Just over two weeks ago now, my Aunt Elaine and Uncle John lost their entire home, including four beloved pets, in a terrible house fire. To read the news story, click here. It's always during some awful tragedy that the humanitarian in you screams out to ask "how can I help" or "what can I do?" Fortunately, they had insurance, so both their home and it's contents will be covered. They're luckier than most, I know that they would agree with that statement.
But still, I had to do something. It's often the smallest of gestures that are the most appreciated. So, I did the one thing I know how to do well - stock me a craft room! First, I shopped my own craft room to find all those unopened packs of cardstock, twine, ribbons, stickers and embellishments, that I would have typically used for give-a-ways or raffle prizes. Then, I shopped my own "sale bin" for some mostly new, but slightly loved stamp sets.
Lastly, I placed a huge online order through Stampin' Up! for all those items that were left, to include a paper trimmer, craft scissors, acrylic blocks and Elaine's own personalized name stamp.
So, if you are looking to begin papercrafting, cardmaking or scrapbooking, let this post also serve as a helpful list of the most basic items one would find most useful:
-12" paper trimmer
-Sharp craft scissors (small and large in size)
-Some basic colored inkpads (black, blue, red and green)
-Stamps (wood or clear)
-Acrylic blocks (if you choose clear stamps)
-Assorted cardstock (Stampin' Up! really is the best!)
-Assorted decorative papers
-Adhesive (tape runners, glue dots, pop dots)
-Embellishments (ribbons, twine, stickers)
I succeeded in filling two great stamping bags (which she'll love too) with everything she'll need to begin papercrafting, once things settle down in her life again. Or, maybe even sooner, because she'll need a break from the pain in the neck that are insurance companies, home builders and claims adjusters!
Love you, Auntie Elaine!