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|Posted on April 19, 2017 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
Well, we have managed to survive Easter and the kids are long gone back to the place they need to be! With that, I am looking around my craft area and thinking about the next round of projects to be covered.
With Mother's Day approaching in the US and other places around the world (except the UK), I was planning a whole heap of projects and new templates but as you know I sadly lost my mother last year and quite frankly my heart just isn't in it.
My mother was very central in my life, as she was effectively a single parent, which made her extra special. She was also such a bright energy, full of fun, full of inspiration and a love of life and people.She was always my biggest fan and encouraged me in life to be whatever I wanted to be. Her beautiful spirit is still about me and I am sure she is watching from a better place. Her passing was a loss to so many people she helped in life and to the world in general, let alone her family left behind. Her birthday approaches in the next month as well as the anniversary of her passing, so I would prefer to spend time in reflection rather than pushing to get things done.
So I will be posting the projects but just over a different timescale and not primarily focussed on Mother's Day but just projects that you can make because you want to. This way, I don't feel under pressure to deliver and can take time to do things properly.
If you would like to leave a comment or a suggestion below please do!
|Posted on April 7, 2017 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
I love finding different ways to present a gift. This lovely little Egg Carrier is a different idea and is modelled on those coffee carriers you can get. I was carrying my coffee to the car with an extra cup for the beloved husband and realised that it would make a great way to hold small easter eggs.
So off I went to design a template. Actually, I designed several templates and the other ones will find their way onto the blog at some point in the future I am sure. For now, there is one template to try if you want to make one. You can find the template on the left hand side menu under Boxes.
You can make them in several different sizes to fit most sizes of small Easter eggs. Here is the side view so you can see how they fit.
That just about wraps it up for our projects this year. There were lots more in planning that never made it to the final stages but they will be held over for next time, so I hope you have enjoyed following the ones we have got to. That just leaves me to wish a very peaceful and happy Easter period to blog readers and visitors from Mementoes In Time!
|Posted on April 6, 2017 at 12:55 PM||comments (0)|
Thanks for joining us for our Easter craft projects this year. We got there in the end!
There is one more post tomorrow but for a summary of the different things we covered, you can watch here is our latest short video. Click the link below.
|Posted on April 6, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
I think Easter lends itself to the natural look really well. Twines, raffias, simple Spring flowers, all make us feel part of the season. Following on from our earlier project where we make some lovely little Easter twine baskets, here is another decorative idea for you to try. These look gorgeous hanging on a twig tree or if you like, just make them without the hangers and display them in a faux bird's nest.
Simply wind your twine around your polystyrene egg, securing the top with a know and a pin to hold it in place. Use a good glue for this. I am using white PVA glue here so that I can move the twine around until I am happy with the position. You will then need to leave it for a few hours to dry.
Carry on winding around, adjusting as you go. You don't want any of the white foam showing through, so it is worth taking care.
Now you are ready to decorate.
Here is a smaller one decorated with ribbon and some punched daisies
As simple bit of vintage lace to decorate this one
Hang them on a twig tree for a lovely natural Easter decoration. If you have a natural look tree, even better!
|Posted on April 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
I absolutely adore making mini boxes, there is something deeply satisfying about making a box for some reason. Easter gifts are usually associated with baskets but boxes can make a nice change and can work well with most of the mini Easter eggs you can buy. These little boxes can be made with or without an aperture as shown in the demos. Use coloured papers or simple card, textured with an embossing folder. Add some stamped images, stickers or flowers to decorate.
I've made some really small ones here with some mini cards to go with them. Use these ones for flat chocolates or maybe some money. I love using the gingham papers for Easter and you don't have any, you can find some ginghams to use on the Member pages.
This little rabbit stamp is perfect for decorating the mini boxes
The mini cards feature simple and cute Easter themed images coloured with my lovely Copic Markers.
I will be posting the template for these boxes on the Member pages in the next day or so, so look for them there if you want to make your own! Join us again tomorrow for another project.
|Posted on April 4, 2017 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
Today we have another decorated Easter Egg idea for you to try. I saw some lovely decorated eggs for sale in my local craft store and wanted to have a go and make my own, as I thought it would definitely be cheaper but more importantly, I was interested to see if I could recreate the effect myself.
Tip: Use bamboo skewers to hold the eggs while you paint them. You can pull them off afterwards or leave them in so that you can display them in a vase.
Tip: I found out quite by accident that pushing the skewers into my bucket of plaster of paris was the perfect way to let them dry without touching each other or smearing!
I spent a bit of time mixing my paint colours to get the exact ones I wanted. I had taken a photo of the ones in the store and used that to match it to. I was looking for a much more vivid colour than the usual pastel tones you find on Easter projects. This was actually quite a challenge but I think I got there more or less in the end. After letting them dry, you can then get out your gold paint and an old toothbrush and use this to dab on the eggs to get that lovely mottled pattern.
Here is a closer look at the finish which I think looks gorgeous and pretty near the same as the ones for sale at a fraction of the cost!
|Posted on April 2, 2017 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
Just a quick project idea for this post. If you like me have thousands of paper flowers lying around and want a quick but really satisfying project to use them up, then how about using them to cover a polystyrene egg. I think the effect is absolutely beautiful!
Use coloured pins to secure the flowers and overlap them a little so that you don't have the white of the egg showing through. As simple as it gets really but gorgeous nonetheless!
Thanks for joining us for our Easter projects 2017. I hope you are enjoying this series!
|Posted on April 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
This little Easter box contains a surprise within!
Once the lid is removed, it opens out to reveal some lovely Easter eggs inside!
This box card is made using our Exploding Box Card Template that you can find on the Template pages on the left menu. The template contains the basic box plus a range of different shapes to use inside, including hearts, stars, flowers and ovals.I am using the oval shape here to make the Easter Eggs.
The box template is designed to be made with heavy card/crafters chipboard so that it flops open when the lid is removed. Actually, I have used card here instead of chipboard as I wanted the box inserts to stay 'suspended' rather than open out and fall completely flat. You could add some Easter treats to the middle of the box or maybe one of those little fluffy chicks you can buy everywhere at this time of year.
Everyone does things differently and that is the beauty of crafting!
|Posted on April 1, 2017 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
As my mother used to say, you can't go wrong with a gift in a box! Actually, I am not sure she did say that and she isn't here to contradict me anymore but nevermind, I will say it anyway!
So today, we are featuring a very quick but effective box project using a free template that you will be able to get on the Member pages. I won't be doing a full photo demo but you can see how the box goes together from the photo below.
Glue the side panel to form an egg shape and then fix this onto the base. You can then glue the top piece on or simply fix it very lightly with a tiny dob of glue and use a ribbon to hold the lid in place, as I have done.
This is a great time to use up those ribbons you have bought but are lying at the bottom of the drawer!
The template includes boxes in three different sizes. Fill with a small gift or some mini Easter eggs. I hope you are enjoying our Easter 2017 series. Do join us again for our final few projects coming up.
PS You may have noticed this is the second post today, as yesterday's one was missed. You would not believe the day I had yesterday, so I won't even begin to describe it but it did involve numerous car journeys, picking up a child who couldn't manage to open a train door at the right station and so ended up at another station further up the line, losing a purse, dealing with a relative in hospital etc etc...So today I am having a 'home day', with muffin and soup making and other domestic bliss chores!
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.
You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!
PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.
|Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
Today we are making some absolutely gorgeous little mini Easter Baskets, using something very ordinary and giving it a real upcycle!
If you have read this blog before, you will remember that we have used these sauce pots in a few other projects for Christmas. These are the little pots that you can pick up for free in your local fast food outlet (that will remain nameless) or you can buy a job lot of them on Amazon .
I find them very useful for storing paint or glue when I am using those, as well as finding lots of crafty ways to put them to good use. They are perfect for making minature Easter Baskets. These are great for small, inexpensive gifts for lots of children, as they are pretty quick to make.
You can just paint or use paper to decorate your pots but for this project we are using twine to cover them. This is just the cheap, ordinary twine that you use in the garden. Use a good glue here. I am using a basic white glue as this is forgiving enough for me to move the twine around to get it where I want it before it dries.
Once dried, you can make a handle. I used strips of card of approximately 1.25cm by 13cm ( 1/2 inch by 5inches).
Tip: If your card is a bit stiff, try using a scissor blade to shape it and avoid creases on the handle.
Glue these to the inside of the pot. You can decorate with a strip of ribbon as I have done here or maybe just emboss the handle to give it some interest. I have added some lovely little punched daisies and a piece of raffia, as I really wanted the natural look here to go with my twine finish.
The baskets will take either a creme egg, Galaxy egg and similar, or mini eggs like Cadburys.
Thanks for joining us again. Drop by again for another project in our Easter 2017 series!
|Posted on March 29, 2017 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Well at last, we are ready to go with our Easter projects!. These beautiful chalk effect eggs look lovely in a little faux bird's nest.
Actually, work started on these over a month and a half ago but what with ongoing problems with the website (still not fixed, we are working with 'work arounds' ) and ongoing personal problems noted in the previous post, we are most definitely slow to get off the ground. Life is always like that isn't it? You plan and plan to make sure things go well and something or even multiple things come out of left field to throw all your plans to the wind!!
We are using polystyrene eggs here rather than real ones. If you are like me, then you manage to buy polystyrene Easter Eggs every year and then you are not quite sure what to do with them, They sit gathering dust or mounting up in your cupboard until you open it and you get swamped with hundreds of eggs rolling around on the floor.
I decided to deal with this problem last year and you will find some projects we finished last Easter in the photo gallery and under the project ideas tab. Having bought even more of these stupid things, we have some more ideas to try this year!
Actually, I loved doing this technique and the final effect is pretty stunning, so why not have a go! Anyway, the effect we are trying to achieve is a lovely matt finish on those polystyrene eggs. To do this you need to add some plaster of paris to your paint mix in the following proportions:
You really want to get very light pastel colours for your eggs. You can see here that my blue came out too dark, so I did repaint a few times adding more white, until I got the tone that I wanted. Rememer that paint often dries darker and in fact that is what happened for me, so you may need to adjust it. I was looking for a really delicate light blue here.
Tip: Note that I am using a toothpick to hold the egg which makes it a much less messier task!
Here is my green. This one was pretty good.
Once dry, you can get going with the really clever part to make your eggs look realistic. I am using a brown paint here and an old toothbrush to flick the paint onto the egg. You will end up covering surfaces and anything else within range, including yourself with paint but the effect is worth it!
I hope you have enjoyed reading our first Easter project and do join us again for another project in our series, which we will be posting fast and furiously in an effort to catch up!
|Posted on February 22, 2017 at 2:00 AM||comments (2)|
I just wanted to share a message left as a guestbook signature. I can't seem to work out if the comment is for real or maybe just a troll. Leave me a comment below if you have an answer. I would love to hear your thoughts. However, it annoyed me enough to write a reply, which you can read below if you wish.
Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring? I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!
Thank you for your comment. I would like to respond if I may. I am not sure whether you realise but I manage this site alone with a little bit of help from my family (and I mean a little help).
So, I come up with ideas, design and draw everything from scratch using Corel Draw, test each item, make demos, take photos, write blog posts, make videos and run the social media content. No, I do not sit around all day writing blog posts and worrying whether they sound nice. Most of the blog posts are in fact informational, including 'how to' notes or announcing new templates and free stuff. When I have time, I do photo tutorials on different craft techniques but these are very detailed and I need to keep the content and templates coming, so I only do these when I can.
The site is run with a no profit motive. This means that any money made is fed right back into paying the fees to keep the site running. I simply like to make things, I make them and I share them to anyone who is interested. Most of the files I create are offered free of charge to members and in fact I only occasionally add a template to the 'pay for' section and this is only to pay the fees as I mention above.
The content is added during my free time. I have daily life issues like everyone else. Running my family and other personal things take up the bulk of my time. My mother was very ill for three years, after suffering a catastrophic stroke and last year she died. My father is now very unwell, so I am caring for him.
My family comes first which is why this site runs on a shoestring and I make nothing. That is not the intent. I have been running this site for years and loads of my content has been used and copied, particularly during the early days, when there wasn't much available on the web. Any readers who have been around that long will recall those issues. The big craft companies and magazines surf the web stealing ideas (don't even get me started on that) and I know for a fact a number of tutorials and a good deal of intellectual property has been directly copied from here without any kind of permission. Happy to provide details personally to anyone who wants the evidence!!
I don't have to work as hard as I do to produce content, in fact I have thought about giving up many times. My site fees are overdue right now and I may not decide pay them, due to so many problems being caused by Webs.com. It has been apalling trying to run this site with so many technical problems and in a way, just limping along. To say that I am at the end of my tether would be an understatement.
So, if nothing else, this site stands as a record of all I have made and achieved, so no regrets there. Also, the comments and contributions from some lovely members and visitors makes the effort worthwhile. I don't mind constructive criticism at all but I do ask people to understand the effort that goes into providing content for this blog and site before writing offhand comments on the guestbook, that are nothing more than discouraging for someone who is offering their time and experiences for free. I am currently working on Easter projects for people who are interested but if you don't like the site, feel free to leave. Nothing to keep you here!
Thank you for reading and to the person that wrote that comment...
Is that interesting enough for you??
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
You can now find the sheet of Valentine's Day labels on the Member pages, so go there if you want them!
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I do not profess to be any kind of expert on origami, in fact I am so far from being an expert that it is not really worth mentioning at all! Having said that, I do enjoy paper folding and we have featured quite a few paper folding projects here on the blog over the years, so we have a basic heart which you can make featured today.
I had been wondering what to do with some lovely paper printed with gold oriental script that had been sitting in my paper box, so this project was just the perfect way to use it.
I made lots of these and used them along with the Folded Hearts we posted about earlier in the Heart Notes Jar project.
There is a template on the Member pages but you really need some photo instructions or video to make these, so I will be uploading one as soon as I have done it. Alternatively, or if you can't wait for me to do that, you can find lots of other videos on Youtube showing how the folds are done. Make a large one and add a message inside or make some mini ones and use on your cards and gifts.
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
In an earlier post, we made this lovely Heart Notes Jar project. Scroll down the blog if you want to read it.
The jar contains a mixture of folded and origami hearts. The little folded paper hearts are really simple to make and a great way to use your leftover scraps of valentines papers.Just fold on the lines as shown to make a little pocket which you can use to add a message inside for your loved one. You can use them as mini notes stacked in a jar, or make them bigger and use as proper notelet to your loved one.
Check the Member pages for the template. There are different sizes on the template, so you can use them in lots of different ways. We are using the last sheet of multiple mini hearts for the jar project!
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
We are busily catching up on the Valentine's Day projects in case the website goes down, so here is another project and template for you.
We have made lots of concertina style pieces on the blog over the last year, mainly for Christmsas projects. Well if you enjoyed making those, here is another use of that easy technique for you to try and make some lovely heart medallion shapes which you can use on your cards, as a decoration on a gift or even hanging off a twig tree like I have done.
Another hanging medallion heart. Try to ignore the thread of glue from a hot glue gun which shouldn't have been there for the photo!
Use the template to cut out the shape from your paper and simply concertina fold from one side to the other. Glue end to end and then push down to form your medallion. Simple! Here are some photos and you can find the free template on the Member's pages.
Cut out the template strip, score and fold into a concertina
Bend and glue or tape the ends to create the heart shape and then push in to form the medallion, just as you do for any normal circle medallions that you make this way.
A hot glue gun is needed here to secure your heart as it will spring out easily. These hearts look lovely on cards also but they are bulky, so make sure you are delivering your card in person rather than posting!
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Today we have a lovely decorative Valentines project for you. There is a template on the Member’s gallery, so sign up to the site for that if you want it.
You probably remember making these at school. We have given these paper hearts an uplift by using beautiful papers and pretty pastel brads and pegged them with mini pegs onto our line.
You can also make them in the larger sizes and use them as single hanging decorations as shown in the photo above. The good old Twig Tree steps in again.
Cut the strips out, you will need 5 in reducing sizes. The template includes strips in lots of sizes so just choose which ones you want depending on the size of heart you want to make, just making sure that they are five next to each other on the template. You also need a centre strip to hang your heart. Here are some quick photo instructions to make them.
Punch holes in the top and bottom of each strip before you stack them.
I am just showing how to assemble one side of the heart here for simplicity and because it can be quite fiddly. You can do both sides at once by just laying them back to back, i.e. do the same with the other side with the coloured side of your papers facing inwards. You will see why in a second. I am using white paper here so it doesn't matter which way around I place my strips.
Now start to bend each one over from the top to the bottom, starting with the smallest strip and ending with the largest.
Secure with a brad.
Now, you can do the same with the other side, making sure to add a strip in the middle which will be used to hang your heart. This only needs to be punched at one end, which will be the end you push the brad through, The top of the strip is where you will attach your peg. If you like, you can leave this strip out altogether, as I have done in the larger heart hanging from the twig tree. I have glued in a piece of cord instead.
Here you can see another heart being made, this time I am using paper strips cut from patterned paper. The pattern faces inwards initially, then as you bend each strip down, it will be showing on the outside of the heart. If you get it wrong, it will be obvious right away!
I hope you have enjoyed this project and join us again for another Valentine's Day craft soon!
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Visit the Member pages for the template for this project. We have made some Valentines themed gift packets in several sizes as well as a page of mini ones that you can use to hang on a string and create a decorative piece.
Put sweet treats inside or simply messages.
Letting you into a secret, my demo features some glass heart decorations rather than sweets as I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for but you get the idea!