Friday, July 26, 2013

Back to Basics!

Hello Everybody!

Note:  In waiting for the YouTube videos to load, night became morning, so here is last nights post LOL!  Happy Friday!...

I was going to post the first pictures of my projects tonight....Well....It's not going to happen!  Flickr is doing maintenance on their site and wont be back up until midnight....

So instead, I did a few YouTube videos tonight.  Not on the projects...(I don't have them back yet to tape them) but on going back to basics....I really wanted to tackle some of the problems that people new and old to paper crafting face.  Things like measuring...where the 1/8-inch mark is on a ruler, what a 1/16th looks like.  How to score and which side to fold it on.  How to make a basic box....those kinds of things that are so important to just begin....I know this may be old hat to some, but for a lot of us it's information that may have never been discussed...so tonight I give you a couple of videos addressing the basics to paper crafts and hope to add to this series as time allows.  I plan to place these in a tab at the top of my blog to refer back to when needed....Hope this helps some of you....

Measuring......






Scoring.....




That's It!  I will be back tonight to add a few photos of my projects...

Have an awesome day!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


23 comments:

  1. Back to Basics Videos are a great idea for beginners. I'm looking forward to seeing more details of your projects later on.

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  2. Great job Jim. Very good info for those beginning. Where were you when I needed those questions answered????? I had to learn the hard way. Ugh.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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  3. Thank you so much for both of these videos Jim! I may be the only one who hadn't realized/figured out/didn't know, that the M.S. Scoring board was done in 1/8 inch increments, and that includes Tim Holtz's ruler as well.
    And for sure I'm not a Math Major.

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  4. I'm not a beginner, but I loved your back to basics videos.

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  5. Good explanations of the basics, Jim. I'm glad you made these videos for the beginners and for us not-so-beginners who might need a gentle reminder of something we've forgotten or learned wrong. Case in point...I learned folding on a score line the wrong way and ruined many folds until I learned the right way. And...pressing too hard when scoring...hated all the cracked and torn paper.

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  6. Thank you so much for the Back to the Basic videos. I'm not a beginner crafter, but I do need some reminders A LOT.

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  7. oh thanks, Jim..I'm 'fractionally challenged'...so any help I can get on 1/8ths and 1/16ths...I do so appreciate!!!! I will now watch the video and grasp this once and for all!!!
    And I never knew there was a right way on the score board..so thanks for that, too!!

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    2. makes so much more sense now, thanks Jim!!!!!! Love the back to basics!

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  8. Never hurts to review! Look forward ot the projects!

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  9. Fantastic back to basics reviews! Not only great for new crafters but a great refresher for those of us who have been crafting a little while!! I always forget which way the fold is suppose to go so thanks for the reminder!!!

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  10. Jim, I can't thank you enough for these "back to basics" videos. I've been crafting for a long time, and have had to figure so many things out for myself. I believe that you can never be so good at something that you can't learn something new. I never knew that about folding against the score. So I say, more please! More Back to Basics videos. And if you are taking suggestions, I would like to have a video on how to cut chipboard, and one on using stencils and sprays. My stenciling with sprays is terrible. And I can't wait to see your video on how to make a basic box. Keep your "Basics" videos coming!

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  11. Jim, this is a great idea for beginners. OR NOT SO BEGINNERS! I have been folding my paper wrong for years and didn't know it. (who knew?) Thanks for teaching an old dog new tricks, your awesome.

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  12. Thanks, Jim! I learned all this through trial and error over the years and it's great you're sharing this for beginners. This is a good refresher for those of us that....ahem....have senior moments, also! Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Great idea to have a basics series. The tab will make an easy reference for us. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Good for beginners as well as seasoned crafters.

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  14. At first I was wondering why a video on measurements, but while I watched it, I thought of all your out of the country followers who don't use fractions. So maybe your next video can be on the metric system or "smidges", "tiny bit" and every other measurement name you have used. :p These are great and I can't wait to see more. I have picked up some of your tricks from your projects. (Like pulling the backing off of score tape with a xacto or pick.) Your projects are beautiful! Can't wait for those dies to start showing up.

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  15. The Back to Basics series is already wonderful. At my age, it is time to learn "stuff" again and again. And any time I can review something, it makes me happy if I already knew it and happier to learn new things. Your explanations always make sense. Thank you so much for all the time you spend helping us do what we love to do.

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  16. I love that your doing this ... I have been crafting for a while but I can remember when I didn't understand ... just awesome that you are helping the newbies ... have a groovy day !!!

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  17. I think that these are great! I wish that I had something like this when I first started out. I had to figure these things out myself and it is so nice to have a reference...and a visual one at that. I cannot wait for the one on boxes. Everyone seems to make them a little bit different but it is nice to know how to make it your way when I am following your patterns and projects. Thanks and have a great weekend!
    Konnie

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  18. These are a great idea. Would love to see one on adhesives. Like wet vs. dry, when to use score tape and the differences between that and tape runners or red line tape. Thanks for all your videos!

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  19. Great idea, Jim. I watched even though I was sure I knew all about these two topics. One never knows when you will throw in a little gem to add to our knowledge. Even the one about scoring... you reinforced for me what I "thought" was correct. One more reminder just makes me more sure about what I am doing and means that I am more likely to do it the correct way. Can't wait to see more of these and can't wait to see your projects from CHA!! That is what I've been holding my breath for all these weeks!!

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  20. Thanks Jim for these lessons. The help with the measuring was extremely helpful. I have not joined in the classes as the boxes and stuff looked too hard with my bad math. Thank you!

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  21. Thanks Jim... you did a fabulous job... taking us back to basics! It is always a good thing to return to the basics!!!

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