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1511  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My first ATC's too!! on: December 14, 2009 12:54:53 AM
I love all your ATC's! I am tottering on the edge of beginning this new addiction.
1512  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Make an easy, recycled triangle box on: December 13, 2009 09:53:29 PM


These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.

Here's the pattern, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
 
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.



Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).



Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.



Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.



Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise Wink) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.



Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.



Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.



Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.



Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.



You're done! Fill your box with stuff! Cheesy



Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!



Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.



I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.
1513  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Hands up if you like hairy men! on: December 13, 2009 04:25:19 PM
Cute bag! To me, it looks like one of the Musketeers.
1514  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reusable Shopping Bag + tute!!! on: December 11, 2009 10:43:11 PM
Thanks so much for the tute! I made a few bags for Christmas gifts; they'll be perfect.

1515  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Today I am Capt. Jack Sparrow AND I made a mini dress! (Many Pics and Tutorial!) on: December 11, 2009 05:11:52 PM
Thank you for this easy-to-follow tutorial! Mine came together very quickly, and now I'll actually wear this shirt! Yay!



It was a 3XL, so the sleeves reach a little past my elbows. I love it! I didn't put any ties on, but I'm saving the extra fabric in case I change my mind.

Thanks again!
1516  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My new awesome diorama! Pic heavy on: December 11, 2009 12:48:19 PM
I adore this!!
1517  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three (Sign ups 12/5/09 to 12/31/09) (Sendouts 2/1/09 ) on: December 09, 2009 05:04:17 PM
Has anyone been to the Labyrinth of Jareth Ball?
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Oh my goodness, if that was anywhere near me I would totally go.
1518  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: latest 2 messenger bags! Very pretty!(only 3 pics) on: December 06, 2009 10:52:00 PM
These are great! I love the way the carabiner looks as a fastener.
1519  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three (Sign ups 12/5/09 to 12/31/09) (Sendouts 2/1/09 ) on: December 06, 2009 05:44:26 PM
*GASP* LABYRINTH SWAP!!!!!

... who can resist this?!?!?!

My reaction exactly! I'm filling out my questionnaire in the next few days.  Grin
1520  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: December 06, 2009 03:02:50 PM
Two more pages for me - this first one was upside-down on purpose so it would be awkward to read, I still may cover the words later on, but for now it's done.



The second one started with me playing with my insect stickers.



The braid that runs across the page ends in a little bead. At first I was very shy about having things hang off the page, but now I really like it!

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