Sunday, December 21, 2014
I am still on a quest to use the stacks of papers, bins of gems, tubs of rubber stamps. On January 1, 2015 I will wander back into stacks of fabrics and begin sewing again on quilts for the Homeless Veterans that live in the forests of cold Northern Arizona. I am proud to donate greeting cards to The First Families of Arizona of which I am a proud member. Below you will see some of the 60 cards I completed. The First Families of AZ are members whose forefathers came to Arizona before Statehood (February 14, 1912.) My mother, her parents and 4 brothers arrived in Phoenix in 1909 when Mother was about 6 months old.
I love to buy the little colored note pads at the Dollar Store and encase them in pretty little folded covers. Here are a few.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
MAKING BOXES THE EASY WAY
A few years back I think I posted a tutorial for making cute boxes. I have recently made a LOT of boxes in attempts to just use up papers that I have stashed all over. Boxes are so much fun to make and with each box, by decorating it differently, it's like making the very first one.
I like using the 12x12 papers I have accumulated and two sided papers make that box pretty inside as well as outside. . You can create a box of any size from large to tiny. My favorite size is 8x8, and with the left over strip, I can make two little boxes in the 4x4 size. A perfect little set up, as they say.
Here are two different patterned 12x12 papers and these happen to be really sturdy card stock which of course makes a really sturdy little box. I have the papers sitting atop my Scor-it. There are a lot of score tools available but this is my favorite because the scoring design creates a really visable score.
I will be featuring the 4x4 box side. Here is a view of a 4x4 piece slated for the box lid. I have scored on all 4 sides 3/4 inches. The smaller the score, the larger the box and the smaller the sides. In other words, if I scored this paper at 1", I would have a small box but higher sides. On the 8x8 size, I actually score at 2" for the lid and 2-1/16th for the box. If I am going to decorate the box lid with additional embellishments, in order to not lose track of the lid and the bottom, I cut a small triangle from each corner of the lid and I do it the same time I am scoring the lid.. Below you can see the score lines on all four sides at 3/4th of an inch.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I leapt into paper stashes in October and typically I am still surrounded by paper projects. I find that once I have moved over from sewing to paper, it is difficult to leave and go back to sewing. That same struggle is true when I am sewing. I want to sew forever and ever and ... well, you know. Right now I am determined to use up paper. There are shelves and drawers and stacks so I am just slam dunking cards and boxes like a mad woman.
I LOVE making boxes. The 8x8 size uses up two 12x12 sheets of paper and that is a head start on slimming down the stacks. I love sharing these boxes with friends.