Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Hand Stitched Pamphlet DIY

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Hi all!

Emma here. I’m very excited because next week I’m instructing our Hand Stitched Collage Journal workshop here in the store! Bookbinding can sometimes be a tricky business, and there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. So I’m making an instructional pamphlet for everyone to refer to during the workshop, and take home at the end.

Hand stitched pamphlets look really impressive and are super easy to make, so I thought I’d share a quick guide on how to sew one!

First, you want to layout all your pages. If you’re doing a double sided pamphlet like I did, this can feel a little weird because the layouts tends to look backwards. The trick is to count how many pages you have, then find your 2 middle pages, because these will be facing each other, and will therefore be printed on the same sheet of paper (I had 8 pages, so my middle pages were 4 & 5). Then, work backwards from there. If your middle pages are 4 & 5, then the back of that page is 3 & 6.

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Once you have the pages laid out, print or photocopy them so they’re double sided. You can also make a separate cover in a different colour if you want to get really fancy!

Now it’s time to assemble your pamphlet. Put all the sheets together in order, and fold them in half. I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease (available in store for $9.95).

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Next, I created a template with 3 holes in it: One in the centre, one near the top and one near the bottom (the last two should be equidistant from the centre).

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Put the template in the middle of your pamphlet and punch the same three holes through your pages. Measure out your thread (2x the length of your spine) and thread your needle. I really love sewing with the waxed linen thread we have in the store (20 yards of 2-ply for only $4.50!). The waxy coating helps ensure you don’t rip through the paper you’re sewing.

Begin sewing in the centre hole, leaving a 1″ piece outside your pamphlet. Sew back out the top hole, then all the way to the bottom hole. When your pulling your stitches tight, make sure to gently pull parallel to the spine to further prevent ripping. Resurface through the middle hole and tie the two ends together.

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And voila! This is one of the easiest forms of a book to make, and I love making little pamphlet books for my family and friends. Come check out our enormous in store selection of 8.5 x 11 papers, perfect for pamphlet making!

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Happy weekend!

Emma

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Popsicle Valentine’s Day Cards

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Every year I always try to make fun Valentine’s cards for my close girl friends.  It started when the majority of us were all single and has just kept on going through the years.  This year I made some fun retro inspired popsicle cards.

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I used cardstock and covered them with our Candyflake papers and popsicle sticks.  You can break them apart to reveal the message inside.

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Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Jax

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Bunnies and Blooms!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Easter is this weekend and spring has sprung!!! Come into the store to check out our cute easter and spring inspired goodies!

photo[2]We have a few Easter craft kits, like this bunny dress up kit, that would be a fun project to do with little ones. Also, for the young at heart, a super cute bunny embroidery kit! As always, we have an array of craft and gift items in lots of different patterns and colours! Floral print paper straws, tiny spun cotton mushrooms, ALL the washi tape you could ever want and even cute glue sticks! Take a spring stroll on Queen Street and pick up some sweet stuff!

 

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Washi Tape Cards

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We recently got in some new styles of Washi Tape.  There are some awesome new patterns that I thought would make great cards using our blank folded card packs.  We got in the same pattern in multiple colours which creates interesting graphics when combined. I love how simple and easy adding Washi Tape can be with such a polished look.

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We got a lovely floral pattern in three different colour ways called “Shigemi” which translates to “thicket” in English.

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There are two different styles of geometric patterns in similar colour ways that look awesome together.

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The electric pink and blue colours make for an eye catching stripe.

Come on in and take a look at what we carry in store.

Jax

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Old TV Stands, New TV Stands

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Living in a small apartment has its challenges.  My boyfriend and I live in a small one bedroom apartment downtown, which doesn’t leave any room for a dining room table.  Although we have a small bar cut-out (that doubles as our kitchen counter) most nights we end up eating on the couch.  I wanted to find some nice TV stands so we could comfortably eat our dinners without a real table.  My boyfriend’s Grandmother was generous enough to donate two TV stands she had from an old set from the 40’s.

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They’re in great condition although the faux wood veneer looked a little dated.  I wanted to give them a little facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some decorative paper on the tops.

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I spray painted (with a mask, always use a mask when spraying anything) the bottoms in a hunter green colour instead of the original dark brown.  The tops were primed so none of the old woodgrain pattern would show through the paper once I pasted it on the tops.

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I traced the tops and cut the papers a little larger than I needed so I could exactly trim them once the tops were glued on.  I wanted to make sure that they were covered right to the edges.  After pasting the papers on the tops of the stands they were covered in several coats of lacquer to protect them.  I wanted to make sure they would be usable, wipeable, and spill proof.  I used a low-fume spray lacquer.  I found that with the spray some of the smaller fibres lifted a bit making the surface a bit bumpy.  I used a fine steel wool to smooth out the tops in-between coats.

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I used the Katazome 35 (above left) and Katazome 187 (above right).  Now we have matching his and her’s TV tables.  Try reclaiming something of your own with some beautiful paper.

Jax

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