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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Getting guests to participate in Wedding Gift Scrapbook on: January 20, 2010 12:34:20 PM
Hi everyone!

For my best friend's wedding, the bridal party has decided to organize a scrapbook as a gift for the happy couple. We're going to ask guests to create and send their own 12x12 page which we'll compile into a book before the wedding. We've chosen the theme of songs  and are asking that pages be themed around songs that remind the creators of the bride and groom-to-be.

My question is this: what information do you think we should send to guests to make it easy and fun for them to participate? We've created a flickr account and uploaded a bunch of pictures if people don't have their own, we're also compiling a list of sample songs if people need some inspiration.

We'll also send information about where to purchase scrapbooking supplies.

What information would you include? How would you encourage people who aren't naturally crafty/creative to participate?
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Blankie recon on: September 07, 2009 03:28:13 PM
Hello!

I trolled around a bit to see if anyone else had posted something similar but didn't see anything in particular. This is my childhood blankie:



As you can see, it's gotten a bit ratty over the years (24 of them, to be exact!). Some details: it's cut into 2 separate pieces. I'd guess each piece is about 1' by 2'. I am not super attached to it, I don't need it to sleep or anything, but I was trying to come up with a cool way to recon it and display it as the sacred artifact that it is. 

The best idea that I've been able to come up with is to crochet a new blanket around it.

My mom suggested soaking it in glue and making a sculpture of some sort, but I don't think that 24 year old crocheted yarn is going to be the easiest to coax into a recognizable shape.

Has anyone else gracefully retired their own or someone else's blankie? Any ideas?


- Shannon
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1st embriodery - Tattoo inspired on: May 24, 2009 09:11:30 AM
This is my first piece of embroidery! I put it together for my Mom for Mother's Day / her birthday. It was really fun, and I've already started on my next piece. Smiley I was really inspired by all of the work here at Craftster.

On to the pictures!!

Finished piece:




In frame:



In progress:



It was so much fun, and my Mom loved it! She laughed when she unwrapped it - which is exactly the reaction I was going for. (Although, then my brother said "Show her the one you actually got!", which she didn't find as funny)

yay!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 63 square sampler on: May 12, 2009 06:34:21 AM
Hey! Finally finished this 63 square sampler and gave it to my Pops for his birthday.



It is really big - definitely the biggest project I've ever completed. I really liked working on it because it's so portable. And awesome for those of us with craft ADD.

I did make one tiny change in the project - obviously I only used 1 color where they recommend 3, so I ended up not having different colored borders between the blocks. Which is fine. I also changed the border around the entire thing to double crochet - a little more manly than what was suggested by the pattern.

A suggestion for anyone working on this project - check your gauge often, or modify the patterns so that your squares end up all the same size. Working the patterns as specified often did not leave me with equally sized squares and my blanket has a bit of topography.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / frogbelly ratbone on: June 18, 2008 10:59:26 PM
my theater company developed a children's theater piece based on FrogBelly RatBone by Timothy Basil Ering, which I think is pretty amazing. I was asked to create some merchandise to sell at our shows. This is what I made:

A bunch of them hanging out on my couch.


In progress


ender helped Smiley


Here's the cover of the book, you can see Mr. Belly himself! The character my doll is based on.


I'm pretty happy with they way they turned out, especially since I designed and sewed them all myself. We've even sold a couple at a show! (granted, my dad bought one, but still Smiley )

yay!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my first poppet on: June 18, 2008 10:49:51 PM
The first of many, I'm afraid! I love her so much!



Her hair is a little intense. I decided if I could have hair that awesome, i'd want it to be intense too!



My printer printed the dress pattern a bit bit, so it's a little baggy but I'm too lazy to fix it. tee.

She's for my 6 year old sis, do you think she'll like her?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / valentines day accordion on: February 02, 2008 12:22:26 AM
GEEZ this time of year really stretches my crafty skills to the limit. first Christmas, then it's my sister AND my boyfriends birthday (same day) my bff's birthday, mine and my boyfriends anniversary and then valentines day!

This year we're going on a cruise to Mexico with my family from the 5th - 15th, so I had to make sure i finished my valentines presents early.

I was largely inspired by those accordion scrapbooks you see inside metal AOL tins - but of course I couldn't find one.

Each page is "themed" after a different love song, and theres a place in the back for a CD i made of all the songs.

here goes!



i used a martha stewart shadow box to put it all in, instead of a metal tin. i feel like the front could be fancier.



this is what you see when you open it up! the lyrics on the left are from ben fold's "the luckiest" and on the right theres a CD sleeve.



all the pages stretched out on one side.



we are an incredibly attractive couple, i know.



yay!

thanks for looking! i'm no scrapbook expert, this is really my first major project. it was fun to do though!!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / songwriting journal! on: February 02, 2008 12:08:54 AM
For my boyfriends birthday on Jan 6th, I made this journal from scratch! It's supposed to help him be motivated and inspired to write all kinds of amazing lyrics for his amazing songs, cuz thats what he likes to do. I filled it will all kinds of lyrics that we both like. I also used an old t-shirt of mine for the cover. This journal coust me exactly NOTHING to make - sweet!



thats my hand, for size reference



i know it's super vain, but i'm in love with my own handwriting.  Embarrassed



it's left handed - because he is left handed!



the whole cover.

it was super easy and very satisfying. he LOVED it, now the only problem is he says he's afraid to take it anywhere because he doesn't want to loose it! opps!

thanks!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stinky blocking on: January 10, 2008 11:28:57 PM
I posted this over in Crochet but I thought you yarn goddesses on the other side of the fence might have some answers as well...

hey all! I'm in the midst of a grand crochet project - an afgan made from 64 different squares! oy! I decided to block them as I go to make it easier and faster to put them all together, however, I'm having a problem.

My squares stink after I block them!

They have that old dishcloth smell - what gives?! I'm using a brand new 100% acrylic yarn - Caron One Pounders. I mean, I have to block them. I turned them over and over a few times while they were drying.

Has anyone else had this problem?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / smelly blocking on: January 10, 2008 11:26:38 PM
hey all! I'm in the midst of a grand crochet project - an afgan made from 64 different squares! oy! I decided to block them as I go to make it easier and faster to put them all together, however, I'm having a problem.

My squares stink after I block them!

They have that old dishcloth smell - what gives?! I'm using a brand new 100% acrylic yarn - Caron One Pounders. I mean, I have to block them. I turned them over and over a few times while they were drying.

Has anyone else had this problem?
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