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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: from kid lit to planner in two hours! on: August 01, 2008 08:03:14 PM
Here are the steps I followed:

The book was already coming apart anyway so I just helped it along by cutting the covers away from the two signatures that were inside. 

I made up a simple design for the insides of the planner.  I had to take it to Staples for photocopying since I wanted it to be on 11 X 17 size paper.   I copied them double sided so that I could see the whole week on every page turn.   I trimmed the pages down a bit at staples using their good quality trimmer. 

I brought that all home and folded my signatures.  I put four big sheets together for my signatures so that they each had eight pages.  I made up enough for 60 weeks. 

I didn't want to take the time to hand sew these signatures together so I just took them all to the sewing machine and zipped a line of basting stitch down the centre of each signature.  Oh and I added a few random pages from the original kids book just for fun.

I put all the signatures into my clamps and dapped a bunch of glue all over the back spine.  I added my ribbon and then a strip of that stiff meshy stuff.   I let that all dry for a while.

I had to cut a new spine since the original one was a lot smaller than I needed.

I bound up the covers using the binding cloth and then glued the stack of signatures into the covers as you would for any handmade book. 

I have another one drying right now and I will post pics of it tomorrow.

Thanks for your comments and interest...sarah
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / from kid lit to planner in two hours! on: August 01, 2008 02:28:17 PM
I decided to take a few of my kids old books that were already falling apart and turn them into day planners.  I can never seem to find the right one for me.  Here is the first one:








I threw in a few random pages from the kids' book throughout the planner.

I like it a lot and I can't wait to make the next one.  I will share it too.

~S
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Are you there Margaret, it's me God on: July 11, 2008 09:26:30 PM
Check out these cool new t-shirts we made
today...


4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / gouache and ink resist on: June 26, 2008 09:18:37 PM
Here is one of my new endeavors.  I don't claim any actual artistic ability but I do enjoy myself and I watch less tv when I'm doing it so its all good!


5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / my kid's a star on: June 20, 2008 04:58:27 PM
So after weeks of problems and giving up completely with photo emulsion I managed to get a decent set of screen prints of my kid's face.  I used screen filler and drawing fluid which for me was so straight forward that I can't see doing it any other way!

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap and Easy Homemade Silkscreen Frame on: June 12, 2008 09:00:14 PM
Awesome improvisation!  Let us know how the screen holds up to use.  Good luck with the band too.

~Sarah
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I can't get all the photo emulsion out of my screen on: June 12, 2008 08:56:07 PM
Well, after a good number of "chemistry experiments" I finally have the majority of the emulsion out of the screen.  I tried all manner of solutions from my bathroom and found the rubbing alcohol worked fairly well.  Here's what I did (for others who may find themselves in my position)

1. I sprayed rubbing alcohol on the offending parts of my screen.  Spray was all I had but I actually think it covered the screen pretty well, better than pouring would have.

2.  Then I let it sit while I flossed my teeth.  It takes a while since I am one of those grown ups with braces. 

3.  I checked on it and rubbed it a bit with the little nylon brush that we stole from the hospital when we had our daughter 10 years ago.  It was meant for scrubbing her cradle capped head but it works for all kinds of things, turns out.

4.  Then I swished some mouth wash.  Gotta keep the braces ultra clean, ya know.

5.  Then I went back to the screen and scrubbed with the nylon brush for quite a while.  Occasionally I sprayed more alcohol on it and continued to scrub. 

6.  The emulsion came off in little rubbery pilly type things.  I picked those off with my finger nails and then gave it a hard rinse in the shower with the super duper sprayer setting that nobody in their right mind would use because it feels like you are going to loose a layer of skin.  Oh shit, I'd better change the setting back or my husband may need skin grafts! 

7.  Finally I resigned to the fact that, well, that's as good as its going to get and its time to move on with your life.

So I think its going to work for maybe one or two more runs and then I guess I will need to replace the silk.  But I will write again if it turns out I completely trashed my screen.

I hope that helps someone else who may find themselves in my aforementioned predicament.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I can't get all the photo emulsion out of my screen on: June 12, 2008 06:00:28 PM
The screen had emulsion on it for about a week.  But I have been scrubbing and scrubbing with the speedball cleaner that came in the box and I cannot get it all out.  I have been at it for an hour.  Most of it is out but about 1/3 of the screen will not let go of it.  What else can I try?


9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A quick, easy, and original Journal Making Technique! (pics included) on: May 30, 2008 06:25:22 PM
Really great.  Your lucky friend will appreciate it not only during her adventure but for years to come as she re-reads about her adventures. 
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plantable Mother's Day Cards on: May 12, 2008 07:21:52 PM
Super terrific idea. I will copy it for my mother's birthday next month!
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