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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 100% Repurposed Paper-Waste Journal on: September 21, 2007 07:13:57 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments!  I hope my friend likes it as much as you all do Smiley

Also, KarenLouiseM, as far as keeping the pages the same and aligned--a paper cutter is a must must must.  Nobody could pay me enough to do that all with scissors.  I just use the rulers on the paper cutter and it gets everything even for the most part.  For aligning them, I just hit them against the table to even the edges before I poke the holes through.  I mean, you can't really tell from the photos, but it's not 100% even and aligned.  The pages aren't all exactly the same size, and there are edges here and there that are a little ragged from the paper cutter not going all the way through, etc.  But it's handmade--its little flaws give it character, right?  I wouldn't want it to be so perfect that it looked machine made!
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 100% Repurposed Paper-Waste Journal on: September 21, 2007 04:54:00 PM
I made a little journal for a friend of mine for her birthday.  Nothing too special though I think it turned out quite well.  I cut all of the pages from partially used notebooks I bought at a thrift store (except for a few pages which were several layers of a used sewing pattern glued together for a little bit of strength since it's so tissue-papery).  The pages that are glued to the front to attach the pages to the cover were cut from an old Readers Digest atlas.  The cover was rescued from a discarded tagboard box from my office that held file folders or something of the sort before one of my coworkers threw it away (didn't even recycle it!).  The cover is then covered with some old sheet music.  I bound it with the stitch that I forget the name of, but it's the one that allows the book to lie flat when open.  There's five signatures of five sheets (ten pages) each.

The sheet music cover, on which I stamped her name (store bought stamps) and a little heart (hand-carved by me).

The inside cover, which has a map of Washington state (where she lives) with the same heart from the cover stamped on Bellingham (where she is about to move for school this Sunday).

The back inside cover, which has a map of Maryland (where I live) with the same heart again stamped on Baltimore (where I live).

Look at all the different types of paper!

One of the sewing pattern pages, and also a plain lined page (but the lines are really faded and also vertical due to the way I cut the paper).

Just another shot of some more of the variety of papers I used.

Anyway, that's it!  I'm mailing it to her probably tomorrow so I hope she likes it.  I like the fact that I was able to take a bunch of things discarded by other people and bring it all together into something for someone I care about.
33  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Crafting for Menstrual Activism on: October 05, 2006 09:32:27 AM
Many people swear by them, ie, they make their periods shorter, lighter, less painful, etc...

Seriously? I mean commercially produced pads, say those made by Always, don't have any special effects like this.

I haven't really heard a lot of women saying that it makes their periods shorter or less painful, but I have heard that women prefer cloth pads because 1) they don't have bleach or other harmful chemicals in them that rub against your vulva and irritate it, 2) they don't have plastic backing/adhesive to rub up against your skin and chafe.

Commercially produced products are just evil and we as women have been brain washed into thinking its the only option.
Big huge kudos to you and your activism.
When is your prom and when do you need the crafts by?

Thanks so much!  The prom is going to be November 16th, but the bake and craft sale (when we'll need the crafts by) is October 30th.  I know it's a little short notice, but the whole thing needed to be done within this semester.  If you have the time to help, big thanks to you!  Feel free to shoot me an email at martine.richards@umbc.edu or AIM at herarchaicsmile.
34  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting for Menstrual Activism on: September 30, 2006 07:59:43 PM
I'm a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and I, along with a group of other women, are planning on holding a "Period Prom" as a form of menstrual activism and spreading awareness about alternative menstruation, along with fostering positive feelings about menstruating and vaginas.  For those of you who don't know about menstrual activism, it's in large part about how disposable tampons and pads contain harmful chemicals, along with being bad for the environment.  Alternative forms of dealing with menstruation include unbleached organic cotton tampons, reuseable sea sponges, reuseable cloth pads, and reuseable menstrual cups.

Anyway, we are holding a Feminist/Menstruation/Vagina Craft and Bake Sale to raise money for our prom.  Unfortunately, we just found out that we will be required to have a security guard present, which will cost $600!

This is where you guys come in.  If any women would like to contribute one or more of their crafty wares to our cause, that would be incredibly amazing.  It would be super awesome if they are vagina/period-related, but we are really looking for any crafts made by women, which is feminist as it is.  We would sell your item at our craft and bake sale, and would definitely include your name/website/business card/etc so that credit and thanks would be given to you.

If you are interested, please contact me at martine.richards@umbc.edu and we can work out some details.  Thank you all so much!
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Punk Heart with Gold Chain...! on: March 01, 2006 06:31:52 AM
Everything on that site is soooo overpriced.  One of the pairs of earrings she's selling on there for $28, I know somewhere where you can buy the exact charms she used for $0.25 each, and the beads look like just plastic stuff that came in a kid's kit.

Good job on your imitation, your pocket loves you for it!
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: It's been done... Still, a cardboard chair! on: February 22, 2006 09:33:19 PM
Wasn't trying to point a finger or anything, it's just something that not a lot of people are aware of.  I think most of the free envelopes/boxes say something about how if they're not used for their intended purpose it's considered stealing USPS property or something.  But no biggie, the price is up and I can just hope it doesn't go up anymore.  Postal prices in Canada have apparently been going up really fast, and I keep worrying that the US will follow suit and I'll have to eventually succumb to the internet for all communication, which saddens me.

Cool to see another Marylander on here!  I actually work in Ellicott City.
37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nudie postage stamp lamp! on: February 22, 2006 11:02:06 AM
Love the nudie stamps....Just might buy some for my own crafting pursuits (or to actually use on mail!)

Don't know if you could do that, none of the ones I found were from the US.  I think we're too stuck up to put nudes on our postage stamps, blah.
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: It's been done... Still, a cardboard chair! on: February 22, 2006 10:58:09 AM
But the postal sevice gioves boxes away for free!

I hate to be a killjoy, but they actually aren't "free".  They're free with the understanding that you're going to pay the $3.85 or whatever to ship something in it.  Taking the boxes to make furniture out of makes the postal service raise their prices.  As someone who writes a lot of letters and ships a lot of things, I'm a little miffed about the two cent increase on first class letters this year, not to mention the five cent increase on insurance and delivery confirmation.  I'm not sure what else they've upped, but part of it is due to improper use of their supplies.
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nudie postage stamp lamp! on: January 30, 2006 06:52:27 PM
Thanks for the nice comments!

Where did you get the stamps?   Huh  Or were they just lying around? 

40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nudie postage stamp lamp! on: January 28, 2006 11:40:18 AM
I started out with this lamp from IKEA:

Then, with some Mod Podge and a bunch of awesome postage stamps of nude art, I made this:

(Click the pictures to get full size images that are not distorted from the automatic resize)

The lamp:

Side 1 (my favorite side):

Side 2:

Side 3:

Side 4:

The worst part was removing the bamboo sticks from the inside of the lamp so that there wouldn't be shadows on the stamps (I left it on the top part).  I think I seperated a little bit of my thumb from the nail because I was ever so carefully sliding my thumb inbetween the bamboo and the rice paper.

Anyway, really simple project but I love love love the way it turned out.
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