Flowers – From Air Dry Clay

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May 142019
 

Assorted Flowers From Air Dry Clay

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Flowers

I had a few sessions of making Flowers over the weekend.  Mostly Roses, but a few other filler flowers as well.

I decided to make all the flowers white, with just the rose calix and stems green.

I have collected lots of different tools for working with Air Dry Paper Clay over the years, all stored together in a bag I can just grab and take wherever in the house I want to craft any time I feel like crafting with them.  They are basicly exactly the same tools as you would use for sugar paste work for cake decorating.  They do say that you should have a separate set of tools for use with paper or mixed media crafting than you use if you are doing sugar paste work, and I do have a separate box in the utility room of a different variety of tools, though I do wonder why this instruction would be given other than to sell double the amount of kit if a person is into both types of craft.  The media I use does say it is non toxic, and the tools are suppose to be non tainting, so, I would like to know why the usual good wash in soapy water and sterilization in a baby bottle sterilising solution before drying off in the airing cupboard so that all cracks and crevices are dry, wouldn’t make the tools suitable to work with either media.  Obviously it more messy, or something that isn’t non-toxic, is being used then I wouldn’t consider it.

But in any case.  For this weekend project I wanted to make some flowers to put in the vase on the telephone table.

So some rolling out, cutting, shapeing, etc., was in order.

And this is what the rose looks like when made.

I didn’t make them all the same size.

Some of the roses even had white leaves added.

And made other flowers, such as these bell flowers to go with them.

Of course I needed more than two roses, so I kept going makeing more.

And also made a small number of different filler flowers as well.

Once I’d made a reasonable number of flowers I put them in a vase.

(The lighting and shaddows in the room give a creamy yellow colour to some of the flowers in this photo, but they really are all white.)

And then I placed the vase on the table.

Items Used

Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay – White

Martha Stewart Clay Assortment – Blue and Yellow

Hearty soft clay

Florist Tape, Wire, and Wire Cutters

Katy Sue The Ultimate Flower Pro Collection Gift Pack Kit

Katy Sue Flower Pro Leaf Cutters

Katy Sue Flower Pro Five Petal Rose Cutters

H&S 50pcs Cake Decorating Tools

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I will be makeing a YouTube video to show how I made the roses at some point, so keep an eye out for that.

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More Decoupaged Cards

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May 092019
 

More Decoupaged Cards

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Although my blog posts are a little further apart than usual at the moment I am still doing a little crafting in between doing my other hobbies.  I’ve started sitting out the garden for a bit to tidy up my herb and strawberry towers, and my troughs of other things, so part of my hobbie time over the summer will be out the garden, but as usual, some garden photos may creep into scrapbook layouts or cards over the next few months.  I’m also still ploughing through the tins and albums of family photos and attaching the scans to the relevant people in my digital family tree as well as putting them in the family FB group to allow other family members to see them as well as finding out if they know the names of some that are unlabeled, and finding out more information about the people.

Today’s post is showing some more cards I’ve made using the latest Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection.  You can see some I made previously in my post – Here!

Some Decoupage Cards

I made this as a sympathy card.  I just took one layer out of one of the Decolarge sheets and stuck it to the front of a pre-foiled and scored A5 base card using fingerlift tape.  I think the base card is a Kanban one.  I drew a black line around 2mm inside the foiled frame using a fineliner pen and added “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” (Welsh for “Thinking Of You”) peel-off greeting.

It’s quite a simple card, but suitable for purpous I think.

Inside I put a matching insert with the greeting peel-off greeting “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “With Sympathy”.

Another sympathy card.  This time made with more layers of the same Decolarge design.  These were stuck together using foam tape.  An A4 sheet of very Adorable Scorable cardstock was scored and folded in half.  I did the mistake of photographing this on a dark background and you therefore can’t clearly see that I have drawn a 5mm deep black frame around the outside of the card.

The black frame is a little easier to see in this photo.

And again I used a matching insert inside.

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May Calendar Page

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May 012019
 

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May Calendar Page

Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know that I buy a blank calendar from Pagemill every year and give it to my mother.  I then do some sort of crafting to decorate each page for the start of each month,

You can see the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! and april page – here!

I try and use different techniques and have a different look to each month.

This month I’ve gone for a sort of vintage look scrapbook layout, but made as a digital layout which I printed out and stuck onto my mother’s calendar.

I said in a previous post – here – that I’d been spending more time on one of my other hobbies, family history, lately, and that I’d been getting out old photographs to scan into my laptop and add into the digital version of my family tree.  Mam has also been takeing time, two or three times a week, to sit with me and go through the photos in batches.

So this month I decided to go for a layout of some of the old photos, using backgrounds from Fancy Fretwork for the main backgrounds and as panels behind each image.  As there was slight tonal difference in the photos I changed them all to complete greyscale, which made the whole thing look better and as the photos were of different sizes and orientation I decided to not try and make an even spaced layout but go a bit turned on some of them.  I chose a coloured background behind each image to lift the layout a bit, but didn’t want it too look too clean and bright so used the feature in the software to drop shaddow the frameing element.  I also added some Flourishes elements, both behind and coming a bit in front of the images to give some interest.

I made the Welsh “Mis Mai” title using tones similar to the two backgrounds used in the layout.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 sheets of 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Stephanie’s Signature Collection Fancy Fretwork USB Tattered Lace
  • My Craft Studio Flourishes Volume 1
  • Microsoft Publisher software
Photos Of The May Calendar Page

I’ve not photographed the layout after sticking it on the calendar this time.  But here is the layout and the month heading piece.

  • Top left photo is where my mother was born.
  • Top centre photo is my grandmother, mother, uncle, and grandfather.
  • Top right photo is my uncle and mother in the doorway of the small cafe my grandmother ran when my parents got married.
  • Bottom left is a photo of my grandparents in 1928, before they got married.
  • Bottom centre is my grandmother as a teenager holding her violin.
  • Bottom right is my grandfather milking a cow .

This has now been printed out and stuck to my mother’s calendar.

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I currently have a video part edited, as well as another that is part filmed, and need to write up a blog post about some cards I made, so it shouldn’t be too long before I have another blog post to show you, so please do come back in a few days to see the new content.

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More April Crafting

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 202019
 

Some Musings And April Crafting

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Musings

I haven’t done a lot of crafting the last couple of weeks, and that is because I have been spending more time on another of my hobbies – Family History.  I got my nephew to pull out a small number of photo albums and tins of photos for me, and I started to have a look at the contents of one tin, that came from my grandmother, with my mother.  We were actually pleasantly surprised to find that over half did actually have the names or some details about those in the photos Some that had no names Mam did know who they were, but that still left some which neither Mam nor I knew who they were.

And while looking at them I was thinking that it was a pitty more of the family couldn’t see the photos.  They may be pulled out here every now and then, and whoever is here gets to see them, but there may be other members of the extended family who might like to see the photos that had their relatives in them.  Some might even have labled copies of the same or similar photos to the ones where we don’t have names, and therefore might be able to tell Mam and I who is in the “unknown” photos.

Therefore, as I wanted some scanned photos to attach to the digital family history/tree, I decided to start on the mamoth project of scanning as much as I can (a long term project).  In addition to attaching the scanned photos to my digital family tree, I decided that I would also create a hidden/private group on Facebook and invite any of my relatives, close and distant, so that they can have a look.

So I started uploading scanned photos from my grandmother’s tin of photos.  Also photos from my late father’s album that he had me scan for him a few years ago, when he was working on his autobiography.  And the small wedding album my parents had as well.  Haven’t finished uploading the contents of the tin yet, though I’ve now got them all scanned.  And there are more tins and albums to go.  So the scanning and uploading won’t probably be finished until the autumn, because it will be warm enough for me to sit in the garden to tend my pots and troughs before long.

So, is anybody else working on family history, or got a lot of old photos going back 100 years?  How do you go about your research and shareing what you have got with others in the family?

Some Decoupage Cards

Although working on my Family History, I can’t go for long without crafting, though I wasn’t in the mood to do too much.  But I have started filming another project for my YouTube channel which should be completed next week.

I also decided to pull out some sheets from a Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection to make some cards.

For this first card I used a base card that was pre-foiled – a Kanban one I think.  I also used a base layer and half the layers of a decolarge topper and a matching insert from the Hunkydory collection.

The insert was put inside and the base topper layer attached to the front using fingerlift tape. I used 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the bottom couple of decoupage layers and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the uppermost layers.

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I finished with a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” peeloff (which is Welsh for Happy Anniversary).

I haven’t put anything on the insert as yet, but will probably add the same peeloff greeting.

This photo shows the depth of the built up topper.

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For this card I used a printed sheet of A4 cardstock that matched my chosen Decolarge topper.  I also used the matching insert.

I scored and folded the sheet of cardstock to make an 8″ square card with a short fold front.  I trimmed the insert to fit inside the back.  This card has the same image decolarge topper on it, but this time I decoupaged it with all the layers, except for one rose which I kept to put on the top, right, corner of the card.  I added the greeting “Llongyfarchiadau” (which is Welsh for Congratulations) at the bottom, right.  I’m thinking that this one is suitable for a wedding card.

This is what it looks like when fully open – the rose and greeting are seen when closed or open because of the half front.

I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind half of the topper base layer to attach it to the half front.  I then used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the bottom layers of decoupage to build up the topper, finishing off by attaching the last few layers using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what the card looks like when completely closed.

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For this card I used the same printed A4 cardstock as I’d used for the second card (more than one of each item came in the collection).  This time I folded it in half.

As I’d only used around half the decoupage layers as part of the topper on the first card, taking every other layer, I decided to use the other layers, built up and stuck down in the same way, for this card.

I do like to shape the edge of each layer a bit when doing decoupage as I think it gives a nicer effect.  I think the shapeing shows up a bit better in this photo than it does for the other cards, but I did shape the layers for all three cards.

The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes”

There’s a matching insert inside this one as well.

I hope you liked the cards I’ve shown you today.  Call back again soon to see what else I’m up to.

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Forever Pouring Cup

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 112019
 

Forever Pouring Cup inc. Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

The project I’ve got to show you today involves an ever pouring cup that has been printed on a 3D printer, that I’ve decorated with flowers.

I’ve seen this type of thing made using a china cup and saucer and using a piece of bent cutlary to support the cup, but decided to use a 3D printed one because I thought it would be easier to get it stuck together, (with no bending of cutlery involved,) when made using a ready prepared design that was available online. Also, the “pouring stream of milk” wouldn’t need to be completely covered like disguising a bent spoon would need to be.

I’ve done some posts on my nephew’s saga to get a working 3D printer a while ago. If you want to look back you can go to my blog – Here! And you can see some of the process of putting together the part build one he has now on YouTube – Here!

Video

I’ve filmed the majority of the stages of me makeing this creation.  I hope you like it.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

(Some of these links are affiliate links that would give me a commission should you click through and buy.  It costs you nothing to click, and no more than the stated prices to buy.)

Finished Creation

This is what the finished item looks like from a few different angles.

And a closeup of the decorated base.

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I’m not sure which crafting I’ll have to show you next, or when my next video will be ready for uploading to YouTube, but I have several bits on the go at the moment so I don’t think it will be long before I have more crafting to show you.

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Spring Card Swap

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 062019
 

Spring Card Swap

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I’m a member of a group called Chronic Crafters! on Facebook.  Every now and then a swap is organised.  The theme for the latest swap was “swapping cards on the theme of spring/Easter”, and I was partnered with Avril.

I decided to make a bright, spring, themed card with a little dimension and decided that a little duckling would fit the Spring theme nicely.

So time to grab some crafting stash and get makeing.

What I Used
The Card I Sent

This is the head on view of the card.

I scored twice in from the foiled border and did an X cut from corner to corner to create the recess, before matting and layering flat and using foam tape to add the topper and other elements.

To hide a bit of the corner that opens out I put flowers in the three corners that were not covered by the heart mini topper using glue gel.

I decorated the inside as well. A piece of cardstock from the collection was used to cover the mechanism of the recess from the front while an Adorable Scorable card was attached to the back and some items from my stash were used inside.

The Card I Received

A lovely, dimensional decoupage, front to the card.

Photo taken at an angle to try and show the dimension.

And as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside.

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Simple Shaker Card

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Apr 042019
 

Simple Shaker Card

Using Pre-cut Pieces From A Kit

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

For this card I am going to use pieces from the same boxed collection as I used for the quick and simple cards I showed you on my blog post – Here!

This time I am going to use some of the cardstock, background paper, and framed topper, to make a simple Shaker Card.

Yes! – I did say “simple Shaker Card”.  You can make Shaker Cards as elaborate as you want, and use lots of different things to make them.  But for this card I am keeping things like matting and layering to a minimum.  I’m not adding lots of embelishments.  I’m just going to show you how to make a simple shaker card where you don’t need to measure, don’t need to cut an aperture, in fact – don’t need to do anything difficult.

Video

This is quite a quick card to make.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
Finished Creation

And here’s the finished card.

From one angle

From another angle.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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April Calendar Page

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Apr 022019
 

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April Calendar Page

Any regular viewers know that I buy a blank calendar for my mother each year and decorate the page for each month as it comes near.  Sometimes my mother has a request for what she wants on the page and sometimes I surprize her with what I put up.

You can see the January page – here! February page – here! and March page – here!

I try and use different techniques and have a different look to each month.

This time my mother told me to choose, so I chose a collection, tripped it out in front of her, and told her to choose an image from the collection for me to work with.  She chose a little yellow duck.  I then waved a few different cardstocks at her and between us we decided on what to use with the duck image.

So, after a bit of cutting, matting and layering, and sticking, a quick, cheerful, layout was made.  Nothing elaborate this month.  I think she likes it.

What I Used
Photos Of The April Calendar Page

This is what I put together, before sticking it on the calendar.

And this is it from an angle so that you can see that some of the items are dimensional, not flat on the page.

I picked yellow and green as the colours to put the month title in Welsh on top as well.

And how it looks on the calendar when it is hung up.

Not the best photo as I couldn’t get any direction to photograph from without haing a lot of glare because of the shiny surfaces and foiled patterns.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Mother’s Day Card

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Mar 312019
 

A Mother’s Day Card

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is also called, so time to show you the card I made for my mother as she will have been given it by now.

Of course, I made a Welsh card, “Sul Y Mamau”, for my mother, and with no need to worry about postage I could make it dimensional.  It simply says MAM on the outside, and after taking the pictures I added a peel-off greeting inside.

What I Used
The Card

This is a head on view of the card.

This is a closer look at the punched out word MAM.

I used an insert from the pack inside.  It has a faint version of the flowers in the umbarella topper towards the bottom left.  I put a piece of the plain, white, card that had been cut from the back behind the recess to cover the X cut.

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I should be back with another post before long as I have some more projects on the go.  Please pop back to have a look.

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My YouTube Adventure – So Far!

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Mar 292019
 

Thank you for coming over to have a look at my blog

My Craft Demo YouTube Adventure So Far

I’m not sure that this was the brightest idea I’ve ever had, as today’s post is more of a “Behind The Scenes” look that about showing a lot of crafting.  But I hope some of you will find it interesting if nothing else.

This blog post isn’t showing you anything specific I’ve crafted, but you will see me crafting a bit in the video that you will find a link to further down – keep an eye out for sneaky peaks of what I’m working on now!

Fear not, I will be back with more varied crafting before long, but I thought you might like to see the development of my YouTube journey over the last couple of months.  There will be a list below of things I refer to in this post.

I’d also like to ask you if you would be so kind as to pop over to my YouTube Channel and Subscribe if you haven’t already, and also to like and comment on one or two of my videos.  There’s even a bell you can click on so that it will notify you when I upload new videos.

The Begining Of My Journey

Back in a post towards the end of January I asked people who visited my blog, as well as people in some crafting groups I’m in on Facebook, for their thoughts on what they like to see and not like to see in YouTube videos, because I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel to run beside this blog, so that I could show more of “how I did things”, not just “what I’d crafted”.

So many of you helped me out with your opinions, which greatly helped me get some thoughts clear in my mind about what I wanted to do and how to go about it.  So thank you to all who did chip in some opinions and ideas.

I had decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to introduce some Welsh into my presence in the online crafting world.  As a person with Welsh as my first language I had wanted to create some Welsh content online for a while, and my original website is bilingual, but I had found that the layout of the blog interface didn’t lend itself to doing bilingual posts of the type I like makeing (I know I tend to write more than many craft bloggers) without it becoming double the length and people having to navigate over pieces to get to their prefered language.  But I realised that by filming the actual crafting from overhead – a crafter’s viewpoint which many told me was their prefered method of crafting video – and not speaking while crafting, I could actually create two separate videos for Welsh and English by doing two different language voiceovers once the video had been edited.

Seeing other videos I’d realised that I do like seeing the person demonstrating in a video, but didn’t want to be cutting from “overhead” to “pieces to camera” during the crafting itself, so I decided that a short piece to camera at the start and the finish of each video would be the way I’d go, and doing quick pieces like this, in Welsh then in English wouldn’t take up much time to record or to edit.

I also recognised that lighting and camera are important when recording, but knew that I couldn’t afford expensive camera equipment or lighting equipment, so, I decided to use what I had, film when lighting was reasonable and, as I said in my first video, go for a “homely look”, rather than try to get videos of the quality of those who make their living from vlogging or who have studios to record in.

Want to guess what I’m makeing with the bits collected under the tripod? I’ve put a sneaky peak on the Maes Mieri Crafts FB Page.

The one thing I did buy was a tripod and attachments so that I could do my overhead filming.  I had a little, table top, tripod, which would have been fine to film me talking to camera, if that was all I wanted.  But it wouldn’t be able to do the overhead filming, and I’d been wanting something bigger and better for some time, so that I could take steadier photos out in the garden in the summer as well. (Plus – nephews are always coming over with their cameras, often dragging trypods, so having a reasonable one in the house would mean we could all use it and the place wouldn’t get cluttered with them leaving theirs around the place.)

I even bought a book as some light bedtime reading before going to sleep after putting down my tablet for the night.  There are a lot of helpful information in books, as well as lots of quality YouTube videos on how to go about creating YouTube videos and channels. In fact, it is quite amazing how many people have done YouTube videos about YouTube.

Getting My First Videos Online

So after looking and reading I decided to go for it and gathered a few things together and got my first Craftau Maes Mieri Crafts Channel videos uploaded on 24th January – in English and in Welsh.

These videos were just an introduction to me and showing an assortment of the items I’ve crafted over the last year or so.

I decided to take my colour scheme for the Channel from what I already use on this blog and on my website so not to complicate matters – a shade of light purple.

Then it was on to makeing videos with actual craft demonstrations in them.

I’ve even managed to set up two Playlists in my YouTube channel – one showing all my English videos and one showing all my Welsh videos in the order they went online.

Video

I’m not pretending to be a YouTube expert after such a short time of researching and uploading videos, but I thought you might like to see what I have been using and how I have been setting things up.

As I said, I’m going for a more homely look, so I record my pieces to camera when sat in my armchair in the sitting room, and record my overhead crafting pieces sat at the kitchen table.

So now I’ve had my nephew follow me around with a smart phone, recording me as I’m recording pieces for several videos, and I’ve edited it into the following video.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Equipment and Software I Use
  • Camera – Fujifilm FinePix XP80 – I actually managed to find a purple one a few years ago when I got mine, but couldn’t find one when researching for this post – so here’s a link to a yellow one.
  • SDHC card – 8Gb SanDisc
  • Tripod – Camera Tripod, TYCKA 55″Lightweight Aluminum Portable Travel Tripod with 1/4″ Quick Release Plate, 360 Degree Panorama Ball Head and Carrying Bag – Nowhere near the most expensive, and means I can have legs extended to different lengths depending on whether I’m working on the table or not.  You can get ones cheaper on Amazon, and as I wasn’t planning on using it for anything more than internal work, rather than carying it around a lot, a cheaper one might well have been enough for me, but because I wanted to add an arm for overhead recording, and because I wanted the nephews to be able to use it rather than carying theirs here all the time, I decided that a slightly more robust tripod would be a good idea.
  • Arm Attachment for Overhead recording – K&F Concept Camera Tripod Boom Arm Stand Fixable External Multi-Angle Center Column Extension Arm (32cm Length, Load Capacity of 5kg) Tilting Rotation – this cost me under £30, but I can’t find it on Amazon, where I got mine, any more.  The closest looking I can find is a little more expensive, but you can see it Here.
  • Video Editing Software – Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7 – as I have done various bits of editing home videos over the years I got a trial of this software many moons ago and have been paying less than full price to update it.  The suite includes PaintShop Pro, in addition to the Roxio VideoWave software that I use to edit.  There are free video editors available for creating YouTube videos, or ones that come on computers when new.  My nephews use these and found them easy to use, but as I was already use to useing VideoWave I decided to stick with it.
  • Photo manipulation software – Sometimes I use PaintShop Pro, and sometimes I just go with quicker, easier, software.  One I have used for many years (don’t want to hazard a guess at how many but I’m sure it is over 10 years), which is free for non-commercial use, and not much for a licence, is IrfanView – Open, Edit, Crop, Save, is all that is usually needed for most photos I take for both my blog and inserting into banners and thumbnails for YouTube.  You can also easily add text in any size and any location on the photo – which really is a must these days with so many people claiming other people’s work as their own (much as I don’t like “defaceing” something I’ve taken time creating by putting something on top.)
  • Laptop – Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series (16GB DDR3 RAM, Intel (R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.500GHz, 2TB) – A good speck laptop in terms of office and internet use, but mediocure in terms of the power needed for video editing and authoring.  But those who gave me suggestions before I started thought that around the 10 minute mark would be a suitable length for an edited video I don’t have much trouble with the laptop doing what I need.
  • Books – YouTube Channels For Dummies – Not bad as it made me think about some things I hadn’t realised before, such as that you could put your own thumbnail up with a video rather than accepting one of those suggested by YouTube after upload. (I’ve also got “YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer” for Kindle on my tablet but haven’t started reading that yet so can’t comment.)

I also have an attachment to hold a mobile phone to a tripod to use the phone’s internal camera to record, but I haven’t used this yet.

Feedback Please!

How do you think I’m doing so far?  Is there anything major I need to change?  Do you like seeing a variety of different crafts demonstrated, or do you only like channels that concentrate on a particular craft? 

How do the pieces to camera and the overhead pieces with voiceovers come across on your equipment?  I know that my mother could understand and see everything on my laptop and tablet as I’ve shown her different video’s on each, but I have no idea how they look on different monitors or tablets, or even on smaller mobile devices like smart phones.

As you can see in today’s video, I have a few more projects on the go that I have to do bit by bit because of drying time, etc., and I’m in the middle of recording and editing bits as well, so you should see all those appearing as a finished video before long.  Keep an eye out for those.

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  • You can see my Gwyneth George area on Facebook by clicking – here.
  • Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page – here.
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  • Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube Chanel – here.
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  • You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
    (Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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