Saturday, February 21, 2009

Going Green

Well not in the way that most of us think of when we hear the phrase, but all my projects this week have involved the color green. I also have a project in my head for the next local book arts swap that will involve green....
Up first are my wonderful new wrist warmers, I made them from some sage green fleece I had around the house and used a blanket stitch on them. The blanket stitch took forever to sew around all the openings on them plus the side seam but I'm happy with the results. I didn't want the seam on the inside of the warmers so the blanket stitch solved the problem and looks nice. The photo I took with iphoto using the colored pencil effect, which it doesn't really show too much detail on the warmers I rather like it :)

Next on the green list is the book I made for my nephew! Monday I became an Aunt as my brother welcomed his son into the world. I didn't want to make a book that was overly baby looking and found some fantastic earth toned card stock packs at Ben Franklin. I cut up 4 sheets of each of the lighter colors and some spacers and made a stab bound album. Which despite the structural issues with the binding remains one of my favorite for photographs. The pages are 6"x12" which should give them lots of room to use the album for a scrap book if they so choose. I really like the dimensions of the book and am thinking I might make a second using the darker colors for my Etsy shop. The linen book cloth I bought for another book I had been working on the last few days but it was the perfect choice for this book as well.
The last book I was working on is fun case bound book but I must of had glue dripping from my elbow (or who knows where else) as I have two glue spots on the front cover and one on the inside end sheets as well. I'm pretty disappointed that a) I made such a mess out of an otherwise awesome book and b) that I didn't notice that I made such a mess of it until after I pulled it out of the press. I'm still trying to decide if it's bound for my shop as a straight to sale item, or if I would actually use it if I kept it around. I'll give my disappointment a little while to fade while I chew it over and see what I come up with.

6 comments:

Katy said...

I hate glue drips! I was hoping you had a solution to them, some sort of magical tool that makes them disappear or something. I'm glad I'm not the only one that occasionally has that problem.

Kiley said...

I have one glue trick! If you get glue on book cloth you can take it off with an eraser- sadly the same trick doesn't work on paper.

Aly The Red-Bliss Monkey Studio said...

Hey Girl! I like the artise photo of you and bet your warmers came out great.

That stamp set looks soooooo yummy.

is spring really coming? ? ?

Kiley said...

I think spring is trying hard... I've got the sniffles and watery eyes to prove it!

Billie said...

Hand warmers are a great idea, thats what I call recycling! I need to make some of those :)

Hugs

Billie

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