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1  "Lefty" sketchbook from an LP, with an attempt at a western theme in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by goofball on: December 22, 2008 10:22:20 AM
This one is for my bro-in-law.  I figure he doesn't read this site so he won't see it, but I know my sis-in-law does read this.  (So A, if you see this, don't let him peer over your shoulder!!  LOL  Oh and that's the celtic knot book for your mom in the background there.  At least, the case for it.  Wink)

He's an artist that's into western stuff right now, and he liked the scrapbook albums I made earlier in the year, so I searched forever for a country/western album with a neat label and just failed horribly.

I DID find a seventies disco single on white vinyl for two bucks, though, so eventually as the holiday loomed closer I gave up and scraped that label off and faked it up from there.  Shocked  Grin  I think "Fake it with glue" is my motto for this year's holiday gift giving, but ANYWAY...

Here's the cover.

The binding is on the "wrong" side on purpose - the intention is to make left-handed sketching easier.  The paper inside is "his" brand of sketching paper, cut down to size.  100 leaves, each is 8x8.

I did find albums with good westerny cover art, so one of those became the back cover:


And another became the box that holds the completed book


I put some westerny paper on the inside of the box


The inside of the back cover has the same 'bandanna' paper that the record "label" has


Binding is coptic stitch, linen thread.  In retrospect I probably didn't need to bind it "lefty" style since that type of binding flops open flat so well, but ah well. He can decide the dude on the horse is the front if he prefers it that way.  It's reversible!!  LOL
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2  Scrapbook for grandma in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by goofball on: December 22, 2008 10:07:49 AM
My husband's grandma asked for a scrapbook for christmas.  Bookbinding is my "thing" lately so of course I couldn't just buy one, I had to MAKE one.

Please excuse the clutter...I'm too busy to stage photos, lol, so you get to see the complete and utter chaos huge giant mess er, slight clutter that is my typical working environment.  I'm sure NOBODY here can relate.   Wink



She loves flowers, and it just happened that I was nearly finished with my first embroidery project since childhood - a little grouping of flowers.  Her favorite color is pink, and the rest just kinda flowed from there.




The lace on this is actually vintage lace I inherited from MY grandma, but the ribbon and pink cording are new.

I used standard scrapbooking refills and sized everything from there.  I used 2 layers of bamboo batting under the fabric on the front and one layer on the back, so it's nice and soft feeling.  The hinges are reinforced with ripstop nylon bonded between the layers of binder board - each cover is 2 layers of .6 binder board I layered together with the grains crossing, so it's pretty dang rugged.  Smiley  And I used a LOT of E6000.  :lol:

Awaiting the embroidery.  I set that in last, I was afraid I'd get it grubby somehow as I worked on the rest of it.


Inside:


Posts and pages came from the craft store.  Went pretty fast if you don't count the embroidery time.
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3  Jim Nabors album into scrap/photo album (image heavy!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by goofball on: August 15, 2008 08:32:56 AM
My husband can't pass up a garage sale, and therefore we have a pretty good collection of unplayable and worthless old albums. Cheesy  I decided it was time to include them in my collection of "stuff to make other stuff out of" and here's what I came up with:







It looks like the binding pinches in at the top in this pic, but that's just the weight of the signatures pulling it out of shape.  It's not actually crooked like that. Wink




Inside front cover - I opted to leave the record more or less as-is, aside from lopping off the edges and drilling holes in it. And gluing cloth tape around the sides (it was pretty sharp and I didn't want it to eventually saw through the binding stitches).


I couldn't get rid of dear old sweet Jim, so his face is preserved on the inside back cover. 






I've never bound a book like this before - is this kind of a gap between signatures normal for coptic stitch binding?  (I think that's what this is called, I learned how to do it on YouTube, lol) If it's not normal, what did I do wrong?  Everything was pretty darn snug.


The ribbon around the edge is some old (er, "vintage"!) bias tape out of a bunch of fabric stuff I inherited from my grandma.  Probably collectible to someone but my gran would much rather see me glue it to a cut up old record than sell it on ebay! It's called ATOM RED and I really love it.  The back cover is a cut out from the album's cardboard cover, stuck together with spray adhesive and covered on the back with some textured vellum.  There are ten 5-page signatures so a total of 100 pages.

I'm giving it as a gift to a friend (a month late birthday gift, whoops!) along with some basic supplies to make it easy to put pictures in it, etc.  The album title is "The Things I Love" and she has a baby so it works out really well.  Grin
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4  Encaustic (colored wax) paintings - now with pics instead of links in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by goofball on: July 10, 2008 07:40:54 AM
These are a few paintings I made with colored wax and various hot irons, on glossy cardstock.  They're very small (only 5"x7") but it's a fun medium to play with.  You probably can't tell from the pictures, but it's a very dimensional "paint" to work with - all the lines and ridges you see are three-dimensional.

(Links fixed to be pics now that I'm "old enough" Wink )




The "paint" is made by adding tints to beeswax and letting it harden into blocks.  (I bought them pre-made online, I'm not THAT crafty!)  Then you take a craft iron (flat, no steam holes) and use various techniques to melt the wax onto the iron and/or the paper, and work it from there.  It's a lot of fun!  Reminds me of playing with crayons and Mom's iron as a kid, only this time with no danger of getting grounded! Grin
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5  "Seascape" covered jar - now with pics showing in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by goofball on: July 09, 2008 02:13:55 PM
Longtime lurker...first time poster!  I've gotten so many neat ideas that I wanted to contribute something.

I'm sort of a beginner with polymer clay so far, but here is one of my very first projects.  It's THE first one I'm proud enough of to post pictures of, in fact.  Smiley  Of course now that it's been a few months and I'm looking at these closeups I can see all kinds of things I wish I'd done differently, but hey..that's what being a beginner is all about, right?  Wink

(I'm "old" enough here to finally display pics!)



It started off as a blue glass decorative corked jar and is wrapped & topped with sculpey.  I made it as a mother's day gift for my mom - it's just the right height to hold q-tips and her bathroom is in a fish/underwater theme so it worked out nicely. Smiley

Hopefully soon I'll have time to make more projects...this site is extremely inspiring!
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