It has been a while since I posted on the blog, but I'm still around. I'm not much of a crafter myself, but recently had idle time and asked Jasmine if she had a craft project I could work on. Not surprisingly she did and so I have created my first masterpiece in paper! She gave me a craft kit from Bo Bunny to create a 6 inch square box. The box kit was quite a bit of fun for me and allowed me to use my manly construction skills along with a little "guided" creativity from Bo Bunny. My box is not exactly like their pictured example, as I decided to change a couple of small details. It's the perfect project for the "paint by the numbers" crafter like me, but would also be a very fun project for the experienced crafter too.
The instructions you follow are not perfect, but adequate for most people. For example, I was not sure how exactly to do the hinge for the top, but found that placing strips of paper on both the top and the bottom was the way to go. It was how the sides and bottom were attached to each other, so I figured I'd do the same for the lid. You also have to move that piece of chipboard forward a bit to make a good lid for the box. If you wanted to make the box a tad more sturdy so it would stand up to a lot more use, I would consider using slightly thicker chipboard and putting fabric strips on the hinge instead of paper. Younger crafters could do this with a little construction help from Mom and Dad.
The pictures I used were printed from iPhoto on our iMac using the Epson PictureMate Dash. iPhoto allowed me to give a slight Antique look to the pictures which I thought better matched the old fashioned look of these papers. The PictureMate dash also makes extremely durable archival quality prints that stand up to long term light exposure and even moisture better than store bought prints, which is why we sell that printer at Jazzy Crafts.
I used a dot roller for some of the adhesive needs, but would recommend a glue like 3 in 1 or Zip Dry for the pictures, outside edges of your paper, and the chip board cutouts. Essentially anything that might be subject to a little extra wear can be glued. If you get too much glue on the edge that oozes out, then just roll it off with your fingers before it dries completely. You need sand paper, good scissors like the Tonic Micro-Serrated type I used, a circle cutter is nice, and a Tonic paper trimmer and Score-It board are nice additions too. I found that a brown marker was the easiest way to darken the edges of the chipboard and it produces a nice finished look to the project's exposed edges.
Overall it is a fun craft project that produces a usable box that can be displayed openly for everyone to enjoy. The box could be used for a gift, for storing photos up to 4x6, or for just about anything you would put in a decorative box. I have to say I really loved doing this project and now have the skills to apply to other areas as well. We have these and other project kits available at Jazzy Crafts all the time. With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to get starting on your decorative crafts and gifts.
Just in: Passports, lanyards and official trading pins for the upcoming Sizzlin' Summer Safari Paper Chase!
Sign up soon as passport quantities are limited and the Chase begins August 6!
If you are not familiar with the Paper Chase, it's an opportunity for you and your friends to visit 12 different stores during a 2 week (3 weekends) period and receive a 20% discount at every store, create a 6x6 scrapbook page (with a $5 purchase) and be entered into a drawing for one of 13 FABULOUS PRIZES*
Are you going to the Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara? Would you like free admission? Receive a free General Admission ticket to the Expo by purchasing $20 worth of products at Jazzy Crafts. Limit 1 ticket per customer. Hurry in offer good while supplies last!!!!
"We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become." - David R. Hawkins: Psychiatrist, spiritual author, and lecturer
What have you become? Not your career. Not how much you make. Not how many pushups you can do. Rather, the important things in life. How many people look to you for advice? How many people's lives would be dramatically different if it weren't for you? Who reminds you every day that you are special? It's an endless pursuit. But the journey is breathtaking.
Just got in a shipment of 12 styles of new Washi paper. Gorgeous colors and the super quality you expect from Hanko in Washi. Also, check out the adorable little Washi Kimono stickers shown in the middle. Too cute.
WARNING: These colors may be closer to Fabulous than they appear
In addition to their new designs and adhesive paper, Best Creations came out with 30 new colors! There are some with multiple shades mixed in and some great pastels just in time for Spring. Ok, I admit I'm running out of space for al these colors, so I chose a few of my favorites, but if you want another color, just ask to see the swatch book! PS I'm going to have lots of their glitter sheets at the Pleasanton Expo. Stop by to do a Make N Take and get a coupon.
I'm finally back on track after CHA and our visit from Dove of the East. I'm going to be blogging all the new products I got as they arrive at the store. Look for the first ones tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I ordered ALL the new distress inks, dies and embossing folders by Tim Holtz. Can't wait to get them in. AND coolest of all, I got a free die signed by Tim himself - without waiting in any line! (some folks waited for hours)
Jasmine is down at CHA checking things out and ordering new items for the store. Since she's away, I wanted to let you all know about a special event we'll be having at our store on Tuesday, February 2nd from 5-8pm. Designer Brandi Lung-Gill along with Dove of the East will be coming to our store in Castro Valley. There will be a free "Lights of Paris" Make 'n' Take and a very special one time trunk sale of Dove of the East products. It will be your chance to see much more of their line of beautiful international themed papers and embellishments. Certainly more than we have room for in our store.
Come by and check it out. Enjoy a little craft time with friends and have some international treats too. We recommend calling ahead for reservations just to be sure we can accommodate you for the Make 'n' Take. Certainly feel fee to just drop in to check out this very special sales event.