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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Campground Wedding Invitation book (some pics) on: February 19, 2009 09:40:12 PM
We rented a very primitive campground for a week for our wedding.  The invitations needed to convey a lot of info.  And then there needed to be a map.  "Sheesh, it's like I'm writing a book, how am I going to do this?!"... oh, hey, i could make the invitation a book!  Thanks to reading a lot of great ideas on here, our wedding invitation was born...
First, a glamour shot:

Some covers are denim.  Some are green cotton, some are pink.  It really just depended what I was in the mood for.  All have rainbow thread.  love that stuff.

Each fabric book cover is lined with heavyweight paper, varying pastels.  Page 1 has the quote.

Here's the invitation part.  Little watercolor "illustrations" adorn each page.  This is a picture of his cabin, a very special place to us and near the location of the wedding.

Making the map is really what set the entire tone for the invitation. 

Next step is to order postage stamps (with illustrations from the invitation) and stuff these babies into envelopes for their long journeys. 

While my girlfriends helped me assemble these, we also baked crayons for the kids' table, following the tutorial on craftster.  Man did those turn out CUTE!  We wanted to eat them.   Shocked
Only 8 million more tasks to do and this baby is in the bag.  Wink

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A little table-top menu display made from cardstock and a CD case on: July 31, 2008 08:57:53 AM
I'm not so clever to think of this ahead of time on my own, make a plan, and then execute it.  But, once it happened, it made sense and now I really am happy with the results.
So -- my boyfriend and I are trying to start a whitewater rafting company where we take people on multi-day raft trips where you float for a bit, then camp (we fix all meals), then pack up and float a bit further, then camp.  Part of our "thing" is to make the camp meals a little more extravagant than hot dogs and burgers (mind you, we both love hot dogs and burgers!). 
Anyway, so I wanted to have a small menu displayed on the serving table for each meal, listing what is being served.  With some of my found bits and pieces I had the basic idea, but no way to display it.... then, sitting there on a shelf was a CD case!  YES!!!  I can put the menu pages inside, then swap them out for each meal.  and, it stands up by itself!  Hurrah!
Here it is, sleeping, but ready for action at a moment's notice:

Here's the inside -- a little pocket for holding all of the different menu pages that will be swapped out at each meal.

And here are a couple of posed action shots.  I'll put up some pics next week of it in real action, as we have a trip launching Sunday!!  WEEEEEE!!!!

Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My Waterproof, Durable Box thing. (pic heavy) on: July 25, 2008 11:12:42 AM
I have had this for 7 years and so it's pretty worn.  It is a military ammo can.  I am a whitewater raft guide and we use these to store our personal stuff (toothbrush and paste, alarm clock, wallet, medicine, whatever you have that may be breakable and definitely isn't waterproof).
The ammo cans are great because they're waterproof and super duper durable.  You could use them for anything, really.  I have one that's a first-aid kit, one's a repair kit with all the tools and glues and such I need for repairing a raft, I have a bigger one (called a Rocket Box becaue the size of the ammo was much bigger) and I use it as a library -- it's full of books and some fridge-magnet-phrases so guests and read some books and/or make clever ammo-can poetry in camp.

I spray-painted it blue, and then spray-painted some silver swirlies on it.  Then I stuck a bunch of glow in the dark stars on it, and got some quotes from poems and such and I wrote them in silver metallic marker.  the inside of the lid has a small collection of stickers that clients have given me for fun.. "goddess" and 'blonde bombshell" I think are the visible ones.  I had it clear-coated at an autobody shop, but that didn't hold up well and chipped off, i don't recommend it. 
At night when i go to bed I use it as a "night stand" next to my sleeping bag and put my alarm clock on top.  The stars glow really well even now.
The box has remained waterproof after 7 years of seriously heavy-duty use.  You can find these cans in different sizes at military surplus stores.  I've also lined some with astro-turf to use for camera cases.  it could also be a cute but heavy lunch pail. 

anyway, here's the pics:

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My first stamps -- whitewater! on: July 25, 2008 10:54:10 AM
it never even occurred to me to do this.  I was looking high and low for some whitewater stamps (you know, like of waves and rivers and such).  Penlowe replied "check out the carved stuff" and everyone's posts in here were so inspiring and educational!  
Soooo.... I picked up a couple pink erasers to "practice" on and here are the results...

I plan to do lots more of these with various images of whitewater, rafting, and kayaking.
In my quest to find carving material, I remembered that I have quite a collection of Chaco sandals with delaminated soles.  Some are Vibram, some are some sort of sticky rubber.  Has anyone ever tried to carve with old shoe soles?  (I mean, carve ON old shoe soles, as i suppose the soles themselves aren't very sharp!)
Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Whitewater rafting and kayaking stamps? on: July 17, 2008 12:36:31 PM
I have the perfect idea, but no way to execute it!  I want to make thank-you cards for some ladies who are helping me put together a raft trip.  Seems to me that there must be some rafting rubber stamps out there... but I can't find any.  Does anyone have any leads or ideas?  Thanks in advance!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A collage or something of a beach scene on: June 07, 2008 01:21:13 PM
What do you do when you fall in love, take crazy vacation to Italy where you live out of backpacks, sleeping on trains and beaches, and find yourself with some spare time on your hands and sand in your toes?  Buy some cheap Italian tabloids, rip 'em up, and make a collage, of course!

I ripped up a bunch of magazine pages into little bits of color, to "paint" with.  I kept each different color in a different baggy, bought a glue-stick, bought wine repeatedly during the process of "painting" and this is what transpired: my impression of "Manarola", a little Italian town plastered to some cliffs over the Mediterranean.  The collage itself isn't anything awe-inspiring, but it has so many amazing memories that go with it, it makes me a bit teary-eyed to look at it.

here's the collage thinger:

And here's a picture of lovely Manarola for real:

Don't know if this qualifies as collage or what, but anyway.
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