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felicitybaby
« on: January 27, 2014 08:34:49 PM »

I made this shadow box-book for the Hunger Games Catching Fire Swap:




Boy, did it take forever to cut out the middle of that book.  It was really hard to keep the cuts straight.  I was thinking there must be an easier/better way.  The cuts aren't as nice as I would like them to be--pretty messy looking.  I would like them a little neater.  I printed every symbol I could think of that had to do with the Catching fire book and painted them with watercolors.

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One thing I learned from making this:  I thought it would be easier to cut the pages out if I glued the outsides of the pages together first.  I don't know if that really helped but when I was done cutting, I was going to slide the little cut-outs between the pages on the inside but I couldn't get anything between the pages because the glue on the outside really worked and it was too tight! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014 08:45:12 PM »

how amazing is this? love it!  rocking
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014 09:28:53 PM »

Wow. Just rocked you. I don't know hunger games, but this is interesting all the same. I do many paper crafts, so I know the time it took you to make it complete. This is museum art. Ever consider including that somewhere? I will bet they gobble you up. I google similar artists that make great pieces similar to this one. You are definately in their field.

A bit confused of your glueing method. But they make spin-ey, twist around, exacto knives that work good for intricate work. I prefer cuticle scissors for my tiny stuff. I exacto with straight blade close to the target, then scissor cut to the edge I wish for. I am not good with the twisty blades. But they give a good clean cut.

I use mostly spray glues. 3M super 77 is my first go-to. But it depends on the project. I use other types, too. Depending on what I need to attach. And don't forget...you can stitch on paper  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014 12:41:01 AM »

It's beautiful!
Very creative, great lay-out, pretty book-box.
(I can imagine how difficult it is to cut out those pages with neat edges.)
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014 01:37:33 AM »

Fantastic! I love that you managed to include so many things from the book that it tells a really interesting visual story.
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014 06:33:43 AM »

Awesome! I can't see any messy pages at all; it's perfect. Did you cover your book as well?
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014 07:01:51 AM »

Very cool! You did a great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014 10:03:49 AM »

LOve your book. It is so creative and beautiful.

As to cutting less messy pages....sharp blades. Paper dulls a blade very fast and you need to change the blade often. Very often. Also do not cut too many pages at once, try to cut only as many as allows you to make a single pass of the knife.

You could just invent a laser beam cutter just for this purpose. You would have craftsters lining up like crazy.
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014 11:38:12 PM »

Awesome! I can't see any messy pages at all; it's perfect. Did you cover your book as well?
I wanted to use the actual catching fire book but didn't have one I could cut up!  I found this red book at the thrift store and luckily it didn't have the title on the spine.  I don't know what the book was about because it's in Spanish! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014 11:41:44 PM »

A bit confused of your glueing method. But they make spin-ey, twist around, exacto knives that work good for intricate work. I prefer cuticle scissors for my tiny stuff. I exacto with straight blade close to the target, then scissor cut to the edge I wish for. I am not good with the twisty blades. But they give a good clean cut.
Sorry, it was hard to describe the glueing part Undecided. I prefer scissors over exacto knives but I couldn't think of a way to use scissors for these book pages.  Thank you for such high compliments  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2014 01:51:08 PM »

WOW!  This is beautiful.  Creative and well executed.  What a lucky partner Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2014 02:04:18 PM »

Awesome! I can't see any messy pages at all; it's perfect. Did you cover your book as well?
I wanted to use the actual catching fire book but didn't have one I could cut up!  I found this red book at the thrift store and luckily it didn't have the title on the spine.  I don't know what the book was about because it's in Spanish! Smiley

Lucky score at the thrift shop! If you make any more, you could try using a carpet knife to cut through the pages. It goes a bit faster than the xacto!
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014 03:31:04 PM »

It looks great, very creative and unique!
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