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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery on: August 17, 2016 07:35:30 PM
Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner! I got one of Abbeeroad's special editions! Whoo hoo!
22  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 17, 2016 07:22:45 PM
I don't want to be a buzzkill but look here:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/postal-worker-caught-on-camera-putting-mail-in-dumpster/300686277
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Junk Journals on: August 16, 2016 02:41:41 PM
I am posting what I sent to DearBluebird -she received last week.

I am a part of Wanderlust - an on-line art class that lasts all year long. This method of re-purposing books was one of the lessons but I had seen tutorials on YouTube with some of the ideas.



This is a cloth hard covered book - I left it white so DearBluebird could paint or collage it herself. It was a Chinese novel and I did add some of the pages inside.

This is my first book made with the Cropadile Big Bite - I love it - easy to use and I love to punch holes in things. But more than that - I love adding grommets. This is much easier than the thing I bought from the hardware store last year.



I used seam binding to tie it - it was a bit bulky so next time I will use hemp or linen thread.

This is the inside - I covered the spine with a piece of muslin (see my post in the Junk Journal-along) and then covered that with fabric.



And for the inside pages I used book text, file folders, maps, Gelli prints, catalogs, vintage magazine pages, calendars, coloring book pages, envelopes and library pockets.















I stuffed it - there were a few tags and library/book borrower cards and other scrapbook-y things for DearBluebird to use.
I hope she enjoys it and gets some use out of it. It's fat but she can always remove pages or a whole signature.

24  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Summer Ninni 2016 - Send out 8/15 on: August 16, 2016 09:16:21 AM
So I have heard from everyone, including my partner LadyMearle, who will be sending late.

I am sorry for the heat for all of you guys - it's cool and foggy here in San Francisco, and my hair is just a flat mess.
I am going to San Diego for a few days to see my mom so I will see the sun there as well!

Looking forward to seeing the Ninni-palooza this week.
25  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Summer Ninni 2016 - Send out 8/15 on: August 15, 2016 05:26:58 PM
I hand-painted the fabric for the ninni in this round, and I know someone else in this swap did also (wink, wink).
Maybe in the next round, that could be a requirement?

It's easy and I just use muslin and craft paint. Let me know what you think....


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It's a possibilty.  What exactly would we have to paint?

Without giving too much away about my ninni and the other swapper's ninni, she and I each painted our fabric to customize the theme of the ninni. As I say above, I painted it a certain shade to make the base for the theme I was crafting. I could have used commercial or novelty fabric, but it was fun to make it myself, in the colors and style I wanted. The other swapper did likewise. Wait until you see what ours look like and then we can discuss. Just an idea to make this swap more evolved or more interesting...


26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Junk Journals on: August 15, 2016 12:32:32 PM
Love it, Sharalee. Very junky and fabulous. Loving all of the journals (but the one with the birds, ooh la la!)
27  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 15, 2016 09:22:20 AM
I have the bits to make more cards - I even made one last night to add to my Ninni package!
28  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Summer Ninni 2016 - Send out 8/15 on: August 14, 2016 10:37:12 PM
I hand-painted the fabric for the ninni in this round, and I know someone else in this swap did also (wink, wink).
Maybe in the next round, that could be a requirement?

It's easy and I just use muslin and craft paint. Let me know what you think....
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Junk Journal-along 2016 on: August 14, 2016 10:21:59 PM
I put this together this weekend in between finishing up a ninni for the Ninni swap and completing my 27 Craftster Trading cards.

I found this book for $2.00 at the thrift store yesterday. It's about 9" x 11".



I had hoped to use the existing pages and spent about 20 minutes ripping out every other page.



But the pages were almost as flimsy as newsprint so I decided to remove the entire text block. I then glued (with Fabri-Tac) a piece of muslin and then a second piece of batik fabric to reinforce the spine.



I have made about 4 books like this so far and I have covered the entire inside cover with fabric in the other books. But I liked the look of the end papers in this case, so I left it as is.

To make working on pages easier, I am using giant rubber bands, actually file bands, to keep pages in the book.



This way, I can add and subtract pages and take out a page that I am working on.

Here are some things I've added: atlas pages (love the paper - it's a smooth texture and takes paint well. Look for atlases at the thrift store!!), shopping bags, and some of the pages from the original book - some were card stock.







I am looking forward to using this as a combination art journal and glue/smash book. I will make pages as I am inspired and I hope to use up stash stuff only.


30  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 14, 2016 02:40:31 PM
One thing I've learned from this project is that I NEED a Misti or a DIY version. No matter how precisely I tried to stamp on the envelopes it just wasn't coming out as nicely as I wanted it to. I know Onyxnox will understand just how frustrated that's made me. Any suggestions or recommendations appreciated.

I also want a Misti now. Clever idea but so expensive Shocked If you figure out a DYI I'd love to see it. My stamping came out pretty wonky but I decided it was part of the 'hand-made' charm. Least that is what I tell the gal in my head Wink

Maybe a CD case or something similar?
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