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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered dream journal on: July 03, 2015 12:04:16 AM

I made this for Lo{ve} in the ongoing wish swap.  She wanted an altered dream journal for recording her dreams.  

I have been saving envelopes and pasteboard packaging for making junk journals for some time, but I hadn't actually altered one of my junk journals before so this was a new and fun experience for me.   Smiley  I used a lot of her favorite colors and themes, acrylic and watercolor paints, sharpie paint markers, a ribbon, a pocket envelope (back cover) and some glitter.   Cheesy    I used a 5 hole pamphlet stitch to bind with waxed linen cord.

I loved how this came out!   Cheesy  
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two headed Crow on: June 29, 2015 03:43:58 PM
I made this two headed crow for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap a few months back.   It is paper mache over a cardboard and paper form I made.  Roughly the size of a cockateil or small conure.   I gave them red 'ruby' eyes to make them more curious.   Cheesy 

I really liked how it came out!    Smiley   
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My Adventure Book Journal on: June 29, 2015 01:46:36 PM
I made this a few months back as a Christmas present.  It is coptic bound with 19 signatures and faux painted book covers.   Smiley   I am really pleased with how this turned out as was the recipient.   Cheesy     Finished size is about 6" x 4.5" x 2.25".   Smiley

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / [Closed] Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 - 2016 on: January 02, 2014 09:04:42 AM

Welcome to the new Ongoing Art Journaling and Altered Journal along!    

One of the things I'd like to start doing is visual art journaling.   I hope you will join in and share your pages as well!   Please DO feel free to just jump in and join us at any time.   Cheesy

All types of art journaling is welcome!   Start with a composition notebook, alter a book, make your own journal or use a premade sketch book with plain white pages.   Anything!  

Prior threads to browse for inspiration, ideas and techniques:
Ongoing Altered journal along (2008 - 2013) - there's a list of themes here that you can use to get started if you need ideas.   Smiley
2013 Art Journal along

Bookbinding techniques:
Coptic Stitch binding
How to bind your own hardback
Crafter's list of bookbinding tutorials

Some technique videos on youtube to get you started:
Altered books: gluing pages by Suzette Morrow
Altered Books-Thin Your Pages and Solid Blocks by Suzette Morrow
She has other videos on altered books that are really useful too!   Smiley
Some Principles of Art Explained
How to Make 100% recycled Art Journal from Cereal Boxes

Altered journals and books, art journals:   Ideas, Inspiration, getting started
Composition book art Journal
Art Journaling 101

Fabric / Mixed Media Art journals:
Spirit cloth
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 1
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 2

Prompts for your art journals:

Let go of Fear and Control with Art Journaling

Ephemera ideas:
For this link, this post plus the next few posts list a bunch of various ideas for places to find ephemera:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie Houses Template Tutorial on: July 25, 2013 12:57:48 PM
I was just in the Mail Art swap, and one of the things I sent inside the envelope was a template to make inchie houses.   I saw the idea in one of the 44cent swap galleries and thought it was an adorable idea and so drafted out my own template.    As I was writing up this tutorial I went to find the image post to give credit to the original crafter for the idea.  When I found it, I discovered that there actually are links to her templates on a later page in the gallery!    Oops!  I should have read a little further on and then I could have just used her templates!  Roll Eyes      However, since I went about it my own way I wanted to share anyway.   Smiley   With my method you can adjust the height of the peak to any size that you would like.   Or scale up (or down) the house to other sizes entirely.   Smiley

The original crafter was Sarcastra and this is the photo I got the idea from:

And a link to her template links:
You can use these to make little inchie houses like Phizzychick made here:

The photo of my template:

And a blurry (sorry!) photo of one of the little houses I made:

I made a template out of cardstock so I don't have to draft a house each time.  I then trace my template onto nice paper to make the houses.  

This is an inchie house, so most of the dimensions are just 1 inch.   The floor is 1" by 1" as are the walls.   So start by drafting out the 4 walls and floor.

The black and white dashed lines are the fold lines.  

I just freehanded the glue tabs.  I added extra glue tabs to the roof because I think it makes it a little more stable.  

To draft the peaks, you measure half the distance across the dashed yellow/black line at the bottom of the roof peak (for this house, that would be 1/2 inch) and then draw a perpendicular line straight up from this halfway point.  This is the blue line.

Now draw the diagonals for the roof peak (this is the purple line).   My purple lines measure 3/4".   Make sure both roof peaks have identical measurements.  

Take this measurement of the purple lines and make the green lines of the roof flap the exact same length as the purple line.

To assemble:

I find it is easiest to do the walls and floor first.  Then I put glue on the little glue tabs on the peak and glue roof tab A.   Then I glue roof B to the tab on roof A.  

Although maybe it might be easier to do the walls, then the roof and then the floor so you can get your fingers inside the house while assembling the roof.  I haven't tried it this way, but if you do let me know if its easier or not.   Smiley


6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Journal on cords on: March 07, 2011 09:21:42 AM
I made this journal for the Be awesome again swapSmiley

My partner likes vintage typewriters, blue and purple and maps of Kentucky so I incorporated as many of those things as possible into this journal.  Smiley

The journal is approx 6" x 9" and was hand sewn onto cords and they were difficult to photograph, but here is my best attempt:

You can definitely feel them along the spine.  That was my first attempt on sewing on cords and I must say I loved the process and the end results!  I found it very soothing once I did a signature or two and got the process of it down.  Smiley

I can't recall how many signatures there are for this journal, but I think there are 16 or 17.  The paper is a nice heavier weight drawing paper.

The closure is a vintage looking typewriter key that has a hook closure.  I tied back the leather thong ends with hemp cording to match the look on the hook closure.  And it has a touch of the teal blue in the miracle beads.

The endpapers were hand painted by me in some of her favorite colors:

And I hand sewed the endbands to match:

And then I hid some historical maps of Kentucky throughout the book.  Smiley


You can see the matching bookmarker ribbon here.  Smiley

The maps are historical and are pretty neat.  Smiley  The first one is from 1877 and it is a "County and railroad map of Kentucky".  The second is from 1839 and it is a map of the post offices, post roads, canals, railroads etc for Kentucky and Tennessee.  The legend mentions that these are the horse mail post coach, stage coach etc roads.  Cheesy   And the last is a historical birds eye view of a town in Kentucky.  Smiley

Overall I really loved how this project came out.  Smiley 
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / August 2007 wishlist gallery!!! on: August 10, 2007 12:27:37 PM
August 2007 wishlist swap:

I received from Goldfishgirl today!!  And I started a gallery since there wasn't one yet (hope it was ok!).  Smiley

I got a Gryffindor scarf and a bonus bag full of wool!  I love both of them very much!  Thank you!  Smiley  I was so surprised to see the wool in there, so thank you for the extra bonus surprise too!  Cheesy   Now, it just needs to get cold soon....  Wink 

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I got a wheel! hooray! on: July 04, 2007 04:44:34 PM
Hi, everyone!  I just got a ST Lendrum wheel.  I've never used a wheel before, but I have learned to spin on a drop spindle.  I just read a lot of reviews and that one sounded great and was within my budget.  I love it!  I love the soothing sound it makes when I treadle too.  Wink 

Now, to just figure it all out.  Wink  I discovered quite by accident that the flyer hook (?) is movable so I can fill the whole bobbin.  I started filling just the middle of my bobbin to start with and for the life of me couldn't see how to fill the rest, and then the light bulb came on.  Cheesy  I wish the wheel had come with a beginner's user manual, but I've learned a lot already by trial and error, youtube spinning videos and the posts here.  I've still yet to make a good yarn, but I'm getting closer every time I sit down and try.  I hope to be able to participate soon in the Fiber Friday posts.  Smiley 

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in, say Hi and sort of introduce myself to the group and I hope to be posting here now.  Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First attempt at spinning! (drop spindle) on: May 07, 2007 01:28:07 PM
It took me a few tries to get the hang of the drop spindle, but I'm feeling better at it now.  Smiley  It isn't perfect yarn by any means, but I'm still quite proud of it!  I think next go I will pre-draft my fiber because I was having problems with the twist getting into my fiber and creating really thick bits (slubs?) in the yarn.  The fiber is wool, mohair and angelina and is from Raynbow in the 'shop the swap' swap.  Cheesy

10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Tracking number in Canada? on: November 07, 2006 02:43:22 PM

I don't know if this is the right board, but I need to know if Canada has a tracking system within their country like the US does for DCN numbers and if it is an affordable option.  (For shipping within Canada to another Canadian, not shipping outside of Canada).  Thanks so much!  Smiley
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