O, I'm so glad this is working out! I'm moving to my new place near Tower Grove Park this weekend, so no field trip for me...but maybe I'll be able to attend some future events! I think that crafting in public is a fabulous idea. I do collage, altered bks, and other papery things (used to be an active member of the online art collective Nervousness, before the site's server kicked the proverbial dust) but I love learning about other stuff too...
QUESTION: Anyone know of another place online where I could buy a soldering kit at a less expensive rate?
SUGGESTION: I have bought several things like this at craft fairs & feel silly I never found out how to do it myself. Here are some of the charms I have bought from her: * antique postcard scanned to a tiny postage stamp size * antique christmas card scanned as above * piece of china (snipped with tile cutters into shape of a heart)
I just gave the china one to my mom for her birthday on Saturday! The crafters tend to charge $18-30 for the charms and also makeearrings, rings, etc. the china didn't require any glass, naturally..
*great* idea about the family history. the adoptive parents will be able to give the child everything but that, and to be able to do so will likely be greatly relieving to them in the future if the child should want it. some friends of mine are about to adopt an older baby from an institution & i know they wish they could have something personal about the birth mother to share with the child in the future.
things to think about including...
* family name and places (if you are comfortable sharing them), even if it's just back a couple of generations
even if you don't want to share names: * medical history * memories that show off the personality traits of your family members or funny little facts about family members (who's left-handed? who loves music?) * stuff about you: might help to think in terms of preferences, abilities, and best/worst qualities
obviously people seek different levels of emotional contact in adoptive situations. and maybe you do not want to meet the child in the future. but to do this might give your child a better picture of you & your life, & what their biological heritage is. this info (along with the sonograms) could be in the first few pages of a scrapbook for the parents...? another idea would be to write some letters to the child to be given (at the discretion of the birth parents) to him/her at certain ages...? if you don't feel like writing/making something, a tape recording could do the trick, too.
I too would love to hear of any St. L-area crafting events. I'm moving to the Tower Grove Park area from Alabama in mid-August & know very few people, so this would be a great way to make some new acquaintances and share craftiness. I'm most interested in paper arts of various sorts, but I've dabbled in other stuff as well. Please do reply to this post if y'all decide to have any regular get-togethers. Thanks!
others will have MUCH cooler ideas than me. if you're in a hurry, though, here are two suggestions:
1) if you can, format your pages so they're the same size as the book (easy to do in MS word) and carefully glue them on top of the pages that are already in the book. then rip out the extra pages....?
2) again, very lo-tech and un-diy: do you have an old photo album (or a new cheap one)? format the pages so they fit in the photo spaces & alter the cover to yr heart's content. i think it'd be super cute to do this with a tiny photo album. If the pages of the album are yucky and sticky and it's a binder-style album, you could just punch holes in your pages and add them.
I have long experimented with decoupage. To me, using mod-podge for a project like this does have some disadvantages. Depending on the thickness of the modpodge and your application technique, it can become really sticky even after it is dry. This is a prob if the notebook is going to be rubbing against other papers and books. It is also a little frustrating to create a design you really like and then "lose" it when you sell/give the object.
So here's what I've been doing lately: making my collages on a regular sheet of construction paper (cut to size--or not) and then making color copies of them, adjusting the size to fit the notebook or whatever it is. I use composition notebooks (available at the dollar store) and, after glue-sticking the color copies to the cover, cover the front cover (and about an inch into the margins of the inside front cover) with contact paper.
I made 4 designs this Christmas, copied each three times, and then gave them to 12 different friends. They looked really professional and smooth and every bit as bright as the original collage, which I still have in case I want to make more later. If you don't like the idea of giving away more than one notebook with the same design, consider adding stuff (like the letters of the person's name/monogram) to the front before putting down the contact paper.
today (a sad bad stupid day to begin with) i was happy to receive my grabbagbox from girlypirate. thanks so much for the yarn, bottles, hairclip, styrofoam stairs, bouncy ball, playing cards, shells, shower curtain rings (how did you know that mine are turning all rusty? chrome bathroom scheme equals bad idea.), mysterious plastic puzzle balls, workshirt, paint, popsicle sticks, fruity tattoos, glittery glue, and MORE. what fun!
i'd gladly do this again! please send me a message if anybody wants to do this again.
Ditto on the comments about complication, moving images, and being patient.
To add: I'm not clear on the diff between "crafts" and "craft idea archives."
Also, when it comes to "crafts," I would recommend either dropping the section headings (jewelry, etc.) OR soliciting initial posts from people whose work/ideas you trust, so that there's something there in each section to begin with.