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221  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funky V-Day cards on: January 27, 2011 11:42:59 AM
I <3 them! Especially the first two. Now off to visit your site!
222  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made an Art Journal! (A bit pic heavy) on: January 27, 2011 11:40:22 AM
Thanks everyone!  Grin Those corner pieces were darn hard to find but I was glad when everything seemed to come together. I went through a whole series of ideas for the front cover. For a first attempt, I'm quite satisfied with how it came out. ^_^
223  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Double recycled gift bows! on: January 26, 2011 08:23:22 PM
So using the tutorial here on Craftster, I made recycled magazine gift bows for Christmas. My roommates really liked them! Unwilling to just throw them away, one of my roommates recycled them (again) into a gift bag which she used to wrap a late gift to me!

Side 1


Side2


PS I got pj pants and slippers that are too small in this bag... ^_^
224  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I made an Art Journal! (A bit pic heavy) on: January 26, 2011 04:27:34 PM
I made this as a Christmas present for my roommate Andrea. It took a little longer to make than I expected and we just got around to exchanging gifts last week. lol So that's why I'm only just now posting. Anyway, she is very creative and wants to be a writer. I thought this would be a good way to spark her imagination without requiring words. She and I like to stretch each other creatively.



I included several different kinds of art papers including: sketch paper, drawing paper, tracing paper, linen paper and canvas paper. I used coptic stitch so it will lay flat. I had to rip out stitches a few times and it still pops open a little but I got it!


I even improvised a little headbanding.  Grin


Andrea likes things that are french inspired and her favorite color is pink so I used a pink striped paper with a fleur de lis motif for the inside of the covers.


I also made a stamp and stamped a letter "A" on pink paper for the inside front.


It came out looking slightly steampunkish, but she still loved it.  ^_^
225  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about making paper "Archival" or "Acid-free" on: November 26, 2010 04:12:02 PM
Hello!

I want to make an art journal for my friend for Christmas. Well really I just want to make the journal and leave the art part up to her. Anyway I was wondering, if I'm using several different kinds of paper from different sources (and fabric or leather for the cover), should I worry about how archival it is?

I mean I know it's not going to be museum-quality, but I've heard you can get spray stuff to neutralize the ph in the paper and keep it from turning yellow. I'm just concerned that if I spray all the paper with that stuff will she still be able to craft on it? Does it put some kind of film or anything on the paper that would make altering the journal difficult (such as in trying different mediums, glues, etc)?

As this is a gift I'd like it to be as long-lasting as possible. I don't want it to start turning yellow or brown as soon as she finishes it, ya know?

Thank you!

EDIT: Never mind I ended up just going to Michael's and buying more paper.
226  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Inchies for my mom ^_^ on: November 15, 2010 09:26:29 AM
 Cheesy Thanks again! And Malmow, that's one of my favorites too.
227  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Inchies for my mom ^_^ on: October 27, 2010 12:39:28 PM
Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed making them. It was like fast and easy scrapbooking. lol It was also a fun and creative way to make use of my massive sticker collection!  Grin My mom did love them, btw.
228  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchies for my mom ^_^ on: October 27, 2010 10:01:42 AM
I wasn't sure what to get my mom for her birthday this year. I finally decided to make her some wall art since she is in the process of redecorating the family room. It was also a good excuse to try my hand at making inchies.  Smiley I used watercolors for the bases and stickers, markers, acrylics and a calligraphy pen to decorate them.


25 framed inchies...


I went with a beach theme since my mom likes seashells and such.

A couple more close-ups...
 

Thanks for looking!
229  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a doll pose-able? on: October 10, 2010 12:04:28 PM
I would also suggest looking up info on cloth doll-making books. Check your public library for doll books. They often give several ideas for different ways to achieve similar results. A few popular authors include Patti Medaris Culea, Susanna Oroyan, elinor peace bailey, and Barbara Willis. In addition to armatures there are button joints, stitched joints, bead joints and fabric joints. ^_^
230  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: George the cat on: October 10, 2010 11:28:19 AM
Can't see any of the pics Huh
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