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1  Re: Mini Book Charms (with Mini Tutorial) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by zzdia on: July 21, 2013 02:07:26 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone! Smiley

Here's another bunch of mini books:
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2  Mini Book Charms (with Mini Tutorial) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by zzdia on: July 02, 2013 12:11:12 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This started as a birthday present for a friend.

I remembered one of my friends linking to one of those online shops that sell mini book charms and I remember thinking back then 'Hey, I could make that'. I decided to go with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli for my friend's prezzie, but of course, I couldn't just make one, hence the abundance of mini book charms

I started with Google image search to find the book covers. It's really hard to find more than the front cover of the book, though. So for the ones where I didn't have the spine and the back, I just picked a color from the front and added it to the image using Gimp (an image editor), sized large enough for the back cover and the spine. I think I did a 0.5" spine for the image, which was actually too large, but that's ok because I just trimmed off the excess after.

I put all the book images I wanted in one image sized to 8r (8"x10") and had it printed on silk paper at one of the printing shops here. It's 60pesos for one 8r (around $1.50).

Cut out the book image, and fold along the spine edges to make the mini book. I used an awl to put a hole along the top of the spine and put in a ring to make the mini book a charm.

Folding along the spine using my metal ruler:

Book image folded with the metal ring at the top of the spine:

I had a bunch of loose pages from an old book that I turned into a hollow book, and I used those as the pages for the book charms. I measured the width and height of the book and made sheets twice the width of the book and folded them in half to make the pages. I used a bulldog clip to keep everything in place and used glue to put everything together. Kept it pressed together with the bulldog clip and let the glue dry.

I used Diamond Glaze to cover the whole book and make it more or less waterproof. I covered the spine and the front cover with a thin layer and let dry. Then I did a thin layer on the back and let that dry. Then I did a layer around the book edges and hung it up to dry. (All this waiting for stuff to dry takes time, I suggest watching a show to pass time, or something.)

Learn from my mistakes!

- Don't be tempted to cheat on the pages because cutting them out and putting them together is tedious. Your book charm won't be squared and the glaze won't settle flat.

- Put a piece of stiff cardboard between the clip and your mini book when you're letting it dry. You don't want to put a crimp in your mini book.

- Let the glaze dry thoroughly before touching it. That's the only way to keep a clean finish.

I'm turning these mini book charms into pendants, but they can also be used for charm bracelets and for anything else you could think of. For my friend's present, I just added another jump ring to the charm and made a necklace with some chain.

More pics and details over at my blog
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3  Re: Time Lord of the Rings Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by zzdia on: January 25, 2013 10:49:30 PM
I got the images online and just put them together. Here's the final image I used:
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4  Re: October 2012 OPS D&G in The Swap Gallery by zzdia on: January 03, 2013 11:11:09 PM
This package took forever to get here (stupid PO *grumble, grumble*), but it got here at last! My supply package from elyxandra!

There's some freezer paper, a couple of Canson pastel paper (which I can't wait to use, but I have to make something special on them), mini bottles (I already have plans for the smaller one. Cheesy). There's also a lovely Wicked felt badge extra that I have to put on one of my favorite bags soon.

Thank you so much, elyxandra! Cheesy
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5  Christmas 2012 gifts (journal in a jar, cookie mix in a jar, inspiration jar) in Winter Holidays by zzdia on: January 02, 2013 10:30:36 PM
Hey, all Cheesy

So, here's a couple of my Christmas prezzies for some friends. The journal in a jar has been on my mind since I first saw it on my friend's tumblr, and I guess I just kind of ran with the whole gifts in a jar idea.

First off, here's the link to the journal in a jar inspiration: http://keepersministry.com/gift-giving-101-project-4-memory-jar-or-scrapbook-in-a-jar

Here's the prezzie I made:

So, I took the idea of a journal jar and ran with it, adding some extra little things she might want to use into it and I used a large jar so she can add put a lot of extra stuff into it throughout the year. The ornament (decoration?) and oversized ribbon is reused from Christmas presents to our family (I like to grab ribbons from presents and add them to my stash and they tend to turn up everywhere).

Here's a closer look at the journal tags I made:

I made 52 journal tags so she'd have a tag per week for the whole year. I traced a cardboard tag (which I got attached to a pair of pants we bought) onto various bits of paper and cardboard I had in my stash and cut them out, punched holes and added hole reinforcement stickers to them.

The next is a Blues-Be-Gone inspiration jar:

I got the idea from here: http://blog.ams-designstudio.com/2012/01/handmade-blues-be-gone-inspiration-jar.html

I completely forgot to take pictures of the cards and everything before I tied it up. I cut up note cards that were a Christmas present to my dad which he had no use for (because the other half had his name on them) and wrote inspirational quotes on them. I made 25 in total and put them into little envelopes and put them in the jar. The shredded gold foil, ribbon, and decor are all reused.

Last is this chocolate chip cookie mix in a jar:

Here's the recipe I used: http://www.meals.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-cookie-mix-a-jar-32260
I decided to go with a cookie in a jar because I remember how my friend once made a cake from a mix one dinner we had at their house and I wanted to help her make cookies almost from scratch. Heres the recipe I used. I decided to go with a bigger jar because I wanted them to use it as a cookie jar after, I just added foil and some chocolates on top so the contents wouldn't shift. I added more ribbon from stash and tags with the recipe and also with the contents of the mix so she could make some from scratch if she ever wanted to.

I put chalkboard labels on all of them (but you can't see them in the first two). I got a roll of chalkboard sticker from a sale last year (I think it was 70Php or ~$2) and stuck them in the jars. I did the first two with silver Sharpie, but the cookie jar, I did it in chalk so if they use it as a cookie jar, they can change the writing on it.

A little more info over at my blog
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6  Sherlock Bag from Pillowcase in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zzdia on: November 13, 2012 10:17:15 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy

Thanks to the bag I got from the whendonverse swap, I saw the potential in making bags from pillowcases. I found the one I got really useful because it takes up so little space in my usual bag, but it's really useful during shopping. I decided to make one for one of my girl friends who just had her birthday last November 8.

I cut a pillowcase in half and used the bottom half to make her bag. (I'll probably make the top half into another bag).  I zigzagged the raw edge, folded it down and just stitched around for the top. I sewed a couple of inches from the corners of the bottom to give it a squared bottom. I sewed gold ribbon as handles.

Here's a picture of the stencil in progress:

And here's another shot of the final bag:
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7  Re: End of Summer Random Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zzdia on: November 08, 2012 12:39:15 AM
Love that amethyst necklace!

I received today from LoleEden! Cheesy

A key chain, Rainbow Drops and a fab pair of earrings. The Rainbow Drops intrigue me, we have a crisped snack here that I love and I wonder if it tastes the same. The earrings came just in time for a birthday dinner I'm going to tomorrow and it's gonna go perfect with what I'm planning to wear.

Here's the keychain hanging out with all my other keychains (I use them to bling up my bags. Haha.) I'm pretty sure our org recognizes that bag. Wink

A cool Doctor Who altered notebook. I love the distressed grungy look. I have to find something awesome to write in this notebook.

Three absolutely fantastic necklaces inspired from stuff from my pinterest that I can't wait to wear out. Cheesy
A 'Keep Calm and Don't Blink' necklace:

A snitch in the bottle necklace (just look at that teeny snitch in that bottle! Love it.):

And an altered USB turned all pretty (this has to be my absolute favorite item here, besides the notebook). The USB stick is the type that can turn and you won't even know it's a USB stick when that end is hidden:

I love everything, LoleEden. Thank you again. And thanks Sevs for organizing another great swap.
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8  Converting laced sneakers to slip-ons in Shoes: Completed Projects by zzdia on: November 07, 2012 01:22:35 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This started out because I love sneakers and I have a couple of pairs of them, but realized about a week ago that I'd stopped wearing them when I got a pair of slip-on Toms. I was going the lazy route and because of having to tie laces, had actually stopped using my beloved sneakers.

I knew there are some slip-on Converse shoes and decided to search for a tutorial online about making slip-on sneakers. But I found this tutorial and decided that her way was better than my original idea of remaking those slip-ons because there was less sewing involved.

I bought some 1/4" white garter, took off the laces on my sneakers and cut some garter slightly shorter than the laces. I laced them up while I was wearing the sneakers, and tightened them as much as I normally lace my sneakers.

Instead of sewing them to the tongue of the sneaker, I just hand sewed them to the side with thread the same color as the sneakers.

I wore them on a trip and I love how easy it is to just slip them on and off at the airport, but they still have the fit that laces give to shoes. I may have to convert all my sneakers into slip-ons.  Wink
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9  Outgrown shorts to skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zzdia on: November 07, 2012 01:03:06 AM

This is my first real sewing project using a machine, and I'm pretty proud of it. Cheesy

I actually remembered to take before pics of this one (albeit blurry ones)

This was actually a pair of slightly longer than knee-length shorts I used to wear when I was still in uni. But a couple of years and some weight gain later, I could not even zip up the side any more. (These before pics are embarrassing, gosh)

I ripped the seams out of the inner seam and sewed the fronts and the backs together. Did these with french seams because that's how the original seam was and I decided I had to do it. I admit that the seams aren't as neat as the original, but at least I did them.

I used the original hem and hiked it up since there was more width to it at the lower end. I decided how long I wanted to make it and chopped off the excess up top. I put back the pocket into the right side seam. I was going to reuse the zipper, but realized that I wasn't up to measuring and being accurate about it. So I decided to just fold down the top and put garter in.

I just proved to myself that sewing with a machine isn't so hard and, ohmigod, it was so worth it shelling out the money to get a basic one because of the time saved and I no longer have to put up with all the needle pricks from handsewing everything.

(Just one last pic)
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10  Re: October 2012 OPS D&G in The Swap Gallery by zzdia on: November 06, 2012 02:52:01 AM
So glad the snowflakes and the wee monster got to you all right, AuntieKar!

I received my supply package from noushi yesterday and I am sooo excited to make stuff with them. (Apologies for the blurry pics. I just got back from a trip to my grandparents, but I really wanted to post this now)

First up is this really cute case (did you make it, noushi?). I love everything about it.

Inside was a whole bunch of embroidery floss. Yay for more stitchery.

And some awesome leather, snaps, eyelets, and a setter! I cannot wait to make some cuffs from these. There are two letter-sized leather pieces there, yo.

And my absolute favorite part:

Yarn! The exact yarn I need for a WIP crochet shrug I'm making. See, I got a ball of this yarn from a previous swap and I loved it and decided to make a shrug from it. Only being a large person, I ran out of yarn and the shrug stayed unfinished for months. Some days I would pull it out and just stare at how forlorn it looked and wishing I could find some more yarn to finish it (but I never could). And now noushi has revived this project with this yarn infusion!

Thank you so much for a great supply package, noushi! You should have seen me doing a happy dance in my room when I opened my package. Cheesy
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