Screenprinting Tutorial

I know I haven’t been posting much lately – between travels and crazy workloads, haven’t had the energy to do much of anything, really. More on that in a later post.

I just came across this video on screenprinting techniques using common, inexpensive materials. I was looking at the new Yudu machine online, and was actually thinking of purchasing one – until I saw the $300 US price tag. Ouch!

The techniques shown in the video below are not only much less expensive, but also seem much simpler than the Yudu machine. Screenprinting is definitely on my list of things to explore this spring… Enjoy!

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Accordion Box Tutorial

I’ve just uploaded a new tutorial explaining how to make an accordion box, like the one pictured here:

You’ll find it by clicking on my new Tutorials page, in the top right-hand corner of this site. I hope to add other tutorials soon…

Have fun trying this great project and don’t forget to send me photos of your finished boxes at papermusedesigns[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Tutorial – Refurbished Composition Notebook

Firstly, I should announce that WE HAVE HEAT!!! After more than 48 hours of mind-numbing cold, it is such a nice feeling to have toasty-warm hands and feet again.

Earlier today I posted a short tutorial on Craftster explaining how to decorate a plain composition notebook, such as the one I talked about in this post. I thought I’d share it here as well:

1. Using medium-grit sandpaper (I used 220 grit), lightly sand the outside covers of the notebook. This will take some of the gloss off and allow the papers to stick to the covers properly. Wipe off the sand residue with a damp cloth and let dry completely.

2. Find some decorative papers that you like, and cut them slightly larger than the covers of the notebook.

3. Glue the papers in place (I normally use PVA glue or Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, as I find glue stick adhesives tend to come undone after a while).

4. Once your glue is completely dry (about 15 minutes), lightly sand the edges of the covers using your 220-grit sandpaper. This will smoothe out the cover edges and give the notebook a weathered look. Wipe off sand residue with an ever-so-slightly damp cloth.

5. Wrap ribbon around the front cover and tie into a bow. Add a few spots of glue to keep the ribbon in place.

6. Add pockets or envelopes to the inside covers if you so desire.

7. Voila – a super duper notebook you won’t be embarrassed to carry around!