paper cutters

roxwallyssox  asked:

I love you charms!! They are so cute!! As an artist trying to get started on selling my own products, i was wondering if i could ask how you make your packaging look so nice? I would love to learn how to make my stuff look so professional.

Oh me gosh, you have no idea how much that means to me… I’m emotional now! ( ・ᴗ・̥̥̥ ) Thank you very much lovely! ( ◜◒◝ )♡ I apologize in advanced for taking forever to answer your wonderful ask. You caught me right in the middle of prepping for a convention 。(*^▽^*)ゞ

Anywhosies~ Here’s a small tutorial on how I do my packaging for charms:

First, make your design. I sometimes sketch out the design on paper before I move onto Photoshop. Depending on how big you want your packaging to be, is how big you want your design to be. I prefer to use 3x5in and always work under a 300dpi/resolution or bigger. Make sure you are able to find baggies with your dimensions before you design. I’ll talk about this further into this tutorial.

Tip: Make your width at least .25in smaller! Some baggies are a couple of millimeters smaller from the actual width. I keep forgetting to fix this little detail thus why you see the width as 3in instead of 2.75in.

The design is really up to you. You can have a theme going on per set, per charm, or you can even just use your logo as the design for every charm and make your life easier lol  There’s no rules to follow, just have fun and design away!

Tip: Don’t overdue your designs though, you want the charm to be the main focus. Something simple yet fun and or elegant will work. Don’t be afraid to google examples of other people’s designs. That will give you an idea and get you going.

Save your designs! Save them as both a JPG and PS file (or as the software you are using).

Be organized! If you plan on having multiple designs or even make lots more charms in the future, name them so they are easier to find. Your packaging designs can even have their own folder or sub folder if needed.

Setting up. Open any wordpad or word processor of your choice and add your design. Depending on how big your design is, you’ll be able to fit more or less. 

Print a test page. Print your design on your everyday normal paper just to check that everything looks okay! If your printer is like mine, it will be a troll and sometimes print a bit crooked, but don’t worry! Since they’ll be cut, it doesn’t affect your designs in any way.

Now let’s print…

Ta-daaaa! Here are my designs that I printed on the cardstock I fell in love with. The cardstock I use is called Astroparche Cover Stock and it’s from the brand, Neenah. I love the natural look it has–it’s not white, so ye be warned that the colors will have a small slight tint of yellow when printing. The cardstock is also thick enough for my printer to use and sturdy enough for my charms. You can find this cardstock on Amazon, but I was lucky enough to find it at my local Office Depot!

Tip: Photo paper can also be used if you so prefer. Again, whatever makes you happy and works best for you. 

Get your handy dandy paper cutter ready…

Cut, cut, cut! Cut out all your designs with your paper cutter. I don’t suggest using scissors unless you trust your hand enough that it won’t mess up and cut straight! If you don’t have a paper cutter, note that you most certainly do not need to buy the huge guillotine type. There’s small ones that can be used and can even be taken with you to conventions! The one I use is small and cute and has been with me for three years and the extra blade that came with it has not been used yet. Amazing~

Punch, punch, punch! Time to get your hole puncher and punch them little holes. I actually have a special hole puncher with a 3mm hole, but you can definitely use a regular 6mm hole puncher. How far down you want your hole to be is up to you.

Tip: If you want to get fancy, you can even buy hole punchers that have cute hole designs! Like stars or hearts ♡ ☆ ♡ ☆

Baggies!!! So, remember how I said to make sure to find baggies with the dimensions you plan to use before designing? This is only because of the rare chance you use certain dimensions that there’s no baggies for. Always double check!

Anyways, when buying baggies, make sure that you go half and inch (or more) above your height so you can create a tab to fold back and tape your baggie shut. You can also find baggies that already have adhesive! It’s just a matter of what you like and what works for you. Maybe you want to get creative and use a cute sticker or washi tape to close your baggie, who knows! Some people even buy baggies with hang tabs to hang them for display when they’re tabling in conventions.

“But Dee, where do I find baggies??”

*squishes your cheeks and whispers*

Ebay… Ebay is your best friend. Search for clear cello/poly bags ( ̄▽ ̄*)

Almost there…

Setting up! Once you have your charms built and ready to go, it’s time to package them and use your new super duper amazing designs! For this, we’ll be using washi tape since it doesn’t leave any residue and it’s easier to peel off. Any washi tape will do, it doesn’t matter! I tend to rip off about 10-20 pieces at a time to have them ready to go. It makes things easier on my end.

For cellphone straps: Loop the strap inside the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the strap with the washi tape.

For key chains: Yes, it works just as well! But we’ll be needing ribbon, 3mm wide ribbon to be exact. Cut about 2in and loop one end inside the split ring while bringing the other end above. Bring both ends of the ribbon into the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the ribbon. You should now have your charm cutely hanging from the ribbon~

All you gotta do now is bag ‘em, seal ‘em, and you are ready to go! Look at you–you did it! I’m so proud of you ( ・ᴗ・̥̥̥ )

I hope this helps you and anyone else looking to start making their own unique packaging for their cute charms~ ❤ (ɔˆз(ˆ⌣ˆc)

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes


Yields 12 cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • Teal & pink fondant
  • Sky blue & royal blue buttercream frosting in decorating bags
  • Large decorating bag fitted with #1M open star tip
  • Green, gold, and pink luster dust
Equipment

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and sea salt until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well to combine.
  5. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until combined. Add buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  6. Scoop the batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Time to decorate!

  1. Roll out fondant and use the whale cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  2. Use a curved fondant tool to create scales on each mermaid taile. Allow tails to set for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine gold and pink luster dust and lightly brush some over the pink tails.
  4. Mix green and gold luster dust and lightly brush some over the green tails.
  5. Scoop dark blue and light blue buttercream frosting into two separate decorating bags. Place both bags inside a larger decorating bag fitted with an open star tip.
  6. Place each cupcake inside a blue cupcake wrapper and then frost the tops to look like waves.
  7. Place a mermaid tail on top of each cupcake.
  8. TaDa! These mermaid Tail Cupcakes will have your party swimming in a sea of deliciousness!

I know it’s like the middle of July but I have some stories


Okay, so!

In fifth grade, my teacher was out a bit. She was at doctors appointments, getting a check-up on her condition. (She had a stroke at the age of forty and can’t even use most of her left side, but she’s getting better. So, we had a sub.
This sub was a former teacher. Everyone knew her as the “old crazy teacher” She was around 82 I believe?
So, whenever she subbed, she was horrible. She didn’t really understand the concepts of what she was teaching, and she was very forgetful.
She had this system of “checks” where if you acted up, you’d get one. I don’t even know how it worked? It wasn’t even a “three checks, then to the office.” You could get many checks and nothing would happen.
She used a lot of old words, too. I remember the day she discovered what glorious technology a paper-cutter was. She fiddled around with it a bit, and when she figured out how to use it, she promptly exclaimed, “Wow! That’s a real humdinger!”
Oh, and another thing she did; She always, always, *always*, talked about her cats. She loved them so very much. There were about five I believe? She talked about them all the time. Turns out, though, they were just strays that occasionally came to her house because she fed them.

Those are just some stories about her I found amusing

aripecan  asked:

hey kiana i wanna start selling prints but i feel like im going in pretty blindly, do you think there's anything i should know going in, or any tips??

hmmm lemme think

if you’re using a service like red bubble or society6 you can pretty much make whatever you want without worrying. they are printed by order and the company takes care of the shipping and printing, so you dont lose any money, but you also don’t get paid much

so if you really want to make money, i’d suggest printing stuff yourself and selling it on a site like storenvy, tictail, or etsy. you get the most profit that way but you also have to worry about expenses. there are many places you can get stuff printed including a few online shops; catprint is a pretty popular one but lately i’ve seen them be very lazy with packing and that ends up ruining prints, and apparently they aren’t good with refunds either, so i wouldn’t recommend. i’m sure theres some local print shops, but depending where you are those can get spendy. 

i think the best way to guarantee quality and low price is to invest in your own good printer. i have a canon pro-100, it cost about $300 when i bought it. its on the lower price scale of the nice printers. then i bought an ink refill kit from Precision Colors which is like bootleg ink so i dont have to buy new cartridges. my paper is Red River Paper, i buy the kind called 68lb. UltraPro Satin.

but if you’re just getting started, thats a lot of money to dump into something so i would defo recommend looking in to print shops, either local or online, first.

As for content, make your BEST STUFF large prints. (11x17 or 11x14 usually. if you dont have access to a paper cutter, stick to 11x17) research what people are buying; idk if you’re making fanart but there might be a show you really like and you think is popular, but it sells like crap. i’ve had my one punch man prints for like 2 years now and theres nothing worse than the feeling of a print that doesn’t move. i charge $15 for my large prints, thats considered kind of standard. if you go too low, you undermine fellow artists and yourself, and customers will start to expect that low low price as standard 

medium prints (8.5x11) and small prints (5x7) are more flexible, you can play around more with those and experiment. maybe if you want to test if a large print will do well, make a small or medium print first and see if that moves. people are also more willing to buy smaller, cheaper prints, so i like to have most of my stock be small and medium prints. i charge medium prints as $10 and small prints as $5. if you have a small print that doesn’t sell, its not a big deal because they’re cheap to make. also, if you’re using a print shop: a lot of them don’t print in 5x7, so format your mini prints to be 2 on one letter size page. 

its also a good idea to buy some cellophane bags for them too; clearbags is a big brand you can use, but just searching the print size and “cellophane bag” on amazon could get you some cheaper options. buy the kind with the fold down adhesive top. put the print in it, along with your business card in the back, and it just makes for a really nice, professional look that also protects the print and shows the customer you value their business. 

if you’re selling them online, packing/shipping can be a puzzle. personally i purchase those foam core boards from the dollar tree along with kraft postal paper. i cut the foam core to be slightly larger than the print, sandwich it between 2 pieces, tape them together, then wrap it with postal paper and put the address on it. they can be expensive to ship, especially large prints and international orders; make sure you adjust your shipping prices accordingly. 

also, dont get discouraged if things dont start selling right from the start! a lot of it is just branding yourself properly and getting popular. start with a low stock and just a few prints so you’re not spending a whole lot of money right from the get go. 

soooo i think thats about it! sorry for the text wall, i hope this helps!

  • Milo Murphy: Uh oh, I'm running low on supplies. Looks like I'll have to stop by and resupply at the greatest store ever.
  • Zach: What store is that?
  • Milo Murphy: What stor-? Why the Hardware Store of course
  • Zach: What's so great about the Hardware St-
  • Melissa: Zach, no!
  • Milo Murphy: What's so great about the Hardware Store? they have everything,They've got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters, Trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters. Walkie-talkies, copper wires safety goggles, radial tires, BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers. Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters, Paint removers, window louvres, masking tape and plastic gutters. Kitchen faucets, folding tables, weather stripping, jumper cables, Hooks and tackle, grout and spackle, power foggers, spoons and ladles
  • Pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication
  • Metal roofing, water proofing, multi-purpose insulation
  • Air compressors, brass connectors, wrecking chisels, smoke detectors, Tire guages, hamster cages, thermostats and bug deflectors, Trailer hitch demagnetizers, automatic circumcisers, Tennis rackets, angle brackets, Duracells and Energizers, Soffit panels, circuit breakers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, Calculators, generators, matching salt and pepper shakers
  • Melissa: I tried to warn you....
UNDERTALE - Glamburger

Ever since I put up the Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie recipe Ive gotten a lot of requests to do more Undertale food. It took a while to decide which item I wanted to do next, but I’m pretty happy with my decision. So strike a pose because it’s Glamburger Time!

Little Glamburger macarons that is! Yes they’re not actual hamburgers, but the game claims they are made of edible glitter and sequins anyway. I don’t know about you, but when I hear “edible glitter” I’m thinking SUGAR, and there’s plenty of sugar in these little guys!

I’ll be honest with you all upfront that making macarons is not cheap or easy and it may take a few tries before you get the hang of it. To that end and because I’m not a pro yet myself I’m going to be borrowing heavily from Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer’s macaron recipe in his book The Art of French Pastry.

Anyway, let’s get started! Order up, Burgerpants!

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Hearthstone Cherry Pie


Yields 1 quarter sheet pie

The things you’ll need

Ingredients

Doughx2
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening, chilled
  • ½ cup salted butter, chilled
  • 6 tablespoons butterfmilk, chilled
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Filling
  • 3 cups pitted red tart cherries, fresh or canned
  • 6 + 2 tablespoons cherry juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping
  • Whipped cream in decorating bag fitted with #829 tip
  • Whipped cream in decorating fitted with #4B tip
  • Egg wash
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • 2 rubber spatulas
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Bench flour
  • Fork for docking
  • 2 quarter sheet trays lind with parchment paper
  • Baking spray
  • Pastry cutter
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Whisk
  • 2 round cookie cutters
  • Small sharp knife
  • Pastry brush

Let’s get started!

Dough(Make twice)
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt and then add cubed butter and shortening. Work between fingers until the mixture no longer has large chunks of butter.
  2. Drizzle in ice cold buttermilk and vanilla. Work in the buttermilk to form a dough.
  3. Form the dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours to set.
Filling
  1. In a small bowl whisk flour and 6 tablespoons of cherry liquid until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, stir together cherries, 2 tablespoons cherry liquid, sugar, and salt. Place over medium heat and continue to stir and cook until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Stir slurry into cherries and increase heat to medium high. Cook until mixture starts to thicken, another 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and then allow to cool at room temperature.
  5. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Time to decorate!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Roll dough out to ¼ inch thick and place into a greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dock the dough with a fork then spread cherry filling evenly along the bottom of the sheet. Save a little bit of filling for the handpie.
  3. Roll out second dough and cut out long strips using a pastry cutter or a paring knife.
  4. Arrange strips of dough in a lattice pattern. Crip the overhanging dough into a rope border.
  5. With the excess dough, cut out 2 circles using a cookie cutter. Use a small knife to cut a hearthstone swirl into the center of one of the circles
  6. Roll out the dough that remains and cut out a hearthstone sun.
  7. Assemble handpie with remaining cherry filling and the smaller hearthstone rounds. Place handpie on center of sun design.
  8. Egg wash and bake at lattice pie for 60 to 70 minutes.
  9. Egg wash and bake hearthstone handpie for 15 to 20 minutes.

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you'll have an answer, but I thought I'd ask: I'm currently planning on binding my own book to remake my Book of Shadows, and I was wondering if you had advice on papers to use. I want it to have lots of pages, but printer paper just doesn't feel right - I want something of a heavier weight and a little coarser. Do you have any suggestions? (I love your blog, btw!!)

Ah, you must have seen that I do bookbinding, because you’ve come to the right place, my friend!

Printer paper is fine for most simple journals - it takes pencil writing well, and ink (read: dip pen ink, ballpoint ink) doesn’t usually bleed through it.

(Sharpie will bleed through it. Sharpie will bleed through anything, it feels like.)

But it’s usually very thin paper - 20-22lb is average, and it’s not very opaque. You can easily see through it to the page underneath, and it’s flimsy.

I like card stock - it fits well in your printer if you need it to, it’s thick and opaque and archival quality, and that makes me happy.

I’d go for 60lb thickness at least for bookbinding, but that’s at absolute minimum - personally, I’d go even thicker, in the 80lb-100lb+ range.

One thing about all of that though, is that it’s usually a very smooth texture, like most printer-suitable papers, so that the ink can print evenly. For a rough texture, you can look for handmade papers, artists’ papers, or even some scrapbooking papers that have a more natural texture. You could even learn to make paper yourself, which is very fun, but also time consuming.

Unfortunately, artists’ papers and the like can be…expensive. Really expensive. Like, $3> a sheet expensive, which in a 250+ page book, is not something I can personally afford to work with, so I’ll probably stick to card stock, haha.

Now, fun facts about paper grain:

When paper is made, the machinery makes the individual grains of the paper all align in a certain way. And because of this, it’s always best to fold paper parallel with the grain. That way, when the paper expands or contracts (based on the humidity, moisture, temperature, etc), it’ll do so in a way that won’t hurt your binding. This goes for simple booklets and stuff too.

Most papers should tell you which way the grain is aligned, but I’ve found out that unfortunately, most don’t seem to. Especially if they’re just plain copy or printer paper. In general, if a paper says it’s “short grain,” that means that the grain runs parallel with the shortest edge of the paper. Opposite if it’s “long grain.” And sometimes it’s indicated by an underlined number - “8.5 x 11″ with the 11 underlined means long-grain, “11 x 17″ with the 11 underlined would mean short grain. Make sense so far?

(Edit: tumblr removed my underlines somehow, so I changed my phrasing)

So if I were making a fairly large book out of 11″ x 17″ paper, and wanted to make signatures by folding those pieces in half, I’d want it to be short grain paper, so that my folds would be parallel with the grain.

If your paper doesn’t specify the grain, you can test to see which direction the grains run - most of the time with copy paper, it’s unfortunately long grain. But take a piece of it, and tear it in one direction, and then in the other. Whichever way tore smoother, is the way the grain runs.

However, I will be real here - paper that runs in the right grain direction for bookbinding is very hard to find, and it can also be expensive. You may be able to find larger paper than you need, and cut it down, but…really? If you don’t own a professional paper cutter, that’s a ton of work.

So, I’m going to say this, and it’s going to upset a lot of bookbinders, but in my personal opinion, it’s okay to use paper with grain going the wrong way.

Let me be clear; paper with the grain lined up properly is always going to be better. It’s always going to look and feel better when it’s bound, and it’s going to be more durable. Even the pages are going to turn more smoothly.

But there’s no shame in using copy paper and other typical long-grain paper, if you have to or want to. I’ve made plenty of journals and notebooks with paper grain going the wrong way, and if you’re careful to not use too much glue, and press the books tightly, you’ll probably be fine. There might be some buckling down the line, or a bit of curling, but sometimes that’s worth not spending hundreds of dollars on specialty paper, because the paper industry is weird.

Anyway, I hope some of that ^ ends up helping you with your project! I can get kinda passionate and rant-y about bookbinding, haha.

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I’ve ALWAYS been really anxious about the idea of modifying my decks, but I decided to splurge on a paper cutter and a corner clipper today and started in on the one deck that’s ALWAYS bugged me.  It just… doesn’t need ALL THAT BORDER.  The best parts of this deck have to do with the color and movement of the art and the white just kills it.

So I’ve been trimming it and MAN, the difference.  The cards are just that much more VIBRANT now.  I’m considering edging it, probably with black since it matches the rest of the cards, but there’s also a thought to do a bronze border?  I’ll consider it for a bit before making any choices, I think.  But the trimming definitely is coming out beautifully.

Football Stadium Cookies


Yields 12 to 18 cookies

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Square cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • White royal icingn in a decorating bag fitted with coupler
  • #2, #1 tips
  • Green royal icing in a decorating bag fitted with a #2 tip
  • Rainbow nonpareils

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk in flour, almond meal, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  6. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  7. Shape the dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours.
  8. Working with one disc at a time on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using square cookie cutter and place them 1 inch apart on baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes. Allow to cool before decorating.
  10. Place batter into cupcake liners and bake at 350ºF for 20-22 minutes or a cake tester comes out clean.

Time to decorate!

  1. Use green royal icing to pipe a rectangle on the middle third of the square. Allow to fully dry.
  2. Pipe white royal icing with a #2 tip into rectangles above and below the green. While the white royal icing is still wet, sprinkle on rainbow nonpareils until covered.
  3. Add the yardline details with white royal icing and a #1 tip.
  4. TaDa! The crowds are roaring in these stadium cookies!

FLASHCARD ORGANISATION + DIY 1000 flashcards!!

Tips
1. Flashcards are not notes, don’t waste time writing everything on them.
2. Revise the most what you know least!
3. If you have 6 chapters, then separate flashcards in 6 piles.
4. If you don’t have time write questions only and maybe a couple of key words as reminders.
5. Quiz yourself and answer orally! Don’t let your actual exam be the first time you hear yourself talking about the subject.


DIY 1000 flashcards
1. Buy printer paper with 160grams or more (thicker paper is not see through, normal paper is usually only 80g)
2. Cut in 4 or 8 equal pieces (use a paper cutter for a cleaner cut)

1 paper printer pack (500 pages) with thicker paper is 10 € and you can make 1-2k flashcards! Have fun! :)

dear six year old self:
you are still able to walk up to someone on the playground and simply ask them if they want to be your friend.
use this while you can.

dear seven year old self:
friends you make writing historical fiction at the writing table are the kind of friends that last forever.

dear eight year old self:
don’t invite molly to your birthday party because 1) she will beat up chuck e cheese and it will not be fun for anyone and 2) the next time she acknowledges you will be with a small wave in the seventh grade

dear nine year old self: 
you have a theory that as soon as your friends read twilight, they go join the girls who have already started puberty and stand in circles on the playground during recess and never talk to you again. i’m going to have to agree with you on that one.

dear ten year old self:
remember the razor sharp girl and the golden boy, remember the dances and the songs and the talent show skits.
six years from now they will be the two who embrace you at one am when you’re sobbing over how you can’t go back to a life without them.

dear eleven year old self:
you think that because you wear clothes from justice and have a dog shaped pencil sharpener, you finally have your life under control.
i wish i could have put all of the pieces together that you had no chance of understanding, i wish i could have helped you turn your pencil scribbles in that camouflage notebook into words and lines and art, i wish i could have stopped you from slapping yourself across the face for the first time

dear twelve year old self:
lose the bangs, lose the braces, lose the attitude.

dear thirteen year old self:
be wary of the things you trust and the people you believe, because you’ll learn soon that there’s all sorts of families that can betray you, all sorts of places false ideas can come from, all sorts off attitudes that turn people off
but most importantly don’t fall for the boy with the victim complex and lend a hand to the girls who slept in the corner of the room

dear fourteen year old self:
there is a paper cutter with a blade that can be popped out in the corner of your room and there is a history project that needs to be colored in with sharpies and there is sunlight coming in at five in the morning and there are posts showing you that taking a blade to your arm is the best way to fix your troubles and then there are lines crisscrossing against your thigh and your upper right arm.
this will be a year of crying in doctor’s offices, of calling people at eleven pm, of making bandages out of pads, of slipping under the water in your bathtub. the razor sharp girl will ask you what happened because something changed deep inside you and you’ll start to hyperventilate with fear of never stopping.
and the blood and the scars and the dull winter frost will dampen your heart, but they will never kill you.

dear fifteen year old self:
you will learn the truths of others while driving in circles in a rent-a-car and while lying on the golden boy’s chest and you will start to share your truths with others, and you will wonder why it ever had to be like this, snapping in and out of consciousness in the library and being pulled out of the blaring music of a semi formal in a cafeteria 
you are changing, and sometimes changing means absolutely no change at all, it means sitting in your room and staring at the ceiling, waiting for something more
but just keep trying
because the something more is almost on its way

dear sixteen year old self:
i am scared because i think i have it all under control again.
i am scared that the familiar winter cold will come around and our color-coded schedules and spotify playlists and healthy eating habits will deteriorate back into blades and longing and dry skin and the inescapable sludge of time slowly passing.
but i pray, i plead that we will continue looking up at the stars, that we will find joy in small talk, that we will continue to find the joy in a table for one and a good book.
because we have pulled ourselves off the roof and out of that hammock and we have found people who cared.
and in finding others, i think i’ve found myself.

—  letters to my past selves (and one to my current self); 9.16.15
Cosplay Prop Tutorial - Gasai Yuno's Cellphone Prop

I’m back from hell week, and this will be a longggggg post-

Okay! So I can’t find a real helpful [sorry] tutorial of Gasai Yuno’s cellphone prop that will suit my likeness (either material-wise or budget-friendly ones) – so I decided to make my own w w

Materials:

  • 1/8 illustration board (yeah, it’s a perfect size)
  • Blue-green folder (the ones which are shiny and made of plastic,, not the ones that are made out of paper because they are not waterproof. The reason I chose this material because I am conscious about the sturdiness of the whole prop in general, so it won’t tear up or be damaged even when thrown; trust me, I have thrown my finished prop a lot of times on a wall, it didn’t break!)
  • A paper cutter (or scissors or blade or any cutting material, just be careful. I used all of them because I don’t want the illustration board cutouts to be all jagged and unparalleled. Well it’s just me, but it’s your choice.)
  • Glue gun (no regular glues! considering the fact that we will use/I used a plastic material for the outer layer, it will not glue together because it is plastic.)
  • Pen or fine-pointed whatever marker
  • Masking tape - for guidelines & holding the parts during the process
  • Small magnets (*optional) I used small magnets so that whenever I close the cellphone prop, it won’t pop open.

(Read from left to right)

On the first image, I printed a customized pattern (which I can barely find a good source around the net! QAQ) so I made one for this prop.

(note** if you want the accurate sizing, you have to print the pattern [many times!] to get your desired size. I printed mine and if I don’t want the exact size, I just re-size the pattern and print it again //sighs

After printing the pattern, I cut it out, and used it as a guide to the next step, cutting out rectangles from the illustration board. The rectangles had to be of the same size, because it will serve as the base or the body of the cellphone. (refer to ‘Outside Pattern - back’ for the size of the rectangles. It’s an accurate size.)

When you have finished cutting all the base from the illustration board, the next step is making the cover. I used a blue-green plastic folder because it is waterproof, ( but I do not recommend soaking the whole prop in water for too long! lol ) and that it is sturdy; plus it’s easier to cut unlike other materials. (refer to 'Inside Pattern-front for the cover pattern.)

Now you have all base and coverings!
*optional: I wanted the prop not to 'pop’ out when it is closed, so I inserted a magnet that will make it closed when the prop is not used. Since the plastic folder will somehow /bend/, it will be harder for it to be closed.

So I punched a hole and adjusted it for the magnet to fit in.

After that, you simply have to glue the parts together. (trust me, it wasn’t simple, because you are battling with hot glue and plastic.) Based from my experience, since hot glue is rubbery, and the folder is made out of plastic, it won’t glue together when it isn’t pressed hard. (Which I meant really using all your force to glue that stuff together n_n) But when in does, it will be hard to pull it apart together (yay for sturdiness!)

So be sure to glue it properly, or else you’re screwed.

(Those tapes with markings are my guide, as to where I should glue stuff together. You can also do the same to not be confused while in the process of making it.)

And lastly, for the tricky part. Since I want to do the cosplay prop based on the anime, I want to get that design. Since I made the flip-phone in separate parts, I have to make another part for them to be locked together. (pattern not available, it depends on the size of the space you are going to cut out.)

I didn’t have any nails or pins or strings to attach them together, because I customized the whole thing tightly, so either when I close or open it, it won’t be detached.

TADAAAAAAAAA- IT’S DONE!

The whole thing about the prop being 'packed’ and kind of heavy is for it to last long. xD You don’t want your prop to break during cons or photoshoots, right? LOL. Anyway, for confirmation, try throwing your phone (YES, THROW IT-) anywhere, wooden chairs or walls, it won’t break, because it is compact, and if you glue it tightly together, it’s a stronggg oneeeee w

Well- the keypad details and the screen thingy? It’s your choice on what to display or glue on it– I copied my screen from episode 22 of the anime so it’s on display right now!~~ w w As for the camera, it’s up to you too.

Well, enjoy your finished product!

I’m excited for my next cosplay too! <3

Hope this tutorial helped you~

Under Her Spell

Day 5- Letters: This is my third and final contribution to Royai Week 2017. I did what I described Roy doing. I arranged little paper squares to make the word list. It’s so odd that despite the shape I’m in, the three tiny  fics I’ve managed to produce are fluff and humor. I want to mention how much I am enjoying all of the wonderful royai (songs, art, fics, etc.) when I feel well enough to read, etc. And, of course, a million thanks to the wonderful Royai Week 2017 mods!



Hawkeye had decided to eat lunch with the team, and she had warned him that he was to do paperwork until she brought him back Today’s Special: quiche. He had totally meant to work- to earn his treat. (Sometimes, he thought that she treated him like she did Hayate.) He had diligently read and signed for at least seven minutes when the idea invaded his brain and conquered his good intentions. His subconsciousness could always find a way to avoid paperwork. It must be some hard-wired survival tactic. He had at least 20 minutes until his subordinates returned. He swept his work off of his desk and piled it next to his chair. He used the paper cutter to chop a couple of sheets of paper into squares and began writing one letter on each square in his clear alchemist’s printing. 21 letters on 21 squares of paper. R, I, Z, A, H

Shifting the letters around to spell words, he pulled out another blank sheet and began a list:

rhyme

hair

roam

task

zig

zag

rein

The list grew longer and longer, and then he was ready for the meat of his project. Another sheet of paper was needed.

“I am doing paper work, ha ha,” he muttered to himself. He began to write:

no rush work- okay to tarry

I hate rain- sun great

riza is amazing

He was so focused that he didn’t hear the knock, but he did hear the door open. He swept the little squares into his top drawer, but he didn’t have time to hide the sheets of paper. He looked up guiltily. She had two pieces of quiche and two very angry eyes.

“What are you doing, Sir? It’s clearly not your priority paper work.” She used her scary voice. He was too rattled to come up with a story.

“I’m making words and sentences out of the letters in our names. Each word can only use the 21 letters in our combined names, but we can use as many words as we want in the sentences.”

We, Sir?”

He thought that maybe he’d detected a spark of interest there. “See?” He pointed to the last sentence he had written.  riza is amazing

“That’s rather clever that you found the word Riza in our names.” Sarcasm. He knew that she was in! She hip-checked his chair to the right and sat on the arm.

Riza- you must work

Roy- no nag great man

Riza- task now

Roy- you get no minty mouth kis

Riza- tragic

She lightly- well, not so lightly- punched his arm. “Not to mention that that was cheating, Colonel,”

Roy- want to eat

Riza- i get gun

Roy- i want you

Riza, after a long pause- at night  work now

“Promise?”

“If you finish your paperwork by 5:00. I don’t want to stay here late today.”

“Okay. You win, Lieutenant.”

Riza- yes i win

rogue one library au infodump part 2

all these are actual things that have happened at my job (part one)

  • our plucky heroes make the discovery that patrons have been shoving their scraps from the paper cutter into a hole in the desk that’s meant for computer cables
    • there is no trash can under there. in fact there is a rather large cabinet under there
    • upon removing the cabinet, they find the most massive pile of paper scraps. people have apparently been doing this for months. baze just falls to his knees in despair
  • practically having to physically restrain people from sticking their face into the industrial stapler
    • i don’t know why people think that when the stapler’s not working they have to stare directly into its maw while still slamming the top of it to determine if it’s broken
    • sir you’re going to staple your fucking nose just hand us the stapler
  • there’s a decrepit printer behind the desk that they use when they don’t feel like walking the extra 20 feet back to the official staff printer. someone was supposed to take it away for recycling ages ago and never has.
    • baze and bodhi try to print out some hold slips one day and the printer refuses to work for about fifteen minutes, at which point it starts spewing out copies of some random coworker’s resume until it runs out of ink
    • they can’t make it stop
    • they’re both crying with laughter
    • bodhi’s on the ground surrounded by resumes
    • baze goes back to k2 and all he can manage to get out of his mouth is “i think we’re out of toner”
  • support ticket that was supposed to be an RSVP to a library event. instead of specifying what event they were RSVPing to, the patron just wrote “I want to join in the activity”
  • playing pokemon go in the stacks while reshelving books
    • cassian: hey guess what i found
    • bodhi: what
    • cassian: another fUCKING ZUBAT
  • multiple patrons who fill out room reservation forms and under “tech needs” just put “yes”
    • hope you’re happy with a laptop and a projector because unfortunately we cannot read your minds
  • this stellar exchange
    • [laughing, nearly crying] “I left the ‘o’ off of hello”
    • “oh no was it in an email”
    • [laughing harder] “well unfortunately, it was a ticket”
  • I don’t even know who to give that last one to because what made it even funnier was that it was one of the senior librarians who’s basically our mom
    • she’s the sweetest human ever and she accidentally started a response to someone’s support request with “hell,”
    • mon mothma maybe?