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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: gathering crepe paper? on: August 01, 2007 04:59:37 PM
I'm not sure if you are asking how to make the folds, or how to apply it once it is folded.

One technique would be to fold as you go on the article itself, while applying a light glue, and this depends on the material you are using.  Another is to make your folds/pleats or rolls, using the long crepe paper, not the rolls and baste it lightly then apply with appropriate glue or stitching to the article (again depends on the material you are applying it to) and then slide the basting stitches out.  Hope this helps.

One other thing, you can use a pencil to roll the crepe paper into interesting designs too for a more 3-D effect.  You could make a rose petal trim for instance instead of just a pleat.  Lots of possibilities.  Hope this helps. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Woven Tote or handbag/purse directions? on: August 01, 2007 04:43:51 PM
I'm a new green girl, or trying to be.  I am hording magazines and other stuff to rework into other products.  I have a knack for seeing that materials could be put to another use, but at times lack a direction.  I'm not good at patterns and direction, so often have to craft my own idea on how to do something. 

I'm flummoxed though about making a woven bag in not knowing how to make a nice edge.  I've looked for patterns and can't seem to find any that are not basket like. 

Does anyone have a tutorial or something?  I'm sure I am not phrasing it right in my searches, but what I want to find is how to make a basic tote and can figure out the purse parts later. 

Also if anyone has any ideas about paper bracelets.  I recently have my workplace saving cardboard tape rolls when they are done.  I made a few nice looking decoupage style, but would like to know any other ideas you crafty people might have stumbled upon.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding on: July 30, 2007 01:25:24 PM
very beautiful- I can't imagine how much fun you all had. 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Not completed Paper Jardinierre purse on: July 29, 2007 04:39:46 PM
Made from paper from Germany, I crafted this clutch style purse today.  I was thinking of using raffia for handles.  Or should I go for a more feminine approach.  Also need ideas on closure.  I am thinking this would be nice for a special occasion, like a garden wedding? 


5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the secret to Modge Podge+large images? on: July 29, 2007 04:31:38 PM
If using magazine or glossy paper, a seam roller like those used for wall papering is useful, as well as taking a pin to put some air in.  If using a seam roller, make sure your image is wet, or there is a wash on the roller itself, otherwise it gets stuck. 
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Simple, light weight, portable purse display for festival. Any suggestions? on: July 29, 2007 04:27:48 PM
How many do you have and how heavy are they? 

I've used different things (always on a budget)- a wooden clothes rack.  You can use a peg board.  I happened to find on closeout a metal wire rack with shelves and hardware that allow for hanging multiple things.  You could use stackeable yaffa or other crates.  Many things you could use. 
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Round Bamboo Handles on: July 29, 2007 12:56:09 PM
You just sew on 2 or more tabs on one side of inside the bag, put your handle in and sew the other tab, or you can use snaps, velcro, knit some strips, depends on what your main fabric is. 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Art of Florence on: July 29, 2007 12:25:04 PM
thanks- I did a couple more too, no photos and some coasters too. 

I just began the makings of a purse made out of pretty napkins.  Having fun, hope you folks are too.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Art of Florence on: July 27, 2007 04:00:48 PM
Not that creative, but very inspirational.  I took an old Pimpernell cork backed place mat and cut out images from an old travel book printed in Italy about Florence.  It's pretty neat, except on the left side I have to soften a few images .  Don't know what I'll do with it, but had fun making it.  

I don't know how to post a picture:

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pricing? on: April 28, 2006 07:49:34 PM
I don't know.  I'm not really helpful I think.  It is just such a dilemna for some of us.  I have some sort of formula, but I then base cost etc.  It is not useful, I tend to underpice all the time.  I somehow can't charge someone triple or quadruple my cost of materials and expertise.  It just seems weird.  I do however charge more if something is more difficult for me to do, for instance I have to hand sew everything and if it is denim, I charge more for that, but that is only because I do not own a sewing machine.  So, in essence I do not know how to adivse you on pricing. For knit things, I usually just double the price of a skein of yarn as raw materials.  sometimes I pay full price and sometimes I am lucky to get it on sale, but I can't count on it. 
 I think in particular crafsters have an especially difficult time in the pricing arena.  I guess bottom line, I price things on what I would pay and I never have much money, so I undercut.  Let me know if you come up with a formula. 
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