Thursday, July 30, 2015

Now Showing...Paper Towns Part Two

Concluding tutorial on how to make the Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit

Hi, it's Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope back again to show you how to complete your Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit. If you missed it, go back and visit yesterday's entry to see Part One of the tutorial. 

Making the houses

Step 9 Using a straight edge and a hot knife, cut five 4" x 5" squares from foam core.  For each house, create a sloped roof by marking the spot that is 3 inches from the bottom on both sides of the house. Draw a line from this point to the top center of the square. Cut the roof lines with a hot knife. 

Step 10 Adhere Silver Glitter Cardstock to one side of each of the houses. Use an X-Acto knife to then trim the cardstock to precisely fit the house. This will be the front of the houses.

Step 11 Cut 10 rectangle tabs approximately 1" x 4" of black cardstock. Adhere two tabs to the back of each of the houses so that about two inches extend beyond the bottom of the house. 

Step 12 Make a template of one of your houses on a scratch piece of paper. Use a straight edge to measure and cut out a square window in the house. Place this template over each of your houses (one at a time) and use the hot knife to make identical windows in each house.  

Step 13 Align black cardstock with the bottom edge of each house and adhere to the back side, covering the part of the tab attached to the house. Use an X-Acto knife to trim the cardstock to precisely fit the house, being careful not to cut off the tab.  

Covering the box

Step 14 Cover the sides and back of your box with Airplane Cardstock

Step 15 Covering the top of the box takes a little extra work. Cut a strip of Airplane Cardstock that is about 2" wide and is long enough to cover the length of your box. My box was longer than 12", so I had to extend the strip by carefully aligning the pattern and adhering two sections together. Attach this strip of Airplane Cardstock to the front-most area of the top.

Step 16 Attach three houses in a straight, evenly spaced row toward the front of the box. Use hot glue on the bottom edge of each house, then adhere the tabs to the box. Hold each house perpendicular to the box until it dries.

Step 17 Repeat Step 15, except make the strip a little wider because you may have to do some trimming. Lay this section flush against the back of your houses. Note where you need to trim the strip in order to match the pattern to the piece already on the top. Trim as necessary and adhere the strip to the box, making sure it is flush against the row of houses.

Step 18 Repeat Step 16 with the remaining two houses, placing them in a second row that can be seen between the front houses.

Step 19 Repeat Step 17. In addition to matching the pattern to the existing paper, you will also need to trim it to align with the back of the box.

I added the back covering after making the top, but recommend covering the back first--it will be easier!

Step 20 Insert drawers and add tea lights behind each house.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Now showing at a craft table near you...

...Paper Towns Nightlight Drawers (Part One)

Just one of wonderful things about the folks at the Robin's Nest (and believe me, there are many) is that they are always coming up with fun themes for the Robin's Nest Design Team. This year they suggested we create projects that coincide with summertime movie releases.

John Green's Paper Towns hit theaters earlier this week. Although, I'm not particularly interested in this flick (my teen daughter has informed me we will be going to see it), the title of the movie caught my eye. Paper Towns--could a more perfect title for a crafter exist?

The project, which began as a leftover gift box and some foam core, evolved into a three drawer nightlight unit. It features rows of simple white paper houses--a paper town.

Part One of Two-Part Tutorial to make Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit

Good stuff I used

Black Cardstock
Leather buttons
Decorative black tape
White acrylic paint
Duct tape
Assorted adhesives
Five battery-powered tea lights

Step 1 Find a elongated sturdy box. It should be at least as sturdy as and slightly longer than a shoe box.

Step 2 To make your drawer dividers, measure the height and depth of your box. Cut two pieces of chipboard that fit these dimensions. Slide the dividers temporarily into place to ensure you have a good fit. Then measure the length of the box, divide by thirds and slide the dividers into place at the 1/3 mark. Secure using a strong glue and duct tape. 

Making the drawers

Step 3 Measure the length of your box and subtract 3/4 of an inch. Divide that segment equally into thirds. This will be the width of your drawers. Cut six pieces of chipboard using this width times the depth of the box. Mark three pieces as the front of the drawers and three pieces as the back of the drawers. When you assemble your drawers you will be glad you marked each piece because the next set of pieces look pretty similar.

Step 4 Cut six pieces of chipboard that have an area that is the height of the box times the depth of the box. Mark these pieces as the sides. 

Step 5 Assemble each drawer using adhesive and strong duct tape. Insert all drawers into the box to ensure a good fit. 

Step 6 Paint the inside of the drawers with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step 7 Cover the outside front and sides of the drawers with Weddings Cut-Outs Cardstock. Trim the edges with a decorative black tape.

Step 8 Warning this includes a very technical term--Drill a hole in the center of a drawer front. Line the hole with a strong adhesive. Insert the knobby-thing-a-ma-jiggity that is on the back of a black leather button (don't say I didn't warn you) into the hole. Repeat for the other two drawers.

Channeling my inner father

There's an interesting side note about this project. Although he never said so directly, it was clear my Dad was not a fan of my art. Endless layers, textures, ephemera and more are the exact opposite of his style. A purist architect, who had once worked for the famed Eero Saarinen, my dad believed that "more did not make better".

Due to both my journalism and graphic design backgrounds, I appreciated, understood and applied this approach in my professional work. However, crafting is my escape from rigid rules and precise measurements. As a result, most of my art has lots of "more".

He suggested more than once that I design sympathy cards because there were none simple enough for his liking. I gave him a couple of samples containing a line art flower surrounded by lots of white space, yet those were still too ornate. At some point I gave up. Honestly though, I think the only card that would have pleased him would have been one teeny, terse phrase written in Helvetica All Caps:

It is safe to say he was a no nonsense man.

My dad passed away in June. As I was working on Paper Towns, my sister noticed it and chuckled, "You are channeling your inner father." She was right. I finally made some art he would have liked.

So, Dad, this one's for you. Thank you for being my night light and unwavering beacon of safety.

Robin's Nest regulars know by now that my posts tend to get a wee bit more detailed. As a result, we are splitting the tutorial up over two days. So stay tuned and come back tomorrow to see how to complete your Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit!

Fire pit talks

Fire Pit Talks

One of my favorite things Dana and I do when we visit Rachel
and Cortney is sitting around their gas fire pit
and just visit.

It usually isn't dark when we start, but the evening rolls
on and the night comes, we talk and watch the fire as it flickers
in all sorts of shapes through the blue glass.

One evening, after years of having flame paper,
I thought, we should make a page of this fire, it is just so
very cool!
Thus my idea for this page.

I used:
Flame Glitter CS
Red Glitter Chipboard
Flame Sticker
Flame Die Cuts
Chili Flame Border with matching
Chili Flame Embossed CS
Yellow, Orange, and Red Tear drops
Black Burlap
Black on White Thermal  Damask CS
Hottie Stickers
Honeycomb Fleur Linen CS
Orange glitter Journal tag
Brown Dew Drops

Such a fun and different layout.

I love how the flames turned out,
another idea for orange tear drops, remember
we are wanting ideas for orange tear drops.

Have a great day,
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Chili CardstockBlack on White Damask Thermal CardstockChili Flame Thermal CardstockChili Flame Border Thermal Cardstock
Gum Drops Tear DropsWind Flames Glitter CardstockHottie StickerFlame Die-Cuts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Memories in a case

Hi ladies, dali here...

How are we enjoying the holiday season??? 

Mine just start! But before I could leave I made my second project for this post, I guess the tittle says everything.

I made a little suitcase for my last holiday in Venezuela when we went to the Angel Falls. 

The project is simple, easy to do but it cost some time to decorate but is worth it! 

Here the project with the instructions.

For this project I used cereal boxes for creating the structure.

I cut 2 pieces of 7 5/8" x 9 3/4" (front & back)
I cut 4 pieces of 2" x 7 5/8" (upper & lower sides of boxes)
I cut 4 pieces of 2" x 9 3/4" (right & left sides of boxes)
Plus 1 piece of 4 1/16" x 9 3/4".

After this I took one of the pieces of 7 5/8" x 9 3/4" and cut in the inside a rectangle leaving 1 1/2" on each side as frame.

Then I just started constructing the 2 boxes which will make the main suitcase, for putting together each side I used paper hinges of 1" folded at 1/2". 

I added the last piece of cardstock between my boxes and put them together with plastic transparant adhesive.

After this the main structure is ready to decorate, of course you need to think about the little extras you will add later. 

I added a simple closure with two strips of cardstock.

Then decorate inside the box and I added a sort of band to create a box so I could put other items in my suitcase without falling.

I also added two rings of my binding wire in the other side of the box, so I could hold a small mini album.

And it will look like this with the mini album hanging

After I decorate everything I made a mini album with 10 pieces of cardstock the smallest measuring 4" x 6" and the largest 8 1/2" x 6". Each page is 1/2" larger than the one before, to make a sort of waterfall mini album.

And that's pretty much everything! Do you like it???

Here are some more pictures of the project for your inspiration.

Here is the view with the side

Here the top decoration just a simple handle.

My suitcase wide open. One side with the mini album the other side with a box to add the travel panflets, other pictures in booklets, and any other souvenir that I want to add.

This is the mini album hanging. You can decorate font and back and will be able to hold at least 20 pictures, and remember that the part if the back of this mini album is your front part of the box, so you want to add a nice picture in there!!!

This is the other side... To close the box I just added a piece of 3 1/2" x 7 5/8" and glue thrm with paper hinges.

Here the complete project

And some pages of my mini album

My husband, brother & sister in law and me in Salto el Sapo, walking inside the salto (jump in english)

My hubby & I with Salto el Sapo behind

The wonderful Angel Falls

My hubby @ Salto Kama

And we in the Angel Falls after a loooong hike.

Did you like the project??? Let me know in the coments!

Some of the products I used are:

Gina Mini Camera

Groetjes, & until next time!!!

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