Three Things: May Favorites

Over the past week I put together ten layouts for my column & a feature article for the upcoming October issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. It's been awhile since I put that many layouts together in a short time period and it felt really, really good. My office is still recovering from the creative mess.

I used to be super fast at putting pages together. These days I find myself going slower and focusing more on what I really want to say with each page (this definitely gets a bit complicated especially when I find I have less time overall).

As I wrote up my supply lists and worked on the text for those layouts yesterday I noticed there were definitely a few things I am really into right now. Here's three of my favorites this month:

[1] Sassafras Blossomed Vintage Yummy : Sassafras has come out with some great patterns and I happen to like them even more because they add a great little patterned strip along the bottom. I feel like I am getting a little something extra with each sheet.

[2] Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher : This is one of those products that at first I thought, "why in the heck do I need a special stapler?" I have a great regular stapler that works just fine. After testing this one out I have to say that this is probably one of my favorite tools I have come across in awhile. The size of these staples is perfect for layouts and smaller projects. They are just right for attaching ribbon and other thinner embellishments. It fits really nice in my hand. I think I used this on more than half the layouts I created this past week. Highly recommended.

[3] Jenni Bowlin Front Porch Die Cut Label Paper : It's probably not a secret that I'm a fan of Jenni's die cut papers. I love how she has changed it up a bit and added a pattern (especially polka dots) to the interior.

[ Three Things is a weekly product series : check out the archives here. ]

30 thoughts

  1. Linn

    2009-05-19 02:58:53 -0400

    Hmmm...I'm hoping your creative storm is's been a while since I've been able to get into the scrapping groove. Sassafras Lass papers seem to help me, too!

  2. Jeanette B

    2009-05-19 03:24:14 -0400

    Ali, I had the same attitude regarding the Tiny Attacher, but after clicking the link and watching the video, I may have changed my mind. I want to see it in person to see just how tiny the staples actually are, but I just might have to have it! :)

  3. Tere

    2009-05-19 03:40:04 -0400

    I've been eyeing TH Tiny Attacher for some weeks now, I think it's been in my cat in for 2 weeks, I really need to make a final step and check out!!!
    I also love JB, she has very pretty papers!!!

  4. Ann P.

    2009-05-19 04:24:43 -0400

    I ordered the TH stapler a couple of weeks ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, too! :)
    Very functional in many ways! You can't go wrong with THIS purchase!

  5. katie

    2009-05-19 04:40:58 -0400

    Those are great! I think I need to get my hands on the Attacher!

  6. Colleen

    2009-05-19 06:12:16 -0400

    I've seen enough people raving about that Tim Holtz tiny attacher that I think I need to fine me one!! :)

  7. ms.cheryl

    2009-05-19 06:34:04 -0400

    I had the same thought about the tiny attacher... You really like it huh? OK. Ms.Cheryl

  8. alison

    2009-05-19 07:18:03 -0400

    Does anyone know if they sell the Tiny Attacher at Michael's?

  9. Maureen

    2009-05-19 07:22:45 -0400

    I will be on the look out for that stapler - I have to admit that I have trouble with the full size staple on a page.

  10. Ashlee Archibald

    2009-05-19 08:24:40 -0400

    the mini attacher looks fun! :) I usually just use a mini stapler or the big mama. I love the sassafrass paper.. reminds me of my sweet girl.

  11. Dennette Bjorklund

    2009-05-19 08:53:08 -0400

    I love that stapler. It works great - perfect punch everytime!

  12. Deb J

    2009-05-19 09:41:01 -0400

    I really like that Blossom paper. I have been looking for something with smaller flowers like that. I want to get me one of those attachers. It looks like it will work much better than my stapler and fit my hand better. Thanks for sharing.

  13. mandy

    2009-05-19 15:00:16 -0400

    I know I'm behind the times...but I'm trying to buy Life Artist from Amazon. The prices listed are from $50-80. Seriously? I have no doubt it's an awesome book, but that surely can't be right! Any ideas?

  14. Theresa Grdina

    2009-05-19 16:28:20 -0400

    I love the new papers! YUMMY!

  15. Ali Edwards

    2009-05-19 17:11:10 -0400

    Isn't that crazy - I saw that recently too. I have an email in to CK to find out about whether they are reprinting the book (and if they are not are there other options). I would suggest a google search (there are likely some other online retailers that have some in stock).

  16. Sandi Malloy

    2009-05-19 23:47:30 -0400

    I'm with you on the tiny attacher. It feels good in the hand and the tiny staples are perfect for so many scrapping uses. The papers are luscious. I hadn't seen the Sassafras ones before. Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

  17. Helen Tilbury

    2009-05-20 00:04:13 -0400

    Sassafrass printed papers are just so cool right to check out Jenni's site...

  18. Kim K

    2009-05-20 00:25:12 -0400

    Thanks for the review on the Tiny Attacher. Had passed it by thinking it was "just" a stapler. I should have known Tim Holtz would give us something fabulous! Thanks.

  19. Sue

    2009-05-20 00:38:02 -0400

    Love all three things this week, especially that 'attacher' gadget.

  20. Jennifer Larson

    2009-05-20 04:33:42 -0400

    I love that yellow. Can't wait to get some...

  21. Debz

    2009-05-20 06:17:54 -0400

    I have a bobunny stapler I love but the staples are smaller than standard. I am not looking forward to finsing replacements for this.

  22. Cheryl Ann

    2009-05-20 07:09:57 -0400

    My best tip is to become happy with your own handwirting and then you can journal right on the page and not have to use your computer unless you really want to. Helps me to finish more projects.

  23. Debbie

    2009-05-20 11:25:25 -0400

    Can't wait for your October is my favorite part of CK!

  24. Marilyn Platt

    2009-05-22 06:16:07 -0400

    I must go with the concensus. The mini hand held stapler is great for stapling the smaller things in the center of my layout. It's not clumpy to me. As far as the small floral paper, I love it. Im always drawn to floral because it's girly and calming, in addition the little border is a great plus. My most favorite of all is the die cut paper. I love it all and will usually purchase it when I see it. It's unique and special just like I hope my layouts and stories are when I use them. The lace paper are also my favorite even though I may not know how to use them I must have them in case they stop making them. I can't wait to see your layouts in CK using these great and inspiring products. Like always, Ali, you make me want to create!!!! Marilyn

  25. desiree fawn

    2009-05-24 01:31:02 -0400

    That stapler looks awesome -- I just watched the video!

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