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 on: May 26, 2017 05:36:51 AM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by Wulf
What a great journal! Despite the Monopoly board cover Cheesy and all those fabulous pages, what I love most is the weaving on the spine. One of the nuisances of that kind of binding is that the cords that hold the signatures to the spine tend to catch on things and can never be kept tight enough to remain tidy-looking. Using them as warp solves that problem in such a fantastic way, and you could do so much with it.

I was hoping to get Geekgirl's own journal up as the first in the Gallery, which is mightily deserved, but I was having photo issues. But it doesn't matter, because it's worth the wait.

First of all, Carlee used a 1930's teacher's book as the cover. Even if this was all she had sent, I'd be entirely satisfied!

Sorry for any photos that are appearing sideways. I absolutely cannot get them to reliably come out the same way in the post that they're oriented elsewhere.

The cords-on-spine problem was solved by linking them with Steampunk-y gears, and there's a very long piece of braided leather thong as a tie. (Although the cover is so generous, that I'll be able to add piles of stuff to those pages before it starts to bulge.)  I'm only going to show a handful of the pages, because I don't want to clog up the Gallery too much, but every single spread is great - mostly vintage book papers (a lot of it surprisingly similar to what I used in mine) with stamps, cards in envelopes (love those) and lots and lots of owls! I found it was really hard to keep to a colour theme without being boring (I gave up and just put everything in), but this muted, tea-coloured scheme works very well and will be a perfect background to everything I add.

I love the old ads, especially this one:

And there's a couple of great flags on paperclips, including this spectacular one inside the back cover:

Thanks so much for this, Carlee! I was feeling a little sad at having to send away the one I made for you, and this has completely made me forget it. I can hardly wait to start adding and building on these pages.


 on: May 26, 2017 03:30:34 AM 
Started by IsikkahJai - Last post by Noxika
I received the most fabulous package from Acadian Driftwood. I literally squealed when I saw what was in the package.  Grin

First, there was this super cute hand drawn Harry/Luna bookmark. Love it! And it will come in handy as I've just started a new book. Cheesy

And the Pièce De Résistance, the most amazing Captain America/Winter Solider (Steve/Bucky♥) shirt.

(Sorry about the messy bed pic, I was rushing to snap a pic so I could put it on and never take it off Tongue)

Close up of the amazing hand stitched applique and detail work of the combined shield;

Thank you, thank you, thank you AD. I cannot fathom how much time went into this piece of wearable art; you completely outdid yourself (and my shippy heart totally appreciates it!)

 on: May 25, 2017 09:21:48 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by LovelyMiss
Strap in for a ton of photos!

I was paired with stellato_escuro in the Junk Journal Swap, and this is what I made.

The cover was a white hardback blank cover that I painted teal-ish, and then dry brushed with a dark mustard yellow color.  I wanted it to kind of look like a worn painted piece of furniture.  I scraped and dented it a little to give it an even more distressed look.  The closure is an elastic band that I sewed (and glued) the rose bead/gem onto.

I did a hidden pamphlet stitch binding, which I really like, using some vintage crochet thread.  I pulled a couple of the binding tails up and over the edge to attach the charms.

stellato_escuro mentioned a few things she might like, including fold outs, envelopes/pockets/tuck spots, and vintage ephemera.  I definitely tried to oblige.  Grin  She is also an artist, so I took a little more of a minimalist approach to page and cover decoration, leaving a lot of open spaces for her to work her own magic.  I mostly just tried to embellish with even more ephemera.  Cheesy

I did some stitching on some of the pages, but it was in white thread and is kind of hard to see in the photos (along the edge of the sheet music below).

I added fibers and scrap ribbon pieces to lots of paper clips in order to hold extra cards and papers in place.  I like that it tells you something is there to pay attention to, and gives you a way to pull things out of the pockets easily.

All of the envelopes and pockets have more paper, "journal" cards, or ephemera inside.  I figured we didn't need more photos in this post, though, so you can just peep the edges. Tongue

The little composition book below is actually its own notebook with many sheets of graph/lined paper inside.

The right page above and left page below are attached on the two horizontal edges, but open on the outer edge, creating a pocket with more stuff inside.

There is another pocket below on the left, created from gluing together the horizontal edges on two back to back pages.  The pages are just different widths this time.

Thank you for inspiring the journal and for swapping with me stellato_escuro!  And thank you to all of my previous swap partners who contributed to my paper stash!  I think several swap items made it into this book.  Smiley

Thanks to anyone who made it to the end of this post, too!  Cheesy

 on: May 25, 2017 08:37:20 PM 
Started by WonderlandsFinest - Last post by WonderlandsFinest

Wow! Thanks for all the compliments guys!

I found a few more pictures of Bill:

Should I share my other dolls here or create a new topic? I don't want to be spammy but I have another three/four dolls and some other projects that I'm pretty proud of/wanting to share.

 on: May 25, 2017 08:30:32 PM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by stefaniegk
We went for a tattoo!

 on: May 25, 2017 07:59:19 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by LovelyMiss
I received my journal from stellato_escuro today!

The cover is made from a Monopoly game board.

Look at the beautiful weaving on the spine!

She used a wrap around twine binding, which you can see a little here, and more in a few of the photos below.

And so many awesome page spreads inside.  I love the different textures and embellishments.

It's so much more vibrant and fun in real life.  2D photos just feel so...flat!

I love it!  Thank you, again, stellato_escuro!  And thank you to geekgirl1000100 for organizing.  These have been such great swaps!  I can't wait for another round. Cheesy

 on: May 25, 2017 06:50:16 PM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by Allons-y
Anna.Wahnsinn sent me a sweet little birdie hoopla. It is super cute and I love it! Thank you Anne!

 on: May 25, 2017 06:46:40 PM 
Started by gerbilgal - Last post by Allons-y
StefanieGK sent me the CUTEST little budgie stuffie! She based it on my very special angel budgie girl, Weasley, and she did a great job! The stitching on the wings and tails is so well done and pretty. I love it so much!

Thank you Stefanie! Smiley

 on: May 25, 2017 06:42:43 PM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by snowyangel
I scored two beautiful bracelets from Lachapa that actually fit my scrony wrists and in my fave color aqua. I also love woodland animals so I appreciate the fox card too. Check out her skills below! Thank you for two new lovely pcs to my collection.

 on: May 25, 2017 05:43:47 PM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by JoyfulClover
I'm so excited it fit! I have never made something without having the fittable object in front of me (I'm ridiculously bad with ease). I am super stoked you like it!

I made two reversed mandragora, and used batting so it will help with heat retention for the tea. I installed 19 (18?) little snaps to accommodate size at any location for handle, lid, and spout. I also left the leaves unstitched to be loosey-goosey. But looks like it fits well over the belly! In a worst case, they could be placemats or weird doilies inspired by gaming.

I struggle with paint, so all your details (in both pieces) are really appreciated. I like to see how you handled certain aspects (like bleeding the paint over into the printed piece, blurring the line so well!). Thank you so much! The Yarn Dragon redux is just fantastic. I can feel myself cyclying back into fiber as I type!


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