Friday, February 13, 2015

"Stuck on YOU", It's Duct-Dori Time! Supply List and Cutting Guide

Hi, Darcie here again. We are celebrating Valentines Day tomorrow on our Ustream show, which some people noted was ironic since we are "down with love" lol. So maybe Valentines Day is for lovahs but we love our families, our pets, our friends and the occasional homeless person (don't ask). AND we love flowers and chocolate - what's not to love? We have much to be thankful for, that's for sure! So, as usual, there is a story with this one.

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About 9 years ago, Johnna was indoctrinating me in the ways of the cult known as Scrapbooking. It had secret implements (well, not secret to anyone with the Internet) and rituals that involved arranging items in a prescribed way on an unusual size sheet of paper. So, I tried, I really tried. After completely over-thinking the process, whining and moving the same flower around numerous times with very little success, she looked at me and said, "Just stick it down. You're driving me crazy!" So it became an inside joke for all these years. Hence, the birth of the Stick It Down Challenge. We have posted a list, call it a scavenger hunt if you will, of things you can locate in your area and in your life to use as collage materials. The list is posted on the next post. If you agree to the challenge, you will attach the items in a journal and post pictures. We will draw a winner from the group who completes the challenge. Use the hashtag #stickitdown and post pics on social media More information given on the Ustream show.

The book we are making is a duct tape version of one of my favorite journals, the Midori Traveler's Notebook. Mine has a beautiful leather cover and patented binding system of elastic bands that allows you to customize what you place in the book. I use mine when I travel and otherwise hoard it, so I thought I would make something inexpensive and easy to throw in my purse and keep with me for writing and collage. I have made a few of them over the past couple of years and while I am sure other people have too, I think mine is a bit unique. I showed Johnna how to make them and she loves hers, so I hope you will too!

Supply List

1 roll of decorative duct tape (can use contrasting one for spine) - you can use the 8.5 x 11" sheets too, you would need 2 of them
1.5 yds 1.4 mm elastic thread - usually found in the kids' section of the craft store
1 piece thin flexible chipboard in the size of your book
2 regular size eyelets, 3 if you want to use one for the closure
2 4-5 mm beads with a larger hole for the binding
Various papers, cardstock for making book inserts
1 8.5 x 11" plastic page protector
Charms or beads for embellishment

We will be using the beautiful paper from Echo Park called "Lucky in Love" for a Valentine's Day themed journal.  See you then!