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3271  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Historical Figures Swap (Sign ups CLOSED; sendouts 09/25) on: September 25, 2007 04:56:39 PM
can anyone step up as organizer?

I'm willing to do it; I have a good amount of time available and I read through the threads for how to be a good Organizer.
3272  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Paper/ephemera swap7 gallery on: September 24, 2007 05:32:58 PM
I just got my bonus swap package from KarenLouiseM; very exciting! And good stuff! ("Stuff" is both a noun and a verb, in this case - the envelope was crammed full! Cheesy)

Here's a sampling:
Beads, buttons, metallic confetti shapes, earrings, and so on.
Some great Halloween doodads, including a tiny Frankenstein monster-head tree ornament! He can just stay out on display from October thru December!
Lots and lots of cards and pieces from board games, card games, trivia games etc. Yes, that IS a card Backstreet Boys Around the World game, which I didn't know about before since I was never a fan but it's quite funny. And the Ungame, which I always liked.
And then there's the background paper, wrapping paper, and wallpaper assortment...Very very cool. I was so happy to get Mac-n-cheese paper, you have no idea  Smiley. And that one in the front is actually folded up, it's of various old scenes from around the U.S. It's a close 2nd in my book behind the macaroni and cheese paper.  Grin

Also included:
- flash cards for math and chemistry
- wood blocks
- pages from old books and comics
- multiple postcards of art and places
- a cd of copyright-free images

I tell ya, if paper/ephemera were money, I would be rich in more than spirit...but I'm very happy with what I have, in the meanwhile.  Smiley  Thank you KarenLouise!
3273  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Paper/Ephemera Swap 7 (sign up 8/31-9/14, send outs 9/28 (CLOSED EARLY-9/12) on: September 24, 2007 10:30:09 AM
I just got a big new pile of images from strange old books, AND discovered a well-hidden vintage paper/ephemera section in my favorite junk store, AND claimed 3 bags of vintage ephemera in the Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap, AND will be getting the packages from this swap, so it looks like I'm already ready for the next round! [shaking head at myself with a smile]
Except I like to keep images with me for a while, letting them sink into my subconscious and awaiting new crafting ideas, so I can be patient and wait a while, I think.   Wink
3274  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - September on: September 23, 2007 10:32:40 AM
I claim Scatter Kincaid for 3 packs of paper/ephemera. This is my first claim of the month.

**Pick two of the following for one claim**
1. 3-d paper Muppet Show centerpiece, circa 1980. 
2. Book entitled "Water" for altered book project. It's an old USDA Agricultural Yearbook publication, available online in full-text, but the best part is this great bookcover of a disembodied cow head arising from the water! I've already pulled out several pages to facilitate less-bulky altering; my original idea was to make the book about this cow named Water who was out for revenge...but the idea never went anywhere.  Undecided

3. 3 beaded safety pin bracelets. The ones shown, plus a rainbow (R-O-Y-G-B-P) one.

4. Vintage paperback shell (front and back cover attached with pages removed), half a dozen pages from the book included. Would make a good recon journal or a book-box for a pilot.

5.  4 handmade journals made from recycled materials. I will try to send ones that match your taste. This one is just a sample front and back:

6.  An approx. 6x6" needlepoint on Aida cloth that says in dainty letters, "F*** your gender". (The actual piece has it spelled out, and I'm not posting a photo for obvious reasons.)

7. Unopened pack of Cotton Linter for papermaking. A full lb. of the stuff, from Paper Anew.

8. Bob Marley book, by Margaret E Ward (ISBN #0681418664). 80 pages. Good condition, has TONS of color and b&w images, it could be kept for its original booky purpose or torn into for reuse of the images.

9.  6 vintage small "Open House" cards with envelopes

10. Somerset Studio magazine, March/April 2001 - "Art of the Greco-Roman Era" theme

11.  Somerset Studio magazine, January/February 2001 - "Asian Arts" theme

12.  16 wooden Parcheesi game pieces, with 8 small dice

13. Small crossstitch of Link from Legend of Zelda



**Pick one of the following for one claim**

14. Rolls of stickers with days of the week, in a few languages. No one seems to know what their original purpose was, but they're cool just the same, and they're in a floppy plastic enclosure that keeps them together.

15.  Approx 1 sq yard of Strawberry Shortcake fabric from an old but clean bedsheet.

16. Leather bag (SE Asian? Thai?) in need of repair. Sorry about the poor quality pix, I only have a scanner. The body is intact, but the handles ripped out of the top when I was carrying too much weight in the bag. Handles are included.

17. 50+ sheets of pale pink mulberry/kozo paper, approx. 8.5 x 11"

18.   Several colors of translucent paint for glass in the little plastic vials that are packaged with beginners kits.

19. Manila envelope stuffed with variety of sheer fabric samples, most white or off-white but several colors as well.

20. "Papermaking Techniques" book, by John Plowman. ISBN #1581802099. "Over 50 techniques for making and embellishing handmade paper"
3275  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone made a page a day calendar? on: September 22, 2007 07:13:00 PM
I used salvaged executive-size paper (10x7.25", I believe), slightly thicker/nicer than regular printer/copier quality, with two pages per sheet, and then cut the sheets in half after printing (so the calendar itself is closer to 5x7.25").
I tried doing a quarter-sheet, letter-sized calendar originally, since that's closer to the standard p.a.d.c. size, but the insolent computer wouldn't agree to it. The thinner the paper you use, the more compact and lightweight the final project will be...The swap package weighed over 4 lbs, and there wasn't anything else heavy in it!
3276  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone made a page a day calendar? on: September 22, 2007 06:55:49 PM
I just finished one, for an organized swap. (it takes a swap sometimes to get motivated to finish!) It was a very lengthy process, but I'm very happy with the finished product.

I used Microsoft Publisher, and created the project from scratch, since I couldn't find a template. If anyone's interested in a tutorial then PM me...It's much too long and tedious to post here. I could also email a copy of it, but the file is several megabytes.

I clamped together one month's worth of pages at a time, and put a coat of PVA glue on the edge of each. Then when they were dry, I stacked the months in the correct order and put on another coat of glue to connect the 12 blocks together. Then as an afterthought, I added a few blank pages to the end (after the Dec. 31st page), and glued those on...And then a couple more globby coats of glue on the entire project. I glued the back page to a sturdy piece of bookboard, so it just sits flat.
3277  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Historical Figures Swap (Sign ups CLOSED; sendouts 09/25) on: September 22, 2007 10:40:02 AM
Woohoo! Braved the post office on a Saturday morning and sent!
3278  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Historical Figures swap Gallery on: September 20, 2007 10:43:33 PM
Wow, a snood! I've completely glazed over everything else you said or did for this swap right now because I'm so enthralled about the snood! It's lovely, too. (And I WILL adequately appreciate the rest of your items when I get over the snood excitement) Smiley
3279  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Paper/Ephemera Swap 7 (sign up 8/31-9/14, send outs 9/28 (CLOSED EARLY-9/12) on: September 20, 2007 10:32:23 PM
the big canada/ usa rivalry for slowest north american post I guess...

I have a friend who went to canada on his motorcycle once and when they asked him why he was going to canada he said, "we are here for the bacon"  that did not go over too well....they kept him waiting for quite a while!  Cheesy

lol...I once saw a thing on TV (Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segment, for you U.S.-ers) where a girl (in the U.S.) was asked what the difference is between canadian bacon and regular "american" bacon. Her response, after some thought, was, "OUR bacon comes from PIGS!"
3280  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Paper/Ephemera Swap 7 (sign up 8/31-9/14, send outs 9/28 (CLOSED EARLY-9/12) on: September 18, 2007 02:40:49 PM
I wish we could all meet in real life and swap paper and ephemera. but then again I get nervous when crafting in front of people...

I've heard of groups that get together with their stashes and with piles of magazines, and in the process of tearing everything apart and chatting you find out what people need for their project, so everyone is able to do their own thing but also have other people looking out for them in their own piles, and when someone finds something spectacular/perfect they show people and offer to whomever needs it. Had an experience kinda like this once, with a group of ~30 people! Except I was the only crafty person in the bunch, and everyone else was just focused on getting the project done, not building their collection.
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