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21  So, this is what happens when you mix boredom and old textbooks. ;) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: January 11, 2010 11:36:18 AM
I was bored last week and made these journals. Both are made from old textbooks someone threw in the recycle bin at school.

Book 1:

Closeup of paper I used:

Book 2:

Closeup of paper I used:

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22  So. I combined some of my favorite things and got... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: January 11, 2010 11:14:33 AM
This purse! Cheesy I had some owl fabric I got at Wal-Mart last summer, a pair of jeans I really loved (of course the zipper broke.. Cry ), an owl necklace that I put on a keyring, and and old belt that I wore so much that it wore out just sitting around so I thought, "Why not make a sweet purse for school with these things?", so I did. Wink I'm in love with it and thought I'd share it with others here. So here goes.

Action shot (Holding my stuff):

Closeup of the little owl charm (I have no idea where it came from originally, someone gave it to me):

Closeup of the lining fabric:

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23  This used to be a peanut butter jar... in Completed Projects by DancinInTheDark on: December 14, 2009 01:39:04 PM
But now it's a mint/other small candy holder! I got this idea when I was at my grandma's house and I saw that she was using a clean empty peanut butter jar to hold candy. So I took a peanut butter jar and decorated it. Wink I didn't keep this one, it was a Christmas gift for a friend of mine.


Action shot:

I can write up a tutorial for these if anyone is interested. Wink
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24  So, I was bored last month.. (Pic Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: December 14, 2009 01:10:01 PM
And I decided to make myself a notebook out of an old cereal box, cute paper, and random quotes and pictures.


Closeup of Front:

Closeup of Back:


I also made this one earlier this year. I just took a textbook, gutted it, covered it in green fabric and then put striped paper on the front and back covers. Then I cut butterflies out of some other paper I had and decoupaged them on.  Grin

The book:

Enjoy!  Wink

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25  Re: Currency - Anything cool to do with money beside spend it? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by DancinInTheDark on: August 09, 2009 12:55:35 PM
[img width=500 height=375]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/3045394140_9e4d456a56.jpg

I've used the coins for a few things like this (I enjoy gluing them to things I don't know why) and also resin is a good idea.  I need to get better at drilling them and flattening them for other uses.  I add them to whimsy jars a lot, but I do a lot of swapping.  Sorry I'm not more help!

I love that mirror. It's funky and cool. Smiley
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26  Old Readers' Digest Book=My New Journal <3 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: June 22, 2009 12:31:50 AM
So I made this cool book over the weekend. I began with an old Readers' Digest book and gutted it. Then I spent the majority of the weekend splatterpainting the pages. It took quite a while but it looks so amazing. <3

Photo 1:  

Black and white:
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27  Look what I did in Photoshop! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by DancinInTheDark on: May 08, 2009 10:51:41 PM
This was a picture of some black eyed susans I edited on Photobucket.  Cheesy

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28  Re: Old books, should I cut them up??? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by DancinInTheDark on: April 17, 2009 08:43:34 PM
Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale.  The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves.  He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door).  He never got rid of the books or used the shelves.  They've just hung there for years.

How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple.  They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).

My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got.  They're georgous.  I absolutely love old books.  I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read.  They're all just so pretty.  I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet.  After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.

Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do.
The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES.  It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course).  He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book.  A little over 600 pages, I think.

The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives.  Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.

The top one: Is called Come With Me Home.  I don't know anything about it.  All three of these books are in really great condition.  Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember.  Now, on to the pictures.

All Three of them:
[img width=100 height=75]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1709.jpg

Van Loon's Lives:
[img width=100 height=75]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1710.jpg [img width=100 height=75]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1711.jpg

Ghandi Lives:
[img width=100 height=75]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/10-09-08_1712.jpg

I'm torn between cutting them up to make a box and keeping them.  My husband already doesn't like the other like... 8 that I have lol.

I think they'd make cool journals or sketchbooks. Wink
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29  Re: TUTORIAL: Tin Can Drawstring Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by DancinInTheDark on: April 04, 2009 09:29:53 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial.  I've taken your instructions and used them to make a wine bottle bag (an anniversary gift for sister-in-law and her husband) and to pretty up some DVD cases that I use to hold pens and stuff.  I only did the outside of these, since they contain things that would just mess up fabric, but it makes them look so much nicer!  Your "math" really helped make these easy projects.  I never sew circle stuff, because I can never get it to fit correctly and it got too frustrating.


DVD cases covered:
[img width=499 height=333]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19595.JPG

Interior, left as is:
[img width=499 height=333]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19604.JPG

Action shot:
[img width=333 height=500]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19613.JPG

Wine bottle bag:
[img width=333 height=500]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19534.JPG

Interior of wine bottle bag:
[img width=499 height=333]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19564.JPG

I love the stuff you made. My favorites are the DVD holders turned pen/pencil holders. I will have to make some of those. Smiley
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30  So, I made my folders for school look awesome. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by DancinInTheDark on: August 17, 2008 10:06:19 AM
I made my school folders look cool this year. I drew sunflower pictures and glued them on with Mod Podge. Then I took clear heavy duty packing tape and taped them up so they would last longer. Enjoy! Cheesy

All three of them together.

Close-up drawing of sunflower.

Close-up from another angle.

Dancing sunflower. Wink

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