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Old 10-10-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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I am the mom of 3 (5, 3, and 2 weeks) so I have very few pockets of time to squeeze in stamping time. Any ideas on how to streamline the process?

I usually CASE something, but I find that the digging out of supplies and cutting and ... take so much time that I only get one or two cards done in an hour. I'd love to be able to create something original!

I live in a small space, so my own stamp space is not an option, but most of my stuff is easy to get to. I just can't leave it out as a work in progress.

So I need to be able to quickly make a card (or more than one!) and clean it up in about an hour...

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My favorite tip is once you have all your stuff out, make multiples (as many as you have time to do!). I find that designing the original card (or cutting everything to the right size if it's a CASE) is what takes time. After doing the first one, a copy can be made in a matter of minutes. For example, cut all the base cards at once. Then cut all the first layers at once. Then cut all the second layers. Then all the ribbons. And so on. If it's a generic card - a floral for example - you can even leave off the sentiment (Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Get Well Soon, etc.) and then stamp that when you're ready to send the card.

Another thought...always keep one of each card you make. I've started writing all the dimensions on a post-it note and keeping it with the card so I can quickly make another of the same design in the future.
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Another thought...always keep one of each card you make. I've started writing all the dimensions on a post-it note and keeping it with the card so I can quickly make another of the same design in the future.
That's a great idea! You're right. The dimensions and such are the most time consuming. Definitely going to start doing that!

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I like to take a few minutes at the end of the stamping session, to at least plan, if not completely layout, the next project. I figure out what card I want to make, the colors, the embellies, etc. THis seems to help me, and I don't feel like I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out what I am going do at the begininning of the next stamping opportunity. Cause like you I have liminted time to stamp.

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Some great suggestions so far. I find I am most productive if I only allow myself to use a limited set of supplies. So, if I decide to make a birthday card, i will grab some stamps I want to use, a few sheets of paper and a spool of ribbon. I try to work with only these supplies and it's amazing what will happen with just those supplies. I often find that I am most creative and productive this way!
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Here are a couple of things I do: Pre cut cardstock to a card size that you typically use and that way it is on hand. Also, when you stamp, stamp 4-6 extras on a sheet of card stock, color, and store for a later date. Then when you want to use that image again, take it out and use it.
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...Any ideas on how to streamline the process? ... find that the digging out of supplies and cutting take so much time ... So I need to be able to quickly make a card (or more than one!) and clean it up in about an hour...
definitely you should try one-sheet-wonders. so, your first allotment of time might be spent doing all the stamping. stamp up several sheets of cardstock using different color combinations. then, your next craft time could be spent cutting the cardstock into preset sizes [using the templates], then your next craft time is all assembly - you could spend one 30-min/hour stamping up different sentiments [on punched shapes; like card candy] to add to the card when you're ready to use it, or designate the card occasion when you assemble it.

there's lots of OSW templates in the galleries, but i've linked you to mine here and here.

also, have you seen the sheetload issues? these would fit your 'streamline' request i think.
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another idea is to cut time on backgrounds

If you like to use background stamps, but (like me) hate cleaning the brayer that I use with them, make multiple backgrounds with the color ink you have on your brayer. Then, clean the brayer and you have a ton of backgrounds to work with.
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At Christmas, I usually make multiples of the same card. So I first make a prototype then write down all the steps involved in re-creating it. Then when I have stamping time, I do one or two of the steps (usually in order) then do another one or two next time. Some of the steps I can even do while watching tv with hubby (like coloring in pre-stamped images) so I don't miss any family time. Also, by doing all the cutting in one step this saves having to get out the trimmer and other tools the next time. I have small baskets that I keep the various parts in so that when I'm ready to continue, I don't have to find everything, just pull out the appropriate basket with the cut parts and the adhesive or whatever and go.

Since your time is limited, you might consider stamping a number of images to color in then when your kids are doing their coloring, you can join them and do both the mommy and stamper thing at the same time. Just make sure to stamp a few extra for them because they will want to color what you are coloring.
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thanks for the post, i too need to start power stamping and get way caught up!!
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I personally have felt that having a design idea is the most hardest. Once I have the design ready (like my own or CASEing) then I am all set to go. So, whenever I get design ideas, I jot them down in a note book.

Plus I also follow some of the ideas that have been mentioned in the thread above, like

Stamping some extra images, stamping extra backgrounds. For example, I if am embossing some floral image for a card, I will do a few extra so that I have them ready. If I am punching out some sentiments using word window punch, I do a few extra so that I have that handy as well. So next time I can use all these and put together a card very easily.

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Another thought...always keep one of each card you make. I've started writing all the dimensions on a post-it note and keeping it with the card so I can quickly make another of the same design in the future.
I LOVE this idea! Thanks!!
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Silly question, What does CASE mean?
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Depending on who you ask, it can mean:
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Basically, it's copying something that has inspired you. When posting to the gallery, it's nice to give credit to the original designer.
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I have all the colors of cardstock cut into half-sheets, all ready to use to make a card. I have my cardstock in a file cabinet (I'm an SU demo, so I have a LOT of cardstock), and I have a file for "Rich Regals Half-sheets", for example, or "In Colors Half-Sheets".

I also have all the colors of cardstock cut into quarter sheets, so when I need to make a layer, it's all ready to cut to the correct size. I have more quarter sheets of white and vanilla than the other colors, and right now, the new In Colors. I keep my quarter-sheets in a photo box, and I use the dividers to put them into color families. It's easy to figure out the colors if they're with their color families.

These two methods of "cardstock management" has helped me make the most of my stamping time! Hope this helps someone!
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What is "word window punch" ?
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ooh this is one of best investment ever. it is a punch from SU that kind of cuts out a rounded rectangle. I am not sure If I am describing it correctly.

Here are a few of my cards that uses it, you can see that that the sentiment(s) were punched out with word window punch.

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Thank you, now I understand. Your cards are beautiful!
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Along the lines of the good suggestion to precut a bunch of layers, you might go to a site called Sheet Load of Cards. Each monthe they show a new layout with paper cutting diagrams for one or more of the layout plus a sketch of the layout. Also show finished variations. Some I find easier and quicker than others, but good for inspiration. I also like the idea of keeping measurements of your own cards. I print the sketches by Rox that I like and write her dimensions on the printout. Thanks, Rox.
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I haven't read all the posts, but I'll tell you what I like to do to streamline the cardmaking process. I make lots of cards for the troops, so when I can get things going quickly, it makes my life a lot easier.

I pick a card sketch I like. For ideas, check out the Card Sketch Weekly Challenge here on SCS. Rox71 manages the thread and her card always includes the dimensions she used.

Also, look for one sheet wonder templates in the Downloads/Templates forum here on SCS.

I also like to use the sketch ideas from Sheetload: http://sheetload.blogspot.com/

I take a few hours (or however long I have) to cut DP and CS. I put this and any ribbon or flowers I think I might use in a large ziploc bag. I also include anything I have printed out with dimensions or directions I am CASEing.

If I am going to stamp an image and color, I stamp a bunch of images and put them in a baggie with my colored pencils. Then when I have some time to sit (I know, mothers of young children don't have much time to sit) I will color the images.

Eventually, when I am ready to pull everything together, I can pull out a ziploc bag and start assembling.

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I also make one card to keep for a sample. But. I clip off the back, so I only have the front! It prevents me from using it, and thinking oh I can make another for a sample (I likely wouldn't remember exactly how I did it!)

I write out the directions, and what's needed to make the card and paste that to the back side. I have sample and directions all in one piece of card stock.

I also keep these samples in a photo storage box. With dividers, saying MEN, WOMEN, KIDS and ANNIVERSARY.

about the Anniversary cards: I use one design per year. every couple gets that one. I write on the stamp side the date and the couple I first used it for, and when I get back to that date/couple, I know it's time for a new design. I also try to keep Anniversary cards pretty simple, so it's easy to mass-produce them.... Guess it's about time to get off the soap-box!!

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I also make one card to keep for a sample. But. I clip off the back, so I only have the front! It prevents me from using it, and thinking oh I can make another for a sample (I likely wouldn't remember exactly how I did it!)

I write out the directions, and what's needed to make the card and paste that to the back side. I have sample and directions all in one piece of card stock.

I also keep these samples in a photo storage box. With dividers, saying MEN, WOMEN, KIDS and ANNIVERSARY.

about the Anniversary cards: I use one design per year. every couple gets that one. I write on the stamp side the date and the couple I first used it for, and when I get back to that date/couple, I know it's time for a new design. I also try to keep Anniversary cards pretty simple, so it's easy to mass-produce them.... Guess it's about time to get off the soap-box!!

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Nancy- I love your ideas! You sound very organized!! I'm going to have to give this a try! TFS
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A friend once told me "Never make just one card. It is just as easy to make two identical cards while everything is out." This way you have one to use and one to save on your stash!
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Here are a couple of things I do: Pre cut cardstock to a card size that you typically use and that way it is on hand. Also, when you stamp, stamp 4-6 extras on a sheet of card stock, color, and store for a later date. Then when you want to use that image again, take it out and use it.
I have started doing something similar. When I get a new package of Whisper White or Kraft, I cut at least 5 sheets (10 cards) in half for my A-2 cards. That way my base is always ready. Plus its always better to make 2 cards. You already have everything out, don't you? Just don't put the sentiment on the extra so you can add that later.

If you check out the sketch challenges here on SCS, Rox usually includes the dimensions she uses when making her sample. So not only do you have the sketch but you have the dimensions to cut your paper, too.

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I do it in steps. I learned this when I was making several cards alike for my card kits. Do your stamping, then clean that up. When you can come back later, do the next step, and so on. It works for me!
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I do a lot of assembly line and work in batches kind of thing.

I always make more of one card as I am design it so I can assembly line it later and do more of the same or similar.

I use a small pencil box or one of the SU boxes that stamps come in to put a bunch of things to work on while I am waiting at kids practices. I cut up a bunch of white c/s and stamp images on them to color and pack them with the markers in the box. That is about all I can get done at practices but it uses my time and I can get quite a lot done.

At home I cut a bunch of packs of c/s into card sized bases so I don't have to use my time for doing that.
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I've been doing a lot of image swaps lately and found it's helped me speed up my stamping too. I just take an image (or stamp one out) and color when I have time using prisma pencils or markers or watercolor. Then I save the colored images until I need a card with just that picture. I can get right into cutting/design and it definitely goes faster.
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I haven't read all the posts so I am apologizing in advance if someone has mentioned this...

Check out http://sheetload.blogspot.com/ It shows you how to make a bunch of cards in a short amount of time.
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I agree with all the suggestions about assembly line work etc. When my kids were little and I had little time, I did this and always made multiples.

I want to add one more thing that I did. I always kept a copy for me of cards I made several or lots of. On the back of each card, I wrote who I sent it to and the date sent. This way I could pull it out and not have to remember if I sent one to them or someone else in the same family already. This saved me from some uneeded embarrassment!

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there have been some GREAT ideas shared in this thread.....I tend to stick with "assembly line" stamping and do several cards at once since it takes me more time to come up with a plan than it does to stamp the card. Really should start keeping track of what I have sent and to whom, I guess...that was a good tip as well.

OSW (one sheet wonder) stamping is a great thing....I love it and enjoy being able to make up a big stack of cards fast using the one stamped sheet concept.

Designer paper can really help your cards move along quickly...a strip or two strategically placed adds a lot to the card with very little investment of time or stamping dollars.

And then, my new personal favorite..the simple single layer card! I don't mean plunk down one image and that's it, but there are some absolutely fantastic single layer cards in a recent challenge thread I saw and what a great thing! Cute, quick and easy...my kinda card!

Check the challenges thread on the home page, the single layer card challenge should be there, I think. Some great ideas!! Jan
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ok, that's the link for the Dirty Girl alumni challenge recently for single layer cards, great stuff!!! Be sure to check it out if you are looking for knock out cards with minimal layers. Jan
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I want to share what for me has been an enormous time-saver! Whenever I use the Stampamajig to do specific placement (which is often) I use a square of vellum instead of the plastic sheet that comes with the corner guide. Then I keep the vellum image in the plastic case with the stamp set, to use again and again! I had a little free time last weekend so I did an entire alphabet set on little squares of vellum so all the letters are ready to be placed quickly and easily.

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Juno,

that is an absolutely MARVELOUS Idea!!!

I'm gonna have to remember that one!

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Old 10-16-2008, 04:14 AM   #35
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Great ideas here and thanks to those who shared the Sheet Load site!
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:45 AM   #36
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If you take your paper to Office Max or a similar store they will cut it in half for you for under a dollar a cut - I buy a 250 sheet stack of white and have the base for 500 cards without picking up a paper cutter. I also have done stacks of colored as well.
I make cards for Keiki's kids and it saves a ton of time.
I also started a binder with supplies and sample of the cards that I want to make next, I should use it more than I do - but when I do it is a great time saver. I just pull out that "page" and have a card to work on.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:48 AM   #37
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I am a photographer, and a stamper. I have made over 100 cards in two days with a simple standard layout. I print some of my favorite photos in wallet size. Layer it on a black piece of cardstock. I usually print 6 of each photo. Then I decide what card color I want. Pull out background stamps, and my favorite "sayings". I make birthday, anniversary, plain with no saying, thanks, etc. It is a great way to replinish my cards, and I also give them as gifts.

I think I have a few in my gallery. I did 27 different pictures last time (6 of each). My mom, mother in law, grandma, etc. love these as gifts too!
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:08 AM   #38
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I was also going to suggest Sheetload. Last week I cut all the pieces out to make 18 cards, then when my friend came to stamp, I put them together and stamped them all! So after cutting, I did 18 cards in about 2 hours. I was impressed, lol.

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Edit to add- I never really used patterned paper in my cards until I found Sheetload- it really makes some nice cards, and you can SO easily change the whole feel depending on colors and paper.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:10 AM   #39
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One of the things I do to make a lot of cards quickly is buy the GP 110 lb cardstock at Sams by the ream...normally 3 at a time, then I go next door and have it cut in half, some horizontally and some vertically. Then I fold it and burnish it during slow times at work. This way I generally have at least 1000 bases ready at any given time. I also will Cuttlebug many many of the size 4.0 x 5.25 fronts in different colors at one time so that is a quick easy card to throw together and finish off. This is one of the ways I am able to supply two swim teams with 1000 cards each to start for their fund raising and also supply the troops with so many and my church bookstore...oh and my husbands desk...alway sitting on my fanny making cards...lol
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:18 PM   #40
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Wow! Thanks, ladies, for all the great ideas! I love the card kit idea. Definitely going to make some of those up. And Sheetload... wow! What a great site! That is my next to-do.

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