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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Taj Mahal Card on: August 11, 2006 09:04:11 PM
I have been away from Craftster for SO long....

...now that I'm posting again, here's my latest card, made from thick card and scrapbooking paper. It's about 13cmx13cm, with a 14.5cmx14.5cm envelope which I made from a large square sheet of scrapbooking paper. (I love to make my own envelopes!)

The Taj Mahal/Indian colour theme is because the recipient taught a course on South Asian literature.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two New Books! on: May 30, 2006 11:38:14 PM
Haven't been doing any bookbinding in a while, there are from the last month or so!

The first one is reconstructed from an old book, I printed out all the lined pages on various colours of medium-weight cardstock. A nice sturdy journal. The book is "Death of a Thin-Skinned Animal" by Patrick Alexander.



Second one is an old book that I covered with this lovely Asian print fabric....took a while, but well-worth it. The corners and all turned out really neatly. I used parchment-like paper for this one. Don't have an individual picture, but here are the two posing for their glamour shots!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / *Journals I'm Proud Of* (updated and pic heavy) on: February 04, 2006 12:28:48 AM
I added two more books!!

The Three Books:

Inside Covers:

Back Covers:

Closeups Of Covers:
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little Pocket Book on: February 03, 2006 03:58:13 PM
This is my first coptic-stitched little book, it's 3 x 4 inches, and about a 1/2 inch wide.

I used a piece of fibrous scrapbooking paper for the cover, and all the pages inside are scrapbook paper remnants that I couldn't bear to throw out. The coptic stitch is a *bit* loose at one part, but it's mostly tight enough. The only thing about this book that SUCKS is that I used Elmer's glue to adhere the cardboard to the cover paper, and I think the combination of the glue and the natural fibers in the paper produced a not-so-pleasant smell....GROSS. I'm going to put the whole thing in a small box with a block of strong but yummy smelling aniseed soap...that trick has worked in the past for me to get rid of glue smells, so I hope it works.

Outside of book (It's actually a nice rich red with gold applique things)


Signatures fold out for more (secret) writing room:
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First Mixed-Paper Book (pic heavy, perhaps) on: January 15, 2006 03:06:12 PM
I have been inspired to make my first mixed-paper book after all the wonderful ones I've seen here.

I don't know if this is "reconstructed" or general, so I'm just going to post it here.

Cover is made from an old book, ripped all the pages out. (I wanted the sturdiness of a book cover). I used a map-patterned piece of scrapbooking paper for the cover, there's a light blue ribbon closure:

Didn't want the title of the book on the spine, so I sewed on a wide piece of blue ribbon (so easy on the sewing machine!):

Used an old journal binding thing I had lying around, and hole-punched all my mixed paper, endpapers are the same map as the front. It was hard to figure out how to put my block of paper into the book, but it's just hooked in there with another piece of paper at the spine:

Another shot of some paper-ness:

The Back of the Journal, my little standard logo:
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Set of Notebooks (pic heavy) on: December 24, 2005 12:58:54 PM
Here's a set of small notebooks, 10 cm X 12 cm, about 1.5 cm thick. I used a simple method of book-making, by folding over 1 cm of paper and gluing each one to the next (hope that makes sense!). The gold and rose papers are wrapping paper, and the leathery brown and blue papers are pages ripped from magazines. The little photographs on each cover are from a RedEnvelope Magazine ad (came in very handy!!). Hope you like them Smiley

The Series:

Beauty Shots:

The Insides (with my logo, muhaha:)
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First Stencily Thing - Christmas Stocking on: December 19, 2005 11:18:17 PM
My good friend loves Bright Eyes, so I used this stencil of Conor Oberst and cut it out of felt, and made her a denim stocking. I'd have done it with paint, but I have none, sadly. I do like the felt though, it's nice and soft!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Card # 1 (now with envelope!!) on: December 13, 2005 05:43:57 PM
I needed to make a card for a dear friend of mine, but wanted to be economical with my pretty black paper! So, I traced one of those rounded-edge Behr paint sample cards (approx 5x6 inches) onto black cardstock, and then dug into my treasure trove of magazine images (i have a big thing for cutting out pretty pictures!). I had a hard time figuring out how to make a pretty font, so I just opened MS Word, wrote "joy" in a nice font, and freehanded it onto the card in pencil, then with silver pen. On the back is a printed piece of parchment-coloured cardstock with thin grey lines for writing neatly Smiley

I'm thinking of making a series of these cards as a gift for someone next year perhaps, I'd like to add a few little rhinestones or teeny crystals just to sparkle it up. If anyone has any good ideas for holiday words, pass them along! Joy...peace...I definitely need to enlarge my festive vocab.


I made an envelope out of a 12x12 piece of scrapbooking paper, and glued on some French Ribbon to match the gift I wrapped! I'm going to make so many more of these handy envelopes!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami Pajama Cards on: December 05, 2005 08:41:44 PM
Here are some cards I've made for the cast of a play (in which they all wore pajamas). I used scrapbook paper for the shirt and pants, and some regular cardstock for the card itself. I just think they're so cute, although folding all the shirts and pants and gluing took a while (I made 21 of these.)


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