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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / convocation dress on: May 27, 2009 06:34:50 PM
it's graduation/prom season!

for convocation, i chose mccall 5881 dress d.


my mom had all the materials (fabric and zipper) in her sewing closet; she had gotten those for free, years ago, from her boss. aside from the time spent on cutting the fabric pieces and sewing this together, the only cost of this dress was for the pattern ($7).

cropped action shot:


straps were added, because a strapless dress is unsafe for me.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / notebook made from old exercise books on: March 16, 2008 12:59:55 PM
when i was in elementary school, the school provided us with exercise books. over the years, we accumulated a number of these partially filled notebooks. it seemed like a waste to throw away, so we've kept them in storage for all these years.

finally, i've found something to do with them. i un-stapled all the books, and re-bound the pages into signatures. i took the covers of one of the notebooks, and covered it with scrapbooking paper.

the cover i took was blue. i covered it with thin beige scrapbooking paper. i used white glue, which seeped through, resulting in those weird blue spots on the cover. after the binding was done, i made the mistake of pressing the book in between two heavy phone books, before the glue completely dried. when i took off the phone books, it left those white marks on the cover. so basically, i completely messed up the cover of this notebook. but it's not too big of a deal, since i intended to use this as my own private journal, eventually.

front cover, with blue and white spots:


inside:


spine detail:


larger pictures at my flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52912587@N00/
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / recipe book for mom on: July 02, 2007 10:52:09 AM
mom wanted a notebook to collect her recipes. so i decided to make her one. another attempt at coptic binding.

the covers were made with cardboard i found in the recycling bin, covered with scrapbooking paper i got at the dollar store. i put too much glue; it seeped through and stained the back cover...


inside are 128 blank pages, a quarter of letter-sized paper.


detail on the spine. the thread broke midway through, and i had to start over!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / book from the 60's on: January 03, 2006 04:56:31 AM
a while ago, there was a box of free books sitting in the hallway at school, so i took a couple.

one of them was a 1960's book, a little larger than 5.5" x 8.5". i ripped out the textblock and replaced it with blank white pages. i used some of the original pages as endpapers. the spine and corners showed some wear, so i repaired them with duct tape. unfortunately, i ran out of tape, which is why i left the back cover corners intact.

front:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/04a-front.jpg

back:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/04b-back.jpg

inside pages:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/04c-pages.jpg
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / first attempt at journal: construction paper on: November 19, 2005 07:36:20 AM
hi,

this is my first attempt at making a journal.

here are the front and back cover, made from some construction paper i had lying around.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/01a-front.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/01b-back.jpg

i didn't know better: i used elmer's white glue, and the paper got all wrinkled. also, i should have trimmed the black construction paper i used for the spine; i didn't and it's too thick and it shows through the cover... oh well, at least, i learned something.

for the inside pages, i used ordinary computer paper, on which i printed some lines.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Journals/01c-inside.jpg

i followed this tutorial to attach the cover:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10347.0
and this tutorial to stich the signatures:
http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html

anyway, this was fun! for my next project, i am planning to make a notebook for school or something.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / peach-colored clutch with black piping on: October 08, 2005 10:29:27 PM
a while ago, i found a link here with a pattern and tutorial for this clutch. i finally made it recently.

it's entirely handsewn since i didn't have access to a sewing machine that day. it was a quick project, done in one evening, while watching tv. all materials were scraps that i found in my mom's sewing closet.

outside:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Sewing/02a-clutchpurse.jpg

inside:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Sewing/02b-clutchpurse.jpg
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first project: bookbag on: August 31, 2005 02:12:18 PM
hello, i have been lurking here for quite a while, but never posted before.

this is my first completed project, so i made it as simple as possible. i use it to carry extra textbooks that are too heavy for my backpack.

here it is:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Sewing/01b-greybookbag.jpg

close-up of the flower:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/paw_00/Crafts/Sewing/01c-detail.jpg
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