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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Page Protectors on: May 27, 2013 07:44:10 PM
Okay, I did some searching, and I didn't find anything, so here I go.

I'm making my first REAL scrapbook. I have a bunch of pages put together so far and haven't really worried about putting it into an actual book. But now I'm almost done with it. The problem I am having is that I have a lot of interactive things on some of my scrapbook pages. I.e. a letter is glued to the page, so you can unfold the letter to read it, there are little "books" that you can open the pages of to reveal quotes from the book. Things like that.

It's a small scrapbook; the pages are only 6x6. I have page protectors for all of the pages, but... that's the problem. The page protectors protect the page, but don't allow whoever is looking through it to unfold things. I don't want to have to take the page out every time I want to unfold and read a letter. But at the same time, I want to be ABLE to read the letter.

I suppose I could leave some of the pages without protectors, but then how would I get the page to stay in the book? The page is 6x6 and the book itself is a little larger than that for the posts.

Am I making sense? Any suggestions?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Photo Album help? on: August 23, 2012 07:07:55 PM
I was given a photo album at my recent baby shower. I don't like it much, and wanted to give it a do-over, and kind of scrapbook it in a way. The inside pages are those card-board type with sticky stuff and a clear film over them. You know, you pull up the film, stick your pictures to the pages, and then place the film back over them.

So here's my question(s): Can I use those pages to sort of make a cheapy scrapbook with? Will the stickiness hold up over time or should I glue the pictures and elements to the page? What about the clear film cover? If someone tries to pull it up years later, will it damage the pictures or whatever is beneath it? It may end up being a cheapy scrapbook, but I want it to last.

Thanks in advance.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Sealing a plate? on: August 19, 2012 07:31:37 PM
I'm at a loss, and I'm hoping someone here will have the wisdom to help me out.

I had a baby shower for my boy a couple months ago. They set up a pretty plate with markers for everyone to write their well-wishes on for me, so that I can hang it up and keep it as a keepsake. Here's my problem: The markers they used were the cheap crayola washable markers. That means touching the writing even the slightest bit smears it away.

I was thinking maybe there was some kind of spray I could spray over it to preserve this keepsake? I have several different clear glosses, but I'm afraid to even try for fear of messing up the writing. Does anyone know of anything in particular that would work? Or a suggestion? I'm definitely drawing a blank.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Crib Bumper Repurpose? on: August 19, 2012 01:15:53 PM
I'm a first time mom, and my son is a little over a month old now (WooHoo!). His great-aunt made him some really cute bumpers for his crib--but they don't work very well. They keep sagging down and generally don't work well. They could use some extra tabs or ties in the middle of them. But I've been reading around, and it says that removing the bumper pads decreases the risk of SIDS in small babies... so rather than try and fix them, I decided to simply pull them out. 

So here's my question: what else can I do with them now? I don't want to just get rid of them. I was thinking maybe sewing them together to make a soft play mat? But the mat would be really long and odd-shaped. Does anyone else have any suggestions as to what to do with them? Here are a couple pictures to show what I have to work with. They attached together using the velcro tabs on the sides.



5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Subtractive applique? on: December 12, 2010 09:40:44 AM
I've been looking around, but can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What is, and how do you do subtractive applique? I found a project someone had done online, and the person said she had used subtractive applique. This made me curious, and now that I can't find the answer anywhere, I figured I'd turn to this great crafting community for help.
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched Cabinet Door w/Tut - Pic Heavy! on: September 18, 2010 06:14:19 PM
I have a problem with clutter. Namely, SEEING clutter. I'm okay with it being there, so long as I don't have to see it. Thus, I tend to pick all of my cabinets to have solid doors: I can then close them and not see the clutter.

This didn't work out so well for our video game cabinet, though, as it has glass doors. Glass?! You can see through that to all of the clutter inside! After a good two years, I finally decided to put a stop to this.

The solution? Frost the glass! Yes, frosted glass means you can't see through it. And since I recently got a Cricut Expression and SCAL, I also got creative with it.

I'm quite pleased with the results:



I used a combination method with Armour Etch. Figured I would post a tutorial in case anyone is interested. Please excuse my glaring-photos.

I did the etching on the INSIDE of the cabinet door. Just in case I somehow messed up the wood finish. I first lined the edge with painters tape, since I didn't know how the cream would affect the wood.


Next, I cut out my little space-invaders from contact paper on my Cricut machine and put them down on the glass. I tried to make sure I had a good seal between the glass and the contact paper. My contact paper never seems to stick very well.


Then, my combined method comes into play! Since my contact paper stinks, I only used it to get the design I needed. I then covered my open areas of the design with puffy fabric paint.


However, since the fabric paint dries as all one piece, you have to lift up the contact paper while the paint is still wet. Be careful! It's easy to mess up the design while doing this, though you can fix up small errors after it dries. I left the little alien eyes where they were and cut them out after it dried.


Let it dry! I think I gave mine a few hours in a room with a fan. In this shot you can see the entire design in paint while it dries:


Now the fun part. After cutting out all the little alien eyes, it's time to put on the etching cream. This stuff has been hit or miss with me previously, so I was really nervous about this. It turned out really well with this method:

First, shake up that bottle REALLY well! Shake it until you think it's okay, then shake it some more. Next, GLOB it onto the glass, stroking it in one direction (I used a foam brush). Once you've got a good cover over everything, then go back and stroke it in the opposite direction. I then went over it once again WITH GLOVES and made a circular motion all over the cream. I let mine sit for about twenty minutes to get a good frosty look. I know the label says only 5 minutes, but I've never found 5 minutes to be long enough.


Don't forget your gloves! This stuff is nasty! And smells like eggs! Yuck!


Once you're done, wash it all off (I washed mine in the bathtub--keep your gloves on), and peel away the paint stencil. A quick wash of the glass with glass cleaner and you're all done!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tile Coaster problem! Quick, help! (with pics) on: December 21, 2009 06:42:52 PM
I decided to make my grandmother some tile coasters for Christmas. I used mod-podge to put on some tissue-paper, and then added images to that with a couple more layers of mod-podge on the top of it. Then I let it dry for a full day or two.

I then sealed it up with 4 coats of PLAID Clear Acrylic Sealer gloss. (See picture below)



However, it's three days later, and it still doesn't seem to be dry! I followed the instructions exactly on adding the layers (let dry 15 minutes between). The surface isn't sticky at all, but when you hold the tiles, it leaves impressions of your fingerprints. How on earth can I get it to stop doing this?!

Here's a picture of a couple of the tiles finished, except for my problem, and another picture of my fingerprint problem (as best as I could get). If you let them sit for a while, the fingerprints go away, but I'd like to find a way so that they aren't making fingerprints at all.




8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / OddmentsandTweaks ATC Gallery on: April 13, 2009 08:38:23 PM
I recently joined the Fabric ATC Swap Round 4, which was my first introduction to ATCs. Now I'm hooked.

So far, I prefer to do my ATCs in fabric, though I have done a couple in paper so far. I don't like my paper ones as much.

Anyway, since I have become addicted, I decided I would make a gallery to show them all off.

First, since my swap partners have all received theirs, I'll post the very first ones I made for the swap. I made a set of 3 for each of my swap partners.

"Dream Castle" 1-3/3 -Swapped to shout4joy-


"Water Dragon" 1-3/3 -Swapped to ysmeine-


"Kimono Koi" 1-3/3 -Swapped to Disco Queen Highness-





Now, for some I've done just on my own. Got an idea and went with it.

"Chibi Watermelon" 1/1 -Available-


"Kitty Loaf" 1-2/2 -Available-

(See reference here)

"City Scape Sky" The Sky is Falling 1/4 -Available-


Any comments/tips are greatly appreciated since I am very new to this! Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Making Kippot (Yamakas) for Passover w/tutorial on: April 09, 2009 08:18:58 PM

Getting ready for Passover this year, my mother-in-law asked me to make some Kippot (Yamakas) for some friends we invited. Thus began an interesting journey. First, I downloaded a pattern online--which didn't work at all. So then I started experimenting on my own based off of one Kippah I already had.

My first experiment turned out like a pyramid--not good at all. The second just... turned out weird. My third try on my own and I had it.

So first, I'll show off my failures:


Anyway, now it's after our Passover dinner, I'm sitting sipping wine, and I decided I would post a tutorial for others to make their own Kippah. I should also mention that this is my first tutorial I've ever posted.

First, you'll need the pattern. This is what I made/used. I tried to make the picture as to-size as possible, but included measurements anyway.


You will need to cut out 4 of these. I made my pattern a little off on one side, so it's best if you cut 2, then flip the pattern to cut the other 2. Be sure to cut them all on the same side of the fabric.

Now, depending on the type of fabric you are using, there is usually a right side and a wrong side.


Here in my picture, you can see I've colored the right side green, and the wrong side is still white. You'll want to take two of your pieces and put the right sides together. (I also suggest that you put the smaller sides together, as I mentioned earlier--my pattern is off a bit)

Sew up one side of it (the smaller side).


Now you can see we have a triangle piece two pieces thick with the right sides inside. You need to do the same thing with the other two pieces you have, again only sewing up one side.


Now, take both of your pieces and unfold them, and put the right sides together points upward. Next, sew across the side that used to be pointed. This is an odd part because you can't actually follow the edge of the fabric. Essentially, you want to sew the shape you want the kippah to be. Here's a picture after sewing so you can see what it looks like:


I like to start in the middle, sew to one end, then go back to the middle and sew to the other end. You can make it all one like if you'd like; whatever you're more comfortable with.

Tada! Now you have your very own Kippah!

Here's the inside of one of mine:

Now you can finish them in any way you'd like. One good thing to do would be a close zig-zag stitch over the seams to flatten them, and perhaps around the outside edge as well. If you'd like, you can make a second one and use it to line the first, so you have a nicely lined kippah.

I hope that I have explained clearly enough, and that this will be useful for someone!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Feed Dogs and Fray Block on: March 24, 2009 07:49:28 AM
I have two questions about my sewing machine/sewing in general.

First: How do I sew with the Feed Dogs down? I just have a basic machine, and I'd like to have a little more control as to where I'm sewing sometimes (for designs with the thread--since I don't have an embroidery machine like I want). I figured out how to PUT the feed dogs down last night. It was much simpler than I thought it would be--a simple lever. Who knew? But after trying to sew with them down, I just got a big knot of thread in the bottom. I was trying to move the fabric along myself while stitching, but I couldn't really get it to move very well. So then I tried leaving the foot up, and that didn't work either... I'm kind of stumped and confused. I know this can be done, because I've heard of other people doing it, and why else would the machine have the option to put them down? Any advice?

Next Question: What's the best sealer-type thing to use to stop you fabric from fraying? I ask, because I have this beautiful kimono-type fabric, but it likes to fray every chance it gets. I used a zig-zag stitch around my edges for one project, but it still seems to want to fray despite the stitching.

I bought this product:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JBV3bfyAL._SS500_.jpg
And used it on my project last night, but this morning it seems to just be slightly stiffer and greasy where I used it. Is this normal? Does it actually work? Did I use it wrong?

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated! I'm trying to expand what I can do and use my sewing machine for; it's an amazing tool.
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