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31 Dec 2011 Leave a comment
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.
31 Dec 2011 7 Comments
Get it? “A Clockwork Orange“. What? You don’t know what that means? Further proof of my slide into “fogies-dom”. Had to have been a teen during the late 60’s early 70’s to know what that is I guess.
Our friend, Tim, had asked me what other things I could make once he received all the Post-It-Note Holders I had made for him. His mind went to business promotion items. I didn’t help him out much by answering his question with “I can make lots of things”. That answer is just about as good as saying nothing at all.
So I figured the best thing to do would be a mini “Show & Tell”. Something functional for his office that may spark an idea that could be used as a reminder and Thank You to their customers. I’m still trying to think of something that could be made for their team of drivers – like Joe and I.
The photos of the trucks are from my personal photos for my “Foolishness and Mayhem” blog. The bottom right photo is from Dependable’s website as is their logo. I just had a thought…..I could make clocks featuring the splendid scenery of these United States since I can’t seem to settle on photos for a calendar. I’ve got seven of them in the works and don’t like any of them.
I needed some assistance in getting this project started. Who better to ask than my ever knowledgeable “Scrubby” 😀 I attached the 8″x10″ photo on one side of a piece of 1/4″ board and a piece of design paper on the back. Joe had drilled a hole in the center of the board for me before I mounted the photo and the backing paper. Now it was to get the thing secured in the frame.
Enter my “Mr. Fix-It” and his tools 😀
First, he drilled pilot holes around the inside of the frame for the small nails that would secure everything inside.
He worked that skinny drill bit with deft precision….until it broke.
With a pair of hemostats he got hold of the bitty nail he was going to use. These little suckers like to fly off in all directions when trying to pick one out of the box. Then trying to put that bitty nail in the pilot hole was another trick. So….the hemostats came to his rescue.
A little tapping and whacking was next. The hemostat kept his fingers well clear of the brass head of the hammer. Precautions against the finger whack most hammers love to do.
Another tool Joe has is a “Nail Set”. This little thing has a cup on the end to hold the nail head and there is a metal end on the opposite side for whacking.
The nails are all set and I’m ready to take this back into my craft room and go through the “I think this will work….no it doesn’t” phase.
First thing was to try out some flowers. Any of you that follow me know that I have a real problem with flowers. I am attempting to overcome this phobia and get past this crazy fear.
Then was trying to figure out how to make this a promotional piece. I must say that this was not an easy thing to do. I scrapped that idea after fiddling for over an hour and having no success.
I felt the piece needed some color. I had started off with the brilliant idea of smearing black acrylic paint all over the wood frame then artfully applying some Rub and Buff. I got the black paint on well, but the Rub and Buff was the smearing part. Oh well. Not too late to change the paint color. But I didn’t.
After looking at this frame from a distance and up close I determined that the whole visual thing was off balance. I have no idea why it seems off balance, it just did. What to do now? Well…put more stuff on of course.
Once I was happy with the results of it all then it was back to my Mr. Fix-It to help me get the numbers on the face set up. He brought out more tools for precision. If my Joe is anything, he is an Engineer at heart and precision is everything 😀
First is to attach a piece of sticky note paper to the area where the number will be placed.
Next comes a “Compass” for precise placement of the number. He’s so good and I’m really glad that he takes such care in his work.
Placement is key. The number has to line up with the one directly across from it and just the right amount of space above the last number set. He makes me smile and I can’t help but love him.
Now I have a project complete, with the aid of my husband, that I would be proud to give to someone. Just look at that perfect circle my Joe made. Yes, I could probably say that I made this clock all by myself and take all the adulation but it would not be the right thing to do.
Man we make a great team 😀 Always have 😀
26 Dec 2011 4 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Christmas, christmas every day, christmas feast, Community College, Cricut, local community college, phantom of the opera, Post-it note, stampin up demonstrator, warp speed, YouTube
Where has the time gone? Waking up this morning, my head was in gear before my feet hit the floor. Things to do today and I needed to get going.
It was while in the bathroom, brushing my teeth, that I realized there was no more rushing around at warp speed to get anything done. Sort of a let down.
Like many of you, I had been preparing for Christmas every day for the past two weeks. Planning, working, running, decorating, and wrapping. Going to bed last night feeling good about the events of the day and glad that it was all over. Only to wake this morning in a frantic hurry to do……well, nothing.
Saturday morning we went to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients for Joe’s Christmas feast. He was up to his elbows in food prep Christmas morning with Phantom of the Opera ringing out in our kitchen.
Friday and Saturday I spent the available time I had going through my website – Message In A Fold – deleting everything about Stampin’ Up!. All the links to online ordering, their products, and any other mention. Since I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I needed to get those links off of my website before anyone clicked on them and found the link went no where 😦
I will be taking another online Website Creation class in January from my local Community College. Be prepared for further changes to my website.
I also spent some time on YouTube searching for inspiration. Mostly just watching the very talented people create amazing items from paper goods.
I have one of the original Cricut machines. Also referred to as the “Baby Cricut”. The only time I’ve used that poor machine was to cut out letters. I watched several videos about using the Cricut. All were about the larger version that takes 12″x12″ paper instead of the 6″x12″ one that I have.
While Joe had his feast under control, all was either cooking or waiting in the refrigerator to be popped in the oven, I went into my room to get acquainted with the one machine I’ve had for many years that I don’t know much about.
Here are the results of my playing around with 1-1/2″x12″ strips of paper I had left over from making Post-It-Note holders for our bank tellers.
These were made from the seven (7) petal flower on the George cartridge. They are all cut at one (1) inch. After watching several videos on making flowers I thought I’d give it a whack.
I have several strips of paper from Graphic 45 – Communique Collection – left over from making the holders for our tellers. They have received calls from me, while we are out on the road, telling them of a FedEx envelope coming with a deposit. Sometimes I forget to put in a deposit slip and require them to take care of that for me. Once in a while it is to tell them I need the deposit made immediately. There is always something a bit different I request of them and I felt they needed to know I appreciate them.
These are plain and generic….at least plain and generic compared to what I had just done. I don’t know my tellers very well. Have no idea what their interests are. I do love the Graphic 45 papers though and since I do a lot of “communicating” 😀 with them I thought this paper would be appropriate.
Sorry for some of them being out of focus. I was in a hurry to get them delivered on Friday.
Today, I will be venturing out to the craft stores and the mall for supplies to create more holders. This time with a Poker Theme for my friend, Tim. I’m hoping to get them done in time for his New Year’s poker game with his friends.
What are you going to be doing in your world now that Christmas is over? Are you making plans for the coming year?
21 Dec 2011 4 Comments
Anyone that dabbles in paper crafting, of any sort or kind, knows the end result of creating is scraps.
Looking at a pile of scrap paper causes an utterance along the lines of “Oh Crap”.
Scraps. I decided to check at dictionary.com for the definition of “scrap” and this is what I found. There is a lot to be said about this one little word – SCRAP.
I have made a pledge to myself that my home is not going to be a wreck any longer. I will clean up after myself. Tackle the problem and get it over and done with.
There is a burning question I frequently hear or read. What to do with all the left over scrap pieces of paper? The most asked question is “How small of a piece do you have to keep?”
The answers to these two questions are numerous. Some people keep the teensy tiny pieces left over from a hole punch. Frankly, I don’t want to even be bothered by those pesky tiny pieces. Another person might only consider keeping pieces that are 5″x7″ or larger and the smaller pieces are given away. The answer to this part of the question is up to you and your personal preference and the available space you have.
Paper scraps breed. I kid you not 😀 They sit in the place where they have been dumped and they create more. Okay, a bit of exaggeration there, but it sure does seem like it to me.
A friend of mine, Lynn, lives in the UK. She has created a “Junque” Journal using her scraps of paper and other items destined for the trash. You can read her post here. Lynn asked if it were time for me to venture into Junk Journals. Looking around I found another blog entry by a Linda Jo on the subject of Junk Journals. You can do a Google search for Junk Journals.
I’ll have to investigate this a bit further. I have tons of scrap paper that I could use. First though, to begin answering some questions I’ve seen about what to do with the scraps in the first place.
What do I do with the paper scraps? First I sort them. I start several piles. Each pile represents a length.
Some people sort by color, or manufacturer, or something else that is important to them. Me, just the size. I don’t care about the color or the manufacturer of the paper. Sadly, most of these papers won’t see the light of day again after they have been put on a shelf.
After I have sorted all the scrap paper by size….
I had to go into my kitchen/dining room to see what scraps were hiding beneath my giant trimmer I’ve been using in the Post-It-Note Holder project.
I sorted these and took them into my craft room. Yes, I put the trimmer away so it is no longer on my table. Good girl 😀
I’m going to catch all heck from some friends about this. The long skinny strips left get thrown in the trash or recycling bag. When I first began this journey, long ago, I kept all my scraps. Especially these long skinny strips. Never used them but I kept them. So they get tossed now.
The small bits get tossed as well.
Those little pieces won’t even fit in a paper punch. Well, they would go in one of those tiny punches but I’m not going to save these pieces.
Once the sorting is done, I do keep the large pieces of scrap.
These long pieces are excellent for using in a die cutting machine, like the Sizzix Big Shot. They are long enough to make multiple cuts and they are wide enough to fit through the machine without cutting down more paper. These pieces are stored in a 13″x13″ plastic sleeve and stand up with my other papers.
Next are the smaller and “square” pieces.
I save them in a box that sits upon a shelf.
All of the extra die cut pieces are saved.
These are stored in a clear plastic container.
What remains behind is sent off to the trash.
The next pile I had to deal with were the scraps left over from using my Cricut to cut out names, left over pieces from my die cutting, and scraps after using a hole punch.
Using my giant paper trimmer I will lop off the cut out pieces.
I will save the scraps and throw away the name cut out.
All of the die cut scrap pieces have been trimmed up and the waste has been tossed. Now all I’m left with are the boxes that didn’t quite make it. The ones that were too small, too big, too something not right.
I will trim off the sides and keep the inner base part of the boxes.
One final thing. If you choose to NOT keep any of your scrap pieces of paper don’t throw them in the trash or the recycling bin. Dump them all in Ziplock bags. Ask your children’s teachers if they would like to have your scraps. A lot of teachers use their own money to purchase papers for their cork boards and would appreciate your donation. How about your church? Ask the Sunday School teachers if they would like to have your scraps. Take a trip to, or call, a Senior Center and ask if they would like to have your scrap paper for any projects they do with the seniors. Contact your local library and see if they would like to have your scraps. They decorate the children’s area and they use craft papers. Do you have a friend or family member that is just getting into paper crafting and can’t afford to purchase much paper? That person would welcome your gift of paper.
What do you do with your scraps?
20 Dec 2011 2 Comments
After you have made all the boxes and they have come out, simply gorgeous :-), you need to have some way of keeping the lid on. A Belly Band is an excellent way to add a decorative touch as well as it being functional.
Use the scraps you have from making the boxes. Even if you’ve only made two or three you will have scraps left over from cutting down the 12 x 12 paper to make your boxes.
There is a small amount of Math involved in this process. Mainly this is to determine if you will be using 12 x 12 scraps or if you can get away with smaller pieces for the Belly Band of a small box. I will need to use the 12 x 12 scrap pieces.
To figure out the length of the Belly Band the first thing you do is measure the width of your box.
Next, measure the height of your box.
Write these measurements down somewhere. The figures you have just determined will EACH need to be multiplied by two (2). You have a top and a bottom so the width is twice. You have two sides so the height is twice.
If you were to create a paper strip measuring 17-1/4″ the ends would meet in the middle. You would have a noticeable gap that could be unsightly and require something to hide it.
Add 1-1/2″ to your final measurements. This will allow your ends to be attached, give the Belly Band a smidgen of room so it will slide off and slide back on again.
Your Math part is finished. Done, caput, over, finis. I now know that one strip of 12 x 12 scrap is not going to be long enough.
I’ve cut a scrap that measures a little over 3″ by 12″ into two 1-1/2″ strips. These pieces for the Belly Band now measure 1-1/2″ x 12.
HEADS UP! If you have textured card stock you will need to have one piece with the back side facing up and the other piece to have the textured side facing up. This will ensure that you don’t say “Crapazoid” or something a bit more stronger when you find the mix up after it has been taped.
Once you have your strips going the correct way. Lay them out in front of you. Either draw a line one inch from each end with a ruler or line them up on grid paper at the 1″ mark. I’m using my fabric cutting mat for the next step. Put a strip of “Red Liner” tape at the 1″ position on both pieces.
To save a small amount of time, lay your strips side by side. Line them up with the 1″ mark and run a piece of Red Liner tape across both strips at the 1″ mark. Fold the strips over at the center and snip the Red Liner tape at the center. Both pieces are taped and separated.
Lay your strips out in front of you with the tape side facing up.
You can remove the red liner from one strip of tape and adhere the two strips together, then peel the second liner off and secure the strips together. Or you can stand the strips on end and eyeball the placement. Stick them together after removing the liners from both strips.
Your strip will now look like this.
Slide the strip under your box at or near center. You will move the strip further up the box for the next segment of this process.
Carefully raise one of the strips. You will need to hold the box still to keep it from moving away from you as you raise the strip. You are going to make a crease where the Belly Band begins its first bend around the box.
Fold the strip around the side of the box and bring it over the top of the box.
Now do the same for the other side of the box.
Remove the strip from the box and clear your work space. The strip will now look like this….
Next you will use your bone folder or your fingernail to put a permanent crease in the paper at the bends you just made. Make sure to line the edges of the strips together before you make your sharp creases. This will ensure you have creases in the proper place.
After you do several of these, the stuff you just went through won’t be so critical because you will be able to line the paper up at the crease you made. Even if you had the strip a bit wonky under the box. You can straighten the strip before you make the hard crease.
Do this same thing to the other three crease lines.
One one side of the long strip, doesn’t matter which one you choose, measure from the hard crease to the outside edge a length of 4″. This is for the boxes that will hold the Post-It-Note Holders. If you are making smaller boxes you will need to adjust your measurements.
Make sure to mark the paper with a pencil tick or draw a line. Do the very same thing to the other side of the strip.
Cut the excess paper off at the pencil mark you made. Then measure in 1/2″ from the cut ends. This is where you will add more Red Liner tape.
Just like we did when we attached the two long strips together, we will do the same to these strips. Only at the 1/2″ mark instead of 1″. One piece of Red Liner tape on the top side of one strip and Red Liner tape at the underside of the other strip.
Line your tick marks up. Slide one side back just a smidge then adhere the end together. By sliding one strip end back just a smidge you leave yourself a way to get the Belly Band off just in case you forgot to put something in the box.
Now your Belly Band is complete and ready to be slid onto your box. If you want to add a decorative strip of paper to the Belly Band…
You will go through this entire process all over again.
Add a strip of decorative paper to the creased piece you have made. The addition can be added after you begin attaching the decorative strip to the Belly Band you just made. When you get to the section to add more paper, just line the new strip up with the piece you are adhering. Secure the new strip below the old one and continue adhering until you get to the other side. Give yourself about 1/2″ and tuck the extra under the strip you are meeting up with.
All that is left to do is to hide the intersection of the papers on the top of the box. Make an embellishment large enough to cover the joint.
Going through this process will put a smile on your face as you see the boxes and Belly Bands you made. They look so good just as they are. You can give your gift with pride 😀
A lot of work to go through in this process but you will feel the pride of seeing “Professional” looking boxes. Just make sure you are not close by when the recipient opens the box. Most people tear off the Belly Band. Tear it in half, wrangle with it to get it off, torture and twist it. You really don’t want to watch.
19 Dec 2011 2 Comments
Watching someone’s YouTube video tutorial then creating something from that tutorial…..let’s just say that something got lost in the translation. I distinctly remember Shar saying “Width plus 1/4, height plus 1/4, depth plus 1/4”. Shar had other bits of instruction (quite possibly important to remember) that didn’t sink in. The one thing that has been ringing in my head since watching her video was “This is real EASY”.
Now….do I cut to the chase and give you the instructions for making a box and lid for these Post-It-Note Holders or do I go for the drama and suspense? Tick, tick, tick, tick (I’m thinking).
In my endeavor to be a teacher it seems to me that it would only be the right thing to do in letting you know the pitfalls you might encounter. Learning is all about the mistakes that are made in the process……right?
Yes, I’m going for the drama and suspense 😀
When measuring your item make sure to include anything that extends past the edge that is harder than, say, ribbon. In the photo below I’ve added arrows to indicate a chipboard piece that extends past the edge of the Holder base.
This Holder measures 7-1/8″ wide by 7-3/8″ high and 3/4″ deep. These dimensions do not change. These are the base measurements that you will add any other increments to.
For those of you that know Algebra and are adept with that form of math will have to come up with your own set of numbers mixed with letters. Algebra was something that I could not wrap my brain around. For me…the answer will ALWAYS be “P”! Period.
Stick with me here because this gets tricky and very confusing.
Ultimately you want to have 1/8″ space around your object so that it fits in the box you are creating. Room enough to NOT be squashed in and damaged but not so much room that it slips and slides around, therefore, causing damage from movement.
WIDTH: 7-1/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 7-3/8″
HEIGHT: 7-3/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 7-5/8″
Adding 1/4″ to the base dimensions gives you the 1/8″ space you desire.
Next you measure for the depth of your object, which in this case is 3/4″. Add 3/4″ to the measurements you have just come up with.
WIDTH: 7-3/8″ PLUS 3/4″ equals 8-1/8″
HEIGHT: 7-5/8″ PLUS 3/4″ equals 8-3/8″
You will still need to add another 1/4″ to have a comfy 1/8″ space inside your box.
WIDTH: 8-1/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 8-3/8″
HEIGHT: 8-3/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 8-5/8″
This final measurement of WIDTH 8-3/8″ and HEIGHT: 8-5/8″ are what you will cut your paper.
Score ALL around this paper at 3/4″. All four sides will be scored at 3/4″.
After scoring and folding all four sides you will cut TO THE FOLD LINE at the inside connecting fold lines. This will create the little flap that makes your box. Add the adhesive of your choice on the tabs to secure your box.
Attach the flaps with your adhesive and you now have a box.
As you can see, in the photo below, by measuring for the pieces that extend past the base it all fits in the box well.
To create the lid for this box you will add 1/8″ to the WIDTH and HEIGHT for the lid to fit snugly but not way tight.
I’ll save the Belly Band measurements for tomorrow’s post. I don’t know about you but my head is spinning from all this Math just to make the box and lid.
Now I’ll show you my oops boxes before I finally got the measurements right.
I scored this box at 1″ instead of the 3/4″. Wouldn’t have mattered anyway. It is too small.
The box is beneath the Holder. Ain’t no way this Holder is going to fit in the box.
Oops #2 nearly made it but still came up short. So short I could not make the flaps.
Oops #3 was way too big. This was turning out to be the box building version of the Goldilocks story. Momma Bear, Pappa Bear, and Baby Bear. Except my story had one other “Bear” before it was “Just Right” 😀
After many attempts I finally got the blasted thing RIGHT.
Okay, now that you know what to do….at least I hope this instruction was clear….go make your own boxes. I’ve got a ton of them to make today so Joe can deliver them tomorrow to our friend.
18 Dec 2011 4 Comments
Yesterday and all of this morning I have been creating the final two Post-It-Note Holders for my friend. It was so nice to be able to work on a table that did not avalanche on me. I had wide open space to work and move around in. The problem…..trying to remember where I put stuff.
Okay, you remember the fiasco I created for one of the Holders? The KU one. I’ll refresh your memory if you need it 🙂
The reworked KU Holder is so much better. I even found a sticker in one of the Tim Holtz “Salvage Stickers” books. A license plate image for Kansas which I’ve placed at the top right. I covered a chipboard book plate with blue paper and added red colored Fire Circle brads from Stampin’ Up! to make this piece look like a license plate holder.
For my final offering…a tribute of sorts to Johnny Cash. This Holder was specifically requested by Tim to be made for a friend of his. The tag is from Club Scrap and I’ve written some details about Mr. Cash’s live recording session at Folsom Prison in 1968. I went to the Johnny Cash website and looked at the titles of the songs he did throughout his career. I used a desktop publishing program I have to create the song titles. Gold musical note stickers were haphazardly applied to the whole piece.
The part I had the most fun with was making the suit out of heavy weight card stock, super light weight black paper, and some text weight black paper with a silver crackle like design. All of the paper on this Holder is from Club Scrap….except for the Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! I used on the song title pieces.
About three years ago I found a website that had templates for suits, shirts, and ties to make cards for Father’s Day. The whole series is titled “Suits You”. I can’t find them anywhere online now to refer you to. If anyone has the information for this website please pass it on to me so I can link to them.
I printed the templates out on my printer at 45% size. I could barely see the template image but it still worked for me.
Using repositional adhesive I attached the template pieces to the heavy weight black card stock then cut the pieces out .
After I cut the pieces out, leaving the template attached, I used my ruler and bone folder to mark all of the places that will be folded.
I removed the template piece then folded all of the scored areas on the suit piece.
Next was the template piece for the shirt. I attached these pieces to the light weight patterned paper with repositionable adhesive as well.
Last was to do the neck tie.
My next job is to create boxes for all of these Holders. That shouldn’t take very long to do and I hope to have these all done by tomorrow.
The plan is for Joe to deliver these to our friend on his way through Joplin, Missouri as he heads up near Chicago to deliver trucks. I have him home today. While he gets his outside work done I’m doing my work. Later today we will just relax and enjoy each others company 😀