Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
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Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
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Our youngest will begin middle school, participate in his first tennis tournaments, learn how to live day-to-day life as an only child, and, since his brother will be away at college, assume the challenging responsibility of getting the trash taken out and the chickens cared for before leaving for school each morning! My husband and I will be learning how to let go of a child and watch to see if we've properly prepared him for living a life where he bears the responsibility of making all of his own decisions. It will be the year we find out if the business that we just started from scratch 2 months ago will survive. The year 2013 will be a monumental year in our lives, and you better believe I'm going to be diligently documenting it!
As I've thought about how important it is to me to keep the process of this documentation going, to not let it be the piece of my life that gets shuffled to the bottom of the to-do list to do to make way for other things that are "more important", I've made some plans for keeping the momentum going. First, I have accountability. I will be sharing this process once a month here on the Fiskars website! Second, I have prepared some envelopes to collect bits and pieces of memorabilia for the approaching months. I considered just slipping the pieces into the page protectors for those months, but sometimes the pieces are too large. They are things that need to be scanned and reduced in size or maybe just bits and pieces of them will be used. I then considered just punching holes in large yellow clasp envelopes, but in the end, I decided I wanted something more aesthetic and durable. I created my own envelopes, similar in size to the large yellow envelopes, but made them from fabric. I included a tab of extra material along one edge and reinforced the holes for the binder rings by making them with the buttonhole feature on my sewing machine.
To create your own fabric envelopes, start by cutting 2 pieces of fabric cut to 21 inches wide x 15 inches tall, as well as cutting a piece of fusible web to the same size.
Follow the instructions that come with the fusible web for adhering the 2 panels of fabric together, wrong sides together.
Lay the fused fabric panels with the fabric for the inside of the envelope facing up. Using a Fiskars acrylic ruler and cutting mat, measure 2 inches down from the top and 7 inches in starting on the left-hand side and mark the fabric. Measure 2 inches down from the top and 5 inches in from the right-hand side and mark the fabric. Measure 1 inch up from the bottom and 7 inches in from the left-hand side and mark the fabric. Measure 1 inch up from the bottom and 5 inches in from the right-hand side and mark the fabric.
Using a pair of Fiskars fabric scissors, cut along the lines made in the previous step.
Again using the Fiskars ruler and mat and a rotary cutter, cut the edges of the flap at the top of the envelope at the angle desired.
Fold the left-hand flap over to the center so that it creates a 1 inch tab extending from the left hand side of the top and bottom flaps. Stitch down the length of the envelope, 1 inch from the left-hand edge of the tab.
Fold the right-hand flap over so that the fold along the right-hand edge of the envelope is flush with the top and bottom flaps. Using fabric glue, adhere the flaps together at the point where they overlap. Apply glue to the bottom flap and fold it up to adhere it to the envelope, as well.
After the glue has dried, use a sheet protector from the album you'll be using as a template to mark the placement of the binder ring holes on the envelope tab. Create reinforced holes at these points by sewing buttonholes or using metal grommets. Finish the envelope by handstitching buttons to the top of the envelope. To use the buttons as a closure for the envelope, tie one end of a long length of string around one of the buttons and wrap the string around the buttons.
As I try to plan for the approaching month, I will be keeping a stash of embellishment ideas in my envelope. Since January is the month we really start anticipating snowfall in our area, I'm hoping to be able to use die cuts made with the Fuse, punched snow flakes using the White Christmas lever punch, and the Winter Frost AdvantEdge Border Punch in my pages this month. Next month, I'll share how I actually incorporated these tools into my January pages, and I'll also share pieces I anticipate using with my February pages.