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21  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 05, 2010 09:21:31 PM
Okay, here ya go - flat and a little lifeless, but here all the same!!  My pages from the last two weeks.
First pages are inspired by this:http://www.squidoo.com/yourlifesentenceinsixwords Your life in six words - interesting concept and I had a lot of fun coming up with these.

These are all fabric pages.  I printed what I wanted to say on iron-on transfer paper and put it on some quilt blocks I started a long time ago.  These are for sure not done, I will be adding lots of sewn bits and embellishments, but so far I really like them.

These are all basically just backgrounds.  I plan on sketching/doodling around the words.

And that's it so far!  I think I am done, as far as the amount of pages I will be doing; my book is pretty thick now, especially with the added fabric pages.  But I have lots of little stuff to add before I am in love with my pages and I want to add more actual drawing/sketching. 

Okay, that's it for my weekend posting, I feel accomplished now!!   Grin
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22  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 02, 2010 09:47:24 PM
I LOVE Scotch Wrinkle-free glue stick!

It really is totally wrinkle free.  You can get it in the scrapbook section of Wal-Mart, it's like $3 or $4 for a pack of two.  It seriously is my favorite glue product ever, anytime anyone wants to buy me a present this is what I ask for!!   Grin
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23  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: August 15, 2010 09:47:28 PM
Okay, so true to my word, I am trying to post my progress every weekend.  Here are scans of the pages I have done so far.

The black and white checked area at the top is actually a flap.  I'm not sure what I'm going to put there yet, but I wanted it to be interactive in places, so I like it so far.

And on this one, the black polka dot part of the page is another flap.

The bright green on top is the other side of that black and white flap.  I tried to get a good scan and photo of it, but apparently I suck and wasn't able to get anything that looked decent, sorry!!

On this one, the white part in the middle of the page is actually a sheet of regular lined paper glued on.  I'm not sure why the lines aren't showing up, but in real life this page has a lot more texture and is no where near as dead boring as it looks here, I promise.

I'm going to write inside the clouds, but I don't know what I'm going to put there yet.

Okay, so obviously, a lot of these pages don't have actual sketch work on them, or at least not yet.  But my theme is Storybook, so I am leaving a white space in the middle of some of my pages so that I can go back and write a story in my book.  I will be adding more art work to those pages too so that they have more interest, but for right now I just wanted a background to work with and an idea of how much room for text I'll have in my book.

The pages that do have a lot of writing on them, like the red friends page and the tree page, are probably going to be put together either in the back or the front of the story that I'm planning on writing.  These are kind of mini stories though, they are true moments out of my life, so they all belong to my story.  I was having such a hard time with the theme that I had to kind of change it up and think about it ina different way to get over the fear and get started!

Okay, sorry for the picture overload and the long post, just wanted to share my progress!   Grin
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24  Super Simple Switch Up in Shoes: Completed Projects by BethieB on: August 02, 2010 08:28:00 PM
My dad (of all people, lol) bought me these really adorable pink Dollhouse heels a few years ago.  The thing is, though, I don't really wear pink...ever...and although I loved the shape and style of the shoes, I never wore them out.  Then, while I was trying to scrounge up some money to buy some new shoes, I came to the conclusion that they just weren't in the budget, so I started looking for ways to revamp something I already owned. 

I was really unsure about painting these in the beginning, because they had some shiny coating on them and are almost a vinyl material.  Then it dawned on me: Krylon for plastic!  One quick trip the store, a couple bucks and a hour later, this is what I had:

For some reason my camera ate the rest of the pics I had of these so as soon as the sun comes up tomorrow I'll get some pics of both of them painted and you can see the full effect.  But for now, you get the idea right? 

I love them so much more now, I have worn them non stop and the paint hasn't cracked or chipped or anything else that I was half expecting it to do.  They are my new favorite item in my closet, and the best part is when people ask me where I got them and I tell them the spray paint story...no one really believes me, but every one loves them anyway!   Grin
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25  Two altered puzles, and some important tips! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethieB on: August 02, 2010 08:11:25 PM
So my personal theme for 2010 has become the rainbow, as to me it represents hope and promise and the fact that even after the rain there will still be beautiful things.  After the mess that was 2009 the rainbow has taken on a whole new meaning for me!  In honor of my love of it, I did an altered puzzle.

So I have to be honest.  This is actually the second altered puzzle I've finished.  I'll show you the first one in a second, but first of all, I just want to pass on the tips I discovered while doing these projects.

One, wooden puzzles are so much easier to do, and they are worth the extra bit of money and searching it takes to find them.  The first puzzle I did was a cardboard one and it came out...well...you will see.  In comparison, the wooden one is so much better, both while you are making it and when you are done and it's time to put it all together!

Two, when you do find the perfect *wooden* puzzle, the first thing you should do, if you plan on putting it all back together to display it like I am doing, is mark the back of each piece in some way so that you remember where they go.  Then you can write on the frame too so you really will remember.  Like this:

Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

And now for pictures of the hard way:

It's a tiny bit hard to tell, but the pieces do not all fit together perfectly.  Part of the reason is that the cardboard soaks up the paints and inks and glues and swells out of it's normal shape so they won't all fit back together.  The other reason is that I forgot which piece went where, so when it came time to make it fit all together, I did my best, but ended up cutting and sanding some pieces to force them to fit where they might have gone originally, lol.

And, there really is some color on this puzzle, it just isn't showing up well on these junky pictures I took, sorry!

This one really shows how the pieces do not go together perfectly.

In all honestly, I love the 'hard way' one a lot better than the rainbow one, but my dd has fallen in love with the rainbow so it's going to here when I am ready to move it out of the living room.  It also is a lot less bumpy looking in real life, the camera flash picked up a lot of imperfections but oh well, it still makes me happy!
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26  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: August 02, 2010 07:55:53 PM
Okay!  So, in all truthfulness, I really DID have everything I am about to show you done way before Saturday...I haven't touched it since Wednesday, so I was on time for the weekend posting.  BUT, life got in the way this weekend...my brother in law walked in the door from work, told my sister he was divorcing her, and packed up his stuff and walked out on her and my two year old nephew.  It was completely out of the blue and needless to say shook up our lives big time, because now, with him gone and not wanting to see their son, I went from having one toddler to babysit every day to two...and that is a huge difference when they tend to strangle and bite and hit each other every 2.2 seconds...lol!  And I've been spending time with my sister to help her out as much as possible, which is why I wasn't around this weekend.

ANYWAY...enough back story, on with the pics!

I cut the house out of an old calendar I had and sewed it into my book while I had it all unbound.  The first picture shows the reverse side of the page with the castle sewn on, you can see the stitching.  I may cover it with something eventually but right now I kind of like it.

My name (obviously) starts with a B so I also sewed a cut out B on the very first page.

The front and back covers.  I doodled all over them with a white paint pen.  I will probably cover up the writing on the front where it says 'the story', as I really HATE how my writing turned out.

The rest of these are just some water colored backgrounds, and the page with the quote on it is the middle spread in the book.  Oh, and the black page is acrylic, I almost forgot that one Smiley

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27  Mini matchbook style scrapbook in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by BethieB on: July 10, 2010 04:03:38 PM
I finally have a completed project to post to this board!  Yay!!

So, this is a scrapbook I made about my sisters and I.  I also threw some gratuitous pictures of my daughter in there, because...well...because, it's my scrapbook so I guess I can put whatever I want in there, right? lol!!  Anyway, here are the pictures. 

As you can see, I am not the best photographer in the universe.  But, I do happen to have something even better than pictures, and that is...duh duh DUH...a Youtube video!  So go watch it and check out the link to the tutorial in the video description to get info on how to make one of these bad boys for yourself.  Go ahead, you know you wanna!

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28  Re: Cheap and easy kitchen wall art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BethieB on: July 07, 2010 06:03:03 PM
Thank you!  Grin  I found some action shots too...

(That's the hubby, trying to figure out where the table should go, lol)
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29  Cheap and easy kitchen wall art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BethieB on: July 07, 2010 04:27:13 PM
We recently moved a bank of cabinets from out of the kitchen and were left with a huge, blank, ugly wall.  Being broke as well as having commitment issues to what I want the kitchen decor to be, I needed a cheap and easy fix.  Then I came across the coolest site ever and got totally inspired! http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/search/label/Craft

Here is the result...a few hours of cutting and hanging out with the kiddo and my wall is now happy and so am I!

Okay, click on that to see the slideshow if you want...here are the pictures:

It looks kind of cheesy in this picture, but I swear in real life it's really fun and everyone has loved it.  Wish I was a better photographer, ugh!
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30  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by BethieB on: June 25, 2010 07:15:44 AM
Okay, new stuff to post finally!  Sorry about the horrible cell phone camera pictures, there really was no way to scan these since they are in the book already and the book doesn't open flat.  I tried to get close ups of some of the detail to show it better but...oh well.

Anyway, this is my black and white journal.  It's all done in a regular 0.6 MM pen I got at Rite-Aid, or my Sharpie. 

These first two are picture of my calendar.  I doodled a repeating design around each of the rectangles.  These aren't too close up, as I tend to write personal things and didn't particularly feel like splashing that stuff all over, lol!

This is my butterfly/flower spread.  Each of the flower petals has a different zentangle in it.  There's writing around the outside of the flower too, it didn't show up in the pictures :/  It says, Happiness is a choice, so choose it every day.  Be brave.  The butterfly was done on a separate sheet of paper and I used gesso to glue it in.  It was fun to experiment. 

This my squares in a square page...

And then this last page is my 'Disorders' page.  I have lots of clinical diagnosis's and I wrote each of them here...trying to make 'em look pretty was a little weird but fun.

Sorry for the pic overload!  Smiley
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