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1  Re: Jar of Whimsies Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by photog_in_plaid on: October 28, 2008 10:45:17 AM
And here are photos of my package from jbd822...
such a pretty painted wooden box...and so much larger than I was expecting, I must say I got a little spoiled.


The inside with everything packed back in because I was far too excited when I got the package to wait and take photos.

and now the loot!
A post card by Man Ray, a tiny Moleskine notebook (where did you find that? I use Moleskines all the time and that one is adorable!), a tiny treasure trunk, temporary tatoos, a fantastic incense burner with lovely incense (I had to think about what the cones in the bag were, but I figured it out...what is the scent?)

Hankies! and more temporary tatoos and a big seashell

Beads, buttons, bangles, fun French wine postcards and aces and jokers

More beads, lots of beads that will be put to good use. Magnetic clip bookmarks that I am pretty sure I have seen somewhere and wanted them, so woo! Thanks jdb822!

The box with the red and white flowers is a tissue holder, there is a beautiful old compact and a cute little crocheted pouch.

and the really pretty scarf that got buried under everything in the other photos

Thanks so very much!!! I love it all and such a lovely package was worth the wait.
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2  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by photog_in_plaid on: May 06, 2008 03:00:54 PM
I got my last package from Pinksparklystars yesterday and here is my loot!

a very fun wooden purse with felt flowers and buttons (!)

a cute purse that I get to take part in the crafting of! I get to put the handles on since the craft store was always out of handles until the very last minute. And a change purse witha very cute button

Some lovely beads, polymer clay cameras, and a very fun book

Two inflatable beach can-holders and a very fun magazine page envelope.
Thanks so much pinksparklystars, this has been fun!
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3  Bookmaking - "Buttonhole Stitch" Binding tutorial in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by photog_in_plaid on: April 23, 2008 10:42:14 AM
This binding technique is in Keith Smith's book Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue...I'm giving credit where credit is due. This is a book that is completely glueless and you need paper for the pages, a cover (paper, cardboard, etc.), and string for the binding, I use waxed linen. Also a ruler, X-acto knife, bone folder, and large needle (pointy is better for poking the holes) are helpful tools.
This is the finished look of the binding...just so you know what you are getting into.


You start with signatures of your paper, any size you want but they must be folded in half, along with your cover paper cut to size, it should be the same height as your filler paper because of the way the string wraps around the top and bottom. The cover paper should be as long as your pages and the width of the spine, I have made this cover longer so that it folds in and makes the cover stonger, also I added a decorative piece to go around the middle.

You need to measure how thick your signatures will make the spine

and then mark it on the cover paper, I have also scored with a bone folder where I am going to make the folds around the pages.

Next you mark where to cut for the hole, it should be about 1/3 of the spine.

Use an X-acto knife to cut the hole making sure to leave the paper to make flaps (this will make it stronger)

Do the same with your decorative paper.

I have cut the holes larger for more interesting detail.

Fold your cover and place your signatures inside, make sure everything fits and mark where the hole is on the folded edges of the signatures.

Take the signatures out and mark the spots on a scrap piece of paper that is folded and the same height as your book paper, you will use this as a guide to punch needle holes in the folds of the signatures.

Once you have punched all the holes you are ready to start tying the signatures in

 you start with a length of waxed linen (I'm sure other string would work but I prefer waxed linen), tie a knot in the end that won't pull through the hole.

Put the needle through the hole from the inside of the signature and through the hole in the cover,

 on this first one you will then loop over and go back through the SAME hole

then to tie the knot send the needle through between the string and the book going toward the LEFT.

You have made a loop to the right of your string, send your needle through this loop coming from the RIGHT and going toward the LEFT again, pull tight but not so tight you tear the paper.

Bring your string through the inside of the next signature so that you are pulling the needle through the outside and repeat the knot until you reach the last one. On the last signature tie the knot and go back through the SAME hole to the inside, if you have enough string left you can then go through the other second hole and start binding on the other end or you can tie it off so the string doesn't back through the hole.

You repeat the process on the other end, except that the knot is backward, you put your needle between the binding string and the book going from LEFT to right

Then you send your needle through the loop from LEFT to right and pull tight.

Repeat until you run out of signatures and tie off the end.

If you have done a decorative strip and it is too short like mine

here is how I made sure it would stay in place without any glue

Trace around the corners after you have lined it up in the place you want it

Cut along the diagonals (if the cover is folded, unfold first so you don't cut through both layers...I have almost made this mistake being excited to be finished)
And tuck the corners in.



And there it is, finished! You can do lots of different covers, even hard backed covers, put in pockets, use different papers, anything you want.
If anything is confusing, let me know and I will try to clear it up!
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4  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by photog_in_plaid on: April 16, 2008 02:12:46 PM
I just got my package from carrieme!... and she totally spoiled me. So here are my photos of my lovely new journal!

she packaged everything in the lunchbox that she decorated

this is the journal with a very cute lime giant paperclip bookmark

a close up of the buttons and the little bird, oh so cute (I love, love the buttons)

And this was carrieme's first attempt at making a book, well done her!

a close up of the clip and she even put paper in the pen and made it all cute
Thank you so much carrieme! It was so great of you to angel for me.

These are the photos I took of the journal I sent to Crimp, I used the buttonhole stitch binding and can't seem to find a photo of the spine, anyway, the spine has a hole in the middle third that gives you a peek at the paper and the binding string is tied around the signatures and the spine on the outside...

front cover

I used an old map, drawing paper, and some handmade paper for the pages

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5  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by photog_in_plaid on: April 03, 2008 09:29:56 AM
I recieved from pinksparklystars yesterday, and here is what my postman brought me...
A lovely decoupage decorated shadow box (I'm pretty sure I'm going to put jewelry in it)

A decoupaged photo album

One decoupaged photo frame and one I can decorate myself!

An earring holder (that is already being put to use)

Waterballoons and a Magic Date Ball

And a herd of glow in the dark dinosaurs (I think I'm going to hide them in the dark places in my apartment to surprise my roommates)

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6  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by photog_in_plaid on: March 04, 2008 12:21:48 PM
I was washing dishes when I heard the post being put in the mailboxes in my building, then I heard the post man putting a package outside my door and I had to rinse off my soap covered hands and check out my package. Pinksparklystars sent me a very fun package from the big state of TX

her letter, postcards, and photos

stationery (they are puzzle cards! I saw them at my craft store and almost got them to send to you Pinksparklystars, how funny).

Show And Tell

And the Small Items (and I totally fell in love with the tiny pink chick, I think he is adorable.) And I am very excited to see the "grow your own turtle" all grown up.
Thanks so much Pinksparklystars this was a great package...I'm having so much fun!
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7  New purse with apples and pears! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by photog_in_plaid on: February 13, 2008 02:01:58 PM
I found the apple and pear fabric at JoAnne's and had to have it, I had no ideas what to do with it but my other purse I made had seen better days so I decided to use the fruits as appliques and in about four hours Sunday night I had a new purse. I made up the pattern based off a bag I got at old navy a few years ago. Its lined with pink to match the pears and it just makes me so happy. Also, when I washed the grey fabric it came out with lines where it was folded and squashed but I kind of like how it adds more to the purse.

side one


close up of applique


side two


close up of applique
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8  Two Hats & A Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by photog_in_plaid on: February 13, 2008 01:51:19 PM
This is my first attempt at cables and I am extremely happy with the result, when I saw the owl hat I just had to make one (it was intended for a friend but I just can't part with it.)
(knit with Jo Sharp Classic Wool in Maple)

While this one was knit especially for a friend's birthday and is currently en route to him
(knit with Reynolds Odyssey Dark Grey Mix)

And the yarn for this scarf was gifted to me four years ago in the form of an extremely long scarf (it was beautiful but it hung below my knees when it was looped around my neck, and I'm about 5'7) I love the yarn so I undid it and found I had three skeins so I used two and knit this. (I had no idea until recently what kind of yarn this is... its Rowan Chunky Print, I think...)And while its still long, its not too long.


thanks for looking.
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9  Earring - A - Palooza (pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by photog_in_plaid on: January 23, 2008 06:27:44 PM
I finally got around to photographing some of the earrings I made and have decided to share them here as well.





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10  A Moderately Crafty Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by photog_in_plaid on: January 11, 2008 05:52:12 AM
I helped my best friend with her wedding last June, we spent months planning and crafting because we had no idea what we were doing. But, some things came out very cute like her cake topper.

I made the bodies out of paper ribbon and used ribbon and fabric for the clothes while the bride painted their heads (the groom looks identical to his cake topper self).
We put flowers in little buckets and tied them with ribbon to hang on the pews.

We made collage programs and then had them photocopied so that they all looked like collages but we didn't have to make 200 actual collages.

We tried lots of crafty ideas and she was pretty pleased with the outcome.
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