Papercraft

Random Rambling Friday Wrap-Up

Is the month over?  It’s over – at least the work week, in oh, 3 1/2 hours.  Counting, definitely counting.  I was appointed to this case, and my, I am busy!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had time for this and that’s, right!

So, in no particular order

  • Passover fun was had by all!

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Ssshh!!!! I’ve already broken Passover . . . I just couldn’t take the matzah bloat anymore. I remember Moses, the desert, the boils and the locusts, I’m good. I got it, for six nights. Fini.

  • I may have made my last flipbook.  I think I’m over it.  I’m not sure.

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So, as I mentioned, I was spacing out my swaps, not over committing, so it wasn’t flipbook overload.  I think I’m just over it.  I don’t know.  I’m over the washi tape, that’s for sure.  Whoever called it tape didn’t really know what tapes’ function is.  I found myself adding layers and layers of washi to get the washi below it to stick.  The pages were actually pretty securely put together with hinges, and glue, but then I decorated with washi – and the decorative washi wouldn’t stick.  Oy!  In any event, this was a flip I made for a Paris swap through Facebook.  I bought the printable graphics on Etsy, and with them, I made journal cards, shaker gatefold flaps (with the fuse tool) (you can see them clipped together in the above photo – when you take the paperclip off, underneath is a pocket with goodies), and a snow globe!   Crazy!  I finally used my holiday card, snow globe die –

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I bought this die two years ago from Papertrey Ink, thinking I was going to make my own holiday cards, with Lemon and Olive in the snow globe.  That didn’t happen.  I don’t know why I thought Paris and snow globe, but it clicked, and I think it turned out cute.  I was in such a creating frenzy, though, I didn’t think to photograph the process until I was all done.  So, basically what you do is use the outline die to create a base.  Then, you cut the top of the shaker out of decorative paper, and sticky foam.  You then layer the base, your sprinkles, the foam, a clear circle vellum/plastic window, and then the top – voila! A shaker globe.  For whatever reason, my sprinkle stuff got caught in my sticky foam, so it doesn’t really really shake, what can you do.  Be more careful I guess.  But, I wasn’t about to rip it open and make another.  And for sprinkles – see that circle die?  It makes snowflakes, and confetti  – pretty cool!

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Now that I’m thinking about it, and rambling along, I think that my “over it” feeling about flipbooks is that I’d rather make them for someone who I’m regularly corresponding with then a one-time swap with a passing stranger. I feel like this is something I’d want to make for a penpal after we’ve exchanged a few letters, and I was making something for someone I kind of ‘knew.”  Too bad I unceremoniously abandoned all of my penpals after my father died, and my Wendori was lost forever.

I did make one more, that I didn’t photograph, for a swap on swap-bot, and I enjoyed it more because it was an offshoot from another swap wherein the person had asked me to write back, and I felt like the “project” was more of an elaborate envelope than this humungous thing:

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All said and done, between the cover, and the flaps, I decorated 10 pages, filled a bunch of pockets, and spent many nights after work assembling, fusing, die cutting and tweaking.  The ‘elaborate envelope” was like this, made from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper, with flaps made from simple, creative cutting.  This little, hour long project, was fun, and relaxing, and I can see more of these in the future.  The ten page, humungous flipmonster – not so much.

  • I investigated, and bought a new planner.  In my last post of last year, I mentioned that I had my MIL buy me a faux Midori Traveler’s notebook online from an Etsy seller, Dokkipaper, for Hanukkah. planner1I remain supremely happy with my present, the leather just keeps getting softer, and a bit more scuffed with loved.   But the calendar insert that I printed for myself is set to run out in June, and I have to decide where my planning is going next.  So, I fell down the crazy, deep internet whirlhole of planner communities.  At first, I was seduced by the Happy Planner, and joined a half dozen Happy Planner Facebook groups, without actually buying said planner.  After a few weeks of watching everyone sticker up their months, days and weeks, I decided that wasn’t for me.  I also became less transfixed with the Arc system of rings – it seemed hard to flip the paper, and heavy, really heavy.  So, I unjoined all of those groups, and joined Christy Tomlinson’s Planner Society FB group, because while almost everyone is subscribed to her Planner Kit Club, everyone is in a different planner.  I then became enamored with the Kikki K’s, the big ones, the A5 size.  Hmm, do I really want that big thing, I thought, and if I do, do I really want it for planning?  I mean, that’s a big thing to whip out in court and check a date.  So, I did some soul searching, and realized, yeah, I am supremely happy with my TN, why would I change?  I must be yearning for something else.  And, that something else, I concluded was more of a memory keeping journal, to help me along with my Project Life, and to be more of a daily journal/diary.  In my original post about my TN, I mentioned that one of my inserts was a “Morning Pages” booklet.  Er, that didn’t last long.  And, since I had pasted a copy of the sentencing guidelines (because everyone has that in their planner!) in the back of my calendar, I had started leaving it out on courtroom tables, and I became concerned that I might lose it a la the Wendori, and then my morning thoughts would be out there for everyone – what thoughts they were, I wasn’t exactly a daily journaler.  So, the solution, it seems is to have a planner, my TN with a new calendar insert, and a big thing I can keep at home, beside my t.v. chair, to update daily.

So, I wistfully looked at everyone’s pretty Kikki K’s, and could not bring myself to spend that much money ($90+ shipping) on a planner, even a pretty planner.  So, deciding to plan within my means, I begin investigating the Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planners, which right now are on super sale on Blitsy (with the Mother’s Day coupon code).  They’re similar to the Kikki K’s, but faux leather, and not quite a true A5 size.  But, there was just something about them that I didn’t like.  Well not just something, the guts of it – the inserts.  First, the calendars are dated, so I’d have already lost nearly half the year.  And second, it has a snap closure.  I want to punch holes into things and stick it in my memory planner, and I don’t want to be constrained by a snap.  So, while I had an A5 Color Crush planner in my basket on the Blitsy site, and post coupon, it was only $42.95 with shipping, I couldn’t hit the commit button.  Instead, I got sucked into the youtube planner channels, and after not careful, but “I want that” consideration, I decided to go with the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner.

There it was – right in it’s name – the memory planner.  Exactly what I was looking for.  A kind of planner, a kind of abbreviated scrapbook, a kind of journal.  That’s the right planner, I thought.  So, that’s the “I want it” part – the careful part – well, I threw careful to the wind.  The online reviews of the planner aren’t so good – that the holes all have to be repunched because they were punched too small, that the binder feels cheap, etc.  But, you get what you pay for, and after my 40% off coupon at Michael’s, and a free shipping code that Michael’s gave me after I left the planner sitting in the cart overnight (so smart of them! push me over the edge into purchasing with a shipping code!), it was only $20.  So, I reasoned, if the binder is crap (and all of the warning signs are there that it just might be), I can always put the inserts, which, along with the photo sleeve inserts are the reason I was buying the thing anyway, into another binder, like this one from Dokkipaper, a kind of faux Kikki K, faux Dokibook, which is also snapless.  ah, but you may say, how will you do that because Heidi Swapp’s isn’t really A5, and it has only 4 holes.  Solved that one – I’ve already seen someone on the Planner Society FB group punch the extra two holes, and put it in a traditional A5 planner, so I think I’ll be good.  So, for now, I’ll try out the cheap binder, and see how it goes – and I’ll let you know.

All of that rambling has left my exhausted, like poor little Olive after playing with her ball outside all day, and then scarfing down her dinner.

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Definitely a hard life for the little Boston!

Have a great weekend!

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Flip Book Frenzy

As I mentioned in my last post, just like I became intrigued with pocket letters a few years ago, I’ve now become curious (er, youtube obsessed) about FlipBooks.  With pocket letters, I totally over extended myself, made a bazillion in a weekend, and then never wanted to make another one again.  So, this time, instead of committing to a dozen swaps in a day, I’ve invoked the 2 swap rule.  I can only sign up for 2 swaps at a time, and I can’t sign up for another until at least one is out the door.  Oh, and I actually have to make one to see if I actually like making them, or if I just like watching youtube videos of other people making them.

So, I made one.  Here’s my first flippy –

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Looks simple, right?  Of course, I have to make everything harder by not using the right tools.  I can’t even tell you how many times I tried to apply runner tape to get my frame to stick before I actually broke down and got out the glue.  I always make such a mess with glue -but it had to be done.  Once the frame was in place, it was all good.  Flip!

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As you can see, I made a pocket on the inside cover by chopping a photo overlay in half, and washi taping it to the edges.

Ah washi – you are pretty – but you are good for next to nothing functional.  In the description of the swap, it linked to a particular youtuber’s tutorials, and since her method of constructing a flip book seemed to be the least work intensive, I went with it, even though on the face of it I had reservations.  First,  you simply cut a 6 x 12 piece of cardstock, score it at four inches, and at 8 inches, and voila, three pages.  To secure the folds, that might crack, or simply be floppy, she reinforced the paper with washi tape.  So, so did I.  But that darn not sticky washi!  As soon as I recreased the fold, the washi turned up on the sides.  Finally, after smoothing it down for the 15th time, I ended up using decorative, sticky Scotch tape on top of the washi, and it was all good.  The other problem, beyond the not so sturdy washi, was that the folds don’t allow for increased bulk – you need gussets.  So, I ended up refolding one end of the booklet, and created one gusset on the lefthand side, kind of like a Hebrew book.  But, it was all an experiment, right – next time, I think I’m going to do a hinge system a la Katha Orta King, but I’ll get to that brilliant idea in a minute.

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So, the Life is always Better card is removable, and underneath is a pocket I made with a butterfly magnet, and some tickets.

Here is the whole thing open:

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The flippy uppy card is a Project Life frame from I think Heidi Swapp, and the little envelope that I made with the We R Memory Keepers punch board is filled with washi tape samples.  The inside cover of the left flap has a pocket for a mail tag, and a small clear pocket that has some kind of Studio Calico transparent embellishments that I would never use, not that I’m destashing my crap or anything, I just wasn’t sad to part with them.

On the back, I clipped a notecard and a crochet pattern, since my partner’s profile was all about crochet.  And that’s it.  So aside from adhesive problems, and gusset issues, it turned out pretty good, I think, and of course, lead me to more youtube videos, because it can be so much better.  More flips! More cards! More pockets!

And of course, Paper Phenomenon, Kathy Orta, came to mind.  Kathy is all about interative homes for your photos – and I’m reluctant to call them scrapbooks, because most of the time, they’re not books – they’re boxes, and purses, and houses, and cameras, and so many crazy paper things.  All of her books have flips, and pockets, and photo mats, and tags, and are really flipbooks on the grandest level.  I made one of Kathy’s interactive paperbag minibooks a few years back.  At that time, she still had tutorials and complete projects on youtube, and while she had  her kit club, she didn’t quite have the papercrafting industry that she does now.  Now, she has a monthly physical Kit Club which includes product for two full projects, along with the classroom for the projects, the digital kit club, each purchase being three previous Kit Clubs without the physical products, a yearly subscription classroom site, which doesn’t include written tutorials or the Kit Club projects (you have to buy those separately) but has all of the videos of her non Kit Club projects, and then she has PDF tutorials, that can be purchased with or without the accompanying video class.  Lots to choose from – and if you are into making scrapbook purses, cabinets, giant albums, etc, everything is well worth the price.  However, I, on the other hand, only wanted her Foto Folios, which are like matted flipbooks – so I went for the tutorial/video combo, although I could have gotten the yearly archive/classroom membership, which doesn’t have the PDF (written cutting instructions with measurements) because it would have only been $10 more and I’m probably not going to use her measurements anyway, because I want to go smaller, and not as complicated.  So, I felt that the one tutorial might have been a little pricey – but on the other hand, there are six versions of the folio, and each folio has it’s on videos, so I shouldn’t be complaining.  I’m not complaining – really, maybe I’m just thinking I should have spent the $10 extra bucks.  In any event, my next flip will have Kathy’s hinge system, which will allow for the gusset, and will have kinds of Kathy inspired flips and pockets.

So, that’s it – bring on the weekend! More papercrafting to come!

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