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71  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Paper pirate chest on: April 22, 2007 10:27:32 AM
I made this pirate chest for my nephew out of heavy paper, cardboard, and Mod Podge, and then filled it with shiny crap I had lying around, and some cardboard circles painted gold. I don't know how well it wil hold up when he plays with it, probably not very well, but it was fun to make! Of course, I could have just gone out and bought a plain box shaped like a treasure chest and painted it, but I didn't feel like getting dressed to go out last night.

72  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged fairy table on: March 10, 2007 03:17:19 PM
Hey, I used a piece of fairy scrapbook paper and gold tissue paper to decoupage a plain wood accent table.

73  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / More DragonCon pages (mild adult content) on: January 06, 2007 04:30:36 PM
I've done six new pages today. Here's my favorite:

If you want to see the whole book, it's here:

Page 12 has mild profanity.
74  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Latest layouts and I painted my book cover! (3 images) on: January 01, 2007 07:51:07 PM
I painted a skull on the cover of my DragonCon scrapbook:

and here's my latest couple of layouts. The last one is my sister winning the costume contest.

If you want to see the rest of the pages they're on my website.  Comments welcome!
75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / "Digitally Assisted" Scrapbooking Tips on: January 01, 2007 10:02:25 AM
I suppose the method of scrapbooking I use would be called "digitally assisted." I crop and resize photos in a computer program (Photoshop, but others will work too) and print them, then cut them out and glue them to my page.  If you're new to this and you also print your pictures at home, then these tips might help.

Something that I feel has made the process a whole lot easier, is that I also plan my layouts on my computer.  You can create a document the same size as your scrapbook page, paste in your pictures, and then it's easy to rearrange the layout until you get what you like.  If there are certain stickers or other embellishments I know I'll want to use, I will measure them and then draw a roughly matching shape the same size with the paintbrush tool in the computer program, so I can see where I want to put the embellishments too. 

This has saved me a lot of photo paper, because otherwise I'd probably be printing out my pictures and then realizing they were too big or too small and then having to start over, because I'm horrible at guessing. 
76  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Painting a "leatherette" scrapbook? on: December 31, 2006 04:16:42 PM
So, the book I'm using for my DragonCon scrapbook (scans of the pages are here: http://www.mindspring.com/~designbyluna/scrapbooks/dragoncon/) is a plain, black, book covered with something called "leatherette."  Looks like leather, but isn't, I guess. I was thinking, to go with the pirate theme, I'd paint a stencilled skull and crossed swords on the cover.

My plan is:

1. Make stencil.  Done.  I printed one off my computer on card stock and cut it out with an X-acto.
2. Use spray adhesive to temporarily adhere it to the cover of the book.
3. Use a sponge brush and white acrylic to paint it.
4. Spray acrylic sealer on to preserve it.

Does this sound like it will work?  I have no idea what leatherette is so I don't know if acrylic paint will stick to it.
77  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Simple paper clown on: December 30, 2006 08:57:36 AM
Made from paper scraps and tissue paper.

78  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My nephew as a clown on: December 29, 2006 03:43:57 PM
This one is digital, the photo is one I took of my nephew.  I know it's really basic, but I'm in a basic sort of mood right now.

79  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / A fairy (my first atc) on: December 28, 2006 06:22:24 PM
Hi, I've never made an ATC before but it looked like so much fun, so I made one. I have a friend who moved away and I'm going to try to get her to start making them too so we can trade.
80  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / What I did to my towel bar on: December 27, 2006 05:32:08 PM
I guess this is the right place for this.  The people who did the wallpapering in my apartment did a crap job, so I had to do some decorating of my towel bar to hide their mistakes. I think it turned out really pretty.

I added braided trim to hide where the paper was all jagged, and some tassels that were actually Christmas ornaments!

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