music to listen to as I create-feel free to MUTE if you don't want it

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

paper beads

My lanyard for my school ID broke last week so I decided to make one with paper beads. I did this craft when I was like 15 or so. A couple of years ago, I saw a Martha Stewart craft kit in the scrapbook section at Michaels so I figured I could do it with scrapbook paper that I didn't want in my scrapbooks.So I didn't like this paper, but thought that the small amount of edge that would show, would still make a nice bead color.

Start at one end, mark off 1 inch, then continue going across the entire page (there'll be a mark at 1", 2", 3", 4", 5", etc.). On the opposite side, start at the 1/2 inch mark, and mark every inch so that you have a mark at 1/2", 1.5" 2.5", 3.5" etc. Then draw a line from one side to the other, making triangles. (see above picture)

Cut them apart (it was pretty quick work using my Creative Memories trimmer since it's longer than 12" where as my Fiskars trimmer is exactly 12". Because I was cutting on an angle, I needed the extra distance).

Roll the bead tightly and apply glue to the end. The picture above shows you how it looks when it is loosely rolled and not yet glued. The one below, is glued so it won't unroll.
And here is the finished necklace. I think this is going to be repeated one day with different color papers. I may also try making some of them shorter by making them only 1/2" wide and cutting the paper in half so the triangles are shorter. It'll slightly change the shape of the beads and make a pattern for the necklace with long and short beads.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sandals weather! What Do Your Feet Say About You?

What Your Feet Say About You:

You are pretty average in your expressiveness. You can express yourself well, but you don't always want to.

You are a somewhat passionate person. A few things get you very fired up, but you're usually pretty laid back.

You are an assertive and aggressive person. You are determined and not likely to ever give up.

You take a while to fall in love, but once you do, you stay pretty attached to your partner.

You are not easily frightened, but you have a few strong phobias.

You are very practical and down to earth. You're more concerned with action than thoughts.

You are a fairly hard worker, but you are also a little spoiled. You like indulge yourself every now and then.

You are easily influenced by other people. You're quite impressionable, so you should only be around people who are a good influence.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chocolate and Door personality tests

What Your Taste in Chocolate Says About You

You are sophisticated, modern, and high class.

Your taste is refined, but you are not picky.

You are often the first to try something new.

You are energetic and quick to act.

You are open minded, and you easily adopt new social causes.

While your heart is in the right place, you often can't follow through with your dreams.

You love to be in love. You crave romance, whether you're single or not.

You feel lost when you don't feel passion... you need someone to adore.


What Your Front Door Says

You are intriguing and charming.

People are naturally drawn to you, even if they don't know you.

You are calm and wise. You are a true leader.

You never feel isolated in a group. Somehow, you always belong.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Free Warriors Book to read online

It's the first of the Power of Three series. I'm going to wait until they come out in paperback before I buy them but this will give me (and you if you like the Warrior Cats series) a taste.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

PINK layouts

What Generation Do You Belong In?

You Belong in the Baby Boomer Generation

You fit in best with people born between 1943 and 1960.

You are optimistic, rebellious, and even a little self centered.

You still believe that you will change the world.

You detest authority and rules. Deep down, you're a non conformist.