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Too busy to blog!

It’s just been crazy around here and I have simply not had the time to do anything even remotely crafty.  But my FIL sent me this little gen this morning and I thought it was so fabulous I thought I would share a couple of the geeky  goodies.

First, for the steampunk fans, this USB typewriter.  Type on the keys and it shows on the screen.  Genius.  Expensive, but a DIY kit can be had for $74.


Read about how it works here.

And while I know sme people hate the idea of re-purposing books, I liked this idea of taking an old book (or even a new one) and turning it into a charging dock for the iPhone.  I wonder what Siri would say?

and this one is ALMOST scrappy, pixel tape.

So maybe just the thing for the geek in your family for Christmas.




A few more photos

I got a lovely email this morning to let me know that my iPhone charger/dock is on ScrapScene (love that place!) so as I have not yet managed an actual tutorial for the one on show I though I would add a few more photos which may help anyone keen to make their own figure it out. Basically, the frame is pop dotted over a piece of heavy cardstock. The cardstock slips into the CD guides (where the booklet usually goes) and the frame hovers over it. The pop dots at the bottom also provide a channel for the cord.


I will def. do a tutorial for this sometime next week! Check back, and comment with a link if you make one.


Pretty iPhone cradle instructions

This is the version I am giving the instructions for:


1. Print the template. Cut a full size pattern. Check it against your device – if your phone is a lot smaller, you may need to adjust the template a bit. Paper is cheap – cut as many versions as you need to to make sure your device will fit. Some slight adjustments will be possible simply by folding the template narrower or wider, but a big difference needs to be dealt with here and now.

2. Cut the template shape from foam core. On one side of the foam core, cut through ONLY the paper covering and part way into the foam. DO NOT cut all the way through (if you do, all is not lost – just reattach the pieces on one side with packing tape) – you want the halves to create a sort of a hinge.


3. Cover the front and back with decorative paper. On the front (no hinge), score a line and put the score line on the center fold. On the back (hinge side) stick up to the hinge, then put thin double sided tape along both sides of the hinge. These are the internal edges, if that makes sense, where you cut into the foam but not through it.


4. I used double sided tape along all the thick edges then covered them with ribbon.


5. Cut a base from more foam core – any size you like but bigger than the stand. Mine are usually about 5 x 7. Using and old CD as a base works well too – and gives you a smaller desktop “footprint”. Cover it with more decorative paper.

6. CHECK THE FIT OF YOUR DEVICE. Put it in the caddy. Adjust the feet more open or less till the device fits happily and securely inside it. Attach the caddy to the base with strong double sided tape on the underside of the foot. Now decorate. In this sample I only added two 3″ scallops punched from the patterned paper, stuck back to back, a few nested flowers held together with a big glittery red brad and a small butterfly embellishment (remember, this is for a 13 year old girl!) stuck to the back of the hinge where it won’t interfere with the phone.


Variations – you could def. cut the template from strong cardboard (maybe even cut two and stick them together) or mat board. If that were the case I think I would cut tabs on the paper that covers the font and back then cut a slit in the paper to cover the base and slip them thru, sticking the tabs to the base with the paper over top. Or maybe use a hot glue gue (although that can be a bit messy). You could really bing up the base instead of (or in addition to) any decoration on the back. Cover it with watercolour paper that you stamped and inked and Glimmer misted, making a very vintage version. You can play around with the template to make the device angle back more or sit more upright the angle of my template doesn’t suit your ideal viewing angle. Whatever you do I would be delighted to see your version. Please leave me a comment with a link to it. And ass I said, if anyone is mad keen on the CD case version, tell me in a comment. I am hoping to make another one and will photo the step by steps to add here if there is real interest.

Template PDF


Where technology and scrapbooking collide

Pretty pink iPhone dock

Pretty pink iPhone dock

This is a post that totally matches the blog description. And I will add here if you’ve come from ScrapScene, check out this post for more photos of the charger that appears there.

Let’s first talk a bit about the iPhone. We were once NeXt people (points for knowing what that means). We are now, and have been since Steve came home, Mac people. We have more Mac technology than I am sometimes willing to admit to. I still use my first gen shuffle every day. We have a Dalmation iMac and and anglepoise one, still in use. Like rats in the City, in our house you are never more than 10 feet from a Mac product. OK, I will admit that I have a very old PC in place to drive my Craft Robo, and DH has the odd Windows based machine (including a teeny tiny laptop that runs windows in Japanese) and a few that run Linux. DS has a PC games machine. I pretend they don’t exist. We have a few iPhones, and a few iTouch (iTouches? sounds a bit rude, that) and a few video iPods. At some point Apple made the decision to no longer ship a dock or stand with some of these products. The Apple community rose to the challenge and all of a sudden DIY dock/stand/charging station posts appeared all over the net.

Want a dock made of paper? You can download a template here or here or here, see simple directions to fold one from a business card here, or how to convert a coffee sleeve into one here. You can see instructions for folding one from a $100 bill (although obviously plain paper of the same dimension works perfectly fine as well), one you can fold from an old credit card (or gift card) and at the other end of the spectrum, one from a toilet paper roll (dubious design, IMHO)

Want to perform surgery on your kid’s toys? Carve up a hippo here (photo only) or use Legos or Kinex!

How about one constructed from a lot of binder clips? Or just one? or a paper clip (albeit a big one) (PDF and video for this)? This one is a combo of paper, a couple of binder clips and a paper clip (video)

Use Apple packaging or an old mini-DVD cassette box.

Want to buy one? My favourite is the GoGo Stand but the Crabble and the BatRest have their fans.

OK, so you now think I have no life or too much time on my hands. No, but I do like it when DH comes to me with a problem and I can solve it. His query? “I need a stand for my iPhone so I can use it like an iPod (ie press buttons and have a hole for the charging cable) but I want it to look good and be stable. Can you make me three?” After looking at literally 50 links and after three days of making various versions, having him test them out, and then creating a dead boring and bloke-y one for him (folded cardstock, with a notch in the back for the cable, stuck on a cardstock covered CD for stability) I branched out to …. pretty versions. Although it was a bit for fun, I also thought I might come up with a nice little gift for my DDs birthday. She wanted one for her video iPod, both for charging and for watching.

phonecaddySo what I have here are a few versions. The one I like best for stability and functionality is one cut from foam core, covered with pretty paper and scrapbooking embellishments and mounted on a foam core base, also decorated. This is ideal for DD as she has cerebral palsy and has little function of her right hand. The first is more for charging only as I feel the backwards tilt is not ideal for watching, depending on your height. The second one is modified and is more upright. The shape is a modified version of the business card stand, sort of.

The one at the top of the post is very OTT – pink and pretty and built on a CD stand separated and re assembled with one side backwards. This leaves a nice gap at the bottom for the cord to thread thru and there is a gap in the frame to thread it thru as well. The whole decorated piece slides up so plugging in is easier, but it is more designed for charging for a longer period of time. It still needs a small decoration on the lower edge of the frame.

The best version

The best version

Got a geek-girl on your Christmas list? One who likes the pretty and the bling? Might make a unique gift. I photo’ed some step-by-steps and will do a post tomorrow (or later today if I find the time) so you can see how the most functional one is made. If you love the super-girly one and really want more info on how I made that one leave a comment and I’ll try to do the same for it.

If you do make one, do leave a comment with a link – I’d love to see it.

For those that care, all the papers used are K&Company. The pretty pink iPhone dock is Que Sera Sera, and the other two are different papers from the Brenda Walton MIRA collection, with flowers and bling added. The very pretty little button flowers on the pink frame are by evalicious – >visit her shop/site.

Apologies if this blog looks rubbish on a laptop. I only just checked it this morning from my laptop and it’s all a bit squished. Oh, and although I did label this “Mac specific” in fact these caddies/dock work for any phone, you just may need to fiddle with the measurements a bit!