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* spirograph swag

Posted on December 1st, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


My sister got me a spirograph for my birthday. :) Should I be worried that I got the same present for my 30th birthday as I did for my 10th? Anyway, I filled a few pages of cardstock with spiros, cut them out, and strung them on cord for a sort of wintry decoration. It was kind of better in my head, but they’re still ok.

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* cutout calendar

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


I bought this calendar PDF for a whopping $3.99 from A Little Hut. She emailed it right back to me less than 2 hours after I paid, and I promptly printed it out and put a new blade in my exacto knife. It would actually be really pretty as-is even, with dotted lines outlining each letter for each month. The instructions recommend a rather ingenious backing sheet so you can change the pattern, but I cut some of my precious Japanese thick felt to the size of the whole calendar and used that instead. It looks really nice hanging with the peek of orange around the edge. Now to wait until January.

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Couple of construction notes for anyone else making this: either my printer is not centered exactly or you aren’t supposed to cut directly down the center of each sheet (or I am hypersensitive to my margins being precisely equal on each side). Also, cutting a 6 inch piece of wire from a clothes hanger is harder than it first would seem. Finally, I didn’t like the “stencil” look of the letters with holes in them, so I just left large empty spaces which actually look rather cool.

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* ribbon-velope

Posted on May 3rd, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


(Back to Maitreya, here. This is really fun alternating posts with Becket!)

This is almost too silly/simple to post, but it mainly gives me an opportunity to show off some of my pretty ribbon I got at M+J Trimmings the other day when we went into New York for a concert (The Hush Sound, another band crush of the moment). Anyway, a little yes paste + envelope + ribbon = much cuter.

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* paint chip pocket

Posted on January 16th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


I wanted to make a little paint chip envelope like this one for business cards. My paint chips were a different size, though, so I improvised. I like the effect.

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And speaking of paint chips, omghaveyouseenthese by Lisa?

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* Xmas village 2006

Posted on December 19th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Martha, Paper Crafts.


I got the Martha Halloween Village kit a few years ago, and I’ve never had the attention span to do the whole set of houses. Usually we end up with one or 2 new houses per year (see 2004 version for the first batch). The big church was last year’s and the second one from the left is the new one, which Mark did most of. The pink and mint color scheme make me think art deco, which is apt since we’re in Miami for the holidays this year. I punched out a few trees too. The houses all have little lights in them, of course.

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* chup-ornaments

Posted on December 18th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Paper Crafts.


Mark and I had a party on Friday and handed these out as favors. This is our 22 pound cat, Chupa, looking extra fat. All we did was print out the photo on cardstock, cut around the Chupa, and tape a loop of embroidery thread to the back. The tree looked pretty hilarious with so many Chupas looking out.

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* matchbook notepads

Posted on December 6th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


These little guys are for yet another swap, this one run by Dub & Sam for matchbook notebooks. The swaps are keeping me pretty busy lately, but I love getting the mail, so it’s worth it. For these I just glued fabric to a piece of card stock (Yes paste is awesome). Aren’t they cute? I also made a few from old Xmas cards. I save all of my cards every year (the one I cut up was from my insurance agent, so I really mean all). I’ve got grand plans for doing something or another with them one day, who knows what.

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* the magic designer

Posted on March 26th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


Ww went to visit my sister-in-law and her family this weekend for my niece’s first birthday. While we were there, we did a little antique/junk store shopping, and I picked up this dohickey called the magic designer. It’s like a 1950s spirograph, but more complicated, with like 4 or 5 degrees of freedom. Crazy. Anyway, it’s pretty fun, and me and Mark and my other niece and my nephew quickly used up all the spare blank papers that were left in the box.

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* thimble stamp

Posted on March 12th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


Moki is holding another carved stamp swap, this time all stickers. I made a thimble, about an inch high.

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* desk calendar

Posted on January 11th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


I generally use iCal on my Mac to keep track of stuff at lab. You have the calendar where you put the appointments, then there’s a sidebar to-do list. You can give the to-dos due dates, and then check them off when done. This has worked pretty well, but I’ve never been totally satisfied with it. For one thing, my to-do lists are not 1D, but instead are a set of to-dos over several days that all together make an experiment or task. I haven’t been able to find a program that’ll do this, so I’m back to good old analog.

For design inspiration, Fred Flare was selling these neat 8 days a week desk calendars by Bob’s Your Uncle. I like the design and the extra column for Someday. But, in addition to being sold out, it’s still an appointment calendar. I’m happy with iCal for my appointments; it’s the to-dos I need.

Sooo, I made my own. Here’s v1. I printed out enough of them to last a month, when I figure I’ll redesign it based on how I’m actually using it. It’s on 11×17 paper, which only fits in the black+white printer, so I colored in the headings with my new set of Sharpie highlighters. If I decide after a month that I’m going to stick with it, I’ll find a bigger color printer somewhere or go to a copy shop. The stack is taped at the bottom edge with some of my pretty paper lab tape. Then I can flip through to next week if I need to. This does have the disadvantage of requiring that I tape it down again every week after I remove the top sheet. v2 will definitely have a better desk-securing system.

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Here’s v1.1 for anybody who might want to print/modify one for themselves: [Word file].

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