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Organize Your Craft Supplies

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You could easily spend a small for­tune or­gan­iz­ing your craft supp­lies. But why both­er? For $10 – $20 you can cre­ate your own, high­ly eff­ic­ient stor­age sys­tem. It’s sim­p­le.

Here’s how:

Pur­chase clear, stack­able stor­age box­es with lids from the dol­lar store. Get about ten of these and label them with a perm­anent mark­er or a pret­ty lab­el. These will be the bas­is of your stor­age sys­tem.

Put small ob­jects of the same type in heavy duty re­seal­able plas­tic stor­age bags. Then put the stor­age bags in the boxes. The types of objects that go in the storage bags are bits of fibers, buttons, small packages of Fimo, eyelets, etc.

Use clean tin cans for storing markers, colored pencils, scissors, etc. If your want to, you can make the cans nicer by covering them with patterned scrapbook paper.

Get a couple of brag book type albums from the dollar store. These can be used to store stickers and die cuts.

Supplies that are too large to fit into storage bags or cans can go directly into your plastic boxes.

Anything too large to fit directly into your plastic boxes can go into a cardboard storage box. Just be sure to label the outside.

That’s it. Didn’t I tell you it was simple?

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Ballerina Girl

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I made this scrapbook page to celebrate my daughter’s ballet recital. I’m so glad I did, because this was the last time I saw her in pink for many years. Black is the color of choice, nowadays.

The interesting feature in this page (beside my daughter) is the beading. This was done with a novelty scissors. I cut along one side of a very thin strip of paper, turned it over, and cut along the other side. The result was a perfectly flexible strip of paper beading.

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Torah Needlepoint Pattern

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Free Needlepoint Torah Pattern

What is a Tor­ah?

Imag­ine a bib­le, hand­writ­ten on cows­kin parch­ment, and rolled up and stored in a gor­geous vel­vet (or satin) and gold case.

Materials:

  • strong, blank needlepoint canvas
  • needlepoint needle
  • white yarn (for the back­ground)
  • gold yarn (for the trim)
  • brown yarn (for the hand­les)
  • black yarn (for the out­lines)
  • burgundy or any other color yarn (for cen­ter of the Tor­ah)

Directions:

Left click on the grid to save the pattern. Enlarge the program using Windows Paint or another program. Use the screen as a stit­ching guide or print out the pat­tern onto four sheets of paper and tape them together to make a single diagram.

Torah Needlepoint Pattern

Starting at the lower right edge of the canvas, begin stitching the pat­tern in the graph onto your canvas.

Bring the need­le up from behind the can­vas and up through hole #1.

Push the need­le down through hole #2.

Repeat this same stitch throug­hout the en­tire proj­ect.

needlepoint 1

Note: Do NOT knot the thread. Instead let a short tail of thread hang out the back of the canvas and try to use your subsequent stit­ching to secure it.

When the graph changes colors, change the color of the yarn. If only a few stitches are required, instead of switching yarn, just jump to the next area.

needlepoint 2When ending a piece of yarn, slip an inch or two of it behind nearby stitches in order to secure it in place.

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Craft Your Own Board Games

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Craft Your Own Board Games

I’m a very practical sort of crafter. I don’t craft just for the fun of it. Instead, I craft to make something usable a gift, something to wear, or something to beautify my home.

That’s why I enjoy crafting my own board games. Making games give me an excuse to play with scissors and glue, while at the same time, resulting in a project that is highly useful. So far I’ve made (and played) over 20 homemade board games.

Game Making Tutorials

Craft Your Own GamesInstructions are available for every aspect of board game creation.

Favorite Homemade Games

Craft Your Own Games

Everyone will have different taste in games but these are the games that I made and particularly enjoy playing.

Game Recommendations

Craft Your Own Board Games

Making your own games can be a lengthy process, so be sure to pick the correct ones for you.

Here are a couple that I recommend:

To locate additional games to make, check out BoardGameGeek.

Before using these links, here are a couple of tips:

Ink is expensive. You may not want to print out a game until you have read the instructions thoroughly to be sure you will enjoy it.

Even if the instructions look good, you may still want to hear what others say about the games. Board Game Geek has rating for almost every game listed here.

If you do decide to print a couple of games, consider printing the full color ones in black and white. You can fill them in with colored pencils one day when you or the kids are feeling crafty.

Always print game board, cards and pieces on cardstock. Cardstock in available at Staples, Office Depot or any other office supply store.

Glue the cards onto a second slice of cardstock before cutting out. They will last longer and feel more “real” that way.

Game pieces and maps are nicer to work with if two slices of cardstock are glued to their bottoms.

Make sure the links to all parts of the game are functional before you begin to print. You don’t want to find out a map is missing after having already printed 5 pages of instructions and 2 charts.

Decide how you will store your new games. Resealable plastic bags placed inside an empty board game box, accordion folder or large manila envelope all work well.

Don’t go overboard. It’s easy to go crazy when you hear the word free. If you are not much of a board game player, downloading two or three games is plenty.

Making and playing board games has brought me many years of enjoyment. I hope this article motivates you to try out my hobby for yourself!

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Replacement Game Containers

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replacement-game-containersSince I frequently lose (or break, stomp and sit on) game boxes, I often make my own replacement containers.

To make the Mind Trap container, I carefully washed out a large plastic pickle jar and removed the label. Then I located a copy of the Mind Trap game box on line, and saved it to Microsoft Paint. I used Paint to resize and crop the image till it looked like it would fit the front of the pickle jar.  Just to be sure, I first printed out the label in black in white ink. When it was perfect, I printed the label in color ink, cut it to size and glued it onto the front of the pickle jar.

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Changing The Engine

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When we were youn­ger my hus­band used to do all his own auto­mob­ile re­pairs. He took photos of many of the jobs and I had half a box of pic­tures of dir­ty en­gines sit­ting around. After a lot of thought, I decided to make a scrap­book page doc­umen­ting one of the big­ger proj­ects.

Materials and Equipment:

thin cardboard
grey cardstock
white cardstock
white printer paper
brads
scissors
black marker
printer

Directions:

1. Cut 3/4″ off the length and the height of the grey cardstock.

2. Glue they grey cardstock onto the cardboard, making sure that the border around the cardstock is equal on all sides.

3. Mount the photos onto white cardstock, allowing a 1/4 border on all sides.

4. Position the photos onto the grey cardstock and glue into place.

5. Cut out several car and tire shapes and glue to the grey cardstock. Attach the brads so that the appear to be the center of the tires.

5. Print out the title using an outline font. Using the black marker, fill in several of the letters.

6. Attach the title to the page, using glue.

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Children’s Wall Art Tutorial

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Children’s Wall Art Tutorial

Here’s an easy and inexpensive art project to brighten up a child’s room.

I made this picture in less than hour using only scissors, glue, scrapbook paper and an online coloring page.  Feel free to change the design, colors, materials, size and anything else you want to make this project uniquely your own.  My picture is just your starting point.

Here’s what to do –

First, find an coloring page to use for a design. I used a picture I found at 123 Coloring.com. The reason I chose this particular page is that it is a cheery illustration, without too much detail. However, the size was a little small, so I blew it up slightly.

Next, I printed out the picture, cut it into individual pattern pieces, and used those to cut out paper shapes.

Finally, I positioned my cut out paper shapes onto a nice background paper, and glued everything in place.

Hint: Don’t glue the first piece on until you are sure everything fits together correctly. I wound up having to make a few adjustments when I went to put everything together.

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