Archive for February, 2011

I recently participated in the “Libre de lire” project (Free to read), an initiative by Montreal librarians for Freedom to Read week. Each participant (anyone can be a participant) chooses a banned book and tells the world why they want to be free to read that book. As a Harry Potter fan and children’s librarian, I chose my favourite instalment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (because it features my favourite character Remus Lupin, the tortured, melancholic professor/werewolf). Harry Potter has been one of the most contested series of books in the last decade (no.1 in ALA’s top 100 for the 2000-2009 decade), and most probably the most contested children’s series because it . Despite that, it has been widely read all over the world and translated in 69 languages. Teachers and librarians who worked in children’s libraries at that time will tell you that it made reluctant readers read 600-page books.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I dug up my Gryffindor scarf that my mother knitted for me back in 2002. It’s a huge thing: it’s over 7½ feet long (without the tassels) by 9½ inches wide. It’s knitted in the round as to look nice (stockinette) any side you look at it. So that makes it extra thick too. Great for Quebec winters! (And maybe scottish winters too, I’d have to go to check! : ) )

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

You can’t see much of it in the picture, but I’m sure you get what it looks like.

My boyfriend took the picture and I got to experiment with GIMP for the editing. I found a great tutorial on selective colourization. For the rest I had to try all the options until I found the one I wanted!

For other Harry Potter goodness, check out the items I made for a dog in a dog-themed swap.


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This is a project I did a gazillion years ago (okay, maybe two, or something like that). I didn’t think I had any pictures of it on my computer. I didn’t have my camera at the time and took pictures with my phone. I was looking through old picture today and lo! there they were!

Shrinky Dinks Notebook

Shrinky Dinks Notebook

I made the notebook for a craft swap on Craftster called “OTT [One tiny thing] Shrinky Dinks”. It was one of the first times I’d played with Shrinky Dinks. For those who’ve never heard of the stuff, Shrinky Dinks is a brand of shrinking plastic. It comes in thin, flexible sheets of about 8″ x 10″, with one rough side and one smooth side. You color on the rough side and cut it to the shape you want. You then put in a few seconds in the oven and it shrinks to about a quarter of the size and become very rigid. It’s really amazing to watch! It becomes all wrinkly and almost spastic and then it becomes smooth again and really tiny! It’s sold in department stores and craft stores in the kids section.

The roses on the cover come from an Art Nouveau permission-free pattern book. The book I bought didn’t come with a CD-ROM though, so I photocopied, enlarged and traced the pattern to transfer it onto the shrink plastic.

I used the “fusible” method to add dimension to the cover. To do this, I drew the roses on two different sheets. One I left whole, and I cut up all the petal of the second sheet. I shrunk all the pieces individually and then baked the whole thing again, this time stacking the single petals on the whole sheet.

The pages are made with scrapbooking paper and the book is binded with the method described on this site.

Mini notebook

Inside the mini notebook

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