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3271  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap (Sign Ups 10/6/07-10/19/07, Send Out 11/26/07) on: October 28, 2007 09:38:40 PM
Boooooooo, straight-cut lines! I was almost put into Special Education because of the sheer fact that I could never cut a straight line! (Never mind that I was left-handed using right-handed scissors Roll Eyes

Hooraaaay, lengthy craft-time! Though I've made oodles of progress, I will still probably wait to mail until late November so that I can send out some of my huge overstock of unattractive holiday cards with the calendar pages.
3272  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 27 Gallery on: October 28, 2007 09:31:03 PM
I forgot to mention anywhere (forgot a note altogether!), the illustrations in the journal I made for simplyfussfree's sister are actually proofs from a printmaking artist I was assisting for a while; I thought they were all gorgeous but the artist herself wasn't happy with them as a finished product so she was going to throw them all into the recycling bin, with this really high quality, still-usable paper, which I had to save! I don't think she'd be happy about me spreading them around the world like this, but its still fairly anonymous.  Lips sealed At any rate, the images in paint are not my own, for the record.

Additionally, the writing prompts were all from online writing and journaling resources, such as Creativity Portal and WritingFix.
3273  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Paper/ephemera swap7 gallery on: October 27, 2007 11:40:43 AM
That is gorgeous work, KarenLouise! Your habit does pay off, no matter what non-crafty people say! Imagine how impossible it would be for a non-paper/ephemera hoarder to put together something like that.
3274  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Secret Santa Big Wish Swap (signups 8/26/07-11/05/07) on: October 26, 2007 09:54:47 PM
I've been noticing, almost ALL of us have clothing on our lists. Which leads me to believe that we don't have a lot of clothing makers in our Secret Santa ranks...Is that true? Is anyone currently planning to make any clothing for the swap (no naming recipients, of course)?

Personally, I'm such a novice dabbler (like fusible tape and safety pins instead of sewing--THAT dabbly), *I* won't be making anyone clothing, that's for sure.
Some of the wishlists are almost exclusively clothing or other sewing items...And if that really is all you want then that's cool, its your choice. But if you can add other items that don't require a sewing machine or yarn, there will be more opportunities for getting picked, probably.  Grin

If someone wants a 2008 page-a-day calendar on a particular theme, let me know so I can secretly claim you  Wink . I made a template in Microsoft Publisher for a previous swap and I'd hate to let it go to waste by only using it once!
3275  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap (Sign Ups 10/6/07-10/19/07, Send Out 11/26/07) on: October 26, 2007 09:38:34 PM
Here's a couple very do-able models for assembling the finished 12-month calendar:
using 2 big metal rings: http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/paper-bag-calendar.html
picture of making a 3-sided tower out of the finished product: http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/scrapbook-calendar.html
I think the pages WE create will be much better, though.  Tongue

Another very cool idea from that site was to use transparecies/overlays for the actual calendar so it doesn't interfere with the beauty of the artwork itself! I love that idea. I haven't really researched the idea of scrapbooked calendaring, there are probably lots of other great ideas out there...

A bonus for doing one's calendar page with fabric instead of paper: It can be folded and put in a standard envelope!! Yaaay potential postage savings! Most of mine will still be paper-based, however.
3276  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handmade calendars? on: October 26, 2007 01:21:37 PM
The sign-ups have closed, but bookmark the discussion for the 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap to get/share ideas:
The gallery will also probably be up within a couple weeks, at the rate people are crafting.

For easy reproduction, I recommend making a grid stencil, 7 squares across and 5 squares down, so you can always have the squares (or whatever shape you make the days) be the same distance apart and the same total size on every page. You could even do some kind of blended colorization across all the squares that way, with the little blank space of the grid in between each one.
3277  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone made a page a day calendar? on: October 26, 2007 01:14:15 PM
That really is a great idea! My first thought was that it would be labor-intensive, but so is a page-a-day made on the computer. You could even lay out all the cards over a large area and do a Jackson Pollock-style mass-painting of them to cover the rolodex cards that have lines and such on them, and then just put the Month and Date on each card, rather than the day of the week and the year, so the calendar could be reused every year. Good brainwork! There are probably so many of those rolodex wheels sitting around in junk stores and landfills...
3278  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish List Swap 27 on: October 26, 2007 12:33:26 PM
I claim hdcase for thimbles, notions, and, of course, a journal.

This is my third claim, 1 sent, 1 received, 1 to be hand-delivered tomorrow!

Introducing myself, it's been a very strange and transitional year for my dog and me, and right now we are staying with family and trying to figure out what The Next Step is for life.  It equates to lots and lots of crafting time.
I like reusing and recycling, and anything in this list can be pre-used (except the padsyech). I can't use a sewing machine so thats why there so much sewing stuff on my list. I am vegetarian, left-handed, leftist, non-pierced, am sensitive to smoke, and would prefer no fur or animal skin. Theres other info on my preferences and dislikes in my profile, too.

My list:

- Reusable cloth menstrual pads (making these with reclaimed fabric is okay, giving me reusable pads that have already been used is not. Thats probably self-explanatory, but I just want to cover my bases.)
- Reusable cloth grocery bag
- Other cloth/reusable items to take the place of disposable stuff
- Hand-held spindle or other small, portable device for spinning (doesnt have to be homemade, its just much more affordable that way). With or without DIY kit/roving I am an absolute novice
- Hippyish recon clothing, medium size
- Sandals made from tire tread, Im womens U.S. size 7.5-8
- A snood
- Wallet small enough to fit in back pocket of pants Thanks maremare!
- Wraparound pants like these: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161380.0- Bag for doggy-bags, with this kind of imagery but not blingy: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196595.0
- Rug/floor-mat made from used plastic bags or other recycled stuff

- I dont know what theyre called, but the little devices that can record short sound-bites to be replayed when a greeting card is opened. Know what Im talking about? Either greeting cards that have those devices, or the devices by themselves.
- A deckle/frame for papermaking
- Opalescent or other metallic/shimmery embossing powder, ink, or paint
- Set of Gelly Roll pens, including at least a few metallic-inked and other fancy ones
- A wholatta paper (blank on at least one side) for making recon journals - ANY size from 4x6" on up!
- Any size scrapbook paper (ok, it doesn't have to be for scrapbooks specifically, but that type of paper) from or similar to these designs:
- Strong adhesive that isn't too fumey
- PVA glue
- matte medium or Mod Podge
- dried, pressed plants

- Tapestry/fabric of Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, or SE Asian design old saris, for instance. Used or torn is fine.
- Books about Tasha Tudor (not the actual childrens books shes written, but books about her and her lifestyle itself)
- Vintage Fisher-Price Little People playground equipment
- Any pieces for 1960s Mystery Date or Mary Poppins boardgames
- Non-Disney DVDs about animals i.e. March of the Penguins, Milo and Otis, PBS, Charlottes Web, Animal Planet, BBC. Can be for any age group or audience, prefer live-action or claymation ("Chicken Run"!!!) over animated.

Thanks for looking!   Let me know if you have any questions!

3279  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 500 random Christmas cards! on: October 25, 2007 03:02:14 PM
I love that! Great idea! (Even if it wasn't yours  Grin)
3280  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: BUY NOTHING SWAP (signups 10/23-10/30; mail by 11/14) on: October 25, 2007 01:57:40 PM
But yes, I know the point is to work with what you have instead of going out to get more stuff. So I will stick by that.
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