Saturday, February 25, 2012

Washi goes practical

"We need volunteers."  Every mother's favorite sentence. ;)

Instead of going through the whole back story I will just say:

Washi tape is the perfect stuff to hold down die cuts for sending through the printer.  Yes, I still used some Dotto to hold it down. But since I was making 35 copies of these I had to run the template through 7 times. And Hello. I'm cheap and didn't want to reapply that much Dotto.  To me, Dotto is sticky gold - I don't mind the investment, but I'm going to be careful how I use it. ;)  And it's not like Washi tape is cheap, but I think it's unlikely I'm going to burn through that roll any time soon.  I think I've only used like 3 inches so far, so I figured using another inch and a half would be okay. Plus, I found out that it's just the right amount of tacky - I could tape down the banner pieces, run it through the printer, easily remove the die cuts and then stick the next set down.  Made the process super easy.

Here's what it looks like after those 5 are removed:

And I have to admit, seeing the Washi tape cut all tiny like that inspires me to want to use it.  I've mostly seen it in larger chunks, and I've tried that but somehow it feels forced on my pages.  I think these tiny snippets look like something I could pull off.  I'll let you know...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! (that's my excited noise)

But I'll be honest, I only make that noise on the inside.  But my insides have been squealing "Eeeeeeeeeeee" since Monday afternoon when I got the email saying that I had been chosen to be on Scrapbook Studio's inaugural Design Team.  I think that's so cool and I can hardly wait to get started!

Given this news, I might be around a little more often.  I'm filled with good intentions, so I have high hopes for creating more and sharing more.  And definitely blathering more.  But probably with cleaner language. ;)

And while I'm here I wanted to share the army of owl Valentine treats that Molly and I made for her class:

I showed the empty box prototype a while back and said I was going to frou-frou it up.  I don't think I managed "frou-frou", but I am pleased with the addition of the conversation bubble, which is adhered to a Tootsie Pop.  And heck, to 5th graders, the candy is the critical embellishment. By the way, if you ever want to make these, they're readily available in the Silhouette store, but my advice is cut and assemble and FILL one before committing to the whole project.  I would have gone broke had I gone with the original size box.  It wasn't that much bigger, but somehow filling it took a lot more candy.

Speaking of candy, if you're ever in the Cleveland area, carve out an hour to visit b.a.Sweeties.  It's not pretty by any means, but it sure is fun to walk through the store and see all the candy from our childhood.   Because they sell a lot of candy loose, I was able to buy just what I needed - lots of pre-wrapped pink, purple and red candies.  I put Zotts in there.  Remember those?  They were the hard candies with the fizzy center?  I hope the kids enjoyed those, they're my favorite!

Alrighty. To tell the truth, I really need to get going.  I have an oral presentation tomorrow in my modern geometry class, and I've been procrastinating preparing the PowerPoint.  I will be so happy tomorrow at 10:30 when this whole massive project is done!

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to add Cord's Scrapbook Studio Blog to your bookmarks.  It's always been a good read, but I think it just got even more exciting.