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31  shelf liner & duct tape books! tutorial added! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: September 09, 2008 08:17:38 PM
These are some books I made for my boy . . . I had two more but they got lost when we moved!!!!

I took pics of the making of the shape book, so if anyone wants a tut, just let me know! Honestly, the possibilities are endless . .  it doesn't even have to be for children!

Here is my tutorial - first one, so warning in advance, it might be a bit windy, lol.

You will need:

clear sticky shelf liner
scissors or paper trimmer (which works AWESOME)
duct tape (colours are always cool)

After you decide what to make a book of, figure out your paper size. I just cut my paper in half width-wise and set up my printer to print as such. You have to make sure that you leave a wide margin for where the pages will be bound. Very important! You can print double-sided, but I would get too confused, lol, so I just print out each side of the "one" page seperately.

When done printing I have a set like this:

my book was lengthwise so my margins are at the top and bottom, but it is fine to make one landscape as well.

So, if you didn't print in colour, colour everything (yay!), or put your kids to work.

get your shelf liner ready . . . cut a piece big enough so it can fold back on itself with some overhand on the sides and lengthwise, about half an inch - like a pocket for the paper. dont worry about cutting straight! Peel off the backing and lay it sticky side up. Now, lay your piece (if you printed double-sided) or pieces (if you printed each side seperately) of paper on the liner with the margined side being where the shelf liner will fold . make sure if you printed each side that your margins are on the same side.

There are two pieces here laying on the shelf paper:

This is very important when it gets to the binding stage . . . you want a straight, consistent edge where the tape will go.

Now to fold: the margined side has a flat fold, the unmargined has the overhang

Now, for me, so I don't get all mixed up with the margins, it helps to lay down everything the same way I want the book to go. One page at a time

You can see here that "circle" is on the back of "triangle"  . . hopefully pic makes more sense of margins than I do

K, now that they are all lined, it is time for the binding. I start with the first pages and work my way to the back, but for a thicker book, you will want to start binding in the middle and work your way forward from the middle, then back from the middle.
Lay your first two pages down against eachother, how they will be bound, then tape them together like this:

The tape also helps to hold everything in place while you are working!

Then, fold the second page over onto the first and line everything up so you have a straight edge again, and get your next piece to tape:

Now continue fighting with the duct tape

When you get to the end, it should look like this:

I put one more piece on the top to cover up everything and trim everything all up. Make sure you leave some overlap of the liner or the book will not be as indestructable.

Be careful with the shelf liner - It loves to pick up any ink and pencil crayon markings so it is not easy to just take it apart if you wrinkle it or something while folding it over. You will have to use a new piece.

So there you have a baby-proof, water resistant book!

I'm working on a vegetable one now. I have made him the shapes one, a fruit one, numbers, and an animal one with an animal for each letter of the alphabet. For that one, I had printed out clipart seperately and glued everything on the cardstock, so that works well too.
I had also made him a small one with photos of his dad (who was a long haul trucker and away all the time) so he could touch the pictures without wrecking them

Man, I am soooo horrible at explaining things - - - why I decided not to be a teacher!!!!

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32  May flowers are finally here in manitoba! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: May 25, 2008 05:11:24 PM
I was commissioned for a brown anklet, and after I fould these awesome flowers at a thrift store, I could finally make something brown, of which I had no inspiration for before

And these flowers - I have become OBSESSED with making them, but I am running out if ideas on how to use them!!

(and yes, that is a silver disco ball bead in the middle of the pink flower, lol)

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33  New swirly rings and pokey necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: April 13, 2008 11:59:15 AM
New rings that I made:


And another necklace like the hematite one I posted . . I LOVE it, it looks so cool! (so much more in person! doesn't photograph well)

Thanks for checking everything out!

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34  New necklaces-some modelled by green tree python in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: April 10, 2008 06:37:01 AM
I'm always looking for whacky places to take pics . . . figured, why not the python cage? If I wasn't such a darn chicken, the pieces would be right in there, so it kinda sucks the glass is all spotty with condensation. Here they are:

Blue & copper - found little mosaic tiles at dollarama

Space-aged hematite-I think I should've left it tighter because then the head pins stood up all crazy-like better.

And, one of my favourites ever - featuring rose water opal swar. crystals, and a pink quartz donut.

Even the snake likes it!

And, had a few leftover crystals so went kinda nuts with matching rings

Thanks for looking!

Now, just to catch the 8 foot-long red tail boas for pics . . .

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35  Mosaic rings and a bangle in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: April 03, 2008 04:36:18 PM
Found the idea for the rings in a magazine. I prefer the ones with the loops facing out . . . my first attempts:

And since I liked making the rings SO much, I tried a bangle:

And a view from the back with natural light - colours are more true here:

Thanks for looking!
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36  New stuff - mostly necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: March 26, 2008 07:59:24 PM
Tried my hand at a bauble necklace:

friend wanted a bauble anklet . . I really like this one, and it's cool around the ankle:

Another barefoot sandal:

And a simple necklace:

Thanks for looking!
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37  3 new - barefoot sandal, ring, and necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: March 13, 2008 08:26:59 AM

little heart extra on the back:

Ring that just will NOT take a good pic! Made with faceted czech, supposed to be two layers to the ring, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out the instructions at that point. (my first woven/stiched piece)

Copper necklace featuring copper brooch that has a FUZZY inside!

Thanks for looking!

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38  7 new funky pieces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: March 04, 2008 11:52:40 PM
This is more stuff I will be sending to japan . . . hope you like it!

I found this necklace made of these rubbery-like flowers . . . It was really ugly, and I kept skipping over it at the thrift store . . eventually I gave in, and now, I do NOT want to give it up!!!!!

Made earrings to match (the last of the pretty flowers that I will never-ever see again  Embarrassed )

My first button project - hard to see, but on each big jump-ring there is another tiny one with a tiny pink seed bead on it . .  added a little something:

First memory wire bracelet:

Stone chip earrings to match the necklace in my last "sending to japan" post:

And cool lucite circles I found at another thrift store:

earrings to match:

Comments welcome!

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39  Chandelier pieces found at small thrift store!!!! YAY in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kwchick on: February 26, 2008 09:37:04 PM
Finally, I have been waiting and waiting for necklaces to rip apart from the store, and low-and-behold there is a mid sized jar of chandelier pieces waiting there, calling my name!!! I was lacking inspiration tonight, BUT, I just HAD to use up some, so here's what I made . . .

Ya, kinda simple . . . I'd LOVE to make some huge monstrosity of a necklace, but it would be too heavy . . .

And, these . . . I don't know, I guess they kinda show the true colours, which are a bit tinted . . .  I can't seem to match beads to that weird colour . . . any colour suggestions?Huh

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40  Jewelry I'm sending to Japan EDITTED to add earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kwchick on: February 20, 2008 04:41:33 PM
My bro's gf is INSISTING I send over some things.

My fav bauble bracelet I don't want to give up!

Fake gold, real crystals:

Gemstone chips & flower & leaf pendant:

And something weird I wanted to try out . .. it is not crooked in real life! Think I should've taken a pic with it around my neck though  . . it's kinda weird like this:

Closeup of earrings:

Closeup of necklace:

More earrings made last night:

Comments appreciated . . . especially if you're japanese
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