Toilet-Paper-Roll Binding

Hello friends,

I’ve had this idea up my sleeve for a long time.

And now I’ve finally managed to snap the pictures to go along with what I call *The Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album* – hope you like :)

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First up, what you need is:

A toilet paper roll
A sewing machine or a good long-arm stapler
Paper, photos and embellishments of your choosing
Tape Runner and/or Sticky Strip (a strong double-sided adhesive)
Fabric, Fab Rips or Linen/Cotton Binding Tape
Some ribbon to tie the album closed (optional)

So, you take an ordinary toilet paper roll:

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IMG_2891-001And now make it round again. It will look like this:

IMG_2892-001Then turn it 90 degrees to the right and push it down again:

IMG_2893-001Now, pinch the edges you have just created together. Like so:

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Oooh look, it’s a bunny head! :D

IMG_2896-001Now you take the “bunny ears” and push them down:

IMG_2897-001As a last, toilet-roll-forming step, we pinch all of the edges together:

IMG_2899-001Now, take your eight prepared pages:

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127___05Glue your pages together, but make sure to leave a gap on that one edge where we’re going to sew the pages to our binding:

IMG_2910-001Take your last page and slide it over the right crease:

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Take your trusty sewing machine or long-reach stapler and attach the pages, one by one:

IMG_2916-001Your spine will now look like this:

IMG_2917-001Now do the same with your remaining three pages:

IMG_2921-001IMG_2923-001Your spine will start to look a bit chaotic, but don’t worry – remember:
It doesn’t need to be perfect, it’s handmade.

IMG_2926-001IMG_2932-001By the time you want to attach the third and the last page, it might get a tad bumpy under the presser foot. Just soldier on and sew those pages to the spine.

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Push down the front page, so that we have our little book laying in front of us. It won’t lay flat at this point, but we’ll take care of that in a moment.

IMG_2938-001IMG_2941-001You can simply cut off the threads or collect them – as I did here – on the spine in order to cover them in the next step:

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To cover up the sewing and the grey cardboard on our spine, you can use sticky strip and Fab Rips as well as Linen Binding Tape, like I did here:

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The spine will look like this:

IMG_2948-002If you wish, you can add some more Binding Tape:

IMG_2957-002And now, you can use a large bulldog clip or a heavy book to press down the pages a bit. How successful you are may depend on how bulky your embellishments are. The album will always look a bit wonky, but I think that adds to its handmade/recycled charm. :)

IMG_2963-002Finally, if desired, you can add ribbon or twine to hold the album closed.

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Whew, those were a lot of photos! But I hope you like the tutorial and maybe you’ll try this kind of recycling sometime soon :)
Do let me know!

Have a lovely weekend!
Nina

Schön und enttäuschend

That was Roger Willemsen’s conclusion in Karlsruhe last night, where he presented his new book “Das Hohe Haus”. He had spent a whole year as a spectator in the German Bundestag (Parliament) to see whether the representatives we have elected do, in fact, represent us. His findings made for an evening full of laughs and made us shake our heads in disbelief at the same time. Extremely funny and razor-sharp. He’ll continue touring Germany in June, July and August (Read more / Tour dates). Highly recommended!

Onto something crafty:

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This is a layout I made for my friend Perrine (sorry for the blurry photo, if only I had a fancy camera or would know how to use the one I have ^^). Absolute CASE of this wonderful page by Gaelle Fauglas.

Papers are the same, but I switched the direction up and used some different embellishments, e. g. some hexagons cut out from an older paper by My Mind’s Eye. The butterfly chipboard is by Crate (On Trend).

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The picture is matted onto a piece of vellum and popped up with dimensionals. I used some Mr. Huey’s Silver and there’s a little die-cut peeking out from behind the photo.

IMG_2347-001Fabric tape, brads, a bit of machine stitching and some glitter thickers finish it off.

Well, it’s getting late and I need to jump out of bed tomorrow early, so I guess I’ll see you around! :)

There’s beauty in tomorrow

Hey there :)

Just went to the Rifles concert in Mannheim yesterday and I have to say: They’re the coolest.
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(The photo seems kinda blurry when minimized, so if you click on it, you can see much better.)

It was a lot of fun and the crowd was enthusiastic. I managed to get some nice shots and at the end one of the roadies gave me a set list! With duct tape and all! Yay!
So now I know what to stick onto the background of that layout-to-be ;)

If you’ve never heard of The Rifles, I highly recommend listening to some of their song on Youtube, some of my faves are Local Boy and Winter calls:

Oh and the title of this post is also taken from their lyrics to “You win some” (from their new album “None the Wiser”).

Anyhow, you probably came here looking for some papercrafts, so look! A card I made some days ago! (totally and shamelessly stolen from Julie Ebersole’s magnificent creation)

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I played around with my watercolours (water-based dye inks, watercolour pencils, gelatos, peerless transparent watercolour papers) and here’s a close-up of that super cute little birdie:

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It was created using PTI Enchanted Evening Ink on watercolour paper, the Hero Arts Birdie stamp and a brush with water-tank. I’m not too happy with the placement of the sentiment, but oh well. I’m sure the recipient won’t notice ;)

And this is my desk and just a tiny part of the mess I make when I pull out paint and paper :)

IMG_2502-001Yeah, so I hope you like and see you soon!
Nina

 

P.S. I just found out that this is by no means the first time I’ve used a Rifles lyric as a title: Jimmy was a local boy (post after my last Rifles concert in 2009), Join a local gang and get a cool nickname (Dec 2009), And I don’t see and don’t believe (Dec 2009 as well). Seems I’m a repeat offender ;D

Wedding Album – Part Two

Hey there :)
Today, as promised, I’ll show you the rest of the album from my last post.
Let’s start where we left off:

IMG_9164As you can see, I made a little banner using the fabric that also covers the outsides of the book. In between every page, there is some extra paper to account for the thickness of the photos that are going to be added to the album later. Thus, you avoid the spine being to thin and the book gaping wide open after filling it with your pictures.

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The french newspaper lent itself perfectly for the occasion – the bride and groom had lived together in Paris for several years before they moved to Beijing later. On the left you can see a little pocket containing a tag for some secret journaling to be added. (Yes, the flower got a bit smashed, not a biggie.)

IMG_9170Stamping those butterflies and splattering Mr. Huey’s onto patterned paper produced some great results and was really fun. (Why yes, that ginormous splotch of pink was placed there intentionally, what did you think?!?!)

IMG_9176I don’t know if you know the feeling, but whenever I make an album for anyone, I’m always thinking: Ha, the whole paper-hoarding was good for something after all! :D (and therefore, I do not have “too much” paper, because duh! the next album could be needed really soon and then I’d better have all the supplies ready!)

IMG_9181 And the last page is mere embellishment (gotta have at least one of those, too!) and a little white tag in a glassine bag for the happy couple to include journaling about their special day.

Aaand that’s all :) Again, a huge “thank you” to Tara Anderson for that marvelous inspiration. So, let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you here again next week!

Have yourself a lovely weekend!
Nina

 

Wedding Album – Part One

Hey y’all!
How’s it? Hope you had a nice Easter holiday!

I’m just stopping by today to show you some photos of an album I made for a friend’s wedding but never got around to showing you.
So here it is, heavily inspired by the great Tara Anderson and her wedding album.

First off, the cover:

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It’s a japanese binding; the chipboard was covered in Heather Bailey Fabric and my favourite Maya Road ribbon was stitched to the backside so as to be able to close it in the front with a bow.

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I included 20 layouts, all embellished and then sorted, glued together back-to-back, punched and bound into the album.

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The papers are mixed –  some old, some new – Crate, October Afternoon, Sassafras, ILS, Basic Grey, Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye and Pink Paislee.

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As you can see, the general color scheme is white/pink/yellow/black and silver.

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To keep the look consistent, I continually used silver sequins, splatters, flag/ banner shapes, butterfly stamps, old French newspaper, four types of washi, doilies, tickets, tags flowers and twine.

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Different kinds of glue/dimensionals as well as stitching and mini staples were added to attach the embellishments.

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Okay, and that’s it from me today, I hope you enjoyed and come back for the second part of the album next week.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the comments form below :)

See ya!
Nina

ETA: Added the link to Tara’s wedding album post. Make sure to have a look, it’s gorgeous!

Colours of the wind

Boo!
Ha, you should see your face. Didn’t expect me here, right? ^^

Yes, I’m still alive – as all of you who know me in real life (so all of you, hi Mom) will know.
My laptop was on the fritz and it’s my only device with an SD slot (also, I’ve gotten really lazy with taking pictures of the stuff I make, sry).

So anyway, a card:
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Sorry if the pic is blurry, my camera refused to cooperate.
I used some Mr. Hueys, Kesi Art Die Cut (got a Big Shot for Christmas, yay!) and Avery Elle Sequins. The paper is from a Crate Pretty Party 6×6 pad.

In the meantime, we’ve moved and some weeks ago, we filled the planters on our balcony with pretty spring flowers (thanks, Mom!), look:

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The balcony looks much nicer now, not as naked anymore!

And two more cards for the way:
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To the left, a baby card for a colleague using some PTI Cardstock (Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow), some more of that Pretty Party paper, Garn&Mehr bakers twine, Hero Arts Envelope Background stamp in Staz-on Stone Grey, a doily and a sticker by Crate Paper. The right card is slightly more simple with OA and Dear Lizzy Paper, a stamp by Kristina Werner for SimonSaysStamp as well as a dainty silk bow (PTI) for the newlyweds.

Okay, time to take the cake out of the oven (making whoopie pies, I hope they’ll turn out!), see ya!
Nina

P.S. Title taken from one of the songs catering to my current Disney obsession: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvvZ1TEQRB8
You gotta pay attention to the lyrics!

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November Cozies

Hey everyone :)
So it’s turned November, huh?
Winter is not quite here yet, though I can hear its steps in the distance.
You might be surprised to hear that I took up crocheting and the first project I made is this little baby hat for a friend of mine whose daughter is now three months old:

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To say the least, I was pretty stoked about how it turned out –  after all, it’s the first cohesive “thing” I’ve ever crocheted. Ask Nico, Ngawini or Daniela – I had to take it literally everywhere I went to show everyone my awesome new skills ^^

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And it was only made due to this a-ha-wesome tutorial by the Hooked on Needles blog, a little friend who showed me her crochet skills and the fact that I had all the material at home.

Have a lovely evening and make sure to listen in to this beautiful song:

Passenger — Holes – MyVideo

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