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Ann's Tool Box: Best tools to have to make Paper Minis

Aging Pre-Printed Paper Minis

Bow Maker: Make a gizmo for creating mini bows

Candy Bon Bons

Cutting Small, Detailed Items Such as Paper Dolls

Fabric Printing Using an Inkjet Printer

Inkjet Printer Optimization

Light Box for Macro (Miniature) Photography (Home Made)

Paper Minis Assembly Tips

PDF Printing Tips

Plate Making (dinner and dessert)

Selecting Printer Paper

Update on Assembly Tips


Water-Slide Decals Using a PC and Printer


Every once in a while I discover something that makes my life so much easier, and these goggles are the latest and greatest tool in the 'Ann tool box.' I found these for $11 on recently in a liquidation sale. The set comes with four interchangeable lenses. I have been using readers for many years to help correct my up-close vision, but these goggles do a much better job. You might not be able to buy a pair for just $11, but I did notice there were many good deals up there on-line. Thought you would like to know.
  This caddy is my Christmas present to myself, and what a life saver it is! Everything I need to make miniatures--including my camera--is stored in it and I can carry it everywhere. Next, I will find a cutting mat that fits in the center compartment. I found this caddy at WalMart for around $17.00. However, if you do not have a WalMart, the tag says, Large Deluxe Organizer, EVM-6479, RN#128183, Bentonville, AR 72712 (bar code is 12259 03077).
Assembly Tip:
When I make a prototype of my designs, my work area is set-up as if I were a customer; the priority being to keep pieces to the kit at hand safe and easily retrievable. You might think that if a piece is lost here, all that is needed is for me to quickly print out a new one. But that does not happen, because that is not something you could do. To ensure pieces aren't lost I keep a small box next to me and place pieces into it. Before I detail cut parts, I separate the pieces and place them in the box. This helps eliminate the possibility of accidently throwing out good parts with scraps while I am pre-occupied with detailing. Remember to keep your wiping towel away from parts, it's sticky and can easily pick up your good parts without you knowing. These precautions may seem simple-minded, but could keep the frustration of losing a piece at bay.

If you are having difficulty getting the Paper Minis books' laminated storage sleeves to stay glued, here is a good remedy. Take a small piece of fine grit sandpaper and rough up the tab on the storage sleeve. If you do not have sandpaper available, then use an emery board or nail file. Whichever you use make sure you have adequately scuffed up the tab. To glue the tab use a plastic cement; the type used to make model airplanes and ships. The glue must be fresh, because older glue will not bond properly. Spread the glue evenly with a toothpick. Make sure the glue is completely dry before slipping the book into the sleeve. By the way, this technique works well for assembling the Paper Minis book storage boxes like the one shown below.


I always loved this little real-estate saver and organizer trick.  I've used baby food jars before which are a good size for hardware such as tacks, nails, screws, etc. Use a glue such as Gorilla Glue to glue the jar tops to the underside of a shelf. Think about this carefully, however, for it is a permanent solution!


I live in the middle of nowhere and so it can be challenging to find craft and sewing items. Something I looked for recently was a way to gild some miniatures I designed. I had a gold pen, but it did not flow well on the coated high-end paper I use. I found an inexpensive can of spray gold paint by Krylon. It's e most realistic gold I have seen.


What I did was spray a small puddle on waxed paper (anything will do). Then I used a flat artist's brush to apply the gold embellishments. Wash the paint brush with plain alcohol.



If you let acrylic paint or craft glue dry on paint brushes one of the following will probably work to clean and soften them once more: Isopropyl alcohol, fabric soften and/or hair conditioner.



I just got my order from you and I am very excited. I am currently working on a set of game dice. It's listed to use self hardening clay, I don't buy stuff like that. I just wanted to say that hot glue works well. I used hot glue to fill the cans so they would keep their shape. Awesome products. I will be ordering again. Your products are wonderful. Thanks Patricia Jankey



My PC crashed this week and one reason: I am a negligent computer cleaner! I used to do it every month, but just got too busy. It's not hard to do, actually, it's just that it never got to the top of my to-do list any more. Well that has changed. My life is on that PC! If this story is hitting home for you, then you will want to make the change along with me. I found a great site that tells you exactly what to do and what not to do to keep your PC healthy. Here is the website's URL. Take a few minutes and read it! Then clean that PC!

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