How To: Make Amy Sedaris' Crafts for Poor People

The multi-talented Amy Sedaris (creator and star of TV show Strangers With Candy) has a new gut-busting venture, now available in bookstores near you. Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People is a tongue-in-cheek DIY guide to projects like seashell toilet seat covers and ringworm pompons. In a recent interview with NPR, a couple statements rubbed some DIYers the wrong way (ahem, ugly people are doing crafts; pretty people are having sex). Or perhaps this didn't sit well:

How To: Make a photo cube

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a photo cube. This project can be done in a couple of hours and only costs a couple of dollars! To start, you will first get an exact measurement of the width of your wood. After marking these, you will cut the wood using a band saw. After the eight blocks are finished, line them up in a cube and use clear packing tape to secure them together. Use a sharp blade to trip the tape. You can then open up the cube to show six different sides and tape your phot...

How To: Create a 4x4 tri-fold mini album

This video explains how to create a 4z4 tri-fold mini album. The first step is to score your designer paper at four inches and then fold along the score mark. The previous step is completed three more times until you have four score marks along your paper. Three separate pieces of paper are then cut measured at three and half inches. Your chosen picture is then glued into the center of your original twelve inch panel. using the three individual pieces of paper you must glue them around the pi...

How To: Make a slit flower frame card

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a slit flower frame card. First, gather all your cardstock together in the colors that you would like. Then, take the first one and cut a circle window in it using a blade and a template. Then, punch slits on the outer frame of the window. From here, shade the petals and pull them out from the card to stick out. Then, place a rubber stamp with hearts on the other place of card stock. Then, turn the flower frame over and apply foam tape to the back. From ...

How To: Make a paper bag mini

In this video we learn how to make a paper bag mini. Start out with your paper consistent throughout the entire bag and then distress the pieces that you place on it. When you open it up it will have several pages inside of it. Use different types of stamps, distressing, and tags to make this unique. Use a lot of tags to put notes and sentiments on and then add in designs that are all your own! Add in as many pages as you would like to and create something interesting. Leave it plain or add i...

How To: Make a 12" by 24" two-page scrapbook layout

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a 12" by 24" two-page scrapbook layout. First, you will need to gather all of your papers and stickers that you want on your pages. Also, grab your pictures you want to use. Next, figure out where you want to place your photo, then glue it down. After you do this, add on an additional photo in another space of the paper. Place a background underneath the picture first if you want to give it a matted look. Also make sure to place in any stickers that you ...

How To: Turn a composition book into a decorative notebook

In this video, we learn how to turn a composition book into a decorative notebook. First, measure your composition book, then measure out that same size on a piece of decorative paper. Next, put adhesive on the back of this on all four edges, then diagonally. Now, you will have a solid attachment for the paper to be placed on top of the composition notebook. Use a straight edge to push it down and it's completely flat. Then, use scissors to cut any excess paper off of the edges and corners. Y...

How To: Make a scrapbook about all of the books you've read

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a scrapbook about all of the books you've read. First, you will want to take a part from the pages that meant the most to you. Type out the text that was written, then glue it onto a similar sized piece of card stock. Adhere this to the top of a picture that has the same theme as the text that you just wrote out. After you do this, decorate your page even more until it's completely finished. You can also take pictures of the books that you have read and ...

How To: Make custom chipboard buttons for scrapbooking

In this video, we learn how to make custom chipboard buttons for scrapbooking. First, take a scrap of chipboard and use a circle trimmer to cut circles out. Cut circles out of patterned paper in different sizes using many different patterns. Now, apply glossy finish onto the papers and wipe off the excess liquid. Ink the edges after this, then put adhesive onto the back of each of the different circles. Now, you can punch holes into the center of the circle to make it look like a button. Now,...

How To: Make a multi-pocket/tag envelope page for mini scrapbo

In this video, we learn how to make a multi-pocket/tag envelope page for mini scrapbook. To start, you will need to put the different pieces of paper together. You will need to use a standard number 10 envelope, then trim off each end so that the envelope body is nine inches long. Then, stick down the flap and then score from one end out four inches to the middle. Then, fold this down. After this, you will cut the ends off and two pockets will be created. Now, cut out half circles to create s...

How To: Make a shadowbox

In this video, we learn how to make a shadowbox. First, you will need to have a frame that is thick and pops out from the wall. After this, layer hot glue down on the inside of the frame where you are going to put what goes on the inside. Decorate it how you like, a good idea is to use fake moss, wood chips, and stones on the inside. Decorate this as unique as you would like to, let your imagination go wild! After you have decorated the frame as you would like it, grab a piece of paper that y...

How To: Create a vintage-looking mini scrapbook album

In this seven part series, you're shown how to create a whimsical mini-scrapbook with a very vintage, Alice in Wonderland feel. From taking your materials out of their wrappers to the final pen stroke, this video series will show you how to create a beautiful "World of Wonder" scrapbook. A lovely gift idea for the Lewis Carroll fan!

How To: Distress old wallpaper

In this video, we learn how to distress old wallpaper. First, cover your chip board and then take the piece of paper and tear the edges. Tear all the way around, or how you prefer it to look. Next, rub quick dry adhesive onto the back of the paper, then brush it to the ends of the paper. Now, push the paper onto the chip board and start to roll and crinkle it up. Distress the paper first if you want to, then continue pushing the paper until it looks how you like it. Make sure you work quickly...

How To: Make crumpled flowers for scrapbooking

This video tutorial is in the Arts & Crafts category which will show you how to make crumpled flowers for scrapbooking. Cut out three circles of 2", 1 1/2" and 1" diameter out of a sheet of paper. Then wet the pieces of paper lightly with water or colored ink and crumple them one by one as shown in the video. Then place the three pieces together and pin them up with a split pin. Now crumple the edges of the paper further to give them the look of a flower. Allow it to dry and your flower is re...

How To: Flatten a bottle cap in the Cuttlebug

In this video, we learn how to flatten a bottle cap in the Cuttlebug with Sara Sandberg. Before you do this, make sure you purchase bottle caps from a store, the ones from your home beer will not work with the Cuttlebug. Place your thick white A mat in the Cuttlebug, then place the bottle caps flat side down on top. Next, place a dye on top with the metal side down. After this, crank the lever and pull the papers through the machine. When you remove the top, your bottle caps will have flatten...

How To: Use Fiskars Decorative Edge scrapbook layout

In this tutorial, we learn how to use Fiskars Decorative Edge scrapbook layout. First, you will need to pick out the templates, pictures, and paper that you want to use for this project. Now, place the stencil over the card stock and cut out the stencil shapes you want, stars work best if you are doing a fun child theme. Now, apply these to your base card stock, and arrange a frame over the background. Now, apply the picture to the page and add on the stencils you just cut out. Add in quotes ...

How To: Use the feature keys for your circuit machine

In this tutorial, we learn how to use the feature keys for your Cricut machine. There are six feature keys on every cartridge. The first is the shadow feature key that create a matte to highlight your letter. The shadow blackout key creates a solid matte that doesn't cut out the holes in between the letters. The charm feature key puts a charm top on the top of letters. The sign feature key puts letters inside of a small sign post, making it one inch from top to bottom. The slotted feature key...

How To: Use Prima Paintables paper

In this tutorial, we learn how to use Prima Paintables paper. These are meant to watercolor on and are very thick pieces of paper. You can take a paint brush and open up a bunch of different paint colors. Start to paint your picture, then allow it to dry. When finished, you can spray a water bottle on it to bleed the picture and make it look unique and your very own. This is something that is fun to do and makes it easy to paint your own creations using this paper that is made just for painti...

How To: Use glitter mist to make a great scrapbook

Making a scrapbook with glimmer mist, allows you to create interesting effects for scrapbooking. Shake the glimmer mist properly. Instead of shaking it up and down, shake it horizontally in circles. If you shake it up and down, it forces bubbles into the mist, which is the cause of splattering. You'll see a tornado inside, if you are shaking it properly.

How To: Use non-standard page protectors when scrapbooking

In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to use non-standard page protectors when scrapbooking. It is a tip on getting a large number of photos in an album without taking up too much space or using too many supplies. You can get 12 x 12 page protectors in terms of size but with pockets for 4 x 6 photos. This way you will have 6 photos on each side of the protector. Or maybe you put 5 photos and a card on one side. If you don't want to mess around with extra page protectors, you...

How To: Make a star picture album greeting card or scrapbook

See all the steps required to make this nifty photo album, which can be used as a picture greeting card or a simple scrapbook for yourself. Despite its complicated look, it's really not that hard to make. This stunning star album card can be made up as cards including many messages, pics, stamps, etc., or they can be made up as miniature scrapbook albums — especially great for kids after a special day out. It's good for a series of "happy" photos to cheat someone who needs "get well" messages.

How To: Alter a bottle cap for a scrapbook piece

Bottle caps can be used for so many different reasons. They can be used as cheap weapons, fake money in card games, and even decorations for arts and craft pieces. This tutorial will focus on the arts and crafts aspect and will show you how to alter a bottle cap for a scrapbook project. It's simple, easy, and fun to do. Enjoy!

How To: Create a Tim Holtz or autumn inspired distressed tag

Donna50242 shows us how to make an amazing looking tag to use on different things. This video is in response to another one posted earlier. This tag is made be crinkling up an ordinary brown paper tag and then flattening it out to create the worn out wrinkle effect. Using a distressing inking tool with a foam pad, we apply the ink in a swirling motion. using different colors from the ink set (Mahogany, Mustard seeds, green etc), we can create amazing effects. And that's it, your done! Try exp...

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