sue’s Promotions

1. Halloween Scaredy Cat Scrapbooking Workshop

When you purchase a small supply list of Scaredy Cat items from me, you will receive FREE PDF e-files for a 3-layout (6 page) custom scrapbook workshop! Please go here for all of the details.

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FREE Halloween Custom Scrapbooking Workshop!

2. “Stretching Your Workshops” Program

Receive FREE PDF e-files for 4 scrapbook layouts! I designed this program to give you added value for your Workshops On The Go purchases. Get more out of your workshops and supplies by utilizing this FREE program, which includes: complete cutting guides, directions and  instructions, and full color artwork pictures for making additional scrapbook layouts. For more information, please go HERE.

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FREE PDF eFiles for Scrapbook Layouts!

Happy savings everyone!

I’ll see you in the craft room,
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Current Promotions:

Sunday Savings: Craft Store Coupons and Deals for 10/19/14

Coupon roundup

Check this blog each Sunday for the latest coupons from Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and current promotions from CTMH and Scrapbooking Sue.

Here are the coupons starting 10/19/14:

Michaels

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Jo-Ann

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Hobby Lobby

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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AC Moore

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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CTMH Promotions:

Don’t forget about the current CTMH deals, promotions, and/or freebies available this month. These deals are only available until October 31st (unless otherwise noted):

1. CTMH October Stamp of the Month – “Home for the Holidays”

7 stamps for only $5.00! Find out more HERE.

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$5 Stamp of the Month Set!

2. October Constant Campaign Promotion: Ribbon Revelry

The ribbons shown for this promotion are now SOLD OUT! However, CTMH will make a substitution with another ribbon, trim, or accessory! When you make a $50 purchase on my CTMH shopping website, you will receive a BONUS roll of ribbon, or an accessory for FREE!

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FREE Ribbon or Accessory!


Scrapbooking Sue’s Promotions

1. Halloween Scaredy Cat Scrapbooking Workshop

When you purchase a small supply list of Scaredy Cat items from me, you will receive FREE PDF e-files for a 3-layout (6 page) custom scrapbook workshop! Please go here for all of the details.

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FREE Halloween Custom Scrapbooking Workshop!

2. “Stretching Your Workshops” Program

Receive FREE PDF e-files for 4 scrapbook layouts! I designed this program to give you added value for your Workshops On The Go purchases. Get more out of your workshops and supplies by utilizing this FREE program, which includes: complete cutting guides, directions and  instructions, and full color artwork pictures for making additional scrapbook layouts. For more information, please go HERE.

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FREE PDF eFiles for Scrapbook Layouts!

Happy savings everyone!

I’ll see you in the craft room,
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Current Promotions:

Craft Storage Ideas: Ribbon Organizer Review

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For the month of October, the Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) website is hosting a link-up party called “Show Us Your Happy Place,” and has a ton of great giveaways! Today I am guest posting over at CSI with a ribbon organizer review. Go check out my post here, and then enter the contest to win your very own Ribbon Organizer from Organize More!

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My new ribbon organizer! LOVE it!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Current Promotions:

Sunday Savings: Craft Store Coupons and Deals for 10/12/14

Coupon roundup

Check this blog each Sunday for the latest coupons from Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and current promotions from CTMH and Scrapbooking Sue.

Here are the coupons starting 10/12/14:

Michaels

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Jo-Ann

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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CTMH Promotions:

Don’t forget about the current CTMH deals, promotions, and/or freebies available this month. These deals are only available until October 31st (unless otherwise noted):

1. CTMH October Stamp of the Month – “Home for the Holidays”

7 stamps for only $5.00! Find out more HERE.

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$5 Stamp of the Month Set!

2. October Constant Campaign Promotion: Ribbon Revelry

This month, when you make a $50 purchase on my CTMH shopping website, you will receive a BONUS roll of chevron ribbon for FREE! Find out more HERE.

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FREE Roll of Chevron Ribbon!


Scrapbooking Sue’s Promotions

1. “Stretching Your Workshops” Program

Receive FREE PDF e-files for 4 scrapbook layouts! I designed this program to give you added value for your Workshops On The Go purchases. Get more out of your workshops and supplies by utilizing this FREE program, which includes: complete cutting guides, directions and  instructions, and full color artwork pictures for making additional scrapbook layouts. For more information, please go HERE.

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FREE PDF eFiles for Scrapbook Layouts!

Happy savings everyone!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Sunday Savings: Craft Coupons and Deals for 10/05/14

Coupon roundup

Check this blog each Sunday for the latest coupons from Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and current promotions from CTMH and Scrapbooking Sue.

Here are the coupons starting 10/05/14:

Michaels

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Jo-Ann

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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Hobby Lobby

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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AC Moore

You can print the coupons below, or visit the link to the coupons HERE.

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CTMH Promotions:

Don’t forget about the current CTMH deals, promotions, and/or freebies available this month. These deals are only available until October 31st (unless otherwise noted):

1. FREE Cricut Collection for Montana Residents! LAST DAY!!!

Residents of Montana that join my team from September 5th – October 5th, 2014, will receive a FREE CTMH Cricut Collection (valued at $99)! It’s only $99 to join my team and you will receive over $450 in products! Please click HERE for more details. This offer ENDS TODAY!

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FREE Cricut Collection for Montana Residents!

2. CTMH October Stamp of the Month – “Home for the Holidays”

7 stamps for only $5.00! Find out more HERE.

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$5 Stamp of the Month Set!

3. October Constant Campaign Promotion: Ribbon Revelry

This month, when you make a $50 purchase on my CTMH shopping website, you will receive a BONUS roll of chevron ribbon for FREE! Find out more HERE.

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FREE Roll of Chevron Ribbon!


Scrapbooking Sue’s Promotions

1. “Stretching Your Workshops” Program

Receive FREE PDF e-files for 4 scrapbook layouts! I designed this program to give you added value for your Workshops On The Go purchases. Get more out of your workshops and supplies by utilizing this FREE program, which includes: complete cutting guides, directions and  instructions, and full color artwork pictures for making additional scrapbook layouts. For more information, please go HERE.

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FREE PDF eFiles for Scrapbook Layouts!

Happy savings everyone!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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