Smash book page design

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I will try and upload some of my smash book journal designs. At the moment, I am in love with the little owls. I have gone from a heavy metal hot head to a sewer smash booker! Who figured that age mellowed people! So I simply got a project life owl card, selected some washi tape and then a large owl sheet. Then it was a matter of selecting a layout, applying glue and the tape. Can’t wait to write on this page.

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Sewing basics: winding a bobbin

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One thing that I understood quite quickly was winding a bobbin. Once I got it, I revised it so many times until I could do it with my eyes closed. I won’t use technical language as that is what confuses me the most about many sewing tutorials. So, here are the steps that I took:
1. Place your cotton on the rod. Make sure that the thread is in the direction as per your machine instructions.
2. Wind the thread twice around the small circular winder.
3. Pull the thread through ONE of the top holes in your bobbin
4. Clip it on the bobbin winder and push it to the left.
5. Pull the large circular knob on the side of the machine out.

Hold the top thread with one hand. Press the petal and watch it go. I repeated this process until it was second nature.

Fabric idea

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I found it difficult to keep tack if fabric. Since I like to iron on interfacing, I began to end up with interfacing everywhere. So I decided to buy fabric and the same length of interfacing if needed. I then pinned on the interfacing to the material (bumpy side down) and iron it on. Then I hung the material so that it could be ready and cut when needed. A simple time saver. I am starting to learn that material preparation and measurement takes more time than the actual sewing!

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Sewing boxes a must

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One thing that I have found remarkably helpful has been sewing containers. There were so many little bits and pieces in my sewing kits and that I had purchased. It was like overload. When shopping at my local $2 shop, I came across these storage boxes. They were more than $2, $3.50 actually. My mind was racing. Perfect. So I organised all the bits and pieces into categories that worked for me such as bobbins, safety pins etc. Here is the result. Since I have these it is easier to store more items in my sewing box.

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Storage of sewing materials

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Any art and craft project comes with an element of organisation and planning. There is nothing worse than starting a project and realising that you have the wrong materials. Just as I started sewing (my journey began a few weeks ago) I browsed the net. Most sewers seemed to have a system that worked for them. I started buying things bit by bit. So I started buying cotton, pins and containers. I also had a few sewing kits that I had been given over the years that had gathered dust.

I decided to place them all in one large box. As I also like smash booking and other craft projects, bits and pieces everywhere would slow me down. So I simply purchased a basket and stored all sewing materials in that. Now every time that I sew, I just bring out the basket!

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Cans, can, cans

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Another great starter craft project is can art. Take a tin can. Washed and clean of course! Select a paper design. You can use washi tape if you want. I prefer mod podge. Using a rotary cutter, measure the length of paper needed. (See below). Mod podge the paper as well as the can. For those of you who have no idea what mod podge is, here is a quick snapshot below.

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Slowly glue the paper to the can and completely cover the outer layer with mod podge. Wait until it dries. Tie ribbon around it and line with tissue paper. The possibilities for designs are endless! Enjoy.

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