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1  EyePhone - Upcycled iPhone Case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by leah on: April 01, 2010 08:35:01 AM
I've been needing a new case for my iPhone for a while now and like a lot of you, I'm sure, I said to myself... I should MAKE one!

I love to be thrifty and find clever ways to re-use things so the body of the case is made out of something recycled. I bet you can't tell what it is!! (Don't worry, I'll reveal what it is in the tutorial below.)



OK, are you dying in anticipation of wanting to know how to make one yourself? Well, here ya go!

Step 1:
Get yourself an empty toilet paper roll tube. You're surprised that that's what it's made of, right?! (If anyone needs a further tute on how to get an empty roll of toilet paper, feel free to Private Message me and I can explain.)



Step 2:
Cut a vertical slit in the back of the tube at a perfect 90 degree angle from the base of the tube. I recommend investing in a pair of laser scissors because you want to get this perfectly straight. After all, this iPhone case is made out of a toilet paper roll and you don't want it to look shoddy when it's done.



Step 3:
Glue on some fun embellishments. Or, just use some sturdy trusty doublesided tape like I did! (The embellishments might fall off here and there but that's part of what makes the whole iPhone experience so interactive!)



Here's a picture of me pressing one of the buttons.



And here's a picture to show you how sturdy the iPhone case is. I had my husband take a picture while I pressed all the buttons at a rate of 3 buttons per nanosecond.



I hope you've enjoyed this and that you all post pictures of your own iPhone cases using this tutorial!

(P.S. Note that one small downside of this iPhone case is that every time you pick it up the iPhone falls out of it. So be sure you are standing over carpet or grass at all times as you use this.)
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2  02/18/10 - Changes at Craftster in Latest News by leah on: February 18, 2010 10:57:48 AM
Hello Everyone,

I have a two big pieces of news that I want to share with you.

1. NameMedia (the company that acquired Craftster in April 2008) decided to sell their "home and garden"-related communities to a company called Internet Brands.

2. I'm moving on from the world of Craftster.

I know this is big news (for me anyway! and maybe for you!) so here's some more information that you might be curious about.



Why did NameMedia sell Craftster?

NameMedia decided to shrink back the online community part of their business in order to focus on the parts that made more business sense for them.

Who is Internet Brands?

Internet Brands does a few different things but their biggest focus is running "niche" online communities. If you go to their website you'll see they they have acquired a couple hundred online communities on just about every subject under the sun. They also happen to own the online forum software package called vBulletin.

What can Craftster expect from Internet Brands?

Internet Brands has lots of experience with what to do and what not to do with community sites. You can see from the sheer variety of sites they own that they also appreciate that each community has it's own unique personality and they don't try to force all communities to fit a single mold. They have lots of people working for them -- content specialists, programmers, server admins, ad sales people, marketing people, etc etc. So I can't promise that I know exactly what they are going to do but since they have invested in buying Craftster, I think we can expect any potential changes to be made carefully and judiciously without rocking the boat and with the only intention being to improve things.

I also think that since we've been through the scary process of being acquired once and realizing that the buyer's intention is not to do something crazy and harmful to the site, that we can rest assured that this is the case here too. In all honestly as a result of my conversations with Internet Brands I feel totally comfortable with their views on running online communities.

Who's staying on with Craftster as staff

sweets4ever, jungrrl, rackycoo and kittykill are all going to continue be on Craftster's staff to continue their awesome work on Craftster with Internet Brands. And of course the fabulous Craftster moderators are still in place.



OK. So now the part about me leaving...

Internet Brands graciously offered me a position which would allow me to continue to be involved Craftster as well as to take on some other interesting tasks at the company. I really appreciate that they saw the potential in me for this job and it was really tempting in many ways. But I decided that after 6.5 years running Craftster, it's a good time for me to try doing something different in life. So, I'll soon be on my way! It's definitely going to be huuuuuuuuge change for me but I think it will be good. I've loved running Craftster and feel soooo lucky to have been able to do this for the past 6.5 years, but I'm also looking forward to trying something different.

I definitely plan to continue to be a part of Craftster as a member and who knows maybe even a moderator too. I'm so excited for the very real possibility that I'll finally have time to post my own projects and join some swaps! Grin (I'll also be heavily involved here for a few weeks to help transition the site over to Internet Brands, so you're not rid of me yet. Cheesy)

Thank you to everyone -- members, guests, mods, and the Craftster staff -- for everything YOU have done to make Craftster the amazing community it is today. I always say that I'm the one who keeps the plumbing working but that YOU ALL are the ones that keep the heart beating and keep the Craftster spirit alive! I'm so appreciative to each and every one of you for making Craftster the BEST crafting community on the Internet and giving me so much to be proud of and humbled by every day!

Lots of love and humongous piles of appreciation for you all,

Leah  Kiss Kiss Kiss



P.S. Last night at 9:00 pm I decided Craftster has long deserved a highlights video reel! Grin I wish I'd started working on it sooner because there's lots more I would have included but here's where working from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. got me! Cheesy And best of all, think of ALL the highlights yet to come. Grin

craftster highlights 6.5 years in 2 minutes from Craftster Video on Vimeo.



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3  Anaheim, CA: CHA Craft SuperShow, Jan 22-23 in California: South by leah on: January 06, 2010 08:31:21 AM
It's the CHA Craft SuperShow! January 22-23 in Anaheim, CA.

What is the Craft SuperShow? Its a ginormous show which is put on by the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). At the show youll find workshops, product demos, free make and takes, amazing craft products you can buy, craft celebrity appearances and so much more!

Have you ever been to a car show, boat show, home show, etc? Have you ever wished there was something like that just for crafts? Well this is even better than that!

Craftster will be one of the many great exhibitors at the show. You can read our blog article about the show here:
http://www.craftster.org/blog/?p=6302

Or pop right over to the website of the show here: http://www.craftsupershow.com/

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4  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Season Finale! - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: November 20, 2009 08:16:58 AM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Season Finale!
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


SEASON FINALELink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-14/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-14

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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5  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 13 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: November 12, 2009 08:12:49 PM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Thirteen (title coming soon)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE THIRTEENLink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-13/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-13

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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6  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 12 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: November 06, 2009 04:33:49 AM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Twelve (The Art of Fashion)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE TWELVELink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-12/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-12

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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7  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 11 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: November 06, 2009 04:31:31 AM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Eleven (The Best of the Best)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE ELEVENLink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-11/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-11

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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8  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 10 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: October 23, 2009 06:12:25 AM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Ten (Around the World In Two Days)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE TENLink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-10/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-10

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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9  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 9 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: October 16, 2009 07:05:28 PM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Nine ( Sequins, Feathers and Fur, Oh My!)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE NINELink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-9/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-9

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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10  PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 6 - Episode 8 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leah on: October 11, 2009 10:56:23 AM

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode Eight (A Fashionable New Beginning)
Official Craftster Discussion Thread

Remember, no spoilers (that means don't talk about who won or lost the episode) until the West Coast episode is done airing.


EPISODE EIGHTLink to where you can watch this online:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/project-runway-episodes/project-runway-season-6-episode-8/videos
Photo gallery of all the creations from this episode:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/rate-the-runway/season-6-episode-8

Want to discuss other episodes? Use this link to see all the past discussions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=project_runway_season_6_discussions
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