Friday, October 29, 2010

mini pinwheel tutorial

Hi all! I love pinwheels, who doesnt?  The smaller they are the cuter they are in my book, but they are also harder to make!  The smallest size that I can make without driving myself crazy is 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch.  I just cut the square with my trimmer
The next step is to fold the paper diagonally in one direction then in the other, it doesnt matter which side your paper is on because all you are doing here is creating your guidelines for cutting.
once your done with your folding it will look something like this

next cut along the guidelines youve made leaving about an 1/8th of an inch from the center, but no need to measure you should just be able to eyeball it.should look something like this.

I use the tombo mono multi glue for these because it dries really fast.  Choose to start on the left or right side of each triangle you have cut and put a dot of glue near the point.  Hole this point down until the glue dries. Continue on the same side you chose around all four triangles.

The next thing I do is put a piece of wax paper over the side of the pinwheel with glue on it and clamp it with a clothespin.  this will keep your hands free while it dries and nothing sticks to wax paper!

Now you need to choose what to make your center out of.  I usually use paper, but bling or buttons make great center too.  I punched the red dot of the same paper the pinwheel was made of. Then glued it on.

It is as simple as that.  Isn't that too cute!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A mini out of a moleskin

I love moleskin journals and I use them for everything, but when they are filled with nonsense that is no longer relevant what to do?  It is hard to throw something so pretty away.  One night in my sleep I dreamed of little moleskin mini, and hey sometimes dreams do come true!
first I gutted the paper, then I used my paper piercer to make a whole and used an old pony tail holder and a button to make a closure.

next I coated the inside with fabric glue and ruched some material I cut from a skirt I got at a yardsale for .50
and splatter with a little glimmer mist. I tore some strips from the hem of skirt and sewed them into the spine of the book.  I laminated my photos, memorbilia and journaling and punched holes in them and used the strips to tie them into the book.  I added some lace I also cut off of the skirt and a few stickers and voila!

Saturday, October 23, 2010