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Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Thanksgiving SALE!

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Organization: Go-Organize.com Thanksgiving SALE!
Papercrafting organization with our help and up to 25% off (and FREE Shipping!) from Go-Organize.com! Oh, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hello, hello organizing papercrafters!

We hope you had a chance to check out our latest post about organizing.

The Organizing Basics Recap is a great starting place – a primer on the fundamentals of organizing, and packed full of tips and tricks to make getting your craft space, and every space in your home, garage and even office, organized and functioning better.

Whether you’re looking to more easily find, access and use the stuff you already own; to make space for new products or activities you enjoy; to save money by not making duplicate purchases because you can’t find things (or own so much stuff you forgot what you have!); and/or to find more time for creating, getting and staying organized starts with a foundation – the basics of getting and keeping your stuff and your space organized, and having more time to do what you love (and I bet for most of us, that’s papercrafting!).

If you missed our latest post, or any of the others in our Get Organized Series, don’t worry – we have them all linked, for your convenience, on our Papercrafting Organization Resources page.

And, not only are the posts linked there, there are other organizing resources offered as well.

Oh, and don’t forget, we also have an awesome Organizing Product Showcase, courtesy of
Go-Organize.com, for you to check out as well!

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Note for the Newbies

If you’re just now joining in on our Get Organized Series
and you haven’t checked out all the previous Get Organized Series posts,
we encourage you to do so.

Why?

There is a TON of valuable information,
including tips and tricks,
and links to
LOTS of product-specific
papercrafting organization solutions! 

Click the link above to be taken to
all previous Get Organized Series posts,
as well as to other organizing resources,
and learn, learn, learn
&
comment, comment, comment!

And if you’re not already a subscriber,
subscribe to our blog feed so you’re notified
when the next Get Organized Series post goes live…

…and get ready to stash your stash!

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As I mentioned in several of our previous Get Organized Series posts, it can be valuable to rethink organizational strategies as we head into the “Holiday Crafting” season and a time of year when we’re all usually crazy busy!

This is a great time to get your “house in order” so you can be super productive and not waste time looking for supplies which might have been stored away since last year’s holiday season crafting exploits. And, before your home is filled with your loved ones and space is at a premium!

And there’s no better time to purchase new furnishings than when they’re on sale, right?

Well, you’re in luck!

Papercrafting Organization: Don't Miss Out on the Go-Organize Thanksgiving Sale! And, Get FREE Shipping! (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Don’t Miss Out on the Go-Organize.com Thanksgiving Sale! And, Get FREE Shipping!

Go-Organize.com is having an awesome SALE, starting today, Wednesday, November 26th, and running through Monday, December 1st.

And, as always, you get FREE shipping!!!

Amazing, right? How many online stores offer FREE shipping…on furnishings?!

If “organize my craft space” or “get our stuff and house in order” are on your to-do list, and quality furnishings are needed to make it happen, there’s no better time than now to grab some new furnishings!

 

Papercrafting Organization: Get Organized with High-Quiality JetMax Furnishings from Go-Organize.com! (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Get Organized with High-Quality JetmaxFurnishings from Go-Organize.com!

Another huge thank-you to Go-Organize.com for their sponsorship of PaperCrafter’s Corner – all of the organizing resources we’ve created for you are possible thanks to their support!

If organizing and saving money are at the top of your list of priorities, then you’ll be even more thankful for them!


The Giveaway!

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway, right?

So, in the spirit of helping you get more organized, PaperCrafter’s Corner will be giving one lucky papercrafter – an organizing papercrafter – one of our favorite “tools” for organizing.

Papercrafting Organization: Giveaway: Brother Personal Labeler Machine, White. PT90 (image)

Papercrafting Organization Giveaway: Brother Personal Labeler Machine (White. PT90)

Brother Personal Labeler Machine (White, PT90)

Yup, we love using this labeler to label all of our favorite furnishings with what’s inside.

And we’re betting you will too!

Please Note: We reserve the right to substitute a labeler of equal value and functionality should this labeler become unavailable prior to its being awarded to our winner.


Enter the Giveaway!

So, how do YOU get a chance at being the lucky recipient
of this handy little device?

Step One:
Make a purchase of $35 or more
at Go-Organize.com
using this link:
Take me shopping at Go-Organize.com‘s Thanksgiving Sale!

Step Two:
Send a copy of your receipt to us
at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com,
with “Go-Organize Thanksgiving Sale Giveaway Entry
in the subject line.
(We request that you black-out or remove your payment method info on your receipt
prior to sending us your receipt as we cannot guarantee the security of inbound emails – thanks!)

And that’s it!
Yup, it couldn’t be easier to enter
(and to SAVE BIG!)

We’ll draw one winner via random drawing from all complete entries received
and the winner will be announced here on our blog on December 3rd
(just days before our now-annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways starts!).

*Because Go-Organize.com only ships to addresses within the Continental U.S.,
this giveaway is only open to U.S. entrants – sorry Int’l papercrafters.
But, don’t worry, papercrafters everywhere are eligible to win our
12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – coming soon!


Excited?

We thought you might be!

Have Fun Shopping!


Remember, we’re always happy to assist you with your papercrafting organization challenges and finding solutions for your tools, products and in-process projects.

Additionally, Go-Organize.com now offers an Ask Your Organizer service – ask your organizing-related questions and receive a response from an organizer!

Questions asked and answered are added to their Ask Your Organizer page, under the Recent Questions & Answers section, for the benefit of everyone looking for organizing advice.

If they find that a particular struggle is common among many of their customers, or I find that many of you share a common challenge with us in the comments of any of the Get Organized Series posts, I may provide additional guidance in a future
Get Organized Series blog post.

Happy organizing!
Steph

Thanks again to Our Sponsor:

Papercrafting Organization: Get Organized with High-Quiality JetMax Furnishings from Go-Organize.com! (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Get Organized with High-Quality JetMax Furnishings from Go-Organize.com!

What could be more perfect than a sponsor known for
quality papercrafting/crafting organizing products,
products such as the Jetmax® craft storage solutions?

Go-Organize.com not only offers products
to get your creative space organized, but
organizing products for the rest of your home too! 

After all, once you get one space organized,
it’s highly likely you’ll be so motivated by the results
that you’ll want to take on the whole house! Or, office!

And what better time to shop then when there’s a sale. right?!

Papercrafting Organization: Don't Miss Out on the Go-Organize Thanksgiving Sale! And, Get FREE Shipping! (image)

Papercrafting Organization: Don’t Miss Out on the Go-Organize Thanksgiving Sale! And, Get FREE Shipping!

We are thrilled to have Go-Organize.com
as a sponsor of our papercrafting community,
and of our Get Organized Series,

and we look forward to sharing more
of their organizing solutions
(and fun giveaways!)

with you as we continue to work on getting
our creative (and other!) spaces more organized.

And don’t forget,
shipping’s FREE*!

Worried you’ll miss out on the next Get Organized Series post
and other cool information, inspiration and entertainment?

Subscribe to our daily blog feed -
you’ll be reminded each time a  post goes live

(plus, you’ll see and hear about all sorts of other cool stuff!).


Full Disclosure:
Some links are links to our sponsor, Go-Organize.com
Paid site sponsorships are one way PaperCrafter’s Corner is able to provide all of the FREE resources we provide you, our papercrafters. We greatly appreciate your using these links when researching and/or buying products from this supplier, one of our valued sponsors. Please note that we do not receive a sales commission when you make a purchase from this sponsorThanks for supporting us and for being a valuable member of our papercrafting community. Lastly, we are sometimes provided with products for review and testing, but we are never paid for these reviews and all opinions are strictly our own.

Additionally, the link to the labeler shown above is an Amazon.com affiliate link – should you choose to purchase the labeler, or other items, after clicking on that affiliate link, PaperCrafter’s Corner may receive a small commission on the sale. You do not pay any more for your items when using these links and we appreciate your showing us your support by using these links when we share them.

*Because Go-Organize.com only ships within the Continental U.S., only entrants with a Continental U.S. (non-FPO/APO) address are eligible for this giveaway.

*Go-Organize.com currently ships only to Continental U.S. addresses – see the Go-Organize.com Shipping Information page for info.



Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 78!

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 78!
Papercrafting inspiration from magazines…

It’s time for our

78th
Magazine Mondays

papercrafting challenge!


Won’t YOU participate?

No matter what kind of papercrafting you are into – scrapbooking, cardmaking, mixed media, art journaling or decor creation, or paper-folding, paper-cutting or paper sculpture – we’d love to have you join us!

And, we’d love to inspire you to try something new – a new type of papercrafting, new tools, new supplies, new ideas, etc.!

Strectch your creative muscle a bit, won’t you?

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Magazine Mondays, Week 78!

Remember, you can’t WIN if you don’t play!

Come on, Join In!

WHAT have you got to lose?

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New to Magazine Mondays?

Check out
all of our previous MM papercrafting challenges,
and/or scroll down to the section
“What is Magazine Mondays All About?
for more information,
then scroll back up and check out this week’s challenge.

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Week 78’s Papercrafting Inspiration:

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 78 Inspiration Piece (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 78 Inspiration Piece

What do you think of our newest magazine inspiration piece?

I chose this magazine because, well,
if you live in the U.S., it’s probably obvious, right?!

And if you live outside the U.S.,
this is a great representation of what most of us will be going through
as we prepare for our Thanksgiving holiday,
which takes place this Thursday, November 27.

Who’s up for an “effortlessly elegant” Thankgiving?
Me, me, me!

Well, the “effortless” part anyway. ;)

There is so much I love about this layout,
starting with the hand-drawn title typeface!

We hope this week’s cover inspires you to
grab your papercrafting supplies and PLAY along with us!

***I’ll be playing along this week too!***

We can’t wait to see what YOU create!

This week’s magazine cover/layout offers:

  • A curved title
  • A hand-drawn typeface
  • Hand-drawn images (I love the food images!)
  • A meal prep plan
  • A sectioned (grid) layout
  • Highlighted section headers (1 Day Ahead, 2 Days Ahead, 3 Days Ahead, etc.)
  • Soft, muted colors (blues, browns, creams, etc.)
  • A curved title
  • Step-by-step details (a great way to document food prep, or any process for that matter!)
  • And, perhaps you see something else?


What are YOU going to create this week?

Not sure how to use this week’s magazine as inspiration?
Simply leave a comment (comment link above or below) and we’ll do our best to assist you.


The Deadline & Creative Options

The deadline for submitting your papercraft projects this week is Sunday, November 30, 2014, at midnight (central, GMT-5).

As a reminder, this papercrafting challenge is not just open to cards or scrapbook layouts (which have both been popular entry categories), but to ALL papercrafted creations!

And, it’s open to ALL papercrafters,
wherever you are in the world!

How about creating something for your home or office or as a gift?

Whether you like to make home decor items, work in your art journal, create “repurposed” projects out of paper products, make cards, enjoy creating scrapbook layouts, or prefer book-binding, quilling or origami, or some other form of papercrafting, it’s all welcome!

Love this week’s inspiration for a Project Life or 365 entry or page?

Create and enter that! 

The ONLY requirements for entering the Magazine Mondays papercrafting challenge are that your entry must be a papercraft project – it must somehow incorporate paper – and that it must be submitted by the deadline. 

Playing along with this week’s papercrafting challenge is easy:

  • Go create something – any papercraft project – based on this week’s inspiration (above)
  • Come back to this post and leave a comment, including a link to where you’ve posted your papercraft creation, by midnight (central time, GMT-5) on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
  • Check back often to see what others have created and posted (and show your fellow papercrafters love by commenting on their creations!)

We’ll be checking the comment section of this blog post for comments and links to papercrafting goodness, and we’ll pin all the creations to our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board and link to them on our Facebook page so everyone can be inspired. (Note: be sure your papercraft creation is not blocked from being pinned if you want it added to our board.)

Then, on Monday, December 1, 2014, we’ll randomly choose one papercrafter from this week’s papercrafting challenge entries to receive a fun papercrafting prize.

And, their winning entry will be called out as ***THE WINNER*** on our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board, and a link to their entry will forever live in our Facebook timeline!

Having a hard time remembering to check our blog for each week’s inspiration piece?

Subscribe to our daily blog feed
and you’ll get a reminder every Monday.

Subscribe to our weekly blog feed
and you’ll get another reminder every Friday,
24 hours before the entry deadline.

(Plus, you’ll receive a bunch of fun shares each day and each week!)

Have a great week and happy papercrafting adventures!

Steph

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What is Magazine Mondays All About?

It’s a weekly dose of papercrafting inspiration courtesy of magazines.

We’ll be offering you peaks at their covers, pages, topics, typography, colors and type in hopes of inspiring you to create.

And, most importantly, it’s a chance for you to show off your papercraft creations and win fun papercrafting prizes!

PaperCrafter’s Corner (PCC) has been known for being a papercrafting information resource (store, event, retreat and kit club directories; industry news; product roundups, etc.) and provider of entertainment (product sneak peeks, challenges, giveaways, etc.).

Now we want to become your number-one source of inspiration…more specifically, papercrafting inspiration!

Magazine Mondays – How To Play Along

Each Monday we’ll post a magazine here on our blog and encourage you to use it as inspiration to create something of your very own.

You’ll create something (ANYTHING papercrafted) and add a comment on the blog post, including a link to your inspired papercraft creation, before midnight (central time, GMT-6) the following Saturday.

We’ll “pin” each week’s magazine – as well as everyone’s creations – to our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board to provide even more inspiration for our community.

And, we’ll link to all the creations from our Facebook page so everyone following our Facebook timeline can click through and see the creations our community has shared!

And the best part?

One lucky winner
(chosen randomly from all entries received
by midnight [central time, GMT-5]
of the Sunday following the inspiration piece posting)
will receive a prize for participating!

And, the winner will get to see
her/his papercraft creation called out as
***THE WINNER*** on our
Magazine Mondays Pinterest board
!


Play along and Good Luck!

Steph  




Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays Week 77 Entries & Winner!

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays Week 77 Entries & Winner!
Papercrafting each and every week – the magazines make us do it!


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New to Magazine Mondays?

Please scroll down to the section,

What is Magazine Mondays All About?

for more information,

then scroll back up and check out the inspiration piece,

entries and winners.

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Been contemplating joining in?
Come on, what are YOU waiting for?

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Like what you see?

Click on any image and

Share, Post, +1, Tweet & Pin away

using the icons that appear at the top of each image.

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Last week’s edition of our papercrafting challenge,
Magazine Mondays – Week 77,
inspired another wonderful bunch of papercrafting entries!

For those who may have missed our last challenge post,
Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays – Week 77,
here’s a quick look at the inspiration piece:

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Inspiration Piece (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Inspiration Piece


Let’s see what our papercrafters came up with this week…

Nancy C.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By Nancy C. (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Submission By Nancy C.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays -
Week 77 Submission by Nancy C.

Nancy C. created a lovely mixed-media candle, one that’s perfect for this time of year!

She was inspired by the colors from our inspiration piece.

I love that she showed us all how easily we can create something wonderful for our homes – the layering of the different images and colors on the candle band is awesome!

Be sure to stop by Nancy’s blog to learn more about this project (and to see where else she entered it!).

Suzi M.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By Suzi M. (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Submission By Suzi M.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays -
Week 77 Submission by Suzi M.

Suzi created another super cute “stage” card, this time for her daughter’s birthday!

She was inspired by the red border and typeface from our magazine cover.

I love how she chopped apart the title and made it really stand out.

And of course I adore that owl!

He looks like he ate too much cake (and like I imagine many of us are going to look after this week’s Thanksgiving dinner)!

Be sure to stop by Suzi’s blog to see more of her fun creations (and to learn about the day her daughter came into this world!).

SnazzyOriginal

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By SnazzyOriginal (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By SnazzyOriginal

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays -
Week 77 Submission by SnazzyOriginal

SnazzyOriginal (a newbie to our challenge – yay!) created a wonderful two-page spread about Remembrance Sunday.

She was also inspired by the colors in last week’s magazine layout, but notice how she let the lighter colors, rather than the red, take center stage. And yet, the red really pops, right?

I love the way she used a large photo as the background and layered other photos on top of it, and the large journaling block with the standing poppies on the left-hand page really stands out and makes you want to read it.

Be sure to stop by SnazzyOriginal’s blog to see how she took inspiration from one layout to create another!

And, be sure to welcome her to our community – we’re so glad she’s joined us!

Beverly J.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By Beverly J. (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Submission By Beverly J.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays -
Week 77 Submission by Beverly J.

Beverly created a cute, cute card featuring a pup character and a bold sentiment.

She was obviously inspired by the characters and the bold title from our inspiration piece, but look how differently she interpreted what inspired her.

I love that you could use this same card layout and make the final card look so different just by changing the colors and character.

I bet you can think of a few different ways to use this card layout, right?

I know I have already!

Be sure to stop by Beverly’s blog to say hello and to get to know more about her creative style.

JPSCRAPS

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 77 Submission By JPSCRAPS (image)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Submission By JPSCRAPS

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays -
Week 77 Submission by JPSCRAPS

JPSCRAPS created a lovely Christmas card inspired by last week’s magazine.

She was inspired by the main colors, red, white and black, but chose to swap out Walt for Santa.

I love that colored image of Santa!

As a collector of Santas, he just makes my heart happy. 

Be sure to stop by JPSCRAPS’ blog to see what else she likes creating.

Another great collection of papercrafted creations!

Thanks to everyone who joined in,
especially our newbie, SnazzyOriginal, from the UK!

Yet another week of papercrafting,
an excuse to try new techniques
and a chance to step out of your comfort zone.

We’d sure love to have you participate whenever you can
and hope you’ll join in next week!


Missed out on this latest challenge?

You can still use last week’s magazine as inspiration!


And, this week’s winner is…

Nancy C.!


Please join me in congratulating

Nancy!

Wow, two wins now!


Nancy:
Please send an email,
with your full name and mailing address and
Magazine Mondays – Week 77 Winner
in the subject line,

to shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com
(using the correct email format, of course ;))
so we can send out your papercrafting prize!

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Did you miss out on playing along last week?

No worries, there’s always next week!


And, if you subscribe to our daily newsletter,
you’ll receive an emailed reminder at the beginning of the week,
when the new inspiration piece is posted.

Plus, you’ll always be up-to-date
on the latest and greatest in the papercrafting industry
and never miss a fun giveaway!


Want to know how to play along next week?

It’s easy:

  • Go create something – any papercraft project – based on this week’s inspiration piece (this week’s inspiration piece will be posted by midnight (Central, GMT-5) on Monday, November 24, 2014).
  • Come back to next week’s post and leave a comment, including a link to where you’ve posted your papercraft creation, before midnight (central, GMT-5) on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
  • Check back often to see what others have created and posted (and show your fellow papercrafters love by commenting on their creations!)

We’ll be checking the comment section of next week’s blog post daily for comments and links to papercrafting goodness, and we’ll pin all the creations to our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board and link to them on our Facebook page so everyone can be inspired. (Note: be sure your papercraft creation is not blocked from being pinned if you want it added to our board.)

Then, on Monday, December 1, 2014, we’ll randomly choose one participant from next week’s papercraft entries to receive a fun prize! And, their winning entry will be called out as ***THE WINNER*** on our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board!

Happy papercrafting!

Steph

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What is Magazine Mondays All About?

It’s an (almost) weekly dose of papercrafting inspiration courtesy of magazines. We’ll be offering you peaks at their covers, pages, topics, colors and type in hopes of inspiring you to create. And, most importantly, it’s a chance for you to show off your papercraft creations and win fun papercrafting prizes!


PaperCrafter’s Corner (PCC)
has been known for being a papercrafting information resource (store, event, retreat and kit club directories; industry news; product roundups, etc.) and provider of entertainment (product sneak peeks, challenges, giveaways, etc.). Now we want to become your number-one source of inspiration…more specifically, papercrafting inspiration!


Magazine Mondays – How To Play Along

Most every Monday we’ll post a magazine here on our blog and encourage you to use it as inspiration to create something of your very own. You’ll create something (ANYTHING papercrafted) and add a comment on the blog post, including a link to your inspired papercraft creation, before midnight (central time, GMT-6) the following Sunday.

We’ll “pin” each week’s magazine – as well as everyone’s creations – to our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board to provide even more inspiration for our community. And, we’ll link to all the creations from our Facebook page so everyone following our Facebook timeline will see the creations our community has shared!


And the best part?

One lucky winner
(chosen randomly from all entries received by midnight [central time, GMT-5]
of the Sunday following the inspiration piece posting)
will receive a prize for participating!

And, the winner will get to see her/his papercraft creation
called out as ***THE WINNER***
on our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board!


Important Note:

This papercrafting challenge is not just open to cards or scrapbook layouts (which have both been popular entry categories), but to ALL papercrafted creations!

How about creating something for your home or office or as a gift? Whether you like to make home decor items, work in your art journal, create “repurposed” projects out of paper products, make cards, enjoy creating scrapbook layouts, or prefer book-binding, quilling or origami, or some other form of papercrafting, it’s all welcome!

Love the current week’s inspiration for a Project Life or 365 entry or page? Create and enter that!

The ONLY requirements for entering the Magazine Mondays papercrafting challenge (at this time) is that your entry must be a papercraft project – it must somehow incorporate paper – and it must be linked to before the deadline.

Play along and Good Luck!

Steph





Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster

by Stephanie Hackney

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster
We’re Putting Papercrafting Products Through Their Paces, Just For YOU!


Hello Papercrafters!

We’re happy to share yet another unbiased papercrafting product review with you today.

Our goal?

To provide you with valuable information to help you decide whether or not this product is worth your hard-earned papercrafting dollars.

What’s involved in a papercrafting product review?

We put papercrafting products through their paces and share our experiences with you.

What can you expect from our papercrafting product reviews?

We’re focused on providing you with totally unbiased papercrafting product reviews, including how the products perform “in real life,” and what we think of the value (cost vs. functionality).

And when we say totally unbiased papercrafting product reviews, we mean it!

If we really love a papercrafting tool or product, we’ll say so.

Conversely, if we find shortcomings, we’ll call attention to those as well.


The manufacturers who submit their papercrafting products to us have been told about our commitment to creating unbiased papercrafting product reviews and they have agreed to our policy prior to sending us their product(s).

And, in case anyone’s interested, we do not accept payment in conjunction with any of the papercrafting product reviews we conduct and share.

Finally, we give away or donate many of the papercrafting products and tools we review when the reviews are complete – we accept papercrafting products for review solely to enable us to try out the product and share a totally honest review with you, our valued community members.

Of the papercrafting products we do keep, all are kept so they can be used to create projects to share with you in the future, and/or in the case of a machine like the Brother Scan’NCut (which we reviewed in 2013), to enable us to further explore the product and share our results.

Our papercrafting product reviews will always include photos and/or videos, as well as spoken and/or written lists of product specs, features and benefits, pros and cons, pricing information, links to the manufacturers’ website and social media channels, and/or places where the product can be purchased. And, we do our best to find other, unique ways to use the products and share our ideas (and tips and tricks!) with you.

Additionally, when appropriate, we’ll share projects we’ve created with the product or tool and/or link you to one or more created by others. 

Hopefully you enjoy watching and/or reading the papercrafting product reviews as much as we enjoy producing them!

Have questions about our papercrafting product review process? 
Leave a comment on this post, or send an email to Stephanie at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com, with “Papercrafting Product Review Question” in the subject line.


Manufacturers:

Are you a papercrafting product manufacturer looking to have your product(s) reviewed?

Send an email to Stephanie at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com, with “Papercrafting Product Review Request” in the subject line, and we’ll follow up with you about your product(s).

Please note: we only accept papercrafting products and tools for review AND we do not accept all papercrafting products for reviews – appropriateness to our audience is a key factor when we consider whether or not to accept a papercrafting product for review.


And now, let’s check out the review…

Holster Brands - Creators of The Hobby Holster (image)

Holster Brands – Creators of The Hobby Holster

Today’s papercrafting product review is of

The Hobby Holster®

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster


I first learned about The Hobby Holster® at the Craft & Hobby Association‘s (CHA‘s) Mega Show last January.

I love visiting with the creators of new products entering the craft and hobby market and Holster Brands (the maker of The Hobby Holster®) was on my “hit list.”

After a brief intro to the product by the creators, I was intrigued enough to want to get my hands on one to review, and thus, here we are!

Since dealing with heat tools while creating can be both hazardous and a pain (literally and figuratively!), The Hobby Holster® seemed liked a solution that might serve me – and you! – quite well.

Let’s find out…

This is the description the manufacturer provided:
“The Hobby Holster® is a heat-resistant, 100% silicone pocket that is designed to hold hot crafting tools. A divided pocket separates a glue gun from hot glue sticks, glitter pens from scrapbook paper, Mod Podge® from felt, and endless other odd couples and crafty pairings.  The silicone material allows The Hobby Holster® to cling to any smooth surface without the use of suction cups or adhesive, and it’s easy to place and easy to move when your crafting day is complete.” 

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Used to Hold A Glue Gun (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Used to Hold A Glue Gun

Even before we received The Hobby Holster® for review, I immediately started thinking about other ways I (and you!) might be able to put The Hobby Holster® to use.

  • To hold small papercrafting tools, or pens and markers, (out of the way, but at-hand) when working on a small work surface (TV tray or airplane tray table?)
  • To protect my work surface from the heat of my small craft iron
  • To hold my heat gun when it’s intermittently in use
  • To hold paintbrushes (and rinsing water?)
  • To hold my phone or camera (so they’re easy to find when my creative “mess” takes over my work surface!)
  • To hold my crochet hooks, scissors and counting rings when I’m crocheting

And,

  • To hold toothbrushes and toothpaste, or cosmetic brushes, in the bathrooms
  • To hold dish brushes or sponges in the kitchen sink
  • To hold toiletries while traveling (hanging them from plane, train and hotel bathrooms?)
  • To hold craft tools and supplies while crafting on the road

I’m sure you’ll come up with even more ideas once you’ve seen The Hobby Holster® in action.

Are you ready for the review?

Here we go…

 

So, what do you think so far?

The Hobby Holster® is certainly a handy addition to a craft space…and many other areas of one’s home, or office, car or travel bag!

Here are some shots of The Hobby Holster® in action
around the house, in an office or classroom, and while traveling:

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Bathroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Bathroom Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Bathroom Use 2 (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Bathroom Use 2

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Kitchen Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Kitchen Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Office or Classroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Office or Classroom (Whiteboard) Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Bathroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Bathroom Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Nightstand Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Nightstand Use

(Note: I keep my iPhone 6 in the larger pocket on the right,
but I was using it to shoot this photo!)

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Desk Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Desk Use

(Note: This would work well at crops and other crafting events
where works surface space is limited.)

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Desk Use (Close-up) (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Desk Use (Close-up)


Following are some important points from the Holster Brands‘ website, followed by product specs, pros and cons discovered during my testing and the taping of the video, tips, tricks and usage ideas, pricing information, my manufacturer feedback, and our overall rating after completing our review.

Important Points:

  • The Hobby Holster® can be used on any smooth, non-porous surface (including tile, porcelain, stainless steel, granite, marble, metal, smooth laminate, glass, wood and plastic) that is clean and dry.
  • The “stickiness” is a permanent feature of the product and can be refreshed simply by cleaning The Hobby Holster® with alcohol or water.
  • Press on the flap to ensure The Hobby Holster® is firmly attached and test by pulling downward before adding products to its pockets. (Lift up on the flap to easily remove The Hobby Holster®.
  • Holster Brands claims The Hobby Holster® has been tested for heat resistance to 400º F – they do not recommend it be used to hold items that may be hotter.
  • Holster Brands states that you can leave a hot glue gun on while it’s resting in The Hobby Holster®, but you should always follow the heat tool manufacturer’s instructions; they also remind you to never leave any heat tool unattended. Additionally, we remind you to keep heat tools out of reach of small children!
  • Because The Hobby Holster® has two separate pockets, you can place two glue guns in it, one in each pocket. Holster Brands recommends only one heat tool be placed in each pocket at a time so the tools don’t damage each other.
  • Hot glue which might drip in or on The Hobby Holster® can be easily removed/peeled off once the glue is cool.

For confirmation of all of the above, and to review other frequently asked questions, please visit the Holster Brands website FAQ page.

Product Specs:

Papercrafting Product Review: Hobby Holster Measurements & Features (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Measurements & Features

  • Lightweight
  • Overall Measurements: 10.5″ x 5.5″ (see The Hobby Holster product pages for all measurements)
  • Materials: Heat-resistant (to 400º F), 100% silicone pocket
  • Features: Two pockets, one shorter, one taller (there’s a slot in the outside of the taller pocket so a glue gun rests easily inside); built-in, double ruler on the flap section (one side has inches, one side has centimeters)
  • Made in China


The Hobby Holster® – Pros:

  • It’s lighweight and portable, and packs down quite small when you need to take it with you to crops, craft events or while traveling
  • Includes a built-in ruler (actually two – one side includes inches and one side includes centimeters)
  • It can be easily cleaned and used again and again, for a variety of purposes
  • It keeps small tools corralled and off your work surface
  • It keeps heat tools, such as glue guns (along with their glue sticks), off your work surface and out of the way
  • It makes using a glue gun much easier – you can simply swipe off excess glue on the flap of The Hobby Holster® and drop your glue gun into its “holster” to keep additional melting glue off your work surface
  • It’s currently available in four colors: grey, green, pink and turquoise
  • And, it’s great for storing so much more than craft supplies: toiletries, eyeglasses, small mobile phones, kitchen sponges and brushes, etc. (note: Holster Brands makes products specifically for the kitchen, and several other products for your home, office or car). Note: My iPhone 6 fit into the larger pocket, but not into the smaller pocket.

 
The Hobby Holster® - Possible Cons:

  • I really can’t think of any cons, although it would be great if it could be used for more heat tools, such as the Heat-It tool and all small craft irons. Since the former was not its intended purpose, we’ll share that suggested purpose with the manufacturer in our feedback below.

Tips, Tricks & Usage Information:

  • The Hobby Holster® is perfect for holding small papercrafting or needle-art tools (scissors, hooks, needles, etc.), or pens, pencils and markers, while you’re creating. It’s especially handy when working on a small work surface as the pocket and items hang off the edge of your work surface, leaving your work surface area free for your project (scrapbooks, cards, canvases, drawing or watercolor pads, etc.).
  • I’ve now gotten used to using The Hobby Holster® while traveling – The Hobby Holster® is now on my pack-list for traveling by car, plane or train, and for when I attend crafting events where space is at a premium.
  • I’m using The Hobby Holster® to keep my portable electric toothbrush and toothpaste hanging from the bathroom mirror in the train and hotel bathrooms I use. It holds the weight well and the items are more visible, meaning I’m less likely to leave them behind when I get off the train or check out of my hotel! I’m thinking I will need to buy a two more – one for crafting, one for toiletries and one to hold my phone!
  • I tried resting my small craft iron*, plate side down, on the flap of The Hobby Holster® to determine whether or not it was a viable option for keeping the hot iron on my work surface while crafting. My small craft iron appeared to get too hot for The Hobby Holster®, causing the surface of the flap on The Hobby Holster® to buckle, but the buckling did disappear once The Hobby Holster® cooled down. Because I couldn’t verify the temperature of my small craft iron, and because I’m not sure the flap was intended as a resting surface for a craft iron such as mine, I can’t recommend using the flap of The Hobby Holster® for this particular iron.
  • I was able to hang my small Heat-It heat gun* in the larger pocket of The Hobby Holster®, but it was a snug fit due to the circumference of my heat gun. A more narrow heat gun may fit better, but remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding usage of the tool you own (and do not leave the heat gun on if you place it inside The Hobby Holster®!).
  • I also tested The Hobby Holster® in the kitchen – it easily holds kitchen sponges and brushes out of the way, while keeping them close at hand. And, The Hobby Holster® can get wet without the “stickiness” failing. Keep in mind that Holster Brands does make other Holster Brands products which are specifically meant for the kitchen.
  • To clean The Hobby Holster® (after it got  covered in paper dust while sitting on my work surface while I was cutting up lots of cardstock), I simply placed the backside under running water and dried it by patting it with a microfiber towel (I recommend using a towel that doesn’t deposit lint, or let The Hobby Holster® air dry). The “stickiness” was good as new!
  • To take the The Hobby Holster® with you to crops and other crafting events, or while traveling, simply fold the top flap over the pocket section – it takes up very little space.

Pricing:
The Hobby Holster® retails for $ 19.99 USD. (Stay tuned for a special PCC offer below!)

Feedback for the Manufacturer:
My only feedback for the manufacturer is as follows:

  • It would be great if The Hobby Holster® could be used for more heat tools, such as the Heat-It tool and small craft irons such as the one I tested on the flap. Accommodating the Heat-It tool would require the larger pocket to be a bit wider and/or deeper, and a higher heat rating would be required to make the flap section of the product compatible with small craft irons such as the one I tested.
  • I’d love to see a larger, multi-pocket product made available – it would be great to have one that could hold a variety of tools simultaneously – 12″ across, with 3-4 pockets or varying depths would be ideal!



Overall Product Rating for The Hobby Holster®?

This Papercrafting Product Receives: 10 out of 10 Stars (image)

This Papercrafting Product Receives: 10 out of 10 Stars

The Hobby Holster® received 10 out of 10 stars!

(Note: I had considered giving The Hobby Holster® 9 out of 10 stars
given that laying my craft iron on the flap caused the flap to buckle a bit,
but since I was not able to confirm the temperature of my craft iron
and the product is only rated to withstand temps up to 400ºF,
and the product performed just fine once the flap cooled down,
I didn’t think that was fair.)

So, what do you think?

Is
The Hobby Holster®
the perfect papercrafting tool for you?

Please ask questions, if you have any,
and share your comments about this product.

How would you use the
The Hobby Holster®
,
and what, if anything, would you change?

Looking for more information on The Hobby Holster® and other Holster Brands products?


Thanks for joining us for today’s product review.

Now, are you ready for a surprise?

We have a giveaway!!!

Holster Brands sent me two of their products and
we’re giving away the second one,
The Hobby Holster® in turquoise!

Papercrafting Product Review Giveaway: THIS Hobby Holster Could Be YOURS! (image)

Papercrafting Product Review Giveaway: The Hobby Holster in Turquoise Could Be YOURS!

So, who wants to win one of these
for their papercrafting space?

Entering is easy –
simply tell us how you’d use
The Hobby Holster®
if you won one
and
share this giveaway with others
using the social media sharing tools
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This giveaway is open to all papercrafters,
not just those in the U.S.!

Deadline:
8 p.m. central (GMT-5),
Sunday, November 23, 2014

We’ll draw one winner, randomly, from all entries received by the deadline
(note: only those who followed the rules will be eligible for the giveaway!)


Another surprise?

Holster Brands has offered our community
a special limited-time discount on
The Hobby Holster®!

Buy The Hobby Holster®
before November 26, 2014
and use code paper25
to
save a whopping 25%!

What a great deal!

And what a great Christmas present
for your favorite crafter or hobbyist,
or anyone who could use help
keeping their small tools & supplies contained,
at-hand and out of the way!


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Happy Papercrafting,
Steph



The Hobby Holster® was provided to PaperCrafter’s Corner (and more specifically, to Stephanie Hackney) for the purposes of this review. 
All opinions of The Hobby Holster® are entirely those of Stephanie Hackney and there was no payment for the review of this product.

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