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- Come early at noon if you can. I cleaned out my studio (again), and have free goodies.
- Paper engineering journal pages for letters A to D.
- Cut journal cover & back out of chipboard, cereal box or cardboard. Or, you can bring ready-made journal covers.
- Two technique demonstrations — backgrounds & stencils.
- Individual help with journal design.
- Use Cherri’s hole drill press, deckle edge paper cutter, & alphabet sets.
- Stop at 3p so you can shop with your 10% class discount.
HOMEWORK between Jan 29 and Feb 12
- Work on design for journal pages A to D. Paper clip design to journal pages. Remember layers, layers and more layers! We’ll review in class before gluing down.
- Create more journal pages for next alphabet letter set, or wait until next class. There will be new paper engineering each week.
- Collect ideas for next alphabet letters.
- Bring a technique or a couple items to class that you haven’t used in a while to include in your journal.
Sisterhood Journal – Paper Engineering Ideas
Cherri will have examples to show in class and will help students individually.
- FLAP/FOLD OUT. Cut paper to journal height, but leave the width longer. Score at journal width and fold over. Using a 5” height by 7” width journal as an example – cut a 12×12 inch piece of cardstock to 5 inches by 12 inches. Instead of cutting to 7 inches wide, score at 7 inches, and fold over to make an interactive flap that will open. The flap can be positioned on the outside of the journal, or on the inside near the ring binders.
- HINGE. Using a strip of paper the length of your insert paper, cut to about 2 inches wide, fold in half vertically, and glue strip as a hinge to secure insert paper to journal page. Also, a hinge can be created by cutting a 3 by 6 inch piece of paper, folding in half to 3×3 inch square and then securing the backside to the journal page.
- TOP/SIDE PAGE POCKETS. Cut two pieces of cardstock to journal page size. Secure with Skor tape on three sides, leaving open on top or outside edge to create a pocket for a tag.
- ADD-ON POCKETS. Cut a piece of cardstock to the width of your journal, but only a quarter or a third as tall. For the 5×7 journal this might be 7 inches wide by 2 inches tall. Secure with Skor tape on sides and bottom, leaving top open. The add-on pocket can also open to the outside or inside, and again I’ll demonstrate in class. And the add-on pocket could be a piece of cardstock secured to the middle of the page – the for 5×7 journal, this could be 4 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall.
- SHORTER/NARROWER PAGES. For the 5×7 journal, this would mean cutting the cardstock to 4 by 5 inches. When the page is punched, and laid on top of another page, there will be a view around the outside to the next page. It can also be made into a pocket with two sheets of cardstock.
- REINFORCEMENT STRIP. It helps strengthen your journal pages by adding a 1 to 1.5 inch strip to the inside edge of journal page where the binder ring is punched.
- HOLE PUNCH TEMPLATE. It is helpful to begin with a piece of chipboard cut to journal page size. Punch your ring binder holes, and mark top and bottom edges. Mini-binder clip this template on each new journal page to align all journal page hole punches.
Sisterhood Journal – Toolbox Recommendations (Bring what you can, but I usually have tools to share.)
1. Scissors (small/sharp/fine detail cutting)
2. Pencil/pen/paper pad for homework notes
4. Bone folder
5. Paper clips and/or mini binder clips
6. Paper cutter/trimmer (6 or 12”)
7. ¼ inch hand-held hole punch
8. Paper piercer (awl, aka pokie thing)
9. ADHESIVES (including: UHU glue stick, Skor tape, tacky white glue with fine tip point, glue dots, pop-up dots)
10. Glue book (old magazine/catalog)
11. Small rag/plastic cup to wet for wiping fingers, baby wipes, dish towel/rag to dry hands and/or clean stamps.
12. Distress ink pads (color coordinated to your current project), and blender handles and pads (or make-up sponge)
13. Black permanent ink pad (Versafine, Archival, Momento)
14. FAVORITE TOOLS might include … deckled and postoid scissors, stylus & pad, sand paper/nail file, corner rounder punch, exacto knife, #2 round paint brush, rubber gloves, water mister, stickles.
15. ___________ Plus your own favorites …
Sisterhood — Bring these items to class to begin your journaling
- THREE SHEETS of coordinating 12×12 inch cardstock, specifically 3 different sheets from the same paper collection, for example: Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook or Cityscapes, or BoBunny’s Kiss-the-Cook or Secret Garden. You may substitute a 6×6 inch paper pad for these three sheets.
- THREE ADDITIONAL SHEETS of 12×12 inch cardstock. These can be:
- More from the paper collection already choosen above, especially ones with a small print design or mostly neutral.
- Or, different 12×12 cardstock that goes nicely with your first three sheets.
- Or, paper from the BoBunny dots collections, again color coordinated to first three sheets.
- Or, a mixture of all three above.
- Your decision of what journal size you will create … best recommendations are 6×6 inch square, and 5×7 inch rectangle used vertically or horizontally.
- Chipboard, cereal box or cardboard enough to cut your front and back journal covers. I’ll have some to share. You may also use a ready-made cover.
- Ideas, words, quotes and/or images for the letters A, B, C & D.
- I will bring some stamps and goodies to share.
- FYI – the ATC size is 2.5 by 3.5 inches
- Alphabet stamps, paper or chipboard for letters A, B, C & D; again I’ll bring LOTS to share.
- Technique # 1 BACKGROUND STAMPS …
- I will bring all my Lost Coast Design stamps to share.
- Please bring whichever of these light colored distress ink pad that coordinate with your paper: antique linen, old paper, tattered rose, milled lavender. P.S. antique linen goes with everything! And the store has ink pads to share.
- We will use the store’s We R Memory Keeper’s Precision Press.
- Technique #2 STENCILING …
- A few of your favorite stencils; I’ll bring some to share.
- Your coordinating distress ink pads and blender tools, as listed in toolbox.
That’s all folks!