Crafting On the Go

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.Β  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.Β  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.

undefinedOK OK! Last shot of some of the details at the top! I left the mini envie folded and sort of like a real envelope where it wasn’t adhered flat to the patterned paper (at least the top flap isn’t). That blue bird is so sweet. Stamping those leaves just made this patterned paper unique for me. I hope the couple loves it too!

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!

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  • Barbara - I love this post! It helps to have ideas about what essentials to bring. You did well to only forget a couple of things πŸ˜‰ I forgot my whole Karen Foster tote bag at home the last time I travelled!!! lol The card is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tante KΓ€the - This is so beautiful! I would NEVER know what to take on such a short notice. You did a marvelous job on this!

    Have a good Sunday.


  • Kimmy Silvidi - Ashley! You never cease to amaze me! Your wedding card is just PERFECT and simply breath taking! Have a FAB time at the wedding. I just know your recipients will cherish your card forever! Hugs, KimmyReplyCancel

  • Dorothy C. - I could never have put together a card under these circumstances. This is just perfect! I’m looking at my Webster’s paper in a whole new light. Thanks so much for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Gina Nichols - Just beautiful Ashley, I have a wedding coming up here in a couple wks….and you’ve given some great ideas! Thank You for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Winterstein - Gorgeous card! Nothing comes to mind to recommend but I appreciate the ideas for next time I travel or go to a crop! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Wanda McGhee - What a beautiful card Ashley. Have fun at the wedding. It’s it great to have wonderful men in our lives.
    Seems like creating on the go is the thing to do now. There are a few other things I take as well…a black fine tip pen and white pen. I also have purchased a mini glue gun and mini glue sticks for quicker tacking jobs. I put together a mini embossing kit too…that consist of Versamark pad, clear, white and gold embossing powder, mini spoon, embossing buddy, coffee filter (folded) tweezers and mini heat gun. I carry a tool bag I got at “Walmart”. It holds a ton of stuff…perfect for a tool bag that’s always ready to go. Thanks for the inspiration!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Duncan - First your card is absolutely beautiful. What a great idea you have in packing just a few essentials and being able to be crafty on the go. Thanks for all of the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Jaquay - Ashley, this card is STUNNING!!! And you’re making me kick myself for not having ordered that mini envelope die lol πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Erica Fields - Great post Ashley. I have a really good carry-all, but I always seem to have to pack it on the fly. With your ideas, I believe I can plan better. Thanks for the info and have a great with your family at the wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra F - Love your post! Now I can show my husband that I am not crazy when I pack my totes to take on vacation. I usually take images that my daughter (7yrs old)and I can color at night when we are relaxing watching movies. Then let them sit for months til we finally make cards with them πŸ™‚ Looks like you have your bases covered with what you take but I may add a waterbrush πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Katy Donaldson - What a GREAT card…especially made at a Hotel desk! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE seeing those CTMH Ink Pads :0) that you have a husband that appreciates your “gift” and reminds you to use it wherever you may be…I have one of those as well! Thanks for reminding us that beautiful things don’t have to be bought at a store and you don’t have to spend HOURS making something from the {heart}!ReplyCancel

  • Ivana - Ashley, yours creativity simply knows no bounds! Card is magical, especially the detail with a small envelope and inside gift card. I really enjoyed reading the post, as always πŸ™‚
    What will I add to your tote? Hm..I like working with embossing powder, so maybe that and the heather πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ivana - I meant a heater πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Your card is amazing! So pretty! I haven’t yet cut my mini envelope die–thanks for the inspiration! Did I see a bone folder or a piercing tool/mat in that tote? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lorie-The Peddler - I love what you have created. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Gloude - Oh my what a beautiful card. Yes, you are blessed to have a wonderful husband that support you. My husband is like that. I know you had a wonderful time with your family. Have a blessed week.

  • debra kinder - Lovely wedding card, like the idea of taking along pre-diecut pieces. Great post!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Savitri - Super awesome card with what you have. I always have a hard time packing but I think it’d be easier if you know what theme it’s going to be… to make sure you have the right sentiment. On another note… the package is NICE! Trying to figure out which pic to scrap with all the goodies πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Bernie Thomas - Stunning card. I have a stash of cards but it seems when I need one nothing in my stash is right so I’m always making one at the last minuet. Great post.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Jazy Girl - Wow…what a truly beautiful card! I also like how you walked through the whole packing process and narrowed it all down so it all flowed and worked. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley Jackson-Brown - This is a BEAUTIFUL card that you created quickly. I love it when that happenes…..Thanks for sharing and that TOTE idea is genius!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette S. in MO - Ashley, this card is perfect. I love the patterened paper and it looks like that blue bird is examining those seed packets, that is so sweet. I need to make a card for my daughter’s wedding and my mind’ eye thought it needed to be the colors of the wedding. LOL And now I realize it doesn’t! We made the invitations ourselves and there is another reason it needs to be different. I just started investing in patterned paper packs about a year ago. I’ve been collecting other things like stamps/dies/inks. Paper hasn’t been very important to me because I can transform solid colors into background paper with my stamps and embossig folders. Truth be told, I’m in deep for these vintage papers that look like old wall paper because I’m very eclectic and I love antique things.ReplyCancel

  • Shopping with Ash » A New Design by Ashley Cannon Newell - […] is everything in paper crafting, right?! I also created this card using the contents in my Crafting on the Go tote I packed last […]ReplyCancel

  • Wanda G (stampcat) - Hi! I just posted a card yesterday with the WP seed packets and then today I came upon this card while catching up on my blog reading! Your card is just stunning! I hope you will check out mine too. You are very inspiring to me! Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Andea - Just found your blog through Betsy Veldman and I LOVE your art! This post in particular was inspiring because it shows that you don’t have to always sit down at your own craft table or have every single supply on hand in order to create something beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • carol b - Ashley,
    Great info on what to take and a beautiful card. I’m curious if you drove or flew? Unless you check your bag when flying, I don’t think that you can take some of those cutting tools – like craft knife, scissors, etc. Sometimes we only do carry-on and that limits what I can take.
    carol bReplyCancel

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