Finally! My Dina-debris tag book is DONE.

I always struggle to get things finished during the school holidays. I usually only manage a coupe of hours each morning to do everything crafty I want to do, then chores and family take over. So on a usually week I would have managed to get this done in maybe three days, it’s taken me a lot longer than that to be able to share the final piece. Here is a gallery view of all the pages in order:

To avoid the final massive, zoomed-in, blurry photo here is the last page:

So there has been a slight re-arrangement of pages and a slight edit to make the words flow a bit better. All of the words are from stamps or from the packaging. You will recognize the small text and the large MEs if you have any Dina stuff, I’m sure. The few changes are swapping pages three and four – I felt the flow of Be willing to be me. Be the best kind of me, me, me flowed into Be willing to play better than the other way around. Do you agree?

The other change is more subtle. Pair seven is:

All well and good. But there was a disconnect, for me, with the text on the next page. The original pair eight is on the left.

Annoying that as I was flipping thru the pages were not laying perfectly flat for photography so one side is slightly angled. Any way, I removed the Stop Wishing line because the flow of Never Stop Trying then Never Stop, flowing immediately into Stop Wishing was too much of a contradiction to suit me! Start Doing as the next line made more sense.

Overall, this was a lot of fun. It was a great using-your-trash project (and I am still thinking a 100 Days of Trash Transformed project would be a lot of fun) and it was challenging to make something I love from really limited supplies. Other than those two flowers that have been hanging around looking for a home for MONTHS, it is 100% Dina supplies. And that was fun too. It confirmed the annoyance I have with that lumpy stamp, but otherwise yeah, all good. I thought I might manage to use the alpha stamps that finally arrived on this project but I was too far into it to manage that. Next time…

Day 56 – sorry for the slightly off centre shot, I took it in a bit of a rush :


Tag book assembly – love this construction!

I’ve mentioned that I watch YouTube art videos on the treadmill often. I would say my walking time is split evenly between political commentary, art videos and cooking/recipes! I didn’t mention that I often watch them on anything from 1.25 to 2x speed. I just want the meat of the project, not the waffle, IYKWIM. So I can watch a couple of long videos and a few short ones every day. Last week I saw this one by Birgit Koopsen. I thought the construction was super interesting for a few reasons.

I have done bindings like this with tape, but the problem is it obscures the pages. This method does not. As she mentions, and it is well worth watching the video to see (from about the 25 minute mark for just the binding) the key is getting the bottom edge flush, for a neat book. The quick look is just a bunch of scored and folded strips of paper, the height of just the edge of the tag, up to the angle, no further, and the tags adhere INSIDE the folded piece.

Once you have them all paired you can join each pair in sequence easily.

I love the look of the little tab tops on the tags, but at the assembly point I realized that waiting till the tags were adhered back-to-back would mean a single tab could cover two tags. Of course then I would have more scraps leftover, so….

The spine then goes over the tags. Mine was sprayed with gloss spray, then a bit of spatter and stenciling and doodles too.

I used the same colours as inside. This is the kind of strapping you would use to cover a hockey stick or tennis racket – sticky one side, fabric the other. I added a ribbon tie as a closure.

Then the spine over that.

Just the covers to complete and add. But now, page 54!

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My tag book progress, using Dina-debris

I am very nearly done. Usually I hate splitting up a project over multiple blog posts, but when there are so many photos to deal with, and it take me many days to finish, there really isn’t any choice!

If you look back a post or two, you will see the beginnings, and a bit about the technique for the base of the tags, gloss gel medium thru a stencil, with gloss sprays over the top. Then it was all about adding a focal image using stamps, collage tissue, and other bits

Another thing I did was make a block out of the side strips from the packaging. I ended up stamping and cutting some bits and using some bits as strips, as you can see above and below.

For the text I used word bits from stamp sets and collage tissue – and you can just see one of the pages made from the strips above here in this shot:

As I cut the tags from the packaging sheets, they didn’t have the usual holes in the top. I considered punching them but decided to make tabs from some of the strips instead.

They were definitely the thing I had the most of, as they appear on all the packaging! So much so they will form the basis of the covers. I had all this left over after I made all the tags

and only this much actual debris!

Although I am still refining my choices for pairings and placements, here is an overview of the tags so far! I’ll be making final choices on pairings and the order they will appear before the final assembly. Very excited!

Here are some close-ups, still subject to change! Because there is an odd number of items, I’ll add the first page pair on it’s own, or I get a massive, zoomed-in image that is out of focus – darn you, WordPress!

I can already see some changes I need to make, so I will probably do another page-pair gallery when I am finally done. But overall I am pretty happy with it. Not bad for trash, transformed. Hey, I can add that to my long list of 100 Days projects – 100 Days of Trash Transformed LOL!

And now, Day 53- I think I used the fishes on Day 1 so about time for them to make an appearance again:


Stamp update and progress!

Thanks to all who (mostly) agreed with me that the stamp with the weird lump in it should be replaced. A reminder:

I have to say the seller is being an absolute star, but the sad thing is the shop will take the hit, probably, rather than the manufacturer, who is really the one at fault. That is a real shame – she will be out the initial shipping to me, the cost for me to ship the set back to her, the shipping back to the USA if they make her return the stamp to them, the shipping of the new set to me, plus she loses a “hot” item she can sell when it is hot…. All of that makes me feel bad about sticking to my guns rather than just cutting out the offending lump but at the same time I feel it is the MANUFACTURER who should bear these costs. Not only are they a HUGE company that can better afford the loss, they are the ones at fault. If they manufacturer doesn’t make her return the faulty stamp, I can ask her to just ship me the one stamp and let her resell the set (minus one stamp) at a discount and make back at least some of her costs, if no all of them. That would make me happy. SOMEONE will want the set even missing one stamp, I bet.

I am blazing ahead with my debris project and here is a shot of some of the play – dithering over a few things but probably more significant progress tomorrow. I made a block using the strips cut from the edges of the packaging, all very bright and colourful, to stamp on, then cut. And I used that head in an interesting way, by adding it to the top of a stamped image to change it

The circles worked out OK but I feel like maybe the goddess images would have left more of the strip paper identifiable.

Still playing around with those very small thumbnail images from the stencils, as you can see. These are just some of my ideas – I haven’t settled on anything yet. I am still undecided if I want to limit myself to using only the debris from the packaging or if I want to mix in some of the goodies from my collage stash.

Now, drum roll please! DAY 50 of my 100 Days project. Woo hoo! The next page willbe in the brand spankin’ new Day 51-100 book I made by disassembling the original book and splitting it to avoid a 90 degree angle of the front and back covers LOL!


Trash Tags

Just a quick one today – it’s my anniversary!

I had a pile of debris on my desk so I decided to make some tags. At the end I still had plenty of debris left.

It was a mix of scraps from cut pieces of Collage Collective pages, bits of my deli paper masterboard, and some gloss sprayed stencil bits, testing them out on scrap paper. None of them are brilliant, but I like them well enough that I will use them, I’m sure.

I wanted to test out the Gallery view here – my friend told me on her phone they only show up teeny tiny. On my phone they show fine – and fine on both of our iPads. I’m curious how it shows for you? Let me know if you have a moment. The first gallery I tried had three smallish photos then on MASSIVE one. I’ll try again

Bizarre. I seem to have lost the ability to select the type of Gallery I want and can only get 3 large and one massive photo, rather than the four tiled in a square – hence the two two-photo Gallery shots. Bah! With every change to WordPress it seems they remove function for the free plan and shift it to the paid plan only, like they did with the embedded spell-check.

OK, lastly the day 46 page:

Although the little ladies look nothing like my daughter and I, this page is all about half-term and some planned Mom+Daughter time!


Final Tag book – all put together

I had fun making this – same sort of accordion construction I have done 100 times before, and I am sure everyone knows already. I attached the ribbon tie to the back of the book so it would wrap round.

Added the tags – I made the pages a little bigger so the tags would be framed nicely, yet the top would extend above the book so the ribbon and rik-rak would be free.

And the cover in place:

Just to save you looking back, here are al the tags in place. Some might have a few additions, like splatters, etc.

I have a really fugly art journal page that I may add. Not sure yet. I also have another box of stash coming and I may want to throw a little more onto the fugliness to see if it salvages it. Or not. I added a title that is pretty perfect for it so I may just share it as is. It is a cautionary tale…sometimes, more is crap. But is it ART?

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Cover for my trash-tag book

My cover is done and I really like it!

In the end I decided that the top words on cream and the bottom words on white were FINE.

I am looking at my old mini-book posts, and researching various tag-book constructions, to try to determine which of them will work best for my tags. The backs of them are the backs of the paint-chip samples so full of text, so I think something where the tags are stuck on the binding method is best, to avoid having to cover the backs fully and make them really thick.

I know I want it to be black, to set off the colourful chaos of the trash tags, but other than that, I have not yet settled on the best version. I think I am leaning towards a basic accordion, and indeed the cover will work well for that sort of construction. But there are a million variations of the accordion book, mostly spine variations. See? again, it is the finishing touches that delay the completion of the project! Maybe because I have a habit of looking forward to the next project before I am done, and the antici………pation of starting something new takes up valuable headspace.

Oh, and I have a much-requested calendar to finish up and add! I know it is one that gets a lot of downloads every year, and we are already into Month 2 for 2021. I really must get it sorted cause I don’t like to disappoint the people who like to download it every year!

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Tag book final tags

Just a quick one today. Here are the final tags – funny, isn’t it, that sometimes the finishing touches are the part of a project that takes the longest?

and the next three:

I am actually pretty happy with them. I was determined to make the bits of text I printed but did not use work as text on the tags. Some of it I printed in error on cream cardstock, rather than white, which is obvious to ME, but not a problem in the end as I didn’t have to mix the white and cream words on the same tag. I had trouble with stamping on the paint chips – I tried Versamark, as it was on my desk, but it didn’t seem to really want to dry and got a bit smeary. But Staz-on worked a treat so that is the way I went.

I had cut out a bunch of stuff from the packaging of the Dina stamps and that pile o’trash is destined to become the cover of the book. That and a few more bits from the leftovers. Really, I could make 20 tags from it, although I suspect the quality of the tags would suffer the further into the rubbish pile I went!

I may end up mixing the cream and white on the cover as I want to use all the leftover words and not print them again. That defeats the purpose of my challenge to myself. I’ll get it done, but maybe not today!


WOYWW 610 – trash project progress

Happy WOYWW to all! Best day of the week.

My desk is NOT clean. It should be – I tidied up in advance of a new project, but the project took over and things got messy.

If you saw my post yesterday you will know my project is to use up the scraps from the Collage Collective leftover from my The Hill We Climb art book. As you can see I made a LOT of progress on the tags, but not so much I am ready to take final photos of them all. I anticipate I will be ready for that tomorrow! I still have to make the cover and do the tag-book construction. I do have a couple of in-process tags not quite done, but they should give you an idea of where they are going! The one from yesterday, to save you paging back:

A second one that is still very much in progress:

and one that is pretty much actually done:

The last photo is a box of goodies I set aside for donation – Neet posted last week about a friend who is doing a worthwhile project and needs supplies. I have far too much and while some of the stuff is partially used (papers with a corner cut away, part-full sticker sheets) I figure it will be useful in some way. So off it will go (if not already off – depending on Hubby’s P.O. schedule this week) and hopefully happily received. I could send 10 of these and not miss what I am sending nor make a dent in what I have. Making the time to really sort thru it is always the bigger problem.

So there we go. A big old mess. Tomorrow I will share the final tags and then do the cover and assemble the book. Darling Daughter has been off school for a couple of days as her teachers are getting vaccinated (she attends a special needs school) and we have been watching movies and chilin’ out, which explains why my progress on this project has been slower than it should have been. MY vaccine went swimmingly, just a couple of days of a sore arm and a little bit of a lump and an itch near the injection site. Pretty much back to normal and just waiting for the next dose….

Have a great WOYWW day, y’all!

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Trash Tags – challenging but fun!

I tidied up my desks a bit, in advance of WOYWW tomorrow. I am determined to tidy up once a week AT LEAST. If I know anything, I know I find it VERY hard to work in chaos. I get distracted too easily and end up flitting from desk to desk, never completing anything – or at least it takes me a week to cycle around to the first thing I began. Anyway, I decided to challenge myself, once again, to use up the rubbish on my desk to make something good. I collected up all the bits and pieces of the Collage Collective remains from the Hill book.

and I grabbed that envelope of stuff from Voodoo Vixen

and riffled thru it to pull out all the large paint chips in mostly pale background colours

and managed to make a reasonably cute tag, although my desk looks a bit worse for wear at the end of it!

I placed a few limits on myself. I had to TRY to use the scraps as intact as I could – no pre-trimming, only cutting off the overhang. I got a new stamp set (you will have seen the journal page using the bar-code snipped from the packaging yesterday!) and that was on my desk so I could use that, and the tissue paper I got in the same shipment. Here is that tag, mostly finished, although I feel splatters are needed and I have to sort thru my ribbons to finish it off. I have a plan to make a tag book – we’ll see how it goes.