Video tutorials and prototypes.

Otherwise known as “Crafting like a mad woman”.

After receiving a note from my friend, Tina, who expressed an interest in a video tutorial on creating the storage boxes I made last week…and a request from another friend, Lynn, for the measurements to make the boxes…I got busy in my craft room.

It took three days and five hours of video footage to create the tutorial.  Of course, my brilliant idea couldn’t wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  In between grocery shopping, food prep, and the actual cooking….well helping Joe do the cooking…..I spent a large part of the time in my craft room.

I struggled between filming EVERY step in the process or just skimming through it.  I opted to go the whole way just in case there was a new crafter that is not wise, yet, to the complex process.  My thoughts also went to the crafter that is well seasoned in card making but not so intimate with construction.

I created an “Introduction” video to let people know they were in for some butt numbing if they chose to go further.  I’m not very good at the “Voice Over” thing so please forgive my stumbling speech through the Introduction.  You can watch it here.  If  you so choose, you can watch the videos from my YouTube Channel.

Let me tell you….I got so sick of hearing my voice during the transfer process from my camera to my computer then going through the video footage to create the tutorials.

Okay, that is over with.  You can watch the videos in your leisure.  Now on to the “Prototype” part of this post.

Joe has informed me we are going to be working out at a fitness facility.  Many years ago we used to frequently go to a workout center.  I didn’t like leaving my purse in the lockers provided in the dressing rooms.  Needing to carry an ID and/or gym membership card meant that I had to lug around my black hole of a purse.  I don’t know about you and your workout clothing, mine have no pockets to tuck the ID/cards away.

I can’t find the video made my Jim  The Gentleman Crafter where he shows off a cute little pouch thing he made.  This pouch thing had a lid that slid along some ribbon to enable access to the storage part to tuck in an ID and a credit or debit card, even a bit of cash.  Hanging around his neck meant that he didn’t have to worry about that one person that thinks they have been granted the rights to others valuables.

Since I had been freshly off a large construction project I figured a smaller one would be just the thing to take on.  These are what I created.

Small neck pouches

Small neck pouches

When I approached Joe with my idea he told me he wanted one.

Joe, modeling his neck pouch

Joe, modeling his neck pouch

The first one I created is 1/4 inch thick.  4 inches wide and 3 inches deep.  This is just the right size for an ID or membership card, small amount of cash, a spare house key, and vehicle key.  The strap I made is just long enough to get in the way constantly.  Quite possibly make me crazy as it thumps my chest as I move.

Small pouch

Small pouch

I used velco dots for the lid closure and hid some 1/4 inch webbing behind the paper along the top fold.

When I presented my creation to Joe he had some complicated requests.  First he wanted it big enough to fit a little card wallet.  Then he wanted the whole thing covered in some kind of water proofing stuff.  This guy has so much faith in my construction abilities :/

 

Neck pouch with card wallet

Neck pouch with card wallet

The card wallet has an accordion insert to hold several credit cards.  Spare keys can be placed in the slots along with the ID, cash, and anything else small enough to fit in the wallet.

I got so flustered by his many requests I forgot to hide the webbing behind the paper hinge part.  I had to use some strong adhesives to attach the webbing to the clear plastic contact paper after I had applied it to the ENTIRE outside and inside of the box.

Unsightly webbing display

Unsightly webbing display

I think I will give this project another try to perfect my workmanship.  Maybe if I get these perfected I might be more inclined to sell some on Etsy.

Those of you in the US, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.

Leslie

 

 

The untold story of perfect art projects.

For new art creators, newby crafters, the inspiring YouTube videos speak to your creative soul.  You watch several videos and get so stoked.  Totally excited to take on the world and show the people in your life just exactly how totally AWESOME you are.  Some of the videos come with Step-By-Step tutorials to break down the process.  Other videos show you the finished product then explain the tools and products they used.

I am not a “newby crafter” but I am not a “seasoned crafter” either.  Believe me…I get just as frustrated as you do when my creations FAIL.  I have had some epic failures.

I’ve been watching some YouTube videos on creating storage boxes from chipboard.  The person I like to watch is “ozegran“.  Her videos are very inspiring…to me anyway.  I have a mechanical bent to my personality.  I get so excited when I see someone make useful products out of plain old stuff.  This woman is from Australia, I think that is where the “OZE” part comes from.  Get it Aussi….OZE?

I don’t have ready access to large sheets of chipboard but I do have access to corrugated cardboard.  I purchase sheets of corrugated cardboard from my local Budget Box and Bag store.

Corrugated cardboard sheets.

Corrugated cardboard sheets.

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, has a video on making “Structure Strips“.  Spending time watching these two crafters I knew I could make a box to store the greeting cards I have made.  Now they sit on my table and are in danger of getting damaged.

Piles of cards

Piles of cards.

Cards jammed into a container

Cards jammed into a container

The last two weeks I was out on the road doing my “Day Job” I had plenty of time to think about building a box to store my cards in.  I got so excited!!!  I could picture the finished box in my head.  Covered with bright fabric.  The edges would have piping on them to make the box look like no other box out there.

Monday I went to Michaels and purchased some chipboard.  Tuesday I got myself into my craft room and began creating the box I had in my head.

Beautiful, isn’t it?!

Fabric covered storage box

Fabric covered storage box

There are some problems with this box.  First problem is the fish.  They are UPSIDE DOWN on the box.  They are Right Side UP on the inside of the box :/

 

Inside of fabric covered box.

Inside of fabric covered box.

The next problem is….the box is TOO BIG for my greeting cards :/

Box too big for greeting cards

Box too big for greeting cards

The lid.  That is another story.  I wanted to make a “Hinged” lid.  I have some really wide taffeta ribbon. That would be perfect for the supporting hinge.  Trouble is….I couldn’t figure out how to attach it :/

Ribbon hinge.

Ribbon hinge.

Crapazoid.  Don't know how to attach it.

Crapazoid. Don’t know how to attach it.

All is not lost.  I can use this box to store my embossing folders in.  It is just the right width and  height for these specialty tools 😀

 

Trying out the embossing folders.

Trying out the embossing folders.

YES!  They fit!

YES! They fit!

I created a second box that would be just the right size for my cards.  This time I was going to get the fish fabric to be right side up.  I cut only the front and back panels to test my theory out.  Well….that went all pear shaped :/  And the lid….that was a catastrophe.

Box #2

Box #2

The lid was too big.

The lid was too big.

The cards FIT!  Yippee Skippy!

The cards FIT! Yippee Skippy!

Having the cards fit in the box was a major WOO HOO for me.  Success!  I was totally stoked.  I cut panels of the fish fabric to fit on the front and back end of the box.

Fabric panels cut to fit.

Fabric panels cut to fit.

I cut strips of upholstery piping to be attached on the edges and bottom of the box.

Upholstery piping for a pop of color.

Upholstery piping for a pop of color.

I glued the fabric on wonky and the piping only pointed to the wonky fabric.

Crapazoid the box shows through.

Crapazoid the box shows through.

So I tore it all off.

Tear it all off.

Tear it all off.

I did make a lid that would fit 😀  So now I have to fix the torn cardboard and do something else to this box.  I think those plastic packages the embossing folders came in would fit in this poor box.  YES!  They do fit.

Plastic packaging to be used later.

Plastic packaging to be used later.

And the lid fits snugly on the box.  Woo Hoo!

The new lid fits perfect.

The new lid fits perfect.

So now I have a serious mess in my craft room.

One serious mess is happening here.

One serious mess is happening here.

Box #1 took over 8  hours to build.  Because I didn’t know what I was doing.  Box #3 took 4  hours to create.  Lid included.

Box #3

Box #3

The lid looks so good and I am thrilled with the whole box.

Box and Lid #3

Box and Lid #3

Just look at this awesomeness 😀  I won’t be putting the fabric on this box.  THAT IS FOR SURE!

Perfection!

Perfection!

So, in conclusion, this message is for new crafters….and not so new crafters.  When you begin a project that you have never done before be prepared for the “Learning Curve”.

DON’T STOP BECAUSE THE FIRST ATTEMPT FAILED.

Learn from your mistakes.  Make the necessary adjustments.  Keep at it.  Your head will be full of condescending voices that will tell you how much you stink at this.  There will be soul crushing crap running full tilt in your head.

  • See.  I knew you couldn’t do it!
  • Now look at all the stuff you have wasted!
  • You don’t know what you are doing!
  • Just leave it alone.  You’ll never figure it out.
  • Just look at that junk you have made.
  • Other people can do this better.
  • Leave this “pro-ject” to someone that knows what they are doing!
  • Seriously.  You have wasted time that could have been better spent on washing dishes!

DON’T LISTEN TO THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD!!!!!

It took me three tries to make the box correctly.  The two “Failures” are going to work just fine for me in my craft room.

AND BEST OF ALL!!!!!  I MADE THEM.  ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!!

Take that you dirty birds!  Stick it up your nose with a rubber hose you rotten voices!

Now….I have to figure out how to decorate my PERFECT box :/