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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / New Pages on: August 10, 2008 01:57:44 PM
Well I'm addicted to scrapbooking.  I'm not the most professional scrapbooker, but I love to put pages and pictures together to keep memories alive.  Recently, my boyfriend and I celebrated three years of dating and I figured it was time to start scrapbooking some of our own memories.  I wasn't going to make a scrapbook for Joey (the boyfriend) because he's not into that sort of thing.  But I wanted to make one for me--to have to show our future children and friends.  You might say I'm looking pretty far into the future, but it's realistic (I promise).  So here's what I've come up with so far...

The Opening Page:

Quote: "Love is Friendship set on fire"


At the Renaissance Fair:

Kind of plain, but I thought it was alright...

We met and fell in love working at a Boy Scout Summer Camp:

Up-close Detail:



We Like to Party:

Quote: "Live, Laugh, Love"


We love to take trips and explore the outdoors:

Detail:



Well, what do you guys think?
Its simple, but it's a start...
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Productive Afternoon of Boredom on: May 21, 2008 09:04:24 PM
The other day I decided to play with "Fried Glass," so I bought a bag of flat marbles from the dollar store and followed this tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202515.0).  Next thing I know, I've got probably 50 fried marbles and no idea what to do with them.  And then I remembered a craft project I did in high school where we turned the flat marbles into pushpins!  So that's exactly what I did with my fried marbles!

Materials:
Acrylic paint and paint brush
Thumbtacks
Fried Marbles
Hotglue and hot glue gun

For Non-Fried Marbles:
Thumbtacks
Elmers glue
scissors
old magazines
hot glue and hot glue gun
flat bottomed marbles

I painted the tops of the thumbtacks pretty colors so that the tacky brass wouldn't show through (I just used a couple of coats of acrylic paint that I had laying around).  And then put a dollop of hot glue on the flat part of the marble and stuck the thumbtack in!  And voila!  A pushpin!  I love how the color comes through the fried glass!!
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o164/bkl1217/IMG_6445-1.jpg

I also made some pushpins with non-fried marbles and glued (with elmers glue) cut out patterns (pottery barn catalogues are great for these!) and glued them to the back of the marble, then hot glue dollop, then the thumb tack.


They're fantastic!  Look how many I made!!! LoL... I was seriously bored!  Tongue
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roadside Find on: May 19, 2008 09:48:39 AM
I found a stool on the side of the road and knew that it would be perfect for my new little apartment!  So I stashed it in the car, drove it home, and began to decorate it (who wants a plain old stool when you can have a pretty stool?)

Here's the end result:

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cheap and Simple Jewelry Display (Spent $1) on: May 18, 2008 09:59:04 PM
Well, my sister's high school graduation is coming up, and soon she will embark on a trip to the wide world of college.  She has a lot already for her room, which left me slightly at a loss as to what to give her.  Not to mention that, but money is really tight right now.  So what do I do?  I hunt through things I've long forgotten I had, took a quick trip to the dollar tree, and put two and two together and created my own version of a Jewelry Display.

The first thing I did was buy a $1 unfinished frame from the Dollar Store.  I took out the glass, back, and pinned back the picture-holder-inners (you can see this in the pic below) so they wouldn't be in the way.


Then I painted the frame with some paint I had laying around just waiting for a little project.  I painted it white with little pink flowers (they didnt come out as well as I'd hoped, but oh well).



Once all the paint had dried, I then stapled a piece of fabric to the back of the frame, being careful to stretch the fabric as much as possible for a tight attachment.  The fabric I chose was cheesecloth-esque, which will make it easier to hang earrings in.


And voila!  An earring display!


With earrings:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A quick, easy, and original Journal Making Technique! (pics included) on: May 17, 2008 07:41:41 AM
The other day I was having lunch with a friend on the local college campus and we were browsing in one of the bookstores when she sparked interest in the small (and overpriced) section of journals (she's embarking on a summer-long trip to the Middle East on Sunday).  And that's when I knew what I'd make her--a Blair-Original Travel Journal!!

So I rushed home to get started on it (I only had one day to get it done) and started thinking/researching on various techniques on how to make a quick/sturdy journal.  I'd experimented with the photojojo techniques (the "Picture Journals" you see all over craftster), but the pages always seemed to threaten to fall out.  And I didn't want Suja to lose any of her travel journal.  I looked up other various methods that seemed both overly time-consuming and overly-detailed.

And that's when I decided to create my own Journal Making technique!

I began by folding 25 sheets of regular computer printer paper in half (I wanted her to have plenty of room to write!) (this can of course be substituted with recycled paper--I just happened to have some laying around).  

I then divided them into 5 sections of 5 pages (not too thick, not too thin).  And instead of punching holes by hand and sewing them by hand, I ran each section through the sewing machine, sewing down each crease as closely as I could!  It was so quick, so easy, and so secure!!  I am completely in love with this method of "binding" the pages together!

After sewing the pages, I then had to figure out a secure and easy way to create and attach the cover.  I'd seen photo covers, but I didn't have any photos big enough.  I'd seen cardboard-covered covers, but that was both too time-consuming and too bulky (I wanted something slim to slip into any bag or pocket).  So I decided to use up some of my beautiful heavier scrapbook paper.  Using one of the sections, I traced out a cover and back, being careful to select patterns, and cut them out.

Now to bind it all together...what to do?!  I'd gone too far to use any traditional methods, so instead, I combined and created.  In section (the cover and back were considered each their own section), I measured one cm in from the spine and with a pencil drew this "boundary line".  I then measured equal spacing to punch holes (I did 1.75 inches, starting at 0.5 inches from the bottom).  Using a nail and hammer, I clipped the sections to an old notebook (so I wouldn't punch into my floors), and punched the holes as I had measured them, one cm in from the spine.

After hole-punching, I used a needle and embroidery floss in a complimentary color and created my own stitch (there is a specific way to do this particular stitch, but I hate looking up directions and so just did it as I figured it out on my own).  Not sure what it's technically called (coptic maybe?), but it binds the pages well and holds them tight!

1.5 hours later, I have a beautiful travel journal to give to my dear friend for her adventures overseas!!

The Front Cover:


The Back Cover:


The stitching:


A close up where you can see the machine and hand sewing:


I also glued an envelope on the inside of the front and back cover so she can stow away small keepsakes along her journey!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quick and Easy (and original!) Journal Making Technique (no pics) on: May 17, 2008 07:37:18 AM
Sorry! It posted before I added pics and now I can't delete it!

The other day I was having lunch with a friend on the local college campus and we were browsing in one of the bookstores when she sparked interest in the small (and overpriced) section of journals (she's embarking on a summer-long trip to the Middle East on Sunday).  And that's when I knew what I'd make her--a Blair-Original Travel Journal!!

So I rushed home to get started on it (I only had one day to get it done) and started thinking/researching on various techniques on how to make a quick/sturdy journal.  I'd experimented with the photojojo techniques (the "Picture Journals" you see all over craftster), but the pages always seemed to threaten to fall out.  And I didn't want Suja to lose any of her travel journal.  I looked up other various methods that seemed both overly time-consuming and overly-detailed.

And that's when I decided to create my own Journal Making technique!

I began by folding 25 sheets of regular computer printer paper in half (I wanted her to have plenty of room to write!) (this can of course be substituted with recycled paper--I just happened to have some laying around). 
I then divided them into 5 sections of 5 pages (not too thick, not too thin).  And instead of punching holes by hand and sewing them by hand, I ran each section through the sewing machine, sewing down each crease as closely as I could!  It was so quick, so easy, and so secure!!  I am completely in love with this method of "binding" the pages together!

After sewing the pages, I then had to figure out a secure and easy way to create and attach the cover.  I'd seen photo covers, but I didn't have any photos big enough.  I'd seen cardboard-covered covers, but that was both too time-consuming and too bulky (I wanted something slim to slip into any bag or pocket).  So I decided to use up some of my beautiful heavier scrapbook paper.  Using one of the sections, I traced out a cover and back, being careful to select patterns, and cut them out.

Now to bind it all together...what to do?!  I'd gone too far to use any traditional methods, so instead, I combined and created.  In section (the cover and back were considered each their own section), I measured one cm in from the spine and with a pencil drew this "boundary line".  I then measured equal spacing to punch holes (I did 1.75 inches, starting at 0.5 inches from the bottom).  Using a nail and hammer, I clipped the sections to an old notebook (so I wouldn't punch into my floors), and punched the holes as I had measured them, one cm in from the spine.

After hole-punching, I used a needle and embroidery floss in a complimentary color and created my own stitch (there is a specific way to do this particular stitch, but I hate looking up directions and so just did it as I figured it out on my own).  Not sure what it's technically called (coptic maybe?), but it binds the pages well and holds them tight!

1.5 hours later, I have a beautiful travel journal to give to my dear friend for her adventures overseas!!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My First Post (Memory Board) on: May 15, 2008 10:19:14 PM
After several months of avid craftster reading and bookmarking, I finally found the time to start and finish my first project!  It's albeit a simple project that almost all craftsters have completed, but the thrill of making something with objects I already had laying around my house (and thus not spending a penny on) was fabulous.  In honor of my upcoming new apartment, I decided to make a French Memory Board.

I used an old artist's painting canvas that I had ruined with paint (it was hardly a painting), some old quilting batting, some left over ribbon, my mom's-friends (lol) staple gun, and some cute fabric that I've had laying around waiting for a simple little project.  

The corners were tricky (I'm an impulsive crafter and didn't bother to look up directions--I'd rather learn by mistake), but came out rather nice!

Let me know what you think!  I think it'll make a great addition to my little apartment!



Tips for future Memory Board Makers:
*Be sure to stretch the fabric/batting tight!  But also be careful when doing this--if the fabric is patterned, it might turn the pattern all wonky.
*Stretch the ribbon tight too!  Staple one end of the ribbon and then re-set the other end to ensure the best results.
*Watch your fingers!!
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