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Finished Recycled Book

This is my third book I started during Your Stuff… Use it! month.  For this art journal I used some craft paint on news print, and then used that to cover some packaging (I believe it was a pizza box top).  For a while I have been collecting advertisements that come in the mailbox.  They are mostly for carpet cleaning, real estate, dance classes in the area, dry-cleaning, etc.  I kept them because they come in various sizes (from post card to about a 6×12 inch) and they are a nice weight (card-stock-ish).  The draw back, is they are glossy, so might be a pain to work on when the time comes.  I bound these with my current favorite technique.  (Muse said use red and yellow sock yarn with blue and teal covers. Who am I to argue?)  That was about it for this one.  Not too complicated… Kept the cover really plain, for now, but strung some beads off the end.  If you look closely you can see shells, teal and coral glass beads, and some of my paper beads.  They make me happy to touch, and to hear clink together.  =D

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Altered Tool Box

I did it!  I finished my first altered object.  Do you remember the tissue box? Well, here it is now…

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It actually wasn’t as hard as I thought.  I used all stuff in my home.  I covered in in white felt, and then in some flannel I had left over.  I glued on one piece of ribbon to hide the seam, and a piece of lace around the top.  I painted 2 pieces of cereal box blue, to divide up the inside.  Then a string of pearls around the top over the lace. And voila!  Kinda proud me thinks.  Already is full or tools and has an honored spot in my craft space. =D

Have you altered anything lately? Tell me about it in the comments…

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in your stuff... use it

 

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Altered box #1 update

Here is an update for the work I did today on my first altered box for Your Stuff…Use It!

I cut the top off the Calgary Flames tissue box.  Then I reinforced the inside seams with strips of more cardboard.  I lined the outside with some white craft felt I had an over abundance of.  Then I used fabric I had left over from a pair of jammie pants I made eons ago.  He is what it looks like right now…

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in your stuff... use it

 

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It’s Modify Something Week

…in my world anyway ;).  And I am going to be honest.  A confession of sorts.  I have never modified anything.  Maybe a book at one point.  Shocked?  Yeah, well….

The hook to this, is I didn’t know where to start… another book? a box?  I thought of a picture frame, but I think everything I have here would be too thin… (remember, I have to already own it…) So, being stuck, I did what most crafty/artistic girls would do, and I took to twitter…

And my girls there, as always, were great!  They helped me come up with ideas like candlesticks, soap dishes, bar soap, and candles.  Creative, eh?

So then I was wandering around the house, seeing what I had.  In the process I came across, a pile of pens that needed a home.  Unsuitable containers for art supplies.  Paint brushes that had be separated from the rest of various reasons (too nice/expensive, not nice enough, and be relegated to mixes media or glue/gesso brushes).  A few cards, that are in the between step of being made and sent.  And slowly but surely, I realized I was back to boxes.  One for pencils. brushes, art supplies, and one for cars.  These are the 2 I found…

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Do you think I can do it?  Have you ever altered a box? Any tips for me?  I am thinking at least one of these will be covered in fabric.  Are you altering anything this week? what?

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in your stuff... use it

 

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

Well, my goal this week was to get 3 books bound, but really, it was closer to 2 and a half.  But I think I can be ok with that… Still a pretty good week for me, and I always enjoy this process 🙂

Here is a picture of the second one I made using my Own Stuff

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I love this one!  I started with a bunch of tissue boxes I had.  So I started cutting them up (for the pages).  Then I realized a had a lot of cardboard of comparable sizes, so those when in the pile too.  I kept cutting, and soon had a pile about and inch and a half tall.  Perfect!  I used an old pizza box lid and cut it in half for the covers.  Then I covered those with mono-printed deli-paper.  I stitched it together with left over sock yarn (yes, I have A LOT of this (maybe 200 balls? I have knit many socks before I discovered paint…).  I was introduced to THIS video months ago, and I love it because it is single sheets (no fold) and lays as flat as a coptic stitch binding.  Added a little more paint, stamped some flowers.  A little more paint, a few embellishments from the embellishment drawer (including a Tim Holtz), she is done and ready to throw some paint at! 🙂

What did you create this week?

PS- next week is alter-something week.  but I have never done it before. any ideas what I should alter? any tips?

 

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Green Book Done!

Feels good to have complete a project.  My first one for this week of Your Stuff… Use It!  (my stuff?).  Anyhow. This is one of my favorite styles of books to bind.  It’s fast, easy, and I always have the stuff.  And it’s a great on to throw in my purse, to use as a sketchbook, note taker, list maker, ect.  I did go a bit fancy with this one, and added a layer of pattern paper on the front.

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(The colors are NOT this bright in real life, but are they ever? heh)

To make this one, I used a file folder (old or new works fine, but if it’s a gift, I would go with new) pattern paper from Recollections, 20 pieces of printer paper, duck brand duct tape, a couple of green home-made polymer beads (optional and not shown) and some left over green sock yarn).  That is it.  3 holes.  Sew it up. Easy right?

Are you binding anything this week?  Tell me about it! 🙂

Any ideas on what I should/could alter next week?

 

 

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sneek a peek

Hey guys, have you been using Your Stuff to make something this week?  A book maybe? 😉 Have you ever had one of those days/weeks where you do a lot, and get a lot accomplished and yet get nothing to show.  Have nothing ‘done’ at the end of the day… don’t get more wrong… more times then not, i am a process over product girl, but that doesn’t leave me much to blog about. heh. But I should have LOTS to show soon (and it will probably be all done at the same time 😉 )  Right now, I have one that just needs some embellishments on the cover.  one that has paper drying, that will go on the cover. The holes are punched in the pages, and when the cover is done, it will be bound.  and a third that is sitting beside me right now, a pile of supplies ready to be started… but at least it’s gathered and ready to go 🙂  I wanted to give you something ‘pretty’ to look at today, so here is a picture of a couple of my works in progress…

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So, have you been using your stuff?  What have you made? Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in home made books, your stuff... use it

 

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