Tablet on my Scrapbook Table

Nexus 7 Tablet on Craft Table by Natalie ParkerHere’s a look at my current media setup for scrapbooking:  my Nexus 7 tablet + Netflix.

I have a TV and DVD player in my home office, but it’s an old TV and I can’t stream Netflix on it.  I find I’m getting attached to owning DVD’s less and less and gravitate toward watching whatever is available on Netflix.

This is a pretty nice setup, the tablet is small and doesn’t take up much space.  It has a case that props it up nicely.

I tend not to watch new things so I can focus on my projects.  I’m working my way through Fraiser (just started season 7!).  What are you watching while you craft?

Previously: My favorite movies to watch while scrapbooking.


Relaxing After the Holiday

Working at my Craft TableI’m lucky enough to have a couple of extra days off for the 4th of July holiday and I’m really excited to be spending it doing my version of relaxing:  sitting at my table making things.

I hope everyone in the US had a great holiday yesterday and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

And yep, I’m experimenting taking pictures of myself working.  Not a bad first try I guess.

The Quilter’s Daughter: Omnigrid Rulers

Omnigrid rulers for scrapbookingThis is the second in a series of posts about my unconventional scrapbooking tools that were given to me by my mom, a quilter.

Last time I showed you my Olfa rotary cutter, my favorite cutting tool.  The best partner in crime to the rotary cutter is my set of Omnigrid rulers.  What makes these better than a conventional ruler?  You guess it, they have a grid.

Having Omnigrid rulers allows me to quickly measure something once – I don’t have to measure the length and width separately.  Since it’s transparent, I can easily throw this ruler over an empty space on a layout, measure the exact size of the space, and instantly know what size photo I need to print for it.

Omnigrid rulers come in many shapes and sizes.  They measure very accurately down to 1/8-inch and have additional hashmarks around the edges to measure to 1/16-inch.  My mom has a ton of these in different sizes, but I just use two:  a 3×18-inch long one, perfect for measuring items on the 14-inch scrapbook pages I use, and a 4×8-inch, a smaller and easier to handle ruler for basic cuts.

I’ve been using these exact rulers for at least 7 years and they’ve never broken or warped and handle all the random things I use them for.  You can find them on sale at many craft and fabric stores as well as online!

I have no affiliation with Omnigrid and was not paid by them to endorse this product.

The Quilter’s Daughter: Olfa Rotary Cutter

Olfa Rotary CutterLet’s take some time out to talk about the tools of my trade.  I’m not a normal scrapbooker in many ways.  I also don’t use normal tools.  If you looked at my tools, you may think I’m a quilter!  I don’t have that type of talent, but I am a quilter’s daughter.

My mom is a serious quilter as well as notorious handyperson (see the t-shirt quilt).  My mom can show you a beautiful quilt she’s just finish and claim that she “just threw this together.”

She gave me many of my tools.  They are really intended for people that sew, but they work beautifully on paper crafts.  First up, my all-around-awesome Olfa Rotary Cutter.

I can’t use paper slicers, they aren’t accurate enough for my cuts.  I was working on a squares layout years ago (much like this one) when I realized that a paper slicer wouldn’t cut it.  No pun intended, har har.  A rotary cutter is very accurate, clean, and allows me full control.

True, the blades can wear out and get nicks in them.  I keep a pack of blades on hand just in case.  With normal use, I replace a blade maybe once a year.  Just as with kitchen knives, a dull blade is more likely to cause injury because you use more force to compensate for the dullness.  Replace blades as often as you need to!

Warning:  Rotary cutters are very sharp and are dangerous if you don’t handle them properly.  Be careful!  It’s not something you can leave lying around with kids or husbands.  When I was growing up, I was taught to not touch the rotary cutter just as I was taught not to turn my back to the ocean.

This is one of the few tools I can’t live without!