I’ve been creating with paper and fabric for over 25 years and have accumulated so much information and craft supplies that at times it gets to be overwhelming.
Thankfully, I’m a bit OCD about organization, else I would be up past my hairline in stuff with no space left to create in. My latest branch of my papercrafting hobby is a re-involvement in teabag folding. In a previous post I noted that I’d become an administrator for a secret FaceBook group on 3D cardmaking. I’ve been making 3-Dimensional (Pyramid/Tea Bag Folded) cards since the early ’90s. In this time, I’ve collected enough information to probably write a book on the techniques. In addition to the group that I administer, I also belong to a group strictly dedicated to tea bag folding.
The artists in the TFT2 group use various software programs to create unique tiles from simple photographs.
I created my first tea bag tile, shown to the left, just the other day. I haven’t made anything with it yet, but eventually I will. It might be the basis for my Christmas card for this year. Who knows?
Over time, I’ve tried to always document my work by scanning it and printing out a copy of the card and keeping it in a 3-ring binder. I know I’ve forgotten numerous times, but there’s enough to see the progression in my skill level.
Most recently, I’ve been creating teabag folded medallions and putting them on greeting cards. The amount of leftover materials began to pile up, so I decided to corral all of the miscellaneous bits in a sheet protector along with the copy of the card I had created. If I wanted to create the card again, I would have the leftover bits ready for use on the next card. The filled sheets are now stored in a 3-ring binder, but I fear the binder will get rather full all too soon and I’ll have to find another way of storing the materials. I put the question on what to do with the leftover materials to my 3D group and one person came back with a photo of a process identical to one I used to have — store the bits by color in large envelopes which are stored in PendaFlex folders inside a plastic file box. I might go back to doing this with my cardstock pieces and only put the background papers into the sheet protector with greeting card copy. Just brainstorming how to be neater with this hobby.
For those who like to keep track of the train traffic that flows through our valley, here’s a couple of logs for you. We missed a few days when we went to Texas for my niece’s wedding.
Today is Monday, and Monday is a maintenance day, so traffic will be non-existent until later on this afternoon.
Blessings to you and yours, and be safe. Know that you are loved, and in turn, please remind those you love that you love them. It’s important.