10 Things to Do With Tin Teddy Background Papers


Originally posted on 20 February  2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

1 – Use them as backing papers for your scrapbooking.  If you have a printer that can print 12inch pages you can either use the 12″ versions, or overlap 2 of the smaller sheets in your graphics program before printing.  If  not you can simply print two A4 or Letter size pages and overlap them on your scrapbook page – or make a two tone page!

2 – Use your background papers as beautiful wrapping paper for gifts.  You can make a matching gift card or use the same paper on a birthday card etc.

3 – Use Tin Teddy background papers to cover boxes.  Ideal if you want a coordinated set.  I cover cereal boxes to make my own custom magazine files.

4 – Cover a notebook, exercise or address book. You could add ‘patches’ of one of the other papers in the same set for a fun look.  Or cut small squares from all the different backgrounds in the pack and make your own patchwork design!

5 – If you are familiar with a graphics program you can adjust the colours, resize or layer things over the top of your background paper before printing it out.

6 – Print the backing paper at a much lighter setting than usual to make a pale coloured paper.  Ideal for writing on or as a backing paper for photos perhaps.  You can mix this pale paper with the regular version for more effects.

7 – Print Tin Teddy backing papers on to ‘printable fabric’ (available from craft stores) to make fabric panels you can use in your sewing crafts.

8 – Origami and other paper folding!  You could print a different backing paper on to each side of a sheet of firm paper. (If you have an inkjet paper, make sure the first side is very dry before trying to do the reverse!  It is definitely best to use heavier weight paper.)  Many designs lend themselves to tea bag folding and iris folding too.

9 – As well as using Tin Teddy background papers behind the pictures in your scrapbook, you can also cut mats for framed photos.  Why have boring plain coloured card mounts when you can personalize them?

10 – Wallpaper!  Not for you, for your dolls and doll houses! (Or bear houses, or mice houses or… well you get the idea).  Pick a design that suits the scale or your house or room.  You could also use some on the floor as carpeting or tiles.


I hope you have fun trying some of these idea, and coming up with lots of your own!

Getting Myself Coordinated

Originally posted on 19th February 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

Well, 33 sets of graphics on Etsy now, I am pushing to get to 50 by the end of this week (its good to have a goal).  I do have plenty of things ready made, just need to ‘box them up’ and do the advertising pictures for them.

My  shop views have been steadily climbing, and getting ‘favourited’ so I do hope I am doing something right and sales will begin soon, hehe.

I have two bears finished, so will get them photographed and add a ‘Bears’ section to the website – tomorrow if possible.  I also need to finish the crafting disks I was making.  I have a few on the good, in various states of finishment.  I also should probably make a to-do list and prioritise it!

Fluff and Stuff…

Originally posted on 13 February 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

Today I spent some time going through the big wooden box that has sat atop my wardarobe for the past 17 years or so – ignored and forgotten.

Well, really it is a treasure chest! For in it is the huge stash of mohair, miniature bear fabrics, patterns and other supplies from my days as a ‘miniature teddy bear artist’.  I did this for a few years whilst at home when my son was little.  I used to enjoy creating tiny bears and was so excited when shipping them to new homes all over the world!  Sadly my fingers began giving me problems and I stopped.  And the supplies got crated up and forgotten.  Until now!

I certainly have enough material to make masses of little teddies – and by little I mean 1 to 3 inches tall or so.  I have been working on a couple of new prototypes, checking I can remember how to do it, hehe, and my hands seem to be ok so far (crosses fingers).  I will make a few then see if they sell on Etsy – if they do, I can see a LOT of fuzzy little creatures taking over my house again.

I will still be enjoying my graphics, of course, and trying to get a bit of crochet and knitting done, and reading, and playing with my guinea pigs, and all the other things I like to do.

For the past two years I have had near daily migraines (big grrrr) which means that often I spend most the day in bed in the dark.  Other days I am pretty much ok by mid-afternoon and can do something productive.  Its very frustrating when I am out of action for long periods, but I try to make the most of what I can :-)  Sure, I would love the migraines to stop, please!  but I try to be positive and perhaps they do ensure I appreciate my time more.  You have to look on the bright side, don’t ya?

Don’t worry, I am not going to fill this blog with whining about my migraines!  I am NOT just migraine-girl.  I mentioned them now because they ARE part of my life, a massive part, sadly, whether I like it or not.  They will get mentioned, mainly in the context of ‘grr, sorry, didn’t get X done after all’, heh – but this is NOT a migraine blog. This is a crafty, dafty, fun blog!  Honest!

Confused SL Resident

Originally posted on 8 February 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

If you are a returning visitor to the Tin Teddy website, you are probably thinking ‘Blimey, what happened?’

I have redisgned the site, to incorporate my new range of graphics for crafters, which are currently available from my Etsy shop.

The old Second Life part of the website is still intact, and can be reached from the links on the front page.  I will be redoing the Second Life section totally as soon as I can.

Post Edit – the Second Life part of the site is now about 75% completed – 20 April 2012

Post Edit – the Second Life part is now complete :)