Steampunk Altered Book

Several months ago I picked up a couple of encyclopedias from a consignment thrift store that was closing down. A couple of weeks ago I was watching a video by Kim Reed on YouTube and I was struck with inspiration on what to do with one of my books.  Here is a video I did a few days ago explaining my Graphic 45 paper haul and the details of the paper and their use in the book.

Yesterday I started work on the cover. Boy it was hard work using that Xacto knife

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Here is where I am today. I progressed much faster when I remembered I have a Dremel tool and can drill out all that stuff a lot easier lol. I have placed a piece of light-weight chipboard behind the page and poked holes to put the brads through to trial-fit the gears. Two of the gears have a larger center hole and cause the gear to flop out of position. I need to figure out a way to stop that so the gears will maintain their alignment so they can spin the next one in line.

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Hope this inspires you to create something steampunk. Keep checking back for my progression on this book.

End of September

Well it is now the end of September and I haven’t posted anything in a while oops lol. Month sure went by fast! I’ve been doing a bit of this and that but not really taking pictures of it. I have started working on making some different journal covers similar to Midori covers. I got the idea from a couple of different places and then added in a few things of my own. I’ll share that when I get to the picture taking stage. All I have done so far is cut up the faux leather and heat n bond. Along with that I made one for myself from real leather.

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I got both pieces of Leather from Michael’s. They had one that was just the size I wanted so I didn’t have to do much work to it. I added the holes for the elastic string to fit through and I sewed the decorative leather strip to the cover so I would know which side was the front. It also hid the holes caused by the staples used to attach it to its bar-code hang tag. I have three signatures inside. One is a normal notebook style, one is graph paper I cut to fit and the last one is plain white paper. I have been getting into the habit of chucking it into my purse when I go out so that I have it handy for notes or doodles when the time arises. Oh and I bought a bigger purse lol. My old one was feeling a little cramped with the “normal” things I put in it and I could not fit any kind of planner or journal into it so I had to upgrade. Found it at Marshall’s for a great bargain.

Tuesday Morning is still my favorite place to visit with all its fun crafting goodness. My most recent trip I scored some 12 x 12 sheets of washi tape. These are great because you can cut them up into any shape you want. I’ve been using a couple of my punches to have a selection to grab from when the need arises.

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I did one 12 inch strip for each shape and this is what I ended up with. I have one more pattern to do. I still have a large portion of the original paper left over. I did a 1″ square, two styles of heart, and a circle. I have one more punch I might try out, it is a flower.

I have been doing a bunch of Geocaching since the weather has cooled down some. It is a fun activity. Go to http://www.geocaching.com to check it out. My husband and I have found 37 this month. That is pretty good for us.

Off I go to work on some more washi punching. Hope you are having a great week!

Week 4 “Canvas to Our Imagination”

This one was a little intimidating for me as I don’t like to draw people. I actually erased what I had twice before doing what is there now. I think that also explains the scale of the figure, since it feels like it needed to be bigger.

Here is Donna’s page:

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Here is mine. The quote says “This world is but a canvas to our imagination” by Henry David Thoreau:

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First onto the page was some dress pattern tissue paper then a layer of joint compound over it. Donna used something I do not have to create some added texture in the joint compound. I substituted using a rubber stamp I have. You can just make out in the top left corner of the left page where the stamp was used. If you do this, make sure to wash your stamp out right away using an old toothbrush or similar tool so that you get all of the compound out of the grooves. I used a flower stencil and modeling paste to create the flowers.

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Here is a close-up of the figure. I drew it with pencil then went over it with charcoal. Next I used varnish fixative to set the charcoal. Then I went in with neocolors on her. I used some gelatos for the blue on the page.

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Here is a close-up of the texture of the flower and the coloring I used.

I cannot say I had as much fun with this page as I had with say the flower page from week 2 but I did get some practice in doing the human form lol.

I’m still working on the little houses I mentioned in the last post. here is a picture of them so far:

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I think they are really cute and will look great once I finish adding little touches here and there.

I also mentioned I was going to make some smaller versions of my pages but only on canvas. Here is the first one of those. The canvas measures six by six inches.

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I repeated most of the steps I used in the art journal and then added the embellishments. I plan on adding something to the flower centers but haven’t decided what exactly. I think I will also outline the petals with some color.

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Here is a view of one of the flowers. I used rub-ons for the lettering and words on the other one.

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Here is a number plate I got from CTMH, it is very similar to the ones put out by Tim Holtz.

That’s it for today. As I have said before if you want more information about the 48 Weeks class look to the right side of the page and you should find a click-able web blinky to take you there. Might have to scroll back up a little depending on the placement of the post.

Have a great week!
Lady Blue

New Art Journal Page & Handmade Book

Took me a couple days to get back to that post I was going to “do tomorrow” lol. Don’t forget to look at my previous post for a link to a blog hop going on where you have a chance to win some great stencils.

Ok on to my stuff, I finished working on the blue page with hearts I showed before. Here it is:

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If you compare it to my previous picture you can see where I added to it. Make sure to click on the picture to make it full sized so you can see the awesome dimension and texture on the page. I added more color around each heart, stamped some background script all over the page, and on the photo. Then I stamped, painted, cut out and attached the word Enjoy. Stamped “what life has to offer” along the spiral and then I called it done.

Next page I have finished is this one:

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I started with using a stencil for the shape of the flowers. I painted each flower and stem. The butterfly are re-purposed from an old card. I didn’t like how the looked so I covered them with black or white Gesso and then used rub on transfers to make them look like fun butterfly. I added wire to them for the antennae and stuck them to the page using pop dot squares. The “grass” at the bottom was done using tissue paper, same with the taller plant object near the spine. Along the top I took old sheet music and tore it up, distressed the edges and glued it on. The saying on this one is “Bloom where you are planted” Which is fitting for a Mil Spouse who has to move around and find a new way of feeling at home, etc.

This next project was started before I moved. I had bought a sketch pad tore the pages out and folded them neatly in half. Then they sat for a few months. I dug out the tutorial video I had saved on Pinterest showing how to do Coptic binding and got to work. I used black chipboard for the cover. Now I have another art journal book that does not have a spiral in the middle of the spread lol.

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Here is a close-up of the extra blue thread detail I added along the spine

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Happy Halloween, here is a link to Fall/Halloween cards

And here is a link to Halloween decorations

Enjoy!

Lady Blue

Halloween Mini Album and Art Journal

In my last post I mentioned I was working on a mini album for Halloween. It is not done yet but it’s mostly there and far enough along that I can show some pictures. All of the Halloween deco in the book were purchased on sale/clearance.

For the cover I added this cute piece which is actually one of those cheap balsa wood ornaments they sell at the craft stores and you paint them yourself. I loved the little ornament (have a witch one too) but really had no idea what to use them for at first but for 49 cents I couldn’t pass up getting a couple lol. I also added a fastener to keep the book closed and a little bat and some fabric flowers.

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This skeleton actually had no bendy legs so he would not fit on the inside cover. I solved that problem by cutting it just above the knee cap bone and re-attached the bottom half of the leg into a more suitable arrangement. He has his cup of poison (probably what killed him) and a picture on the wall. The owl on the next page was actually part of the paper I cut to fit. On the edge of the right page (and all the rest) you can see a piece of black paper hanging out. This part is not completed yet but they will be able to be pulled out and up to four pictures added to each of them. (or tickets, candy wrappers, whatever memorabilia)

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On this page I have used some of those triangle banner pieces I made (mentioned in last post as well). I added the word “boo” using some rub-on stickers. The right side page I added what is called a “belly band” and a little embellishment at the bottom to keep the tag from falling out.

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Here you see one of the spider webs I cut out mentioned in a previous post. I only attached it along the corner edge so I could tuck something in. There is another one added on a different page that I did not take a picture of. On the right side is a spider that was on the paper I cut out. I added some black glitter stickles to his legs and some silver liquid pearls to the web line he is hanging from.

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This picture shows a little half page I created that has a tag stuck into it. On the reverse of the flap I added one of the candelabra cut outs I made. This little pocket flap has a section hiding behind it where additional pockets are attached to the next page. The stripy bit you can see is the washi tape I added to some tags that are stuffed into the two small pockets.

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This shows the “split page” pockets I made, they have a tag in each. The books on the left is another rub-on and the right side page webbing I added some more liquid pearls accent.

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This picture shows the last page and back cover where I added a bunch of little pockets for tucking things into. I used a circle punch to create the cutouts.

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I really enjoyed making this and it was not overly complicated so I will be making more of them in other themes.

Next on my list is the Art Journal. I have been watching lots of different youtube videos of ladies who are very talented Art journalists. The things they can paint and draw are amazing to me. I have been putting off doing more in the altered book I showed here: https://bluecrafty.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/paper-and-haul/ simply because I wasn’t really thrilled about what I had done so far and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. What I have done now is start a completely different book that is much bigger and can allow for a larger assortment of products used. This helped with my “creative block”. I have only done three pages so far and each one may or may not be complete, time will tell as I look back at them and decide if I want to add more. Before I go on to the pictures I just want to say how relaxing it is just to slap whatever I feel like onto the page without worrying about measurements or if a technique is done a certain way, or what it is supposed to mean etc. This is for me to do what I want in a way that makes me happy and allows me to get creative without the restriction of a 4 x 6 space. The only thing I had to buy was modeling paste, the rest is all items I already had, so this is a great way to start using up some of my craft stuff.

This is the first page, I used mod podge to attach three different colors of blue tissue paper to the page. Once that was dry I added the tree branch with birdcage using a stencil and some stamp ink. Two of the little birds are laser cut wood which I have colored and glued to the page. There is a moon rub on and I added the year I started doing this particular book using chipboard I colored. In the corner is a piece of paper with washi tape holding it on that I included a date and notes about the page.

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This page started as a sketch of the large flower and then I added yellow puffy fabric paint on top of. The fabric paint is pretty old lol and useless for any kind of outfit art but I didn’t want to just throw it out and this was a great reason why. When I rub my hand across the paper I can feel that outline and it’s pretty cool. The pink, yellow, blue, and green are all acrylic paints. The flowers and stems at the bottom are a mix of rub on and card-stock stickers. I’m not done with this page, the flowers need some leaves but I haven’t decided how I want to put them on there. Also I want to do more with the sunflower petals.

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On the next picture I first slapped down some blue paint and then added the swirling dots. I also added some spiral swirls which I later didn’t like so I covered them with modeling paste using a brick wall stencil. The texture on those is great! The hearts are cut from old dictionary book paper I got from an order on Ebay; and then I colored the edges and added some glossy accent to it. After that I decided they needed some mod podge. They are glued to the page with some ripped mulberry paper behind them. I went fishing with my husband (not to actually fish) and took a few pictures in black and white to use in some projects; attached is one of the pictures using photo corners from my stash. I have some words stamped out I will be adding as I finish the page. I’m having fun with this art journaling book.

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Lastly here are some more shapes I have cut from that sticky paper I have been hoarding. Now in a more useful shape 🙂

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Thanks for reading, please post any questions you have and I hope you are having a great week in your own crafting and art 🙂

Lady Blue

New Ideas for Old Supply Stash.

Many years ago I bought a kit of scrap-booking supplies off HSN or QVC (been so long I cannot remember for sure). The kit came with four different sized adhesive backed papers, sticker tabs, borders, metal ringed tags, card-stock tags, and some other “sticker” type items. It was a great set of paper and embellishments for a great price. I have used several of the tags and stickers but the paper has sat there waiting. Last week I discovered a purpose for the 2 x 12 strips of that paper. Here is a picture of those strips:

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As you can see, some of the pattern ones aren’t exactly “to die for”.

I have been seeing a lot of pennant banner type things coming out. Like this one:

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I figured why buy those little banner stickers (because they do sell them) when I can make my own. So I cut up a strip of the wood grain and the cork board papers and here is what I got:

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Well they turned out pretty nice so while I was at it I might as well cut up every 2 x 12 strip into them so I have a ready assortment of colors for any project possibility. AND even better, they already have a sticky backing so I don’t have to hunt down glue or tape etc. I even kept the tiny leftover pieces from each end in case they could be handy for something lol. They actually will fit together to make another banner triangle and can be two colors.

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So there you have it, a way to re-purpose stash to a more useful embellishment option. I think from some of the larger pieces of paper I’ll make some different shaped ones.

I’ve been working on a Halloween mini album this week too. I’m really enjoying it and will show it when I am done. If you want to see how to make an album base (blank book you can add any topic you want to it) like the one I am using then head on over to Youtube and watch this video by Kathy Orta for the binding system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajwfa5u4ALQ (she has tons of wonderful project ideas, love her videos) And for the pages I got my information from Cassie Keith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8X89V_bnA Her second video to that one also shows Kathy Orta’s binding system and also how to complete the cover in the same fashion as Kathy. She goes pretty quick in the video but you can figure it all out. I am definitely going to be making more of the base books to turn in to assorted topics, already have a sewing/crafting one in mind and my daughter has insisted I make her one too lol.

Happy Scrapping!
Lady Blue