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11  Mini Junk Journal from an Envelope in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by geekgirl1000100 on: June 03, 2017 12:51:43 PM
I made a mini junk journal using a 9"x12" manilla envelope that I had attempted to gelli print but didn't come out nicely.

So the inside cover had a self-made pocket

I slit the bottom of the envelop so that the back cover would also have a pocket

handmade envelope with altered ticket

gelli printed tags

I made a few altered paperclips.  

and lots of pockets

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12  Re: Notecard Set Swap in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 03, 2017 12:27:49 PM
dharma - super cute notecards!
smileyyogini - the cacti are nicely done.
Onyxnox - I love doing salted watercolors.  So much fun.  But iy can be hard on your hands when you try and rub the salt off after it dries.

I received from both my partners several days ago.
Onyxnox made some very lovely cards with a watercolor background and stamped images.  These cards are so neatly done - they look professional!

Mlsocci74 sent me an assortment of butterflies (we both send butterfly cards  Grin )
I love the variety.  the shaker card is very clever.  I've done similar things for pocket letters but never thought of doing it for a card.

This one is my favorite

Thanks you guys!
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13  Steampunkish/Vintage-y Junk Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by geekgirl1000100 on: May 26, 2017 04:50:22 PM
I made a junk journal for Wulf in the Junk Journal Swap.

I was lucky and found the perfect cover in the form of an old teacher instruction booklet from the 1930s.  I tore it in half (!) and extended the spine so that there would be plenty of room for the journal to expand and grow.

I made a couple of embellished paper clips

And an attached bookmark with beads

And to not overload - I made collages of the individual pages.  I mostly kept to a neutral color theme:

And a few close ups:

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14  Junk Journal Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 20, 2017 06:34:04 AM
Original Thread

Has Sent
geekgirl1000100 to Wulf
Wulf to geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss to stellato_escuro
stellato_escuro to LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo to Sinjah
Sinjah to SonjaBoo
Sharalee to stefaniegk
stefaniegk to Sharalee

Has Received
geekgirl1000100 from Wulf
Wulf from geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss from stellafrom_escuro
stellafrom_escuro from LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo from Sinjah
Sinjah from SonjaBoo
Sharalee from stefaniegk
stefaniegk from Sharalee
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15  Re: Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 20, 2017 06:16:10 AM
I received from Seeuudee and life got in the way so I am only now posting pics.

She went with my "recycled" theme.  I love making ATCs and other artwork out of recycled bits and I'm glad Seeuudee had fun with this theme!  She used different wraps, magazines, old cards, and I see some corrugated cardboard too!

Here is the pocket letter

the cards out of the pockets

My favorite!  Home is spelled out using gate symbols from Stargate.  Great show that doesn't get enough crafty love!

I really like these also. Great use of recycled bits

And all the extras

Thanks Seeuudee for a great PL!
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16  Recipes from novels in Recipes and Cooking Tips by geekgirl1000100 on: May 10, 2017 10:19:06 AM
My craft group recently had a potluck meetup where you were supposed to bring a dish from your favorite book/movie/tvshow.

I made 2 things. 

From my favorite series (Discworld) I made Genuine Howondaland Curry from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Most of the recipes in the book are kind of jokes and possibly not edible (like the dip made with cucumber, banana, and tomoto puree  Shocked )
But a few are actually not bad.

This was pretty good.  Not the best curry, slightly on the bland side but certainly edible and really simple.  I would try it again and try to doctor it up some.  Also, I used non-fat greek yogurt and light coconut milk so that could have made a difference since real Indian food is really rich.  Also, I probably needed more salt.  I don't cook with much salt so if I'm not told how much to add then I don't usually put in enough.

Genuine Howondaland Curry
(Taken from the writings of Ponce da Quirm)
from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett

4 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into cubes (I used about 1.25 lbs)
small pot natural yoghurt (I have no idea how much that is.  I used the rest of the yogurt I had in  large container - so maybe 8-10 oz)
1" piece of ginger root, grated
6-8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 a cmall onion cut in large pieces - I don't like onion)
4 fresh green chilli peppers, seeded and finely chopped (I used about 3 medium sized jalepenos)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin (I used 1 Tbs)
1/2 tbsp ground corianter (I used 1 Tbs)
1 tsp turmeric
1 400 mL can of coconut milk
salt to taste
water (I didn't use any water)

The recipe also says you could use a can of tomates instead of the coconut milk, or liquidized cashew nuts
Mix the chicken cubes in a bowl with the yoghurt, half the grated ginger and half the crushed garlic. Leave for at least half an hour or, better, overnight. (I did over night).
Heat the oil in a large pan, and cook the chopped onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is a definite brown.
Stir in half the chillies, the remaining ginger and garlic, and the powdered spices. You should have a paste. Add coconut milk and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture starts to get really dry and the oil starts to come out. (I added half the green chilis here)
When it all looks thoroughly cooked and a nice thick sauce consistency, add the chicken and yoghurt mix, and a splash of water (about half a mug) and some salt. Let it simmer about 30 minutes.
Just before the end (5 minutes) add the rest of the chopped green chillies to taste. Add cilantro on the top.

I also just finished reading the Legends of Muirwood series.  This is a great trilogy if you like fantasy novels. 
The main character works in a kitchen at an Abbey and talks about some of the dishes they make for special occasions. Even though the world in the series was not Earth, the food was very medieval English. 
I decided to make Sambacade - a medieval cheesecake from the 14th century.  I made mini ones just to make it easier to serve/eat. 
It uses elderflower cordial.  You couldn't really taste the cordial at all.  I have ordered some dried elderflowers and will make it again soon.
The white specks you see are bread crumbs. 

225 g rich shortcrust pastry (I used premade mini pie shells - didn't have enough time to make my own crust)
4 eggs, separated
115 g caster sugar
350 g cream cheese
85 g fresh breadcrumbs
3 -4 sprigs of fresh elderberry flowers (if in season) or 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial (I used 2 Tbs cordial)
2 -3 fresh fresh edible flowers, for decoration ( if in season) (didnt have)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Bake pie crust according to instructions.
In a bowl, cream together the egg yolks and sugar until almost white and shiny, then gradually add the cream cheese, beating well after each addition until well blended. Stir in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Stir the cordial into the cheese mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until shiny and stiff, then fold these into the cheesy mixture. Spoon into the pre-baked pastry case. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
SERVE warm or at room temperature with cream or creme fraiche

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17  Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: April 22, 2017 01:28:38 PM
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Post your pocket letter pictures here!

Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer


Lindyv321 <--> quaggy
Lindyv321 <--> curiousfae
noooitaremybirthday <--> curiousfae
bunny1kenobi <--> BigBangMomma
bunny1kenobi <--> sammylouise
BigBangMomma <--> sammylouise
bec99 <--> Homerof2
bec99 <--> jellybean
quaggy <--> seeuuddee
geekgirl <--> seeuuddee
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18  Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: April 14, 2017 10:19:15 AM
to give an idea of scale - here's a pic of the tiny bird next to a quarter Smiley
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19  Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by geekgirl1000100 on: April 12, 2017 04:27:17 AM

Swap name: Junk Journals

*** FYI - there is a lot of info here.  please read it all and ask questions either in this thread or PM me!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: April 12 - April 21
Date to send item by: May 22

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Previous Gallery: Mini Junk Journals

*** Disclaimer - I will do my best to partner people up according to themes but shipping requirements, allergies and number of participants may make it difficult to come up with perfect partnering!

- This swap is for a junk journal,  You will make your partner a junk journal that is between these sizes:
6 x 9 in <==> 152 x 229 mm
up to
8.5 x 11 in <==> 216 x 279 mm
with a front cover, 20 sheets (that would be 20 fronts, 20 backs, so if you numbered them with page numbers they would number 1-40), and then a back cover.  The sheets can be sewn into signatures or not depending on how you are binding the journal.
- Half the sheets should be embellished.  This could be stamped, or with ribbon/lace, pockets, tags, brads, hanging bookmarks, borders, etc.
- The other half do not need to be embellished but would need to be some sort of decorative or otherwise designed paper (not just plain printing paper), Examples of things you can use: old calendar pages/images, magazine pages, junk mail envelopes, paint chips,paper bags, book pages, playing cards, greeting cards, yellow mailing envelopes, ziploc baggies, postcards or pasteboard packaging that have been gessoed/painted over, gelli printed pages, and other interesting but not bought (i.e. scrapbook) items.    (you CAN use scrapbook type items but it is NOT required)
- Then bind it in some way.  The simplest is punching holes and just using O rings and you can decorate them with ribbons and such so they don't look so plain. But you could do any sort of binding you like.

This swap is just for the book with pages.  You would not do any actual journaling in it.  The recipient would use if for their own purposes.

here are some reference materials.  

some example pics:

and some sites with instructions (although the second one looks like she included some actual journal writings which we wouldn't do

Sample video

A video tutorial series
steps 1 - 3 are mostly about cutting paper and gathering materials.  She uses a lot of store-bought, pre-made stuff.  That is not necessary.  junk journals can be made out of, well junk Smiley  I would check other sites out for types of ephemera other people use.  Probably you could skip steps 1-3 and still have a good idea what she did.
step 1 - about cutting paper and covers
step 2 - about gathering embellishments.  she does mostly/exclusively flat decorated journals, but you don't have to be limited to flat items.
step 3 - gathering inks and stamps to use
step 4 - starting to put it all together - flips through her pages and shows where she inked/stamped, added pockets, dictionary pages, etc.
step 5 - final step on putting it together - adding final embellishments and binding. again she keeps it fairly flat. she binds with 0 rings.  and shows how to fancy up the look of the orings

a picture guide
mini junk journal

binding tutorial
You can use any binding you want.  The easiest appears to be punching holes and using 0-rings. Here is a link for coptic stitch.  This is where you would have to make "signatures", basically you'd make long pages and fold them in half and then sew them together.

A really good step by step picture guide on sewing signatures and binding

More tips

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What allergens are in your house?
What allergies do you have?

*** general note about themes: if you list a very specific theme, it's likely your partner may not have that much in the way of paper-related items/emphemera in that theme.  It's best to keep any themes (if you want a theme) generic and open.

Is there anything/theme you would NOT want to have in your junk journal (colors, types of ephemera, themes, religion, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to see (shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, cutesy, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to make?

*** For partnering purposes I will be looking at shipping preferences and allergies first and foremost.  
If at all possible I will take the following questions into consideration:
Keeping in mind the swap is for a journal that is 6x9 inches to 8.5x11 inches, do you have a size preference?  
Do you have a preference on what size journal you make?

Anything else you want your partner to know?  pinterest link, etc?


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20  Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: April 06, 2017 05:55:23 PM
I'm glad that there were an odd number of people in the swap and instead of a round-robin I was greedy and took 2 partners Smiley
Because I have received 2 awesome packages.

JoyfulClover sent a fantastic seahorse sculpture thing.  It came with unpacking instructions and she had used cable ties to fasten the holder to the box.  Clever idea.  I will have to remember that one.

The holder looks like a banana holder painted, and wrapped with a ring binder, nails and wire.  It's decorated with metal flowers.  The seahorse is plushy-like and wrapped with more wire and beads. 

I love it so much.  Thanks JoyfulClover!

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