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5 Ways to Use Rubber Stamps!

5 Ways to Use Rubber Stamps!

5 Ways to Use Rubber Stamps

5 Ways to Use Rubber Stamps

1. Use on Fabric for Sewing Labels

We always find ourselves trying to find handmade finishing touches on our sewing projects, but can never quite find the perfect label. Here is a quick fix with a few handy rubber stamps!

Tutorial by: Crafty Blossom 
 

 2. Use on Cookies with Royal Icing

Calligraphy has been popular on wood signs, planners, and now even cookies! Don't sweat trying to learn calligraphy, just use a rubber stamp! You will be sure to impress your friends and family with this kitchen secret...

Tutorial by: Semi Sweet
 

3. Use on Fabric for Homemade Place Mats

Want to add a touch of nature to your home? Recycle canvas fabric from previous projects and stamp a pattern using some fabric paint! A quick and easy way to switch up your table setting.

Tutorial by: Zana Designs

 4. Use to Design Handmade Soap

Everyone deserves to be pampered. Surprise your loved ones with a gift they will appreciate with hand picked designs chosen by you! What rubber stamps will you choose?

Tutorial by: Finding Home Farms

 5. Use on Air Dry Clay

This is by far our favorite use of rubber stamps outside of our usual paper crafts. Create bowls, small dishes, or coasters using your favorite ink and stamp pads. What will you make?

Tutorial by: Gathering Beauty

 

 Looking for ways to organize your stamps and ink pads? The WorkBox 3.0 can help!

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How To Chain Piece

How To Chain Piece

How To Chain Piece

How To Chain Piece

This week's expert craft tips come from our friend Dawn Wade over at The Littlest Detail Blog. If you're brand new to quilting, check out her other post for beginners!

HOW TO CHAIN PIECE

By Dawn Wade

So what is Chain Piecing?  Chain piecing is a sewing technique that is basically an assembly line for your quilt, sewing block after block without cutting your thread in between each set. Not only saving you time, but thread as well!!  YAY! More thread and time to make more quilts!  Sometimes it’s harder to explain a simple concept than a harder one.  So get out your sewing machine and follow along.  Chain Piecing is WAY easier than you think!

For our first chain piecing, we are going to work on a simple 9 patch block.  It’s called a 9 patch because it has 9 squares of fabric.  When it comes to fabric, I like to start with pre-cuts.  Not only are they already cut but they also offer an array of colors and patterns from the same collection, taking the guess work out of color and pattern combinations.  The pre-cuts that I am using for this tutorial are 2.5” Charm Squares from Moda Fabrics.

Step 1:  Layout your Fabric

First things first, lay out your block to your liking.  I find it easiest to use a felt backed tablecloth that is hung on the wall to lay out your block.  Don’t forget to look at composition of color and patterns when laying out your fabric.  There were a couple of patterns in my block that are the same but for the sake of the tutorial, I am OK with it.

Step 2:  Pick up in order

Once your blocks are laid out, start picking up the squares starting in the top left corner.  Pick up the first two (left to right) with the right sides of the fabric squares together.

Next, pick up the next rows first two squares (left to right) and align those right sides together.

Continue picking up the first two blocks of the last row making sure to work from left to right.

Pick up all the blocks in the third row starting from top to bottom.

Step 3: Organize your Squares

Make sure to label your blocks along the way.  You can use just a plain old scrap of paper and a pin.  I tend to lose these little bits of paper so I rely on one of my favorite notions, Alphabitties by It’s Sew Emma.  These little pieces of plastic have printed letters and numbers on them that help you keep your cut fabric pieces together, organized and looking cute to boot!  Attach them with a Clover Wonder Clip and you will be ready to take on chain piecing like a pro!  I like to attach my labels as I am working so there is no guessing which square goes where.

Step 4: Chain Piecing

Now that you have your squares in order, it will make chain piecing them together super easy.

Sew the first two sets together with a ¼” seam. Without cutting your thread on the sewing machine, thread the next two sets together and repeat for the next set.  Cut your thread from your sewing machine and you will see that a chain has been formed.  This is the ‘chain’ in chain piecing.  

Use scissors or snips to cut the thread chain in between the squares.

Continue sewing on the last row of squares to the sewn square sets.  Repeat the same chain piecing process and clip.

At this point you should have three rows of three squares each.

Step 5:  Press your Seams

It is now time to bust out your iron.  Make sure to press the seams every other row in the opposite direction.  This will help with nesting your seams and having accurate corners and matching points.

Step 6: Nest your Seams

Nesting your seams is the easiest way to get accurate piecing.  If you have pressed your seams in the opposite directions, then nesting your seams should be a breeze.  Lay two rows right sides together.  Match the seams up so that the fabric literally nests inside the other seam.  It’s a little hard to see here but you will feel the two seams lock inside of each other.  Pin the rows together and sew.

Pin the rows together, taking great care to nest the seams and sew into place. Repeat for the last row and press.

Your first block is now complete and you have learned a brand new technique.  It may have looked intimidating but just go through the steps and try it.  You will be glad you did.  Now that you have mastered one 9 patch block, go ahead and make a few more, sew them together using the same chain piecing method above to form a whole quilt top.  Easy Peasy!

Follow Dawn on Instagram @thelittlestdetail and read her blog at LittlestDetail.com 

 

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5 Ways to Use Acrylic Shelves

5 Ways to Use Acrylic Shelves

5 Ways to Use Acrylic Shelves

5 Ways to Use Acrylic Shelves

Our shop is full of great accessories that can help you save time and get organized. One of our favorites is our Acrylic Paper Shelving 6-Pack. Each shelf can hold up to 60-100 pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. Think you could fill them? Read more below for details!

1. Fits into all of our furniture!
Did you know our acrylic shelves fit into not only The WorkBox, but they also fit into our other hobby and craft furniture pieces. Here's a few pictures of how we put them into our EZ View Desk and Studio Tower.

  

2. Install Shelves Flat or at an Angle
You can install your shelves at an angle or you can lie them flat to store smaller tools and get the most out of your shelf configuration. (pictures below use 2 sets of Acrylic Shelves).

3. Label your shelves!
Our team used a label maker to put stickers on the front of every shelf! This way we can see exactly what we need and find our craft supplies quickly and easily, and who doesn't want that?!

4. Paper/Journal Storage
Each of our Acrylic Paper Shelves hold up to 60-100 pages of Scrapbooking paper. You can also store your favorite notebooks, journals, or planners. 

5. Store Smaller Items
Our storage solutions don't just stop at scrapbooking paper, you can also use our Acrylic Shelves to store everything from small cookie cutters, cake decorating supplies, and jewelry tools. 

Improve Your Handwriting

Improve Your Handwriting

Improve Your Handwriting

Improve Your Handwriting

HAPPY CRAFT MONTH! 

We hope you will celebrate by trying something new! We'll be sharing tips and tutorials all month long to help you get started.

This week's craft tips come from our friend Kara Benz, better known as Boho Berry. Her blog is filled with tools and inspiration for living better, achieving goals and bullet journaling! You might even catch a glimpse of her beautifully organized WorkBox 3.0 on occasion! 

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR EVERYDAY HANDWRITING

By Kara Benz

HANDWRITING TIP #1

USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE ON HAND

When it comes to practice supplies, the best supplies are the ones that you already own. It can be SO tempting to go out and buy ALL of the things when you start to practice, but the bottom line is that all you need is paper and a pen or pencil.

Sure, fancy tools can inspire you to practice more and some are better than others, but even the most elaborate of supplies won’t change your handwriting. Only practice can do that.

The chances are that if you have been on your own handwriting journey for a while now, you already have some fun tools at hand. If so then by all means, use your favorite ones. My point here is that there is absolutely no need to go out and spend a fortune in order to practice.

HANDWRITING TIP #2

LOOSEN YOUR GRIP

Loosening your grip is one tip that I still struggle with regularly, but it’s SO important!

A “death grip” on your pen or other writing instruments can have several adverse effects. First of all, it leads to fatigue. Your hand can get tired and cramped very quickly when gripping your pen too tightly.

Secondly, a tight grip can alter the way that your writing looks on the page. If your aim is to have fluid and consistent penmanship, then a loose grip is key.

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You’ll find a lot of information online about different “right” and “wrong” ways to hold your pen.

While I do believe there is some validity to these arguments, I also know that trying to change too much all at once can lead to overwhelm and failure.

For now, focus on loosening your current grip and taking breaks to stretch your hand from time to time as you practice.

HANDWRITING TIP #3

FOCUS ON SMALL TWEAKS VS. MAJOR CHANGES

So many factors in your life have led you to the style of writing that you currently use. Your handwriting is unique to you and it should be celebrated. Before attempting a complete overhaul of your handwriting, I recommend making small tweaks to the handwriting that you already have.

Start by writing out the entire alphabet in your favorite style of writing. Then go back and circle your “problem letters” — the ones that you aren’t happy with.

Take each of those individual letters and try changing up the style to something that you love. Once you find it, practice it over and over again, incorporating it into your everyday writing.

Focusing on small tweaks like this will be much easier than trying to overhaul your handwriting all at once. As a bonus, your handwriting will remain uniquely your own :)

HANDWRITING TIP #4

PRACTICE IN YOUR FAVORITE STYLE

Since it is my favorite form of writing, I have focused the majority of my practice on cursive handwriting. I recommend picking your favorite, whether it be cursive, print, or a blend of both, and practicing only that style until you are happy with it.

If you take a look at my social media posts you’ll notice that I often write in multiple styles. I like to use ALL CAPS when writing in my Bullet Journal, as it makes everything look neat and tidy. I like to use cursive when I want something to stand out or be more playful.

Whatever your favorite style, practice that until you are ready to move on to the next.

HANDWRITING TIP #5

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

The old saying goes that “practice makes perfect,” but I like to rephrase that a bit when I talk about practice. I much prefer “practice makes progress,” as I don’t really believe in perfection.

Even after all this time practicing my handwriting, I can still see the imperfections and mistakes every time that I write. Especially in the beginning, I would let those imperfections get to me. I would get discouraged and beat myself up when I just couldn’t “get it.”

What I found, though, was that sticking with my practice — even when I felt like I was trudging through mud — allowed me to slowly but surely see more and more progress.

These tips were originally posted on the Boho Berry Blog. They have been republished with permission from the author.

 

 

Craft Room Makeovers with The Original ScrapBox

Craft Room Makeovers with The Original ScrapBox

Craft Room Makeovers with The Original ScrapBox

Craft Room Makeovers with The Original ScrapBox

See how these customers transformed their space with the help of the WorkBox 3.0 

Melissa W. shared these photos of her craft room makeover. We love how it turned out! All of the tools and supplies that were in bins and boxes are now easily accessible.  

"Thank you ScrapBox for this miracle!"

Eugenia L. shared these photos on her blog after upgrading her makeup storage. We are blown away by the transformation! The WorkBox is an amazing storage solution for all kinds of creativity! 

"I really love looking at this beauty! It’s like a piece of art! I was so shocked that I actually have tons of empty space to hold even more products!!

Lianne, a polymer clay artist in Hawaii, recently decided it was time to upgrade her workspace. What a transformation!

"My WorkBox has helped me be more organized, efficient, and safe with my two young children and small apartment. Everything has a home, is labeled properly, and is within arms reach." 

See a full tour of her WorkBox HERE

Sonya S. shared her before and after photos with us. We love that the WorkBox  can create an amazing workspace anywhere in the house! 

"So in love with my transformed art space thanks @theoriginalscrapbox!!"

Brooke's kitchen cabinets were overflowing with cookie decorating supplies! The WorkBox helped her get organized and gave her the ability to store everything in one place.

"I love that everything is within reach! It's so nice not having to constantly get up out of my seat to get things. I also love that I can film my tutorials at my WorkBox, and there is a light above me. It's seriously the best thing ever!"

See more of her space HERE

Diane S. shared these photos of her before and after. Look at all those craft supplies! 

"Creating is my happy place and you just gave it back to me. Words alone cannot begin to tell you. I see why people cry when the crate arrives. I just pull a tray out and work, put that tray back and create anything else this hippie heart wants to without hunting or digging thru the mess. Someone asked me if I really think it is worth the price? I will tell you after having this gem in my home, yes I would pay double that."

Gayle D. was storing her tools and supplies in all kinds of different bins and boxes. The WorkBox allowed her to move everything over to one space and really makes the room feel more tidy and put together. 

"I thought I was organized but the room was always a mess. I had containers everywhere, but as you can see there was always an overflow. The WorkBox 3.0 is a lifesaver. Now I can see the floor and actually walk around in the room."

The Many Uses of The Modern MiniBox

The Many Uses of The Modern MiniBox

The Many Uses of The Modern MiniBox

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Why are mini things always so cute?

The Modern MiniBox may look small and adorable, but don't be fooled! This cabinet is home to 44 clear totes, a table workspace and can hold up to 800 pounds of supplies! The Modern MiniBox is mobile, allowing it to transition easily from space to space. Keep it displayed in your kitchen, living room, or guest bedroom as a perfect hideaway station and work area. Our all inclusive clear tote set is made with food-grade safe material.

There are countless ways to use the Modern MiniBox, but here are just a few of our favorites: