Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How to Make A Fingerprint Mini-Mosaic--Crafting with Scrabble Tiles-- Featured on JunkCreation!

One of my craft projects using Scrabble tiles was recently featured on JunkCreation, here's the blog post!

Laura, better known as TheScrabbleGal, is going to share with us a fun DIY project involving some re-purposed Scrabble tiles and a few other household materials.

She started creating handmade jewelry and crafts from recycled Scrabble tiles while in college. Now she’s a full-blown Scrabble tile addict. Well, perhaps I should refer to her as an artist instead! That’s her Scrabble tile cuff link to the left.

TheScrabbleGal offers an entire line of E-Book tutorials on how to make more than 77 Scrabble tile jewelry and craft projects, many of which incorporate recycled or re-purposed materials. Check out her Etsy shop — http://thescrabblegal.etsy.com/.

Now, a guest post straight from TheScrabbleGal:

This is a project I love teaching, because it’s easy, fun and great for kids! We’re going to make a fingerprint mini-mosaic using Scrabble tiles. All you need are some old Scrabble tiles, an ink pad and a little bit of white primer or paint.

Step 1: Set aside the tiles you’re going to need to spell out the words “Hand Print”

Step 2: Take 11 tiles (any letters will do) and prime the non-letter side so they are completely white. Add a second coat if necessary, and allow to dry completely.

Step 3: Using your old ink pad (be sure to use non-toxic ink) – one finger at a time, cover your fingertip in ink and press your fingertip on the white side of your tile to create a black-on-white fingerprint. Be sure to use one finger per tile. However, in the finished example, I’ve used two tiles for my right thumb. Also, I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of paper first, because getting just the right amount of ink can be a bit tricky. : )

Step 4: Arrange your tiles like the example above.

Step 5: From here, you can do a whole bunch of things – you can transform this into a refrigerator magnet, create a tiled-mosaic, or transform this into wall-art that can be framed and hanged – great for kids’ rooms. (I teach each of these techniques in detail in my tutorials, as well as how to use recycled papers instead of paint.) But there’s no reason to stop there. I’ve had a few Moms tell me that they’ve done a “baby’s first prints” scrapbook project using this idea. The options are endless.

Happy crafting!

Images via TheScrabbleGal.

Scrabble for iPhone

The iPhone version of the game currently includes three modes with three levels of difficulty. The game modes allow the user to play versus the computer, a solo game, and a Pass 'n Play—essentially a local multiplayer game with up to four competing local players. There have been grumblings around the Internet that a WiFi-enabled version is coming. We have our fingers crossed.

While deciding who you want to play your game against, you also have several different game styles to choose from. Among these are classic, a game to 75, a game to 150, an eight-round game, and a 12-round game. For those unfamiliar, the 8- and 12-round games refer to turns you are given before the game is over....

Scrabble for the iPhone is a nice port of a classic board game. If you love Scrabble, then it is easily worth the $9.99 price tag. If you are only a casual Scrabble fan, you may want to wait until the WiFi multiplayer version comes out.

Application: Scrabble (App Store Link)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: $9.99

Read the full review HERE

TheScrabbleGal :)

DIY: Learn How To Make Scrabble Tile Pendants

Wondering how to make Scrabble Tile Pendant Jewelry?

If you’ve got $20 to invest in materials and 2 hours of spare time, you can learn to make these gorgeous little jewelry tiles. Create one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry with repurposed Scrabble tiles! Making Scrabble Tile Jewely is very easy--I'll show you how!

My full-color, step-by-step tutorial “How To Make Beautiful Scrabble Tile Jewelry” teaches you everything you need to know to make your very own gorgeous Scrabble tile jewelry and Scrabble accessories. Learn how to make Scrabble Tile pendants the Scrabble Gal way! :)

You will receive a full-color electronic PDF containing the all of following:

* 17 Full-Color instructional photos * My 8 Shortcut Secrets
* Complete List of Materials (by the way, everything is non-toxic)
* Answers to the 21 Most Frequently Asked Questions
* 7 Troubleshooting Tips

My personal email address - just in case you run into any questions along the way, or simply want to share photos of your finished product!

And as a bonus, I’ll even divulge my tightly-guarded Personal List of Online Source of Materials, so you know exactly where to find everything.
Everything is non-toxic perfect, the perfect arts and crafts project for kids of all ages. Great for camp activities, slumber parties and birthday parties too! :)

Tutorial is available for purchase at The Scrabble Gal Etsy shop. :)