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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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Are You Ready?

So, I realized today that tomorrow is the first of September!  Where did August go?  If I am going to do ‘Your Stuff… Use It!’, I need to get off my butt, and put my thoughts on paper so I can start!  So, I present to you, my plan!  (both so you can keep me accountable, and on schedule, and if you want to join me, you can!)

I am thinking 1 topic (but maybe multiple projects in each topic) per week.

So, here is the time-table it am envisioning…

Week 1 (sept. 1-7)- Greeting Cards

Week 2 (sept. 8-14)- Art Journal Page

Week 3 (sept. 15-21)- Simple book binding

Week 4 (sept. 22-28)- Alter something… (to be determined ((I have never done this one, so I am going in blind… gulp!))

Last 2 days- catch up on any unfinished projects

Bonus Projects- A Canvas (either flat or box)

I will list what I use for the projects, it will keep me honest!

And I thought if other people do end up coming to play with me, there could be a possibility of prizes and a “Your Stuff…Exchange It!” exchange.  Because who doesn’t like receiving ‘new’ stuff? 😉

You can join as many or as few weeks as you like… do one, or do the whole thing! (and if I do it by myself, well, it will be all that more challenging to me if I have to inspire myself 😉 )

If you want to play, it’s easy!  Leave me a comment down below my post (of the week, cards for cards, mixed media for mixed media, ect), with a link you your post.  That is it. Easy right?

So, who is in with me? =D

 

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in your stuff... use it

 

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Journal Covers

Thought today I would share the covers of a few journals I have made lately. Also included is a picture of the binding I did on the last mini-album I made.

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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in art journal, home made books

 

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Mini Coptic Journal

A few weeks ago, I made DH a coptic journal.  I had enough pieces left over when I was done for another, smaller one.  This one was exactly the same (but with different cover paper) but smaller.  I put tassels on this one and attached a few polymer hearts I had made, along with a few of my paper beads.  Will be a cute little fun one for doodles…
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in home made books

 

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