DIY Divided Page Protectors and Shaker pockets WITHOUT a Fuse tool!

Hi Friends! Did you see the nifty looking Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers that debuted at CHA this year? It is a hot tool that allowed you to make shaker pockets or divided page protectors (like for Project Life type projects) out of ordinary page protectors. I liked the ideas of making divided page protectors for stamp storage since I keep all my unmounted stamps in binders and divided page protectors cost 10 times more than the standard ones. However what would I be saving if I dropped $30 on another tool? So I thought of other similar tools I owned and after chatting with Kathy we determined that I should test out my Creative Hot Marks tool (basically a pretty wood burner by Walnut Hallow) to see if it would do the same thing. I was excited to use that tool again because it was all the rage a few years ago but I have not touched it in quite a while. I am happy to report that it does a great job! In today’s video I will show you how! BTW, don’t worry if you do not have this exact tool because I will suggest some other things that will work!

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So you might be thinking, oh great, now we need to drop $20 on THIS Creative Hot Marks (Wal-Mart seems to have the best price if you are interested at $19.97 but it is on sale at Joann.com for $22 as well) but you probably have something at home that will work just as well. After posting the video on YouTube many viewers chimed in with their DIY success stories (mind you I have not tried these myself so take care when experimenting and use any heat tool with caution especially if you have kids and pets and ALWAYS unplug it after use!)

More ideas that may work!

  • Hot glue gun (with no glue in it)
  • Food Saver
  • Soldering Iron (preferably a low wattage one or one with an adjustable dial)
  • Small iron
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Regular wood burning tool

Make sure you have a heatproof surface. A glass mat or silicone mat is ideal, you might even want a silicone mat on a glass mat just to be sure you don’t burn or warp anything underneath. If you have tried this (great minds think alike!) already and have another device that will work please let me know in the comments. If you like this tip I would love it if you shared it with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or ANY of your social media places. It really helps me grow and I appreciate it so much! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Win a Pocket Printer! Polaroid Zip Printer Review & Giveaway!!!

Hi Friends! I have a fun post for you today! Last week I was contacted by Polaroid and they asked me if I would like to review their new portable mini printer that prints 2″x3″ photos from your smartphone or tablet. I was a bit worried that I would not be able to figure out how to use it but it was actually very easy. I borrowed my hubby’s smartphone, downloaded the app and was printing in minutes! I had such a ball with this so I asked Polaroid if I could give a printer away on my blog and they said “sure!” You can read more about this printer here, I’d like to know what you like most about this printer and why you would like to win it, leave your answer in the comments and I will pick one lucky reader to win a printer next Friday. This is one of those products that I didn’t know I wanted until I used it. I think this would be such a fun graduation gift for a kid to take off to college since it is small and works with any smartphone. Also, it does not take ink, you just replace the paper like the Polaroid cameras from the “olden” days. See how much fun I am having with and learn how to use it in today’s video!

Video! (PS, I apologies for my giddiness, I was having too much fun with this!)

My Review/Things to consider before buying/Pros & cons:

  • The printer costs about $130 and each print will run you about 50 cents. A 50 pack of paper is $25 (30 pack is $15 and so on) but there is no ink to by because it is in the paper, or the printer is magic, who knows…
  • I think this is a great way to break the disconnect between taking photos with your phone and getting physical print because people seem to have a hard time getting photos off their phones. I also think this would be fun to take to parties because you can share an actual photo with someone and it’s a sticker! Very cool!
  • Cost: It is a $130 investment and you can only print 2″x3″ photos which will cost 50 cents a piece. The quality is better than a photo booth or my old instant Polaroid camera but not as good as a photo lab photo (then again, that could be the fault of my phone) It looks better than the Instax prints I have seen though but again, that is only MY opinion.
  • This won’t replace the need of a large home printer (it is not designed to) but it is a great on the go device. It was not something I thought I wanted but after having it a few days I am in love with it!

I am looking forward to bringing this with me to the stamp show in a couple of weeks, I think it will be fun to scrapbook those memories because we always have such a fun time:) Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway, be sure to check out the Poloroid ZIP Printer product page on Amazon and then come back and let me know what you like best about it and how you would use it. Oh and if you have any trouble using it just hand it to one of your kids or grandchildren and they will have it printing pics in 30 seconds flat, heck if I can figure it out anyone can LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

4 Million! What? & Fast and Frugal Teacher’s Gifts!

Hi Friends! I just looked at my blog stats and I hit 4 million views today! Wow, thanks so much guys for helping me reach this milestone. In a time where people are saying that blogs are not relevant you have proved the nay-sayers wrong in fact my blog has never been busier, the last million views were gained in 11 months. I am so thankful for that:) Let’s go for another 4 million! Today I have a fast and frugal gift your kids can make for their classmates and teachers (or a gift teachers can make for their students) for the last day of school.

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I used 1″x7″ clear cello bags from Papermart. These are the same kind of bags I use to package my earrings, greeting cards and watercolor paintings. They are FDA food safe and crystal clear. Other than that you need cardstock, adhesive (double-sided tape woks great and is easy for kids), stamps & ink, and a brad if you are making a pin wheel favor like mine. Watch the video to see how it is done.

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Since I get asked this everyday by someone I will let you know what sizes of clear bags I keep in my studio for various packaging needs. You can package most things with just a few sizes.

1″x7″ – (used in today’s project) also good for chocolate pretzels or test tube looking favors.

3″x5″ – Earring cards, ATCs, Poops & Soups, Candy

6″x9″ –  Greeting cards, favor bags like my S’mores Kit project

11″14″ – Small matted watercolors

16″x20″ – Large Matted watercolors (Actual size is 16 1/4″ x 20 1/16)

You may find other sizes more useful for your particular needs but I love that I can use these for both packaging food and crafts. If you end up ordering a lot of bags (over $200) you will get a 15% discount so it  pays to stock up, maybe go in on packaging supplies with friends. I used to do that when I started out.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by and helping me hit my 4 million views milestone! Happy crafting!

I almost restarted recording but thought nah…oh, and winners!!!!

Howdy friends! I just got back from my kids elementary school band concert, it really means the school year is almost done when that rolls around! Last week when Kathy and Lorraine came over I talked them into filming a second AAC episode for you! I am not sure when the next one will be because I am “right out straight” until the Heirloom Stamp show. Speaking of that, I have winners to announce!!! The following people will get a free admission ticket to the Heirloom Production Show in West Springfield MA, don’t fret if you did not win you can still get discounted pre-sale tickets online for $6 each ($8 at the door) and while you are there you might want to sign up for one of my watercolor for stampers classes. I am so excited about meeting many of you at the show! If I had fewer than 12 people enter to win I was going to give some winners extra tickets but since we had many more than that each winner will get one weekend pass to the show. The winners are:

Marnie 

Brenda

Syd Howard

Stephanie

Ginny Maxam

Betty Wlazlo

Jennifer

Sara

Jen Johnson

janinep325

Carol Blais

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Winners, I have sent your email addresses (the one you used when leaving a comment here) to Heirloom and you will receive a custom printable ticket via email. I can’t wait for the stamp show!

And now, here is the latest Ask a Crafter, we got off to a rough start, well, what’s new right LOL!

I’d love to chat more by it is getting late and I need to chillax…OK it’s late, I normally don’t talk like the cool kids, well, like they did 5 years ago LOL! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting.

Pretty Butterfly One Layer Card!

Hi friends! Let’s make a quick one layer card. I am using new Painted Butterflies and Halftone Hello stamps from Altenew and Lawn Fawn ink pads. You can use any type of dye ink and solid image stamp you like for this technique though. You will also need a pattern stencil of your choice, I used a quatrefoil design.

 

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I made homemade sponge daubers I used in the video with bottle-caps and cosmetic sponges, you can find that tutorial here. The Rock ‘n Roll technique I showed you in the video is a great one for giving new life to a solid image stamp. Just make sure you ink the stamp up with the lightest shade of ink first so you don’t contaminate your ink pads. I hope you give this idea a try, and til next time happy crafting!

Yummy markers but are they worth the hype?

Hi friends! I have another marker review for you tonight. I was requested to try out the highly popular Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens by a viewer. As luck would have it Hallmark Scrapbook just got them in stock and asked if I wanted a set to play with, I love it when the crafty stars align! I am a bit of marker junkie so I always jump at the chance to try something new and with so many options available there is truly something for everyone. I am going to compare these markers to many of the popular brands. I forgot to try a tombow (one of my favorites) but I did after the fact and it blended about the same as a Whispers or LePlume marker. I left out Stampin Up! markers because I only own one and I bought it 10 years ago and while it still works it was pretty ragged…oh and it was red so it would not be a fair comparison as red is hard color to lift. SU! makes a fine marker though. Curious about these markers? Watch the video review!

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As you can see I really liked these markers, but I think if you want to do any journaling or using the marker to ink up a stamp you will be better off with Spectrum Aquas because you get more for your money with them. I think the tips on the Kuretake pens will be longer lasting because they have real bristles instead of a felt tip brush end. I think they must have a marker pad on the inside because they do not leak, nor do you hear swishing of ink if you shake them. You can get a smoother blend by using a watercolor blending marker but I like the painterly look of the water-brush, to each her own. What do you think? Are you going to give these a try or stick with the watercolor markers you have. Let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!

PS I shipped all of my jewelry grab bags (sold out sorry) today and all USA orders should be received by Thursday! Thanks so much for your orders! Now I have room to make more jewelry, woohoo!

Grab bags sold out and shipping today! #thefrugalcrafterlindsayweirich

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A Peek in to my Paint Boxes!

Hi friends! Just a quick post tonight because it is super late and I am running out of steam (yes, it happens LOL!) I wanted to share my vintage paint boxes with you, I have used my watercolor one consistently over the last 15 years and it is awesome, I have no idea how old it is (my mom found it at an antique shop long ago) but it is wonderful. My oil box is newer and not as good but still pretty awesome. I hope this gives you some ideas!

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Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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