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« on: June 10, 2013 09:00:07 PM »

Howdy everyone!  It's been several months since I could do any crafting, and so as not to tempt myself to be crafting, I have been on crafting vaycay....well until a few weeks ago at least.  While recouping, I watched many hours of Youtube, and one of the things that caught my eye was all the walk throughs about store bought SMASH books.  For those that don't know, SMASH books are a brand of books made by K&Company.  Smash booking is a kind of scrap booking but it is a very loose and free form type.  They suggest you think of it as a paper junk drawer.  And I do love me a good junk drawer Grin.  The pages of the store bought SMASH books have all kinds of pictures and word prompt things to help a person jump in and get smashing.  I tend to hord save all kinds of things, including paper, so I figured I would be able to come up with unique pages of my own.   I used some leftover blue card stock for the main body of the signatures (groupings of fold paper to make the pages of a book), joining them with strips of duct tape.  I stitched it together with the coptic stitch (also learned on youtube).  So let's take a look....


I called it the Big Book Of Me because..well...it is LOL.  I had so much fun working on the card and duct tape page sets, I made a whole bunch...more then double how many pages are in a normal SMASH book.  I decided to make it into one big book just because really Grin.  The front cover is made from the packaging for the giant googly eyes from Archie McPhee's...BTW...the giant eyes are not water proof, even though they show them on a scooter...but the packaging is still cool Grin  I took that pic when I realized the sun was going down and I wanted to get photos, THEN realized I had not finished the corners as I had planed, so here is what I did there...

Glow in the dark paint and real googleys...what else Grin ?

 
This was the first time I have done the coptic stitch, so please ignore the wonkyness.  I will go back and reenforce that one side where I was a bit unclear on the objective later....But it was fun to do and I feel I learned a bunch.



I made this little box to carry some scrapping tools with the book.  I have a small pen type paper cutter, glue tube, and several permanent pens in it at the mo.  That is elastic stitched across the opening, so I can get the stuff out.


The back is made from some strong cardboard, green paint, sparkle green paint, and 2 kinds of glow in the dark paint.


A close up of the duct tape spines.

And here are a few of my favo pages...



All kinds of interesting papers to play with in the future!  The little 1/2 pages are spacers to either help the book to not get too over stuffed, or so I can glue more paper into the book at a later date.  I will also be clipping interesting paper clips and tiny bulldog clips onto them for storage....when I can find the clips that is.  I also want to add more little pockets, but that will be easy to add in as I go too.

I'm super happy with how it came out.  It will be nice to have a place to put all the odd bits of paper and life things that can accumulate.  And I'm super happy about this challenge since it motivated me to get it finished instead of just becoming another 1/2 done project in a box.  Thanks craftster!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013 02:59:14 AM »

It looks so fun and colourful.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013 03:35:40 PM »

I love it! Did I see the Tick! Spoon!
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013 04:18:06 PM »

Spoon is right!  It's a box from some TICK bandages that I had once upon a time.  I couldn't bare to throw it out Grin.
...and THANKS!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013 08:17:18 AM »

I love it!  Smiley I love all kinds of junk journals, art journals and scrapbooking.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013 05:51:41 PM »

This is awesome. I'm also stealing the idea of duct tape spines. I have a journal formulating in my mind and have great papers for signature covers but they need a bit of reinforcing because they're upcycled from an old book. For some reason the idea of putting tape along the spine hadn't occurred to me, but it's perfect!
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013 07:17:24 PM »

This is awesome. I'm also stealing the idea of duct tape spines. I have a journal formulating in my mind and have great papers for signature covers but they need a bit of reinforcing because they're upcycled from an old book. For some reason the idea of putting tape along the spine hadn't occurred to me, but it's perfect!
That is what I thought when I saw the tut LOL.  I think it was sealemon (hhhmm that doesn't look quite right.  I'll update as soon as I find it again) over on youtube.  She has tons of tuts on book making.  I had been mulling the idea of the book for a few weeks.  When I saw her tut, I actually cheered (I have no life Grin) I was so delighted.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013 11:02:07 PM »

This is so you, my dear! I love that you used packaging for fun things in it and all those different kinds of fun paper. And might I add, having pockets in it to store stuff is a brilliant idea and I really love the carry-on-pouch for pens!
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