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21  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 16, 2016 04:38:40 PM
the badges by audio are both great!
I recieved an incredibly cute felt badge from EllaRain.  She chose to combine my hedgehog and tea themes and made a hedgehog in a tea cup.  I love it.  It's so adorable.

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22  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 13, 2016 01:19:15 PM
I have received from rockingbearranch for my herb theme!  It's the medicinal herb Tansy.
It's great thanks!

(and look at that adorable cow sticker on the envelope)

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23  Mini Junk Journals - SU 6/13-6/27 SO 8/3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by geekgirl1000100 on: June 13, 2016 12:58:18 PM
Swap name: Mini Junk Journals

Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448836.0

image from https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/tag/junk-journal/

*** FYI - there is a lot of info here.  please read it all and ask questions either in this thread or PM me!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: June 13 - June 27
Date to send item by: August 3

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

*** Disclaimer - I will do my best to partner people up according to themes but shipping requirements, allergies and number of participants may make it difficult to come up with perfect partnering!

- This swap is for mini junk journals,  You will make your partner a junk journal that is a minimum of 4"x6" with a front cover, 20 sheets (that would be 20 fronts, 20 backs, so if you numbered them with page numbers they would number 1-40), and then a back cover.
- Half the sheets should be embellished.  This could be stamped, or with ribbon/lace, pockets, tags, brads, hanging bookmarks, borders, etc.
- The other half do not need to be embellished but would need to be some sort of decorative or otherwise designed paper (not just plain printing paper), Examples of things you can use: old calendar pages/images, magazine pages, junk mail envelopes, paint chips,paper bags, book pages, playing cards, greeting cards, yellow mailing envelopes, ziploc baggies, postcards or pasteboard packaging that have been gessoed/painted over, gelli printed pages, and other interesting but not bought (i.e. scrapbook) items.    (you CAN use scrapbook type items but it is NOT required)
- Then bind it in some way.  The simplest is punching holes and just using O rings and you can decorate them with ribbons and such so they don't look so plain. But you could do any sort of binding you like.

This swap is just for the book with pages.  You would not do any actual journaling in it.  The recipient would use if for their own purposes.

here are some reference materials.  

some example pics:

and some sites with instructions (although the second one looks like she included some actual journal writings which we wouldn't do

Sample video

A video tutorial series
steps 1 - 3 are mostly about cutting paper and gathering materials.  She uses a lot of store-bought, pre-made stuff.  That is not necessary.  junk journals can be made out of, well junk Smiley  I would check other sites out for types of ephemera other people use.  Probably you could skip steps 1-3 and still have a good idea what she did.
step 1 - about cutting paper and covers
step 2 - about gathering embellishments.  she does mostly/exclusively flat decorated journals, but you don't have to be limited to flat items.
step 3 - gathering inks and stamps to use
step 4 - starting to put it all together - flips through her pages and shows where she inked/stamped, added pockets, dictionary pages, etc.
step 5 - final step on putting it together - adding final embellishments and binding. again she keeps it fairly flat. she binds with 0 rings.  and shows how to fancy up the look of the orings

a picture guide
mini junk journal

binding tutorial
You can use any binding you want.  The easiest appears to be punching holes and using 0-rings. Here is a link for coptic stitch.  This is where you would have to make "signatures", basically you'd make long pages and fold them in half and then sew them together.

A really good step by step picture guide on sewing signatures and binding

More tips

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Is there anything/theme you would NOT want to have in your junk journal (colors, types of ephemera, themes, religion, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to see (shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, cutesy, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to make?

What allergens are in your house?
What allergies do you have?

Anything else you want your partner to know?  pinterest link, etc?


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24  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 09, 2016 01:52:56 PM
Here is my lovely ATC from ale0059.  Such pretty butterfly gems.  And I like the background color.

And the card is hilarious.  I saw one of these cards in another swap and had thought it was homemade but they actually print these!  too funny.

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25  birthday cake in Dessert by geekgirl1000100 on: June 09, 2016 07:59:08 AM
I used to be a pretty good cake decorator.  I did it professionally and/or as a hobby for over 15 years and then gave it up.  I decided to make a birthday cake for a friend a couple weeks ago, my first one in about 9 years! 

I used this red velvet recipe and it was a pretty good recipe:

And this cream cheese icing recipe which was REALLY good.  Good enough to eat by the spponful  Grin

I kept it simple with flowers and added some meeple sprinkles.

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26  Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 08, 2016 04:18:02 PM
I have received from ChameleonHound!  She went with several (maybe all?) of my themes.  And cleverly included kitties in most of them Smiley

the front

the back

the cards out of their pockets to avoid glare

look at the little kitty face peeking out!

I love this

this is really cool - is it acrylic paint over crayon and scratched off?


all the goodies

thanks so much!  I love all the different techniques you used.
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27  notecards from coloring pages in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by geekgirl1000100 on: June 04, 2016 06:54:30 PM
I got this idea on craftster recently and I can't for the life of me remember who it was that posted this.
I colored some coloring pages using gel pens and then cut them up and used them to make greeting cards.

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28  Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 29, 2016 06:51:36 AM
I'll add that I would also do a personal swap for a pocket letter.  
And if someone wants to do one without buying a whole package of 9 pocket pages, I would send you one first so you can try it out before jumping in and going crazy with supplies Smiley

ChameleonHound - I agree - very cool to receive.

Welcome back lylacfey - There are several of us definitely interested in this being a recurring swap.  I will probably post some questions soon and ask people for feedback on frequency, rules, etc.

I did not check mail yesterday and went to run errands this morning and checked it then.  And I'm glad I did.  I received my pocket letter from Edel.  I've been feeling under the weather and it was the perfect pick-me-up.  And while I was out and about I went ahead and picked up a 3-ring notebook to store it in.

Edel went with my cat theme.  I have been waffling on whether I like pocket letters better with just one theme or several themes and this may have put me over on the single theme pocket letter side.  
It's fantastic!  I love it.

Oh and a word of caution to everyone: be careful opening these.  If you are sitting in your car and rip into it, things might go flying out  Shocked

The front, including glare.
I just love the little hand-drawn cats and those curly whiskers - so. cute.
And I love how the cats are standing on the washi tape surfaces.

Since there was glare (and I am not sure how to avoid that other than removing everything from the pockets) I took some close ups of sections:

And the back: the all matching backs looks so nice.  Mine definitely had more of a hodgepodge look on the backside Smiley

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29  Re: Wall Art Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 24, 2016 05:43:16 AM
I received a beautiful abstract landscape painting by alteredmommy.

I love the colors.  It's a good match for my dining room.
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30  Re: Wall Art Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 19, 2016 03:50:56 AM
I also received a great piece from gozer.  She went with my cat theme.  Such a cute kitty and love all the detail going on in the background.

Thanks for the awesome art gozer!

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