WOYWW 202 – still the clock

Hello all you WOYWWers!

I am still working on my clock, although I did actually make a little more progress on it yesterday after my post.  Not a lot, but a little. I wanted the clock to be bigger, so I cut a large circle from black cardstock and attached it to the back of the clock, with the original backing circle of chipboard behind that. And I want to add some numbers to it.


I simply printed out a guide from the internet and centred the clock face on it.  Then I could mark the placement of the circles.




As you can see in the first photo, I used the scraps from the backing prints to punch the number circles, and then cut the numbers with the Cricut – North Point, one of my all time fave fonts. And the gear in from another font (Lombax, I think) and that adds a little interest to the centre. So not TOO much left to do to finish it up.  I think I would make another one of these.  It was fun.  Now I need to shop and hop around the WOYWW desks then off to ice skating with DD.  Busy day, fer sure!



Tando Gelli clock

I picked up ne of the Tando clock kits from my local crop on Saturday and had the idea that it should be a Gelli plate project. I also picked up a nice little collection of basic paint colours from a local shop – under £8 for the whole set! They are slightly less paint than the little bottles, like Crafter’s Acrylic, but they work fine.


First I painted the surface – I did consider covering the surfaces with Gelli prints but it seemed easier to print from the plate right on the surface. I felt that needed the white base to make the colours show true.


I applied the paint to the plate, then did the usual, to add some interest, and pressed the center square first, so that got a good impression on the biggest solid area…


…then just pressed the thin frame areas to anyplace that had paint.  They were really too thin to show much of a pattern, so I went for colour and interest.

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I took the still slightly wet plate and added a nice dollop of thick white paint, and pulled the print on paper.

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The stencils were still wet with paint so I pressed THAT onto the print and ran the brayer over the back to get it all to transfer.

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I really liked the look of it, so I did similar, adding some yellow to the clock frame, then pulled that print too.

I used these prints to fill the gaps, and I have an idea I will be trying tomorrow to add to it. Here is where I am right NOW, but I’m not done yet….



UKScrappers Spring BlogHop

Hello!  Whether you’ve come here from either the UKScrappers thread or from Suzycad’s blog  or you’ve dropped in on me any other way,  Welcome!  Feel free to take part in the hop, regardless of whether you are a UKS member or not.

I’ve slotted in to fill a gap, so no project from me, but I do have this little set of retro printables for Project Life style albums for you.  The PDF has three pages – this set of 3 x 4 cards, the same set as landscape 4 x 3 cards, with swapped-around backgrounds, and a sheet of mixed orientation with no text on them, so you can add your own.


The retro ladies (and the bunny from the BlogHop badge) are freebies from The Graphics Fairy, a great resource for all sorts of digital images, from retro, like these, to French typography, to vintage and more.  It’s a place that is well worth a visit! There are some that would work with a stampmaker (or indeed even as a digital stamp) for example, or for image transfer projects,  home decor projects, as well as printed to make journaling blocks or embellishments.

The backgrounds are also digital, from Background Labs.  Another fab resource, with the retro patterns just one of many, many choices.  You can use them for creating your own digital scrapbook papers, as backgrounds for ATCs, or maybe printed and punched as little embellishments.

I hope you find them useful!

Now hop on to Jen’s blog here and see what she has to inspire you! When you are done, be sure to pop on to the UKS thread here and leave a reply for a chance to win the random draw of a £25 gift certificate to the UKS sponsor shop of your choice to be drawn tomorrow  from those who have commented TODAY 15th April 2013 on every blog in the hop AND in the UKS thread.  And be on the lookout – some of the BlogHop stations will offer a prize to be drawn from one of THEIR OWN commenters, so take note as you hop along!


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Sunday-someplace-else – really SOMETHING else

I just had to share this.  I get a lot of email newsletters and one of them is Quilting Daily, from Interweave.  Usually, I just have a quick glance thru it and move on, but this quilt captured my eye.  I just adore the view, as if from Google Earth..

Details of “Canal Country” by Alicia Merrett,
photo by Alicia Merrett (April/May 2012 issue Quilting Arts)

Isn’t it fab? If the view of my own house was slightly more interesting I would be tempted to make a similar quilt, but the current view shows mostly brown fields.

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When quilting and scrapbooking collide…

…and not in the way you are probably thinking.  Not with photos printed on fabric or quilted mini-books, but using scrapbooking tools for quilting.

I had a group of I think 4 fat quarters of this dotty fabric.  I did love the lime, blue and purple ones, less keen on the yellow, but I wanted to make something to try BIG STITCH quilting on.  I love the look. I also wanted to try out something I had seem in a couple of places, most recently in the Freeform quilting book. It’s a technique where you lay your two fabrics on top of each other, right sides up, then cut a curve.  You flip and match the edges to create a curved seam.

This is the quilt top – really, it looks a lot less garish in better light!


Can you see the wibbly-wobbly edges? I had four of the strips of dotty fabric.  I took one of them, laying a piece of the pale blue over the top, centred.  I cut the curve then swapped over the pieces so they matched and sewed.  But what I USED to cut the curve was my old CM curvy ruler! The plain yellow was a remnant so I had to add in the bumblebee stripe (which I THINK I have enough of to bind it with) and then I used my (still used and useful) CM circle cutter to mark the big round circles for the quilting!


I’m using a thick cotton thread (not like matte 6-stranded cross stitch floss, but not shiny like pearle cotton either) to do the hand quilting.  It will take me some time to find my rhythm and get the stitches more regular, but even so I am really liking how it is turning out!


I like it even more on the backing fabric (again, remnants, so pieced) although it does show my imperfect stitching better.


I’m quilting in a hoop so the wrinkly fabric is not due to bad basting – I think I actually did than fairly competently.

My MIL used to work on something small, to help her get back into the groove and get her stitches uniform, before going back to a major quilting project.  This is my warm-up piece, before I finally, FINALLY, go back to the quilt I started for DS about 5 years ago.  And I am sure that BIG STITCH is the way to go. I think the thick stitches will look fab on the striped denim fabric.


I went to my local crop today and picked up a Tando clock kit.  I have a plan.  But that will have to wait for another day…..


Paper Bag Gelli Print Book – construction

This is going to be HUGE.  I will try to use a combination of actual photos and diagrams to try to explain it fully and will hope that gets the steps across clearly.  Any questions, comment and I’ll reply.  I would suggest that you SUBSCRIBE to the COMMENTS so any replies I make come to you via email, or check back if you ask a question.  Emails to commenters can bounce back as undelivered and I don’t want you thinking I am ignoring you {wink}

Folding the bags

My book uses 4 standard lunch bags.  That’s not to say that you can’t use the smaller nice ones (I think they are called Celebration bags, from Michaels in the USA) but that is not what I used.  The standard bags can be ever so slightly wonky, but that is part of their charm for me.

All the bags get opened and folded the same way, it’s the snip to release the gusset that changes position from bag to bag, so start by folding them all like this:

Slip your hand inside the bag.  Tease out the side folds all the way, and re-crease them along the existing fold lines:


Fold the bottom of the bag to the side it wants to go, in the same position it was originally


Fold the two side gussets back into position, again as they were originally, like so:


Fold the bottom flap over onto the body of the bag, over the folded in side gussets.


You might like to reinforce all the folds at this point, with a bone folder or the back of a spoon or just your thumbnail, so the creases are as crisp as you can make them.

Because I am using the Gelli prints from the 6 x 6 plate, I trimmed the bags so the area from the fold to the edge of the opening is 6 inches. If you want a bigger book, don’t cut!


OK, now we will switch to diagrams, so I can explain the cutting more easily.  You will make TWO sets of TWO bags.



At this point the long flaps, top and bottom need to be stuck together from inside the bag, making those flaps a more cohesive whole. Just open the bag and stick JUST the area from the top to the snip (the area the scissor tip is “pointing to” above) and the same area on the bottom, but to the fold, as you have not snipped it, have you?

While the bag is still open and unstuck, cut yourself a little template for the side pockets.  This is where the wonkiness comes in to play – unless you really want to cut a template for each bag pocket, the one you cut is unlikely to match perfectly for all bags.  Live with it or do each one, or make the side pocket a rectangle rather than following the lines of the folds like I did!

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Now, the nice thing about this way is you can use the off-cut from the print you use to cover the pocket and either slip it inside THAT pocket (boring) or swap them around so one piece covers the pocket and another fills the pocket, then reverse that for a different pocket.  Like I did:


The spine gussets that join the bags

I used three.  This is a little flexible, but since I am using A4 cardstock, I cut it in half (that’s roughly at 5 3/4 inches) then trimmed it to 8 inches.  No real reason for that, it was kinda automatic.  In any case it just needs to be smaller than 6 inches tall and the wings need to be narrower than 4 inches (the width of the bag bottom) so don’t get too hung up on exact measurements.  If you are using a US letter piece of card  5 1/2 x 8 will be fine.

Score each of the three at 3 inches, 4 inches and 5 inches along the longer side.


Crease the score lines like so, so you get two side “wings”


To join bags One and Two, add the adhesive to the underside of the wings and stick one wing to the back of the fold-over flap (the bag “bottom” in its original state)


Can you see that the wings are attached, but the little fold in the middle is free, and extends PAST the edges of the bag?



Do exactly the same for Bags Three and Four.

Now, using the last piece, join the two sets.  In this case you will be joining the BACK of the bag, rather than the bottom. When you cover these, it give you two FULL SIZE pages rather than the smaller bag-bottom pages:


Full-size pages.


Now it is up to you – a few possibilities.  I chose to stick the spine extensions together. You may not want to.  I toyed with covering the spine unit with another Gelli print, but to be honest I liked the black contrast.



I hope you can see in the shots above and more from yesterday that the spine done this way allows the book to really open up, although I’m not sure you could get loads of really thick, dimensional embellishments in there even so, but I’ve not decorated mine yet.

The rest of it is pretty much as you would expect it to be.

  • Decorate the front and back as covers
  • Stick two prints, back to back, sandwiching the flap at the top.
  • Cover the inside of the side pocket, then fold in  and use your template to cut a covering piece.  This completes the pocket.  You CAN use TWO of the template pieces, back to back, sandwiching the sides, for a more solid finish.


  • gellisidepocket1Decorate behind the bottom flap – I cut off enough to use that strip to cover the front of the pocket on another page and along the pocket.

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  • Stick the sides of the pocket along the bottom edge at the side and decorate the front of the flap
  • gellibottompocket3Decorate all the pages to cover the spine wings as already shown.
  • I chose to cover the entire area of the inside of the back cover to offer better structural integrity


Good lord that is LONG.  But I hope it explains it well enough for you to have a go!

Now, this is a total experiment.  I know some people prefer a PDF.  Once I publish the post, I am going to try to convert the post to a PDF simply by using Readability (which is a bit like the Google Reader that is disappearing later this year, but Readability works in the browser I use for READING, just not for printing).  What I HOPE will happen is it will take the post, strip out all the sidebar and blog surround rubbish, and make it a PDF in about two clicks.  I’m simply not sure if it will split photos, or split the PAGES in a way that makes it unusable.  If it looks good enough, I’ll add it as a download HERE (if it’s highlighted as a hot link, you know it worked!  If not, you know it didn’t.  I have to switch to a different browser to do it so bear with me if you are seeing this in email or come to the post in the next 3 minutes….)

Added note:  Interesting.  The Google reader version turns out at 28 pages and more or less puts one photo per page.  The Readability version is 17 pages and seems more usable so that is the one I added!

It goes without saying that you can use this basic construction for a standard (non-Gelli print) book and cover with scrapbook papers instead!

I hope you like it.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a PBB or a mini and I really enjoyed it.  Hope you did too.


Gelli Print Paper Bag Book!

You know me – I love PBBs.  I like coming up with different constructions using them and find them so useful for mini albums.  I had some connectivity and commenting issues yesterday that kept me from my WOYWW hopping, but I am off to rectify that as soon as I post this.  Then a long-time scrapbooking mate is coming for lunch (and she quilts too, so we should have a lot to chat about!) and prep for my local Basingstoke crop to sort out for Saturday – I’ve missed it for about 3 months and I hate that!

So here it is.  I will TRY to explain the construction tomorrow as I think I need to take a few more photos to make sure it’s clear. but I am guessing if you make PBBs you will have  good idea of how this works.

This is the spine with the front cover/back cover


The front of the book


This is the first spread – the main part of the spread has a  flap, covered on both sides with Gelli prints to create a flip-up page, then a bottom flap that creates a pocket, with the bottom of the bag folded over to create another pocket to the right.



The bags are joined by a folded gusset, creating two more pages from the bottom of the bags that fold to create the side pocket (clear as mud? LOL!)



The book uses four standard lunch bag sized bags, joined in two groups, so the middle spread is the back of the first group and the front of the second group, creating a full size page.

gellipbb3 And because I didn’t want a pocket on the inside back cover, I just covered that page fully.

See what I mean?  It’s easy and complicated at the same time.


The spine gussets extend past the edge of the bags, creating the joins, allowing the pages to really open and standing up it has this almost star-book effect.


It has LOADS of space for adding …. stuff.  I grabbed a few tags from my stash of work and here you can see them in the various holding areas:


Counting up, there are:

  • 4 full size pockets where the bags usually open
  • 9 full size pages (not counting the pages under the bottom pockets)
  • 3 bottom pockets (with pages behind)
  • 4 lined side pockets
  • 4 bottom-of-the-bag pages

All in all I used 25 pulled prints, some cut in a way that allowed me to use them in more than one place.  How’s that for using up prints!?

I’ll try very hard to get organized enough to give some more guidance on how to construct it.  And then I get to fill it!  Now that is the fun part.  I have an idea……




WOYWW 201 – paint!

Do stop by Julia‘s Place if you don’t know what WOYWW is all about. Can you believe the 4th anniversary in nearly here? I am working on a bit of a project and have created quite a mess.


Lots and lots of Gelli prints, all very experimental, but a few I really like.


I really need to go get some more paper, I have a Drs. appt. this morning, and need to re-stock the bare cupboards.  So a busy, but not a very exciting WOYWW day for me.  I hope to get inky and messy later today!


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Making a frame with Gelli prints and debris!

I pull SO many prints when I am having a play with the plate.  Since I am rubbish at art journaling (it’s not the process, it’s making the time to sit and contemplate and do) it’s always a challenge to actually MAKE something with them.  I’ve done the couple of books (with no idea what they will actually be used for) and the bird, but as I sat at my desk, strewn with prints, I had an idea.   In the right sidebar you can see the foam core bi-fold frame.  It’s been a while since I use foam-core, and I came across a scrap  while I was tidying last week so I though I could make a covered frame with some of the rubbish.

First, I was looking at one of the embossed strips I made to lift off the paint in a trellis sort of pattern.  I had used it A LOT so it was LOADED with colour.  And heck, I can always make another in seconds so that was going to be the covering.  So pretty!


I cut the scrap of foam core to 6 x 6 – perfect for the 6 x 6 plate.  I poked holes, defining a 4 x 4 window in the middle and cut out the window with a craft knife.

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The edges of the foam core were a bit ragged, as I couldn’t lay my hands on my big, sharp box-cutter knife so I looked at my desk again and saw a stack of deli-paper prints.  The paper is 8×10 and the plate 6×6 so there are wide bare edges on all of them.  Cutting them off, I could use the bits, with a bit of Mod Podge, to cover the raw edges.  Messy is good, as it gives it a nice texture.


I painted the inside and the outside edges with some gold paint.


I cut the texture plate paper into 1 inch strips.  I had just enough for the four front faces of the frame!


You can see there at the top one of the lollipop flowers I made from rough cut circles of a couple of other prints.


I made the leaves by punching a circle then offsetting that circle in the punch to get a leaf shape. (My punch! mine, mine, mine!  LOL!)


I dragged the leaves through a blob of the gold paint just to give them some glitz.

I stuck the strips to the front, layered on the flowers…


…then lined the back f the frame with black cardstock.  I used the piece I cut from the middle to make a stand to attach to the back of the cardstock, then added a photo inside.


Next time I might take the time to mitre the corners rather than overlap them, but I don’t actually mind it this way.  And I used my Gelli prints for something.  Result!

Now I have another idea I am playing with, although it remains to be seen if the end result will be useful.  I know what I want to do, and how I want to do it, it’s just what I will DO WITH IT when I get done.  {sigh}


Vintage printables for Project Life

I have been so busy with real life blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. But I had a need for some printables so I knocked these out this morning.  As I had made them, it seemed silly not to share them.  I know they may not be to everyone’s taste. but I like them (well, I would then, wouldn’t I?)


The PDF is here. All the images are from The Graphics Fairy.  They all are in the Steampunk category.  I’m still on the fence as to whether I prefer the camera with the shadow or not.  I cleaned up the compass to delete the shadow, and know I prefer that, but the camera I waffled back and forth with.  In the end I left it, but I’m STILL waffling! I do like the stark contrast and the woodgrain, although I am also considering doing them on more of an “old paper” background, or perhaps more my usual style, matt colour.  Do feel free to comment if you’d like them in some other way – I’m thinking it will be easy to convert them so am happy to have a bash at it.

I’ve had a bit of an idea for my Gelli prints too that I want to play with.  We’ll see if I can make it work and find the time!  Two very real considerations….