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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #538: Still Cutting

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 974 days ago 812 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As usual, I earned the title of “Queen of Underestimation.” At least I kind of did plan for it this time, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

The second leg in the calendar project is just about done being cut. It is funny, but in my head I only allowed a day to get all the pieces done. Even I should know better. I am really OK though because as long as I get it out this week, I should be good. I don’t feel a great deal of pressure in that department.

The second part of this projects consists of the overlay pieces from March through and including July. For those of you who haven’t seen the first part of it, here is a picture for you:

It is a calendar holder in which the overlay pieces are held on by magnets and interchangeable. This is a project that is going to be featured in three sequential issues of Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine. The first part will be building the base and the overlays for the month of January and February (shown below.)

The second part will be the next five month’s worth of overlays. That is what I am working on now. While one month in itself doesn’t take very long to cut, depending on the details some of the pieces took a while. I suppose I should have figured more time for it, but I tend to underestimate things quite often and don’t allow for the usual interruptions of answering questions and emails and doing other things like going to the post office and printing orders. I need to gear my mind in these several directions at once, it seems.

Today I only need to cut the overlays for the month of July and I will be finished with the cutting part. I then have the fun job of staining and finishing up the pieces. I am making two sets of pieces to send to the magazine and keeping one here for myself. The magazine will get a set of natural colored pieces and also a set of stained one and both processes will be shown. For myself, I prefer the stained set so I don’t really see it necessary to make two.

I usually don’t keep many of my projects, but I particularly like this one and I think I will use it in my own kitchen. It is quite fun and I can also think of several other themes that can be used for the overlays (like birthdays, etc.) and may want to do some other things with it later on.

After last weeks major cleaning, I don’t want to start accumulating lots of stuff here, but this is kind of the exception.

Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some more pictures for you of the new sets of overlays. So far they are coming out really nice and I think this will make a good project.

I am going to take the day to enjoy my job and have fun seeing it completed.

As a PS, I noticed that it is Mark Twain’s birthday today. He is one of my favorite writers. He always looked at the world with a sense of humor. One of my favorite quotes from him :

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. -Mark Twain

Have a great day!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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RussInMichigan

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#1 posted 974 days ago

Sheila,
This is beautiful stuff and I’m interested in learning more about your creative process and the tools you use to turn your ideas into patterns. I’m amazed by so many of the scrolling designs I see and I think I’d like to be able to make some myself. Even some of the seemingly simple-by-comparison ones look like they demand a lot from the designer in getting from the basic ideas and themes to a finished product usable by another scroller. I find great satisfaction in nurturing what starts out as just a vague notion or impulse along the path to fruition.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 974 days ago

Thanks so much, Russ. That is in part why I started writing here each day. So many people have asked about the process and how I go from idea to reality. I thought by documenting my day to day activities regarding designing and scroll sawing, others would be able to share in the process. Some days aren’t as exciting as others, but every day is filled with something – be it customer service, working with wholesalers or magazines, or the drawing process in itself. It is so much more than people think. Learning the computer programs I use alone has taken me years, and I am still learning every day. (and that doesn’t even begin to consider the website!) It is a full time job and a half. I don’t think anyone would want to do it unless they really loved what they were doing (as I do!) There are really no such things as ‘days off’, but that is inconsequential to me. I live for what I do and it is a very happy and satisfying way to be! :)

Thanks for your comments. It is good to see others who enjoy woodworking and creating as much as I do.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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littlecope

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#3 posted 974 days ago

Super Job as always Sheila!!
These would look Great over one of my Perpetual Calendars... :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 974 days ago

Sheila,
Do any of your blogs deal with the specific software tools you use? I have a strong science and nature background and I’d like to translate some of my favorites of those themes into scrolling patterns. If you can direct me to some of your blogs or have other suggestions I’d be interested.

I know that addressing these sorts of questions can take a lot of time and I do not want to burden you at all, but if, just off the top of your head, you can nudge a budding scroll saw pattern designer away from a dead end, it would be useful. Your tagline reads: “Knowledge is Power,” but I know that acquiring knowledge, even the knowledge of which of your 538 blog entries might help me along, takes time and other overhead.

Have a great day.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 974 days ago

Russ – I use mostly Adobe software to create my patterns. The programs I use are Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop (all CS5) and Acrobat Professional to create the PDF files. I also use Microsoft Word for the text portion of the patterns.

The programs are quite comprehensive, so I can’t really get into specifics. I have been using them for over ten years and I keep updated by all the tutorials available at www.adobe.com and also YouTube and countless other forums for their products. It is just a matter of learning things one step at a time, I am afraid. There is really not ‘instant fix’ that will magically make a pattern of the quality that I put out.

Some of the other places (like here for example) use other programs like gimp and sketchup and inscape to make patterns. I have never used them but many people are successful with them and there are also lots of tutorials available for them too.

I hope this helps. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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RussInMichigan

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#6 posted 974 days ago

Wow! Once again, thanks for the guidance. I really appreciate it.

I’m a software designer by trade, so I know that the ‘instant fix’ is an entirely imaginary construct. I’ve purchased some of your designs and I know that the superlative quality of your patterns and instructions result from deep experience and expertise liberally applied in the form of hard work. I’m currently working on your Three Rocking Reindeer(from your SLD360 PDF), and at every step of the process I’m grateful for how your masterful expertise has been translated into clear, concise, and straightforwardly usable instructions. Your mix of talents combined with your willingness to make them accessible to others make you a real treasure Sheila Landry.

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