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1  Big nature book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by calluna on: May 06, 2019 11:24:00 AM
I was wholly inspired by The Raging Sloth's nature walk assemblages, and decided to make her a book in hopes of keeping her going with it (and sharing pictures of what she creates Wink).




Short accordion folds for the spine, with 12x12" heavy scrapbook paper glued to each surface and signatures sewn into some of the valley folds.
This project started about 10 years ago but I tucked it away and forgot about it since I couldn't figure out the purpose of the final product or how to cover it. It need hard covers because the spine is flimsy and the structure is so large. The inspiration finally came via the Bookbinding Craft-along thread.  Smiley
After no luck searching for bookboard in my local craft stores, I took apart an uninteresting thrifted hardcover book with the right dimensions for the covers. Then I covered those with adhesive cork, and glued on some pressed plants I'd collected in Utah last year. I crocheted "rustic" edges with twine (both to go with the look and to avoid spending money on  more supplies). I would have liked to add more decoration but I'm leaving the finish work and artistic contents to The Raging Sloth to create.

I'd found this lovely moss-covered chicken wire on clearance and wrapped it around the book as a closure (the rest of it is on my wall with clorhespins as a narrow bulletin board). It makes a mess of moss crumblies but I still love it.

The spine itself has a print of an owl, made by an artist I used to work for, and because it was "imperfect" she was throwing it away; she let me keep some discards but didn't want attention drawn to them, so the owl just peeks out a bit here:


The book I, erm, destroyed was of nursery rhymes and one was about an owl, so I glued in that page to go with the spine owl.
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2  Cosmic infinity skunk prayer flag in Needlework: Completed Projects by calluna on: May 06, 2019 11:13:15 AM


This prayer flag was a surprise for a skunk fan (who I won't name, to keep it a surprise) and I think it went missing in the mail...but even so, I like the thought of someone in the postal world someday finding it and being puzzled by it.  Cheesy
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3  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by calluna on: May 03, 2019 01:55:58 PM
I haven't accomplished much in the book-binding department lately, but I have one thing to share...
Here's the big nature book I finished last month for The Raging Sloth:



short accordion folds for the spine, with 12x12" heavy scrapbook paper glued to each surface and signatures sewn into some of the valley folds. After no luck searching for bookboard in my local craft stores, I took apart an uninteresting thrifted hardcover book with the right dimensions for the covers. Then I covered those with adhesive cork, and crocheted "rustic" edges with twine (both to go with the look and to avoid spending money on more supplies, like proper book tape). I'd found this lovely moss-covered chicken wire on clearance and wrapped it around the book as a closure (the rest of it is on my wall with clorhespins as a narrow bulletin board).

The spine itself has a print of an owl, made by an artist I used to work for, and because it was "imperfect" she was throwing it away; she let me keep some discards but didn't want attention drawn to them, so the owl just peeks out a bit here:
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4  Re: Craftster Meetup ~ April 26-28, 2019 in Asheville, NC! in UNITED STATES by calluna on: May 01, 2019 02:41:38 PM
Here are some unique goodies I was given over the weekend by attendees:


Pretty much as soon as I arrived and identified myself, kbrison handed me a big bag of fire starters she's been collecting for me! I'll be saying "thank you, Kathy!" whenever I get the fireplace going now, even though she's not there.  Smiley


LeapFeetFirst brought me some sets of beautiful handmade buttons as a thank-you for some random stuff I'd sent her, and they were in this pouch that is incredibly timely for some current stuff I'm going through and, as she knows, it fits my general personality and style as well.


in the gift exchange, I unwrapped this awesome refillable junk journal from geekgirl1000100! It has so many little goodies tucked away in compartments, I wonder how many more I'll discover over time. Plus her gelli prints, which I have coveted (and I picked up a few more from her bag of freebies), and some papers from her late grandparents' house, which makes it all the more special. A couple spreads:



Thank you so much, ladies! I'm still smiling!  Kiss

And can I give a quick round of applause to the significant others who attended, for graciously passing the time without complaints, impatience, pouting, bad energy, or needing to be entertained...Good men!
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5  Re: ALL the Lanyards! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by calluna on: April 30, 2019 04:42:45 PM
Here is mine!


I love mine, and I kept admiring the ones others chose as well. I have been needing a lanyard for work, and this doubles as jewelry so I'm pretty happy about that.

I was expecting, maybe, a "Hello my name is __" sticker. Instead Jennie started us off with THIS (nametags with user name, real name, and avatar was brilliant), and the goods kept coming!
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6  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by calluna on: February 16, 2019 11:51:24 AM
Yay, I just found some of the photos of my mini albums! I'll share the photos and then go search for the original tutorials that I used.

Tutorial


I think this was the tutorial I used; I did a different cover style, though.


The old exploding box trick:

I haven't found the tutorial I used for this one, but it's basically just dividing three pieces of paperboard into a tic-tac-toe pattern, cutting out the corners to make them each into plus-sign shapes, each slightly smaller than the other, and folding them at the edges. They get stacked on top of each other and glued together at the center piece. The lid is slightly larger than the largest piece, allowing it to fit on top of everything.
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7  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by calluna on: February 16, 2019 11:18:20 AM
Mini-albums are wonderful for gifts, especially when you already have photos to fill them with. I'm searching for photos of the ones I've made, and so far haven't come up with much! I think one of my favorite techniques (as a pretty giftable) is the star book that rackycoo shares: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423194.0

I'll keep looking.

Eta: albums in boxes:



The pages are accordion bound and they are pulled out one at a time from a box, with the bottom page glued to the inside base of the box. It was just one of those cheap school pencil boxes, covered with coordinating paper. Since it was for swap and I didn't know the recipient very well, I put in various papers and photo corners to be hints on where the photos would be placed, if she so chose. But then I realized that was probably too restricting. So for the next one I made, I just left the pages plain, and sent photo corners and coordinating papers separately. I made sure that the top page looked like a tab to be pulled up:

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8  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by calluna on: February 13, 2019 01:41:41 PM
Yes! More bookbinding! That's more a command to myself than telling you all what to do. Though I really want to see all your projects, I admit.  Smiley

I'm really inspired to make nature-themed journals this year. There are several scrappy journals underway, which start with forming signatures out of various sizes of paper I glue together until they reach the right overall size, like this...

the original tutorial I saw for this technique (no longer online) used a sewing machine, but I use what I've got.

My favorite book about bookbinding: Creating Handmade Books https://g.co/kgs/vVJqPg
Alisa Golden has written a number of well-illustrated books on the topic, but this is the one I was given and it was my favorite as a reference and inspiration source.
I never posted any tutorials for bookbinding because I learned almost everything directly from that book. There's one technique I like, though, for which I can no longer recall the source, so one of these days I'll get around to posting it!

If I recall correctly, the original Teesha Moore patch tutorial videos showed her patches made into book covers for thin books. A set of sewn signatures could be easily attached to the joining seam of a front and back cover...In case, like me, you have a pile of patches in need of a project.
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9  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by calluna on: February 10, 2019 12:52:57 PM
The Doctor Who cross-stitch I've been messing with for ages:



(There's a whole story behind it; it is from one of the audio dramas rather than the tv show). I sewed it to some ultrasuede and I think the only proper thing is to make it a small throw pillow. If anyone has other suggestions I would love them.  Smiley

ETA: no matter what orientation I use when I upload, it is never right when it shows up on the screen! I'd think one out of ten would turn out ok, but not yet!  Cheesy
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10  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by calluna on: February 09, 2019 05:20:53 PM
That is so great. There's got to be one of those tiny copy/fax/print places in a town nearby, and they could do the printing if you put the label file onto a thumb drive. (Here I am speaking for complete hypothetical strangers in a place I've never been.  Cheesy)

I worked on wips much of the day today, with still nothing completed! The rug is growing slowly and gradually, in the manner of children you spend every day with.
I want to make a little more progress on a cross-stitch finishing project before posting a pic, so hopefully I'll do that tomorrow.
I thought I was finished with a wrap I've been working on, having run out of my handspun yarn, but now I know it needs more mass, so the quest has begun for a complimentary color of lightweight yarn, and the wrap will be a 2-color piece once it's done.
Also sewed together the sections of a scrap journal, though it still needs to be attached to the bookcover and I need to re-cover the gutted book I'm using. My bookbinding supplies and projects were in storage for much of last year, so it felt good to dabble again!
Here is another old book project that's stumping me (sitting on top of my in-progress rug):

It's a biggun; an accordion binding with 12x12 scrapbook papers attached, and very heavyweight folded paper on the covers. For structural integrity it either needs to be cut to a smaller size (tall and narrow) or somehow be turned into a hardcover book. I can't decide what the purpose of the book should be, and I'm still even considering cannibalizing it to make something different. Once the decision is made, there's no going back! So I keep frowning at it, waiting for the inspiration to strike.
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