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how I made the torn edge pages for the journal

First I laid out a grid of same size pages on a pieces of paper, but instead of using a pen or pencil I used a tool to score the lines.  I don't want ink or graphite on the edges of the pages, and scoring helps fold the pages later.

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Then, using a new (clean) paintbrush, I brushed water onto the lines I wanted to tear.

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Let the water soak through, then slowly pull the two sides away from each other.

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That, my friends, is how you tear paper where you want it to be torn; weaken it with water.  You don't need to score first for the water to work, I was just marking my lines. This technique works fantastically freehand, or to tear on a curvy line.  Thicker paper, like cardstock, requires multiple passes with your brush, keep checking the back side until the line has soaked through.  Thin water lines are precise, thick water lines yield jagged tears.  If you want to stain the edges a bit, use tea or coffee instead of water.  Play with it, and have fun.

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ceiling no-no-no-no-no-nos

I anticipate any pattern on the ceiling is going to be too much in competition with the carpet, but let's take a look.

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Nope.

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Nope.

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Huh.  I like that.

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Nope.

Let's try off-white...first a grayish white, then a cream...though in the pictures you probably won't be able to tell the difference...

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Meh.

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Better.  It's boring but it works. 

What if I repeat the grid in the carpet on the ceiling?

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Yuck.  That was wasted cricut time.

 

So....stripes or creamy white?  What do you think?

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sizes dilemmas

The cricut couldn't cut the word ATLAS small enough to fit on the cover of Nancy's journal.

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It did a wonderful job with the lettering for the front door, though.

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I found succulents patterned wrapping paper while browsing online, and thought it would be really neat to look over the succulent planted roof, through the windows, and see succulents on the ceiling inside.  I couldn't tell if the picture online was of the whole sheet of wrapping paper or jut a snippet, so I couldn't determine the scale.  I bought it anyway. 

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The scale is much too large.

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It doesn't really fit the feel of the room anyway.  It's too playful, while the carpet is thoughtfully serious.  Two many conflicting patterns.

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I threw a 75% off calendar in the cart, because cheap paper.  It was much larger than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise.  The dimensions are listed online, but I wasn't paying attention.  It's large enough to sprawl out and take a nap on.

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You may see the succulent paper show up later, in a more appropriate setting.


Nancy's journals done

I took the last journal in a different direction than the others.  It's the one with the coffee dribbled pages...also I miscounted the bifolia and had to create more.

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The little black book stuffed with receipts is where I document all the minis I buy, so I can keep track of which artist made what, and so that when I die my daughter has some idea of how much the stuff is worth.  The receipts are from the 2016 Chicago shows, I'm a bit behind.

I like how the mini version turned out.  I used 1/8" elastic, which is the smallest I could easily find locally.  I added in a few more scraps of paper once I assembled it.

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Here are the dozen, all done.  Well, maybe all done, I want to see how small the cricut can cut the word ATLAS from white vinyl.

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Gratuitous kitten nom, nom, nom...

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I'm home

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I'm back from St. Louis.  I came home from the company meeting to a sick husband and an empty refrigerator.  I also came home as head of a month long research group.   I'll talk to you all again in a month.

View from the top of the Gateway Arch...

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...and inside the caves at the City Museum (which is not a museum)...

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I did go visit my mother today, before I start my research.  She has a fluffy, snuggly kitten named Jack.

 

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Nancy's journals

I finished putting away accessories in the jewelry armoire, leaving out any I thought I would or could use in the current build.  I wanted to play with them inside the library, but can't make a tablescape without the sketchbooks that sparked the vision, so started work on Nancy's sketchbook/journal kit.

There were kit parts for six, plus extra map and gatefold pieces Nancy mailed me.  I stacked enough piles for eleven sketchbooks and one atlas, counting a gatefold page as two bifolia.  Two of the map covers are glued to mint cardstock, the others are stacks of three maps glued together for one cover, to match the thickness of cardstock.  I cut button thread to increase the bookmark count.  Nine will have ephemera pockets, three will not.

One of the journals will have ten bifolia instead of eleven, but I'm using the pages I dripped coffee on, so they won't lay flat anyway.  I was left with one extra map cover, which I folded to put inside an ephemera pocket.

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The kit instructions are perfect.

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It's not super obvious in the picture, but I got a bit of sticky glue finger on the cover of the first one.  I used a bit of pretty paper from Nancy's leftover basket liners to cover it, and then stuck on a big silver N.

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I absolutely love it.

The kits are fun, and a bit addictive.  Four down, eight to go.  I may have to buy more.

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I just realized I forgot the bookmarks in the last two.  Oh well.


random cell phone pictures

I've been very busy the past couple of weeks, so have not had time for minis.  We're having some repairs and remodeling done on our life size house this year.  In the last couple of weeks I've met with a banker, a window guy, a roofer, and a contractor.  We have the windows, doors, and shingles picked out; thankfully, Husband and I immediately liked the same styles and colors.  The financing and the quote from the contractor have not come in yet.  I need to remember to take 'before pictures' of the house.

My inexpensive jewelry armoire arrived.  I had to screw the legs and top on...

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I'm taking my time loading it up, hoping if I store sensibly it will be easier to locate items later.  (The heart is so the reflection of the flash in the mirror doesn't blind you.  You're welcome.)

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Spring is here.  It's still not very warm though.  The yard is blooming with violets and dandelions...

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the cherry tree is in full bloom....you are looking at future deliciousness right here...these will be cherries by the time Susan comes to visit....

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The birds are back.  I filled the bird baths and feeders, and put a pile of seed on the ground for the mourning doves....

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I've been playing a bit with my cricut.  I made a few cards, for practice, then cut out a bunch of spiders, because, well, SPIDERS!

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I put this guy in a window...I call him Harry.

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My assistant has been out all week because her son, Mr. Smoochy Face, is sick, so I've been very busy at the office and will likely work this weekend too.  Next week I'll be in St. Louis for a company meeting, so you won't see another post for a bit.

 

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