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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Cousin graduating/ graduated on: May 27, 2007 01:39:47 PM
Originally this was a post asking for help, but I thought I would edit it and say what I gave my cousin.  Maybe it will spark an idea... or not.   

Anyway, I hollowed out the book like I said.  I painted, personalized it by putting his name on it, and finished with varnish.  Then I got  a small flashlight and wrapped it in red embroidery floss and glued it.  Put the flashlight in the book along with a couple tiny candy bars and a little bit of cash.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it.  He really liked the hollowed book. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first project posted here inspired by posts on here - hollowed book (classic) on: April 05, 2007 11:54:08 PM
Last week, my boyfriend and I were walking around at flea markets when he spotted a hollowed book.  He thought it was pretty cool.  Just a few days ago, I stumbled on this awesome site.  I saw several posts about making hollowed books and since today is my boyfriend's birthday, I made one.  

Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as well as expected, but it's still pretty cool.  It took about 5 hours to make it.  I was in a rush and I only used the exacto knife and not the suggested box cutter (for later on in the project) because it fell apart when I started to use it, those probably caused me problems.  Also when gluing in the beginning, I had newspaper under the book and some glue was stuck to the paper and the paper got stuck to the book, so now it looks like the book has aged a bit (which is not necessarily a bad thing).  I thought about gluing some of the illustrations on the book, but decided against it.  I felt that the book should seem more ordinary, so nobody would suspect that it isn't a regular book.  

Here are some pictures:

The book was only cut about one inch in depth.  I thought it would be cool to have the bottom of the hollowed area to have one of the illustrations.  
Those are the new "aged spots."

If anyone recognized the illustration, yes I tore apart a classic.  The book is Dracula.  My boyfriend has read/owned a copy of Dracula  before so I thought it wouldn't seem suspicious that he has that book.  

Now I want a hollowed book.... I think I might wait until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out first.  Wink  Sorry for the silly pun.   Tongue

Tomorrow is his grandma's 80th birthday party and I saw a nifty book clock on here that I might attempt to make as a gift for her.  However, it would be like yesterday/today - lots of hurrying and scurrying.  

Oh btw, the tutorial I used was: http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/2006/02/how-to-make-secret-hollow-book.html  It's the same site mentioned in the posts that helped me out in creating one. 
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hi! New and have a question about a newspaper print look on: April 04, 2007 05:48:01 PM
I'm new here and I'm hoping I am posting this is the right forum. 
I've been looking at craftster for the last few days and I think this is awesome.  I was crafty as a kid and hope to become crafty again as an adult. 
Currenty I am stumped... I have a case that will get lots of use.  I painted it white with acrylic paint.  I haven't put a protective coat over it as of yet.  What I wanted to do was to take newspaper and have the newspaper bleed onto the case to give it the look of a newspaper.  My first thought was to make the newspaper wet and wrap the case in it until the paper dried and see what happend.  However I thought that might take off the paint.  My other thought was to take the paint, water it down, then paint the newspaper on the case.  Again that might take off the paint and I might have to leave the newspaper there instead of just making it a print.  Any suggestions?
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