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3881  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Outlander Swap Rd. 2 (Signups March 2-16 Sendouts April 20) on: March 10, 2009 04:58:59 PM
Yay crosswind!  Welcome to the swap!
3882  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Nest Bento Quilt on: March 10, 2009 03:52:06 PM
I love you use of color and pattern in this piece!!!
3883  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twilight Inspired quote book/journal with Japanese binding on: March 10, 2009 11:30:39 AM
Wow. this is beautiful!
how long did it take to make?
oh, and where did you download the fonts? would they by any chance have the cover one? called Zephyr?  Roll Eyes

This actually took quite a while, though I have the templates now, so I could probably reproduce it much more quickly.  I broke it down into time per step. 

Cover:
1 hour playing with images online
1 hour to set them up in photoshop, and alter the "sketchy" quality of them

Pages:
4 hours online finding quotes 
2 hours to decide "who" wrote them, and format the pages (changing the page size in Word, using the header/footer function, etc.) 
1-2 hours to print them (the pages are thin, so the printer liked to spit them out, so I basically printed one at a time, while doing other things).
1 hour to sort them into "books" (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn), then 1 hour to put them into an overall chronology (all 60+ pages)

Assembly:
1 hour to make the cover boards (i used a really awesome bookbinding glue my husband had, so hopefully those are on there for life!)
1/2 hour to go over the covers with colored pencil, ink pen, gel pen, etc.
1/2 hour to pop holes and stitch the whole thing together

I guess that comes to 12-13 hours total, spent over several days.  If I had to do another one (an exact copy), I could probably whip it up in 2-3 hours if I was printing pages while assembling the cover boards. 

As for the fonts, I downloaded them at http://www.bellaandedward.com/funfonts.php   They have since added more.  When I did this journal there was only Bella, Edward, Jacob, and Alice.  They have since added Charlie and Aro, but no Zephyr.  (I really wanted Aro's when making my Volturi necklace for the Invite Your Partner Swap!  Oh well, I'm sure Pinkleo can live with my handwritten note.) 
3884  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Golden Snitch Earrings on: March 10, 2009 09:22:37 AM
Awww, I hope you and the family feel better soon!
3885  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: You could be swingin' on a star on: March 09, 2009 09:01:35 PM
Could this be any sweeter or cuter?  Nope.  Not possible.  Nothing could be cuter.  Nice work Knickertwist.  :-)
3886  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Outlander Swap Rd. 2 (Signups March 2-16 Sendouts April 20) on: March 09, 2009 08:36:40 AM
I've been rereading all of the books in preparation for swapping.  This morning I finished the Drums of Autumn!  Does it feel like that one is somehow longer than the others to anyone else?  I'm pretty sure it's roughly the same size, but it feels like I've been on that one for ages...  Oh well, I can start the Fiery Cross when I get home from work tonight!
3887  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Crazy Flower Headpieces on: March 08, 2009 10:47:22 AM
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this thread in "Newest with pictures".  I'm freakin' out.  I too am involved in making costumes for "Children's Day" and the play this year is Alice in Wonderland....And I was told that I am doing the 4 flowers by myself.  (I usually just do the sewing and not the designing).  I've been surfing all weekend looking for a flower costume.
The only thing I can think of Molly is that maybe make long pieces of material....long and attach them to the flowers and tie them under their chins with the rest of the Green fabric trailing down over their costume like green part of the flowers (forgot the word, not the leaves..stalks?).  I'm planning to make the flowers like jennieingram suggested.  I just can't figure out how the petals stand up.  I think your idea of the stretch over the wire is a great idea and not too heavy.  Let us know how you work it out.

I used these kind of visors:  http://craftsuppliesforless.com/images/assorted%20pack.jpg
See the ends, where the elastic starts?  We glued two, with ends overlapping, together, forming a lumpy oval.  The width of the visors gave the foam petals something to adhere to, and helped them stand up. 
I think I added some thick craft wire behind the longer tigerlily petals, but for the most part the craft foam stayed up on it's own...
Hmm...  I should put up some more pictures from this show at some point.  It was cute, and uber-crafty.
3888  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Crazy Flower Headpieces on: March 08, 2009 07:51:47 AM
If this is how you want your headpieces to work, then I would mount them onto baseball caps that you cut the brim off of, and paint green.  I would also tip your petals upwards if the children will be facing the audience during the dance number (as opposed to facing down at the floor, thereby showing off their petals).  You can easily add clear elastic to the bottoms of the baseball hats to make chin straps.  Also, the hats can be purchased cheaply at goodwill if you're willing to get weird ones and paint them yourself with either fabric paint, or even spray paint.  Also, you can make them smaller by making tucks in them and stitching them down by machine if you take off the brims.  I know I sound like an ad for baseball hats, but I use them inside theatrical costumes all the time, as a base for turbans, mascot costumes, etc.  

I actually had problems with making the flowers in Alice when I designed it at a summer stock theatre two years ago.  I thought about doing this kind of a petal, since it was an intensely crafty show, (done with 45 costumes for $500...  you should see how I made lobsters and turtles for $5 each for the quadrille!), but I knew the petals wouldn't show as much with the girls facing the audience.  So instead I used that kids craft foam, and foam sun visors.  I took the coil "elastics" off the visors, and used E6000 to glue them together, corners to corners to make an oval form that their faces could sit in.  Then I cut petals out of the largest kinds of foam and glued them on too, adding paint, and glitter glue to give some dimension and fun.  I reattached an elastic along the back, and voila.  Daisy, Rose, and Tigerlily!



Hope this helps!  
3889  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush shield-dragon from BBC's Merlin on: March 08, 2009 07:30:26 AM
Adorable!  I want to cuddle with him....  as long as he doesn't accidently burp on me and set me on fire or anything....
3890  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Outlander Swap Rd. 2 (Signups March 2-16 Sendouts April 20) on: March 07, 2009 07:17:57 PM
wow. totally weird. i just started reading this series and am almost done with book 1.... and here is a craft swap! totally random.... i wonder what i would do if i actually joined this swap.. hmmmmm

Well.....  there are some ideas on page two of this thread....  I'm just sayin'.... 
**twist, twist**
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