Works In Progress

Been working (work!), and crocheting, and dreaming of beginning my next project when this Babette Blanket is done:

Last time I posted about this was in 2012!!! It seems as if every time I get excited to start a new project, I realize I have a ton of works in progress that I feel obligated to complete first. It’s a good way to get things done, for sure.

How many WIPs can you stand before you have to go back and finish them? Will you start something new with a WIP pile?


Papercraft Folded Booklets

I was instantly enamored with the little folded booklets I saw in this April blog post at CappuccinoAndArtJournal. Blogger Pamela was kind enough to get the message to her friend Monica, the Artful ReCrafter about the project and a tutorial was born. Thank you ladies, I appreciate this so much!

Creating a small collage journal

I added an extra fold to the first one I made, and used paper scraps to collage on every page. This one is in the spirit of the Artstronauts club, and I’ll be adding pen and marker details to them in the future. It’s pretty small – a business card can fit in the folded pockets.

papercraft folded booklets by tamdoll
Large Folded Booklet

This next one was created by taping together two pages of an old atlas. The pockets are big enough to hold 4 x 6″ photos & I’ll be sending it out to family that I recently visited in PA. I hope my nephews notice the map features of their home state.
papercraft folded booklets by tamdoll

Paper-crafting lends itself well to recycling projects – for example, the atlas was on its way to the recycling bin before I rescued it to use; and the small collage booklet was created with a map that came with my rental car while on vacation.

Thanks to the sharing, community spirit of the internet, this is another clever project that can have many uses. The next one that I’ll make will have paper signatures sewn into the valley folds of the booklets, to create a journal with built-in pockets.

Have you done any recycled crafts lately? Any paper-crafting projects?

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Small Size Daily Journaling

Journaling doesn’t come easy to me, so I decided to try it small-scale and focused, with a plan to document “how I felt” for one month. I’ve only been at it for one week, and am so happy with how things are turning out. The small size makes it less stressful – I’m not obligated to fill a whole page or worry about too much detail.

Using a simple image, I started out by hand-carving a rubber stamp – my first try at it. How I did it:

  • I drew a simple figure & scanned it into my computer where I manipulated it for symmetry, then scaled for size. (Download a copy of the image for yourself, below.)
  • Transferred the image to the rubber by shading the back of it with charcoal pencil. Once I placed this charcoal-side-down on the pink stamp surface, I traced the design and a charcoal image was transferred onto the rubber – super easy.
  • Using a #2 carving tool (came with this very simple Speedball Kit), I carved around and inside the image. This was my first try & less than perfect… but I’m working with it. I’d rather embrace the imperfections and have leftover surface to carve more stamps out than try for “perfection”.
  • That’s it! I’m using ATC cards here – 2.5″ x 3.5″ to stamp on, with Adirondack Dye Ink in Slate. I didn’t mount the stamp – just inked and carefully pressed it to the paper.

atc journaling cards with rubber stamp by tamdoll

Each evening since I started, I’ve devoted some time to daily journaling. Some nights I spend more time than others, but mostly I’m just jotting down some notes about the day, or whatever strong feelings remain by then. I’ve started looking forward to it each night, this little recap of my day.

For now, I’m leaving the backs blank – I’m not sure whether I’ll display these on a flat surface when I’m done, or put them into a book or folder. Some nights I’m already thinking of future cards – doing some collage, or adding more color. … who knows how this will evolve.

This project was definitely inspired by my membership in The Artstronauts Club; the journal pages I see there each week are something I’d love to devote time to, but haven’t been able to, yet.

Here’s the image I started with… a .pdf is attached – you can click the figure to get your own copy with different sizes on one 8.5 x 11″ page.

stylized female by tamdoll for small journaling

Click for .pdf of Stylized Female in various sizes.

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Creative Commons License Stylized Female Image-Sizes by Tammy Gross (Tamdoll) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. I’d love to see what you create with this image! Please share.


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