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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Sky Full of Stars- Printable Quote

I hope you enjoy this printable quote. You can share the smaller version above from FB at Don't Eat the Paste Quotes.

“There wouldn't be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.”
-Frances Clark
Click on the image for a larger version to print, it's 8x10 inches.

The current contest on Spoonflower is stars and stripes. If you have an account you can vote here.
This is a resized version of my entry. I ordered a swatch, and if I like how it turns out it will be offered for sale soon!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Star Mandala to color

I didn't color in this one because time got away from me today. Since a lot of my readers like the more intricate geometric designs, this was designed with them in mind.Click on the images for larger versions, as usual, you can use them for any crafty thing.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Review- Improv Sewing

Improv Sewing by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut is a collection of projects and patterns that you can make on the fly and sew using a standard sewing machine.

It's my favorite kind of sewing book. It doesn't depend on couture techniques or fussy cut detailed patterns. The patterns are made of simple lines and easy to create in the size you need. They leave some things unhemmed because knits don't come unraveled. Lots of embellishment techniques to create a look for yourself, your child or your home that's unique and artistic.

It starts with an introduction to fabric types and tips for sewing using a sewing machine with those fabrics, how to clip seams , use foldover elastic and ideas for thrift store shopping.

The instructions are very complete. If you're a novice sewer, you'll want to read through the chapters in order to understand how to put together the basic patterns before you get into the embellishments.

The clothes I wear the most are comfortable jersey knit skirts and dresses, and I like things that are easy to make and can be made with thrifted finds. Chapter 2 is Finding Your Fit- starting with how to take measurements, then using a well-fitting teeshirt your willing to cut up to use to make basic patterns. You will learn how to make a pattern for an a-line skirt that will fit perfectly with an elasticized waistband and how to make dress patterns with different necklines  using the teeshirt pieces. The patterns use jersey knits for easy sewing.

Chapter 3 is Five Basic Designs. While there are several projects for children in this book, these patterns are for adults. They explain different sleeve types, and the patterns are easy wear casual pieces with lots of style. Tunics that can be dresses and skirts that could easily become wardrobe staples. Two of the skirts use woven fabrics. My favorite is the three panel wrap skirt.

In Chapter 4, Ruffles, Pleats and Trims, you'll use your basic pattern pieces with techniques like ruffles, ruching, shirring, binding and pleats to make dresses and shirts. My favorite project in this chapter is a toss up between the very feminine ruffled dressy dress and the ruffled wrap.

Chapter 5, Lines, uses lines of thread machine sewn for embellishing. This chapter has some clothing, but it also has a bunch of great home accessories that also make good gifts. My favorite projects are the nesting boxes made of canvas with great contrasting thread details and the meandering cardigan made from an old long sleeve teeshirt.

Chapter 6, Doodling, Sketching and Writing, doodle stitching with your sewing machine. Creating images and designs, this chapter has an introduction which explains the basic method. There are great home decor projects in this chapter, as well as a tubular constructed sun dress with a nice detail of leaf embroidery. My favorite projects are the fiddlehead dress with it's delicately spiraled fiddlehead fern shapes, and the potluck dish cover.

Chapter 7, Applique, has both regular applique and reverse applique projects. The scarf from the cover is in this chapter. My favorite projects are the colorful All-Weather Applique Mobile, and the easy to sew Hoodie Scarf which also makes a wonderful gift.

Chapter 8 , Stenciling, one of my favorite techniques, these are freezer paper stencils for nice sharp lines. A monogrammed shaving pouch that makes a nice gift for men and a soft knit wrap skirt stenciled with an umbrella are my favorites from this chapter.

Chapter 9 , Beyond Fabric, is non-fabrics. Sewn paper, plastic, cork, Tyvek and vinyl. I love the pencil pouch that could be made using a favorite sketch and the wind spinner made from card stock.

Chapter 10 is Upcyling! One of my favorite things in the world. Felted sweaters make long mitts, cotton fabric from old shirts and dresses to make very pretty potholders and other wonderful projects. My favorite is the wrap skirt made from 3 men's dress shirts.

Chapter 11 is Instant Gifts, Instant Gratification, super quick to sew items that make great gifts for friends on short notice. These use techniques from the previous chapters to make small, fun gifts. The loose leaf paper machine stitched to look like notebook paper can be hand embroidered with your personal note. I like the idea of stitching that with something like "Michael + Shala= True Love 4-ever" for a newly married couple. The jersey shawl is really easy to make and customize and that's my other favorite project from this chapter.

It finishes nicely with the templates for the decorations, a resources list and a complete index.

Published by Storey Publishing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review, my reviews are always my personal and honest opinion. You can read more about my review policy here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Printable Lacy Boxes

I think this printable box would be good for bridal showers, tea parties and princess parties. It's in 4 colors but as usual with these sorts of designs, if there is a color you'd really like, let me know.
Click on the images for the larger versions, print, cut, score, fold, glue.

Sleeping in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Mount Susitna

Thank you Fred Meyer's and Kroger's stores for sponsoring this post about difficulty sleeping:

Many places have a mountain they call the Sleeping Lady, this is ours. Mount Susitna.The photo was taken from a place that looks over the inlet in downtown Anchorage.

Sleeping in the Land of the Midnight Sun can be hard in the summer. The sun comes up around 4:30 am now, and goes down around 11:30 pm. Dusk and twilight last a while so there is very little true dark in the night. The sun makes people think it's earlier than it is, and kids are out playing until sunset, neighbors are grilling that late too sometimes.

When I was a kid, I loved it, instead of reading under the covers with a flashlight, there was enough light coming in my windows to read by that. After the dark and cold of winter, playing in the sun until it was late was wonderful.

As an adult, it's a bit harder. There is more reason to keep a regular schedule, but sometimes it's very hard to get to sleep. It's still daytime!

Tips I've found work for me:

  • Keeping a regular schedule of sleeping and eating. Eating is part of how my body sets it's clock, so when I get busy and don't eat on a regular schedule, it does affect my sleeping schedule
  • Go to bed! Even if I don't feel tired. If I stay up later, I might sleep later.
  • Mind games- laying in the semi-dark, when I'm not feeling sleepy enough to sleep can be hard. I've found playing games in my mind helps. Alphabet games like trying to name a flower that begins with each letter of the alphabet, alternating male and female names through the alphabet, building structures or trying to draw fractals are all tricks I use. Your own interests might be different. Try making up a cake recipe from scratch, or counting in prime numbers. 
  • Breathe - breathe deeply and evenly like your sleeping. Using this with playing games in my mind with my eyes closed is usually enough.
  • Rolling eyes- Your eyes move a lot while you're sleeping. When you close your eyes, trying looking down and see how it changes your breathing, then try rolling them up and see how that changes your breathing. Don't roll them uncomfortably like you're trying to see your brain! Just a little bit of movement helps sometimes to relax.
Occasionally it's necessary to take something to help get to sleep. 
Fred Meyer's coupon for Vick's ZzzQuil . ZzzQuil is not for pain, not for colds, it's a non-habit forming sleep aid. 

I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Crochet change purse pattern

This crochet change purse is closed with an internal flex frame. The alternates rows of slip stitch with rows made up of slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochets (American terminology). The slip stitch rows cause a nice thin ribbed effect on one side of the fabric. It's crocheted flat, then seamed up the side. A second piece is made for the top to case the frame.

I chose Eco-Cotton Blend by Red Heart because it's a nice medium weight yarn that's a bit thinner than the kitchen cottons and won't stretch badly out of shape. It's made pre-consumer recycled cotton remnants from tee-shirt production in the USA blended with acrylic.

You will need:

  • Eco-Cotton by Red Heart
  • Size G hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • 3.5 inch internal flex frame
  • pliers
Stitch abbreviations- American terminology
  • ch= chain
  • sl st= slip stitch
  • sc= single crochet
  • hdc= half double crochet
  • st or sts= stitch or stitches
Internal frames come open, and you have to close them with the included pins. They are generally inserted into sewn casings. Because of the bulkiness of crocheted fabric, trying to insert them in crocheted casings was difficult and worked best making the top a bit short. Instead, I close the frames, then open them up and slide the pouch inside the frame, get it aligned right, then stitch the top part of the casing over it. 

To close the frame, first you use the pliers to fold one of the tabs over, then close the frame so the hinge overlaps, and put the pin in. Fold down the top tab to lock the pin in.

The pouch:
Chain 30 loosely. Leave a long enough tail for one side seam (about 12 inches)
Row 1: ch 1 to turn (does not count as first stitch here or throughout), slip stitch down the length of the chain
Row 2:  ch 1 to turn, sl st in first 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl st in last 5 sts
Row 3: ch 1 to turn, sl st in each st
Rows 4-27: Repeat rows 2 and 3

Break off leaving a long tail for the side seam.

Decide which side you want on the outside. Fold in half, narrow ends together, and stitch side seams leaving the narrow end open. Make sure you stitch and knot securely. 

Open the frame and slide it in the frame, aligning it so the top is just outside the top of the frame and it's stretched out across the inside of the frame.

Ch 4
Row 1: ch 1 to turn, sc across each stitch
Row 2: ch 1 to turn, sl st across each stitch
Rows 3-36: Repeat rows 1 and 2

Break off.
Fold around top of the pouch, and stitch the top in place to the top of the pouch. Be careful to only go through one layer of stitches on the pouch so you don't accidentally sew it closed! Ease as necessary to fit. When you get to the open ends, stitch them shut, then open the frame with your fingers, and stitch the bottom of the outside casing in place. Make sure you stitch and knot securely. 

Weave in all ends. 

You can find 3.5 inch internal frames on both Etsy and Ebay. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Houndstooth pattern inspired printable boxes

Currently I have a few projects going. Some new swatch toys for Spoonflower which I want to order before their 1.00 swatch deal ends, and a crocheted coin purse. So today's printable is a fairly simple houndstooth inspired pattern in 4 colors. I hope you enjoy it.
Click, print, cut, score, fold, glue.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Review: Teach Yourself Visually: Color Knitting

I'm an advanced beginner knitter. I understand the basic concepts, and have done some easy lace knitting and easy colorwork, can knit in the round on both dpns and circular needles and have done some bead knitting. My daughter is about the same level. Since both of us wanted to learn a lot more about color knitting and have liked a lot of the other books in the Teach Yourself Visually series, we were excited about this one.

It starts with color theory. Explaining the value, hue, saturation and temperature of colors as well as a bit about how to build palettes and find inspiration. The next chapter covers yarn types and explains fabric terms like drape and hand.

Then it gets into the colorwork. What I like best about the Teach Yourself Visually series is the logical progression. Starting with simple things and working up to more challenging things. If you're a beginner, you will probably find new things even in simple techniques. It will help you master them more quickly by filling in gaps.

Stripes is the first chapter, and it shows examples of how different stripe patterns are knitted. Starting with the absolute basics, it shows how to add a new color and carry a strand for garter or stockinette horizontal stripes. There are also two methods for working with circular needles to make jogless rounds so the stripes are even. Then there are projects using the technique. The hat is my favorite.

That's the way the whole book laid out. Introduction to the technique, then a project to help you learn it. Each chapter/technique ends with an idea gallery.

Slipstitch, stranded colorwork, intarsia, entrelac, modular knitting, then finally embellishment are all explained well with lots of photographs and projects that are whimsical and fun. Lots of hats and sweaters in this book which makes my hat loving daughter insanely happy.

The charts are graphed on the square, instead of being more proportional to the stitches however each chart has a knitted example so you can see the distortion. They are so cute, a little mouse, a skully argyle and a woman's pump for example.
The final chapter covers more advanced techniques for construction.

It's well indexed to allow you to find what you need easily.

I recommend it for beginning and advanced beginning knitters who want to step up their knitting and include images and color patterns. It helped my daughter and I a lot. We both prefer to work with our own charts, but the patterns provided will work with charts we design so we will learn more about the construction as well as color work.
Published by Wiley.
Read my review of Teach Yourself Visually- More Jewelry Making
You can get this book from Amazon using the affiliate links below.

Friday, June 22, 2012

10 Rose Recipes I Want to Try

I love the delicate floral flavor of roses, and fortunately, the wooded area right by my house has lots of wild roses that haven't been touched with pesticides or fertilizers. My husband and son keep saying they will plant some in front of the house. Hopefully soon!
Prickly roses grow very well here and are used in all sorts of recipes.

University of Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has this PDF available for free download- Wild Roses- in that, you'll find recipes for:

Rose Petal Jelly- which is used as an ingredient in another recipe I want to try
Rose Petal Tisane (herbal drink)
Rose Hip Jelly- where rose petals have a floral taste, much like how roses smell, rose hips are tart and super high in various vitamins.
It also explains how to extract the juice to freeze for future cooking.

Storybook Woods has this recipe for rose syrup. A rose syrup can be used much the same way as simple syrups in recipes to add a great rose flavor. I also want to try it as a caffeinated soda.

Desert Candy has this rose jam tartlet with cream topping for finished rose petal jam or jelly. Yum!

The Nerdy Farmwife has a recipe for hard candy/throat drops - Rose-Petal Peppermint Drops - I probably would use something other than peppermint so the rose flavor would take center stage.

Boulder Locavore has a recipe for Rose Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Rose Petals

Only Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini has a recipe for rose Turkish Delight (lokum)

Weekend Bakery has a recipe for Rose Tea Shortbread

Casa Dragones has a recipe for rose meringues with summer berries, goat yogurt rose mousse and raspberry sorbet (age verification required, but the recipe doesn't call for tequila)

I've posted lots of photos of that wooded lot in the winter, all snowy. This is what part of it looks like in the summer. Birch, spruce and cottonwood mostly in there. We do nearly all our grilling with locally sourced birchwood. Meaning trees our neighbors get permission from the city to cut down. Everything tastes so good cooked that way!

Crafts, Mistakes and Do Over Moments

As crafters, most of us have moments we wish for an undo button, rewind or a do over. Hopefully you enjoy this slightly painful story about one of my worst crafty "oops!" and the printable quote art about making mistakes which will hopefully help you feel better when you glue your fingers together, cut the paper or fabric just a bit too small or realize when you've done hours of beading that it's just not working.

I love working with porcupine quills in my beadwork. The dramatic look of them with their off-white color and black tips, plus their lightweight is a wonderful look in bead embroidery or earrings. When you buy the quills, or get them from local sources, they come whole. Sharp tips with tiny barbs and a root of sorts on the other end. To use them, you have to snip off the tops and bottoms. Because they are natural, they vary in diameter and markings. So to work with them, they need to be sorted. One day I was sorting a bag full of them, matching them into sets so they were ready to go for my beading. There were a few hundred in a cereal bowl on my desk, and I was pulling out about 20 at a time. This already seems like a recipe for disaster. Of course I knocked it over. My desk at that time faced the living room. It was pretty close to when I had to go to work, so I put a towel over them to remind me to pick them up when I got home and to keep anybody from stepping on them.

My husband washed whites that night. He picked up the towel to wash it. He's pretty used to crafting accidents. To glitter on his clothes, spilled seed beads, all those sorts things. So when he saw the quills, he picked up what he saw, and put them in the bowl on my desk.

The towel went into the laundry with his teeshirts.

The next day at work, he thought for sure he had something wrong, an allergic reaction to his deodorant maybe? Something was causing a lot of pain in his armpits. When he got home, he showed me the scratches. I took a close look at his teeshirt. A couple of quills had worked themselves into the seams. So all my other plans for crafting that evening were set aside so I could through all his freshly laundered teeshirts with a pair of pliers looking for porcupine quills. It was about 3 years until I worked with quills again, and I'm incredibly careful with them now.

Click the image for the larger version of this printable quote. I hope you like it!

  I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Stars, dots and stripes mandala to color

Stars and Stripes Coloring Page

I hope you enjoy this stars, stripes and dots mandala to color or use for embroidery, pyrography or other crafty purposes. Click on the images for larger versions.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Craving White Castle Sliders?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Castle for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I haven't been to White Castle in nearly 20 years. If they ever opened a location here in Anchorage,  it would be wonderful. I can picture it now, it would be one of the places people would make a point of visiting when they were in the big city.

It's about 3000 miles from here to the closest White Castle and we would have to cross Canada driving down the Alcan Highway. That's a bit far for a road trip unfortunately. We do plan to go to White Castle when we go to Minnesota on vacation. I'd be willing to drive 6 hours to get to White Castle if one ever opens in Fairbanks or someplace else in Alaska!

Join Craver Nation! now for contests and a coupon good for 2 free sliders at a White Castle, or if you're like me and live too far away to drive to one, you can get a coupon for 1.00 off a 6 pack of frozen White Castle Sliders.  (I'm ShalaDETP on there)

Craver Nation Screen Cap

You can sign up using your favorite social network, and you get a coupon link when you verify your email. They also have great challenges for Cravers who live in the contiguous 48 states. Road Trips, You Just Got Served, National Anthem and you can see the previous challenges. Entering is easy and you can ask your friends to join and vote for your entry to win fantastic, fun prizes.  In you just got served, you give a loved one or friend an empty Slider box and get a picture of them when they open it to find there are no yummy sliders in it! 

Craver Nation screen shot

In this fun one, you edit in a slider into a vacation photo of a historical place. The grand prize is MacBook Air with a White Castle CraverNation skin. You can encourage your friends to join CraverNation, get free sliders, and vote for your design. Ends June 25th.

White Castle Slider Hat

Hey, those are historic rocks!  That was a gold claim back in the day. People still pan for gold there. 

The other current challenge is to write and record a CraverNation National Anthem. You can make your own video, or watch and vote on the videos posted. Ends on June 27, 2012. 

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Joy, Family and Shasta Daisies (with a printable quote)

The small version above will be available at Don't Eat the Paste Quotes for sharing. 

Today I got the results back from my CT scan, it was clean. So whatever the issue is, it's not a tumor or an aneurysm. My husband let out a deep sigh of relief. He's been very scared and very angry the last few days while waiting to find out. Being pretty sure isn't the same thing as being certain and that uncertainty was very hard on all of us, but especially on him. There will be a lot more neurological tests over the next couple of months, but the big, scary things have been ruled out. He's finally sleeping well and soundly. My daughter, who has been jumping every time the phone rings is super happy and said "I don't need anything for my birthday, I got what I wanted." (well, she's still getting The Master's Pocket Watch as well. It's a Who thing)

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Printable Joy Quote

Today's quote is from Arthur Dobrin, an ethics professor who served in the Peace Corp in Kenya during the 60s. His specialty is applied ethics with a good amount of philosophy. Check out what he wrote about empathy here
When you express your gratitude, you will bring joy to others' lives.When others know joy, your life will be filled with happiness.
Comments recently on various things I've posted, from a lady who uses one of my scrubbie patterns as missionary donations to the very enthusiastic response for the comic book Mod Podge bracelet and the outpouring of support during this challenging week,  I'm grateful. To all of you, my regular readers, the people who find my blog through referrals or searches. Thank you all for the continued encouragement and kindness.

Shasta daisies are the most common types of daisies up here. Instead of fields of field daisies, we have Shasta daisys every where with their spiral button centers and 21 petals each. The printable quote has 21 petals.


Flood® Wood Care and Take It Easy Sweepstakes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's summer! Yay! Part of summer fun is projects like sprucing up and maintaining your porches and decks. In Alaska, especially after the snowiest winter on record, refinishing our porch and planning the deck my husband wants to build, we need good products.

Flood® Wood Care starts with stripping the previous finish so you can use a new exterior finish to make your wood look new and wonderful. If the finish is still in good shape but needs cleaning and re-sealing, they also have a really good cleaner to brighten greyed or dirty areas.

Choosing a stain, they have a nice selection to choose from so if you're fixing up an older deck with weathered wood, I recommend looking at Flood® Solid Stain, which is opaque and doesn't need a primer to adhere. It comes in lovely colors that could brighten the look of your home. Both wood shades and nice colors in different tones. 

For a new built deck, start with good stains and finishes like Flood® Spa and Deck, which adds a small amount of color to allow the wood to shine through and has built in UV protection to keep it looking lovely.

If you need a water proof finish, they have a couple choices. If you like the bare wood, or if your previous finish will allow deep penetration, a clear water proof finish will protect your wood from water damage and UV rays. Mildew resistant and easy to clean.

Take it Easy Sweepstakes

Right now, Flood® is having a sweepstakes with a great Grand Prize. The winner will get the services of a contractor to stain their deck, plus 500 dollars in Flood® wood care products and project related materials. They will also get a check for $2000 to throw a deck party after their deck is looking gorgeous!

You can enter on the Flood® website and all entries must be received by July 15th. Good luck!



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fantasy Chain Mail Mandala

Chainmail mandala
Today's mandala is chain mail inspired. This is a fantasy piece, not any traditional weave. I hope you enjoy it!
Click on the images for bigger versions to color. Feel free to use it in any crafty project.
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If you're interested in contemporary chain mail, I recommend Unconventional Chain Mail .

Dandelions, Fear and Family

It's really hard sometimes not to get scared when things get out of control, and it's felt like nearly everything except this blog has been out of control for months. 

Today I had an eye exam with a specialist because of some irregularities on my annual exam last week. After looking into my eyes, dilating them, doing an ultrasound and finding out that I had tiny cataracts starting, that irregularity wasn't what they originally thought. I got a referral to get a CT scan, and that's scheduled for tomorrow. In the next few days I'll also be seeing a neurologist. The doctor also told me that they will probably do both an MRI and a spinal tap on me. 

Honestly? I'm terrified. After losing Kim and Lamar last year, it's pretty scary for my whole family. But I'm also very aware of the things that are good, and trying very hard not to anticipate trouble.  It's hit and miss right now. Mostly, I'm scared for my family. Sure, there's fear for myself in there somewhere, but where I keep sort of breaking down is thinking of how much it would hurt them to lose me. How much it hurt when I lost my mom in my 20s, and how much I don't want them going through that.

So one step at a time. Chances are more than reasonable that it's nothing major, or that it's fixable. 

So today I photographed dandelions, and spent most of the day praying in the back of my mind as well. I also told everyone over and over again that I love them. They know it, but I want to make sure that I say it every time I think of it, of how much I adore my family.

The fear does help prioritize other worries. The financial issues from my husband having been out of work so long for example. It's something we can handle, as long as we get through this. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Button and Plaid 2x2x2 Printable Box

I hope you enjoy this printable button and plaid box! Click the image for a larger version, cut, score, fold, glue!

The plaid was inspired by having homemade slushies this afternoon. The slushies made me think of Heathers, and Heathers made me think of preppy 80s plaids.

We make cherry slushies using:

  • 1 pack of unsweetened Cherry Kool-Aid
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 trays of ice
  • 1.5 cups of water

Blend blend blend! My kids like them better than the ones from the convenience store, they cost less, and are made with sugar instead of corn syrup, and have vitamin C in them.

Shoplet Esselte Office Products Review

This is my first review for Shoplet office supplies blogger review program. It was pretty exciting getting the first package which had file folders and a project planner.
First up, some hanging folders- I'll be honest, my file cabinet is has drawers labelled "Stuff" and "More Stuff" and has bottles, mechanical pencils, composition notebooks and journals in it rather than anything resembling a hanging folder. I was still impressed with the design of these and showed them to my husband who does use hanging folders extensively in his job. He thought it was a really good idea compared to "a tab on one side, and you fold it the other way to put the tab on the other side".

Pendaflex Ready-Tab Lift Tab Reinforced Hanging Folders have sturdy hooks and are sized for US letter paper. Across the top inside the folder is a pocket with 5 slits in it that have a white tab in each one. You can pull the tabs up and use either labels or a pen to mark the contents. Because they come in 5 color assortments, you could separate files easily by color and still have the tabs staggered for easy reading.

It's just a wonderful idea for offices that use a lot of files to keep things very well organized.

The other file folder is the Pendaflex Divide it Up File Folder, this is a great one for paper artists. It has tabbed separators to keep things organized. For office use, you could keep receipts in one section, notes in another and photos in the last one. For paper artists, you could separate ephemera for specific projects in this, keeping favorite palettes together for easy cards and pages. Nice heavy paper and they come in bright cheery colors.

 The Ampad Project Planner is spiral bound with a card stock cover and a heavier cardboard back so you can turn back pages in it easily to have it open to a specific page. The cover shown tears off, and cover under it has a nice irregular pink horizontal stripe with a small ribbon in the lower right hand corner. The pages are micro-perforated to pull out easily and divided into sections for Author/Date, project name, project action notes (or supplies or ingredients if you're a crafter or cook!) and project planning notes which makes a nice space for instructions. The paper is nice quality but a bit on the thin side so I recommend using pencils. It could also be used like a daily planner with times written in the side column.
My husband will be using the hanging file folders. I've already got project notes for a crocheted coin purse in the planner.

The products reviewed in this article were provided to me at no cost for the purposes of  review. I received no other compensation, and my review is my honest opinion of the  product.