A new “Mileage” book for Joe

A new mileage book for Joe

A new mileage book for Joe

I have had a little bit of time to get into my craft room this week and finish the “Mileage” book for Joe.

Inside, under the front cover, I have created a page with pockets on the front and back.  The pockets are used to store fuel, toll, and permit receipts for the load he is currently on.

Pocket on each side of this page for receipts

Pocket on each side of this page for receipts

Lastly, I bound the book using my WeRMemory Keepers Cinch machine.

Mileage pages in the book

Mileage pages in the book

Our job in Drive-Away requires a lot of paperwork.  We have to keep track of the miles traveled in each state, our fuel costs, any and all tolls or permits, repair expenses, and what the income will be once the job is completed.  All of this record keeping is done in this little book that gets used on a daily basis.

The “Interstate Fuel Tax Authority”, better known as “IFTA” requires each trucking company to keep track of fuel purchases in each state they are permitted to run through.  They levy taxes on the trucking companies from the fuel purchases.  The taxes are then split  up between the states traveled by the company.  It is confusing to explain and I probably made it even harder to understand, so sorry about that.  Each state with Federal and State highways get a cut of the taxes paid for fuel purchases by the entire trucking industry.

I have made a video of the process of putting the book together.  I’m in the editing phases of the blab fest.  More than likely, the video won’t go up to my YouTube channel until I return  home from our next foray out over the highways and byways.

Making journals to fit your personal needs is something that I recommend.  You can’t always purchase a book for  your specific life and the record keeping requirements.  If you don’t have a binding machine you can take your completed project to a copy center, such as Kinko’s – better known as FedEx Office – and they can put the book together for you.  Bound with a spiral spine, or even the ring binding as I have done.

Consider the time and cost involved in creating your personalized journal, plus the costs of having it bound by an outside source.  It may be cost effective to do this if you are only making one or two journals.  If you will be making several and selling them you might consider investing in a binding machine of your own.

Leslie

 

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Creating a new mileage book for my day job

My old book is just about used up. 

   
 
Joe’s book is just about as empty. He has repeatedly asked me to make him a new one.  Since we are home for a few days it is time to get this job done.  

I plopped down a bunch of 12 by 12 papers in various design styles in front of Joe and made him choose. He chose a paper I wasn’t expecting. 

   
 
Using some Heidi Swapp and Graphic 45 pieces for cover art, then placing both sets of covers in the press Joe made for me, the books are ready to be punched assembled and bound. 

   
 
We have one more trip to do for my day job then home for two weeks. I will finish these books when I get home. I have to do my cover art. 

  
YAY for getting in my craft room and spending some quality time with paper and glue. 

Leslie

   

Have you heard of “Scrap Your Trip” online scrapbook store?

If you are on the look out for special papers and die cuts then take a look at Scrap Your Trip.

No, they are not paying me to promote them.  I’m going to show you a very small “Haul” of my purchases.

Speaking of “Hauls”, and I did….I don’t video them.  Personally, it is because I always wonder what the people actually make with the things they purchase, AND if they ever do make anything with all the stuff they buy or does it get hoarded away.  Instead of teasing us with the things they bought, how about featuring a few items from the haul video that have been transformed into delightful creations.  I’d watch those videos all day long!

I purchased some items from Scrap Your Trip a few years back when I made some Post-It-Note holders.  I  made a lot of the holders for a friend of ours to give out as gifts for his friends and family.

These were made using papers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip.  Here is a link to the Post-It-Note holders I made for my friend.  Some Post-It-Note Holder 

I was in search of papers featuring Lighthouses.  My daughter-in-law was the second birthday person in April on my list.  Tiffany was the first and I made her Mardi Gras mask a few days ago.  It was pretty easy making Tiffany’s since she always makes sure to let everyone know she is in love with New Orleans.  Brenda, my daughter-in-law, is a quiet person and sometimes hard to get information out of.  Once I found out she collected Lighthouse things you can bet if I found something that resembled a Lighthouse I got it for her.  For her late birthday present I am making her a journal or a notebook.  These are the papers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip.

Under a pier

Under a pier

Lighthouse #1

Lighthouse #1

Lighthouse #2

Lighthouse #2

Lighthouse #3

Lighthouse #3

These papers are all 12 x 12.  They look like photographs.  It is a shame I will have to cut them up.  The images were such that I could use nearly the entire Lighthouse on the front and back covers of Brenda’s journal.

In the photo below…the left will be the front of the book and the right will be the back of the book.

Front and back covers

Front and back covers

I was able to make use of each of the images and not lose too much of the beautiful scenes.  I chose to use the sky and the upper part of the tallest Lighthouse for the inside covers.

Inside covers

Inside covers

I got to use my industrial paper cutter on the new stand Joe made for me.  It worked really well in cutting up two pads of lined paper.  The poor cutter is relegated to our bedroom since there is no other place in the house to keep it.

Industrial paper cutter

Industrial paper cutter

Two legal pad cut to size

Two legal pads cut to size

The chipboard was cut using the industrial paper cutter as well.  After I glued on the Lighthouse papers the chipboard warped from the glue.

Warped covers

Warped covers

Layering them in my new Press

Layering them in my new Press

The first application of the new Press

The first application of the new Press

I have some work to do today on Brenda’s birthday  present.  Get her journal put together.  Punched and bound.  I hope to have this in the mail later today or tomorrow.  We are leaving town again to get trucks out of Laredo, Texas going to Dallas, Texas.  We will be making two trips for five trucks.  Then we will be off to other parts of the US for a stint out for about a month.  I better get in my room and off the computer!

Hopefully I can show the completed project before we have to leave.

Leslie

Dealing with “Special Requests”.

Joe has requested another mileage book made for 2014.  He has requested a journal featuring maps of some kind and a pocket inside.

It is good to have family members be the “Guinea Pig” in your journey as a “Paper Artist”.  They get all the wonky creations as you develop your skills toward a professional level.  I haven’t reached that level just yet, but I’m getting closer.  My main problem is my “Perfectionism”.

I purchased a Heidi Swapp “No Limits” paper pad some months back.  I wanted Joe to look through and choose the papers he liked.

Looking at the options

Looking at the options

Explaining the creation process to Joe was a game of communication.   He told me what he wanted and liked, I told him what would work and what would not.  This process took about half an hour because I could not get him to understand the images he wanted on his book cover would have to be glued OVER a base.  He had chosen several map images that are not large enough for a complete cover.  To get him to understand what I was trying to convey I gave him one of the book covers, told  him there needed to be one inch margin all around the cover board.  I let him play with that for a while until he totally understood the concept I was trying to get across.

First choice

First choice

Second choice

Second choice

Once Joe understood the process he decided on some fairly plain paper as the background and chose the images he favored to be placed on the covers.   I also had Joe pick out paper for the inside covers, to hide the edges that wrap around from the front.

Favored choice for front

Favored choice for front

Favored choice for back

Favored choice for back

A second choice for the front

A second choice for the front

When you know what your capabilities are in the construction process, you can guide the person making the “Special Request”.  There are ways of implementing their choices and desires.  Focal images too large for the front, that is dealt with by wrapping the edges around to the inside and covering them with the inside cover paper.

Wrap the image edges

Wrap the image edges

Want to draw attention to a design feature on the base paper?  Use the images to frame the feature.

Include background images

Include background images

I chose to add Washi Tape to the inside cover edges.  The Washi was applied to keep the wrapped images from tearing and/or snagging through wear.

Decorative Washi Tape

Decorative Washi Tape

The back page has a pocket on two sides.  I cut a 12 x 12 sheet of paper to 9 inches wide by 9-7/8 inches long.  Score the paper in half lengthwise at 4-1/2 inches.  Score the bottom edge at 3 inches.  Fold the 3 inch score line up then fold the page in half to create the two pockets.  Joe can put his receipts in the pocket then deal with them at night as he does his paperwork.

 

Pocket page

Pocket page

He only wanted a single focal image on the back of the book.  This was accomplished as on the front.  Wrap the edges around the cover and hide them beneath the inside cover page.

Back cover

Back cover

Upon seeing the completed journal, Joe had to emphasis this item was his.  He said “MINE”.

Joe likes his new journal

Joe likes his new journal

When his children were little, they used to argue and fuss over toys.  One child would proclaim the toy was “MINE”, sending the others into fits of anguish.  Joe solved this “MINE” problem by making the declarative child carry the toy under their arm all day long.  That put a stop to the scream fest of toy ownership.

I reminded Joe of what happens when a person says something is “MINE”.  He obliged.  I think I was mere seconds from getting a tongue stuck out at me.

Humoring me

Humoring me

When dealing with Special Requests by family or others, be confident in your skills as a Paper Artist.  You can create an item to their needs while you focus on manipulating the paper(s) to achieve the desired results.  Keep in mind there are some requests that can not be fulfilled.  Either from the images on the paper or from your skill level.  Family members are the best asset you have in honing your skills.  Take advantage of them and don’t pass up the options of Special Requests from them.  You will both learn something, which is always a good thing.

Go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

 

 

How to use images from books or magazines.

I have a number of sets of stamped images and letters from Club Scrap.  They put together a visual catalog of their stamps.  All that work is done by them so you don’t have to.  They even have the month and year listed of when the rubber stamps became available.  I have several years worth of these images.

Club Scrap stamp catalog

Club Scrap stamp catalog

For my son, the Mechanical Engineer, I am going to use some of these images on the front cover of the field journal I am making for him.

April 2002 the stamps were all about Architecture.

April 2002 - Architecture

April 2002 – Architecture

February 2008 the stamps were all about Bridges.

February 2008 - Bridges

February 2008 – Bridges

I photocopied the two selected pages onto a sheet of card stock.

Photocopied on card stock

Photocopied on card stock

Curtis is going to get some “Glitter” whether he likes it or not!  He will adjust and live with it!  I have sprayed the photocopied images with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop and Walnut Gold.

Tattered Angels

Tattered Angels

I have used my “Home Brew” of Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze.

Always Artichoke

Always Artichoke

Cajun Craze

Cajun Craze

A little bit of color and a smidgen of glimmer 😀  If you would like to know how I made my own “Home Brew” you can check out this series of posts I made a loooooooooong time ago.

Spritzed and sparkly

Spritzed and sparkly

“Fussy Cut” the pieces you want to use from the photocopied image sheet.  Gotta tell ya.  There are some people that are crazy, I tell you.  There are some people that LOVE and I mean L-O-V-E to do fussy cutting.  I’m not one of them.  This is tedious, time consuming, always the potential for disaster, and a bit of blood letting.

Fussy cut the images

Fussy cut the images

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on a scrap of paper and smeared it with Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Embossed scrap

Embossed scrap

Looks like the Peeled Paint has won this round.  Oh well, I think there is more than enough brown on the cover as it is.  I’m trying to make this thing masculine and it is headed in the right direction.  A bit off path a time or two but still heading the right way.

The pointy tool, doo-hickey, thing-a-ma-bog was a bit lost in all the visual and texture mayhem I have going on.  If you find yourself in this predicament, you could always try a black marker pen around the edges.  I did and I like how it worked out.

Use a black marker to outline the image

Use a black marker to outline the image

A bit of E6000 to hold the personalized disk in place.  All that is left is to put the journal together.

E-6000 glue

E-6000 glue

A little dab will do ya

A little dab will do ya

Put it all together

Put it all together

The final touch…..add your signature 😀  I like to make sure they know my things are not store bought 😀

My signature

My signature

Are you still there?  I hope you have garnered a kernel of knowledge from this post.  If you don’t have much in the way of rubber stamps but a lot of printed images you like this might give you an idea of how to make use of something in your stash.

Now go and…..Show someone how special they are.

Leslie

Metal Stamping…..give it a “Whack”.

I am going to assume that you have survived my week long postings of getting my “Studio” organized.  In my post about things that need to be “Whacked” I showed you the stamping tool set I have been wanting to use.

Stamping Tool set

Stamping Tool set

Letter tool

Letter tool

This tool set has a “thing” that acts like one of those fancy screwdrivers with multiple doo dads.  The letter and number stamps can be jammed up into the tool then pulled out to replace it with another letter or number.

I have a couple of metal disks…circa 2005…that have been hanging around.  I’m not sure what they are made of.  Aluminum or tin.  Way back when, these disks were highly sought after for the brand new invention of Alcohol Inks that were all the rage back then.  I didn’t have Alcohol Ink but I did purchase the disks.  Then proceeded to make them live in a black hole of a drawer.

Metal disks

Metal disks

Folks, this is the first time, EVER, for me to use this tool set.  Unlike the Cinch I wrote about yesterday, this tool set does NOT have directions for use.  There is a lot of “small print” regarding the warranty of the tool, but no usage directions.  Fine with me.  I don’t read directions anyway.

You will need a hammer.  Metal head hammer, a wooden mallet, or a combination head hammer such as mine with a rubber mallet on one end and a tough acrylic head on the other side.  My husband gets the heebie jeebies when I use his tools so I have a hammer that is all my own.

You will need a hammer

You will need a hammer

You are going to have to use your imagination here.  I was physically unable to hold the tool in my left hand, hammer in my right hand, whack away at the device, and take pictures of the process all at one time.

This tool is pretty easy to use.  If you like the look of “Willy Nilly”.

 

Stamped name

Stamped name

One day.  Don’t know when that will be :/  I will figure out how to get the letters lined up perfectly straight.  I imagine it will result in putting my face on my work table, closing one eye (the one to see with), and making the adjustments necessary to get the letter or number lined up perfectly.  Today…..not gonna happen.

There is a touch of double stamping.  Some letters had more of a “Power Stroke” happening than the other letters.  Note the depth of some of the impressions.  The results are wonky and quirky.  BUT….You can read the thing just fine.  Once you have finished with your fantastic work, turn the metal piece over and give the backside a tap or two to straighten out the wavy stuff going on.

Letters and numbers

Letters and numbers

To further ENHANCE the wonky and quirky I have rubbed a dab of black acrylic paint all over the metal thing.  Making sure to get the paint down into the stamped letters and numbers.

 

Black acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Wipe off the excess paint.  Careful on the wiping or you will totally clean the stuff off.

Enhanced letters and numbers

Enhanced letters and numbers

There are no hard and fast rules about doing this type of metal work.  The double stamping, crooked letters and numbers, botched depth all make this “Personalized” item more special.  I’ll keep telling myself that.  This is special and one of a kind.

Oh, and I didn’t forget to make sure the ribbon or chain hole was totally off center either :/  It’s going to be glued on with E6000 anyway.  Curtis is not much of a “Ribbon Guy” so I don’t have to worry about that.

This metal stamping tool cost me $3.95 when I bought it from a close out place – The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas.  The metal disks cost about $1.50 for four disks way back in 2005.  Find a cheap set of metal stamps and personalize things for the people in your life that the rest of the world doesn’t even consider.  They won’t care if it is wonky or quirky.  They will love that you took the time to put their ACTUAL name on something.

As far as metal goes.  If you can’t easily find metal disks or squares.  Surely you have soda or beer cans in  your home.  Just don’t cut yourself on the sharp edges.

Now get out there and get to “Whacking”.  Show someone how special they are.

Leslie

 

Completed Field Journal for Joe.

I had mentioned in my previous post that I have a cobbled together “Press”.  Here is what I use to put heavy pressure on the book covers I make after I have glued the papers on the chipboard.

Highly advanced press

Highly advanced press

The paper pad I used for this journal is “No Limits” by Heidi Swapp and sold at Michaels.

Journal covers

Journal covers

Joe wanted a tabbed divider between the lined paper and the graph paper.  Let me tell you, that took some experimenting to cover the tab.  I ended up using two different papers in the ‘No Limits” paper.  The next one I make I will have to cut the tabbed divider to the same size as the pages within the book instead of the same size as the front and back cover as I did here.

Tabbed divider

Tabbed divider

This is the tab.

Covered tab

Covered tab

The grid paper I have in this journal is printed with some special ink that does not reproduce.  Joe can draw out his design then make a photo copy of it.  The blue lines will disappear leaving only his drawings and notes.  This grid paper was very difficult to photograph.  I had to just about stick my nose up against the paper to get a good photo.

Vanishing grid lines

Vanishing grid lines

I asked Joe to pick out some decorative pieces from the Heidi Swapp paper pad.  He told me where he wanted these items to be placed.  Using the papers and a few Tim Holtz things from my stash I glued the items on the front.  Everything is a single layer.

Decorated front cover

Decorated front cover

This is the tag bit from “No Limits”.  Joe wanted this book to reflect an attention to “Detail” and I did my best to meet his request.

 

Close up of the decorative tag

Close up of the decorative tag

Joe wanted this journal item in his book and I found a place for it.  I added some black arrows to copy the larger white arrow of the journal item.

Journal item

Journal item

Arrows added to journal item

Arrows added to journal item

Joe created his “This Book Belongs To” sort of page.  He found some old photos of the airplanes he used to fly in his crop dusting business long before I met him.  He has personalized his book 😀  The brown chipboard behind this sheet is what I covered in the previous photos.

Personalized page

Personalized page

Joe's old airplanes

Joe’s old airplanes

When I presented the finished book to Joe this was his final reaction.  Declaring loudly while clutching the book to his chest he said “MINE”!  I guess that means he likes it 😀

Joe's journal

Joe’s journal

Now it is time to get back in my craft room and get back to the task of purging.  That room is a catastrophe!

Time to clean this  mess up

Time to clean this mess up!

Maybe I should save this photo for Wednesday and the “What’s On Your Work Desk Wednesday”.  A little shame never hurt anyone.  However, I think I have a lot to be shameful of :/

The table is under there somewhere

The table is under there somewhere

Oh well….NEXT TIME I’ll put stuff away when I finish with it :/

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