Monday, 20 October 2014

Toast Rack Card Racks 2014

... and the Toasties are back. Toast Rack Card Racks 2014 version. So simple to make - and very handy during the festive season. Ideal for those who like to browse through the greetings cards. Three colours to choose from: red, green - or blue (for a non-trad look).

Bonus: some co-ordinated greetings cards.

Here are your freebie Toasties:




 ... and here are the cards:

The Toast Rack Card Racks are a cinch to make. Here's how:

Toast Rack Card Racks

There are two files, one for the end pieces, and the other for the slotted rack. Print and cut the pieces. Score the folds with an embossing tool held against a metal ruler. Attach the bottom flaps of the end pieces to the base of the slotted rack. Join the long edge of the rack to the rack base to complete the arching rack. Then attach the side flaps and top tabs of the side pieces. I used double-sided tape, but tacky glue would work fine, too. 

Happy card-browsing!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Send Something Beautiful, by Emily Hogarth. Review.

Send Something Beautiful

By Emily Hogarth

Apple Press 2014

Paperback, £14.99

ISBN 978-1-84543-548-6

Star rating: ****

Thanks for visiting my 200th blogpost. I have a nice treat for you today - Emily Hogarth's new title.

Emily Hogarth is an Edinburgh-based papercut illustrator. Her motto is “making the everyday magical”. This charming new collection of postable projects and stationery items comes up with the goods. (Papercraft Post, indeed!).

In the digital age, communication by snail mail – and stationery in particular – has novelty value. And the 25 postable papercraft projects in this book provide memorable moments of all-singing, all-dancing entertainment for the recipients.  Many of the projects are interactive.

Since papercutting is Emily Hogarth’s forte, the majority of the book’s projects are handcrafted papercut creations –  but there are also simple origami makes (Origami Hearts, a puffy star necklace), and entry-level printmaking – a handcut leaf stamp. Some of my favourite projects include the Parrot invitations with flapping wings, the Flower Twist card (a volvelle of sorts), and the paper leaf garland. The Love Birds pop-up is simple but stunning, a little bit of additional dimensional interest goes a long way.

The “production values” of the book itself are top notch. It is a quality paperback, with a reinforced cover. There’s a beautifully-executed aeogramme-themed graphic design motif. Each project has a beauty shot and step-by-step how-tos with photos. Templates for the project are back-of-book (you will need to enlarge them on a photocopier).

A few small gripes that do little to detract from a delightful book:

  •         Apparently this book has crafty contributors, including the wonderful Mr Yen, papercutter extraordinaire. However, the projects are not attributed. I do wish each project had been credited. As an aficionado of papercrafting, I would have liked to have been able to clock the personal styles of the contributing artists.
  •         Please show me more – the lead project is a sweet postable cress garden. Brilliant idea – but there should be a pic of the garden in use complete with sprouting cress. Same goes for the ingenious Message Card with cut-out banner slots. A pic of a be-messaged card should have been provided.

This book is very giftable – for beginning to intermediate papercrafters.  I would also recommend  checking out Emily Hogarth’s two other papercraft titles,The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting (a popular classic), and Papercutting for Special Occasions.

Note: I was supplied with review copies of all the featured titles.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Milk Carton Perpetual Calendars

I'm still on my milk carton binge. Today's printable project is ideal as a stocking filler. The calendar system is fun and easy - just pop the date blocks onto the "shelves". There's storage for the unneeded blocks in the bottom drawer and on the shelves behind "today's date".

Choose from blue, green or red. Four sheet of A4 paper per calendar. Here are your free printables:






I don't have time to do a tutorial for you, but I'll talk you through the making-up:

Milk Carton Perpetual Calendar

1 Print out the pattern templates. Cut them out by hand or digital cutter. Score the folds and then crease them.
2 Make up the milk carton "frame" - it is sideless. Don't squeeze the top together until the "shelves" are in place.
3 Fold the wraps - the casings that make up the shelf unit. Stack them one on top of the other, joining them with d/s tape. The green panels go at the sides. You now have a four-tiered shelf unit. Apply tape to the base and sides and carefully slide it into the milk carton casing. Smooth the sides down.
4 You can now squeeze the top of the milk carton together.Seal it shut with d/s tape. Tie a piece of baker's twine through the top holes  and make a bow.
5 Make up the drawer. A mini brad is the drawer-pull. Slip the drawer into the bottom shelf.
6 Make up all the date blocks. Select your calendar date and slip it onto the front of the shelves. Store the remaining blocks in the drawer and behind the blocks of "today's date".

Have fun making your Milk Carton Perpetual Calendars - a cheerful alternative to digital date-keepers. Hope 2015 is a happy and creative year for you.