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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Press Kits???????? on: February 11, 2005 02:57:58 PM
In addition to looopy's advice...

You might want to create a few press kits but don't send them out without contacting who you are sending it to.

I work at a PR agency and our practice usually goes like this;

Develop your list - magazines, local papers, etc = whoever you are trying to reach.
Verify you have the right people (many times websites are outdated and editors/writers have already moved on)
Send out your press release to your list.
Followup (later in the day or the next day) with your core group (or all if you feel the need) of people on your list.
If you get a response back or if someone sounds interested - then offer the kit.

This way you do not spend extra time/money on creating and sending out kits on people who might not be interested at all. Verifying your contact list is also a time saver if the contact has moved on - you wont' have to waste time tracking down your kit.

Happy pitching! Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Pals on: December 20, 2004 04:44:52 PM
While doing a research project for work, I came across this listing on Craigslist:


The title is "Do you love to knit? Help make caps for chemo patients"

It's for a small organization called Knitting Pals by the Bay (http://www.knittingpals.org/)

I figured many of you may be interested in participating - use up some extra yarn laying around, or just do it for fun.

Sorry if this belongs in a different category!!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Zip-loc bracelet on: December 06, 2004 10:52:38 PM

I wanted to play along too - this was fun. I think I'll teach my little cousins this cute idea!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: 2 Collages I made ( check it out!) on: October 25, 2004 08:09:57 PM
Your eye collage is great! Totally reminded me of the one I made the summer before college. I put it up on the side of my closet - everyone would walk by and see it (if the door was open) and a lot of people thought it was freaky too. I'd tell people there were celebrity eyes included - so it became a bit of a guessing game too.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Re: HELP!! 3 crafty days till father's day on: June 20, 2004 11:21:45 PM
My father's day gift went off pretty well. My father collects ball markers (usually they have the golf course's name on it, some kind of snazzy detail, etc) and I noticed he just had them placed on his golf ball frame/shelf. You couldn't see them very well and his collection was growing.

Using a record album frame, 'make your own corkboard' corkboard squares, black foamcore, some ribbon, and a small (lame) painting job -- voila, I made him a framed ball marker board.

Cutting the foamcore to use as a mat frame around the corkboard.

See? Also cut the corkboard to fit within the foamcore frame.

Yup. It fit!

Covering up the edges with a green ribbon. Also, painted in the corner of the corkboard portion. Let it dry before you put the ribbon on. I also used a gloss coat over the acrylic - it just looked way too dry on the corkboard.

Finished product.

I also added a second corkboard square to the back because some of the markers have longer pins and would need the thicker back.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Glass Marble Magnets on: January 09, 2004 01:09:25 PM
I am having some issues that I haven't seen addressed in any threads.  

1. I printed pictures from the computer to use as my marble magnets.  When I glued them the ink smeared and the faces were mottled.  Any way to fix this?  I really want to use personal pictures.

2.  Where oh where can I find STRONG adhesive (or non adhesive even) magnet buttons for the backs??

Thanks guys.  You all rock!!

1. The bunch I made (points up the thread a bit) I used family photos. Instead of printing them on normal paper, I printed them on photo paper, glossy. Let the photos dry completely before you hand them. Punch them (cut them out, whatever method you are using) and get them ready.  First i glued the photo to the cardstock piece, let those dry, then I took the photo, put some glue on it, and applied the cabochon(or marble, whichever you are using).  What kind of glue are you using? I used the E600 kind.

2. Go to Michaels, ask for magnets, they've got all sorts of sizes. I bought the ones that are very magnetic so that it would hold up the marble AND hold whatever kind of paper you put underneath it.

To adhere it to the marble, use the E600 (or E6000 i never remember how many 0's there are hehe) glue.  
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Glass Marble Magnets on: January 05, 2004 03:07:16 PM

That's where I had to buy my 1" punch. (I found a 3/4" punch at Michaels)

I'd call up all the Michaels and scrapbook stores in your area first and ask for the size you need.

They're a smidge expensive, but they are worth it. They're much faster than cutting with scissors and you can use it a billion times over for other projects.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Glass Marble Magnets on: December 30, 2003 09:18:48 AM
Those look awesome! What size cabochons did you use?

I used the 1" and 3/4" ones. Behind the 1" cabochon I used a 3/4" magnet, and behind the 3/4 cabochon I used a 1/2" magnet.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Glass Marble Magnets on: December 30, 2003 01:35:11 AM
I made my magnets and gave them to a couple of family members for Christmas. Everyone was touched and ooh & ahhed over the creative idea.

I put them in small tin buckets (from Michaels), filled them with some candy, wrapped it in tissue paper and a clear 'goodie bag' (cut short), and tied 'em with colorful ribbon and made some homemade tags.

I still have a ton to make, but they shall have to wait awhile. They were fun!

(Btw, I used the cabochons from Tap Plastics)
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Glass Marble Magnets on: December 14, 2003 11:39:35 AM
i just want to get this straight before i start this project tonight...

the order is marble, image, magnet  Huh

you attach the magnet directly on the backside of the image you're using? or do you use some cardstock or something so the glue doesn't go through the image and leave a grease stain?

yeah use some cardstock in case your image is on thin paper - so you wont see the magnet through the image.
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