My printer is probably my best friend

imageIf you are a parent then you should know that your printer could possibly be your new BFF.  I am kid you not.  We made these super cool ornaments by printing How About Orange’s templates of red and yellow paper. 

Little Paper GirlsI have also made papercraft dolls, doll houses and even a Scooby Doo once.  It is a simple craft, all you need is some cardstock and a printer and the patience to use an Xacto knife without slicing your fingers off.  Oh and a cutting mat is nice too.  You could always use scissors and embroidery scissors, but I like the cutting mat and knife method, it is more exact and makes cleaner cuts.

Just found a printable build your own #cupcake thing. Awesomeness.There are also lots of printables that you can make like this cupcake set, each piece is separate and you can just create pretty paper cupcakes in seconds, I just cover them with transparent plastic sticky paper, so they last longer.

I also always print on draft mode, so we don’t use too much ink, and I usually print two pages on one and make everything smaller to use less paper, not because I am cheap but because I print out so much stuff, it seems more economical this way.

You can also print on fabric.  Oh yeah, that opens up even more possibilities doesn’t it?

So go ahead, if you don’t already own a printer go out and buy one and if you do, make it work for you.

 

My Creative Space: Make a Nostepinne

I hate scrap yarn.  I don’t really hate scrap yarn I am just always annoyed by it and I hate storing it because those little balls keep rolling all over the place.  I had two options when I was left with a partial skein either roll into a small ball (which I usually did)  or leave it and risk it getting all tangled up (which I don’t do because I hate untangling more than I hate scrap yarn).

I knew that you could hand wind a center pull ball but after trying it a couple of times I realized either I have short thumbs or bad technique and dropped the idea for a while until I came across a posting on ravelry about nostepinnes.  I found the prettiest wood ones on etsy and even one that included a wpi gauge which I ordered but until that arrives I wanted to start winding those balls correctly.

So I did what any self respecting craft lover would do, I made my own using a sheet of A4 paper, double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors.

All you need to do is stick the sticky tape on your paper along the short side and roll the paper tightly and stick it to form a nice tube.

I cut up a notch at the top so I could attach my slip stitch to it so the yarn doesn’t run away and mess everything up.

I found this blog which explains the process of winding using a nostepinne in pictures and a video.

Then I made a ball band so I remember and know right away what yarn it is and how much of it is left.

More creative spaces here