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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, Three Cards, And Some Gardening
I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card and just want to enjoy looking at my photos you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.
I’ve done more resting than anything else this week, but I have been colouring up some digi-stamps for Design Team work that you’ll be seeing between now and the end of the year. My brain and body are slowly moving from the full stop they’d come to and have moved up to 1st gear after several days of doing very little, so that’s a good thing. I also finished off a small number of cards which I’m showing you in this post. I’ve only managed to go out to the garden for a few minutes every day to keep up with the watering in the glasshouse and keep picking the crops. The cucumber plants are still producing, and I’ve been picking the various tomatoes inside the glasshouse and courgettes growing in a small area covered with black mulch outside, so I’ve got some of my crop to show you as well.
I’ve been doing some browsing around the Internet for short periods while resting in bed this week. I’ve been looking at sites that have advice for bloggers on getting visitors to their blogs, etc.. The most obvious is to blog regularly, put up good pictures and text, make it interesting, and know who your audience is and create content for them. There is a lot of good information out there, but there is also a lot of mis-information, which can be worse than no information at all – especially when mis-information is given out by a site that makes out that it’s there to give information to crafters to help them blog better – such as a site I saw this week that told people that they could take photographs from anywhere and upload to their blogs provided that they put a credit and link to where they found it – So Not True!
For one thing – why would anybody run a craft blog and then want to use photographs of anything from elsewhere (unless it’s to show what they used in their creating of course). Isn’t it the purpouse of craft blogs to show the crafting of the blog owner, not any old picture found on the Internet or scanned in from documents.
For another thing – the only way you get the right to upload somebody else’s copyrighted photographs to your blog is if you have the express permission of the copyright owner to use the photograph in the way you intend to use it (sometimes a copyright owner may give an open permission for any use on their site such as make the photo “Creative Commons” – but this is a rareity, not the norm), ot the picture is out of copyright and is in the public domain (putting something online doesn’t mean it’s in the Public Domain). A copyright owner has the right to decide who they give the right to copy to. Nobody is allowed to decide that they can make copies of an image either physically or digitally and upload them within their own site for others to see, even if they put in links or information on where they found the image – for starters, the person who had the image up may not even be the copyright owner and may have paid a licence to use it for that specific purpose – or worse still the person who has the photo up may have had it up illegally in the first place.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ll read something I believe is wrong and after a while I begin to doubt what I already know, so after reading the piece about bloggers being able to use any photo so long as they credited and gave a link I decided to double check – so I asked a few people I believe to be on the ball as far as this sort of thing is concerned whether this person was right or whether I was. They not only confirmed that I was right but referred me to a couple of places online that I could refer to.
One of them I do remember reading at some point in the past and I thought that some of you might like a read as well. It’s called “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” – and as the name suggests it’s about somebody who had to pay up after using a photo she had no permission to use.
The other piece I was refered to was “Copyright FAQ: 25 Common Myths and Misconceptions“. Although an American site, a lot of the worlds countries have signed up to the same convension as far as copyright is concerned and placing a copyright notice on a work is not required for receiving Copyright protection. Copyright protection begins automatically as soon as the creator “fixes the work in a tangible medium.” So if anybody takes a photograph, other than in a small number of instances, they are the copyright owner.
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)
- Floral and Bows by Marie Wolman (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, twisted round, copied, and moved until I had a background with oval panel I was happy with in a size to fit on the front of an A5 card. I did a second copy of the oval panel on the other side of my working space as well before printing onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock. I cut out my panel and topper. I made an A5 card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of linen textured white cardstock. The backing panel was then attached to this base card using finger-lift tape before I attached the oval panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure which language the greeting will be needed in at the moment.)
- Baby Dayz Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages. I used a square block background and put some of the elements dotted around and added the letters “BABI” which is the Welsh spelling of “BABY”. Once I was happy with the design I printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut the panel out. I put super sticky double sided tape all around the outside back and attached some lace to it so that it showed around the front of the panel. I then put on more double sided tape and attached the panel to the front of a pre-cut base card I’d bought at some point and had in my crafting stash.)
- A second photo of the previous card to show the dimension of the card.
- The base card I used for this came pre-cut and is around 6″ square with a scalloped edge to the front. I cut a panel of Centura Pearl cardstock to stick on the front using finger-lift tape. I cut out a frame out of ice white vellum using a Tattered Lace die and attached it using wet glue with a fine metal nozzle on top. I also cut out of Super Smooth cardstock a cross using another Tattered Lace die. This was again attached using the same glue as the border. I finished off with some flowers that had been cut out of the ice white vellum using three sizes of Joy Crafts dies, with a gem stuck in the middle, and added a greeting.
- A closer look at part of the card front.
Although I’ve only got a few small areas of the garden cultivated I’m still getting some nice tastey vegies from there.
- Some of the mini-cucumbers growing in the glasshouse.
- Three freshly picked cucumbers.
- Three types of tomatoes picked from glasshouse. The smallest tomato is a Gardeners Delight, the red ordinary size tomato is a Shirley, and the large dark tomatoe is a Black Rushian – and very nice this large tomato tasted thinly sliced with some cheese for lunch.
- I’m picking the courgettes quite small and the plants are still producing – though now the weather has changed I don’t know how much longer they’ll keep growing.
MAKING THINGS EASIER!
As important as organisation is for everybody, it does become even more important when disabilities and health issues affect a crafter – when you’ve only got enough energy to do a little bit each day you don’t want to spend that short time searching for stuff you want to use in your crafting – you want to use your time crafting!
With my niece spending some time helping me with constructing storage and sorting out some stash lately it’s been on my mind to write a bit about what I’m using for storage. And as a member of a Facebook group I’m a member of asked a question about ribbon storage today I thought that this would be a good place to start – especially as ribbon storage is one thing I’ve had sorted since last year.
I’m sure, like many of you, I started with just buying a few small bits of ribbon to use in my crafting. And these just got dumped in a box with other things. Then I got some more and they had their own small cardboard box – but they were a mess and I couldn’t see what was in the box. So I bought a plastic box, and set about winding the ribbons onto strips of card and putting these side by side in the plastic box.
But some of the ribbons I bought came on reels, and it seemed stupid to remove the ribbons from the reels to wind round card but the plastic box wasn’t large enough to hold all the reels – so these went into a cardboard box.
But again – cardboard box started disintigrating, I couldn’t see everything in the box, and the box wasn’t convenient to store. So I bought a single Craft Mates Ezy-Stack Ribbon Rack to put my ribbon reels onto. The dividers could be removed for putting in wider reels, though my largest reels wouldn’t fit in.
But, if you are a crafter reading this I’m sure you’ll have realised by now that one box of bits and one box of reels wasn’t enough for long. And I wanted a more permanent solution than using cardboard boxes, and a way I could see my bits better than wound round card in a plastic box. So I bit the bullet and paid out for a larger storage solution. I wanted something that could be attached to a wall – or in my case the back of a storage unit that I can move around, and in the end went for a Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer (unfortunately I can’t find it online at the moment in either the size I chose or the larger one, but I’ll keep my eye out and let you know if I do find it somewhere in the future).
With this unit I can put reels in the top compartment with their ends coming out under the bar, and I can clip bits of ribbons and lace, with the clips provided, onto a bar that’s along the bottom edge – you’ll notice that I’ve now removed the pieces of ribbon wrapped around card from my original plastic box and clip them to the bottom bar of my latest unit so that I can see the colours easily.
But I’ve not got rid of my original plastic container(which now just holds the smaller bits), or the Crafty mates box (which now holds the smaller ribbon reels which get lost in my latest Clip It Up organiser). The organiser has a ruler area along the back which means that I can cut pieces to the size required. It also has two little holes, one either side, for holding scissors – so I keep a pair in there for use for cutting ribbons – this scissors never gets near anything sticky, or paper or cardstock, so it always cuts cleanly. Having a scissors with my ribbons may only save a little time and hastle every time I go to find ribbons for my projects – but every little time saved does make it easier for me to keep crafting.
Since I got this latest storage last year I’ve been able to keep my ribbons nicely stored and know where all of it is – so no wasteing time and energy looking – if a shade, or type, or width, of ribbon I want isn’t there, or out in my “use it every time I craft tote”, then I’m certain I don’t have it.
As the space you have available, the number and type of ribbons you have, etc., may well be different from me, you will probably find that a different ribbon storage solution is best for you. But taking some time now, and even going to the cost of buying in some solution (even if it is only a piece of doweling and two cup hooks to hang it across under a shelf) will pay you back in time saved in the long run.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Wednesday, 18th September – Here! – Knitting Patterns on CUP, Community News & Crafty Bob loves Hugs.
Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
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.)
(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)