Keeping It Clean

October 30, 2006 at 10:46 am (Discussion, Michelle)

I’m loving the paper fashions, but am finding it difficult to keep my workspace clean. Since I’m a student and my crafting workspace is my work workspace (it’s not like I have a craft room), it’s important that I keep my life in order. And then there’s the inevitable saving of every piece of interesting-looking paper – paper crafting begets a big pile of papers.

I’ve got some ideas on how to keep it organized, but am interested in what you think? Any bright ideas on keeping your craftspace relatively clutter-free?

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East Meets West

October 30, 2006 at 10:39 am (Cards, Casual, Michelle)

Here’s a truly global outfit, an eastern inspired halter with a jean skirt. Perfect for showing off how worldly, and yet grounded, you are.

The problem with paper crafting is that suddenly you’re saving everything – this card is made out of an old date box. The neat little band on the bottom keeps it shut, and it opens up kind of like a tri-fold brochure. It also smells of dates, everyone’s favourite high-fibre health food.

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Stylish and Warm

October 30, 2006 at 1:47 am (Activewear, Cards, Casual, Melissa)

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By Melissa

Keep warm but don’t sacrifice style with this adorable matching poncho and touque set.  Bundled up and trendy in time for the first snowfall.

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Torn tissue “fabric”

October 29, 2006 at 12:45 am (Craftorials, Melissa)

Melissa’s Craftorial

I don’t have as nice a video feature on my digital camera so I’ll do this one as a series of pictures.  I’ve used torn tissue to make a nice texture for a few projects.  Most recently the wedding dress post.  Usually I use only one colour, but to make this show up well on film I’ve used two colours.  This tissue paper actually came with a purchase from a store – so it’s cheap.  Crumpled tissue paper is ok since it has a nice texture already.  I’ve started hording tissue paper… hopefully Bryan won’t find my stash or he’ll probably make me throw it out!

 Supplies:  All you need is a glue stick, white printer paper, and tissue paper (or tissues).

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Tear paper into thin strips

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Cover white paper with gluestick glue (be generous!)

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lay strips on individually, overlap slightly (in this case I’m alternating colours).  Little folds or wrinkles are ok!  It’s texture we’re looking for!

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It’s  good idea to dab the strips onto the gluestick first, so that the overlap part gets some glue too

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Keep going until you run out of tissue, glue, paper or patience!

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Now you’re ready to trace clothes!  You can have the pattern in any orientation horizontal, vertical, or even on the bias….

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Have fun!  And post your pictures – I’d love to see what creative fabrics and clothes come out of this.

Melissa

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Jeans and a (girly) t-shirt

October 23, 2006 at 12:59 am (Cards, Casual, Melissa)

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By Melissa

Hop in your car on on the bus and head out for Saturday errands.  No one will accuse you of looking frumpy “when you’re just getting grocheries” in this cute girly top.

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Wedding Dresses

October 23, 2006 at 12:52 am (Cards, Collections, Formal, Melissa)

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By Melissa 

So many beautiful styles to choose from!  Finding the perfect dress is almost harder than the perfect groom.

I made this card to send to my friend who recently got engaged.  I think she’ll like the one on the right the best, it didn’t show up too well in the picture, but it’s got a bit of a texture to it, I used torn tissues to make the fabric.  I’ll try to post a craftorial about my torn tissue technique.

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Country Garden

October 21, 2006 at 6:02 pm (Cards, Craftorials, Melissa, Semi-Formal)

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By Melissa 

This co-ordinated outfit takes you to a dressy garden party in the country, a spring wedding shower, or church on Sunday.  Take some shade under a blossoming tree to be sure you don’t get sunburned, and enjoy the homemade lemonade, ahhhh.

Some Hints

 I downloaded the upper pink print as printable origami paper, here are some links:

http://www.thekhans.me.uk/origami/paper.php 

http://cp.c-ij.com/english/scrapbook/pattern/03.html

http://www.origami-club.com/en/

Printable dollhouse wallpaper is also a good source for patterns:

http://www.kawarthalakesminis.com/printables1.html

 Tip: if any of these patterns are too large scale for the paper fashions, try reducing the size in “options” on the print menu.  (or if you’re slick with photoshop like Michelle then you’ll certainly have a more sophiscated method of reducing the scale of the print). 

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Kimono Duo

October 17, 2006 at 11:39 pm (Melissa, Other)

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By Melissa

Origami paper is perfect for paper fashions, the scale of the print is small and it comes in so many inspired patterns!  These kimonos wers super easy to make using the coat stencil – I just altered the sleve a little.   Imagine these in luxurious silk…

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Shopping Trip

October 17, 2006 at 11:27 pm (Cards, Hippy Chic, Melissa, Semi-Formal)

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By Melissa

This lovely ensemble is stylish and comfortable.  Hippy inspired with the tye die tunic top, and understated glitter and bead detail.  Who can argue with boots and bag to match?  Wear this shopping in the most stylish districts of LA or NYC and no worries of a repeat of the Pretty Woman incident!

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Classy to the extreme

October 17, 2006 at 10:29 pm (Classy, Michelle)

I have to admit, I’d never have the guts to wear this outfit, but its wonderfully classy. The boots. And the bag. And the hat. This card is an ode to matching accessories.

I have also discovered that making paper fashions is the perfect phone call activity. Thanks Melissa!

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By Michelle

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