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1  Goal Book for a Friend! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:41:41 PM
I have a friend, who may or may not be *cough*cryssoleil*cough*, who is very supportive of all the things I do, and typically wants what I make.  Now, while I wasn't willing to let her pry my mammoth Goal Book 2015 from my hands, I did say if she came up with a more modest list of goals, I'd make her one.  So she did.  So I did!  Hers is a smaller version, only 6"x6", and I did get to use up a WIP on her from cover - the girl is something I sketched out a long time ago and never finished!  I colored her in with colored pencils and gesso-ed her to a cover layered with acrylics, inks, pen, and a tiny bit of stamping.



The pages are all pen and colored pencil:








(I am most proud of this page - it's WIPs, though I didn't label it!  There's a ToC, so no cheating and just using craft projects to fill it in!)

















I put some blank pages in the back so she can add/keep track of other things, as well.

And the back cover:



And... I've now officially started working on my goal book for next year... no rest for the wicked!  Cheesy
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2  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:28:12 PM
Oh, goodness, only a month left?  I will miss Willow terribly when he goes home... he might have been feeling a little homesick, we went to Vino Van Gogh this evening and painted winter scenes... sorry for the bad pictures, they always have such dim lighting... Maybe so you can't tell how bad your painting really is?!





Everyone was very impressed with how well he did on a tiny canvas, even my husband said his painting was better than mine!  Wink
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3  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:21:49 PM
Wheeee!  I received yesterday from rockingbearranch, and I meant to post last night, but I didn't get home until 10:30 and I just fell into bed.  Tonight, I still didn't get home until 9:45, but no excuses!  When did I get so busy?!  This is why I have made very little progress on my items... but they will be done in time!  I just need to get moving...

But enough about me, you want o see the cool stuff I got, yes?  Cheesy

First up, a lovely little container of angora, and a note detailing its uses!  Perfect for the "spells and arcana" part of my cabinet!



Then a sweet little voodoo doll!  He represents my interest in, well, voodoo!  Wink



And!  A lovely pile of mini hand-made books (oh how I love miniature books!).  The best part is all the lovely covers, which came out of an old ... correct me if I'm wrong, I read the note but I don't have it on me and it's been a day, my brain tends to lose things... catalog I want to say for teachers, that had books in it.  They are just amazing, and, like you see in the second picture, fully functional!  The old-school style book strap is just the icing on the cake!





Thank you so much, rockingbearranch!  I hope you like your stuff (when I finally get it done...) half as much!  Cheesy
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 22, 2015 06:11:55 PM
I may try something with my wasp nest, but I have so much swap stuff to do because my Goal Book took FOREVER this year!  I'm pretty much behind on everything else but it's finally DONE!

I've just typed up a ton on the project page, so go there if you want the full story, but basically it's a scrappy/arty/journally book of goals for the upcoming year:

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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 22, 2015 06:09:41 PM
The bunny ATC is ADORABLE, that afghan looks cozy, and that horse is so cuddly looking!  I've finally finished my mammoth beginning of the year project (why oh why didn't I turn this into a research project?) so maybe I can make some progress on these prompts!

Prompt:  January: C.O.L.D.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: +10 for C.O.L.D.
Project Name: Crafted Organized List Digest
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437807.0
Brief Description:  My Goal Book 2015 is finally done!  I've just typed up a ton on the project page, so go there if you want the full story, but basically it's a scrappy/arty/journally book of goals for the upcoming year

Project Picture:

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6  Goal Book 2015 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 22, 2015 06:02:51 PM
My Goal Book is finally done!  And it's still January!  But there was a reason this particular one took me so long...





Here it is, it's just about as thick as Goal Book 2014 despite being a book of 20-15 (twenty goals of 15 items each, I was playing on the "hindsight is 20/20" idiom, though with better-than-average eyesight...).  This is because it's a book of looking back as much as forward, and I re-made ALL of the goal pages I didn't completely accomplish in 2012, 2013, and 2014!  I also used the same "plastic" paint because it really held up well, despite being schleped all over the place and tossed willy-nilly in my bag every day.

If you want to hear the story of this weird book, grab a beverage and sit back, it'll be a bit of a read.  Otherwise, scroll down for the pictures of the new pages and you can chuckle over my not-so-artistic renderings...  Wink




(left to right: original 2012 book, 2013 (the sequel), 2014 (the insanity))

Back in 2012 I had the brilliant (mad) idea to start a book of 50 goals of 50 items each, aiming to get 50% done.  It was my "Year of 50/50/50".  To this end, I grabbed a spare notebook and labeled the pages and numbered the bits and started using it.  It went well, so I did the next year much the same way.  Another notebook, filled and numbered... but I noticed a problem.  When I went over the allotted pages, I had to either "continue" the section in the back of the book (which I did in 2012) or tape in pages (like I did in 2013):



I didn't love this, so I decided, on top of the mad idea that 2014 would have 100 goals... oh yes, 100! (don't worry, many were very silly), I was going to *make* all the pages and ring-bind them.  Okay, so I cheated on a few and used notebook paper, but can you blame me?  Below are some of the finished pages, because... I liked them, and I can show you some of the "silly" goals (oddly, the silly goals made the prettiest pages, while the more serious goals, like charity and giving and whatnot, were just boring lists):









Yes, many of you may recognize these pages as blatant copies or variations of Wreck This Journal pages, which is an awesome and fun book and did help me a ton because... 100 goals of 100 things is really, really hard to think up!  And even at 50% (which, yes, I managed!) the amount of time if they were all real, serious goals would be ridiculous. 

So, enter 2015.  Three of my 20 goals are to *finish* 15 goals from each 2012, 2013, and 2014.  That could mean doing the last 3 doodles I missed in 2012 or writing the 95 reviews I didn't get to in 2014.  Obviously, those goals could be huge (there aren't many "just a few items left" goals, except donating blood - I'm one donation short in 2012, one in 2013, and two in 2014 (stupid colds), so it's not a goal this year, I'm just making up previous years - I should only aim for 5 in the future, not 6!).  So the rest of them are goals I'm pretty sure I can easily accomplish.  I watched 120 movies and made 220 craft projects last year, so I think my movie and craft goals are in the bag... Wink

For goals from previous years I made pages showing what had been done before (starting the numbering at the right place, etc) and for 2014 that was easy, since I could just copy some of the pages (but then I colored them because that would have been too easy!):



For 2012 and 2013 I had to make up new pages (I did try to use as much "reclaimed" paper as possible, most of these pages are on the backs of scrapbook papers I didn't love, these two are old tossed-out office supplies and magazines).  I'm particularly proud of the "books read" library card one!



Now, the new pages (sorry this is so long!):



Big craft projects (there's a little guy holding the needles) and movies (MST3K forever!)



Folded cranes and art projects, though I have a TON of art slots left from previous years!



Letters and New Places... I'm pretty proud of my New Places page!



That was supposed to be "hundred cookies - as in 1,500 - but my hand overrode my brain and put "dozen", though I easily managed the 1,200 cookies from last year, and, indeed, on January 2nd made 120 cookies for a wedding, so off to a crackin' start!  Oh, and audiobooks.  And I've already listed to three. 



Sorry for the blurry pic, but Stamps and Fruit and Veg sticker collection.  I really liked doing that, so...



These pages will get prettier as I color them in - swap packages are self-explanatory, and the mandala about a coloring book I got from a co-worker.  They're very intricate designs, and as I color them I will color my 15-piece mandala on the page.



Two of the boring list-variety pages, just to give you an idea what they look like.  They're all hand-lined and numbered, no computer generation, but the rest are equally boring.

Phew!  Sorry that was so long.  And after all that, my friend saw my book and asked me to make her one - thankfully, she went for 12 goals of 12 each, which made her pages a lot more fun, actually.

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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 18, 2015 10:08:09 AM
So much good stuff, sorry I'm not keeping up with commenting... things have been busy here, sadly not very crafting-busy...  Two items to post:

Prompt:   Red Alert! Holiday Spirit
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: 12 Days of Birth-mas
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437731.0
Brief Description:  I got to play with my new Silhouette!  I got it in Christmas and it was just in time to make tags and boxes for the 12 Days of Birth-mas for my hubby (long story about Christmas presents that shipped late).  I designed and cut card boxes, as well as made tags.  More detailed info in the link, if'n you're curious. 

Project Picture:



(that tile is my ridiculous kitchen counter, not the floor, just so you know...)


Prompt:   Red Alert: New Year's Resolution
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Wallet
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437730.0
Brief Description:  So I *finally* made myself a wallet.  I've needed one for over a year now, and while I did a lot of shopping around, I couldn't find any I loved or that worked for the cards I had.  This one is not perfect, but I learned a lot.  Made from three fat quarters of batik fabric (lots of waste for mess-ups as I figured out how to put it together) cut on the bias to make it stretchy to accommodate the shear stupid number of cards (I really hate the loyalty/discount card craze).

Project Picture:


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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 18, 2015 09:58:12 AM
I have been off to a super-slow start this year!  Which is good, since it means I'm spending time doing other things that really need to be done (like cleaning...).  And one of my projects pretty much took up an entire two weeks!

1. Wallet for me!  My wallet was falling apart, but I couldn't find one I liked:



(more info here)

2. 12 Days of Birth-mas - tags, boxes, envelopes, and learning about my new Cameo Silhouette! (I made a pattern and EVERYTHING - see link for details) Much more than what's pictured here, but this gives the general idea.  Used up a LOT of stashed scrapbook paper!



(that tile is my ridiculous kitchen counter, not the floor, just so you know... I don't normally give presents on the floor... unless they're for the dog...)

(more info here)

And... that's it.  Hopefully I'll get to work on some WIPs soon, and I do have swap stuff to work on, but for now, back to the cleaning...  :/
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9  It's a box! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 18, 2015 09:52:44 AM


Okay, so making a box is not the most outstanding thing in the world, I've made a lot of origami boxes and cut up plenty of others to re-purpose them, but this is my first designed and cut with my new Silhouette!  I got it in Christmas and it was just in time to make tags and boxes for the 12 Days of Birth-mas for my hubby (long story about Christmas presents that shipped late).  Anyway, one of the things I got him was a set of "Three Packs of Cards", but they didn't have individual boxes.

I fired up the Cameo and downloaded a "card box" from the store...



*insert sad trombone noise*

Not even close to the right size/shape.  It did come in handy later for "Nine Rolls of Smarties" (the American version, not the chocolate UK/Canada type), so it wasn't a complete loss, but it wasn't helping me with my cards!

So I drew up one.  And learned a LOT... mostly about how hard it is to draw in the program... though maybe it was because I kept trying to use AutoCAD commands...  Anyway, a lot fo YouTube videos later, and I had this:



Now, those boxes were just cut out of some scrap paper in a hurry (drawing that up took waaaaaaay longer than I'd like to admit, and it would have been tons faster to trace and hand-cut three boxes, but... it was an accomplishment!) but now I have the pattern and can make playing card/ATC card boxes at will!  Wheeeeee!

Here is a picture of some of the other stuff I did for the Twelve Days of Birth-Mas, including the tags I cut with the Cameo (love cutting text, so much easier than the Cricut!) and some other boxes (some made by hand, others cut with my new toy!):



(that tile is my ridiculous kitchen counter, not the floor, just so you know...)

This also fulfills a Winter Nerd Games prompt, since I finally did something I've always wanted to try!  You should check out the Nerd Games if you're not playing, it's just fun inspiration... Cheesy
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10  First try at a wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 18, 2015 09:41:06 AM
So I *finally* made myself a wallet.  I've needed one for over a year now, and while I did a lot of shopping around, I couldn't find any I loved or that worked for the cards I had.  This one is not perfect, but I learned a lot.  Made from three fat quarters of batik fabric (lots of waste for mess-ups as I figured out how to put it together) cut on the bias to make it stretchy to accommodate the shear stupid number of cards (I really hate the loyalty/discount card craze).









For the record, this is a picture of my old (I think it's something ridiculous like 15 years old) wallet:



The new one is missing a window picture area, so no picture of my dog... I might need to figure that out.  I also should have done the edging around the outside as one continuous strip... as a quilter I don't really know how I messed that up!  I could also have made the sleeves a little shorter, and instead of different fabric pieces I could have easily just folded a piece in half and done the top-stitching (though having different colors on the inside is kind of neat!).  And I should have included some interfacing on the outside, but I was worried about it folding.  As it is, it folds beautifully and while I still don't have a snap on it, it's staying closed.  The best part is that it works for all the cards I have!  I will probably re-make it at some point and apply what I learned, but for now I'm interested it see how it holds up.

This also fulfills a Winter Nerd Games prompt, since I finally did something I've always wanted to try!  You should check out the Nerd Games if you're not playing, it's just fun inspiration... Cheesy
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