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Topic: COCONUT PALMS/LEAVES JOURNAL COVER...HELP!!!  (Read 821 times)
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« on: March 15, 2006 09:32:05 AM »

MY MOTHER HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED THE JOURNALS THAT HAVE THE ACTUAL LEAVES MOUNTED ON THE COVERS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE FOR HER...BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW!!!   HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM FROM DRYING UP AND BREAKING TO PIECES? HOW DO THEY MOUNT THEM ON THE BOOK??  IS IT SO SIMPLE THAT I'M OVER THINKING IT....HELP!!! Smiley  I HAVE A PICTURE BUT I'M LOST ON HOW TO POST IT   www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/55281LEAF.JPG
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006 10:58:26 AM »

okay i'm trying to understand this correctly. you want to put the leaves like as a focal point of the cover, not cover the whole things w/ leaves? if so than i would dry them first, just put them in an old phone book w/ some weight on top for a couple days. then you could try to find something like contact paper (be sure it's acid free) arrange them on the sticky side then just stick it down. or you could do something like make a sealed envelope made of clear vellum w/ the leaves inside and then just glue than on the book (again remember acid free!)

about posting pictures... on the right side of the screen there should be a link that says "picture hosting" it's under quick links. upload your pictures there (you may want to size them down since you only have a limited amount of space) then there will be a thing called a UBB Code (looks something like this:
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006 12:00:40 PM »

The other thing you can do is make paper from the leaves. There are lots of papermaking tutorials here and elsewhere (if you google hand papermaking). Basically, you take the plant material, boil it in water with something caustic, like lye or wood ash, rinse it copiously and then place on frame and deckle (available at craft and art supply stores or can be made at home), press and dry.

There is also a great tutorial on here somewhere about pressing flowers and leaves that might help.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006 02:55:15 PM »

I TRIED MY BEST... THE PICTURE IS SOMEWHERE IN CRAFTSTER LAND!!!!  I WANTED THE JOURNAL TO BE COVERED FRONT AND BACK...THE ONES I'VE SEEN ARE JUST THE LEAVES, NO LAMINATE OVER THEM!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006 07:01:45 PM »

Why not try searching on recycled paper? I have a book about that and they teach you how to recycle tons of stuff, from coloured tissue paper to cut fruits and vegetables. I'm sure flowers and leaves aren't a problem then... ? Try searching for recycling paper tutorials first, especially those with dried flowers cause then maybe you could use the same technique with dried leaves.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006 08:04:22 PM »

THANKS GUYS, I WILL BEGIN MY SEARCH Grin  HOPEFULLY I CAN GET IT TO LOOK SIMILAR TO THE PHOTO!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2006 08:16:30 AM »

We look forward to seeing it! Don't forget to post pictures when you're done Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2006 02:08:00 PM »

That image looks like the book is covered with a paper made from leaves.
I recommend the book "Hand papermaking with plants" which explains how to make paper from things like leaves.

here's one thread that might get you started:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42529.0
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2006 08:27:44 AM »

Thanks for the link...now to get my hands on some leaves!!!!  Does anyone have a coconut tree in their yard!!?!! Wink
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