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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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Small notebook

I went to a book binding workshop in the winter at a place called “Au Papier Japonais“.

I thought my experience was so-so. First, it was freaking cold outside (nothing to put me in a good mood), and the studio was in a shady neighbourhood. Then, during the workshop, called “Bookbinding 101”, I felt like I was already supposed to know how to bookbind. There were people who had already taken bookbinding classes and were interrupting the workshop with personal anecdotes (don’t we all love that!). The animator didn’t really explain how to do anything, but she did explain the parts of the book and the tools of the bookbinder. Fortunately, the other two ladies sitting at my table looked about as clueless as I felt. And surprisingly, I finished my notebook first. Here’s what it looks like:

notebookThe cover, made of chartreuse japanese paper with green bamboo print and red, green, brown and white flowers.

notebookThe inside. You can see the red flyleaves and the pages. The animator let us experiment with different kinds of papers for the pages.

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I made this as part of an angel package for the Go Green and Recycle Swap. I used an old book I found at the thrift shop (with the most appropriate title ever!). I simply glued all the pages together and cut them out with a utility knife. I recommend gluing a couple pages at a time and letting them really dry under heavy dictionaries so that the humidity of the glue doesn’t create waves in the paper.  I covered the inside of the “hole” with leafy fabric, and the outside of the book (which was really nasty) with scrapbooking paper (100 % post-consumption recycled paper, to go with the swap theme) and other decorations. I left the spine of the book bared so that it would look like an ordinary old book when on the shelf (and also because I thought the title was awesome!!).

Book Case (Before)

Book Case (Before)

Book Case (Front)

Book Case (Front)

Book Case (Inside)

Book Case (Inside)

Book Case (Back)

Book Case (Back)

Book Case (Action Shot!)

Book Case (Action Shot!)

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The Mini-me swap was a swap I participated in on Craftster, last summer, that was meant to get to know our partners  a bit more.  We had to make 2 items for our partner that represented ourselves.

My partner needed to organize her knitting supplies, so I made her a needle roll with fabrics that represented me: dogs (I LOOOVE dogs!), roses (Rose is part of my name), and fairy tale (I met my partner in the fairy tale swap on Craftster). The pattern for the needle roll is available at http://www.tostetoes.com/knittingroll.htm.

Knitting needle roll

Knitting needle roll

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

I also made her a pattern organizer. I took apart a 1-inch binder and covered it with scrapbooking paper and decorated it. I used scraps from my favourite projects (see Rose’s Wrist Warmers) to decorated it. Inside, I made separators for different types of patterns (women’s clothing, children’s clothing, etc.) and added pockets so she could slip her patterns inside (it works for different size patterns).

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer (separator)

Pattern organizer (separator)

My partner was also having a baby at the time so I slipped a couple of bibs in her package. I used pink terry cloth for the backside and cats and dogs fabric on the front. The pattern is available here: http://chickpeastudio.typepad.com/chickpea_sewing_studio/2008/01/chickpea-infant.html.

Bibs

Bibs

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So I had a couple of situations that needed cards lately.

First, I needed a thank you card for a very nice family who opened their home to us while we were on a trip.

Thank you card

Thank you card

I took a pre made blank card and just glued the decorations on the front part. The inside was blank so that everybody could write their personal message to this family (we were seven!).

Next, is a birthday card for my Mother-in-law (who’s birthday is today! :D) I made it with the help of my boyfriend.  She has a nickname that vaguely resembles the word “owl” in French and I had a bit of leftover scrapbooking paper with a owl on it, so we used this. I glued a ribbon to hide where the paper ends (that was the total width of my leftover!).

Birthday card

Birthday card

The inside is less coordinated. We used some pastel letter stickers I had (we didn’t have time to go shopping for supplies, so we just used what I had!) and a plain green paper for the pocket. I also embossed a trim on the bottom and the top and made a little Shrinky Dinks goldfish (she’s a Pisces).

Birthday card (inside)

Birthday card (inside)

We are going to be a bunch at this birthday party so instead of making a huge card for everybody to write in (this family likes to write big messages), I glued a pocket inside the card and everybody will write their messages on scrapbooking tags!

You can tell I like green right? 😛

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I have found the best use for a term paper draft (also a great way to procrastinate during the end-of-term rush!) : Lucky Stars!

They are little 3D stars made from strips of paper. Some craft stores sell pre-made strips but any paper will do: junk mail, magazines, even printer paper! 😉

Lucky Stars from term paper draft

Lucky stars from term paper draft

I think they look really nice and what’s really fun is that you can actually read little exerpts of my work on the stars!

Here is a lucky stars tutorial: zakka life: Rethinking Paper Lucky Stars

From what I could read, Lucky Star making seems to have originated from China. People make a whole bunch of them to give to friends and lovers. They looks really nice in a glass jar or a bowl, especially if they are colourful. They’re really fun and easy to make, but beware! Making Lucky Stars is very addictive!!

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