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I have always been partial to using natural light but I’m writing an article on using natural light vs. using a light box (will link to article when it’s posted) and I needed to get some firsthand experience.  I found this post on making a light box for $10.  But it cost me nothing!  All you need is a box, tracing paper, tape, a box cutter, and a piece of poster board (or something similar, I used the back of a poster)  Here is my process, all the instructions are in the link!

All in all, building and using the light box was a lot simpler than I thought it would be.  It always seemed more technical I guess (I don’t really know why!)  You should try building yourself one, it is super easy and I do like the result!

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It’s grey and rainy here in Minneapolis!  No fun, I was wanting to be outside for a little while today but no dice.  Instead, I guess it’ll force me to get some things done inside.  I have discovered a fun new thing: fusing fabric to paper!  The possibilities are really endless and you could use any fabric/paper combo you would like (although I’ve had the best success with cardstock).  I’ll show you one simple project you  can do with fabric fused paper, but expand out and think of all the fun things you can do!

What you need: a piece of fabric, a piece of cardstock (I had an 8 1/2 by 11 piece), fusible webbing, iron and ironing board, scissors, and a punch (but you can always just cut out tag shapes)

Iron your piece of fusible webbing to the back of your fabric per the brand instructions.  The general rule is put the shiny/textured side down onto the back of the fabric so that the paper-like side of the webbing is facing up.  This is the side you want to iron, also make sure your webbing is a little smaller than your fabric so you don’t get the webbing gunk on your ironing board.  Then let it cool for a few moments.

Peel the paper backing away from the fabric.  You should be left with a nice shiny surface on the wrong side of your fabric.  If the paper doesn’t peel away easily, you may need to iron it more to make sure that the webbing adhered.

Now, place your fabric shiny side down onto your cardstock.  Also make sure that the webbing doesn’t touch your ironing board (again, it is really quite gunky!)

Iron your fabric onto the cardstock.  This process can take anywhere from 8-12 seconds.  I found it helpful to leave the iron in one spot for a second or 2 and then move it around some.  Continuing to do this on the entire piece, you can always lift the corners and see if it’s adhered.  When it cools it adheres more.  You will want to let it cool almost completely before you do the punching or you won’t get a very clean punch.

After it’s cooled, use your tag punch (or any punch) and punch out your tags!  It’s helpful to have a very sharp punch, I read that you can punch some aluminum foil with your punch a few times to sharpen it up and it seems to work for me.  You can also cut out any shape you would like: letters, birds, anything at all.

I also did some circle punches!

Sometimes, there are little frayed bits left behind but they are easy to get rid of with some nice sharp and pointy scissors.  Or you can keep them on there for effect, your choice!

Finally, take your little hole punch and make some holes for the strings or ribbon.

And voila!  Some fun and unique gift tags for giving!

What are some other ways we could use fabric fused paper?  Leave all of your great suggestions in the comments!

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Hello everyone!  I will make no excuses for the hiatus, instead I am going to give you a lovely tutorial: enjoy!

We’re going to be making a fabric wrapped bracelet.  You only need a few materials to make this awesome project for yourself or as a gift (no selling please!)

Materials needed:  a bracelet of any sort (you can find tons of cheap plastic ones at thrift stores)

a piece of fabric that you like 12 in by 12 in about

and some Aleene’s fabric fusion ( found this to work the best)

You want to cut some slits into your fabric about 1/2 inch to an inch wide. You want just enough to get a tear started.

Tear a few strips, I usually do 4-5 because I wrap tightly and close together.  The longer the strips are the less you’ll need.

You’ll want to start the bracelet by tightly holding one end of the strip to the inside of the bracelet.  Wrap tightly 2-3 times around the same area to get a good hold.

Continue wrapping tightly leaving about 1/2 an inch between the frayed edges.  You want to really get a tight wrap going because you won’t use glue until the end.

Eventually a strip will end.  Make sure it ends on the inside of the bracelet (cut if you need to)

Then start wrapping over top the end piece the way you started the bracelet and continue.

Woohoo!  Wrapping is done.  Once again, make sure it ends on the inside of the bracelet.  Now grab your glue!

Now put a thin line of glue on top of your loose end.  You don’t want too much, we’re going to smear it around anyway.

Now rub the glue onto the edge, making sure that you have every part of the loose end glued down.

You can always add more glue if you need it, but really smear it in there!

Now let dry and wear!!

I’m still new at writing and photographing tutorials so any suggestions or comments on how to improve them or what you like: just let me know!  I’m more than open to your thoughts!

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pencil stamped bag, originally uploaded by Creature Comforts.

Hello! Just popping in real quick to show you something that I have seen floating around the interwebs! This is a cute picture that comes with an even more adorable tutorial.  Creature Comforts is a beautiful blog filled with gorgeous pictures and fun tutorials like this one!  Hop on over and stamp something up this weekend!

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Today we are talking about all things Japanese masking tape!!  Have you seen the wonder and beauty of this product??  The patterns are amazing and the colors…..anyhoo I’m going to post to some crafty links using this fantastic product and where YOU can get it and start having fun!

Over at The Red Thread, there is an awesome tutorial showing you how to make a mini bunting.  I had just as much fun reading the tutorial as I did looking at the pictures of all the tape stacked up!

Lacy Easter egg

Even though Easter is over, Family Circle posted a whole tutorial on how to decorate easter eggs in different ways.  One of those was this lovely creation using the tape!  Even though Easter has passed, these would be great for breakfast in bed for your sweets or your mom (hint hint).  I think any time of the year, this would be a gorgeous idea to spruce up any day.

Japanese Washi Tape and EntertainingElizabeth over at To Be Charmed has really outdone herself!  She has multiple pages of pictures and directions on how to use the washi tape in different ways.  There’s cupcake flags, how to cover plates, vases, serving dishes, the list goes on and on.  You will be lost in the sea of awesome ideas she has on this tape (and a lot of other things I might add-you could get lost on her blog in general!)

So!  Intrigued?  Loving this washi tape?  Here are some links on where you can get it so you can start making away!

Pretty Tape : the title pretty much says it all but there are other great supplies to check out here!

Nothing Elegant : lots of cute kawaii stuff too!

Downtown Fabrics : there’s a sale going on right now on lots of things and they ship from the USA if you’re worried about postage (and you can’t wait that long to play with your tape!)

Washimatta : ok, seriously, they have Hello Kitty! Liberty of Japan fabric…what?!

Cute Tape : has a ton of other things besides tape that you will want to spend ALL of your money on.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Well, I hope these links will get you inspired to try something new and create something fun with tape of all things!

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I had a great time up at my mom’s house again this weekend thrift shopping and eating and laughing!  I always have a great time when I go up, and I admit that I have to go to the thrift stores up there when I do.  I always walk away with great finds (pictures to follow in other posts) and one of my finds inspired me to write a tutorial for you lovely folks today!  I found a few of these little wooden plaques that I have some ideas for (to sell) but I also thought of a fun idea for the home.  I like to have a notepad around at all times, and having one by the door or refrigerator is especially helpful for last minute groceries or errand reminders.  So here is a project utilizing one of those wooden plaques and some scraps/leftovers from other projects.

Enjoy!

It was a little difficult photographing the padding compound at work but just put it on the edges and make sure all the pieces are together as it dries.  I use little clips to keep it all together to make sure that the paper attaches to the cardboard properly.  Here is the site that I bought the padding compound from-it is awesome stuff!  You can make notepads to your hearts content!  They have a great little tutorial that has pretty nice pictures explaining the process that I had a hard time photographing for some reason!

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On Wednesday night my friends and I got together to do some crafting, eating, talking, laughing, and cooing at babies (there were 2 babies this time!)  We had a lot of fun sharing ideas and inspiration and techniques with one another and I can’t wait to do it again.  There was learning how to put in elastic for a skirt

And discussions on blogging ideas and picture editing programs

Here are some links to a few of these things that I learned last night:

Over at Blue Eyed Freckle there is a great tutorial on how to put the elastic into a skirt.  The pictures are good and the results are adorable!

Also over here at Made is a great overall skirt tutorial.  Towards the bottom of the great photos are step by step instructions for the elastic but the whole tutorial is great!

My friend A informed me of this great photo editing software Lightroom by Adobe.  It is a tad on the expensive side but I could see wanting to buy it at some point in the near future.  There seems to be a lot more control with the photos and you can change a bunch of little things to tweak it just the way you want.  I think I like the control aspect of it the most.  Until then,  I still like to use Picnik.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a great site where you can upload your photos and edit them.  Well, that was a very informative craft Wednesday!  Do you get together for crafty nights?  What kinds of things do you bring/like to learn?

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