wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
Because [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo is great, but there are other interesting things,too.

So, I've made my first pop-up box )

And now to the less successful activity of the week...

My first (rather pitiful) attempt to make a Battenberg cake )
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
Yesterday, to be more accurate. So I will be over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo a lot in this month. Hop over, take a look, read the snippets, join the conversations or join the whole session if you like. It is fun!
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
This is a vintage one and it cost me ungodly amounts of work and sweat. This time, I used real double-pages, which were then sewn to the cover spine, after having decorated every single one free-hand. Of course, when I was done I discovered that I'd somehow forgotten two double pages, so I had to cut them apart and glue them in separately with double-sided tape, with the result that some of them ended up a bit crooked, but, well, that can't be helped now.

TA's vintage wedding journal )

So, this is it, basically. I hope you like it, despite the glaring mistakes and the poor quality of the photos.

One word to the paper I used: the thick motif paper came either from a collection unexpectedly found in the ALDI supermarket or from a single sheet of scrapbook paper bought at Rayher's. For the pages I used simple copying paper in beige and light brown, cut the edges with motif scissors and painted the silver or gold trimming by hand.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
This one is more on the romantic side, made of envelopes and double cards.

ZE's romantic wedding journal )

That was it, folks. The third wedding journal - the vintage one - is coming up tomorrow.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
This one is a bit hipster, for the youngest of the three brides, and made entirely of envelopes. I'll put the pictures under the tag - I can't stand it myself when my Friend's page is swamped with huge photos, making commenting or simply reading the messages a pain.

So, here is MG's hipster journal )

So, that was Journal #1. I'll post the rest when you had time to absorb this one. ;))
Tell me what you think!
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
I seriously doubt that I'll ever be technically savvy enough for making a proper video, but I wanted to share the results, hence the pics. They aren't very good, as always; my iPad tends to push the colours into the blue-ish region, especially the white pages, they all appear in pale blue, but that can't be changed.

For those with a Pinterest account who prefer to browse on their own, I've created a brand new board, just for my journals over there. Unfortunately, you can't embed subfolders into those boards, so the uploaded pictures appear in a somewhat random manner, without proper order. So I'll make 3 different posts right after this one, one for each wedding journal, so that you can easier recognise what belongs where.

Stay tuned!
wiseheart: (Mycroft_shirtsleeves)
Time (and life) goes by way too quicky!

In any case, I've finished the third wedding journal which, IMO, turned out a real beauty, despite several mishaps along the way. Among other things I had to sew on the clasp, as the small screws won't hold it in paper and felt, and now my index finger hurts too much to type with it, hence the typos. My apologies - using all one's fingers to type does have its disadvantages, too. My middle finger automatically hits the assigned keys... it is a bit frustrating. But the results are worth the suffering.

Pictures will come, soon. Unfortunately, taking photos requires one's index finger, too. *g*
wiseheart: (Sherlock)
As the subject line above says, I had a very busy weekend, spent with baking, crafting and writing.
Yes, WRITING! Something I haven't been able to do for a very long time! Yay!

Details of baking disaster under the cut... )

Then I did some more crafting, working on the third wedding journal. Thank God the other two are already done, but those were envelope journals and therefore easy to make... well, once I've figured out which side is which and what the right direction is to put the dratted envelopes into each other. The third one, though, is a vintage journal, with proper binding, a brown felt cover and metal applications. The clasp I bought has screws, so it's probably meant for wooden boxes, but it has holes, so I'll simply sew onto the cover, once it's done. The pages are mostly finished, due about three weeks of very detailed work, decorations all made free hand and all that. Now if I don't screw up the binding completely, it will be stunning - or so I hope.

Yes, there will be pictures of the journals. Mum volunteered to hold them open at various places, so that I can take photographs. Have I already mentioned that she's a saint?

But the best piece of news is: I've actually finished "An Excellent Mystery"! Yeah! Took me only three years which, considering that some of my WIPs are over a decade and a half old, is fairly quick for me.

Of course, there are parts of the last chapter and the short epilogue that need to be cleaned up and rephrased, but I can do that while typing up the stuff. And if the wonderful and generous [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland is still willing to clean up my creative grammar, I might be able to post the rest of the story before [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo starts in earnest.

In spite of the baking disaster, I find this a successful weekend.
wiseheart: (smiling_john)
The penultimative chapter has been posted to FF.Net, AO3 and to the [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms LJ comm.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
Made in less than 30 minutes, of 10 differently coloured mini envelopes.

The cover, made of thin felt and decorated with a simple, self-adhesive heart of decor gum:

The opened journal - alas, you can only see some of the colourful pages and flower stickies:

I think I'll give it to a beloved colleague who has her birthday in summer - with a small box of chocolate. :)
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
No, this has nothing to do with the similarly-named TV-series from the Stone Age, featuring Mark Lenard (which I, sadly, never saw and only read about it in the Star Trek novel titled "Ishmael"). It's about the wedding fever that's broken out at my school - namely, three young colleagues getting married during summer break.

So, first here is the front cover of the envelope journal I made for Gaby:

There will be more pics about the inside, perhaps even a video later (*crosses fingers*), I just wanted to show it off. It's a bit crooked and uneven, the poor thing, I still suck at using double-sided adhesive tape and other such stuff, but I'm quite happy with it.

Then I made plushies for the three brides. First the front view:

The back view is less spectacular, but there are a few lovely details, too, that would be a shame to miss:

The recipients are - from the left to the right - Edith, Alexandra and Gaby. I hope the girls are going to like the little felt dolls because I worked very hard on them. Considering that each one is small enough to fit into my palm, you can imagine the detail work they cost me. But again, no work of love is ever wasted, right? :)
wiseheart: (smiling_john)
New chapter has been posted to FF.Net, AO3 and to the [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms LJ community.

The plot thickens... just saying. Supportive comments would be very much appreciated.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
This one is embarrassingly easy, including the cover. I've already put together half the pages and going to make this one during the week.

I'm adding the link additionally, as the embedded videos never seem to survive the process of being imported to DW:

wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
I find its simplicity particularly appealing.

wiseheart: (Mycroft_drink)

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Not bad, I'd say. And that is why I'm staying here as long as TPTB let me. What can I say? I'm a traditionalist in the heart of my hearts.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
I make no promises about a video just yet - for that, I'll need help from someone half my age - but there are a few photos. Not the best ones, because I made them with my iPad, edited them on my main PC and sometimes they just aren't sharp enough, but, well, here they are.

The cover:

And a few glimpses inside:

Read more... )
wiseheart: (smiling_john)
... has been posted to FF.Net, to AO3 and to the [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms LJ comm.

In which Mr Jungle Jones makes his first appearance.

As the fankiddies would say: Plz R&R! *g*
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] solanpolarn! May you have fun, friends and chocolate on your special day!

Here are some home-made profiterols for you:

wiseheart: (Tyr Anasazi)
I've decided to call the project "The Retro Party", mostly because I used the motive papers from a collection called "Retro". And they have several tabs with "Retro Party" title, so I can use one of those as the label.

So far, I've finished the cover, using two different kinds of motive carton, both themed "summer", depicting bathing suits, flip-flops, sunglasses, swimming rings, ice cream and a woman hugging a huge beach ball. I've cut the pages and decorated about 2/3 of them. I hope to finish the decorating part this week. Then will come the really hard part: binding the journal by sewing the pages sectionwise to the cover spine. I'm already deadly afraid of that part, but I'm determined to finish it.

When the journal is done, I think I'll give it to Mum to put some holiday photos into it. She's already very impressed by it. If I can, I'll make a short video about turning the pages, so that you folks can see what it looks like. Single photos won't be as helpful, but if I can't make the video, there'll be photos, I promise.
wiseheart: (smiling_john)
... has been posted to FF.net, AO3 and to the [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms LJ comm.

In which Sherlock finally makes an appearance and everyone is impressed. Well... always everyone.


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