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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Back-to-school Origami pencil holders on: August 04, 2010 07:49:45 AM
It's that time of year again... Back to school... I know some schools have already started and others have a few more weeks.  To help get ready, I thought I'd share these two paper pencil holders.  They actually use these everyday as they hold pens and pencils on my desk. 

This one is my favorite, but it's a little tricky to make.  It's surprisingly stable considering it's just office paper.  I suppose card stock would be better. 

This one is a little wobbly unless you alternate the directions of the pencils it's holding - i.e. they need to criss-cross each other.

If you're interested in making these...
- here's a video that shows how to make the 2 cup pencil holder
- here's a video that shows how to make the single cup pencil holder

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / Teeny Tiny Origami on: March 01, 2010 03:49:12 PM
I used to challenge myself to make really tiny origami out of things like gum wrappers when I was a kid.  When I saw this competition, I figured I'd see what I could turn out now that I'm older and have fat hands.  

I started by making a traditional crane.

That was fun... but I figured it was kinda plain and the competition on craftster would be pretty fierce so I made this little frog on a lotus flower.

I was a little disappointed with how the frog and lotus turned out, but it was a lot of work so I didn't want to leave them out... at the same time, I wanted something a little more hard hitting so I came up with this insect diorama.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / DYI custom origami book marks on: January 28, 2010 03:34:09 PM
geez, I haven't posted to Craftster in soooo long!  I recently finished my graduate studies - that is, until I start another degree. 

Anyhoo, I recently learned how to make a bookmark from the origami water bomb base.  Once I got the hang of it, I figured you could make book marks from the square base as well... and then I started to improvise and well... here's what came of it. 

If you'd like to learn how to make these, check out the following links:
- from the square base
- from the waterbomb base
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / potted flower on: May 02, 2009 06:08:59 AM
I made this potted flower arrangement for a co-worker who's moving.  I'm thinking of doing something similar (but more elaborate) for a momma's day gift. 

I made the pot from a 9 x 9 inch piece of scrapbooking paper.  You can learn how to make one here.

The flower is a traditional origami lilly or iris, which you can learn here.  I used a "regular sized" 15cm (about 6 inch) square piece of paper.

The butterfly is Yoshizawa's design from a water bomb base.  I like how it looks, but I'm not a big fan of the method... you can learn how to make one here.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / X-wing fighters... on: March 08, 2009 09:22:36 AM
Here's a pic of me being nerdy... I made some origami x-wing fighters and then posed them with pipe cleaners.  The back drop is just a black sheet of scrap book paper.  The "Death Star" is a post-it note and the planet on the right is from an L.L. Bean magazine. 

if you're interested in making these x-wings, you can view diagrams at The Happy Magpie, or watch an instructional video on my site
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Disc bin... saved from the recycling bin... (image heavy) on: January 25, 2009 03:40:50 PM
Ok, I guess I'll go second... I thought this was a cool project idea, and I took most of my materials from our recycling pile.  The phone book was not in the recycling pile quite yet, but it might as well be since I don't ever use it.

So here's a brown paper bag that I cut into a bunch of strips and then started weaving back together.  Originally I was going to use newspaper, but that was way too flimsy. 

Here's the finished woven bag.  I cut it into a square so I could origamize it into a box.

Here's a piece of junk mail that I started weaving into a strip of paper.  You can see how I use this in the last picture as a divider. 

Here's a pic of the finished product.  The box / Disc bin is made out of the woven brown bag.  The disc sleeves are made out of pages from the phone book.  I didn't really plan it, but it just so happened that the first disc sleeve had a message about recycling on it... a bit of serendipity. 

From this side view you can see how I inserted the woven junk mail sheet in as a divider. 

You can watch video tuts on how to make the square box and the disc sleeves at my website.  The cool thing about this stuff is that if it ever tears or rips, I just plop it right back into the recycling bin and make a new one.  Cheap and low environmental impact... huzzah!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / woven origami box prototype on: January 19, 2009 02:42:58 PM
Here's a prototype / proof of concept of a project that I'm working on.  It's a simple origami square box... but instead of using regular paper, I decided to weave strips of paper together.  Here's the result:

The tape you see on the inside was originally on the edge of the woven sheet I made... I had to bind/hem the edges together to prevent the strips from sliding out.  I was originally thinking of something fancy to bind the edges, but then I realized that the binding would be on the inside of the box. 

Here's the box filled with some puffy stars (if you want to learn how to make the puffy stars check out this tut)... I hope to have a tut on how to make this box on my website by jan 25th. The tut on how to make this square box is now available here.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / CD Covers, Sleeves, Jackets, Cases... or whatever you might call them. on: January 10, 2009 12:11:25 PM
If you're anything like me, you're always losing or breaking those silly plastic CD cases... well a while ago I decided to simply stop using them.  Of course, since that decision I've scratched up some good mixed discs.  Well finally I have a better solution!  Make my own disc sleeves out of magazine pages:

I took these pages from a magazine / catalog sent to me by Heifer International (a great charity... check them out if you haven't already)

Here are the front of the disc sleeves...

.. and here are the backs of the disc sleeves.

I think this is a really good way to reuse paper, save money (don't by those plastic cases), protect your discs AND save the planet a bit (please, don't buy those plastic cases!).  On top of that, you can fancy these up to add a nice personal touch to burned CD... especially ones given as gifts.  If you want to learn how to make these sleeves, you can check out this page of my website. 
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Origami Gift Box... on steroids (image heavy) on: January 04, 2009 12:13:12 PM
I knew I wanted to make an origami box similar to the lotus flower box I posted in the paper craft forum... but I figured I had to spruce things up a little.  Here's my origami gift box on steroids from the front:

My fiance (AllieAnalogue on craftster) helped me pick out some nice square scrapbooking paper that I used for the lid and the bottom of the box.  I wanted to add a bunch of small origami flowers to the box, but they were taking way too long to make... so I decided to stitch some lucky stars onto the box to fill up the empty space (there are 14 stars... twice 7... that's lucky, right?). 

I added a little heart on the side when I was done stitching everything on... It was nearly a "bleeding heart" because I stuck myself with the needle twice and almost got lovely bloody fingerprints on the box.  Cheesy 

I got the idea of adding butterflies to the box because the lid had flowers on it... notice the antennae on the butterfly. 

The top was a little plain, but I didn't want to put the same old lotus flower from my other post on top, so I made these different flowers and stuck a little butterfly on it.  I tried to curl the stem of the flowers in the same swirly vine pattern printed on the box. 

This was fun and aggravating to make.  Grin
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / lucky wishing stars! on: January 03, 2009 07:02:45 AM
Here are some origami stars that I made.

Some people call them lucky stars or wishing stars... I like to call them puffy (p.diddy) stars.... crickets chirping... The tradition is that you fill up a jar with these and give them to someone you like.  Some people also say that if you make a 1000 of these, you'll be granted a wish (kinda like those pesky paper cranes).

You need a long strip of paper to make them so I cut pieces of left over scrapbooking paper and magazines.  If you're interested in learning, you can find a tutorial here.
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