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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Writing Journal to New Altered Journal on: September 05, 2011 08:50:34 AM
I got the idea to use my old writing journal in my altered journal book from, "The Art Journal Workshop," by Traci Bunkers. This book is really awesome.

Anyway, I use my old writing journal pages as the first layer of collage in my altered journal. I love taking the old and depressing and turning it onto something new and beautiful.

All of these pages have encyclopedia pages as the base layer, then old writing journal pages as the 2nd layer. The journal pages have been torn and glued down, then I went over them with craft acrylic paints or good acrylic paints. The paint, on most of the pages, was applied with a credit card.

Here is my journal:

Just Be Yourself
This page has some purple candle wax dripped onto it then stamped with some random things.

Celebrate the Journey
This page was actually created first. I wanted to use my old writing journal pages as the base for where I am now, which is right where I want to be. I wouldn't be me without all that has passed, but I don't need to dwell on it. So

This is just some interesting pictures found in magazines.

Squares of History
I created this page using credit cards cut to different widths. Then I went back and free wrote about the first chapter I read for my history class. History is depressing.

More fun imagines from magazines.

Emma really likes Furn Gully, I used the picture from the DVD cover. I also have a fun picture of Emma and Jared hiking from a while ago. I thought it fit nicely with the message from Furn Gully.

Change is Good
More wax fun, hearts cut from a scrap page from my September altered journal, and my ticket from the play I saw with my sister and her sisters-in-law when we took a mom getaway to Florida 4 years ago.

First Lady
This is the first person I have ever painted. It was a little ridiculous how excited I was that she turn out. You can read about that here. http://kaotickrafter.blogspot.com/2011/09/woop-and-swoop-and-lady.html

More fun images.

In progress

Random tree and person painted.

Mostly blank. I realized the encyclopedia page had bikes on it, so I decided to collage around that and make sure that we could see it.

And another fun painted lady.

That is about it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
2  UNITED STATES / Iowa / ArtVend- Ames, IA on: August 05, 2011 09:37:38 AM
Ames C.Art is looking for local artists and crafters (within a 50 mile radius of Ames, IA) to help fill the ArtVend machine that will be located at Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery. ArtVend is a vending machine that has been modified to showcase and sell locally made art and crafts to the community.

For more info please visit the Ames C.Art website.

Wheatsfield Grocery

Good luck and have a great day!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Calendar pages for my August Altered Art Journal on: August 01, 2011 11:06:24 PM
To start of the new month I started a new altered journal. I love how everything in life is a learning process.

First lesson learned from the new journal?

Make sure the altered journal isn't bigger than my scanner Smiley

Here are my calendar pages:

The calendar pages is the back of the front cover and the very first page. I ripped up a few pages from an old dictionary and mod podged them in. I went over that with some green soft pastels with a touch of blue. Over that I made a bunch of swirls with different colored gel pens (gelly roll, soufle, glaze). I also used some LePlume markers and a few sharpies. All in shades of blue and green with a touch of white. I went over it all with mod podge and layed out my inchies for the title and days of the month. I used Martha Stewarts Opaqu marker set for the month and year. I traced the letters and numbers with a silver sharpie.

And I decided to do weekly pages as well.

The weeks are not to fancy. I just used some found lined papers- each week has the same patterns of paper, but I have arranged them different for each week. I plan to doodle to fill in all the blank space.

That is all I have so far but I look forward to filling up this months altered journal!

Thanks for looking!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rope Your Dreams- Paper Person Art Journal on: July 31, 2011 12:16:19 PM
As soon as I started making paper people, I knew I wanted to make a bunch of paper cowgirls for my daughter. She is 5 1/2 and completely head over heals in love with horses.

I have 3 projects planned for her- A large paper cowgirl doll that she can play dress up with. A medium sized doll with an awesome background to hang on the wall. And an art journal with a cowgirl on the cover.

I made the journal today.

If she doesn't end up using it as a journal, I can still frame it and hang it up on her wall Smiley

I realized that I should probably have explained a bit how I made it-

I love the book, 'Collage Couture' by Julie Nutting. That is where I got the inspiration for making the people. All of the words are horse related and taken from an old dictionary (1971 I believe), the clothes for the cowgirl are made from a magazine, the background is just thin cardboard stamped with bubble wrap. The body, lettering, and the bling are all new.

Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Latest Obsession- Paper People on: July 23, 2011 09:38:32 PM
My newest obsession is making paper people. I was looking through some crafting books at B&N the other day (I had about 15 books with me in the kid section while my daughter was looking at books). I had a stack of books I liked, but for some reason I kept coming back to this one.

Collage Couture by Julie Nutting

So, I gave in and bought it. Not my typical form of crafting, but it looked really interesting. I also really liked a lot of the backgrounds in the book.

I jumped right into the book when I got home, and this is what I came up with in the first couple hours.

By the way, I am just learning to draw. I have decided to stop saying I can't draw, because since I have started trying, I keep surprising myself.

I attempted eyes, mouths, and faces, but I really need more practice!

I did have fun with these though!

Not the best picture. The one on the far left was suppose to resemble a cowgirl outfit, but I couldn't figure out how to do the boots. Might just have to find a pair in a magazine and collage them on.

And here is my first complete paper person!

She needs a name (suggestions welcome!), but I love her already. She is about 9" tall, made up of book pages, and scraps of scrapbook paper.

My MIL loved my paper lady so much she requested a paper lady. A 40" paper lady. Oh boy.

Getting the proportions right took a bit of finagling, but I got it.

Here she is just about finished.

This is where she will live. I still need to get her some shoes, and maybe trim her calves down (MIL thinks they are a bit to big). But we love her as well!!

Thanks for looking Smiley Have a great day!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Art/scrap Journal- In Progress- Lots of Pics on: June 19, 2011 02:33:34 PM
I am not sure which was the first art journal I saw, but I knew as soon as I saw it, I wanted to make one.

But I was really intimidate! I had no idea where to start. I am a weird person. Give me a pattern (or instructions), I will look at it, then completely ignore it to make my own thing.

And basically (my perception anyway) an art journal is just putting a bunch of things you like together in a book type setting. It can basically be anything you want it to be.

But I still couldn't figure out how to start.

Then I stumbled across one of Phizzychick's journals. I believe it was the travel one that got me going.

Alright, enough talky talk, here are the pics.

better view of the cover, inchies (thanks ChristieAnn and tynwia!), map bits, fabric bits, and a button.

Some of my daughters art Smiley

My daughter sleeping (and holding her pig tails).

Homemade paper and a note from a swap partner.

Inchies received in a swap (thank you ChristieAnn!) I have a lot of inchies throughout the entire journal, so chances are, if you sent me inchies, you are in there somewhere, so Thanks!

The pen pocket turned out to be a happy accident. I punched the holes on the wrong side and needed to cover them. As I was sewing the material on, I realized I could leave the top open and use it to store my pen.

I love happy accidents!

My journal was created from about 90% recycled materials (I know, the back cover offers false advertising).

-The green and purple pages are just newspapers that I glued together (2 pages) and painted with acrylic paint. The cheap stuff Smiley I started out using a paint brush but it was taking to long and not going on thick enough so I switched to finger painting. Man I forgot how much fun it is to paint with my hands  Grin
- The cover is corrugated cardboard. I found the idea here Shopevalicious http://www.shopevalicious.com/2008/11/christmas-journal-tip-1.html.

-The rest just came from all the papers, envelopes, pictures, scraps, etc that I have a tendency to hoard (which wouldn't be a problem if I could figure out an organization/storage system for it all!).

Now that I am done adding papers and such to it, I am excited to go through it and do some "art." I really am not very artistic when it comes to drawing and painting, but I figure the only way I will get better is if I try/practice:)

Aside from all the awesomeness I have found through craftsters, here is another site (a blog) where I found alot of inspiration.
The Creative Place http://thecreativeplace.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuesday-tutorial-paper-weave-journal.html

Please let me know what you think and thank you to everyone who unknowingly inspired me to actually give this a try!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Display Table Critique Please! on: June 09, 2011 01:54:50 PM
I am vending for my very first even this coming Sunday. I would love your thoughts about how my table is set up for display. Right now it is set up in the craft space, but on Sunday I will be outside (please don't rain!!).

Left Side of the table



And here is the towel rack thing I am going to use to display my t-shirt bags.

(try to ignore the clutter around it please)

I also have an old garden gate that I plan to attach wire baskets to for displaying my vinyl record containers.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate your input! 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Duct Tape and Staples Journal on: June 07, 2011 07:06:02 PM

I have been making these journals for a while now and I love them. They are simple to make and a great way to use up vinyl record covers, cereal boxes, or any other sturdy cardboard.

Items Needed:
Duct Tape
Stapler (a long arm staple is super awesome for this, but a regular stapler will work if it can open)
Straight Edge (ruler, etc)
Scissors or rotary cutter
cutting mat (if using rotary cutter)
rubber eraser (if using a regular sized stapler)
Pen or other marking device

Step 1.
Choose your size:
-For a 5.5" X 8.5" journal, you will use regular printer sized paper folded in half
-For a 4.25" X 5.5" journal, you will use regular printer paper cut in half, then folded in half. (see step three for specific instructions)

Step 2.
Decide the number of pages you would like to have in the book. I like from 8-16 pages, depending on what I have planned for it.

Step 3.
Cut and fold your paper.
-For the bigger size, each sheet of printer paper will give you two pages in your book (so if you want 8 pages, use 4 sheets of paper). Simply fold the sheets of paper in half.

-For the smaller size, each sheet of printer paper will give you four pages in your book (so for an 8 page book, you will only need 2 sheets of paper). Cut the paper in half so you have equal pieces of 5.5" x 8.5" paper.

Then fold them in half.

Work on the crease a bit to make sure all the pages have a nice sharp crease. I like to use the handles on my scissors so my finger nails don't get destroyed.

Step 4.
Make the cover. There are a few ways you can do this.
-If all you have is scissors, you can place your folded paper on the cardboard and trace around it, then cut it out.
- If you have a rotary cutter, you can lay your paper on top of your cardboard, then use your straight edge to cut out the covers.

You will need 2 pieces. Make sure that the top and bottom hang over the paper a bit, the sides do not need too.

Step 5
Duct Tape!
Lay your covers on the table face down. Take a strip of tape about double the height of your book and lay it on the table sticky side up in between your covers.

Place your covers on the duct tape leaving a space between the cover.

Fold the overlapping tape into the center.

Ideally the tape should overlap a bit on the inside. If you misjudged like I did, just at an extra piece of tape. Using your finger, smoosh down the tape between your covers so that the ridges from the cover show really well.

Close up the cover and using your fingers, create a crease along the duct tape.

Step 6
Place your folded and creased paper into the crease your created on the duct tape.
(not the best photo)

Using your fingers to feel out the paper crease through the duct tape, line up the paper crease with the duct tape crease. Holding firmly, open your notebook up and lay it flat out.

Staple three times through the crease. 
-If using a long arm stapler, just line up and go!

-If using a standard stapler, open the stapler up.

Place the rubber eraser under the crease where you will put your first staple.


Pull the eraser out and use the scissors to bend the prongs of the staple down.

Put three staples down the crease. Double check to make sure they are fairly lined up

And you are done!

Happy Crafting!!

This is the tutorial I used to make my first journal. http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2011/04/hardback-sketchbook-tutorial.html
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shorts Obsessed- Button Down to Shorts on: June 05, 2011 08:27:42 PM
I have become obsessed with making myself shorts for 2 reasons.
1. I need shorts
2. I have this really cool fabric I bought forever ago that I want to make into shorts but I really want them to turn out great!
So I have been practicing on clothing for upcycling.

Here are my button down shorts.

I love how these turned out. I have the buttons down one side with a pocket in front and back.

I have made up my own pattern, but here is a link to a tutorial here on craftsters that is similar to how I did this.

If only I could figure out the best way to do the waist...

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt to yoga pants- Question about stitching on: June 05, 2011 01:58:06 PM
I have been in desperate need of shorts for the last 3 years. I typically manage to find 1 pair each year that I can tolerate, but that is about it. This year I was finally ready to try making my own.

Granted, they are nothing fancy, but I am all about comfy anyway. I made a pair of shorts a few days ago out of a t-shirt that was pretty stained (which I didn't realize until after I was finished making them). They fit pretty good and I was happy with them. I wore them all day and I noticed something.

Every time I take the shorts off or put them on, the thread breaks. I used a straight stitch and I began to wonder if I should have used a zig zag stitch.

So, I made another pair today using zig zag stitch. Here are the results:

I really love how they turned out. Super comfy, the length I want, and free Smiley

The only problem is that the zig zag stitch shows. Grrr.

What is the best way to stitch clothes that need a little give?


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