Feb 182019
 

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Playing Around With Inks, Stamps and Stencils

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YouTube Video

Today’s blog post and video isn’t about showing you completed projects, it’s about me just having a play with some inks, stencils and stamps, and seeing what I create.

I pulled out an assortment of crafting bits onto the table at the start of last week, and did bits of playing and then creating several times during the week, until I had to clear the table for the weekend and Tesco delivery.  Things just took shape as I was playing and wanting to try out different things.

I put my camera to record most of what I was doing, so when I finished I had well over an hour and a half of footage – I know, not a lot for several days of crafting, but I can’t do a lot of anything before needing to rest.

Having seen that what I’d recorded was too long to make one video, even with speeding up bits, I separated out the playing with inks and the creating a couple of finished items, to make separate videos.  Today I’ve got part 1 to show you.

The stamps and stencils are new ones I bought in the January Sales, so this is my first time having a play with them.

You can see the English video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo Cymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

These are what I used in my play session:

Pieces Created

These are what I finished off with:

A6 in size.  1st play.  Not quite right this one!

A4 size. This one has turned out much better.  The look I wanted as a background for a project for March 1st – so keep an eye out for that one.

A4 in size and much better than the smaller, first, one.

Back to A6 size for this background. I have an idea for using this one but haven’t put it together yet.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

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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Feb 142019
 

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Welsh Birthday Cards For Boys

I’m sure I’ve told you before that several family members have their birthdays in the first couple of months of the year.  Well today it’s time for me to show you some Welsh birthday cards I made for my mother to give my two youngest nephews.

If I tell you that one loves steam engines and old fashioned machinery, and also tell you that they have horses on their farm, it’s quite obvious why I chose the particular images I did for the cards.

This first one is made using an image from one of the Hunkydory “Little Book of …”  not quite sure which little book it was though. This was matted onto a sheet of Hunkydory miricard that was pre-cut to fit. I used a pre-foiled and scored Kanban base card.

This is another photo of the same card taken at an angle to show that the matted image is raised, which I did by using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape rather than fingerlift tape.

This image for this second card also came from a Hunkydory “Little Book of …”.  I think it could have been the same book that the previous image came from and that it was one of the male themed books.  It was also matted and raised before putting onto the same type of foiled base card as the first one.

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I’ve got several more cards to make for the family, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on.

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Feb 112019
 

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Another Wrapping Paper Card And Envelope

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Having used wrapping paper to make a matching card and envelope for one of my younger nephews for his birthday, it did mean I needed to do something similar for his brother.

This time I went for Pokemon wrapping paper – bought via Amazon as I couldn’t find a suitable one with Tesco grocery deliveries a couple of weeks ago.

I didn’t think I needed to video the makeing of the card this time as the method was very much the same as the previous one.

Please pop over to YouTube to see the video of how I made the first one.

English – Here!

Cymraeg – Yma!

The Card

The main difference in this one is that the wrapping paper consisted of lots of square images, so rather than just cut a panel to fit the front of the card, I cut around the image squares as a strip and individual images.  I again used the tag as a topper, and used a fineliner pen to write the greeting, although I added some squiggly lines as well this time.

And here is my make.

The outside –

And the inside with the pocket – this time to hold a memory card, which is a very small looking gift that benefits being presented in a gift pocket inside a card rather than just putting wrapping paper around it.

The Envelope and Packed Gift

The envelope was made in exactly the same way as the previous one.  The gift was a bit more difficult to pack as it was a bit squishy, but it doesn’t look too bad I think.

This gift is a reasonably sized camera bag to hold all sorts of things in addition to the camera.  More difficult to wrap tidily than the box shown previously.  The more different the shape of the gift I’d recomend putting in tissue paper inside a box before wrapping as it looks far neater and keeps safer.

The Cake

No, sorry.  I didn’t decorate the cake!  This is a Tesco delivery one.  But I thought I’d show it to you in any case. Tesco obviously have a licence to make and sell Pokemon themed items such as cakes.

And it tasted very nice as well.

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

If you’ve not already got your name into the hat for the giveaway draw I’m makeing to celebrate getting my YouTube channel set up and the first few videos uploaded, then please do go to my blog post – Here! – to find out how you could get several chances to get the tree I’m giving away.  You have until the last day in February to get your name into the hat up to four times.

Copyright

Remember that copyright rules apply to such things as images on wrapping paper.  There are well know companies who agressively go after people who make money from their copyrighted images, or who scan, copy, etc., and give them away to others to craft with.  It’s one thing to be creative and use wrapping paper in different ways to present gifts in a co-ordinated fashion that won’t look much of anything when wrapped in the normal fashion, such as makeing a pocket card to put the small memory card in, but you can not use wrapping paper to make cards to sell because you don’t have a licence to use them for personal or charitable gain. You can’t just take images from the Internet, print them out and use them in your crafting either – not unless you have bought a licence to do so or have permission from the copyright holder.

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Wirework Tree inc. Video

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Feb 062019
 

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Wirework and Semi Precious Stones Tree
inc. YouTube Video and Giveaway

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Tree Of Life Style Wall Hanging

I have new videos (Welsh and English versions of the same one) live on the Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube channel today.

I decided to do a video to show one way of making the round framed, tree of life style, wall hangings I’ve been makeing.  I only tackle a project of this type when I’m feeling reasonably OK, but even so it took me lots of short sessions over 3 days to make the tree, but I’ve edited the video down to under 13 minutes, cutting out the shakeing hand and semi-precious stone chips flying all over the place because my grip had gone, so it won’t take you hours to watch how I made it.

While a set of jewellery pliers are good for this project, you could get away with using wire cutters and pliers from an ordinary tool set if you are makeing a large wall hanging. You would probably get markes on the wire you didn’t want, but OK if you are going for a distressed look tree.

I have made these types of circular ones smaller than an inch diameter before, and for that size you definately need the most dainty jewellery pliers you can find.

The other items I used were – Metal ring; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 20 gauge; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 26 gauge; Semi Precious Amazonite gemstone Chips.

You can see :

The Welsh Video – Here!

The English Video – Here!

This is what the creation looks like when finished.  It is around 14.5cm in diameter.

I do dome the centre up a bit while doing the final tidy up.  This means the wall hanging casts a bit of a shaddow onto the wall behind it and appears more dimensional.

I’ve even made a box, ready to be closed, addressed, and posted – see giveaway information below!

I’d love to see any wirework projects that you have hand made, so please do pop photos into the album I’ve created to go with this post and video.  You can find it – Here!

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

As it is only a short time since I announced that my first two (Welsh and English) Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts channel YouTube video were live, and that I’d started a Page on Facebook to draw together the various Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts online presences, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a giveaway draw as a sort of cellebration that I managed to actually get things started with my video making project, and not only get one, introduction, video done, but a couple of demo videos as well.

And what better thing for the giveaway than to give away the Tree Wall Hanging that I demonstrated in the video that is going live today.

I’m allowing up to four entries per person –

  1. Leave a comment below.  Any comment, provided it’s not Spam, or nasty – in fact any comment that makes it through my usual moderation, will go into the hat.
  2. Leave a comment on the album that goes with this project on my Facebook page – Here!
  3. Put a photo of any of your wirework projects into the album – Here! (Any wirework project, be it wire encased beads, wirework brooches, wirework lettering, etc. I do like to see what others are doing.  Leave a link to your blog post if you have one with details of your make.)
  4. Comment on either the English or Welsh version of the Wirework Tree videos on YouTube – Here or Yma! (I do want to know what you think of my videos, and if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see me demonstrating then please let me know in your comment.)

That’s up to four chances to have your name in the draw.  I’ll be collecting the names together from each location on the 1st March, 2019, and drawing one to win the wirework tree.  The winner will be announced by the 3rd March in all locations.

Good Luck!

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February Calendar Page

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Feb 032019
 

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February Calendar Page and January Giveaway Winner

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Today I am announcing the winner of the Giveaway where anybody could enter by commenting on the January calendar post on this blog.  I’ve also got the page I’ve decorated for February in my Mother’s calendar to show you.

Giveaway Winner

All those who commented on the relevant post on my blog during January had their names put into a box and a random one was drawn out to get the unopened CD-ROM that I’d got two of.

The winner is Karin van Eijk (Karin, like me, is a crafting blogger.  You can see her blog here – https://karinsartscrap.blogspot.com/).

February Calendar Page

If you are not already aware – for a few years now I have been buying my mother a blank Papermill Direct calendar every year, and as the year progresses I’ve been decorating the pages in a variety of different ways.  (You can see the January one – Here!)  Sometimes she askes for something specific and sometimes she tells me to surprise her.

This month I’ve gone for a cascade of paper flowers.

Both backgrounds are from the Fancy Fretwork USB that has lots of SVG cutting files and  .jpg background designs. They were printed onto good quality, 120gsm paper.

The purple cardstock that’s framing behind the background, as well as the purple flowers and pearls used to decorate, are from the Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle. The rest of the flowers and leaves are from my stash – Every now and then, when I have odd bits of cardstock, I either lay them on the cutting mat of my ScanNCut and set it to cut lots of different flowers or leaves depending on the colour, or I put them through a die-cutting machine with various sized floral dies.  I keep all the flowers and leaves produced in a box to pull out when I need a quick flower on something.

Fingerlift Tape was used to stick the cardstock to the calendar, and the main backing to the cardstock.  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape was used to stick the “wall” background in place.  I then used Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the cascade of flowers and leaves down either side.

I finished off with some “birds” in the sky – drawn with a black Nuvo alcohol marker.

Here’s the work before it was stuck on the calendar.

 

I also printed out the month title, Chwefror, (Welsh for February,) to cover the title already there.

This is what the calendar page looks like when finished.

Video and New Giveaway

I’ve nearly finished my next YouTube video, so keep an eye out for my next blog post in a few days time, as in addition to showing you how I make something – I will also be giving that something away for those who comment in the relevant places between then and the end of February.

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Birthday Card Video

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Feb 012019
 

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Makeing an Emoji Birthday Card With Pocket For Gift – Linked Video

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Today I have an Emoji birthday card to show you.

I set myself a challenge to make a matching card with pocket to go with a gift using stuff that might be in any home, not my endless supply of crafting tools and consumables. Sometimes it is good to get back to basics – it makes you look at things with fresh eyes.

I even decided to video me makeing it for uploading to my new YouTube channel.  A video that will hopefully help new card makers but make experienced card makers think.

To make it matching I decideď to use some of the wrapping paper I’d used on the gift to make the card, which has a pocket inside for an extra gift such as money or gift card.  The wrapping paper came from Tesco, ordered with our grocery delivery.  I’ve ordered a cake with the same image for delivery before the person’s birthday.  I just hope they have it in stock on delivery day.
(Remember that copyright rules apply to such things as images on wrapping paper, not just licenced images from well know companies who agressively go after people who make money from their copyrighted images.  It’s one thing to use wrapping paper to present a gift in a different way, in this case some money in a pocket inside a gift birthday card, but you can not use wrapping paper to make cards to sell because you don’t have a licence to use them for personal or charitable gain.)

This is the what the card looked like in the end.

And here with the envelope and gift that went with it.

You can see the video – here – in English.

And – here – in Welsh.

A Challenge For You

I finish the video by challenging you all to make a card with simple things.

If you do accept the challenge I’d love to see what you make so please post pictures with some info, or a link to any blog page that has details, on my Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page in the album – here.

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Two Floral Cards

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Jan 312019
 

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Final Chance For Giveaway and Two Floral Die Cuts Card

As I’ve been working on my next YouTube video, as well as not feeling very well lately, I hadn’t made many cards this last fortnight. So I thought it was about time I made some.

But before I tell you about the cards and show you the pictures, here is a final reminder of the giveaway I’ve been running throughout January.

Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing, so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.  One person who has commented will be drawn over the weekend to win the giveaway.

(Comments must be on the givaway post and be made before the end of January.

Two Floral Cards

I’d bought a Kanban kit (Cutterdies, The Love & Lace Collection) and thought it was about time to try using it.

It consisted of dies as well as cardstock to go with the dies.

In addition to what came in the collection I used the following from my stash – some sheets of 250gsm smooth white card; fingerlift tape; 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape; Dreamees Glue Pens; sheet 8″ x 16″ cream cardstock, scored and folded in half; Kanban Foil decorated 8″ square base card.

I die cut a couple of sheets from the collection, and also a few plain mats ftom white cardstock to go behind the layers.

After die cutting using my Crossover, I started sticking the layers together, some flat to the layer underneath and some raised from th mat beneath it.

And this is what the first card look likes.

And this an angle photo from the corner to try and show the dimension.

And here is the 2nd card.

And again a corner photo to try and show dimension.

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Jan 262019
 

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Blanket Work In Progress and YouTube Video

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Thank You (YouTube Question)

In a previous blog post – Here – I said that my youngest nephews were trying to persuade me to make videos for YouTube. I said I was doing some research, and asked for everybody’s input to some questions I had about what viewers like or don’t like in YouTube videos.

A big THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my questions either here on my blog or in the Facebook groups I posted to.

I have decided to go ahead and try to make the occasional video, in both Welsh and English (separate, not bilingual).

See video links and information further down this post.

WiP

I also showed you some Works In Progress (WiPs) and said I was going to try and keep photographing and blogging as I was going along to keep me motivated.

Today I’m going to show you how I’m getting on with the blanket I showed you in that same previous post.

I’ve made several blankets in the past. Some from multi coloured, self striping yarn, crocheted in rows. Some a patchwork of patches of different colours. Some as a giant granny square with rows in different colours.

For this one I’m using a yarn that has several shades of colour in it.

The yarn is Lisa Print.

I’m using a 3mm crochet hook.  I’m doing a standard “granny square” stitch. Three trebles, one chain, into each gap, on the straight, then three trebles, two chains, three trebbles, one chain, into the corner gap, before going back to the straight pattern.

This is how much I’d done the time of the previous post.

My hands have been feeling achy after short sessions of crocheting so I haven’t made a huge amount, but it has grown to this size by now.

Definately bigger than in the first photo. Though perhaps takeing the photo on a red patterned background wasn’t the best idea. But I’ll have to find something larger to put behind if for the next photo as it will have grown too big for the cushion that’s under it in these photos.

So now I’ve come to the end of the first ball of yarn and am ready to attach the 2nd.

YouTube Video

One afternoon after the nephews came here after school, I decided to sit down, get one of them to point a camera at me, and record my first official video for my new YouTube channel “Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts“.

I asked him to video me from my best side, but it seems I don’t have a best side LOL.  In fact, my face is even more puffy than usual due to swollen glands.  But the first, introduction, fideo is done, “warts and all” as they say. I’m not sure I’m cut out for doing a “piece to camera”.  I keep on loosing track of what I want to say. But hopefully that will improve with practice as I try and make more videos.

There’s not a lot of me crafting in this one. It’s more of an overview of me and my crafts. I thought it would be a good way to start and see how good or bad it comes out. (In my next video I’m demonstrating a simple card.)

Both versions are now Live!

The link to the English version is – Here!

And the link to the Welsh version is – Here!

I hope you have time to pop over for a look and let me know what you think. I would appreciate it if you also hit the Like and Subscribe links.

If you are looking for the info about the items on show in the video, here are the links to some of my previous posts about some of them.

  • Crutch cover – here.
  • Big project of 2018 – here.
  • Hand coloured dog card – here.
  • Calendar – here.
  • Christmas cards – here.
  • Screen printing –  here.
  • Peackock canvas – here.
  • Tree – circular wall hanging – here.
  • Tree – in display box – here.
  • Dreamcatchers – here.

These are just links to some of the blog posts about items on show in my YouTube video CMMC001 Introduction

If you want information about anything I’ve not linked to, please leave a comment below or leave me a message on FB or YouTube. And I’ll try and get back to you with the info you want.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing, so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page – here.
Please “Like“, “Follow“, and even “Share” if you think any of your friends might be interested.

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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Welsh Sympathy Cards 3

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Jan 232019
 

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Some More Welsh Sympathy Cards

Hi and welcome (or welcome back) to my blog.

I said, in a previous post, that I had an order for 12 Welsh Sympathy Cards as well as Welsh Birthday Cards, and I’ve shown you 12 in two sets of six – here and here – but I then decided to give the customer a bit more of a choice, so before I sent the box of sympathy and birthday cards to her I made more cards. My stock of sympathy cards for family use has been greatly depleated and I needed more made in any case so I knew that I’d need any my customer didn’t choose for our use.

So I’m writing this post to show you the three extra cards I put in for my customer to choose which ones she wanted from the Sympathy and Birthday cards.  She chose 13 in total from both types, so that’s a bit of pocket money that’s gone straight into new crafting purchases.  Who knows, she may come back for more in the future.

The images for all three of these cards are from a collection of images called “12 Religious designs” by Vicki Avcin.  I resized and put them all onto one page in My Craft Studio Elite before printing it out onto 120gsm Super Smooth heavyweight paper.   I also took copies of the images onto blank pages to convert them to greyscale and create insert layouts with suitable greetings so that I’d have matching inserts for all tge cards.

For this card I cut out the image and went round the edge with a fineliner to create a dashed line. This was matted onto a piece of mirror card before sticking onto the front of an A6 white base card, and finishing it off with a peeloff.

And this is the matching insert inside.

Another image from the same collection. This time I cut it out up to the image edge before sticking onto a piece of black cardstock and matting that onto frosted gold coloured card. This time I put it onto an A5 base card ànd added a peeloff greeting.

This is what the matching insert looks like.

Another image from the same collection, but this time I used a Kanban card with decorative border and matted the image onto silver mirror card, and finished off with a pèloff greeting again.

Here you can see the insert I stuck inside with fingerlift tape.

I also added three Welsh birthday cards to the box so that she’d have a choice of 12 from 15 birthday cards as well, but those cards were ones from my drawer of cards I’ve made before so I’ve already shown them on my blog – I think!

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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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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Jan 212019
 

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Some WiPs and “To YouTube or Not To YouTube, That is the Question”

WARNING: Thus is a word heavy blog post, but I am starting with some crafting photos and I would appreciate your helpful input for the questions that follow.

Crafting WIPs

I haven’t got any completed work to show you today, only Works In Progress (WiPs).

This is the start of a new crochet blanket. It’s going to be all in one verigated yarn this time, and is for my bed. As you can see, it’s at a very early stage at the moment.

It’s crocheted in a standard “granny square” pattern, but this time I’m using the smallerst recomended size hook to make stitches smaller and closer together, rather than the largest size hook recomended which I used when I crocheted with this same type of yarn in the past.

I’m using this yarn.

I’ll put in more details when I do a complete blog post about this work.

This is a crochet project that is much further ahead. It’s going to be a shawl for me made from two rectangles of crocheted pieces.

One rectangle is nearly complete and the other nearly a quarter made.  This is a closer look at the stitch. a much more open stitch.

These are some stencils and silhouette stamps I bought recently. I’m going to have a bit of a play with these and some inks before long.  More playing to stick in a scrapbook of ideas rather than makeing an image specificaly for a card front I think.

An overflowing bag of boxes, clipboards, and other things to paint and embellish.  These are things for me to dip into when the mood takes me rather than a batch to make something specific from all at the same time.

Questions

My youngest nephews have been makeing videos of themselves farming, or riding, or playing computer games, anything they like doing basically, and putting them up to YouTube, for quite a while.

I’ve also worked on a couple of projects with them that we’ve made videos of and uploaded to my own YouTube space. (I’ll put links below if you haven’t seen them).

They think I should have a YouTube Channel where I upload videos of what I like – so basically a crafting channel.

So while I’ve been spending even more time in bed than usual, due to another infection in my damaged leg, I’ve been reading up and watching YouTube videos and trying to decide whether to go for it and make more use of YouTube for publishing videos than I have done in the past, or whether it isn’t worth the bother.

I’ve also asked crafters in two of the Facebook groups I belong to about suggestions of what they like or don’t like in a video. So in this blog post I’m asking everybidy the same.

Rather than re-writing I’ll just copy the post here –

QUESTION: I’m asking this question in several crafting groups wanting some input regarding YouTube Channels and Videos. My two youngest nephews are YouTube mad and publish videos of games they play, farming, etc. Basically anything they like doing, and they are keen that I make videos of crafting and things I like. I’ve got a couple of videos already up, so I know how to film, edit, upload, etc. What I would like to know is what type of videos you like to watch? Do you like to see the person speaking or creating in the screen all the time? Do you like the camera to pan down or zoom in when filming any crafting or the showing of any consumable or equipment used? Do you prefer any demonstrations filmed from the eye level of the person crafting, or do you like a demo filmed from directly above so you have a better chance of seeing everything? If you already make videos for YouTube, how do you manage to film from your own viewpoint or from above – if you do so? Do you like to see a longer video with every step of makeing a creation filmed and shown, or clips during the process but jumping over repitition, or speeded up over repeatition? Anything you find particularly annoying that you wish wouldn’t be in videos? It’s background music for me! What about links to where the products used can be found – stoping the creative process to carefully give the details in the video, overlaying the details, giving links in the descriptions below, or in an associated blog post? I’m not expecting to be uploading a lot of videos, but there’s no point in doing it at all if viewers find the video so bad or irritating that they don’t finish watching one video and certainly won’t come back. Any input greatfully received.

I know that regular uploading to YouTube is a good thing, but there’s no way that I can guarantee a scheduled rate of filming and publishing as my health fluctuates so much.  So I’ll be aiming for a bit of quality over quantity if I go ahead I think.

More Questions
  • Background – do you prefer watching a video with a plain white background, another colour, or a busy, as it is, room background? Personally, I prefer a background as plain as possible, but I’ve watched one video that was recomended to me where the chap was stageing the background with stuff on shelves, etc.
  • Closeups – When showing actual crafting, do you prefer realy closeups, say fingertips and flower shapes if shapeing petals, or backed up a bit so that whole hands are visible, or even further so that whole workspace is visible?  I’ve found that very close is a bit much myself and prefer zoomed in to hands shots, but I need to find out what prospective viewers would like.
  • Background Sounds – do you like the whole video to have background music?  Or background music for parts, or not at all? Do videos with daily living background noises such as dog barking, wind and rain on window, somebody else cooking, cleaning, crafting, annoy you and put you off a video, or don’t you mind?  I personally find it very irritating when the person vloging has a dog running round the same room, comming in and out of shot, and yapping. Fine if the vlog post is about the dog but not otherwise. Or when a kitchen timer goes off mid video, sometimes with the person stopping talking to the camera, calling out to somebody else to turn something off before re-starting saying what they were saying. To me kitchen timers are for cooking demo videos, and interuptions should be edited out. What’s your feeling about background sound?
  • Video Intro – do you prefer the same short intro or still at the start of every video from one person’s channel, to build up a channel identity, or do you prefer demo videos to jump straight into it? I’m finding myself that I quite like a consistent start to videos from the same chanel as I then know I’ve clicked the right video (especially when a person vlogs from different location and does different arty stuff at the start of their videos.)
  • Linking From Blog – when linking to videos from blogs, do you prefer a text link that will take you to YouTube, perhaps with a still from the video, or do you prefer the video to be embedded in your blog post? I did both for the two videos I’ve already uploaded and don’t mind either way myself, provided the link text makes it clear that I’m being directed off the blog to YouTube. But do you think more people will start watching if embedded?
  • Vlogger Moving Around – what’s you feeling about a vlogger moving around when doing a piece to camera, either with a steady mounted camera pointed at them or moving around with camera held in front of them and moving with them?  I’ve found myself, that as I get older and my sight and hearing gets worse, that I prefer a person to sit still in front of the camera, so that I can concentrate on what is being said, and I find pushing hair back from face or fidgeting with necklace very irritating, but people who are expressive with their hands while talking are mostly OK.

I’m sure I’ll have even more questions that I’ll be asking for input about while I’m in this research and planning phase.  But I’ve noticed that this post has got huge and I’ve not even shown you any crafting yet, so I’ll stop for now.

Links To Videos Already Up

The building of a 3D printer ; Video – here, corresponding blog post – here.

Scene from Sunday School Christmas glove puppet production (Welsh) : Video – here, corresponding blog post – here.

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So, as you have seen, I have several crafting projects either already started, or planed with materials collected, as well as several more cards to make for the family, in addition to researching with a view to putting up some crafting videos on my YouTube channel, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on over the next few months.

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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
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