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« Reply #100 on: December 17, 2008 10:43:40 PM »

Yes Karin my dear, those are iron-ons.  They work best on cotton, with a high heat setting on your iron.  Put the iron flat down on them and move it in circular motions so you don't get any negative spots from where your iron's steam vents are.  Iron for about 20 seconds.  Pull the backing off immediately for shiny transfers, or let it cool then pull it off for a more matte finish!  I'm SO SO SO GLAD that you like everything.  I was way nervous about making the journal, as I've never tried book binding before.  Hehehe...  Ok, think I'm going go go make a tute for the snitch ornament now!


Cool! I can't believe this was your first attempt at book binding, it looks so professional! I also love this style of binding, I've never tried it before. Do you have a link to a tutorial or anything that you used? I might have to make some as gifts! By the way I guessed (hoped!) you were going to make a book when you talked in the swap thread about trying a new craft... I'm so glad you did! Smiley
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« Reply #101 on: December 18, 2008 09:23:47 AM »


Cool! I can't believe this was your first attempt at book binding, it looks so professional! I also love this style of binding, I've never tried it before. Do you have a link to a tutorial or anything that you used? I might have to make some as gifts! By the way I guessed (hoped!) you were going to make a book when you talked in the swap thread about trying a new craft... I'm so glad you did! Smiley

Well, I sort of looked at a lot of things, then made up my own method as I went along. 
I created the page block from the Daydreaming on Paper tutorial that is located here:  http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html

I saw the soft covered journals on your wist from Kreativlink's Etsy, and studied her pictures to try to see how the page blocks were stitched to the cover.  http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5027177&order=&section_id=&page=1

My husband has a theoretical knowledge of binding, but he was very confused by my wanting to do some sort of soft cover.  The web pages kept making it sound like it was hard, but really it looked so easy, since stitching is second nature to me, whereas paper crafts are not my usual thing.  I knew I wanted the cover soft, but protective, so I went with leather.  I wanted some sort of contrast on the inside, so I found the black and white chandelier fabric, and over dyed it in yellow to get a more Hufflepuff vibe. 

Next I cut the leather to 1/4" bigger than the height of my page block, and the full length that I had of it so that it would wrap around as far as possible.  Next I centered the pattern on the calico and folded under the edges and ironed so I had a piece EXACTLY the same size as the leather.  I stitched through both with a leather needle on my machine, catching the ribbons between the layers in the stitching, and leaving a very small opening for the elastic cord closure.  The elastic was kind of a happy accident really, that I'll explain below...  I added the button, and secured the elastic closure. 

Finally I stitched the page block to the cover by hand, with a couple of binder clips, a leather needle, and a lot of patience.  There was no way to mark where the stitches had to go though, so I made it up as I went along.  I went back through the pages instead of just catching the threads at the back of the block, skipping every other signature at the top and bottom stitches, then went back and hit all those signatures with a stitch that went through the middle.  That's why the long stitches alternate.  I thought about doing something to the cover.  Some sort of painting or decoration, but the book ended up so small, and the button became a dramatic focal point, not to mention the elastic cord that would have wrapped right through the center of the image, so I left it as it was feeling like it looked more timeless in it's simplicity.  I think that's what I love about the production design of the films... the timeless quality of the surroundings, which you find as you read the series.

**enter backstory**  I had been thinking about your survey answers, about wanting to FEEL like you had really gone to Hogwarts, and I knew I'd make the letter, but then I thought of the diploma....   It was supposed to be a silly little extra, but I ended up spending many many more hours on it than I expected.  By the time I finished it, after many botched attempts to get the depth, text, and color right, it looked so nice that I knew I couldn't just toss it in a box and hope it arrived okay.  So I decided to make a cover like both of my college degrees have.  I ended up making it cover out of a faux leather folder that I got at Office Depot.  I cut the plastic pockets out of it, and took the elastic that was supposed to hold the pages in, off of it.  It just happened to be exactly the right size to wrap around the book and catch the button!  Sadly, I took process pictures of the diploma cover thinking I might make up a diploma tute, but I didn't take process shots of the final journal stitching, just of the page block!  Silly Jennie. 
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« Reply #102 on: December 18, 2008 09:50:33 AM »

P.S.  Because I'm pretty proud of how they came out, here are two more pics of Karin's goodies.  One of the recipes from Molly Weasley, and the reverse side of the Christmas stocking. 



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« Reply #103 on: December 19, 2008 12:17:42 PM »

Ok, think I'm going go go make a tute for the snitch ornament now!

Oooh yay, I want to make some! And I'm wondering where the package that I sent to rira is, cause it said it should be there in two days, and I sent it back on Thursday. Off to find that DC# and check it out, gotta make sure the Slytherins didn't steal it - rira's in Gryffindor, so they might have done that to be mean.  Wink

*edit* Well, it says that it was delivered on the 15th. *pokes rira* Didja get it?  Tongue
im so sorry love. I got it on the 16th, but had my final final of my collegiate career to study for, so I owuldnt let myself open it, and then I had graduation ceremonies all day and night so I"MA OPENING IT UP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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« Reply #104 on: December 19, 2008 12:21:09 PM »

I received my awesome package from starfaerie! Take a look -



The scarf is amazing and long! I've always wanted a really long scarf. I will have to watch my husband around this as he is already coveting it -



Here is the closeup on the absolutely gorgeous applique on the hoodie -



I love this hand-painted charm that I will probably put on a necklace to wear since it's too beautiful not to show off -



And some gorgeous Christmas ornaments that are already on my tree -



I even used the packaging for the ornaments on the tree. She was so smart and used remnants of the scarf to keep the ornaments safe. I tied them together and used as garland. It definitely looks like a Gryffindor tree now. Wink

Thanks again Starfaerie. I love everything!
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« Reply #105 on: December 21, 2008 10:18:19 AM »

Shocked These packages are AMAZING!!!!
I LOVE them all!


OK...I have updated statuses and feedback.  PM me if there are any problems. 

I can't wait to see these final few packages. Grin
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« Reply #106 on: December 21, 2008 09:04:25 PM »

Just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas before I go home to my parents over the holidays! This has been a great swap, thanks everyone! And a big thanks to Jennie for being such an awesome partner!  Kiss
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« Reply #107 on: December 21, 2008 11:26:34 PM »

Merry Christmas to you, and everyone else here too!  Have a wonderful holiday with your family, and enjoy your break from school!
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« Reply #108 on: December 22, 2008 04:58:34 AM »

Merry Christmas everyone! I've been wearing my Gryffindor scarf every single day when I go outside. It's cold here! Thanks for the great swap!
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« Reply #109 on: December 22, 2008 10:02:52 AM »

Oy! Finally right?

Here's my beyond wonderful package, except for the hoodie, which I need to take off to get a picture off.

here's the whole package, completely inspired by my wists! I love the gryffindor earrings and the DA Stamp! Missing is the DA hoodie, which I have worn regularly since I got it!


And here's the WONDERFUL AMAZING WALL HANGER!


It's a beyond awesome package! Thanks soooo much!
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