Crafting Once Again

I’ve spent the last two months working on the bookkeeping and data entry for our main business and it has consumed all of my time.  So, nearly done with that mess and in dire need of a crafting fix I went a bit crazy with a shipment from Stampin’ Up.  You can see the two part YouTube videos I put up showcasing the items I will be using over the next couple weeks, and possibly months.

Handmade Books

Handmade Books

My talents as a card maker are sadly lacking.  I don’t get as excited about creating greeting cards as I do other things, like books of all sorts.

This is a “heads up” for any that are wondering what I will be doing in the future.  Sadly, I will have to go back to my “Day Job” come May and I will not be home much until around October or November.  This means that all of my Clubs are being put on hold.

However, if you should choose to continue to have me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you can still place your order at my SU website anytime you would like to.  And you will be earning Appreciation Points also.  That part I am not stopping.

Altered Books

Altered Books

Currently, I’m working on getting a couple of book items made for my husband in our main job, and I am delving into these two How To books I’ve had for quite a long time.

With all the paper I ordered recently, and the rubber stamps, my sources of material has expanded enough that I can crack these open and delve into the world that I’m more comfortable in.

I will make a few cards before it is time for me to leave once again.  For now, I am happily slopping glue around.  Who knows where all of this will lead….besides just having a great time wallowing around in all the paper 🙂


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Mathis
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 10:41:42

    I’ve saved a video to my favorites on my You Tube channel that you’d be interested in. It’s the very first one I saved, so you have to scroll down through them all. It’s on coptic book binding, and this guy has the best calm, quiet teacher’s voice that it’s actually relaxing just listening to him. He goes very slowly, too. There are a bunch of videos out there on this method, but this guy’s is the best. I do recommend getting the curved upholstery needle (avoids many finger stabbings!). They are usually in the sewing section of Hobby Lobby, but sometimes they get sneaky and put it in the drapery section. My You Tube channel name is maureencmathis (looks like someone couldn’t find her creative hat when coming up with a channel name!)


    • Message In A Fold
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 21:36:21

      I went to your Favorites and found the video you mentioned. Someday I think I may give this a try. When the Scrapbook Lounge was online, long ago, I used to like watching Tricia something from Club Scrap make her books. I’d watch but the thought of running right out and buying all the stuff to do it was not on my list. That really looks like a project for someone that has a working knowledge of “patience”, of which I only have a nodding acquaintance with. Thread getting all knotted up and having to stop and untie the knots does not seem relaxing to me 😦

      I’ll pass the link on to Lynn. Looks like she wants it so your mention will not go totally in vain 🙂
      Love you Big Sis.


      • Maureen Mathis
        Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:55:43

        You only need needles which will set you back $2.50 and waxed linen thread which is like $2.50, so it’s not a big investement. I just use copy paper, and I make the covers out of covered chipboard. And the thread knots (which rarely happen) are easy to untie, because the thread is waxed! No excuses here!

      • Message In A Fold
        Mar 15, 2011 @ 18:29:43

        Where do you purchase waxed linen thread? The only place I know is at Club Scrap and I have to purchase a card of many colors or one of their book kits. I might have to give book binding a try.

  2. Maureen Mathis
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 10:43:04

    another note on the book making issue – I use my Cropodile Big Bite to punch the holes in the paper signatures.


    • Message In A Fold
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 21:37:12

      Ooooh. I’d love to see any of your books you have created. Do you still have any around? Sounds like a blog update item to me ;o)


      • Maureen Mathis
        Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:57:27

        Actually, yes I do! I don’t decorate the covers much, because I know they’ll be subjected to a lot of wear and tear. My church sells them for $7 to raise money for their mission projects. OK OK, I’ll finally do an update to the blog!

      • Message In A Fold
        Mar 15, 2011 @ 18:28:11

        How cool, you create books for your church projects. That is totally awesome. Nothing like a little pressure from a busy body to add one more item to your days routines, like a blog update. I look forward to seeing your creations.

  3. Lynn Claridge
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 17:31:10

    Maureen that book binding video sounds terrific – how do I go about finding your favourites on YouTube please?

    Leslie whatever you turn your hand to is very creative. I love making books too although I haven’t done many yet. I am hoping to buy the Cinch in the near future to assist with this but admire other book bindings too and think Maureen’s favourite video sounds just right – if I can find a way of getting there 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


  4. Lynn Claridge
    Mar 16, 2011 @ 17:14:18

    A friend sent me a whole load of papers she had embossed and spray misted and they are gorgeous. I have them all squirrelled away and thought they would look beautiful bound into a small journal for me to stamp or write in as my inclination allowed.
    Many thanks for the link Leslie and I am heading over there to watch it now!

    My crafting is veering more and more towards creating books, altering objects (not always successfully) and ATCs and Fat Book pages that can all be included into hand made books. I make an occasional card still but I find myself moving away from that side of crafting more and more. So your creativity and ingenious ways with things inspire me. I have an ever growing list (can’t live without lists) of projects to try/do/create when I can have all my craft stuff around me once again.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn x 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Mar 16, 2011 @ 22:35:46

      My very flippant words, some time past, come back to haunt me time and again. “Cards are just mini scrapbook pages. The can’t be too hard to make.” Cards for me are quite difficult to make. I don’t understand why I have the mental block of them. I don’t enjoy making cards. Not like I do so enjoy making books and larger items. I think it is the total freedom to experiment in many ways, where card making is just on one small and confining area. Course, it also could be that I’m not all that thrilled with my “Stamping Skills” since I have a propensity to mash so hard that I get imprints of the outer edges of the stamp on that small area and no way to hide it without covering all the other stuff. ATC’s I think would be just as challenging as cards only on a smaller surface.

      Psychological warfare is what I have with card making. Some day I will be triumphant 🙂

      Oooooh, I’d love to see the papers your friend gave you. Even some of the books and altered items you have made. Hmmmm, seems that might be an opportunity for a blog update…ya think? 😉
      Love you – Leslie


  5. Jean Marton
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 11:42:17

    I have recently been preparing some research for a college assignment and I have found your site to be incredibly valuable to me. Thanks a lot!


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