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1  Re: Seam Allowance for quilting? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Phebee on: June 02, 2013 12:49:31 AM
I recently bought a quarter-inch foot for my sewing machine which has a guide on the right hand side. I makes it a ton easier to get straight seems, especially as before I was basically just guessing what a quarter-inch looks like!

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2  My 2009 Neat & Systematic Visual Journal (Pic OBESE) Updated 20th May in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phebee on: April 30, 2009 03:23:11 AM
Hi lovelies, just wanted to share ten pages of my new visual journal with you all. It took a long time to start this year but I'm in the swing of things now. You know, at one point I thought maybe I wouldn't do one this year, because my life has changed so much situationally, emotional and spiritually over the last year. But I think I've managed to pave my way into a new direction. I just looked at my old post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239360.msg2631137#msg2631137 by the way) and I've noticed quite a bit of a change in my style. Maybe I've become even neater(!) which I didn't see possible. But although it even less expressive in style I feel it's more expressive in content, and more reflective of my feelings. Sorry about that long intro (some may say 'ramble') but I've learned that on Craftster there's always someone somewhere that will relate to what I've said.

I sewed a cover for it last night, as it's got to that time of year when the cover begins to look quite worn. The fabrics is giant blue and orange jigsaw pieces and I got it the day after my birthday when my parents and me and my housemate Em all went to Ikea. It was in the fabric offcuts box that I spent a good 5 or 10 minutes rummaging through.

Here's the side view - not very thick yet! I need to do more pages.

I like the way that the fabric looks when the journal is open, kind of like a sunrise.

I put 2 pockets in the front...

... and a giant pocket in the back. I tend to keep things that I'm going to use soon tucked in the pages. But I'm quite clumsy, so they often all fall out everywhere and cause a mess, so I have a pocket now.

My opening page of the journal. A work in progress. The background is some amazing shiny wrapping paper that my auntie gave me for Christmas. I'm still obsessed with tags. The bottom one is a tag from a t-shirt I bought my (now) boyfriend so that's sentimental now, even though it wasn't when I first put it in my journal. The Yes Man cinema ticket doesn't have anything on the back yet, which is unusal for me. And notice the edging on the top tag - this will be a recurring theme, as my legend of an auntie got me some fantasmical paper edging stamps for Christmas. The quote on the bottom tag is from a piece of writing about a Howard Hodgkin painting.

This is a coloured in picture of a turkey... I don't really know why, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it at the moment. But he's called Edward...

100 ideas by Keri Smith. I haven't got very far yet, but I've done about 4 and have about another 4 in progress. Some of them are more geared towards words than pictures I feel, so I'm not sure if I'll do them all.

A weather page. I enjoyed doing this one. The background is made from cut-out sections from a patterned paper bag. And the ribbon is one that my friend Debbie gave me. They're flowery and beautiful and are stick-on; genius!

My new books page. I'm drawing a bookshelf in biro at the top there. Maybe next time I'll show you some close-ups. (I've used my scanner this time instead of my camera, due to camera problems. I think it's worked quite well but I'm still learning) The picture is weathered (accidently) because I spilled water on it and it's printed with an inkjet printer so all the ink went all swirly and it made me sad. But then when it dried it kind of reflected the picture so I kept it and used it.

I'm trying to use a different word to describe every day. I was updating this every day until about March then I kinda drifted away from it.

I like to think of this picture as part one of a series of two. During the first world war a group of artists rose up who called their anti-war, anti-art movement Dadaism. Sometimes at meetings they'd make poems by cutting out words and phrases, and picking them at random from a hat. I have followed in their footsteps. You probably can't read the poem. It says:

Someone who has live so excitingly
looking for love,
Listening to music

it's all about the
thoughts and emotions
in your mind

she's a conventional beauty,
I see a happy person
A friendly lady!

It's a very, very long story.
glimpses of life
snapshot of the future
our passion has grown

but that's the way it is;
The time has clearly come,
seeking happiness,

I'm delighted to say that,
There are many moments of happiness
life on energy
instantly appealing.
belong to the person
bringing into the world
fluffy perfection.

I suppose the poem is about me really. But don't tell anyone (shhh...)

A media and art page. I do these periodically, like every day for a month and then I have a break. I'm on a break.

Part two of two. I want to put something like buttons on the ribbons, where it's glued, but haven't found the right thing yet.

Ok, so there's the most amazing wallpaper exhibition on in Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester (where I live). I have been three or four times. (My friend said in surprise, "You're going AGAIN!", and I replied, "Would you listen to an album once, say you really enjoyed it and then never listen to it again." - I think this made her understand) This is a painting I did of some japanese wallpaper. It was just a small section, and it said that that's all they have of it, so what it would have looked like on a whole wall can only be imagined. I've photocopied it and stuck the photocopy on another page, and I'm going to go back and colour it in. But I didn't want to ruin the original copy because I was scared.

This is a collage i did when I met up with my old school friend and I got bored and wanted to make a collage, so I did.

About a boy (need I say more)

I like collecting stickers from things. Things I buy and eat. Because then I can look at the sticker pages and remember memories.

Words and pictures.

I've been experimenting with words a bit in this journal. I don't use them very often. I used the lyrics from Technicolor Eyes by Backseat Goodbye and typed them with my Grandpop's old typewriter that I use when I visit my parents.

These are a set of encourage postcards I made and sent to some of my friends (anonymously). They will get them tomorrow because I sent them first class. I think some of them might guess it's from me, but we'll see. I photocopied them before I sent them and stuck the copies in my journal. I'll add them pictures soon.

You enrich my life

Have a lovely day

I would rather be around you than anyone else

You. Wow!

You are not small you are fun-sized

Your future is so bright you will have to wear shades

Hope this is beginning to make you neat and systematic people think that you are not inferior to you messy, expressive people that school teachers love. We are all artists.
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3  Re: Visual Journal By A Really Neat & Systematic Person (Pic OBESE) update p10 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phebee on: January 10, 2009 02:51:16 AM
Hi beautiful people! Thanks for all your inspiring comments. I thought I'd post a few more pages of my journal since I've got a new one now for 2009. I'm finding it reaaally difficult to start the new one, but hopefully I'll get a kick of inspiration soon.
Here we go:

This is an envelope which I put all your comments in. I printed them out from this forum onto coloured card, cut them into strips, and put them in the envelope. Then when I begin to think the whole thing is pointless I can read through them and feel a bit better.

This envelope is made from the wrapping paper my auntie gave me at Christmas. She's cool, I got these great paper border stamps which hopefully you'll get to see if I ever properly start my 2009 journal. The quote on it says, "A woman would do well to carry a pencil in her pocket and write down all the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable and should be secured because they seldom return."

My (nearly) completed weather pages.

My (actually) completed sticker page.

I love tags! Sometime when I can't manage to create a new page I just set myself the challeng to creat a new tag. That way the page has something to start with.

A chalk pastel drawing of myself when I was I'll with lyrics from a Fray song.

I won't the most personally thing I've ever wrote behind these doors, in the form of a long extended metaphor about dancing(!) - just in case I ever lose it, or someone reads it.

I read enjoyed doing these pages, it took me a couple of weeks to find all the right pictures

Maybe this should be on the first page of my new journal...

love you all xx
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4  A book of promises for a lovely person (pic obese) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phebee on: August 30, 2008 03:33:52 AM
I made a book for a friend.

We'd spent a week together talking about how hard it is to like yourself, because you know every bad thing you've ever done. But we believe that it's important to love yourself, so that you can love others.

So I made a book of promises, to read through when you're not thinking straight.

To reinforce how loved we are.

I got the book from my brother who applied for the civil service. It's designed to look like a passport.

I stuck backgrounds on each page (it had 16 sides) from old Howies catalogue, because it's really good quality paper - that pleases me Smiley

Then I wrote verses on tracing paper...

...and coloured in the important ones

I ordered the verses so it reads like a poem of your life

And sewed down the side

I originally wanted to be able to life up the tracing paper, but it was temperamental

So I glued flowers (it's actually confetti from Paperchase) to keep the tracing paper from flapping around.
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5  Flower photography in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phebee on: April 19, 2008 02:20:57 AM

I know a lot of people will be posting flowers, but I've gone ahead anyway and here's why:
I think that nature is such a beautiful thing. Living in Britain, there's always flowers, whether it be bunches in shops, in a garden or a field and because we are used to seeing them, we just walk straight past. The beauty with close-up photography is that it makes you stop, and actually look at things. See how the light makes things more beautiful, more sinister, emphasises certain aspects, makes you look at things from a different perspective...
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6  Visual Journal By A Really Neat & Systematic Person (Pic OBESE) update p10 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phebee on: April 10, 2008 09:30:44 AM
Ok, so the reason for posting my inner thoughts and feelings for everyone to see is for two reasons.
1) I lost my journal a few weeks back and had to make a three hour round-trip to get it back. My first thought was, "Oh My Life, I've lost my journal", and my second thought was "Oh My Life, I never got to post it on Craftster!"

2) I am really neat and systematic person. (I'm the kind of person whoses 'Wreck This Journal' [by Keri Smith], looks as pristine as a brand new copy)  No matter how hard I try, I'm not expressive, and I cannot stick pictures in without them being cut in a perfect rectangle and stuck in at a perfect right angle. I hope this will inspire another neat person to start a visual journal.

Being neat is not wrong! (contrary to everything I've ever been taught at school by art teachers..)

So here it goes. I shall start with some of my resources and the actual journal (as that's probably what you're after) is like the 5th picture down, so have a scoll.:

Here is my craft box. I keep everything in a box so that I can take it with me when I go home in the holidays from Uni. I wish I had a filing system for all my papers but nothing I've tried so far has worked. Please comment if you have any ideas, I would be very appreciative!

Another thing I wanted to share with everyone is this amazing set of paper. I bought it from Asda for 2.49! An absolute bargain. It's packaged for kids, but it's well worth the money.

This is another great resource. It's from http://applehead.typepad.com/appleseed/themed_pack/index.html It's crammed with photos, pages from books etc etc etc

And finally here are some of the pictures I've collected

Now, on to the journal. It's no way finished, and I'm not showing you all the pages Wink
I started it on Jan 1st 2008, so it's about 3 and a half months old.

Here's the front view.

And here's the side view. I re-bound it once with some spiral binding from another book but it's still not big enough. Is there anywhere you can buy binding?

This is the journal without it's cover. It says Cachet by Daler Rowney. I bought from WHSmith in the Christmas half-price sales, so it was reduced from 7.99 to 3.99. I nearly bought another but dad said "have you use the first one up yet", which I hadn't. But it's a good job as I've learned bookbinding since then.

As you may, or may not be able to see by this picture, my journal has suffered so wear and tear, and the cardboard is now showing through the book cloth...

So I sewed this cover over Easter. I used two fabrics as I couldn't find a bit of material big enough to do the whole thing.

As you can see, the fabric is folded over and sew at the edge to create to pockets. The front and back covers just slip into these pockets. I tend to make my sewing up as I go along, so I can't give you much mre detail. All I can say is it was really simple.

Here you can see the full pocket.

And this is the front. You shall have to excuse the blurriness of some of these photos. My camera batteries had started leaking so my camera was out of order. Dad's camera is weird.

And so we come to the first page. I hope you can see how my cover works now. The first page is not finished. It has the quote "If we don't show anyone, we are free to write anything." I think this is important, as sometimes even when writing my own personal journal, I avoid writing things because I think they might upset people or not make sense. but in the end we can write anything, because no one is going to read it but ourselves.

I've used wrapping paper from the present I got for my birthday. You can see where the sellotape has ripped the paper but I like it.

Ok, I have 5 CDs in my journal. Step 1 through to step 5. Step 1 I'm never going to listen to. The others go up in moods. Step 2 is depressing and Step 5 is a compilation of my favourite songs. I've written lines from each of the song on the CD itself, and made a pocket from tracing paper.

The background is made from sweet wrappers from my advent calendar at Christmas. The envelope doesn't use glue, it is just folded. Here's how to do it.


The beautiful flowers, believe it or not are confetti, from Paperchase. So much cheaper than buying stickers.

On the left, is my answers to an interview they always have in the magazine in the Guardian on a Saturday. Every week I read it i thought of what I might answer to the questions, so one day I cut the questions out and stuck them it. Some of the more personal questions are in the back part of the journal.

The background is some wrapping paper, again from Paperchase. I don't spend much money on things for my journal at all, but when I do it's usually in Paperchase.

A lot of my backgrounds are from either the Guardian magazine, or one of two magazines I bought at Christmas. They were women's magazines which I didn't read at all, I just cut out all the pictures!
This is a media and art page.

This is my second media and art page. As you may have noticed I got a whole lot of inspiration from:
I'm sorry I can't give you all individual credit. And I hope no ones upset that I've use all of your ideas.

Here's some detail. I stamp the date throughout my journal with a self-inking date stamp I bought for 4.99 from WHSmith.

Here's my whole punch page. I do this when I just want to stop thinking for an hour or two. It's very therapeutic.

Here's the detail. This shows my borderline obsession for neatness!

This is another media and art page. I write down all the books I've read, CDs I've listened to, TV and films I've watched and art exhibitions I've been to. I've done another layer on this page of tissue paper (Paperchase) that lifts up.

Here's the spread. The page with the tent on if a what have I learned page. I found what have I learned really difficult and have stopped doing it for the moment, but it's really good to look back on.

Here you can see it lifted up. The stamp wouldn't work on her face as it was too shiny, hence the tissue paper.

This page is still a work in progress. You may be thinking, She's not that neat, here writing is slanty on this page, but only I know (and now you) that the picture is stuck there because I had a spelling mistake and I couldn't have it showing. This is one of the many pictures I've collected from

See this is what happens when you live with people you don't like, you spend all your time in your room collecting pictures.

Another blurry, what have I learned.

Not so blurry.

Here's my weather page. Nicked from the what do you journal about discussion thread. This is a page I do every day, along with the media and art. That's all I can manage.

A work in progress, but one day they will all be clouds.

A stuck on cloud where January 24th should be. January 24th does not appear in my journal as it is the most depressing day of the year.

See, even my expressive art is neat!

My stick page. You'd never know how many stickers we throw away all the time, until you have a sticker page. You just keep seeing them on boxes, packets etc and think, "that will go on my sticker page".

I'm not happy with this page yet. One thing I've challenged myself to do with this journal is to not rip anything out. I've nearly managed it (i've only ripped 3 pages out) as all my past diaries, journals etc have been either ripped to shreds or burnt!

Here's the detail

Here's step four. The thing at the top is a fridge magnet I got free at fresher's fair. It says "Make me a exciting union of very fancy music" That was the best I could come up with, with the very limited number of words I had.

Directory of Beautiful Things. I couldn't keep this up everyday either. I did the collage first then wrote on it with biro (my ultimate resource - most of my a-level art was done in biro - I love it!)

"I have". I also have "I will" and "I am" pages (try not to laugh)

My first (and probably last) messy art. I used my fingers. I must have washed my hands about 50 times whilst doing it though. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this page.

It was originally a collage that went wrong and is covered in acrylics as part of my "don't rip it out, cover it up" philosophy.

Collage background....

... and secret pocket.

One of the first pages I did. My dress-forms page. I made outfits from magazines and wrote about them.

I think this is self-explanatory.

Testing watercolours. As you can see my skills are not great. But I cut it out and will use it as a background...

...also with secret pockets.

This is the first page I'm showing you after the 'point of no return'.

How to go on an adventures. I go on a lot of adventures on my own, and so thought I'd write it down. People don't seem to get them thought, they're like "you should go on you're own, you'll get hurt" or "but where are you going to?" If i knew where I was going it wouldn't be an adventure. But I continue anyway.

"Thing I Can Do To Stop Me From Going Insane" Page

My thought on catchphrases. One of the only pages with a whole lot of writing on. Notice the colouring outdie of the lines!

1)collage of bad things
2)business card pockets stapled on from a notepad i bought
3)envelope for my tags

I like layers, especially when the content is not happy.

1)Photos from when i'm sad
2)tracing paper layer
3)personal questions from the interview.

That's it for now. I owe Craftster sooo much! Neat people should stand up and be counted.

(P.S. My new journal for 2009 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303064.msg3465140#msg3465140)
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7  Magazine Poster (Pic Heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phebee on: October 05, 2007 10:31:29 AM
Here is a poster I have been working on over the last few days and have finally completed.

I got all the letters from the free flyers, leaflets and magazines they give you at University.

I set them on a piece of black card (black always looks way better than white) size A2 from WHSmith.

I think it's a nice way of presenting writing as art.

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8  Re: Postcard Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Phebee on: September 20, 2007 04:43:11 AM
Yes, yes I know it's taken me aaaages to get these up. So here they are. I received them all a while back but have only just got around to posting them in the gallery as I have just moved to University.

This one's so cute - its from Saor

This is from have2craft. Each of the shells is numbered and it has a huge list on the back telling you the names of each shell. I love shells!

This card is so beautiful. It's from the church that Bossanders grew up in.

This is from Pinokeeo - and yes, it really is that shape.

Finally, this is from Amy (sorry - i don't know your craftster name). Jamestown is part of Virginia and is a few hours from where she lives.

Thanks so much for all your postcards! (I also loved getting all the beautiful stamps on the back - my postcards were all from overseas - 4 from the USA and 1 from Ireland)
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9  Jacket Recon with Pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phebee on: June 23, 2007 06:35:12 AM
I did this a few months ago and have only just got around to posting it!

Here is the before picture - It was too short for my liking (I have a long torso) so I made it even shorter (where's the logic in that?)

And here's the after picture. I made the sleeves three quarter length too so it's suitable for summery weather.

It's only a simple change but I think it's OK.

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10  First Patchwork Quilt (Red and Pink) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Phebee on: June 23, 2007 06:28:56 AM
So here is my first patchwork quilt. It's been finished for a few months but I've finally got around to posting it.

It is *gets tape measure out*.. longer than my tape measure... 174cm by 95cm. I used squares that I bought from eBay (it's not cheating - it helps maintain your sanity) plus it meant I could use loads of different material. The story behind the red edging is that I bought 2 metres of the material with my birthday money and it was so expensive (in student terms) that I didn't want to waste a morsel.

Anyways I hope you like it. Patchwork quilts are so fun - if you haven't made one already have a go! Oh, and I machine sewed the whole thing - apart from the last edge which I had to do by hand.

Any comments will be gladly received!

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