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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Big nature book on: May 21, 2019 02:48:43 AM
I love my book by the way! Im working on a page as we speak! Such awesome book binding! You are so talented!

Aw, thanks! I can't wait to see what you create out of it; please please please share!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Big nature book on: May 11, 2019 05:09:30 AM
Wow, thank you!!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Show Us Your Project Giveaway! May 1-7th. Winner Announced May 8th on: May 08, 2019 01:55:19 PM
Yay kartiana!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Show Us Your Project Giveaway! May 1-7th. Winner Announced May 8th on: May 06, 2019 11:29:09 AM
Thanks to CLM for nudging me to share this bookbinding project I finished:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458204.msg5526245
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Big nature book 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.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cosmic infinity skunk prayer flag 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
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Book Binding craftalong 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:
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Mousie on: May 03, 2019 01:30:04 PM
Instantaneously, upon seeing the thumbnail, I thought of the '80s song, "Here I am, the one that you love, asking for another chance..." Basel probably sings it in a tiny squeaky voice, though.  Grin

Fantastic work!
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / UNITED STATES / Re: Craftster Meetup ~ April 26-28, 2019 in Asheville, NC! 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!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: ALL the Lanyards! 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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