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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / scrap paper craft-a-long NEW PROJECT 4/4!! on: April 04, 2008 06:03:19 PM
This week's project: keychains and buttons!!!

generally i find my keychains at hobby lobby, and the buttons are there too, but they're cheaper at wal-mart.

this week i just used an old comic strip i copied... and then glued back to back and cut down to size...
it's my favorite comic...




love to see all your creations!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: scrap paper craft-a-long on: March 30, 2008 09:11:50 AM
great job kacadea!!!! i should try using some comics....
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: scrap paper craft-a-long on: March 28, 2008 07:46:02 PM
this is a great idea.
can i make a request??
cd sleeves!
someone made really cool ones for me a while ago and i always wanted to know how to make them!

sure! #15 on the list!!! i'll probably do one or two projects at a time to make it go a little faster...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: scrap paper craft-a-long on: March 27, 2008 10:00:35 PM

decorative paper, images, stickers
scissors, punches
glue (i prefer rubber cement)
copy shop with laminating services -or- clear contact paper
hole punch
magnet strips
other embellishments

i made three types of bookmarks for this tutorial; a few plain ol' regular ones, a book thong, and a magnetic bookmark. the instructions for all three are below:

Regular bookmarks:
Cut out a rectangle and decorate it any way you wish. Have it laminated! (you really dont have to, but I think it protects it more). If you wish, punch a hold in the top and tie on funky ribbons and charms.

here's a closeup of edvard munch's "scream" with the ribbon in the top (oops, mr. lizard got in the way)

Book thongs:
Cut out four small shapes of identical sizes and decorate any way you wish. Glue two together with a section of ribbon in the middle and repeat at the other end. Cover both ends with clear contact paper and trim down to size.

here's my lizard guy!!!

Magnetic bookmarks:
Cut two small-to-medium size rectangles and decorate!! Lay both of your images face up, with the tops facing toward the middle, and about apart. In this position, laminate or cover both sides with clear contact paper. (Thicker laminating wont work very well). Fold in half at the top, then align a thin strip of magnet across the bottom inside of each.

and the other, "punk" lizard....

* If you use rubber cement, the best bond you can get is to evenly coat both sides, let it dry, then stick it together. This also works well for ribbon, given you apply a generous coat.
* If you like to use ribbon, buttons, or multiple layers to decorate your bookmarks and they get too bulky, just make a color photocopy of your design before laminating!
* Other good bookmarks: sliced up photos, greeting cards, post cards, playing cards....

"Inspiration" gallery

have fun!!!!!!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: scrap paper craft-a-long?? on: March 27, 2008 09:51:01 PM
here we go!!!! all set up!!!!!!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / scrap paper craft-a-long on: March 27, 2008 09:50:03 PM
hey hey there! this is a craft-along where we use up all our scrap paper, images, leftover playing cards, stickers, ephemera, and small bits of "junk" we can never bear to throw away. that being said, all these projects have one thing in common - PAPER! the biggest piece in any of these projects is 6x6"!!

here's what we'll do: every five days or so i'll post a project tutorial, and if not photos of my own works, "inspiration links" to help the crafting process, then anyone who wishes can post their completed project. there's no need to complete every single one; pick and choose as you wish! here's our list:

1. bookmark
2. book plate
3. recipe cards/post cards
4. switch plate covers
5. keychains
6. buttons
7. gift card envelopes
8. gift tags
9. covering small objects
10. marble magnets
11. place marker/treat holder
12. keychain notepads
13. photo mats
14. votives
15. CD sleeves
16. laminated coasters
17. pencil can
18. paper quilts
19. monogram wine charms
20. napkin rings
21. mini organizer
22. scrap-collage decoupage
23. paper making
24. 3-D paper stars
25. origami mobiles
26. wooden nickel pendants
27. ceramic coasters
28. mini books - flip book
29. mini books - accordion
30. mini books - pamphlet stitch
31. mini books - reconned box
32. "mosaic" tray

OKAY! *whew*
that being said, off we go!!!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: scrap paper craft-a-long?? on: March 27, 2008 08:17:13 AM
well, it seems like there is enough interest to maybe get it started....
these projects all use a wide range of materials: really all they have in common in scrap paper! some are cut and paste, some deal with resin, jewelry, books, other handy things... now, some of these projects are really simple, anyone-could-have-thought-of-that projects, but craftster girls (and guys) are so creative and artsy i think we could really make some great works of art!
here's my list so far (i have more ideas at home too...)

2. book plates
3. keychains
4. buttons
5. gift tags
6. gift card envelopes
7. recipe cards
8. matchbook notepads
9. marble magnets
10. covering small objects (pens, clothespins, etc.)
11. switch plate covers
12. keychain/ring notepads
13. pencil can
14. votives
15. simple laminated coasters
16. scrap-collage decoupage (piggy banks, candy dish, photo frames, etc.)
17. photo mats
18. laminated napkin rings
19. paper making
20. wooden nickel pendants (or scrabble tiles, dominoes, etc.)
21. ceramic coasters
22. "mosaic" tray
23. mini books - candy box
24. mini books - accordion
25. mini books - flip book
26. mini books - pamphlet stitch
27. 3-D paper stars
28. origami mobiles (paper stars, cranes, flowers)
29. monogram wine charms
30. matchbox organizer
31. paper beads
32. CD sleeves

i know i have more.... i just can't think of them without my list in front of me!!!
like i said before, the idea is i would post a tutorial prolly every five days to a week, then some photos of what i've done to start it off, then links to other craftsters' wonderful projects for inspiration. it wouldn't be necessary for everyone to complete EVERY project (that would be a stretch even for me!!). some are cheaper than others, some are easier than others... pick and choose as you wish!

still interested?? any others to add to the list?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / scrap paper craft-a-long?? on: March 24, 2008 04:45:50 PM
okay, so if you guys are like me, you always have scraps when making a paper project... and if you're like me, you also hoard them. and old scrapbook pages, images, ephemera....
i don't know what it is about pretty paper, but i just can't give it up.
so i racked my brain and came up with about 30 different scrap paper projects, all using pieces 6x6" or smaller.

the idea is i'd post a different project every week, then see what people come up with!

anyone interested???

here's some of my stash...
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / tie-dye eggs on: March 24, 2008 03:54:24 PM
so these are my family's tradition every year: even my great grandma made these... although she used coffee and pureed beets for dye....

woohoo! not the greatest picture, but hopefully you get the idea...

thanks for looking!!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / bunny napkins!! *with tutorial & pics* on: March 22, 2008 10:11:13 PM
so i was in charge of setting the easter table at home, and i wanted to do something creative with our napkins... so behold, napkin folding a la bunny!

this is a variation on the rose napkin on this site:


1. take a regular ol' square napkin (i think mine are 15 or 16") and fold all the corners into the center

2. then take those corners and fold them to the center

3. flip it (not shown) and fold the corners to the center a third time (shown)

4. tricky part: hold the center with one hand, then reach underneath with the other and pull two of the corners out for the ears

4. still holding the center, fold the bottom two corners underneath for his little face. use a hershey's or other small candy to weight down the center (they like to pop up), but let the bottom one pop up a little for his nose. ta-da!!!

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