If you’re getting serious about making art from paper, it’s important to have good supplies. I have so many that I can’t do without, but these are some of my top picks:
1. Bone Folder
2. Corner Punch
3. Long Ruler (18 inches is great!)
4. Paper Awl
5. Handmade Paper
6. Scrap Paper
7. Paper Trimmer
8. Masking Tape
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A craft binder is a great way to organize your ideas and your craft space! I use mine like crazy, so I thought I’d share the basics of it with you.
Find the biggest 3-ring binder that you can:i t needs to hold a lot! Personalize it with fun paper and your name.
Fill it with the basics.
1. Make sure it has inner pockets. You can tuck patterns and instructions in these.
2. Use dividers (mine are made from heavy paper, not store-bought.) Label each section with the different types art that you create. Fill each divided section with both lined and blank paper.
Add the extras.
3. Use clear presentation-page protectors to display your favorite craft paper, fabric or a craft magazine page detailing a new craft idea.
4. Here you can jot down ideas to try later, a tip from a friend, a sketch for a new design or a website you’ll reference later.
Include the catch-all.
Punch holes in a manila envelope or other folder to keep the loose pages in your organizer, like sewing patterns, instruction booklets and paper samples.
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Hard work pays off!
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I’m soooo hateful of my measuring cups.
Well, I have two sets. One is by Kitchen Aid, and they’re fine. The other are black plastic generic ones that my mom gave me from her camping supply that she didn’t need, and they suck. The black ones tried to trick me into thinking I was crazy. The black ones are the ones from hell.
I’m a great baker. I make bread, cookies and any other toasty goody I’m in the mood for. But for the past few months I’ve been producing crap about half the time: it’s either too dry, too soupy or just not right. This isn’t like me, so I figured I’ve been going through a rough patch.
This morning I decided to make cookies, and the dough looked totally dry. Chocolate chip cookie dough isn’t supposed to be dry. I mean it looks like sand! I got suspicious, and reasoned that the only way that this sand-crap dough was too dry was from too much dry ingredient. I used ‘ol trusty Kitchen Aid cups to double check the devil ones, and sure ’nuff: they’re off by 100%!
A big bowl filled with sand-dough.
So the 1/2 cup is really a 1 cup. Half the time I was adding twice the recipes’ dry ingredients.
I’m glad I figured it out, and feel wonderfully gratified! My baking is still divine! Though I am feeling unreasonably spiteful at the irresponsible cup manufacturer. THEIR ONLY JOB IS TO MAKE LITTLE ACCURATE CUPS WITH FLIMSY HANDLES. They’re fired in my head.
Has this ever (in all of the history of the time of people) happened to anyone else?
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1. For the first I paid two-fifty and got one; for the second I paid two-fifty and got a hundred.
2. One starts the fire in the fireplace, the other one hogs the place in front of the fire.
3. Both leave remnants on the floor.
4. One folds up and fits into my pocket; the other used to fit in my pocket.
5. While one lays uniformly with its peers, the other goes nuts around them.
6. Neither do well in water.
7. A tear in one breaks my concentration. A tear in the other breaks the bank.
8. I only trust leaving a sandwich in the presence of one.
9. Both rip, but only one requires me to leave the room afterwards.
10. I can’t imagine my life without either.
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