Category Archives: Fun Finds

Fun Finds: Scout Creative Calendar of the Month Club

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Do you have your desk calendar for 2012 yet?  I usually get one in my stocking every year, but this year I am happy to say that I did not.  I say this not because I do not want a calendar, I actually love having a physical calendar to look at.  I am happy that I have space on my desk to make Scout Creative’s Calendar of the Month!  I discovered Scout Creative’s Calendar of the Month Club last November and I was pretty disappointed that I had missed the whole year of awesome 3D paper calendars!  I’m really looking forward to starting 2012 with a super creative desk calendar by my side!

To get your own, you can like Scout Creative on Facebook, or sign up to get each month’s new calendar emailed to you.  This month, the calendar is a Yakuza Ramen Noodle shop complete with a tattooed terror!  You can even purchase the template for three more gangsters  in Scout Creative’s Etsy shop for only $1.49!

 

In addition to this awesome monthly surprise, they have revamped last years 3D calendar for 2012.  You can get the PDF to create a whole year of calendars all at once in their Etsy shop!  They are all so cute, that I honestly can’t choose a favorite!  All I know is that I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

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How to Make Pop Up Cards: The Pocket Paper Engineer by Carol Barton

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I am an Engineer by day, and a crafter on evening and weekends.  Throughout my life, finding that balance between my need to do technical work and solve problems and my desire to create has been a near-constant struggle.  My little sister, recognizing this strife, gave me a book that made me smile the minute I laid my eyes on it!  The book I’m talking about is The Pocket Paper Engineer – How to make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step by Carol Barton.

The book goes into the basics of how pop-up cards work, and what kinds of tools you need to make them.  The best part is that included in each section of the book are several example cards that you can literally tear out and practice with (see photos below).  The examples have a printed design on the front and clearly indicate on the back where to cut and fold!  It’s a great way to get started with pop-up cards, and a highly recommended book if you think that creating pop-up cards is something you want to do.  I only have Volume 1 of this book, but there is a second Volume that goes into some more advanced techniques.

As with nearly any card making technique I come across, I try to figure out a way to do it on my Silhouette SD!  I thought that it would be fun to try out the shaped boxes technique to make a card that looks like a layer cake!  I cut the card using the Silhouette, but I ended up doing my scoring on my Score-it-All board (keep your eyes peeled for a post about this handy gadget next week).  On my first try, I made a rather large cake, and learned that when making a pop-out card, you should not make the cuts longer than half the width of the card.  If your cuts are too long, you’ll end up with little pieces of paper hanging out the end of your card.  On my second try, I got it right!  See, piece of cake!

Halloween Costume Idea: Paper Eyelashes

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There is a blog that I follow called “All Things Paper,” written by Ann Martin, a quilling enthusiast who tends to find the most amazing paper creations.  First of all, if you don’t know what quilling is, look it up.  Better yet, check out Ann’s Blog because it is some pretty cool stuff.

About a month ago, “All Things Paper” featured a post about some fun, decorative, fashion lashes made out of paper.  The lashes are made by a company called Paperself, and they feature a variety of designs including peacocks, butterflies, and clown lashes among others.

When I first saw these lashes, my mind immediately went to how I could incorporate these into a Halloween costume.  I actually have a friend who is planning to be a peacock for Halloween, and these lashes would be perfect for her!

Without giving too much away, none of these lashes really fit the costume that I have in mind for myself.  I am planning to go as a notorious criminal of sorts, so I immediately thought that lashes with some sort of bomb motif would be fun.  I couldn’t find any lashes similar to what I was looking for, so I figured, why not make them myself?  As mentioned in previous posts, I have a Silhouette SD, and it can do some pretty intricate cuts.  I decided to try my hand at creating my own paper eyelashes.

After a few attempts, I found that the Silhouette could not cut quite as finely as I would have liked.  I ended up using individual lashes that were about 0.01 inches wide, and that were spaced at about 0.03 inches.  It took about 5 tries before I had a design that did not get eaten up by the Silhouette blade, or destroyed when I tried to remove it from the carrying mat.  The final product is shown to the right.

I still was not sure if they would work out, so I decided I might as well try them on!  I applied them above my natural lashes and used an eyelash curler just like you would with any other set of false lashes, and voila!  Home-made false lashes made of paper!