Archive for August, 2009

Fall 2009 Workshops

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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The Never Ending Book

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The never ending book is fun and easy paper toy to entertain you and keep those fidgeting fingers busy! I like to keep one at my desk as a thinking (or procrastinating) tool.  The book has four pages that rotate, folding out of one another in a continuous puzzling cycle.

Never Ending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Never Ending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Another view, Neverending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Another view, Neverending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Here’s how you make one…

Choose any kind of paper you like, Origami paper works well.  Start by folding the piece of paper in half four times until you have sixteen equal sections.  A bone folder really helps to get those creases just right.  Once you have your creases made, flatten out your sheet and with a utility knife or a pair of scissors, cut out the four center squares.  

Never Ending Book Template

Never Ending Book Template

Next, referring to the template as a guide, use a glue stick to fold over and paste square A to A and B to B. The next step is to then glue the back sides of square C to C and D to D.  Give it a test run to make sure all the folds are well creased, decorate and you’re done!

Never Ending Book using Origami

Never Ending Book using Origami

Check out the video to see then never ending book in action.  For this book I chose some of my favourite chiyogami papers to describe the four seasons.  



Try it yourself, make a never ending in just about any theme for any occasion!

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Everyday Collage

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I often walk to work, and my eyes frequently land on materials that suggest some of the papers I could use in collage. Sometimes it’s the reverse – a new type of paper arrives at the store, and I’ll see a similar surface on the way home, and a new collage idea emerges. Here’s a list of some of the things I see, followed by images of some of the papers I like:

  • Large brush marks in the cement of a driveway
  • Slate tiles
  • Pockmarked concrete panels
  • Ribbed concrete
  • The polished and worn floor of Village By The Grange
  • Weathered fence lumber
  • Big day lilies
  • Fallen leaf stains on the sidewalk
  • Tangle of vines
  • Tree bark
  • Worn leather bike seat
  • Wet cement
  • Grass clippings
  • And rust, rust, rust


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Textured Paper 2


Textured Paper 3


Textured Paper 4


Textured Paper 5

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Paper For All Seasons!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

If you are looking for the ideal book to combine your love of paper and celebrate the changing seasons . . . Paper For All Seasons, Projects and Presents to Make Through the Year . . . is the answer!

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This book gives you helpful advise to transfer your love of paper and paper scraps into cherished keepsakes. Tricks and techniques are outlined to help inspire even the novice of novices. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with hugs and kisses, Spring with folded flower cards, Summer with pinwheel napkin rings and Winter with a choir angel. A Paper Place favorite are these adorable baby booties. They look like tiny espadrilles and can be customized to suit any baby personality. The instructions are Super easy! Pictured are pale pink beauties using Japanese Plum Blossom Pink and Blumentapte #732 by Carta Varese. The sporty ones are made using Japanese Obanai Feather Blue and Chiyogami #751. Whatever the season or origin of paper you’ll discover inspiration from every page of this book.

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Have fun with Animal Paper Clips!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

 

Animal Paper Clips

Animal Paper Clips

 

 

Not your average paper clip! These fun animal paper clips combine function with cuteness, a combination not many people can resist. Small in size, but big in personality, these animal paper clips can be enjoyed by anyone. If you’re obsessed with a certain animal you can get a box of 30 clips. If you prefer a smaller amount or you want one of each, you can get them individually! A great gift for yourself or a friend, these animal paper clips are irresistible to anyone!

*This just in! Four brand new Animal Paper Clip designs; Cat, Dog, Bird and Squirrel!*

 

Close Up Animal Paper Clips

Close Up Animal Paper Clips

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