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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Matchbook Notebook on: April 10, 2009 02:00:51 AM
So every easter I get small gifts from my friends at church and every year I feel guilty for not preparing some.

So this year I planned ahead and decide to give matchbook notebooks to my friends!


I basically used wrapping paper and stuck it to the main body of the notebook. Scrapbooking paper is expensive here in Singapore! Mainly because they're all imports.


They're a mixture of graphed and blank papers, about 15 sheets in one.


Here's the closer look at the graphed paper.

I know its not very Easter-y but I like making practical gifts.
I've yet to write Happy Easter on the inside but I think I've got time. Smiley
So the pink ones goes to the girls and all the blue ones to the guys. Obviously. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Post Here :) Laptop bag/case (Image heavy) on: April 10, 2009 01:50:20 AM
I hope this is the right place to post this up.

I stayed up the whole night to complete this laptop case. My dad kept asking me to go and sleep but when I get really excited about a project I just have to finish it even if it means sacrificing sleep.

Its inspired by http://www.redmaloo.de/

I took a crash course in sewing here, basically learning two stitches. I only know how to do a running stitch. Tongue


Here it is closed with my laptop nestled inside cozily. Smiley


A side view, with my imperfect stitches.


I used velcro to seal it up. Adhesive-backed velcro. Bought it at about 30 cm long? I cut it down to size.

And.. This is how it looks opened up!

Haha! I love how this opens up. I'm looking forward to school just to show off this!


So basically I close it by folding in the side flaps then the longer bottom piece and then the top!
 
Total cost for this project? Singapore $6! All materials bought from my favourite shop, Daiso Japan!

The chocolate brown felt is 64 cm by 64 cm (25"X25") and is about 2 mm thick. and the warm pink felt is 70 cm by 50 cm(27"X 19.5") and 1 mm think. Both are polyester but different to touch. The only reason why I got the 70 by 50cm pink felt was because they didn't have the colour in the 64cm by 64cm size.


So I had to do abit of trimming to get them equally sized.

As I said the velcro is about 30 cm long and is also $2!

I can't wait to go back to school and get asked where I bought this. Then I can proudly say I made it myself.
(My school students can be so consumer-ised and own expensive branded stuff)

Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cute lime green notebook with a lil' charm on: March 27, 2009 02:33:54 AM
I've just finished making this cute notebook! You can see how messy the table is. My mum's going to kill me.
I'm never really neat when it comes to crafting. Tongue

I bound the book using glue. Its really quite easy (yet why's the table messy??), I saw the tutorial at fiveandahalf.net.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/elementz7890/IMG_3206.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/elementz7890/IMG_3208.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/elementz7890/IMG_3207.jpg

The charm's actually from starbucks. Tongue I have no idea where I got it but I'm giving this notebook to my boyfriend. He'll know what that charms mean Wink

Update, Darn I just realised I need to post at least 10 times to post the pictures.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Knotty Situation with book binding. on: March 26, 2009 10:01:11 PM
Okay, I know the title's cheesy but iteds relat.

I'm new to book binding but I've made around two books and I'm currently in the middle of another one and I've always encountered this problem, my thread keeps getting knotted up!

I'm really bad with knots, specially the weaver's knot, which you are suppose to do if you ever run out of thread while stitching your book so I just make sure I have enough thread to finish at one go. IT's a lot of thread and they always get knotted no matter how careful I am.

Does anyone else have any solution to this? It would be really really wonderful if someone has found a solution or an alternative.
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