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11  welcome banner for spring in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: March 07, 2009 06:02:15 AM
I made this to welcome back the robins. I used an old children's book for the art. (Have no fear, most of the book was trashed and I rescued a few pages for this and other projects.) I also used some vintage yo-yo's and other little details.

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12  memory card memory book *image heavy* in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: February 18, 2009 09:30:55 AM
Rather than throw these old memory cards away, I made a mini album out of them using photos taken with the cards. Super tiny and fun.

Thanks for looking.
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13  from book to bloom in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: February 12, 2009 05:22:00 AM
I made these apple blossoms from book pages and pipecleaners.

Super easy tutorial on my blog:


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14  anatomical heart valentines with pattern in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: February 12, 2009 05:17:07 AM
In a fit of twisted paper crafting, I made a series of these anatomical heart valentines. So much fun to decorate. Print and cut pattern included.

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15  paper cone trees in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: December 08, 2008 01:03:01 PM
Perhaps for the reindeer or just for fun. ;-)

and the pattern:

I printed the pattern on the reverse side of paper but it would be done on white as well. I resized each one so they are all different. This pattern fits well on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

I also cut the snowflakes out differently on each cone using an exacto knife. For example, on one cone I cut all of the lines, on another one I cut only the points, on the final cone I cut a mix of points and lines but not everything...you get the picture. My purpose was to have different effects from the same pattern. Cheating. Yes. But I am lazy about that sort of thing. Why make multiple patterns when we can just look at the same pattern differently?

Light is one of those battery operated candles...no heat here!

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16  fleet of reindeer in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: December 08, 2008 12:58:49 PM
Maybe for the sled?

and the pattern:

A few things about the reindeer:

- Smaller is better. I made one quite large and it didn't stand well. If you want a big one, use cardboard or super heavy cardstock.

- I didn't have double sided paper to use so I painted the back. Be careful not to make it too wet or the pieces will curl.

- This is a good one for the kiddies. So have fun.
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17  popup sled in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: December 08, 2008 12:55:29 PM
This is our card this year. I added a bunch of presents, bobble head pictures, and other goofy stuff. It folds flat to fit in an envelope. Super fun and the kiddos love it to.

and the template for you:

Tips for assembly:

*double sided paper works best because you will see both sides.
*heavier paper is preferred.
*dotted lines are for tabs/folding.
* fold each of these in half before folding tabs.
* when assembling, pieces fold down and out.
* I used a tape runner for adhesive not glue because I couldn't wait.
* If you fill the sled, remember to weigh each side equally so it's a balanced sled. We don't want anything to fall out.

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18  pumpkin book *tute added* pic heavy in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: September 09, 2008 12:23:28 PM
I made this using an old star trek book! I used a wooden pumpkin for a template and cut the pages with a blade. I'm going to make another one and I'll post a tute.

Here's the tute I put together. I used an apple pattern for this one but you'll get the idea.

First off, gather your supplies:

- book for dismembering, paperbacks are great
- template (I made half an apple out of a thick piece of chipboard)
- exacto knife with a very sharp blade
- clips
- glue stick
- snot dots
- ink or paint for coloring and something to apply it with
- anything you want to decorate with.

Step 1

My paperback book was too thick so I split it in half using my blade. Try and make a clean break or you will end up sacrificing some pages.

Step 2

Lay the template down on the book and cut the pages around the template. Be careful not to cut in to the template and try to cut only a few pages down at a time to start. Try and make one smooth cut if you want to avoid rough edges. I personally like the distressed look.

Step 3

Remove the cut paper leaving the template in place. Cut and repeat. Cut and repeat. I found that I was cutting about four pages at first and then ended up cutting a lot more at a time once I got the hang of it.

Step 4

Once the book is cut, trim any rough edges you don't want. Especially those that are hanging off. This will help for the next step: inking.

Step 5

For color, I used ink refill and diluted it a bit because I wanted it to soak in to the paper. I applied it with a cotton ball to the edge of the book. (I have not tried paint so I'm not sure what technique you will need to keep the pages from sticking together.)

Step 6

Once the edges were done, I applied the ink/water mixture to the inside of the pages by using a "flip and wipe" method. I turned the book over and then did the same thing on the other side. I did not try and get every page but rather a sampling of pages for a worn effect. Let it dry or cheat and use a heat gun to lightly dry the edges. Which method do you think I used?

Step 7

Once the book is dry you will need to stretch the spine so it opens. The book I used was not terribly worn so it did not fan well on it's own. I stretched it at random to loosen it up.

Step 8

I chose to use a stick with a little leaf for my decoration. On the pumpkin I used wired ribbon, wire, and lace. I covered the stick with snot dots and layed it in the top of the apple. It's starting to look like an apple now, isn't it?

Step 9

Apply a good craft glue stick to one side of the book making sure you go all the way to the edges. Carefully close book and clamp tight. I think that paperclips would work for this, too. Let it dry.

Step 10

Add any additional decorations at this point. Fan the book a couple of times to get an even shape. You are done.

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19  altered old journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: August 27, 2008 06:46:19 PM
I found this at a thrift store. The binding was falling apart but it still had a lot of pages intact. I just played with the cover and stamped on some of the pages inside.

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20  Bling owl in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: July 31, 2008 10:19:20 AM
This was inspired by Enid Collins. I stamped the owl on the diecut paper and then glued all the bling and buttons down. I'll probably use on a card or scrapbook page. I just like looking at it right now. I posted a little homage to Enid on my blog.

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