Wednesday, 21 November 2012

On the other side!

Well that's it then - another retreat bites the dust. But what a great time we had. It was so lovely to catch up with crafty friends. Bookings for next November opened during the weekend and I have to tell you that there are only between 15 and 20 vacant places. Mr Nigel will be putting out details as soon as he gets his act back together.

There were plenty of chairs to go around but Joel called this crafting yoga!

We had hoped to chill a little this week but our only day off was spent closing our caravan in Welshpool for the winter and we had to dash home from there as a leak that had sprung in Georgia's roof during the retreat weekend got worse with the torrential rain. No rest for the wicked!

For those of you not on Facebook/twitter I wanted to share a couple of the projects we completed over the weekend.

After seeing this project in a magazine some years back I have wanted to use it for ever since. The mini book opens to reveal lots of spaces for photos/sayings etc.

The photo does not do this justice - everybody loved it. It is quite sizeable at aprrox 18" x 12" but looks delightful and was great fun to make.

This was our quick and easy Friday night project using the lovely Carta Bella Beautiful papers.

We are being asked for kits of a lot of what we do on retreats and in classes and this is something, along with the video tutorials!!, we are considering. I have scheduled out a couple of weeks late December to get down to looking at both.

Anyway onwards and upwards. Prepping today for my Sunday Scrappers show on Create and Craft this coming Sunday at 9-11am, as well as spending some time with Craft and Chatters at Crab Apple. I have some great bumper kits to show on Sunday.

Crafty hugs

Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Toilet roll tube book!

I couldnt help thinking, as I typed that title,that my grandchildren (if I ever get any) are going to think I was very sad and very odd! I sometimes think that the presenters at Create & Craft must imagine my house looks like something from a whole series of Blue Peter with the amount of recycling I do in my demos. But hey ho, am I bovvered??

So here goes for those who asked. Why waste something that is so perfect for a mini book? Kitchen roll tubes are even better as they tend to be wider. The best way to prep your empty tubes is to flatten them with a machine such as the cuttlebug or big shot if you have one. I used two larger kitchen roll tubes for my front and back pages and smaller toilet roll tubes for the inner pages. (please ignore the holes in mine - this step is only done once the tubes are covered).

Once flattened, and trimmed if necessary, cover them with a piece of decorative paper wrapped round and secured with double-sided tape. When all parts are covered punch two holes in one end of each page. (Again ignore the holes as I took mine apart to photograph).

I inked all the sides and edges.

Decorate and then join together with book rings and/or ribbon. Make journal cards to fit inside and use a border punch to decorate just one end.

Decorate inner pages and outers and add ribbons. Please note that these tubes are not acid free and so should not be used with photos you want to preserve or pass down.

Voila! You should have a very pretty little book.


Rosemary x

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mini photo/gift card wallet.

Hey crafty ones,

We are now less than 5 days away from our mega retreat and cutting and packing kits is at full speed but I promised to give my dimensions and how-to on this demo I did about 10 days ago. So here goes.

This main piece measures 8cm x 25cms and should be scored at 9, 11, 20 and 21.5cms. I have rounded the corners on what will be the flap.

Cut two identical pieces 11.2cms x 8cms and score them at 1.5cms and then every 1cms until 1.5ish is left (making sure the long side is along the top of your scoring board/trimmer).

Accordion fold both pieces.

Attach the accordion pieces to the main back piece first with double sided tape and then carefully line up and stick down the top. Add a magnetic fastener or hook and loop closure if desired.

This little wallet can be used to hold photos, gift cards, fruit tea/hot chocolate/lemsip sachets, lavender sachets, £50 notes! Etc etc.

Bear in mind these are only the dimensions I chose to use and once the have the gist of this you can resize the wallet itself and make the pocket deeper and wider.

There, just like that. I will do my best to post instructions for toilet roll book and explosion box in the next few days, as requested

Keep warm!

Rosemary x

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