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DIY Leather Coasters These leather coasters are inspired by the geometric patterns of Islamic tile design. Three beautiful traditional tessellating patterns have been converted to easily followed paper patterns for you. The coasters are double sided and can be used individually for drinks or in a group as a lovely trivet. A quick and easy project, they make a great hostess or housewarming gift! The full how-to is after the jump… A note about materials: Leather can be quite expensive, so use re-purposed leather or craft grade hides from a tannery you trust. Materials -leather – about 14” square for ten 3.5” coasters printed pattern – see below -low tack painter’s tape -self-healing mat -fine utility knife -ruler -scissors -leather protector or acrylic finisher -optional: leather adhesive such as Aleene’s or PVA (polyvinyl acetate) & craft brush -Downloadable Tile patterns (Pattern 1, Pattern 2, Pattern 3) Steps: -Select the tile pattern you would like to reproduce and print to your desired scale. Sources
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DIY Ombre Plum Blossoms from PAPER TO PETAL Our team has been obsessing over our copy of Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell’s new book, Paper to Petal. Not only is it chock-full of simple and easy ways to create paper flowers (so many of which are great for crafters of all ages) but it’s also brimming with incredible ideas that are slightly more complicated that yield such incredible results. My favorite example is this stunning Ombre Plum Blossoms project from the book that Rebecca and Patrick were kind enough to share with us today. Ombré Plum Blossoms from PAPER TO PETAL book Materials • Single-ply crepe paper in white, lavender, purple, and royal purple: • Florist crepe paper in orchid and plum: • Floral tape stem wrap in brown: • Found branch
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5 Social Media Activities for Your Next HR Training Session This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. There’s a new dilemma in today’s training world: Is it prudent to allow technology devices in the classroom? One school of thought is that there should be absolutely no distraction — technology won’t be tolerated and should not be incorporated into a professional training environment. But a new way of thinking is to encourage smartphones, laptops and tablets. Make them a part of the session, since today’s training participants are multi-taskers. Trainees may want to tweet, post pictures and take notes to add a valuable interactive element to their own learning experience. Adding social media is a terrific means to spark conversation before, during and after a training session. 1. Prior to a learning event, a trainer can create a Facebook group for participants. 2. Technology: LinkedIn 3. 4. Technology: Twitter 5.
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