Work In Progress: Pineapple Dollman Top - Ravelry entry | Pattern

I started this during the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally called Glenda) because there was no work, no power and nothing to do. I worked on it for hours until there was no light. I guess I’m a really slow crocheter because I worked on this for hours and finished only 10 rows. Or that the pattern seems to be growing every row.

The pattern is relatively simple but I keep making errors and only find them when I’m already working on another row. I hate frogging rows but I need to or else it will not look good anymore.

I try to add at least one row every night and at this pace I’ll finish this top in a month and a half. Wish me luck!

What’s on your hooks?

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Last week I was overwhelmed with delight when I found out about free project life printables. Yes, free stuff! So I decided to download everything I liked, bought board paper from National Bookstore, and start printing at home.

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I thought it was that easy, but I was wrong. Apparently, my old black and white laser printer cannot print on board paper. Even if it says on the website that it can print on thick paper and cardstock.

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I got myself two packs of white board paper, one matte and the other glossy, both at 200 gsm. First I tried the matte one, it got jammed.  Second, I tried the glossy one, it slid through the printer and printed only at the lower 25% of the paper.

I went back to National Bookstore again and bought more paper. This time I got myself three different weights: 100 gsm, 160 gsm, and 170 gsm. I tried printing on the lightest one first. *cries*

Success! And then I tried printing on the 160 gsm.

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More success! So I decided to print more and used up all 10 sheets from the 160 gsm pack. I still haven’t tried printing on the 170 gsm pack but I think (no, more hope) that it will be successful too. Whew.

Printing was fun but nobody tells you how tedious trimming is.

I got myself a small photo trimmer from National Bookstore at around P300. It’s really small, and compact and perfect for condo-living because it fits in small boxes. It is not for big paper trimming. Obviously.

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I don’t want to spend more time cutting so I just folded the paper in half and slid it in the trimmer. This trimmer is great for cutting down the cards to 3x4 size.image

Lessons learned:

  • Buy small packs of paper first in different weights to see if it works with your printer. My first mistake was sticking to the 200 gsm weight. Second mistake was buying 2 big packs. I now have 50+ sheets of 200 gsm board paper that I cannot print on.
  • I should invest on a bigger trimmer. In the meantime, I can get my self a regular (box) cutter, metal ruler and a cutting mat  and use the small trimmer for precise cuts.
  • I should get myself a corner rounder.
  • Do not stack newly printed papers! Some of my cards’ design got slightly erased because I stacked them up before they were dry.
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  • Yellow/brown colored paper looks better than white ones.

Here is a helpful tip on paper weights: (source)

  • 100-120 gsm - heavy textweight/light cardstock
  • 120-150 gsm - regular cardstock
  • 150-200 gsm - heavy cardstock

Will I print more cards: YES!

Note to self: Buy colored ink for my colored inkjet printer so I can print colored ones! Now this, will be another adventure.

Printables printed are from MissTiina, Just Izzy Design and  Elegantitus.

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Miss Tiina is heaven-sent. She has tons of freebies to choose from but this set is my favorite. I already printed these out and they are really good for journaling or as a photo mat! These printables come in PDF, for printing on either A4 or Letter sized paper.

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These chalkboard printables are perfect for either digital or physical scrapbooking. The download comes with ready to print PDF and digital files (JPG/PNG) in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. Download it here.

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These printables are for the minimalist scrapbookers. There are 9 more designs to choose from. Some are lined and others are unlined. They are downloadable as JPG photos. Download them here.

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Fill them with words. This printable is from a bit of this & a bit of that.

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Perfect for those white and silver pen! This printable also comes unlined and in 3 more colors. Download them here.

The internet is filled with lovely things. 

These red bow shoes from Pinterest

This pretty bedroom. More beautiful bedrooms here.

Re-start my Project Life album just like this, with more journaling and less photos. 

A craft room like this wouldn’t hurt.

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Sunny Coasters - Pattern
Another pattern perfect for beginners! The free pattern is actually a step by step tutorial, complete with very clear pictures on how to create your own coasters!

This project is perfect for stash busting small amounts of colored yarns. And because it is so simple, even working people (like me!) can whip this up in an hour without stressing out.

For my coasters,  I decided to use abaca yarns I purchased last year from Yarn Source Manila. The red accent is thick cotton yarn also from YSM. I made these coasters to match with the pair of placemats I made.

Sunny Coasters - Pattern

Another pattern perfect for beginners! The free pattern is actually a step by step tutorial, complete with very clear pictures on how to create your own coasters!

This project is perfect for stash busting small amounts of colored yarns. And because it is so simple, even working people (like me!) can whip this up in an hour without stressing out.

For my coasters,  I decided to use abaca yarns I purchased last year from Yarn Source Manila. The red accent is thick cotton yarn also from YSM. I made these coasters to match with the pair of placemats I made.

Tagged with: diy · crochet · handmade · free pattern · coaster · home · projects for 2014 ·
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