A Peek into my Craft Stay-cation Retreat and How to Plan your Own 2

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Day 2 of my craft stay-cation and retreat was loads of fun too! I made lots and lots of birthday cards, some Victorian paper shows, scrapbook layouts and an idea jar to wrap the vacation up!

I started with the cards. I wanted to use all my paper scraps and left over embellishments that had been getting pushed to the back of my crafting pile. I pulled out all those scraps and stickers and embellishments, gathered a few blank cards and got to work. I came up with 12 birthday cards and loved making each and every one of them. I specially enjoyed using some ‘thank you’ cards that I had purchased at a thrift store for $1 as card bases. Covering them up with paper and embellishments enabled me to make some pretty cute cards. I also re-purposed some old CDs and their covers to turn them into novelty birthday cards. It makes me really happy to re-purpose and upcycle things that might otherwise have been wasted. If you want to try your hand at some upcycled cards check out my card making books on Amazon – One of the books focuses on just using paint chips and other scraps of card you might have lying around the house.

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Next up I made some Victorian paper shoes. I have always loved to read Victorian romances and have always been inspired by Victorian era decor and crafts. When I saw paper shoe templates on Google I had to turn them into my own version of Victorian paper shoes. I used coordinating pieces of paper and some embellishments to craft these beauties. These can now be used as mini gift boxes and I can’t wait to fill them with goodies!

You can find loads of paper shoe templates by Googling ‘paper shoe templates’.

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I have been working on a recipe book for a while now. I gather recipes from different family members and friends and have been designing one 8.5 inch x 11 inch layout for each recipe. Some of the recipes incorporated in my book have been passed down three generations. This project is very close to my heart and there were a few recipes that were waiting for their layouts when I was planning my stay-cation. There was a cupcake recipe from my sister, a guacamole recipe from a friend and some condiment recipes I had tried out with my mother. They all got their own layouts and I love the unique character of each one.

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The last project on my craft stay-cation list was an idea jar. I usually come up with ideas at all hours of the day and night, while going through magazines and catalogues and sometimes even in dreams! I use all sorts of pieces of paper/napkin to jot down my ideas and so I came up with an idea jar. I used an old plastic jar and decorated it to hold all the little pieces of paper and napkin and card that have various craft project ideas jotted down. I thought this was the perfect way to wind up my craft stay-cation!

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Planning a stay-cation is lots of fun and I really urge you to go ahead and try one of your own! What projects would you like to finish at your creative retreat? Please share in the comments below. I always love hearing from you!

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