Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies...


Several different hobbies are occupying my free time these days and I just wanted to give you a glimpse into them (in case you don't follow me on Instagram - my feed is @scrapcollectr).

One thing I'm doing is crocheting caps for cancer patients. The website www.CrochetForCancer.org offers free easy patterns and addresses of regional locations to mail your finished caps. The supplier of the patterns is www.crochethooksyou.com . Both have Facebook pages. When I'm finished, I usually post my latest cap at the latter. I used to love crocheting long ago so I'm enjoying taking it up again. I'm a little afraid that I'm getting a little too excited about yarn purchases though. Lol. I'm working on my sixth cap now. This is what one of the finished ones looks like. I also tried my hand at amigurumi ("knitted toys" in Japanese). It was fun but more effort!

Then, I'm also really into using a Filofax as a decorated diary. I'm using stickers, flyers, business cards, and photos that I print from my Canon Selphy, as well as any number of other flat items on the pages. I post recaps on Mondays on Instagram. Here is the latest one.

And I guess along the same lines, just today, I decided to use my collection of flair buttons to decorate the outside of a little notebook that I got from Filofax's clearance section awhile back. It didn't have a calendar in it so I order the inserts and will use it more as a planner since the above is more of a diary after the fact.

You know that I like to make cards, so if you didn't see my previous post, check out the never-ending card that I made for a special uncle last week.

Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoyed it. *smile*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Never Ending Card technique

Hi Friends!
I love Instagram (IG). I'm posting over there at least once a day (my moniker is @scrapcollectr) but I'm realizing that if I want to say more, it's best to get this blog going again.

Like today. I pulled out a fun card that I made awhile back because it is so appropriate to use as a thank you for a recent giveaway I won. A souvenir box filled with items from Tokyo from the lovely @maybelleimasa over on IG.

What's fun about this is that it is a Never Ending Card. It flips over and over four times until it returns to the original image. Below my four photos, I'll give you a link to the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers, a wonderful free source for cardmakers. When you get to the tutorial, don't be overwhelmed by the step by step instructions. It's worth the effort.

So here are my photos. It was fun to cut the papers so that the flower image was still continuous. I've tried to track down the name of the stamp set that includes these lovely little geishas but I haven't yet. I'll keep you posted.

So now, give it a try. Here's the link. Have a great time. I'd love to see what you do with it!
Thanks for stopping by.... *smile*

Oh, and if you'd like to see it in action, I did a VINE post of it. My ID there is also Scrapcollectr.