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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vampire Bat on: January 14, 2017 03:28:08 PM
Oh! Can we have a close-up photo of his perfect little ears? Ple-e-e-ease!

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 14, 2017 12:34:10 PM

I finally got a chance to post about the Tiny Art Journal I made for myself just before New Years. I'd been mulling over what size to make this year, as my previous ones haven't quite worked, and so it was New Year's Eve before I actually got it finished. Details in the Papercraft Board post.

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / New (Tiny) Art Journal on: January 14, 2017 12:25:10 PM
I've been trying to do a collage or art journal page every day, and practically this only works for me if they're quite small. Last year I tried a larger book with a week's spaces divided over each double-page spread, but it was time-consuming to lay out each week, and the book was just a bit too bulky to carry around. (Especially with the over-stuffed pouch of journalling supplies I find I need to carry.) So this year I decided to try something new - a very small journal that provides one page per day.

The pages are 5 in. tall by 3⅜ in. wide, and it's a bit over an inch thick with the covers. This gives me enough pages for 6 months.

I covered the boards with fine navy blue ticking, and stitched on a bird skeleton patch that I'd picked up at some Goth craft fair, to mark the front.

The pages are Canson's Mix Media paper, sewn in signatures. This time I remembered to include a bookmark ribbon, too. I'm afraid I've probably bound the signatures too snugly together, even though I was trying to be a bit sloppy - by the time I've filled it up with collage, it will be bursting apart at the binding. Sad

For the front and back endsheets I was able to use some marble paper rescued from an old book (an advantage of such a small size) and I included an envelope at the back for collecting scraps, as I always like to do. This one is made out of a page from an old atlas.

It's only a couple of weeks into the year, but so far I find the page size good to work on. Last year's journal was sized so that each day's space was ATC-sized, and I actually found that too small. A lot of material I wanted to collage was just a bit too big to fit into that space. These slightly larger pages work better. The only problem I've found with the small book is that I keep losing it in the bottom of my bag. But once the weather improves and I'm not carrying mittens and a toque, I'll be able to keep it in my jacket pocket.

14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Paper De-Stash and Junk Journal Goodies 2016 GALLERY on: January 14, 2017 11:52:57 AM
Is there any easier gratification than opening up a packed envelope of STUFF? It really doesn't matter what it is, and it doesn't matter that what I received from SonjaBoo is, in some cases, almost identical to what I sent her. In fact, that makes me even more excited to see it! Sorting through it again this afternoon to take photos was just as exciting as seeing it for the first time last night. Was this what Christmas was like when we were very small? I don't remember, but I'll bet a neurologist would look at the brain scans and say they were exactly the same. Cheesy

Anyhow, here's the amazing pile of stuff I got:

First off, several vintage magazines and booklets, including this 1950's Boy Scout manual on fingerprinting. (Introduced by J. Edgar Hoover himself!) This is especially funny, because one of the things I think I sent was a fingerprint card. I also sent some pages from a bird book, but fortunately not the same one she sent me. The brochure from the UFO Museum in Roswell is a particular favourite. And there are several paper sample books and some book pages.

SonjaBoo warned me that she had lots of scrapbook papers to get rid of, and I said "Bring it on!" And did she ever - along with pages from paper sample books and other great papers. Some of it is flocked, and none of it is glittery. (Thank you for that!)

On the right-hand side here is sample of tarot-themed wallpaper that I love so much I'm going to have to see if the pattern is still available. (It says "Printed in Canada", so you never know.) Needless to say, I also sent a wallpaper sample, though a couple of generations older and not half so cool. There were various book pages (including one from a Golden Book guide to wildflowers that I'm pretty sure I own), ephemera, more printed papers, and a large folded sheet of green glassine paper. Shocked

A few hand-painted papers. I think I sent about the same amount.

Some vintage fruit labels and Victorian photographs (both original and repro), postcards, a spelling notebook, bingo card, valentine, coffee sleeve (I wish I'd thought of sending one of those!) and a couple of Lunar New Year's money envelopes. I had intended to include a few in my package too, but I never had a chance to get down to Chinatown to a stall I know that always has the best selection. Sad And tickets - we all love tickets, don't we?

And finally some miscellaneous stuff, including die-cuts, tags (both chalkboard and translucent), a couple of slide mounts and a bee-impressed Paperclay medallion that I absolutely love. The pharmaceutical label rub-ons are pretty spectacular, too.

Thank you for all this fabulousness, Erika! Like you, I could have sent 10 times as much, and it would probably have made it even more obvious that you and I have exactly the same stash! Cheesy

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: January 13, 2017 04:48:43 PM
These are great hats! I especially like the "wine drop" one.

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Paper De-Stash and Junk Journal Goodies 2016 GALLERY on: January 13, 2017 03:39:26 PM
Great stuff everyone has received! I got my package from SonjaBoo today - absolutely packed but not actually burst at the seams. You must have been giggling to yourself the way I was when you unpacked your envelope, Erika, because so much of what you sent is exactly paralleled by what you sent! Cheesy Obviously we have very similar tastes.

Photos tomorrow when I can spread things out in a better light.

17  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap (Signup thru Jan 14; sendouts Feb 6) on: January 12, 2017 02:09:36 PM
What a super-wonderful idea! I might not sign up til the last day, but I absolutely intend to join!

18  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Paper De-Stash & Junk Journal Goodies 2016 (SO 01/07/17) on: January 10, 2017 03:32:24 AM
Thanks, Nooo! Kiss

19  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap Round 2 (SU Closed; SO 2/20/17) on: January 09, 2017 08:36:31 PM
I'm signed up. Yofi, there's great stuff in your Pinterest - I love the fabric moths. (Real fabric moths aren't something I like to see, but this kind is always welcome!)

20  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Paper De-Stash & Junk Journal Goodies 2016 (SO 01/07/17) on: January 09, 2017 07:23:03 PM
I may have  missed it - do we have a Gallery yet?

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