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21  So, I was bored last month.. (Pic Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: December 14, 2009 01:10:01 PM
And I decided to make myself a notebook out of an old cereal box, cute paper, and random quotes and pictures.


Closeup of Front:

Closeup of Back:


I also made this one earlier this year. I just took a textbook, gutted it, covered it in green fabric and then put striped paper on the front and back covers. Then I cut butterflies out of some other paper I had and decoupaged them on.  Grin

The book:

Enjoy!  Wink

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22  Re: Currency - Anything cool to do with money beside spend it? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by DancinInTheDark on: August 09, 2009 12:55:35 PM
[img width=500 height=375]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/3045394140_9e4d456a56.jpg

I've used the coins for a few things like this (I enjoy gluing them to things I don't know why) and also resin is a good idea.  I need to get better at drilling them and flattening them for other uses.  I add them to whimsy jars a lot, but I do a lot of swapping.  Sorry I'm not more help!

I love that mirror. It's funky and cool. Smiley
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23  Old Readers' Digest Book=My New Journal <3 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: June 22, 2009 12:31:50 AM
So I made this cool book over the weekend. I began with an old Readers' Digest book and gutted it. Then I spent the majority of the weekend splatterpainting the pages. It took quite a while but it looks so amazing. <3

Photo 1:  

Black and white:
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24  Look what I did in Photoshop! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by DancinInTheDark on: May 08, 2009 10:51:41 PM
This was a picture of some black eyed susans I edited on Photobucket.  Cheesy

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25  Re: Old books, should I cut them up??? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by DancinInTheDark on: April 17, 2009 08:43:34 PM
Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale.  The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves.  He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door).  He never got rid of the books or used the shelves.  They've just hung there for years.

How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple.  They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).

My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got.  They're georgous.  I absolutely love old books.  I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read.  They're all just so pretty.  I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet.  After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.

Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do.
The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES.  It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course).  He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book.  A little over 600 pages, I think.

The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives.  Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.

The top one: Is called Come With Me Home.  I don't know anything about it.  All three of these books are in really great condition.  Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember.  Now, on to the pictures.

All Three of them:
[img width=100 height=75]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1709.jpg

Van Loon's Lives:
[img width=100 height=75]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1710.jpg [img width=100 height=75]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1711.jpg

Ghandi Lives:
[img width=100 height=75]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1712.jpg

I'm torn between cutting them up to make a box and keeping them.  My husband already doesn't like the other like... 8 that I have lol.

I think they'd make cool journals or sketchbooks. Wink
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26  Re: TUTORIAL: Tin Can Drawstring Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by DancinInTheDark on: April 04, 2009 09:29:53 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial.  I've taken your instructions and used them to make a wine bottle bag (an anniversary gift for sister-in-law and her husband) and to pretty up some DVD cases that I use to hold pens and stuff.  I only did the outside of these, since they contain things that would just mess up fabric, but it makes them look so much nicer!  Your "math" really helped make these easy projects.  I never sew circle stuff, because I can never get it to fit correctly and it got too frustrating.


DVD cases covered:
[img width=499 height=333]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19595.JPG

Interior, left as is:
[img width=499 height=333]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19604.JPG

Action shot:
[img width=333 height=500]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19613.JPG

Wine bottle bag:
[img width=333 height=500]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19534.JPG

Interior of wine bottle bag:
[img width=499 height=333]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19564.JPG

I love the stuff you made. My favorites are the DVD holders turned pen/pencil holders. I will have to make some of those. Smiley
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27  So, I made my folders for school look awesome. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by DancinInTheDark on: August 17, 2008 10:06:19 AM
I made my school folders look cool this year. I drew sunflower pictures and glued them on with Mod Podge. Then I took clear heavy duty packing tape and taped them up so they would last longer. Enjoy! Cheesy

All three of them together.

Close-up drawing of sunflower.

Close-up from another angle.

Dancing sunflower. Wink

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28  Re: Butterflies and pinch pots in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by DancinInTheDark on: August 12, 2008 09:33:45 AM
Okie dokie, Pokie, here's the pics I promised. This is the type of work I'd like to do more of, but I need to learn the firing process so I can do it at home.

[img width=500 height=375]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/minipots-1.jpg

[img width=500 height=336]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/minipots-2.jpg

[img width=500 height=323]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/minipots-3.jpg

I love how the fire licked the surface and left its mark. Even though they're not glazed I'm amazed at the shine they retained from the burnishing process.

Oops! Modified to add that these are slab pots, formed by using a slab of clay and 'manipulated' into shape. This was a required project made in the same ceramics class I did the butterfly pot.

Those are beautiful. I'd like to get into that too.
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29  Soup can to cute pencil holder. in What the heck can I do with THIS? by DancinInTheDark on: July 03, 2008 03:43:20 PM
I made this adorable pencil holder from a steel soup can. All I did was spray paint it gold and then glue cute trim on it. Sorry the picture is sideways...too fat.
Tongue Darn Photobucket and their silliness.. Wink

Okay, after like 75 tries, the picture is finally acceptable.. Wink
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30  This is a bit overdone, but.. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: May 17, 2008 11:09:25 AM
This is just the basic old book to new journal recon but it was my very first old book to new journal recon, and I'm pretty proud of it. The cat fabric was left over from pajama pants I made in Home Ec class and the paper is just regular plain old printer paper. I sewed the pages together with a needle and thread. I've long since gotten a bone scorer, a folder, and an awl. Wink Haha. Sorry the picture is blurry too. Tongue

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