Believe me when I say this, I.LOVE.CRAFTING. I can have an exam tomorrow and I’d still find something to do with laces, and ribbons, and paper, and God knows what. But between you and me, doesn’t crafting get a little tooooo long and sometimes stuff is so costly that you just have to postpone the entire project till you get that shit load of money from somewhere, miraculously. <sigh! cuz I never do> . So, I kinda came up with these tricks and hacks to save my time and money both and also do what I love most. CRAFTING.
So let’s see what I’ve got for you guys. I use some of these tricks to save me some time and of course the money. <wink> And others are just some useful tips to help you out with your crafting. Here they are;
Money – Saving Tips:
- Nail Varnish & Wax Paper:
You can use nail paints for a lot more than you think. They’re not just some pretty colors shinning in a bottle that you can use to tint your nails. They can be used in many other things like you can drop it on some wax paper in form of bubbles or droplets shapes or any other if you have a stencil. Let it dry and tadaaaa! You’ve got yourself some pretty little colorful adornments for your next craft project.
- Nail File as Scoring Tool:
I know, I know, how all those crafting tools and supplies can be really mouth-watering. But admit it they are way too costly for students like us who can hardly pay for their café bills at the end of the month. So, what I do for scoring my card-stock is that I use an old nail file that can no longer be used as a nail file. It does the trick as efficiently as a regular scoring tool does and it costs you almost nothing because you’ve already paid for the nail file months ago.
Time – Saving Tips:
- Sharp Punches:
It’s a real time-saver, believe you me. Over time and rough usage, they can get a little slow and they don’t cut out real sharp shapes. So here’s a little trick that can save your money for you don’t have to buy new ones. And once you have them sharpened again, you can definitely save some time. Take an aluminum foil; fold it twice or thrice so that it can fit inside the punch. Put it in and punch it 2, 3 times and it will be sharpened. Take some wax paper, then, and do the same with it and you’re good to go.
- Be Organized:
To save your time finding the right colored paper, or that one printed sheet you saw on last Tuesday in your junk and knew you’d be using it in your next project, be organized. Keep all your stuff in specific places. Assign everything some box or some bag. Organize them on your desk or in your drawer but to save your time, sort your stuff out. I honestly lose interest in the project many times while finding the right colored sheets. So, I figured I could use this type of folders to keep them all in one place and yet separated. You can use different colored folders to keep the matching papers in them or you can have one with many flaps inside to store them all in one place.
One Random Tip:
- Clear Nail Polish & Ribbons:
Clear coat, top-coat or clear varnish, it goes by many names and yes it can be used to do this. We all have struggled with the unraveling ends of ribbons that we tie on our gifts and stuff. To secure their ends from wearing out, use clear nail polish and they won’t unravel again.
And, finally, the Bonus Trick:
We all have heard and seen the hype that is WASHI TAPES. I personally love them. They are soooo cute and almost yummy. Bhei ye cheeni japani job hi banatay hain hota bara cute hai. So, I’ve loved them from the day I heard about their existence. But, honestly, I haven’t been able to buy them in a bulk as I do with other craft supplies of mine as they’re wayyyyy too costly. Matlab hai to tape hi na yar. So, I figured I could do this instead, DIY Washi Tapes. Yeah you heard it right. You can make your very own washi tapes and they will cost you very little. You can make as many as you want in as many colors and patterns you want. <khattak dance>
I’ve revealed the trick but I’ll be making the tutorial in my next post. <evil grin> Until then, take care and enjoy doing the tricks and hacks that I’ve already revealed. 😀
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