Back to the drawing board. A prototype fatality.

Well folks, one of the pouch thing-a-ma-bobs has suffered near fatal injuries in the first trial run :/  The 1/4 inch blue one has been stressed to the point it is, literally, coming apart at the seams :/

Small neck pouches

Small neck pouches

The little guy just was not up to the real world challenge.  I had to make a deposit at the bank, sign a monthly contract at the workout facility, stop by a fabric shop to purchase more velcro dots, and a trip to Hobby Lobby for some fun foam for Joe.  All of which resulted in receipts.  The small amount of cash I brought with me, my ID, and my bank card were included in the little space that filled up quite quickly.

Receipts, ID, bank card, and cash

Receipts, ID, bank card, and cash

The first damage I noticed was tearing of the paper covering the webbing.  One side was more greatly affected than the other side was.

Bad tear at the webbing

Bad tear at the webbing

Start of tear on the other side

Start of tear on the other side

The pouch was pulling away on both sides of the opening.

Pulling away from the edges

Pulling away from the edges

Coming apart at the edge

Coming apart at the edge

Upon showing the damage to Joe, who was very supportive, his words were “I told you so” :/  His larger pouch has not suffered these ill effects.

So, back to the drawing board.   If you have been following my foray into constructing boxes with lids you will know that my success rate is improving.  It has not quite reached the “Peak of Perfection” yet.

Folks, I pride myself in “Telling it like it is”.  I’m not perfect and I don’t know much.  I’m not a whiz when it comes to creating on my own.  Sitting down and figuring out how to make something with only a vague idea of what the end result will be.  I have my suspicions that the crafters I admire go through the same process of a learning curve.

People like Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail, Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon, Jenny Potter of Ozegran, and Jim Hankins of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter are people that I have chosen to be my “Mentors”.  It gives me hope that I can, one day, come up with an idea and execute it successfully.

What I want to convey to new crafters, or seasoned crafters that are attempting to get outside their comfort zone, is that is it OKAY to make mistakes.  You learn, well I learn, something from the mistakes.  A failure is not the end of the world.  IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF GREATNESS!

I’m going to close this post with a music video.  Lately the deaf community has been represented at music concerts by a young woman who signs the lyrics to the deaf crowd as they feel the pulsating music.  I looked online to see what else there was available in Sign Language music videos.  Surprisingly, there is quite a lot.  The video below is a song that I like because of the music.  I was captured by the music when I first heard this a couple years ago.  The lyrics escaped me, except for the chorus part that gets repeated.  I didn’t know the deaf could be so expressive!  Shameful of me to admit my ignorance.

 

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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 :/