Hey there! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I am on a super quick family visit in Indianapolis this weekend for a wedding. I don’t get to see my extended family that often, so it’s really fun times when we all get together. I was short on time (as usual) and I didn’t get a chance to create a wedding card for my cousin (and soon-to-be new cousin) for their wedding this evening. So, McArthur reminded me that I would have time this morning to make one in the hotel room. See, that’s why I married him. He’s so smart and thinks of stuff when I just can’t! So, the morning before we left, I quickly packed my craft bag. I thought it would be cool to share what I usually pack in my Tote-ally Cool tote bag, so here goes (super long post)! Regarding my tote, I’ve had it for many years now (at least four) and I love it. I didn’t purchase it from the link above, but from Michaels (or their former Recollections store). It’s really deep and has a few pockets to store any and every thing!
I select my inks that I want to take. There is usually a black and/or brown, then whatever color choices I’m feeling at the time of the pack up! Tools, such as scissors, punches, craft knife, ruler, scor-pal buddy, scoring mat, and acrylic blocks definitely make it into the bag. I would pack a paper trimmer, but it’s at work (now, why would it be there?!). So, I use a craft knife, ruler, and scoring mat to make straight edge cuts. I’m going to have to invest in a travel paper trimmer soon to keep in my tote!
I keep a stash of my favorite cardstocks in my tote at all times. I add the basics from time-to-time, including, cream, kraft, and white hues that I may use up. Don’t forget your adhesive of choice! I always try to pack my 3M ATG 714 adhesive gun, glue dots, scor-tape, and foam adhesive. Punches are a quick way to embellish your projects. So, I usually pack two (a border and image punch).
Here, you can see a peek of the card I worked on (at the hotel desk – a PERFECT crafting table)! I also pack a glassine bag full of other small embellishments, including decorative trims, small stamp sets, rhinestones/pearls, and die cuts. So, you may be wondering die cuts? Well, I die cut a few shapes before I pack in neutral tones, such as white, cream, and kraft and perhaps some of my favorite colors and bring them along to use on my projects. This allows me to use some favorite die cuts without having to pack up a die cutting machine and the templates too. You can also see here the scoring mat and metal edge ruler I use while creating.
Here is a photo of most of my supplies in action! I also bring a button sampler, which is great because you get a lot of colors in a small container.
I simply cannot create without ribbon or embellishments, so some neutral twill tape and prima flowers make their way in the tote as well. Here, you can see the scor-buddy, which is a must-have to be able to make a great scored line on cards! I also bring some liquid adhesive and scor-tape in case I want to get super duper crafty!
Now, patterned paper would not have usually made its way into my tote, but now it’s a must-have. It’s a great way to add design to your projects easily. So, I packed up my Webster’s Pages petite papers, which includes three of their newest collections (AMAZING, I might add)! So, just select a few of your favorite collections and limit yourself to using those. The petite papers is a great way to bring a lot of designs along!
You know I can’t live without my stamps, so I brought ONLY seven sets! Since Papertrey Ink’s are packaged in CD cases, they do not take a lot of space. I bring two – three background stamp sets, image sets, tag sets, and also sentiment sets. I also bring decorative trims just in case those need to be added to the projects as well.
So, here’s the card I designed this morning using those supplies you saw above! It doesn’t take a lot to get crafty…even on the go! Oh how I love the lighting in this photo. The sun is shining so bright here this afternoon and I’m so grateful for that, even if it’s super chilly outside!
I trimmed the Webster’s Pages patterned paper to about 4″ x 5.25″ and inked the edges with Ranger distress inks. I stamped the green leaves onto the patterned paper with green ink from PTI Turning a New Leaf stamp set. Then, I stamped the sentiment from PTI Giga Guidelines stamp set with Close to My Heart’s garden green ink. The patterned paper was adhered to PTI fresh linen A2 card front.
Remember how I mentioned above that I bring die cuts along? Well, I die cut this PTI mini envelop and packed it in the glassine bag! I stamped it with PTI Background Basics Text Style I stamp set in Close to My Heart bamboo ink, then inked the edges with Ranger’s vintage photo. I also stamped the inside of the envelope with PTI Background Basics Polka Dot I set in the same ink. The envelope is so easy to fold along the scored lines. I just added some adhesive to the edges and pressed down!
I could not figure out what to add in the envelope. Yeah, a gift card would be nice, but I’m not sure what we’re giving yet (I know last minute Lucy over here), plus I can add that on the side if need-be. So, I flipped through my Webster’s Pages and found these DIVINE mini seed packets. I trimmed a couple out and placed them in the mini envie!
I also brought along these mini tag die cuts. I stamped the sentiment from PTI Favor It Weddings set in Close to My Heart cranberry ink, then inked the edges. I tied the tag with May Arts twine around the mini envie and added a bow. To finish it off, I added a button with a glue dot and embellished with a pearl.
I just couldn’t stop taking pictures, so here is another shot of the sentiment and beautiful patterned paper.
So, what did I forget in my tote this time? ENVELOPES! ACK! So, I will be added a few of those to keep in my tote. I hope you do the same too! I am using the glassine bag that I packed some of my goodies in (Thank God) as my envelope this time around, which I usually like to do anyway when giving a card in person, so it all worked out (this time around)!
I also forgot a pack of baby wipes to clean my stamps, but hotels have wash cloths, so I used that (SHHH)! I’ll be adding a mini pack of baby wipes in my tote, so on future trips I won’t forget those either!
Do you have anything to add to my tote? Let me know what I forgot!
I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for your visit!