Sunday, July 25, 2010

Craft Tutorial 1: How to Use the Crop-A-Dile II (Big Bite)

We R Memory Keepers came out with the Big Bite, a second version for their Crop-A-Dile; this multi-functional tool hole punches, and sets eyelets, snaps, and grommets.

This is a wonderful improvement and time-saver from the traditional hammer setters. Not only does the Big Bite make the use of hammers obselete, it can also cut through a wide range of different materials, including chipboard, fabrics, leather, plastic, and thin tin. And because it is 6" wide, and has a built-in ruler, it allows scrapbookers to easily reach the center on a 12x12 page. The Big Bite makes setting grommets and eyelets quiet, easy, and fast.


The Big Bite includes an instruction sheet, but for some reason, it is all in French, and does not include an English version. 

Luckily, all you really need are the two charts, the grids for the top and the base.

On the tool, there are two rotating cubes, one on top (each side of the cube has a letter A-D), and one on the bottom (each side has a number 1-4).


3/16" eyelets..............choose A & 1
snaps................................B & 2
1/8" eyelets........................C & 3
grommets..........................D & 4 (When setting grommets, they must be placed upside down)

Change the top to:


For 1/8" holes, change the top to:

There is no need to use the cubes.

For 3/16" holes, change the top to:

There is no need to use the cubes.



Friday, July 16, 2010

Scrapbook Layout 5: Boy Oh Boy

This layout was made with DCWV's Nana's Kids stack; aren't the planes and trains adorable?  Featured in this layout are 3 hand-torn bears, a hand-pieced tree-house and tricycle, and 2 journaling tags.  This layout is perfect for those who have boys, especially funny little boys who don't want to have girls around!  See how the girl wants to join in the fun, but the boys are keeping her out with a "No Girls Allowed" sign?

Full Layout

Left Page

Right Page

Boys Only
The bears came out very 3D, which is very nice; doesn't it give the layout an extra pop?

Tear Bear Boy on Tricycle
Notice how his feet are place differently on the pedals?  That will give the illusion that the bear was pedaling.

Tear Bear Boy in Treehouse
Two different patterns were used for the tree foliage, to give it some extra detail.

No Girls Allowed
The shirt has glittery stripes. 

Girl Tear Bear
The lollipop is handmade out of polymer clay.

Photo Mat #1
Blue and brown compliment each other very well.

Photo Mat #2
Love the train print.  Too cute!

Journaling Tag #1 - Front

Journaling Tag #2 - Back

Photo Mat #3

Photo Mat #4

Photo Mat #5

Journaling Tag #2
These tags came out just the right size for the plate.

Journaling Tag #2 - Front

Journaling Tag #2 - Back


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