WOYWW 217 – working on the mini-book

Just a shot of my WOYWW desk.  I am hoping to work on my mini-book from the other day, but it’s skating, and a round of haircuts, and DS seems to have settled in to staying at home rather than sloping off to the office as he usually does. That may cause me to don a Summertime Mom hat or two, in the COOK and WASHERWOMAN roles.  He’s meeting up with friends in Essex next week and needs a full complement of clean clothes.


OH! And I got a lovely bit of mail yesterday from Petrina, but will have to hold off sharing it till tomorrow.  Pop back, if you get a chance.  It’s very cool…..

Happy WOYWW!


SDC 110 – Tags

Decisions, decisions.  To add the custom banner for Gelli Play or SDC.  I’ll decide when I finish.

Summertime, with the kids underfoot, always means I wear my many Mom hats more than usual.  This little tag book reflects some of those hats.  Chauffeur, Nurse, Washerwoman and Cook.  Washerwoman seems to be the most worn hat at the moment.  While I love the summertime freedom from the tyranny of the school uniform, it does make for more laundry.

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There is room on the back to list the number of loads of laundry, meals cooked, trips sorted, etc.

I may have to change that Gallery – for some reason WordPress refuses to allow me to Preview my post so I have no idea what it will look like till I publish.

On that note, I found that I had to set things aside yesterday to do a little baking.  DS was going to a BBQ with some old school mates and I wanted to make some cookies for him to take to share.  But I didn’t want to go to the store.  I had to find a recipe that was edible, good even, that could be made from just the things I had on hand.  I found this recipe for a Wacky Cake.  No eggs, no milk, no butter.  Perfect.  But I didn’t want to make a cake, too hard to eat at a BBQ.  I just altered the recipe by cutting the water in half (so 1/2 cup rather than a full cup) and added a bag of dark chocolate chips.  The first batch I baked for 8 minutes, and while they looked lovely on top, the underside was too gooey and they were pretty fragile.  The next two batches I cooked for 10 minutes.  They were better.  The top is crispy, the underside more cake-like.  The tablespoon of batter spread a bit to produce a nice sized cookie, and they would be yummy used to create a Whoopie Pie sort of thing, with two cookies and some ice cream filling.



They would have been better had I had actual white sugar instead of only Demerara. But DS and DH liked them a lot.

And speaking of DH, he placed in the chili cook-off!  Runner up, with loads of nice comments from the judges.  Considering the winning “chili” ( I feel the need to put that in quotes) had POTATOES in it, I’m not sure if that makes it a triumph or not!  But he was well chuffed.  And placing means he goes to a final cook-off in September.

Now I have to find a home for this:


United Kingdom Chilli Cook-Off
Isle of Wight Chilli Fiesta
Runner Up

The whole CHILI (American) v CHILLI (UK) spelling thing confuses my spell checker 🙂

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A layout!

Well, I am still indecisive about adding journaling to this but I thought I would go ahead and post it as it sits so far.  DD and her pink hair – although it looks more read than it does in real life. And because she has to use anti-dandruff shampoo, at the moment it has degraded into blond highlights.  Now she is off on to hair extensions!  OMG are they EXPENSIVE.  Not willing to spend upwards of £20 for something that is just a lark, to be honest.



I bought those Colorbok letter stickers (actually about 3 or 4 packs of various ones) eons ago on a trip back to the States and I have gotten SO MUCH use out of them.  Love this font in particular.

Not sure what is the plan for today.  The kids home, DH back from chili cooking (he got 2nd place!) and DS being home forcing way more grocery shopping than I am used to is all taking its toll on my free time. We shall see what I can manage – maybe working on the odd little mini-book from last week, maybe something for the SDC challenge, maybe something Gelli, maybe quilting.  I just don’t know!

And if you are a UKS member, do pop in to the Gallery there to vote for your We Challenge You favourite.  There are some fab layouts, all produced from UKS challenges of 2013.  If you are indecisive like me about what to do with a small block of time, it might help jump-start your mojo!


Odd little Mini book for small photos

Lots of photos 🙂

I had this idea to make a small mini book.  I found a collection of 6×6 papers, they don’t say the maker on them, but I think it might be Prima.  That defined the size.  I knew I wanted it to be a collection of the kids, and I knew I wanted to use either small photos (lots of them) or split photos, like the mini I did previously, maybe both together.  In fact I might end up using a lot of the SAME photos so if the Grandparents get them, there’ll be no discussion of who got what photos!

Just the construction today – I’ll be busy with the kids while DH is off cooking chili – but maybe I’ll finish it tomorrow or at the next crop.

It actually uses pretty minimal resources.

  • three 8 x 6 pieces of cardstock
  • two 6 x 6 pieces of cardstock
  • two 4 x 6 pieces of cardstock
  • eight pieces of 6 x 6 patterned paper – or scraps, some at least 6 x 4, some 6 x 2.75
  • 24 inches of ribbon

1. Score the three pieces of 8 x 6 cardstock along the long side, at 2, 4, and 6 inches.  Accordion fold all Valley, Mountain, Valley fold. Ignore the bi-fold sheet at the back.


2. Decorate all the front surfaces.  I mixed up pieces that cover a Valley or a mountain with thinner strips.


I wasn’t going for a super-Distressed look, but I did dust the edges with Antique linen, just to knock back the white core of the paper.


3. Cover the reverse of the two side pieces. I like to make an X on the two inside-most surfaces as a reminder not to cover them.

SoLuckymini4Do make sure you keep track of which edge is the TOP (maybe add a small tab sticker or a paper clip) – I know when I am working stuff gets turned every which way.  Not a big deal on non-directional prints, but if it matters to the pattern to be one way, keep it in mind.


4.  Score the two 4 x 6 pieces 1/8 inch on either side of the 2 inch mark:


Crease one with the texture INSIDE and one with it OUTSIDE if you are using textured cardstock.

These will join the two 6 x 6 pieces to create the covers.

5. Stick the X-marked areas to the inside of the covers, one just at the left edge, one just at the right.  Check the orientation before you stick them in.



6. Stick the centre folded piece to the middle, not quite up to the edge of the side pieces, but with the centre fold over the centre fold in the spine.



You want the centre to remain like a pop-out, IYKWIM.

7. I added a simple ribbon tie by folding the ribbon in half, putting the fold around the spine, and sticking the ribbon to the front and back covers. Pretty standard stuff.



8. Cover the front and back with the cover sheets.



DONE. This is what it looks like from the top:



and open:



I think it’s going to be a fun one.  Also, I have limited resources, just what came in the pack (was it a crop purchase?  I think so) but I may root around and see if I can find some other stuff to go with.  They it’s printing photos and it’ll be done.

I love the skinny page format.  I don’t know why, it just appeals to me.  I think I like the challenge of making photos fit when most photos don’t naturally fit this format.  Something I used to do a lot, back in the bark days when you could only develop film to get actual photos, is to use the small sheet of index prints.  I am thinking this lends itself to those, or even film-strip/photo booth style strips.  I do know I like the book enough not to rush to finish it until I am happy with my plan.

Hope you like it too!



Unusual, possibly offensive to some, quilts

I stumbled on a couple of quilt in my travels. These are quilts that seriously push the boundaries.  The first one is OLD – It’s called  The Suns Sets on Sunbonnet Sue and depicting the death of Sue, in all manner of interesting ways.  With blocks named Run in with the Mob (Sue, with a cement block tied to her ankle) Eaten by a Snake (Sue, as a silhouette within the belly of a snake) and Sunbonnet Soup (in a cannibal’s pot) most of them made me giggle.

The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue

The other one, I have dithered and dithered about whether or not to post the actual image or just the link to it.  I’ve gone for the image, because I don’t mind it and I do love the quilt.  With luck, those of a sensitive nature will have read the title and bypassed this post entirely.

…a handful of blank lines to give you time to hop away…..







…really, if you are easily offended, don’t scroll down……









…you have been warned….










Called Give a F*ck, it is explained by the creator thusly:

In this project, a group of quilters challenge several boundary notions about quilts. Now that text in designs is acceptable, should the text be censored? We express our potty-mouths in patchwork using the ultimate in four-letter words.

While I wouldn’t make this exact quilt (but I totally would have if the idea had occurred to me) , I do love the word blocks idea.  And that is one to file away for the future…


Hey Jack Kerouac! – Gelli book done

I was rereading On The Road recently, and had to look up  dingledodies – I’m pretty sure I had to look it up the first time I rad it, but NOT sure I found it, as that would have been before t’internet.  Also interesting to find Russell Howard has a comedy DVD using this in the title.  Who knew?

Anyway, t’internet tells me:

Dingledodies are those friends or acquaintances who you cannot help but be uplifted, enlightened or cheered up by – those people who put the light in your life. They are the special people who never fail to put a smile on your face, because of some series of strange habits or quirks unique only to them.

That works.


I started off thinking I would use this for the SDC, which is TAGS, but TAGS covered up too much of the Gelli print background, so I just went ahead and made it but didn’t submit it for the challenge.  I just stamped an array or creepy folk on some lighter Gelli prints and cut them out.  I actually like the effect it gives.


So here is the completed book:

and a flat shot:

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a common place thing...

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing…


 but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars

but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars


WOYWW216 – Gelli debris

Happy WOYWW!

My plan is to finish the Gelli book that I constructed yesterday. But I have an annoying amount of paperwork to do so it might not get finished.  First, I think I need to attack the mess on my desk:

woyww216What a catastrophe!

I’ll add a couple of shots of the finished book, just to save you the effort of looking back:

Just a handful of surfaces to cover, but the one thing about Gelli prints, or at lest the ones I tend to do, is they are rich with colour, not a lot of white space, so layering too much over them can be tricky.  I’ll have to  perhaps try a few ideas to see what I like best.

Off for a hop in the morning – with DS home there can be competition for bandwidth so we’ll see how it goes.




Simple Gelli Book

This is a really simple book that works for Gelli prints.  It is based on a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock (although you could easily use a larger sheet of watercolour paper to make a bigger book, with more pages) and it goes together in a flash.

Cut your 12 x 12 sheet in half, creating two 6 x 12 pieces.  Score and crease both at 3, 6, and 9 inches.  Accordion fold exactly the same.


I only have the 6 x 6 plate, so this size works perfectly for me.  You can EITHER print directly onto the sheets OR you can print on plain cardstock, deli paper, whatever, and stick that to the pages.  If you are going to print directly, just fold up the pieces so you are printing only on the section you want – I did the 3 x 6 sides as pages, then did the middle 6 x 6 pair as a single surface.  Does that make sense?



Once you have printed both let them dry.


Take a length of ribbon about 24 inches long – and used grosgrain, which was a mistake a it’s a little too stiff for easy tying so seam binding would be my future choice – and print on both sides.  By laying the ribbon down right at the bottom then moving up the plate, I got one entire side printed from one plateful of paint, making the pattern all the same along the length.  Set that aside to dry.


Cut two 6 x 6 squares of matt board.  Again, you can easily print right on the matt board, but knowing my proclivity to go too far and then not like what I made, I printed on other paper to cover the matt board.  That also let me make a number of prints then pick my favourites for the front and back!

I also lined the back of the middle pair of pages with thin black paper.  Not required, and you could print on this area as well, but you aren’t going to see much of it so why bother? LOL!


To construct the booklet:

Lay the un-folded pieces over each other,  and pierce along the first and last score lines.  So you will have a 3 x 6 page, pierce in the score line, leave the middle score line alone, pierce in the last score line and then you will have a 3 x 6 page at the end. Pierce at 1 3 and 5 inches along the 6 inch score line.


Now you will sew these signatures together with a simple stitch.

With the printed sections facing out, with a good yard of thick thread:

  • come out from between the signatures, leaving a long tail (and that bit of thread you see in the photo shows the tail going in just one of the middle holes.  Can you see that?


  • go in to the holes at the 1 inch point in both signatures
  • go thru the middle holes in both signatures
  • go thru the last holes in both signatures
  • go back thru the middle hole in the top signature, so your thread comes out between, where the original tail is, and tie off.

I don’t know if this helps or not.  I did look for an image to add but couldn’t find one so I made this.  I hope between the steps as text and the image you will see I did! Despite being two colours it is all one length of thread.  I’m just trying to help you see the steps.


You can repeat the middle steps then finish off with the tying to reinforce the sewing.

Once the two pieces are sewn together, you will see the first two 3 x 6 pages and the last two 3 x 6 pages are loose, like flaps.


Fold the ribbon in half and slip it around the book, with the fold at the left.  Stick the ribbon to just the front from left to right.  Leave the rest loose at the front and all the ribbon behind the book loose.


Stick the front cover over the ribbon and stick the back cover to the back unprinted pages.


Done.  When you open the book just angle the covers back towards the middle.  You can rotate the book around and re-angle the covers to reveal the back pages.



Lordy, those photos are a bit rubbish. I’ll hope to show a better shot once I decorate it up.  Note sure where I’m going with it at the moment, possibly quotes or maybe play on the two-sided aspect of the piece (good v bad, night v day, light v dark, something like that) but even if I shelve it for a bit, one day the perfect solution will present itself, I’m sure.

I have a hankering to do a multi-part version with some watercolour paper, ideally either piecing together two pieces to create at least two middle folds or using long paper, but I have to rummage around in my room to see what my options are.  Watch this space….


Flower book – a gift

DD has had the same escort since she moved into secondary school.  Drivers have come and gone (and she has a new one for the last two days!) but Betty has remained the constant.  She asked for a photo, but as a scrapper I thought I could do better.  I still had this little book, built on a flower, that I made AGES ago  and never filled with photos.  The essay, by Alan Beck, called What is a girl?  seems to fit DD perfectly.  A handful of photo over the ages and it was done.  I think she will really appreciate it.  I have a video post about the construction which has the link to the folding flower CD holder template, if you fancy making one.  and this is what it looks like:

The “tiled mosaic” option for displaying photos is one I really like, but it does seem to rather randomly choose which photos to highlight by making them bigger.  They aren’t perhaps, the ones I would highlight, but still, the smaller space used and the general overview of a multi-photo project is great.

Just to add – I found the link to the folding flower CD case so you don’t have to go to the video if all you want to see is that!


SDC109 – Clean and Simple

LOL!  I almost didn’t bother with this, given my proclivity towards 3d paper sculptures and that “one more thing” that Julia blogged about (that was a surprise – surprise that she actually listened to my prattling as we drove!)  SDC Challenge 109 is  CLEAN and SIMPLE – not words that spring to mind when I do a Stampotique project. But I needed to make a few cards for DDs classroom teachers and assistants and this one came together clean and simple so I though, why not?


I just stamped the (oddly, my only Stampotique NOT Penney/Torrente) image onto the street name lists from one of my old London A to Z and added it over an embossed file-card thingie.  A tiny bit of simple stamping and a scrap of ribbon and DONE! I actually really like it.  And I think DDs teacher will too, if fits her.  I’m amazed my stamping is a neat and straight as it is – I often make a hash of that and have to do 3 or 4 ones before I get one I can use!  This time, first time was the one.  I would call this a 5 minute card for sure.  And from scraps too so quick AND economical!