Monday, 18 August 2014

Summer holidays and back to it!

 Back from my summer holiday and raring to get crafting! I needed a break!
As we went back to Italy for the third year running I decided to take my holidays and apply a black and white filter, to switch it up. 
 I am liking how these turned out but I need to get them printed and an album started next!
 I had an interview for a new job the day before I left for holiday, so all this spare time I was hoping to have, looks like it might have gone out of the window! Not sure of my new hours yet so just waiting to find out. 
 I had a really relaxing holiday and feel like it is ages since I did any crafting! Looking forward to making a start!
Watch this space! TFLx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Lest we forget, lights out

Remembering my mums dad.....
 who was a mule driver in WW1

 and hubby's grandad.....
who started in the trenches and then went to the newly formed Royal Flying Corps.
They were lucky, they both survived. More details on this blog under heritage.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Been, gone and done it!

That's it! All over! I left in style, along with another colleague! I made this cake to celebrate and share with the friends I leave behind. 12 years at one school is a long time. I have nothing else lined up at the moment but who knows? It was a bitter sweet parting. I loved the special needs children I worked with, but when that role disappeared this year, I decided I did not want the EYFS teacher role the head teacher offered me so I walked. TFLx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Getting closer....

to finishing work and I am not sure exactly what my feelings are. At the moment it's all a bit of a whirl and my crafting has had to take a back seat in favour of clearing my classroom and organising all my resources that I am bringing home. I have been at that school for 12 years, so naturally I have accumulated a lot of 'stuff'! I am going on the supply list, so I may need some of it, also my son has applied to do his PGCE so I feel I can't throw anything away! Let's just say my garage is not looking pretty right now! I had it all organised early on, but I have descended into 'not enough space' mode so I am panicking slightly! I bought three more large storage boxes at the weekend so I am hoping that will help! I just need time to do it! I am tired out!

Rearranging my stash supplies is keeping me sane! New jar with heart motif from TKMaxx.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Am I a crafter? or a stash organiser??

I have had several attempts at organising my stamps over the years and yet again I have had a change of heart, as I was not using them enough, because I forgot what I had! My most recent organisation here was into DVD cases like Kinsey Wilson did, but I found that removing the index sheet into an A5 ring binder meant that each DVD case looked the same! So now I am using the DVD cases for full sheet sets that are back on their cheat sheets.
Larger sets of alphas have gone into Staples A5 plastic wallets in my Martha Stewart ring binder. Each pocket has an A% sheet of copier paper in the back so the stamp sets show up.
Smaller individual stamps like we used to get from Studio Calico years ago when they brought back stamping, I have now put back in these two binders from Paperchase.
They were originally meant to hold business cards. The original post was here.
That left me with all the stamps that have come recently from SC kits that are on a long strip of acetate. I stitched pockets in some more Staple A5 plastic wallets and then trimmed it down the right hand edge so they can slide in easily. Works a treat!
Some people have done something similar with a Handbook and proper page protectors but that was too pricey for me. Always looking for the more economical method! TFLx

Monday, 9 June 2014

How to make a photo stand from a Project Life Kit box

I so enjoyed making my mini album from a Project Life kit box, that I decided to make another! This time I wanted to make it an album I could display on my windowsill. I wanted to collect my favourite photo's of Barney and be able to change the one I looked at frequently.The box folds back on itself and stands open on its own little stand. When not in use it all closes up and the stand fits inside.
I used a Studio Calico Project Life kit box and a Tim Holtz ring binder the same as the last album. I also needed two pieces of mount board to make a stand for the photo album.
First I located the ring binder here on the album cover this time. When the photo stand is not in use, it can be folded away inside its own little box.
Punch holes with a Cropadile Big Bite and use the brads to secure it. Tape over the brads with Washi tape to keep them secure. These will be covered by the outer paper anyway.
Check that you can carefully fold the box inside out on itself and stand it on the open flap edge. To make sure it does not slide and fall over, I made a stand from mount board.
To make the stand, measure the depth of the box tray of the box tray itself and the flap of the box. One is slightly wider than the other. Cut a piece of mount board this width and just shorter than the length of the box, so it will fit inside when not in use. 
One side of the box is slightly higher than the other, so on one side of the stand I added an extra layer of card to balance it out and make it stand straight.
The box from Studio Calico has a magnetic closure, and I wanted to use these to secure the album open on the stand to, so it was nice and sturdy.
Last week I salvaged the magnetic catches from the drawers of the mini chest I made and kept them to one side. This week I am going to use them.
First of all sit them directly on top of the 'hidden' ones in the box closure. This makes sure you have them the right side up. Using a bit of coloured ink, ink the back of the magnets and stand the box on the mount board. The ink will rub off and the precise location of the magnets will be marked so you can glue them straight down with Glossy accents.
Once dry, cover with your chosen patterned paper and ink the edges.
Now choose your pages for your album. I used a Blue grass farm Project Life kit from Studio Calico and added a few extras as I did before. I die cut some attachers from Amy Tangerine paper and stitched them to a cellophane packet from some embellishments, that I had filled with a few sequins and a & paperclip.
 I also used the negative of the die cut and folded it around another cellophane packet and stitched to make a pocket for a tag.
 I  added another attacher die cut and stitched a wood veneer arrow in place too. The tag slides in and out of this pocket. Add these in your album.
Punch holes in 6x4 cards and 3x4 cards and tags.
Here I made pages from We R Memory keepers 4x4 pocket pages and stitched a pocket for a 3x4 wood veneer than added some sequins down the side. I sealed the end of the pocket with ribbon. Inn the end I had to remove the strip with the holes punched in, to fit it in the album. I just punched my own where I wanted them with the Cropadile.
I made a 6x4 vellum page and added a gold rub on. The spine was reinforced with patterned paper, stitched in place using my sewing machine and then hole punched. 
Finally I covered the outer cover of the box using a sheet of 12x12 paper.
I measured and cut each piece of paper separately for each side so that they would not get in the way when the album is folded open, back on itself. I secured these papers with double sided tape. I inked the edges of the whole box with contrasting chalk ink and made a title tag.
I hope you have been inspired to have a go at making one of these. I will try to upload a short video to Instagram (cannycrafter)of how it opens and closes.
Thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

What else can you make with a Project Life kit box?

Here I go again altering some of my Project Life kit boxes from Studio Calico! This time I thought they would make a cute mini set of drawers.
First I carefully removed the tray from the outer cover of the box using my craft knife, sliding it carefully inside the gap.
I used some 12 x 12 papers from my single sided Amy Tangerine Yes Please stack I got from TKMaxx to cut and cover the mess left behind, and the base of the tray, so the drawer will slip in and out easily.
I used double sided tape to make sure it was secure.
Remove the magnet closures from the outside of the tray carefully, by slitting along with a craft knife, then cover the slits with Washi tape, OR turn the drawer the opposite way around so the  magnets cant stick to each other.
Place the drawer inside the outer casing and then measure another piece of paper to fit around the out side of the opening side of the outer case. Make sure the spine measures 2 inches, because the open side is slightly smaller than the rigid spine side of the box and we want it to be even or the drawer will not slide in and out.
using a scoreboard, score the two creases.
Add double sided tape, two strips to each section and then, with the drawer inside the outer case, hold it in place and stick around the side, as below.
This makes the outer box nice and rigid.
Measure and cut a strip of paper to go around the outside of the box, covering the other three sides of the box neatly and glue in place with more double sided tape.
Measure and cut a piece for the end of the drawer. Attach with DST.
Using a Cropadile big bite, slide off one of the feet, so you can get it to the centre of the drawer front to punch a hole for a ribbon pull.
Measure 6 inches of ribbon, double it and tie a knot. Thread it from inside the drawer to the outside! That's it! All done! Make as many as you like and stick them together with double sided tape to make a chest of drawers! Group them in twos or in fours. Great for all sorts of embellishments and these big stamps!
If you make some, don't forget to link me up! TFLx