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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jim Nabors album into scrap/photo album (image heavy!) 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
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Self Acceptance**NOW WITH PATTERN PG6** on: August 10, 2008 08:47:51 AM
Very, VERY cool. 

Great message, and very well done.  It looks so simple, but packs quite a whallop. 
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: NOMNOMNOM wallet on: August 07, 2008 09:04:22 PM

I'm going to have to copy your idea, I'm sorry!  It's just too cute!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: a different sort of bookmark on: August 06, 2008 04:01:27 PM
Ohhh, this is so cool!  Beautifully done!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bookbinding/Stitching Tutorial Links on: August 06, 2008 03:57:15 PM
I've been looking up tutorials lately and found this one, for making very traditional-style hardbound books:


I wish he elaborated on the headbanding part more, though.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Bad news Cookie Monster on: July 15, 2008 12:16:14 PM
Haaa!!!  I love the photos, I totally cracked up.  Grin

I love your interpretation of the cookie monster - he never looked very "monstery" to me so these slippers are perfect.

Om nom nom nom nom....
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Bob Ross on: July 15, 2008 08:48:47 AM
Bob Ross!!  Oh man, how many hours of my childhood did I spend plastered to the TV, wishing I had palate knives and fan brushes so I could make friendly little streams and happy trees and proud branches like him??  TOO MANY, I tell you.

Great job, and a great tribute to an iconic painter.  Smiley
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knit Hats on: July 15, 2008 08:45:28 AM
Oh my gosh that's just adorable!!  I love the second one, the tall pointy one.  LOVE it!! 
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle cap and resin pendants! woo... on: July 14, 2008 12:48:35 PM
Neat idea!

I think the scuba guy is my favorite, too.  Cheesy
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Trashy Charms (new pics!) on: July 14, 2008 09:37:45 AM
OMG!  I'm cracking up over here.  This is so cool!  I love it!
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