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41  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junk Journal Gallery on: May 26, 2017 05:36:51 AM
What a great journal! Despite the Monopoly board cover Cheesy and all those fabulous pages, what I love most is the weaving on the spine. One of the nuisances of that kind of binding is that the cords that hold the signatures to the spine tend to catch on things and can never be kept tight enough to remain tidy-looking. Using them as warp solves that problem in such a fantastic way, and you could do so much with it.

I was hoping to get Geekgirl's own journal up as the first in the Gallery, which is mightily deserved, but I was having photo issues. But it doesn't matter, because it's worth the wait.

First of all, Carlee used a 1930's teacher's book as the cover. Even if this was all she had sent, I'd be entirely satisfied!

Sorry for any photos that are appearing sideways. I absolutely cannot get them to reliably come out the same way in the post that they're oriented elsewhere.

The cords-on-spine problem was solved by linking them with Steampunk-y gears, and there's a very long piece of braided leather thong as a tie. (Although the cover is so generous, that I'll be able to add piles of stuff to those pages before it starts to bulge.)  I'm only going to show a handful of the pages, because I don't want to clog up the Gallery too much, but every single spread is great - mostly vintage book papers (a lot of it surprisingly similar to what I used in mine) with stamps, cards in envelopes (love those) and lots and lots of owls! I found it was really hard to keep to a colour theme without being boring (I gave up and just put everything in), but this muted, tea-coloured scheme works very well and will be a perfect background to everything I add.

I love the old ads, especially this one:

And there's a couple of great flags on paperclips, including this spectacular one inside the back cover:

Thanks so much for this, Carlee! I was feeling a little sad at having to send away the one I made for you, and this has completely made me forget it. I can hardly wait to start adding and building on these pages.

42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 25, 2017 04:21:55 PM
Oh no! Take care of your back, Sharalee! We'll wait - it's sure to be worth it. Wink

Having trouble with photos to post. Working on it...

43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery on: May 24, 2017 04:49:30 PM
A week! I'd better get ready for it. I wouldn't want to miss the next one.

44  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 24, 2017 04:33:59 PM
I received from our organizer Geekgirl yesterday, and my journal is in the mail to her today. You won't believe the amazing junk journal she made me. Photos going up in the Gallery later this evening. Prepare to be amazed.

45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 on: May 23, 2017 04:31:37 PM
So excited to get started! And glad to have a couple of old swap friends as partners - it's so comfortable! Wink

Doing a third flag for myself is more work, of course, but I've loved all the ones I've made for myself so far. I just have to remember not to over-do it. Simple is good.

46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 21, 2017 01:53:51 PM
I'm going to finish on Monday for sure, but it's a holiday here (Victoria Day), so the Post Office will be closed. So shipping Tuesday.

I've had a good day so far today: I didn't have any heavy card to make the cover out of, and meant to scrounge a couple of pieces at work on Friday, but got too busy and forgot. But when I impulsively stopped at Value Village this morning, looking for something else entirely, I found a hardcover book that's exactly the right size. The pages were brittle and falling apart, but the cover is in excellent shape. I've cut out the original page block and glued mine in, and it's drying right now. The next step is going to be to somehow make it look less like the nineteenth century German religious calendar that it once was. How hard could that be?

47  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: mini art quilt. Picasso... sesame street... where they meet... on: May 18, 2017 04:30:12 PM
I'm agog. Positively agog.

48  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 16, 2017 06:42:36 PM
I have this big box of bits from packaging, receipts, business cards, leaflets, even the sleeves from my coffee cups >.>

 Cheesy while I'm reading this, I'm waiting for the glue to dry on a coffee sleeve I've just attached!

49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Make Your Own French Board on: May 16, 2017 06:37:06 PM
How did you attach the ribbon? Did you sew it onto the fabric first? Your spacing is very even - how did you lay it out so you could be sure it would be straight and not uneven?

50  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 7 SU - 5/12-5/21, SO - 6/10 on: May 12, 2017 05:17:04 PM
I am SO in! I just have to get home so I can type my questionnaire properly.

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