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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / **mixtape madness** TUTORIAL ADDED (FINALLY!) on: April 24, 2005 11:45:38 AM
Hello craftsters!

I've been trying to revive the lost art of mixtaping...

So I made an 'Anger Management Mix' for one of my far flung friends, it's a collection various chill out songs.

Anyhoo, I made a case for the mix cds using some funky wallpaper and cardboard.

I think it turned out pretty nifty...

the front...

the inside...

the outside...

Hope you guys like it!

2 years later...
The long awaited tutorial has finally arrived. Sorry about the ludicrous delay, I obviously was pretty absent-minded in 2005, and erm 2006 the spring and summer of 2007

Anyhoo here goes, sorry that I couldnt condense it. Ive written it out from memory (with some seriously low tech drawings Grin ) but it should be okay (I hope).


2 x CDR jewel cases (the skinny type)
A glue stick
A glue gun or really strong adhesive that will stick plastic to card
A ruler
A cereal box
A pencil
Decorative paper for the cover

1.   Pull the cover and back piece of the jewel case apart. Then snap off the prongs that the cover slots into on the back piece.

2.   Measure the width of the case and multiply this by 3 and add 2.5cm to this number.

3.   Measure the length of the jewel case and add 1cm to this number.

4.   Cut down one side of the cereal box. Then cut across the box to form a  rectangle using the measurements that you just calculated.

Now heres the tricky bit

5.   Place one jewel case towards the right end of your rectangle leaving about 3mm.

6.   On the card, using the pencil mark along the left edge of the jewel case.

7.   Leaving about 7mm to the left of that line draw a parallel line. Place the right edge of the jewel case and mark along it left edge.

8.   Draw yet another line parallel to the last with a 1cm gap in between.

Fingers crossed, you should have something that looks similar to the top diagram??

9.   Using the blade of the your scissors and the ruler, score along the lines you drew.

10.   Gently fold inwards along these lines, then flatten it back out.

11.   On the back of your cover paper draw around the card, adding an 2cm to each side, then cut it out.

12.   Cut out 2 x2cm wide strips of your paper the same height as the piece of card.

13.   Using the glue stick to cover the outside of the card with the paper, folding the edges over neatly. Makes sure that it is not too taught, otherwise it might rip when the case is folded up. Place the 2 strips over lines that you scored. You might wanna place some books on top to help stick the cover paper down nicely.

It should now look like the middle diagram

14.   Gently fold the card again to locate the creases. Using the glue gun, stick the jewel casea to the areas (B+C) shown in the first diagram so that it ends up looking like the last diagram.

15.   Once the glue has dried fold up the case completely and place a book on top for about an hour or longer.

16.   Stick your tracklisting/message/whatever over area A. Add a cover labels etc.


Oh for the cds, I just printed out the coloured text on coloured paper then used the cd as a template to cut them out and stuck them on with the gluestick.

Hopefully some of you will give it a go. If it's too confusing, please let me know!

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / **funked up frames** on: April 09, 2005 08:48:44 AM
Here's a nice and easy craft project...

I came across this retro 70s wallpaper in a fantastic kitsch store in Amsterdam and fell in lust...

I used it to cover some photoframes (the super cheap untreated wood ones from IKEA)...

and arranged them on my walls like this...

I still haven't come with an idea for the remaining 10m of wallpaper.

Hope you guys like them!

13  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / website building on: March 12, 2005 01:33:55 PM
Hi Guys!

I've been thinking about building my own site for awhile but I now it's time for it to become a reality.

I know that a lot of craftsters have sites and would like some advice...

Can you give me any tips?

Did you build your site? Or hire someone? If so, can you recommend anyone?

Is it a big commitment (financially and time-wise)?

I'd be grateful for any responses.

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / plastic portrait on: February 12, 2005 10:51:35 AM
After seeing Miranda Ail's awesome posts on here last week https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=20695, I decided to give the perler bead thing a try.

I turned this photo of my friend...

into this...

I think it turned out pretty well.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ***DISCO TOP*** on: February 07, 2005 06:15:16 AM
Hello crafty boys + girls

Well after the success of last month's boob tube FEVER---> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21343.msg173442#msg173442.

I decided to have another go at altering a yukky, baggy, off-the-shoulder top.

cool print, nasty shape

My sewing machine broke 10mins before I started so it's all hand sewn + took a couple of hours to make.

I pulled the neckline down so that it now sat under my arms. Flippied the sleeves over my shoulders.

Pinned and stiched all the loose flappy bits of fabric so that the laid flat against the bust and was more fitted.

I used a ribbon to ruch the front and a shoelace to ruch the back.

I think it turned out pretty nifty.

close up of the front


the back. My cam tipped over as I took the pic. the back looks  better than the pic implies.

The green is actually alot darker than it appears in the pics.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / *notice this* on: January 05, 2005 08:54:11 AM
Hello Craftsters!

I appear to be in a crafting frenzy, this is my second post in less than a week!

I bought this magnetic noticeboard last year but I hadn't got round to using because I wasn't too keen on it's appearance.

BEFORE:: rather dull

I was going to paint it, then I planned to decoupage it, I even thought covering in fabric would be a cool idea aswell. But I never got round to doing either.

Well last night during another bout of insomnia, I came up with an idea. I'd had this sheet of awesome bamboo print handmade paper pinned to the wall above my desk for ages and decided to use that to funk up the board.

And this is how it turned out...

AFTER:: Looking good

I'm in the process of attaching butterflies to magnets for it (which I'll probably post sometime this week methinks).
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *boob tube fever* on: January 02, 2005 10:56:02 AM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

Thanks to my job forgetting to pay me last month, I was sadly too broke to go out and enjoy the NYE festivities. I was bored by 8pm (there's only so much tv you can watch!) so I had a rummage through my wardrobe and came across this baggy, off-the-shoulder top that had stretched and lost its shape...

BEFORE::yuk. yuk.

I cut off the sleeves, turned it back to front and resized it so that the original neckline would fit snugly around the chest. Being what you americans would call 'plus size', the traditional straight across neckline isn't too flattering on me. So I decided make the best of my 'assets' and ruched the front into a gentle V-shape and I ended up with this fab tube top!!!

This is just another gratuitous pic of me wearing it again. Tongue

AFTER: yum.yum.

Now hopefully I'll find somewhere to wear it.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *Batman & Robin* on: December 05, 2004 09:34:40 AM
I was experiencing a bad case of Extreme Boredom yesterday and decided to do a clear out of my craft and art stuff...

I came across  a crumpled Batman and Robin photo...I've seen loads of lightswitch covers around but they are made to fit america lightswitches. But British switches are larger so I made this one.

The photo was pretty crumpled and in my excitement of finally finding something to do, I foregoed using a craft knife to cut out the central part. Hence, the scruffy edges.

Hope you guys like it!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *i shot the sheriff* on: November 14, 2004 12:00:47 PM
hello fellow craftsters!

This is my second post ever, my first was yesterday.

Anyhoo, I was bought a black tie with pink polka dots earlier today for just 1 (cheap!!!). I was thinking about using it to customise a shirt then this idea popped into my head...

With a little tacking, a large safety pin and a pink plastic gun earring I came up with this....

Hope you guys like it!!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / ticket stub collage *my first post* on: November 13, 2004 12:13:39 PM
I've been hovering around Crafster for the last year or so but have never posted any of my projects. This is one of my minor projects but I think it's a nice and simple way to capture memories and it looks pretty good too.

I've spent the last 5months travelling around the USA, Canada and Spain. On my travels I kept hold of maps, ticket stubs, flyers, postcards and many other bits and bobs. I returned home a few days ago and dug out a large blue velvet flocked frame that I'd bought in IKEA in the January Sale (bargain!). I covered the backboard with a New York subway map and the placed some of the ticket stubs and postcards on top.

My pic doesn't really do it much justice, sorry.

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