Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This blog is now an archive only.

So, as you can see, the previous post on this blog was from 2011. I moved on from designing lucky star strips to pursue other interests. As I was going through old things on the web today, to my great surprise I noticed that this blog was still getting views! And quite a few of them too! People had also continued to request new designs. This post is to let you know that I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I am not filling any more requests, nor have I filled any in the past 2 years (in fact the majority of my posts was in 2009! How long ago is that?!).

I hope you still enjoy browsing the post archive and downloading the designs that are here.

PS: If you are interested in designing your own paper strips, you might have a look at this old post on how I used to make them. I'm sure you could also use different methods, like designing them entirely on the computer.

Monday, January 17, 2011

request: pandas


Download here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Request: Bunnies

I can't just let a request go unanswered. (Even if I'm a bit late)
So here are some bunnies :)

Friday, January 8, 2010


I found this nifty snowflake generator, and put all the pretty snowflakes on a sheet of origami star strips. Download it here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Design your own - How I do this

In this tutorial I'm explaining how I make all the printable sheets that I post on here, so you can do it too. I don't know how many easy steps it's going to be, but it's going to be easy.

What you need:

STEP 1: After you've gathered your supplies, fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Imagine it to be a supersized folding strip, and get an idea of where you want your designs to go. Then you're ready to start doodling with your pencil. As you can see this is sketch is of one of the christmas designs from my previous post.

STEP 2: Doodle and sketch until you are happy with the design. When you are, trace the final lines with you marker/pen. Make sure it's as smooth as possible.

STEP 3: Erase the sketch. You won't need the pencil lines anymore, so erase them. Your design will now look all cleaned up.

STEP 4: Make it digital. The following is not so easy to show in images, so follow these steps very carefully.

- Scan and save your design.
- Open the image in Paint.
- Click File -> Save As, and select 'Monochrome Bitmap' as the format. Click Save. Click OK if it tells you that doing this will screw up the colors, screwing up the colors is exactly what we want.
- Select all (Ctrl+A).
- Copy (Ctrl+C).
- Open a new blank paint file.
- Paste (Ctrl+V). You need to do all this copying and pasting because the monochrome file will no longer accept color, and we do want to put color back into the design later.
- Save. This is the new file that we'll be working from.

Now it's time to clean up the image. Select the pencil and zoom in. Remove any stray pixels and smooth out the lines a little. Pay special attention to whether the bits of your design that you are going to color in are properly closed off. You wouldn't want to flood fill the entire image.

STEP 5: DONE. Or at least, if you wanted a black and white only design, your image is now finished and you can skip to step 7. If you want color, keep reading.

Note: you may want to do some cropping or rearranging of the design so that it will look nice one under the other. You'll understand when you look at step 7.

STEP 6: Color! You can now use Paint or other software to give the image all the color you want. Here I used paint to flood fill the items, and later I used Gimp (photoshop for cheapskates) to add a shaded background

STEP 7: Now we're going to get all of this onto a printable sheet. I usually do this in Word but I bet there are other programs that do this. Make a table of 20 columns and 1 row. Make sure they cover most of the page and use the right-click option that distributes the columns evenly to get them all the same size. You can leave them like this or make the lines grey and dotted so that they will not show up on the stars as much.
Paste the finished image into the first column. Right-click it and change its width to around 1 cm. To be accurate about this, check out the column width in the table settings, and use this measurement for the width of the image. Copy the shrunken image, hit Enter, and paste it. Fill up about half of the column with your image. Then copy the 'stack' of design, and paste it into the other columns.

STEP 8: Print! Your sheet is now ready to print. Well done :).

Optional: At this point I use CutePDF Writer to convert the whole thing into a .pdf file and upload it for your enjoyment.

If any of this is not working out for you, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message and I'll see if I can be of any help.
Good luck! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Request: Christmas

For everyone who is still busy doing Christmas decorations: Why not string some origami stars together and hang them in your tree?

You can download the christmas themed sheet of folding strips by clicking here.

EDIT: Now also available without the background color. Click me.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Request: Girly

I'd nearly forgotten about my very own blog :O

I just noticed some requests were posted, so here is a sheet of girly flowers and hearts in black and white for you :)

I'll get to work on the christmas-themed designs, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The leaves are falling, and they have really nice colours. I was inspired to make this printable pattern to fold origami stars with :).

Click here to download, and leave a message if you want to see this in black and white.