Tara's Craft Studio

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Retro Cameras

These cameras are being featured on the Pion Design blog here so be sure and check them out!   A while back, I made a movie projector and promised instructions for the bellows assembly.  Well I am posting the instructions today below, which are really quite easy!  These cameras have longer bellows than the movie projector bellows but are assembled the same way.  The WPC cutting file for these camera bellows can be downloaded from here.  The SVG cutting file can be downloaded here.  The red lines are score lines on the cutting file. The manual template is included below for those without an electronic cutting machine.  Although not pictured, these cameras have a small box on the back for holding small photos.

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Here is a photo of the camera model I used for inspiration:

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MATERIALS USED:
Pion Design:                        For Mother, For Father
1/8″ thick chipboard
Dusty Attic:                          mini wrought iron fence, baroque corners, film strip
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology          hinges
self-adhesive gemstones
paper flowers
black plastic chain
circular metal lids with clear inserts

MANUAL TEMPLATE FOR CAMERA BELLOWS:
(each piece should measure approx 8 1/4″ length and 3 1/2″ maximum width)

camera bellows

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

BELLOWS:
1.  Cut and score the 4 pieces.  Notice that 2 of the pieces have a certain side zigzag score line pattern while the other 2 have the opposite zigzag score line pattern. It’s difficult to see the side zigzag score lines in the below photos.  Fold each piece like a fan making sure the mountain fold has the zigzag point at the score line.  The valley folds will have the zigzag point at the outer edge of the paper.  Each 2 pieces that have the same zig zag score lines will be assembled opposite each other on the bellows.  I made the pieces 2 different colors to more easily demonstrate this.
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2.  Begin folding the side zigzag score lines.  You will fold in the mountains and keep the valleys out as shown below:
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3.  Now repeat this with all 4 of the bellow pieces.  Notice below that one piece has zigzag fold lines going the same direction, and one piece has zigzag fold lines going the opposite direction.  This will allow the pieces to fit together correctly when assembled.
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4.  Unfold and apply score tape right next to the long score line on the zigzags as shown below on both sides of one of the pieces.
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5.  Refold the piece back into position and remove the paper backing from the Score-Tape.  Take one of the pieces with the opposite score lines (different color in my project) and hold it 90 degrees apart and begin adhering the sides together as shown:
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6.  Repeat with the other side and your bellows will be almost complete with 3 sides now attached:
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7.  Now with the final piece, apply Score-Tape as shown earlier and attach to the exposed sides of the formed bellows the same way you did above and your bellows is finished!
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BOX INSTRUCTIONS:

This project consists of 4 boxes and 3 of these are made with 1/8″ thick chipboard. The upright box is essentially an opened box inserted inside the lid as shown:

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1.  upright box lid:  cut the following pieces of chipboard:
BASE 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″   x 1
4 1/2 x 1 1/4  x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3 1/4 x 1/14 x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides

2.  inner box:  cut the following pieces of chipboard:
BASE 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
4 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2  adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.

3.  bottom box:  cut the following piece of chipboard:

BASE BOTTOM  4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
4 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.
BASE TOP 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ adhere this to the top of all the above sides

CAMERA LENS FRONT BOX:
BASE BOTTOM:  2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″
2 5/8″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
2″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.
BASE TOP:  2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″ adhere this to the top of all the above sides

After assembling all the chipboard boxes, cover them with decorative paper.
Apply hinges to attach the upright box and the bottom box to connect them. It’s hard to see these hinges in the pictures above.

Attach the camera lens box to the front (smaller end) of the bellows.
Attach the bellows to the box sides as shown above.
Add decorative elements.

4.  OPTIONAL BACK BOX for holding small photos (not pictured)
This back box is not necessary for the overall camera design.  If you do want to include this however, it measures 3 1/2″ length by 3″ width by 1/2″ depth and should be centered over the back.   Mine was just made with card stock and decorative paper.

The bottom part of the flash attachment was made by just rolling up some decorative paper.  The top flash was made by cutting a circle.  Make a straight cut to the exact center of this circle and then overlap the cut edges to make a dimensional wide cone.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the camera construction! Have a great weekend!

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Baby Shoe Christmas Ornaments

These shoe ornaments were made for each of my 7 grandchildren using Pion Design’s Wintertime in Swedish Lapland paper collection.  I thought they would make great keepsake Christmas tree ornaments. I hand embroidered their names on each of them.  I even made some snow boots!  You can find the manual template I posted for the snow boot and the boy shoe on the Pion blog here The WPC cutting files for the girl and boy shoe are posted below.

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For those of you with a Pazzles Inspiration, here is the WPC BOY SHOE CUTTING FILE and here is the WPC GIRL SHOE CUTTING FILE.  Place mouse over link and right click to download on your com­puter.    Then open in your machine software. 
I’ve enclosed assembly instructions below for the shoes.  I’ve posted these same instructions before, but it’s been a while so thought I would post them again

**NOTE**  Even with very careful tab placement, the tabs tend to have slightly jagged edges due to the curves of the shoes.  For that reason, I applied lace, trim, or pearls at the bottom of the shoes to cover this. The lace/trim/pearls gives the appearance of a sole so actually makes the shoes appear more realistic!

BOY SHOE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

Download and cut using the cutting file or cut out using the template. If you are going to add eyelets, it should be done at this point:

Adhere Scor-Tape or other strong tape to each of the tabs of the shoe front. Start at the top of the sole and center and adhere the middle tab to the sole top as shown.  

Since these pieces are curved, the adhering process should be done slowly and carefully to position the tabs in place as best possible. Try to align the tabs at the very edge of the sole for optimal appearance.  Continue to adhere each tab into position by curving to fit the sole as you go along:

Once the shoe front is in place, insert the smaller sole inside the shoe.  This extra sole will cover the exposed tabs. Lift this up so that the tabs for the back of the shoe can be affixed first:

Take the back of the shoe and apply Scor-Tape to the tabs.  Center the two center tabs to the back of the sole and adhere:

Curve the back and adhere the tabs one at a time to achieve the best appearance:

Apply Scor-Tape to the sides of the shoe back:

Now apply Scor-Tape to the underside of the heel part of the smaller sole insert and gently position into place to hide the tabs. Lace shoes and decorate.
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 GIRL SHOE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

Use the Pion Design template found here. Fold the tabs along the scored lines:

Apply Scor-Tape to each of the tabs.  Start at the top of the sole and center and adhere the tab with the small pierced mark (5th tab) to the pierce mark on the sole top as shown.  

Since this piece is curved, the adhering process should be done slowly and carefully to position the tabs in place as best possible.  As with the boy’s shoe, I found I got the best result if I adhered just one or two tabs at a time. Try to align the tabs at the very edge of the sole for optimal appearance.  Continue to adhere each tab into position by curving to fit the sole as you go along.

 

Once all the tabs are adhered onto the sole, insert the smaller sole and adhere it down to hide the tabs.  Then adhere the base of the shoe strap to the adjacent side as shown here:

Now adhere the shoe strap to the opposite side.

The shoe is now ready to decorate.
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Heritage Christmas Sliding Recipe Box

 What better gift to give than your treasured family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  This unique sliding recipe box is designed to hold those special recipes that will make a perfect Christmas gift sure to be cherished and loved.  I designed this project specifically for Pion Design so my TUTORIAL to make this can be found on the Pion Design Blog here.  The cover opens to show the box with a numbered list of recipes.  Simply pull out the corresponding numbered tab to reveal the recipe!  The tabbed recipe cards slide in and out on a shelf system.  The project is easy and super fun to make!  Click on the images to get a larger, magnified view of the pictures.
The beautiful Christmas papers are from Pion Design’s Wintertime in Swedish Lapland collection.

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I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Tara