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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? on: January 02, 2014 09:04:42 AM

Welcome to the new Ongoing Art Journaling and Altered Journal along!    This is ongoing until the thread gets too long and then we can start a new one so we don't need a new one each year.   Smiley

One of the things I'd like to start doing is visual art journaling.   I hope you will join in and share your pages as well!   Please DO feel free to just jump in and join us at any time.   Cheesy

All types of art journaling is welcome!   Start with a composition notebook, alter a book, make your own journal or use a premade sketch book with plain white pages.   Anything!   

Prior threads to browse for inspiration, ideas and techniques:
Ongoing Altered journal along (2008 - 2013) - there's a list of themes here that you can use to get started if you need ideas.   Smiley
2013 Art Journal along

Bookbinding techniques:
Coptic Stitch binding
How to bind your own hardback
Crafter's list of bookbinding tutorials

Some technique videos on youtube to get you started:
Altered books: gluing pages by Suzette Morrow
Altered Books-Thin Your Pages and Solid Blocks by Suzette Morrow
She has other videos on altered books that are really useful too!   Smiley
Some Principles of Art Explained
How to Make 100% recycled Art Journal from Cereal Boxes

Altered journals and books, art journals:   Ideas, Inspiration, getting started
Composition book art Journal
Art Journaling 101

Fabric / Mixed Media Art journals:
Spirit cloth
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 1
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 2

Prompts for your art journals:

Let go of Fear and Control with Art Journaling

Ephemera ideas:
For this link, this post plus the next few posts list a bunch of various ideas for places to find ephemera:

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie Houses Template Tutorial on: July 25, 2013 12:57:48 PM
I was just in the Mail Art swap, and one of the things I sent inside the envelope was a template to make inchie houses.   I saw the idea in one of the 44cent swap galleries and thought it was an adorable idea and so drafted out my own template.    As I was writing up this tutorial I went to find the image post to give credit to the original crafter for the idea.  When I found it, I discovered that there actually are links to her templates on a later page in the gallery!    Oops!  I should have read a little further on and then I could have just used her templates!  Roll Eyes      However, since I went about it my own way I wanted to share anyway.   Smiley   With my method you can adjust the height of the peak to any size that you would like.   Or scale up (or down) the house to other sizes entirely.   Smiley

The original crafter was Sarcastra and this is the photo I got the idea from:

And a link to her template links:
You can use these to make little inchie houses like Phizzychick made here:

The photo of my template:

And a blurry (sorry!) photo of one of the little houses I made:

I made a template out of cardstock so I don't have to draft a house each time.  I then trace my template onto nice paper to make the houses.  

This is an inchie house, so most of the dimensions are just 1 inch.   The floor is 1" by 1" as are the walls.   So start by drafting out the 4 walls and floor.

The black and white dashed lines are the fold lines.  

I just freehanded the glue tabs.  I added extra glue tabs to the roof because I think it makes it a little more stable.  

To draft the peaks, you measure half the distance across the dashed yellow/black line at the bottom of the roof peak (for this house, that would be 1/2 inch) and then draw a perpendicular line straight up from this halfway point.  This is the blue line.

Now draw the diagonals for the roof peak (this is the purple line).   My purple lines measure 3/4".   Make sure both roof peaks have identical measurements.  

Take this measurement of the purple lines and make the green lines of the roof flap the exact same length as the purple line.

To assemble:

I find it is easiest to do the walls and floor first.  Then I put glue on the little glue tabs on the peak and glue roof tab A.   Then I glue roof B to the tab on roof A.  

Although maybe it might be easier to do the walls, then the roof and then the floor so you can get your fingers inside the house while assembling the roof.  I haven't tried it this way, but if you do let me know if its easier or not.   Smiley


3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Journal on cords on: March 07, 2011 09:21:42 AM
I made this journal for the Be awesome again swapSmiley

My partner likes vintage typewriters, blue and purple and maps of Kentucky so I incorporated as many of those things as possible into this journal.  Smiley

The journal is approx 6" x 9" and was hand sewn onto cords and they were difficult to photograph, but here is my best attempt:

You can definitely feel them along the spine.  That was my first attempt on sewing on cords and I must say I loved the process and the end results!  I found it very soothing once I did a signature or two and got the process of it down.  Smiley

I can't recall how many signatures there are for this journal, but I think there are 16 or 17.  The paper is a nice heavier weight drawing paper.

The closure is a vintage looking typewriter key that has a hook closure.  I tied back the leather thong ends with hemp cording to match the look on the hook closure.  And it has a touch of the teal blue in the miracle beads.

The endpapers were hand painted by me in some of her favorite colors:

And I hand sewed the endbands to match:

And then I hid some historical maps of Kentucky throughout the book.  Smiley


You can see the matching bookmarker ribbon here.  Smiley

The maps are historical and are pretty neat.  Smiley  The first one is from 1877 and it is a "County and railroad map of Kentucky".  The second is from 1839 and it is a map of the post offices, post roads, canals, railroads etc for Kentucky and Tennessee.  The legend mentions that these are the horse mail post coach, stage coach etc roads.  Cheesy   And the last is a historical birds eye view of a town in Kentucky.  Smiley

Overall I really loved how this project came out.  Smiley 
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / August 2007 wishlist gallery!!! on: August 10, 2007 12:27:37 PM
August 2007 wishlist swap:

I received from Goldfishgirl today!!  And I started a gallery since there wasn't one yet (hope it was ok!).  Smiley

I got a Gryffindor scarf and a bonus bag full of wool!  I love both of them very much!  Thank you!  Smiley  I was so surprised to see the wool in there, so thank you for the extra bonus surprise too!  Cheesy   Now, it just needs to get cold soon....  Wink 

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I got a wheel! hooray! on: July 04, 2007 04:44:34 PM
Hi, everyone!  I just got a ST Lendrum wheel.  I've never used a wheel before, but I have learned to spin on a drop spindle.  I just read a lot of reviews and that one sounded great and was within my budget.  I love it!  I love the soothing sound it makes when I treadle too.  Wink 

Now, to just figure it all out.  Wink  I discovered quite by accident that the flyer hook (?) is movable so I can fill the whole bobbin.  I started filling just the middle of my bobbin to start with and for the life of me couldn't see how to fill the rest, and then the light bulb came on.  Cheesy  I wish the wheel had come with a beginner's user manual, but I've learned a lot already by trial and error, youtube spinning videos and the posts here.  I've still yet to make a good yarn, but I'm getting closer every time I sit down and try.  I hope to be able to participate soon in the Fiber Friday posts.  Smiley 

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in, say Hi and sort of introduce myself to the group and I hope to be posting here now.  Smiley
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First attempt at spinning! (drop spindle) on: May 07, 2007 01:28:07 PM
It took me a few tries to get the hang of the drop spindle, but I'm feeling better at it now.  Smiley  It isn't perfect yarn by any means, but I'm still quite proud of it!  I think next go I will pre-draft my fiber because I was having problems with the twist getting into my fiber and creating really thick bits (slubs?) in the yarn.  The fiber is wool, mohair and angelina and is from Raynbow in the 'shop the swap' swap.  Cheesy

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Tracking number in Canada? on: November 07, 2006 02:43:22 PM

I don't know if this is the right board, but I need to know if Canada has a tracking system within their country like the US does for DCN numbers and if it is an affordable option.  (For shipping within Canada to another Canadian, not shipping outside of Canada).  Thanks so much!  Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Coffee, coffee, coffee Swap! GALLERY of coffee goodness! on: October 03, 2006 08:34:15 AM
Original Thread:

Post your goodies when you get them!!  Cheesy
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Coffee, coffee, coffee Swap! Sign-ups: CLOSED Send outs: Nov 4th on: September 12, 2006 05:59:24 PM
Swap name:  Coffee, coffee, coffee swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:Cornflakegirly (now known as Avesthel)
Sign-up date range:Now to October 6th.
Date to send item by:  November 4th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):
YES: 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
However, you must be willing to send to another country.  I will do my best though to pair up folks in the same country if possible.

All ages allowed? Yes

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: n/a - limited to 25

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

Details of swap:
Coffee related items and/or coffee itself!  Coffee themed:  jewelry,  mugs, fabric, samples, purses, pouches, quilt blocks, boxes etc.  Anything related or themed around coffee.

I'll try to pair up folks based on what they want, but I may have to pair some up randomly if I cannot find suitable matches.

Your items should either be one medium thing, or two small things.  You can work out with your partner what works best.  Smiley

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

Name of swap:  Coffee, coffee, coffee swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Do you prefer decaf/caffeinated:
What sort of craft can you make:
What sort of craft would you like to receive:
Do you have a swap stalking page with your likes/dislikes?
If so, what is the link?
Any allergies?
Anything else your partner should know? 

This MAY be prohibited.  This swap can include actual coffee as part of the swap, but it is not necessary.  If you get partnered with someone outside of your country, then please DO check the laws about shipping coffee (food/plant) to another country.  If you are not allowed, then simply stick with the coffee theme and craft something that reflects a love for coffee.  Smiley

Shipping to Canada:

Shipping to US:
(From US Customs website)
If you are a private individual who wishes to send beverage and food items to the U.S., you should be aware that some items are highly restricted, particularly food items with meat products, including soup mixes, bullion, sausages, tinned meats, etc., and fresh produce. As a general rule, candies, condiments, spices, coffee and teas that are commercially packaged are ok, however bulk teas or spices, etc. are subject to inspection and if they are found to have insects, they may be seized and destroyed.

Shipping to Sweden:

Shipping to Australia:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Shipping within your own country:  Delivery confirmation numbers (for the US) are required per swap guidelines.  If your country has something similar then please use that if your partner lives in the same country.  Please remember to PM me the tracking number once you've shipped. 

Shipping outside of your country:
It may be impossible, or too expensive, to get a tracking number.  If so, then take a picture/scan of your shipping receipt (and package too if possible might be helpful!) and send that to me as your proof of shipping.

Thank you!


1.   Cornflakegirly
2.   ooak_diva
3.   carolb
4.   vagina star
5.   padray
6.   alwaysinmyroom
7.   boywonder
8.   Malina
9.   javastain
10. RockWaterFalls
11. Knitty club  **first swap**  Smiley
12. zombiebex  **first swap**  Smiley
13. flower
14. charles
15. Kitten Wrangler
16. gothmom
17. jesssf
18. gerbilocity  **first swap**  Smiley
19. devilninny
20. halblingefrau
21. stefferoni
22. twois  **first swap**  Smiley
23. Selise  **first swap**  Smiley 
24. Amy_UK
25. KPuppy


Remember:  Do NOT ship until October 4th at the earliest. 

Green means your package was sent to your partner
Blue means Your package was received by your partner
Red means Late/Needs to Communicate
Purple means Late but Communicated
Green and blue means shipped late but communicated

RockWaterFalls <---> halblingefrau
Selise <--->  Amy_UK
Charles <----> BoyWonder
cornflakegirly <---> ooak_diva
carolb <--->  Malina
Vagina Star <---> javastain
alwaysinmyroom <---> Knitty club
zombiebex <---> Kitten Wrangler
Flower <---> twois - flaked   Angry  <--- swap angel:  naelany Smiley
gerbilocity <---> devilninny
jesssf <---> stefferoni
KPuppy --->> padray --->> gothmom --->> KPuppy

Gallery of coffee goodness!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Coffee Swap!?? :) on: September 12, 2006 03:06:11 PM
Anyone interested in a coffee swap?  I love coffee!!!  Coffee themed things or coffee itself?  Coffee fabric, coffee samples, coffee themed purses/pouches, coffee mugs etc. 

I would be happy to organize this if anyone is interested. 
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