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February 2009

Project 365 continued

This past weekend I worked on my Project 365's my newest pages  (sorry the pix aren't the best was overcast when I took them):






I put hearts under the day of the week letters for February.







Here's a close up: Closeup2 

<------- this is how I'm including movie tickets.

Also, just a reminder that you can see all my "almost daily" 365 pix here.


Internet finds

Here are some interesting things I've found online today...


  • You can buy candy from different decades on Amazon here.


Screen printing on paper & a kid-sized shirt

This weekend I thought I'd fool around some more with my Provo Craft Yudu to see how it printed on paper and also on a child sized t-shirt before I rinsed off the emulsion.

EPB-Yudu_SUcardstock1 I used Stampin' Up cardstock & it worked great.  It's a very clear image!  Now that it's dry when I run my fingers over it I can feel that it's there, but it's not as raised as much as if I were to emboss it with embossing powder.  -So I hope that answers that question for you papercrafters.  :)  (I think this would be a lifesaver on making a ton of Christmas cards this year!!!)

EPB-Yudu_KidTee1  While I was in Target the other day I picked up a size 3T t-shirt for my niece.  Now currently Provo Craft does not have a kid-sized platen (the thing you put your t-shirt on) I just stuck a 12x12 piece of chipboard in the shirt & layed it down on the adult-sized platen.  -It worked great.

EPB-Yudu_KidTee2 Now, I'm sure you're as sick of this design as I am, so I decided to try using the emulsion remover & take this emulsion off.  Now, I know before I said that the Yudu process wasn't that messy...this is the exception to that LOL.  -Maybe it's because my kitchen sink isn't very big, I don't know.  I squirted the remover all over the front & back side & let it sit 30 seconds or so.  Right away I could see it dripping off the screen.  I than ran warm water over it & the places where the remover was came right off with out me even touching it....there were though areas that I missed with the remover so I took a paper towel & quick-dried the screen so that I could reapply more remover.  The remaining emulsion came right off when rinsed.  I think the next time I use the remover I'll put it in a spray mister and see if that will 1) conserve the amount of remover I had to use and 2) spray an even amount of remover over the screen.

Be ready for a new project coming soon....I'm excited about it.  :)


Fill-in Friday

3200015130_75bc9a0408_o we go!

1. Give me pain relief and I'll be much happier.

2. Whenever I'm creative I'm happy.

3. I wish waiting wasn't so hard.

4. Chicken tacos were the last thing I ate that was utterly delicious.

5. To live in this world is hard, but God gets me through.

6. Other than this one, Jeanette's is the last blog I commented on.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include pain pills and Sunday, I want to feel better!

Sorry for the kinda downer post!  Sometimes it hard to deal with the pain & I need to vent.


Answers to your Yudu questions

Yudu_logo This post is a follow up to my

previous post about Provo Craft's Yudu Screen-Printing machine.  Thank you for asking so many great questions!


FROM START...when you printed it on the transparency to FINISH..after the ink was dry and set.. what would you say was the total time on the shirt??  I'll break the steps down...

  • Printing out transparency ---> Emulsion dry on screen  - 25 minutes
  • Exposing the design onto the screen  ---> washing/drying screen - about 30 minutes
  • Printing the screen - 5 minutes
  • Clean up - 5 minutes

As you can see, most of the long times are when the screen is drying...but the actual printing part is really quick.  If you had multiple platens & a helper you could whip out a bunch of shirts really quickly, but even with just one platen & working by yourself it would go pretty fast.

How many times can you use a screen?  I do know that you can wash the emulsion off repeatedly so the screen is reusable but I'm not sure how long the lifetime of a screen is, but I'll ask & find out.

How does it hold up to washing?  I assume you are referring to the shirt.  Provo Craft says that as long as it is heat set correctly (3 mins) it will last as long as a store bought shirt would.  Also, the ink is "soft feel" & you can barely feel it once it's on the shirt.

Was it hard to center the image?  Not really.  I eyeballed where to put the shirt & it's slightly off center (my DH thinks that I'm the only one that would notice it)...I think it would be helpful to use a ruler & put a mark on the platen to let you know where center is though if you're a perfectionist...especially if you are using a large(r) size shirt since there will be more fabric to deal with.  The shirt I used was medium.