Thursday, 10 April 2014

Surface Design Bookshelf

Hello - I'm wearing my guest-blogger hat again! I'd like to bring your attention to a series of book reviews I have written on the subject of surface pattern design. The reviews are now running on the very lovely Make It In Design Blog.

Papercrafters - pattern is important to you! If you'd like to branch out into D-I-Y pattern design, I've rounded up some reading material for you: 
SurfaceDesignBookshelfPart1
SurfaceDesignBookshelfPart2 

Pattern Design, by Lewis F. Day, is a Dover paperback - a gem of a blast from the past. Sadly, the Dover Bookshop on Earlham Street in Covent Garden, London closed last month. The good news is that it still has an online presence: http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/
Pattern Design is available on Amazon.

I hope that my book round-up guides you on a fascinating decorative journey!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Free printables on Bella Blog!

Here's a link to my guest post on the very lovely Bella Blog, from Bella Crafts Quarterly. Thanks, guys.

The post is about papercrafted embellishments - using them to jazz up projects and purchased cards - and packaging them to give as gifts.
Lots of printables!

Hope you like the post.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

"Mini Muffin Tin" Tutorial

Choose from solo-, quad- or hex-compartment trays.
The tray above has lined compartments, rather than removable "muffins".
Today's project channels the home-baking trend. Since this is a papercraft project, these aren't real muffin tins - but they can be put to good use, nevertheless. Use the "muffin tins" as desktop organizers or as party favours for a baking-themed party (a yummy treat in each compartment!). Choose from one, four, or six compartments. I guess I could have called them "Cute Compartments" or "Pretty Party Organizers" - but Mini Muffin Tins it is.
As you can see above, the "muffin" container can be removed from its compartment. You can line the compartment for a "deluxe" version.

Here are your printables for all the variations:
MiniMuffinTinSixA 
MiniMuffinTinSixB.pdf
MiniMuffinTinQuadA.pdf
HexMuffinTinQuadB.pdf 
EggTray.pdf 
EggTrayCups&Liners.pdf 
MuffinCasesQuadSix.pdf 

MiniMuffinTinSoloA.pdf
MiniMuffinTinSoloB.pdf 
MiniMuffinSoloLinersA.pdf 
MiniMuffinTinSoloLinersB.pdf 

The Mini Muffin Tin solo is a larger size, so it requires a larger "muffin".
The smaller "muffins" fit the 4- and 6-compartment trays. For each size, you can choose from a rectangular or angled tray top. The Egg Tray has a plainer top end than the Muffin Tins (make it now and fill it with choc eggs).




Mini Muffin Tin Tutorial
1 For the purpose of the tut, a Mini Muffin Tin Solo will be made. The construction for the other styles is similar - only more compartments to be made. Above, parts cut out and prepped. I make the Mini Muffin Tins out of 160gsm copier cardstock.
2 Glue adjacent flaps to form a cup, like so:
Lining the cup with patterned paper is optional - but if you are going to do it, the time is now:

(Make sure the print faces inwards.)
3 Apply glue onto the cup tabs. Lower the top onto the tabs, aligning cup with the window opening: 
4 Next, apply the base cover, gluing around the edges and the hexagonal window. Smooth it in place. This is an optional step - the Mini Muffin Tin looks neater with the tabs concealed.


5 Next, make the Muffin from pretty print paper. Glue adjacent sides.
The muffin fits neatly in the tray compartment. To close the muffin top, fold down the sides consecutively in a clockwise direction, tucking the inner corner under where nececessary. (The outer corner is rounded, the inner corner is squared.)
Now you are done:
Add a tag, if desired.
A Mini Muffin Tin would make a gread brad, bead, or button stash - and/or suitable gift packaging for gifting to a crafty friend.