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Making a sturdy bracelet loom

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What you will need:

 

  1. A lid for a plastic dish (one you don’t mind destroying) I used an old ice-cream dish lid.
  2. A circle cutter (if you don’t have one you can use a scissors)
  3. A Japanese hole punch
  4. A cutting matt
  5. Scissors
  6. Felt tip pen
  7. Ruler

 

How To:

  • Using the circle cutter cut a circle out of the plastic lid.

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  • If you don’t have a circle cutter, you could use something circular like a bowl or glass and draw a circle then cut it out with a scissors.
  • Using the Hole Punch punch a hole in the center of your circle.
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  • Now use a ruler and draw 8 lines evenly spaced around the circle
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  • Cut about a centimeter into each of the lines that you have drawn.
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  • There you go a sturdy bracelet loom that will make a nice rope bracelet.

 

 

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Keeping up with the Crafting

Happy Sunday, Crafties

 

As a multi-crafter I always have more than a few projects going at any specific time. Added to that, my over-active brain has ideas and concepts buzzing round it continually. Whether it’s a plot in a book I’m busy writing, or a craft idea, or a new project I want to try.

I get asked a lot. “How do you keep up?”

Today I’m going to share a simple little secret with you.

LISTS

I know, it sounds so old-skool but I have to TO DO lists and idea lists and project lists and plot lists. Even that can get overwhelming.

So I’ve found a way to simplify it and still help my overactive brain keep up with everything.

I keep note-books for my lists. One for crafting, One for writing and my day planner. Between those and Google calendar I’m perfectly organized.

 

Today I’m going to be sharing my Craft book, and the simple way I do it to keep it manageable.

Firstly I keep my craft planner on my desk within easy reach. That way I don’t have to go hunting for it when I want to jot an idea.

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My craft planner is a simple A5 book I bought for about R30 from Makro if I remember right.

I’m still going to decorate it but for now its just a plain pink hard-cover journal.

I have it divided into two sections.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS: That’s in the front of the book.

 

IDEAS: That is in the back of the book.

 

 

Simple.

So if I have a craft idea I go jot it in the back.

And the projects that I’m busy with get jotted in the front.

 

FRONT :

 

Current Projects.

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As I complete a project I strike through it with a highlighter and use a date stamp to put in the date it was completed.

You’d be surprised at the sense of accomplishment you get as those projects get finished one by one and the highlight adds up.

The green writing in the margin on the current project page is just a code I worked out for what type of craft it is. That way I know at a glance what project it is.

 

Here is the code so you can see how I did it or borrow it for your own lists:

LH- Latch Hooking

CS- Cross Stitch

CR- Crochet

CP- Color Pencil

PA- Painting

AB- Air Brushing

TB- Teddy Bears

PC- Polymer Clay

KN- Knitting

PB- Pealer Beads

CG- Computer Graphics

SW- Sewing

QU- Quilting

AP- Appliqué

CA- Card Making

BE- Beading

 

As you can see its very straight forward.

 

There is one thing I do that help when you have a huge project that can feel very overwhelming.

I break it into sections.

 

For example; I have a cross stitch piece I have been working on for ages. It’s a huge piece that has 6 pages of pattern.

I break it into pages: So in my craft journal I’ll have Page 3 of Aurora Cabin.

And once that page is completed I cross it out and add Page 4 of Aurora Cabin.

It makes a big task seem smaller, believe me it helps.

 

The Back is ideas:

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As I start a project  I strike through it with a highlighter and ad WIP (work in progress) to that page.

See so simple and you know where you are and what you have time for.

 

Okay, so I’ve made this post a lot longer than I intended too. Gah. Sorry about that.

I hope it helps you get a bit more organized if you are a multi-crafter like me.

 

Have a great Sunday

Genevieve.

 

Cut File for Clay Lables

Happy Sunday, Crafties.

 

Yes its that time of the week again, another post from my craft blog. This week we are going to cover some more organization. Clay organization.

My beasty Athena told me just yesterday. “you’re organization at its best” and I had to laugh because I know I’m overly organized. My response to her.

“It makes me happy, like pink.”

I’ve ordered a selection of Premo polymer clay. Its not easy to find in SA, but the price is better than Fimo which is my favorite clay. I want to see if Premo can compare and become my new favorite.

As soon as I get my clay, the blocks are going to be removed from the packets and put into clear labeled baggies and then into a box.

Like I do with my others. This way I can instantly see colors but the brand, names and color numbers are also assessable.

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But since its quiet a few block and I hate wasting label tape from my label maker.  I came up with a better solution.

I’ve got a box of full sheet sticker paper. This is the one I got Label Paper – Full Sheet

And I thought it might be fun to create labels using my Silhouette Cameo.

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  1.  I started by drawing a rounded-rectangle in Silhouette Studio, the dimensions are in the image above this.

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2.  Then I used the duplicate tab doing Column of Four and then Row of Four until I was happy with the amount.

3.  After that I went and used the text tool to type in all the info I wanted on the labels.

4.  Then I went and added registration marks.

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5. I printed it out on my laser printer (onto the sticker paper)

6. Sent it to my cameo and did a kiss cut.

These are the settings I used.

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7. I set my blade to 1 and let it cut.

 

Now here is the tricky part. Despite everything looking perfect and me aligning the sticker paper on the mat perfect. The first cut I did cut OVER some of the text.

 

I solved that by selecting all the text but not the boxes and moving it using the keyboard arrows down two and 1 left. After I adjusted it like that it work out perfectly.

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You might have to do something similar to adjust it to your machine.

 

Now don’t worry, I’ve taken you through it step by step in case you want to do something similar but different.

But I’m going to be giving you the cut file too.

You can download it here CUT FILE

You will need win rar to open the file. Just google it and you should find it.

Have an awesome Sunday, crafties.

Genevieve

 

 

Chit chat and a quick idea:

Good Morning my friends and fellow crafters!

Happy Tuesday, at least we got Monday out the way.

I’ve been quiet. Not because I don’t have much to say (goodness knows I get told to shut-it, by the hubby often enough *laughs*)

I’ve been quiet because I’m on the last mad dash of my current novel, and because my office looks like we’ve had guerillas fighting a war in it.

As I said before I’ve annexed the unused dining room for my sewing room, so half my office stuff is in there and half is here and I’m trying to figure out how to put everything together.

Once I’m done and happy with it, I might post a small video tour. That’s if anyone can understand my South African accent. *laughs*

Now for the quick tip;

A while ago, I started collecting the tiny rhinestones that you put on your nails. Now I find I can’t use them. (other than my nails, which I’m too lazy to sit and do)  Or so I thought

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It occurred to me they would make fantastic tiny embellishments  for cards or my art journal (yes I went and got me one, and I’m going to love every minute of it)

My husband made me this stand in his workshop and I painted it pink (yep, pink – Genevieve is gaga for pink) And I found the little pie dishes they come in fit on the dowels perfectly. Here is a picture.

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So another use for something I didn’t think I would use again, and you can buy them really inexpensively at some stores. In south Africa its usually those stores that import from China. They cost like R10 or R20 (the equivalent of a dollar or two)   We all know that crafting can get pricy so this might be a good way to get that extra bang for your koedoe (type of buck *laughs)

Gracious, if I sit her much longer the guerillas are going to start a new conflict that my Yorkies and my Pekingese will help in and I’ll be further behind than I was.

Happy Crafting

Genevieve