Archive for the ‘Paper Crafts’ Category

* new knock knock

Posted on March 19th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts, Wants.

I’m such a sucker for pretty graph paper.  Walking home from lab today, I stopped in to the UW bookstore and couldn’t resist the new Knock Knock line.  Oh boy.  So pretty.




* grant planner

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

I am swimming in grant applications at lab.  One thing that would help would be a snapshot of the whole year so I can plan appropriately.  As a template, I used a cool calendar image I downloaded from some design blog and now I can’t for the life of me find the original.  I feel kind of bad that I ripped off their design, but it was perfect for the task and now I can edit the excel file with new deadlines.  It’s my new computer desktop image too.


ETA: download the xlsx file


* moving cards

Posted on December 14th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Martha, Paper Crafts.

Since I was too lazy to actually send out real moving announcements, I made little cards with our new address to pop in with our xmas cards.  The picture on one side is just the house photo sent through the Martha Stewart glitter painting tool (an effect you could also recreate in photoshop etc).  Our address is on the other side in a free font called Rabiohead.  I just tiled the image 10X in a powerpoint slide, ran it through the printer twice to get them double-sided, and cut them apart (that reminds me that my Fiskars thingy needs a new blade after all the card-making….)


They are quite cute if I do say so myself.


* gocco pinecone cards

Posted on December 13th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Gocco/L Letterpress, Holiday, Paper Crafts.

Remember the sketched felt pinecone ornaments I made way back when?  You might even have one if you swapped with me.  I decided to see if I could reuse the screen for card-printing this year.  I think 2X is about the lifespan of a Gocco screen, though.  It started blebbing because the screen wasn’t pulled as taut where the cardboard frame got wet when I cleaned it after the first use.  They’re not bad, though.

I printed onto paper bags.  Even taking only the nicest parts of the bag (no seams, no bad folds), I got 21 prints to the bag!  The craft room is blanketed with them.  I am now envelope-limited, in fact.  About half of them I made like this:


from the pieces of the bag that are blank on both sides.  I’m just writing a note directly on the back of them and sending them as my xmas cards.  The rest were smaller pieces from the sides of the bag, or they have printing on the back, so I’m going to mount them on card stock or something to use as notecards later.

I wanted to use up the dregs of my tube of ink, so I printed a few on other paper I had laying around just for fun.  This Martha Stewart paper is my favorite.


If you’d like to trade cards, email me ( and we can swap addresses.  I didn’t enter any of the ornament swaps this year, and I’m missing the mail from my imaginary internet friends.  :P


* paper ball ornament

Posted on November 13th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Paper Crafts.

I am fascinated by the trends that sweep through blogland (I used to do a column for Whip Up called memewatch).  Envelope security linings appears to be one that’s been picking up steam for quite a while, and I am not immune to their charms.  Recycling bin diving tonight came up with 7 envelopes of various blue and gray shades.  I added a few other papers (graph paper and origami prints and solids) to bulk it up.

I cut 3.5 inch circles and stiched them down the middle in packs of 4-5, stiched the packs together, then fanned the “pages” out to make a ball.  I left long thread ends to tie in a loop as a hanger.


Did I mention that this was difficult to take a good picture of?  Yeah, sorry about that.  Also, what am I doing making xmas crafts before Thanksgiving?  Thanks a lot, Christmas-industrial complex.


* little boxes

Posted on February 15th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

I was rummaging through some old boxes of supplies and came across these tiny origami boxes I made pre-craftlog.  They’re about an inch wide. Teeny!

Astonishingly, I remembered the name of the pattern, and, even more amazingly, the link still exists: towerboxes PDF

Don’t remember where I got the pattern for this next one, though. (I bet googling pentagon origami box would bring up some similar ones.)

I was also looking through my old stamp collection and came across this feat of childhood OCD:

It continues onto the back too.  Apparently, I had exactly 3616 stamps at some point!


* 2009 calendars

Posted on January 14th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Paper Crafts, Wants.

I love calendars.  Becket sent me an awesome Gocco one from modern printed matter that I have up in my office.  I love the layered colors and natural silhouettes.  Instead of the CD case stand, they’re hung by binder clips on my bulletin board.  It’s the first year in a while that I haven’t put up a Nikki McClure one, but change is good.

In my kitchen, I printed out this calendar from LollyChops.  Originally I was going to make the alternate version using vellum overlays, but I don’t have any vellum handy and tracing paper ended up being too flimsy.  The narrow size is a perfect fit in my kitchen where I put my A Little Hut calendar last year (you can get 2009 ones in her Etsy shop).  In fact, I even used the same wire hanger I used on the old calendar.

For my craft room, I printed out this ridiculously cute town calendar from Canon.  It replaces the tiny showcase letterpress lunar calendar I had last year (which also came in a 2009 version).  Actually, replace is the wrong word since I left the 2008 calendar up too because it’s so pretty. :P

And last, in the bedroom, there’s the bubblewrap calendar.  It’s not exactly the prettiest thing in the world, but I like the vertical-months design, and it’s like a year round advent calendar, so how could I not get it?  The bubbles are really satisfying to pop, so loud that Mark sometimes calls “what was that?” from another room.


* wood stain sample gift tags

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Paper Crafts.

I’m home sick today, wrapping presents. In thinking about gift tag ideas, I saw the stack of stain samples I’ve been trying to come up with uses for. They are conveniently blank on the back, and exactly the right size. Punch a hole, thread with a loop of waxed twine, done. I think they’re pretty.

Easy to mass produce too :)


* wood stain sample card crafts

Posted on November 16th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

A while back I was looking at wood stains for a now-forgotten reason, and I picked up a bunch of sample cards. They’re like paint chips except with little pieces of stained wood veneer. Any other ideas for these, please comment with suggestions.

I did the first one with a hole puncher and glued it to some felt. It’s destined to be a necklace once I poke some monofilament between the layers. You can’t see it in the picture, but the backing layer of felt looks nice in profile.

Second one is a little matchbook-style notepad. The paper pad inside is old business cards (I have a zillion left from my old job) cut in half and glued together along the edge. I like the names for the colors, like “maple sugar.”


* spirograph + shrinky dinks = nostalgia overload

Posted on June 1st, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Paper Crafts.

I’ve been playing with my spirograph a lot the last few days, working on a book proposal before I came to my senses and realized that no way in hell do I have time to write a craft book. Anyway, I had fun coming up with ideas, so I’ll post a few of the ones that turned out cool.

First up, spirograph on shrink plastic. I tried this first on some smooth shrinky stuff that I already had, but it smeared too much. This type has one side textured so that it doesn’t smear.

Necklaces. One has a little hole punched in it, and the other I cut a bigger hole from the center for stringing.


Pushpins ala the famous Wee Wonderfuls tutorial. I found some little short “sequin” pins made for applique that are just perfect pushpin-length. (btw, I wasn’t going to include these in the proposal since it’s not my idea, but they clearly had to be made once I saw the necklaces.)




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