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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 'Window' pillow box for display of your crafts tutorial PIC HEAVY on: November 06, 2012 07:18:58 AM
Hi Guys

I hope I have put this in the right place, as there does not seem to be anywhere specific to show a project specifically for displaying or selling your crafts in.

Well, straight in to it. I was reading one of the threads in the crafty business section, and the question was raised on different ways to display for sale sets of (in this case) baby items, such as booties, bibs and mitts. My solution is a windowed pillow box just like this one

These are great, as  you can easily customise them with your brand or any personal design, and can make them in any size to suit your needs. The one I will show you how to make only costs about 40-50c (Australian) depending on where you get your supplies from.

As I am in Australia, all measurements are in centimetres except ffor the paper size as that is all that was on my ruler, and is our standard unit of measurement here Smiley

What you will need
-A piece of scrapbook size (12X12 inch) cardstock
-Some form of relatively stiff plastic sheeting. In a pinch the display windows from food or kids toys packaging can be used.
-A ruler, pencil, eraser, cutting blade and mat
-Glue suitable for both plastic and paper. I have used sticky tape on mine instead of glue, mostly as I wasn't aiming for a professional look, but just wanted to explain how this goes together.
-Something large and round for tracing the edge of. I used a dinner plate.
-A bone folder or butter knife

To start with, measure 2cm, 16cm and 30cm from one edge of the paper, and draw lines at each of these points

From the edges that run at right angles to this, measure in 5cm on both sides and draw lines. Your paper should now look like this

Using your dinner plate (or round object) draw a curved line from your 2cm line to your 16cm line like below

Repeat this for all 4 of the same sized sections, both inside and out. Your paper should now look like this

Mark 2cm in from where the round lines all meet (along the middle line) and along the line closest to the 2cm section

Use these marks to create two more inwards facing curved lines. Also draw lines 2cm in from the edges of this section (picture explains this the best). At this stage you wil also want to mark 3cm in from your 5cm lines just below this and draw a straight line from the edge of the curved lines to here (see next 2 pics)

Next you will need to take out all the guide lines, so you are only left with the lines you actually need. See next picture for which lines are required (solid lines = cut, broken lines = fold)

Cut along all the solid lines first. I recommend using a blade and cutting mat to cut out the window section, as you will use the middle bit as a template for cutting your plastic. Once cut out, your piece should look like this

Next, cut a piece out of your plastic that is approximately 1cm larger than the window you just cut out. It does not have to be precise as the edge will be inside the box, but you need to leave enough room to glue, without the plastic going over any of your lines. Glue down and allow to dry. It is important you glue all the way around the window, as if you miss spots your window may buckle or fall out

Next, use your bone folder or butter knife to score along all the dotted lines, then fold carefully, folding in towards your lines so they will be hidden inside your box. You will begin to see the pillow shape emerging

Last, glue the angled end flap to the inside of the solid side of the box. Fold in the ends and you have yourself a nifty little display pillow box.

If any of my instructions do not make sense or you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to PM me or reply here Smiley

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing advice needed *updated with pics* on: October 02, 2012 01:48:24 AM
Hi everyone
First of all I am hoping I put this in the right place. If not, can admin please advise me of where it needs to be?

So my question today is in relation to how to price my items to put in my Etsy store. I have had items in the store in the past (last year) which managed to get quite a few views, but never managed to sell anything. I am now starting up again, as I am soon going to be off work with a baby, so will have more crafting time, and really need to make some more room to make more crafts Smiley

I have read a lot of articles on pricing, and one of the things I seem to see in all of them is work out your supplies cost, your labor cost and then add what you would like your profit to be on top of that.

My question mainly relates to the supplies cost. I am often able to find materials at very good prices as I shop sales and discount stores. The problem is my supplies are never constant. Although I could make a bracelet now for approximately $2 in supplies, if I had to remake something similar and get the items straight away, the same piece could cost $5 to make.

Which should I base my prices on? And will basing prices on low stock costs make my items seem like they are too cheap to be quality?

Here are a couple of pics of some of the things I have been making, I would love to know what you would want to pay for them

Some of the items grouped together

Any advice would be appreciated Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What tutorials do you want to see? on: September 20, 2012 03:29:01 AM
Hi Guys.

I have a bit of a question for the room today. I have recently started a new website as I want to create and post free craft tutorials online, and also plan on making video tutorials to go with them to post to youtube.

The problem I have at the moment is I am not really sure what everyone wants to see tutorials for. I have a wide variety of skills in sewing as well as basic crafting. I love making hair accessories and fasinators, and was thinking of starting with a tutorial on making a fascinator the old fashioned way (from scratch, hand sewn, no adhesives) versus a basic cheap glue together one. I have also made a headband holder/display thing which I could easily make a 5 minute tute on.

Would you want to see these tutorials (complete with step by step instructions, pattern templates and material lists)?

What else would you like to see tutorials on? I am open to all suggestions, and would even love to learn a few new crafts myself to show off Smiley. I have access to a sewing machine, overlocker (serger), glue gun, drill, jigsaw cutter and wood burning tool in terms of equipment. If you have something specific you want to see a tute on, you can also instant message me or email me at [email protected] if you want to send pics to go with.

Thanks in advance for your ideas Smiley. I will share my tutorials as soon as I get them live.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / New age swap? on: June 20, 2011 05:54:18 PM
I am wondering if anyone else would be interested in a new age themed swap. I was thinking maybe something along the lines of 4-5 points, and basing the crafts on whatever new age tradition or supplies people are interested in. Anyone else up for it?
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Old pictures in to works of art on: April 26, 2011 07:16:59 AM
I was recently going through some old photos I took, and came across a heap of random tree and nature shots. Rather than leave them all on my hard disk collecting digital dust, I decided to make some notebooks to give to friends and family.

I chose 2 pictures of gum trees for the below books to give to cousins who visit from overseas, as they really represent Australia to me

I was pretty lazy with these ones, and just stapled the printout sheet to a bunch of paper. I am thinking of doing some proper books with some of the pictures too.

Please let me know any ideas or suggestions for further uses for these pics.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My burlesque themed accessories on: February 14, 2011 05:30:32 PM
I have been interetsed in burlesque for a while now, and have recently started making my own accessories. I thought I would post some pics of some of my recent projects. I would appreciate any feedback, and ideas for new projects

Some simple pasties

Some more elaborate and larger *decorations*

Some feather fans

Ruffled wrist cuffs
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for burlesque accessories? on: February 13, 2011 03:21:52 AM
Hi everyone.

I am looking for any ideas on making cheap burlesque accessories. So far I have made feather fans, corsets and bracelets but was looking for more things to make on a budget.

Any ideas?
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