Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Slider Pillow Box

My pillow box binge continues. I had a bee in my bonnet - just had to make that slider box. Easy access - I've added a handle and a tassel so you can simply pull the lid off.  

I guess I should have been a packaging designer - but in a way, I guess I am one now. Re: the Slider Pillow Box - I intend for it to conjure up visons of elegant Art Deco dressing tables - not Maccy D pies!

Here are your files - there's a tassel refresher course below. 
Slider Pillow Box
Print and cut! Score and crease the folds. Glue the handle tabs onto the box lid end. Assemble the boxes (top and bottom pieces) - use d/s tape or tacky glue. The tag is optional.

Tassel Refresher Course:
1 Cut a piece of card 7cm wide. Cut two slits at one end to catch the beginning and end thread tails.
2 Wrap craft thread around the card 12-15 times. Tails in slits.
3 Pass a craft thread loop through the tassel top - make a half hitch knot.
4 Cut the tassel off the card. Don't worry if the bottom edge isn't level - trim it later.
5 Time for the amazing tassel wrap:

With a piece of contrast craft thread, lay a downward-facing loop near the top of the tassel. Spiral thread downwards, 10-12 wraps. Don't let go of the spirals. Cut the thread end short and pass it through the loop.
Now gently pull from the top. The thread end will be concealed and the loop secures. Trim visible tail ends. Tah dah.

And that's it. But I'm not done with pillow boxes. Stay tuned.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Celtic Knot Pillow Purse

I'm on a pillow box binge. Everybody likes them (check out last week's post Pillow Box Pockets . ) They are easy and fun to make (a wow moment when the construction puffs up, if you are a papercraft geek like me). 

Today I thought I'd make a gift purse - flap closure. (You don't always have to use the pillow box sides as the openings.)

Okay. Purse designed. How to decorate it? I was browsing through Kerry Richardson's excellent book, Celtic Calligraphy
(reviewed here earlier in the year) - and I thought I'd have a go at designing Celtic knots (digital style, that is). I worked out a hearts entwined motif and a twisted border - the learning curve wasn't too steep. Will have another go soon.

Soo- here's the purse. (I've included a gift card enclosure, too.)

Very easy to make - no tut required. Print, cut, score the folds. For super-sturdy holes, glue the reinforcements behind. The purse front pillow box folds (the marquise shapes) belong on top. For the handle, thread a ribbon through the holes and knot ends inside the box. A sticky dot makes for a re-sealable flap.

It would be appropriate to inscribe the gift card using a calligraphy felt-tip!

I'm not done with pillow boxes. I am keen to try a slide-close design...

The Novel Cure, by Ella Bethoud and Susan Elderkin

The Novel Cure
By Susan Elderkin and Ella Bethoud
Canongate Books 2015
Paperback, £9.99 ( September 3, 2015)
Hardback: £17.99 (already published)
ISBN 978 085786 421 5

I have often noticed that many crafters are readers, too. Example: the Book Club on the UK Scrappers website.

So – today I am going a bit off my brief to share a delightful and extremely entertaining new paperback. The Novel Cure is a genius concept – a reading directory, the lightbulb idea of Susan Elderkin and Ella Bethoud, who run a “bibliotherapy” service recommending good reads to clients. The Novel Cure is a guide to finding the right book at the right time – prescriptions, if you will. (I can empathize because I am rooting around for an epic read at the moment –  there is no obvious Goldfinch this summer.) 

How to read it? You can browse it, or use one of the indexes at the back – the  Index of Reading Ailments, or the index of Authors and Novels – or the Index of Lists. (Of course, there would be indexes plural). (Taster: “Ailments” include: Fear of Sci-Fi, Empty-nest Syndrome, or just plain Boredom.)  Match the read to your mood or life situation.

This book is destined to be the geek-appeal Xmas stocking filler of 2015. And it will be purchased in pairs – because if you intend to gift a friend, you will want one for yourself. It is an ideal book to dip into during a craft-y timeout coffee break. (Yes, I suppose it is a quality “loo read”.)

Note: this is a light-hearted title for serious readers. It is not just about directing you towards specific titles – it is about how to fit reading into your busy life.

I will be back on my usual craft-y book review track very soon. I’ve got some great new titles to bring to your attention. 

Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this title.