Thursday, May 04, 2017

spring flowers hand bound book

For my share today at Altered Pages, you'll find this spring themed, hand bound book.  It has an origami pocket fold center, as in the previous post.

A Happy Thursday to you!  :)

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

guts for an origami pocket book or card

"Signatures" might be a better term for the insides of this style of book.  I like to use this form for the inside of an elaborate card, as well--they're great for holding photos and tags, ticket stubs and gift cards, so really, whatever you have in mind, from mini-album to graduation card, this style can work for you.  The directions may seem involved, but really, this is very simple.

1.  You'll need text weight paper, pretty much any size, but probably not smaller than an 8 1/2 x 11.  I'm using a 12 x 12 of two sided lightweight scrapbook paper for this demo, hoping it will make things clearer.

2.  Fold the paper in half, like a book.

3.  Open the paper, and from the top edge, measure down anywhere between 1 and 3 inches--I did 2 1/2 for this 12x12 paper.  Fold that down, and open it back up.

4.  From the center fold, measure 1/4 inch out on either side, and mark that line from top to bottom lightly with pencil.

5.  Fold in the two side edges of the paper, meeting each edge to its corresponding pencil line.

6.  Open those sides up, and cut out the two top rectangles--they will be obvious from the fold lines.

7.  Fold the side corners in as triangle, meeting them (but not overlapping) the side fold lines.

8.  Bring the two edges back in to meet the 1/4 inch pencil lines.

 9.  Flip the paper over.

10.  Bring the bottom edge up to meet the top flap fold--the fold line will be obvious, more so than in the photo, especially this blurry one!

11.  Fold that top flap in and tuck it into the pockets.

12.  The flaps should hold fairly securely, but I generally glue the edges down.

12.  Fold in half, and voila!  Finished origami pocket book guts!

Here is the outside cover of my most recent origami book, it has a vellum cover page, and a simple stitched cover.  You'll find the easy how-to in this post at the CutCardStock blog, and another book in this same style at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.
large passport stamps background from Just For Fun

Thank you for stopping by, and if you have any questions about the directions, please feel free to ask, I'd be happy to help!


Friday, April 28, 2017

CAS with glitter. For real.

I have found a way to make Clean And Simple cards with glitter, and yet remain clean and simple.  You'll find the "secret" to my success in the CutCardStock blogpost HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

the diy frame match game

Today at the DIY Design blog, I'm sharing this trio of frames, who received a match game upgrade, using Americana Chalky Finish paint and Crème Wax, plus some DecoArt Chalkboard Paint to complete the grouping.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

circle gel prints--spotlight!

Ever pull a buncha gel prints, and then stash them away?  Hey, there is nothing wrong with that--art therapy is a good thing.  However, recently, I tried out a circle Gel Press plate, and wanted to use the circle prints for something . . .

circle gel print over a previous gel print, collage images added
Several found there way into a bird themed board book, you can see one above.  The others utilize the circle as a spotlight, focusing attention on a great little poem, and the other another fine feathered friend.  You'll find those two book pages in my post at Altered Pages Artsociates, HERE.

Happy Thursday to you!!!
:)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

a glittering tussy mussy basket--Easter, May Day, Wedding?

Think Easter basket, May Day basket, flower girl basket,  DIY wedding decorations/centerpieces:
This one is super easy to make, and you'll find a full how-to in my full post today at CutCardStock.

AND it's made with glitter cardstock.  Did you hear that?  GLITTER cardstock, how fun is THAT???

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I'm back, with a few random pics

Oh, please, you didn't even notice I was gone.  We were in South Carolina for a little vacation-- neither the husband nor I had been there before.  It was a wonderful trip, very interesting, very pretty.

it's some kind of moss, very small, but so pretty!

It was weird to walk along a street full of prerevolutionary houses that people live in now. 

But, you know, I'm from Missouri, so . . .



Thursday, March 23, 2017

peeky Easter egg!

Are you as happy as I am to welcome spring? I've already started Eastering with this little cutie:
image from Altered Pages

I've made quite a few of these Peeky Eggs (you know, like hollow sugar or chocolate eggs), but this one is my favorite so far.  That's partly due to the sweet little girl, and partly because of the shimmery metallic finish of the Curious Metallics Smoosh Roses surrounding her.  Not sure what a Smoosh Rose is?  You can learn how to make your own HERE
Those roses are so simple, I like to make a bunch in neutrals and save them to use in later projects.

Are YOU Eastering yet???

Friday, March 17, 2017

a spring window frame diy makeover, and the final fairy pop layout

Whew, my inaugural post at the CutCardStock blog is up.  I had grand illusions that spring was truly here, but then it snowed on my daffodils.  ***sigh***  That didn't stop me from updating the window frame that lurks around our house,  this guy occasionally gets a seasonal fix:
More info on the window frame in THIS POST

Also, at the Altered Page Artsociates blog, the final, and my very favorite, layout from the tiny 2x4 inch fairy themed pop-up book is up.
Look at that little guy, flying his butterfly driven chariot! 

I am SO ready for spring.  Count me in on these spring challenges, please!
Rubber Dance--March challenge, Spring
Stampin' Royalty--Spring
Word Art Wednesday--inspirational sentiment
Unicorn Challenge Blog--Go Green
The Artistic Stamper--Springtime

Here's a SPRING closeup, so you can see some of the stamping better:
text and music stamps from Rogue Redhead, butterfly from Lost Coast