I am so thankful to have friends who are avid scrapbookers like me. Because of each other's support, we are able to fill scrapbooks with beautiful lay outs. From late last year until now, I have filled a couple of scrapbooks already.
One way I have given back is to start our little die cut group. All of us have Sizzix dies, and they all lend their dies to me. In turn, I give them back chip board die cuts of dies they do not have yet. Everyone who is in our group is just tickled pink with the amount of die cuts they receive.
I am thinking of how to expand this idea to people outside our group. But I have not thought of a working idea yet. For one thing, cutting dies for people in our group is exhausting. I think I spend around three afternoons doing this. Well, for sure it will be another while before I do something as fun as this again.
Aside from die cutting, I have also borrowed stamps from a friend. Her Hero Art stamps are simply amazing. Now I get the point why she loves them so much. Borrowing stamps has made me creative in using them. Since I don't want naman to make baboy the stamps, at first I used a lot of embossing powder. And then when I started getting bored with that, I had to think of a way I can use ink without dirtying up the wood part.
A simple solution I discovered is this: dab petroleum jelly on the wood part. Condition the rubber stamp by first cleaning it in stamp cleaner. Next I used Tim Holtz distress inks. And to thoroughly clean them, I use a toothbrush and some powder soap and clean both the rubber and wood part.