Other Craft Projects

 

Bonjour tout le monde! I’m trying to get in to a French mood because in a mere few days we will be enjoying the snowy peaks of the French Mountains! Woohoo, Roll On Holiday! I have now entered into packing mode!

Last year I shared my Emergency Craft Kit with you, a collection of goodies to pack in your suitcase when you want to craft on the go. It worked well for our domestic trip but this time we are really stuck for room, so there was no way we would be able to take up valuable suitcase space with that much stuff. Plus, we wont have as much free time, so lets be reasonable. I had to get creative about what to bring. And I do love being creative…. :-)

I remember seeing a post on the beautiful blog of Crafty Goddess Elizabeth Kartchner, where she had packed some crafty supplies for a road trip. I loved it, be sure to check it out. This was the inspiration for my (mini) Emergency Craft Kit! Let’s take a look at what i’ve got!

Mini Book

Elizabeth made a little book from kraft cardstock and her silhouette and it was adorable. I thought I would follow suit to see what I could come up with. From an A4 piece of card I made pages with word apertures, cut out using the BEBAS font. I love the way this font looks when you cut it out.

I too used the bind it all to bind all the pages together, but I mixed it up a little in two ways. Firstly I used black wire as well as silver wire for the bindings. This is a cool way to use up those offcuts when you use all but two or three prongs. Secondly I added some extra pages to the book: a piece of glitter card to go behind the cover page, a pocket page for ephemera and I also glued two pages together to create the last page in the book (with some washi tape behind the aperture) – this makes it more sturdy, and hopefully more voyage-friendly!

Supplies

As for supplies, I too wanted to bring some washi tape, small scissors and some tags and journaling cards. I also brought some offcuts of pattern paper from my scraps box.

For adhesive, I really wish that I had the small bottle of glossy accents but i’m not going to buy it just for this trip so instead I am bringing this white glue pen. It is basically PVA glue but is it super easy to dispense. I have wrapped some sticky tape around the lid to ensure no mishaps on our travels.

In regards to pens, I’ve got a standard black pen that I like to write with and a white gel pen. I have wrapped these up in some discarded craft packaging incase of ink spills. It pays to be careful!

I also took a little baggy and put in a sprinkling of embellishments: buttons, veneer shapes, chipboard shapes. In fact Piper spent about half an hour sorting these this afternoon, so these may also double up as an indoor play project with miss P. BONUS!

All together

To contain her bits and pieces, Elizabeth had a little fabric bag. I never even thought of doing something like that. I guess I would have worried about getting things crumpled, but throwing caution to the wind I figured I would give it a try. Its good to get outside your comfort box sometimes.

I took some fabric and cut two rectangles, and before sewing them together I wanted to decorate the front of my bag. For this I used felt letters from KI memories, spelling out ECK – Emergency Craft Kit of course!! The felt letters have a cardboard backing and are adhesive but I didn’t think the adhesive would endure the ride so I ran some stitches through them. I love how they turned out. Not sure who makes the felt heart, but I stitched this by hand onto the material.

A few minutes later I had a bag, and all it needed was a drawstring – seam binding worked great for this! TA-DA!

NOW, if only I could get back to that packing!!

Here’s the rest of the pages in the mini book! Enjoy! x

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Do you like it? Its a trash bag for the car!

You see, I am a self confessed messy car owner. In fact, my husband would say I am a messy car creator! He is always going on about how my car is full of rubbish. Meh. It doesnt bother me at all. The car is a way to get from A to B, its not like i have an emotional attachment to it. In a bid to try to at least appear more concerned, (and to avoid eye rolls from the hubs) I decided to address the situation. You see, the mess is mostly tissues or receipts or the odd choccy wrapper – just one or two of course. By no means would there ever be a situation where there were several strewn all over the car, evidence of a particularly tough week at work! ahem!

Remember my toy storage box that i made from denim? Well i had so much fun playing with an old pair of Craig’s jeans that i thought i would pull out the remains of denim from the fabric scraps drawer.

The main part of the bag is made using the leg of the jeans, with a square of denim sewn in as a base. I then lined it using this bright funky material. The hardest bit was adding that little tab – there were so many layers of denim that the stitches were a bit wonky at times. I think i need to invest in a thicker needle that will manage denim at bit better.

To use the bin, I have added a zip lock sandwich bag as a liner, so if there is any icky mess it wont damage or stink up the fabric.

While i was happily crafting, i decided to make something to hold some tissues. It makes me cringe when I have bambino in the car then I hear a sneeze from the back seat and there is no tissues within reach! ick!

I made this so it would hold a roll of toilet paper. I removed the inner cardboard tube and then pulled out the tissue from the inside of the roll. Once again the main part of the project was made using denim from a leg of jeans, but with trim at the top. Using this patterned paper I made a drawstring feature so it could gather the fabric up together at the top, but there was also a hole to feed through the tissue.

To make it pretty, I added a fabric flower and a button too.

So now the question is: will my car stay clean? Well, that would be telling wouldn’t it!!

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‘Remember’ Blog Box: An Aide Memoire for Blogging

by Lesley Oman on 14 January, 2013

 

{Side Note: I still have a few Grab Boxes available – see this post for more info)

Are you like me? You know, when you make stuff, maybe even take some photos but then forget to blog it? I am rubbish at sharing everything i make. Self professed rubbishness.

I was flicking though my iPhone photo library and spotted lots of photos of projects which i hadn’t shared. I started making a list. The thing is… I always make lists. Grab a notebook. Make a list. Misplace the notebook. Grab another notebook. Make another list. ad infinitum. 

Time for a change! When i was clearing down the craft room I found this little wooden box. It reminded me of the library card boxes. I took some scrapbook papers and my trimmer and set to work making a pile of little cards to fill the box.

I stuck some washi tape around the box and added some letter stickers. Next I took to my silhouette to make two little divider cards. Yeay! I love it. Now i can jot down each new project on one of the cards and stockpile them at the front, then once i blog it, can move it to the back. (from looking at the photos i have only just realised that i forgot to stick down the middle of the letter E. Ah well, never mind!)

Its even the perfect side to hold my date stamp. SORTED! :-)

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Memory Jar With Photos & Memorabilia

by Lesley Oman on 3 January, 2013

I am always late to the party. So i have absolutely no issue scrapping out of season, and im hoping you wont be adverse to seeing some summery hues in todays blog post.

In the summer we took Piper to the beach for the day. It was her first ever visit, and somehow i had the presence of mind to bring home some sand in a bucket along with a few shells that we collected on the day (Must have been the sea air). My original idea was to put the sand and shells in a mason jar, but then i spied this cool glass jar at Matalan which i thought would be perfect.

Here’s how the finished project looks! I just love the sphere at the top. Feels like a sweetie jar!

I printed some photos and stuck them onto mount board so they were a bit more sturdy, I even stuck them back to back as you can see into the jar from all angles. I also punched a hole at the top of some lolly sticks and hung a pattern paper pennant across the width of the jar. Can you also see those cute washi tape flags (just tape wrapped around cocktail sticks and with a bead on the top).

I wrapped the top with bakers twine to give a pop of colour and i added some tags so i could add a little bit of information to the project. One tag says ‘Piper’s first visit to the beach’ and the circle tag has the date. See..?

I think my favourite thing about this project is the sand. Can you see how glittery it is? Before i poured it into the container i mixed a cup of sand with some gold glamour dust glitter.

I love this stuff. Its so fine and so pretty and has a wicked shine. I always forget about it then when i reuse it, i fall in love with it all over again. What’s more, one little bottle lasts ages! It kinda is magic!

I do wish that the coasts near us did have glittery gold sand all along the beach for real. How cool would that be!

 

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