Designing pages with photo placeholders

Have you ever printed out photos for a page, only to realize later that you would have preferred to have the photos in a different size? I used to do that all the time! More than once, halfway through designing a page layout, I would throw away and reprint all the photos. It was a real waste of time, paper, and ink! Then one day, I had an idea.

I decided to save those misprinted photos. I wrote the size on the back, and laminated them. I kept doing this until I had a complete set of several photos in each of several commonly used sizes. Now, when I design a page, I just use those as placeholders until I am sure of how I want the page to look. Once I have everything planned out, I just print the photos in the sizes I need. It was so easy to make these, and no more wasting photos!

Here’s an example of a page in progress, using a couple of these placeholders:

Page layout using placeholders

And here’s the finished page with the actual photos:

finished page

The photo corners and washi tape could only be added once the actual photos were used, of course. What do you think? Do you do something similar when planning out your pages?

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Privacy Policy Generator

Do you have a website with advertising, surveys, raffles, etc? Does it have a privacy policy posted? If not, it may need one. (I know! I never thought of that either!) A friend of mine shared this Privacy Policy Generator website that they had found, and it was really easy!

It only took me about 10 minutes to answer a few questions, and Stitches’N’Scraps now has a shiny new privacy policy in the legal information section. I know nothing about the law regarding these, so I don’t know if it’s legally correct or not, but it looks a lot like what I’ve seen on other sites. I’ll probably ask my attorney friend take a peek at it too at some point, just to be safe.

If you need a privacy policy for your site, check out this generator tool and let us all know what you think of it!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #3

I’m almost done with my November cozy, and it’s turning out just as I had hoped!

November tea cozy in progress

The body is made from the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams. The yarn looks a little too grey in this picture, it’s actually somewhat more brown than this.  The cozy worked up quickly and easily, and really would have looked pretty on its own, without any further embellishment. Of course, leaving it alone is just not my style!

I did end up using the head pattern from this entrelac turkey tea cozy pattern. It was hard to track down – in the end I could only find it here on Scribd, and I had to download the Scribd app in order to get to the part of the pattern I needed. It was worth it though!

The one modification I made to the head pattern was the ruffly scalloped edge. On the last row, I skipped one increase. That way, I was left with 39 stitches (a multiple of 3) instead of 40. Then I worked the edging row as follows: (sl st in next st, 3 hdc in next st, sl st in next st) 13 times.

The tail feathers were free-hand. Most of them are actually slightly different as I was working it out, but I think I settled on a pattern by the end:

Front:

Row 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 18 chs, 5sc in last ch, now working in bottom of ch, sc in next 19 chs. Do not join.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 2 tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl in next st, fasten off.

Back:

Repeat rows 1 & 2 of front, but do not fasten off

Joining:

Holding front and back together, and working through both thicknesses, sc in next 18 sts, 2sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 18 sts, stuff feather, sc in each remaning st and in sides of rows 1 & 2, adding stuffing as needed, join with sl to first st, fasten off.

I made 3 feathers that way and sewed them together along the bottom as shown. All that’s left now is to sew them to the back of the cozy and find something for eyes!

Be sure to check back next week, when I will show you the finished turkey and will also reveal the final cozy for the year!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!

Update – the tail feathers are way too big and heavy for the cozy. If this was a stuffy it could work, but on the cozy it just makes it fall backwards. Hope to have an updated feather pattern next week.

 

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Meet Tina Baker – Designer!

This is my friend Tina. That stunning capelet next to her is the very first design she’s ever published on Ravelry!

Tina with her new design, Claire's Capelet

Tina is one of the owners of my favorite LYS, The Nook, in Lisle IL. She is also an accomplished knitter and knitwear designer. She sells many of her creations in the store, but this is the first pattern she has made available on line. Having followed her patterns before, I can tell you they are easy to read and always work up beautifully.

If you like the picture, go check out Claires Capelet on Ravelry – and while you’re there, leave a comment for Tina congratulating her on this exciting new venture!

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A quick page layout

Something about the holidays always puts me in the mood to scrap. Maybe it’s all the cheesy movies and warm family vibes going around…or maybe it’s just that the new year is coming and I don’t want to end up one more year behind! I’ve been a little fiber obsessed lately, so it’s been a while since I’ve done a new page. This one was the perfect layout to ease back in with. The photo has been intentionally blurred for this post.

Thanksgiving 2010 scrapbook pageI love the simplicity of a single photo layout with just a few bold design elements. This background paper has been in my stash for a while and just screams Thanksgiving to me, so I had to use that. Then I noticed that the completely unrelated, striped paper had a similar swirl design layered over the stripes. Since the color scheme was complimentary, that made an obvious mat for the photo.

The stickers I used were all random leftover pieces that seemed to fit the mood. The “Give Thanks” sticker felt a bit plain, so I added a border from a different velum sticker to kick it up a notch. That didn’t work out quite as nicely as I had hoped.

give thanks

Of course then I had my velum stickers out and couldn’t help but add some to the photo mat. I love how you don’t see them right away, but once you notice them they just add another dimension to the layout. There’s one more on the page, can you see it in the main picture?

top right

Notice that I left a thin white edge around the photo when I cut it out. The orange and brown tones in the photo blended too much into the browns for the mat and background, but having the white edge helped give it definition and make it pop.

left sideFinally, the left side felt a bit empty, so I got out my hole punch and punched out these little flowers from some odds and ends in my scrap bin. A gold pen to mark the date, and the page was finished! What do you think?

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #2

Here are the yarns I’ve chosen, to try and make a turkey out of the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams.

materialsI’ve managed to find all the yarns I’ll need in my stash again. I’m going to use the greyish brown for the body, and incorporate the rest of the colors into the feathers and head. Not sure what I’m doing for eyes yet…I’ll just have to wait and see when I get there.

On another note, the final cozy for the year is next month, and it’s a Christmas design. I know this time of year can be really busy, and I want to make sure everyone has time to make the cozy before Christmas if they want to. So I will be announcing that cozy a week early, next week. Stay tuned!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Free Pattern – Gift card holder

Gift card holdersI love receiving gift cards for my favorite stores, so that I can pick out exactly what I want, whenever I want it. I don’t always love giving them though; sometimes it just feels a bit impersonal. If you feel the same way, these gift card holders are a quick and easy way to add a personal touch!

The pattern includes several options to make it uniquely yours. The front can be solid or can have a window. With the solid front, you can leave it plain for an elegant and simple design, or you can embellish it with felt, buttons, appliques, etc. The window front includes an optional bow and lacing, and you can add a To/From tag or a picture inside the window. I have even included some printable tags for you! For both versions, there is also an option to add a loop to the top for hanging.

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Gift Card Holder

Materials:

  • DK weight yarn
    • 20 yds main color (MC)
    • 5 yds accent color (A)
  • Size H/8 (5mm) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional embellishments if desired (felt, buttons, etc)

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Worked in the round and includes foundation single crochet and reverse single crochet.

Size:

Approximately 4″ x 2 3/4″ (fits standard size gift card)

Gauge:

Solid piece (back) should measure approximately 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ – just slightly larger than the gift card.

Abbreviations used:

  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • fsc = foundation single crochet
  • rsc = reverse single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • sk = skip

Notes:

  • On the last row, both the solid and window pieces should have 13 sc across each long side, 9 sc across each short side, and ch 2 spaces in each corner.
  • When joining, I like to clip the pieces together in the corners with locking stitch markers, safety pins, or other clips. That holds them in place and makes the joining easier.

Recommended Resources:

Solid piece:

For solid option, make 2 (back and front). For window option, make 1 (back).

Rnd 1 (WS):  With MC, 5 fsc, [ch 2, sc in bottom (“chain” section) of last fsc] twice. Working along bottom sts, sc in next 4 sts, ch 2, sc in same st, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first st. This round should form a solid rectangle with ch sps in each corner.

Rnds 2-5: Turn, sl st in first corner sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, [sc in each st across to next corner, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner sp] 3 times, sc in each st across to next corner, sc in next corner, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.  Fasten off.

Window piece:

For window option, make 1 (front).

Rnd 1 (RS): With MC, 11 fsc, ch2, sc in bottom (“chain” section) of last fsc worked, 6 fsc, ch 2, sc in bottom of last fsc worked, 10 fsc, ch 2, sc in bottom of last fsc worked, 5 fsc, sc in bottom of first fsc of row (being careful not to twist your work), ch 2, sl st in top of first fsc. Use tail to join the bottom of the first and last fsc stitches (see Fig 1). This rnd should make an open rectangle.

Rnd 2: Turn, sl st in first corner sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, [sc in each st across to next corner, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner sp] 3 times, sc in each st across to next corner, sc in next corner, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.

Figure 1Joining / Edging:

  • Hold front and back with wrong sides together, front facing you, and long side on top (see Fig 2a).
  • Working through both thicknesses, join A with sc in top left corner, (rsc in each st across to next corner, rsc in corner) twice.
  • Turn work so that back is facing you and short, open edge is on top (see Fig 2b).
  • Working around the open edge, 2sc in same corner sp on back, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next corner sp on back, 2 sc in next corner sp on front, sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next corner sp on front, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Figure 2Finishing:

  • Weave in all ends
  • For hanging loop:
    • Cut a 12″ piece of A and fold in half. Tie loop end in a secure knot, leaving a 1/2″ loop above the knot (see Fig 3).
    • Place loop at center-top of holder and sew in place with the ends.
  • For lacing and bow – window option only:
    • Position holder so that open edge is to the right and front is facing you (See Fig 4).
    • Cut a 12″ piece of A. Starting at top left corner, use yarn needle to weave it in and out of the stitches on row 1, around the front opening. Tie ends in a bow and trim.

Figure 3

Figure 4

 

I hope you enjoy the pattern! An ad-free, downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store for a $1 fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – November- Week #1

Only 2 tea cozies left for the year! This month it’s the Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jennifer Adams. It comes in two sizes – 4-6 cup and 8-10 cup.

Chamomile Lawn Tea Cosy by Jen Adams

Those of us who are feeling a little more adventurous are going to try to take it a step further and turn this cozy into a Turkey, using parts from other patterns.  I think I may borrow the head from this Crochet Entrelac Turkey Tea Cozy pattern and the wings and tail feathers from this Tiny Turkey pattern. The wings and tail feathers may need to be made bigger, but the pattern is a good starting point.

We could have just done the crochet turkey cozy for this month, but to stick to the alternating months, this month needed to be a knitting pattern. Besides, If the turkey “franken-cozy” idea doesn’t work out, the Chamomile cozy is so pretty all on it’s own!

Just joining us for the first time? There’s still time to get in on the fun!

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Where is Bizzy Bee?

Bizzy Bee from Too Yarn Cute has gone missing! He went out to visit some of his friends sites and pages (including this one!)  Can you find all the places he visited?

Help find Bizzy and you could win some great prize packages! Collect all 22 numbered images of Bizzy Bee and pin them to an “I found Bizzy!” Pinterest Board, then enter the link to your board in the Rafflecopter entry form below.

Click here for complete rules and a list of the participating businesses that Bizzy went to visit.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Free Pattern – Crocodile Stitch Pixie Hat

This free pixie hat pattern uses fingering weight yarn and is available in 3 sizes ranging from 0-24 months. It was inspired by and designed to match the Crocodile Booties pattern by Bonita Patterns.

It is an intermediate skill level pattern, using crocodile stitches, and front/back post double crochet stitches. The pattern contains a short photo tutorial for the crocodile stitch, or you can click here for a more detailed crocodile stitch photo tutorial.

pixie hat finished

I had originally posted this just over a year ago, but it was buried in another post celebrating my 100th post. This has since become one of my more popular patterns, and I thought it deserved it’s own post. I hope you enjoy it!

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