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Wonderful Joy Ahead: Design your own font (tutorial) Have you ever wanted to turn your own handwriting into a font? You could use it for electronic journaling, digital scrapbooking, spruce up your own blog, and, well, basically anything that you use a regular handwriting font for. Or, you could doodle instead to create your own doodle font. Get creative! It's relatively inexpensive, easy, and fun. If you use fontifier.com, it's just $9. Handmade Books. The last couple weeks I have been learning how to make books as part of my internship at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory.

Handmade Books

One of the most basic sewn bookbinding structures is called Japanese Stab Binding. It involves lining up the pages and covers of the soon-to-be book, making a series of holes, and sewing along the edge of the stack. These books are all made using scraps of leftover and recycled paper. The covers include handmade papers, maps from an old atlas, and an old field guide for identifying trees.

The smaller books are made using lined notebook paper, pieces of scrapbook paper leftover from making cards, and empty Kleenex boxes. Self portrait outfit photography guide . photography month. You guys, I'm so excited to have Elycia of ♥elycia on the blog today!

self portrait outfit photography guide . photography month

First off, let's just talk about how much fun her hair and her adorable self are! Secondly, she's posting about something that I think is really awkward and scary for many people - taking pictures of yourself. Book Page and Cardboard Kleenex Box Ornament. Here is a tutorial on how to take an ordinary Kleenex box and make it into an ornament.

Book Page and Cardboard Kleenex Box Ornament

I start by cutting 6 strips of cardboard, cut with an exacto knife and ruler (for the Kleenex box ornament I cut it .375 inches wide by 9 inches long). Then using 5 strips interlock them to make a star. The sixth strip is the center ring to interlock. Please look at the video tutorial (part 1 and part 2) for full instructions. I also made one out of a page from a magazine. The dimensions I stated are the minimum lengths, in proportion to the width. Photoshop Tutorial: Learn Basic Photo Editing To Enhance Colours/Light/Contrast. Hi everyone!

Photoshop Tutorial: Learn Basic Photo Editing To Enhance Colours/Light/Contrast

Here is a tutorial I've been working on for anyone that is new to photo editing. I wanted to show you two very easy ways to dramatically enhance the colours, contrast and light balance in your photos. I work in Photoshop, but I think that the methods I show would be fairly similar in other photo editing software. So, if you look at the image above, you can see how much you can improve photos that come out a bit dull and dark, but this is also a great way to make good shots stand out even more! Tortagialla.com - the virtual creative journal of Artist Linda Tieu. The most common type of sewn bookbinding that I often default to, falls into the category of longstitch binding.

tortagialla.com - the virtual creative journal of Artist Linda Tieu

It’s really a general categorization for many different methods of sewn binding. People have invented their own patterns and techniques and have probably called it something else as well. Suffice to say, it’s a general way to denote sewing your paper to the cover of your book. I’m sure you’ve noticed journals out there with exposed sewing in the binding in a variety of patterns and designs. They are all technically longstitch binding techniques, but in different patterns. The materials for this project include leather, paper, thread, needle, an awl and cutting device of some sort. Regarding the thread, I’m using a natural linen thread in this example, but you can also use waxed thread sold specifically for bookbinding to prevent knotting up when sewing.

Regarding my little awl, I use it to punch holes in the paper. This is what you see on the outside binding… Related Posts: An easy way to make cute notebooks! Today I didn't feel like doing anything but I gave myself a kick in the proverbial and made a little notebook.

An easy way to make cute notebooks!

Very simple and a lot of fun. You can get pretty creative with what papers you use but I wanted mine to be fairly minimalistic. (Let's not talk about the mess I made in the spare room while making this little number shall we? The Southern Institute: Mini Memo Book Covers from Larissa at mmmcrafts. Welcome to The Southern Institute, I'm so glad you're here!

The Southern Institute: Mini Memo Book Covers from Larissa at mmmcrafts.

Make sure you stay in the know... subscribe to our newsletter! Today is going to be fun! We have another guest with us who is sharing a great project! Larissa from mmmcrafts is visiting. Make a garland from woven paper balls. I love paper Christmas decorations, so when I bumped into The Cheese Thief's woven paper ball tutorial, I had to give it a try.

Make a garland from woven paper balls

They're curiously addicting. Maybe I should carry some supplies with me to pass the time in long check-out lines, boring holiday parties, or during that weird Choreography number in White Christmas. These are made out of paper and one piece of tape. You can cut your own strips (mine are 1/2" wide and 11" long, which yields a ball that's about 1 1/4" in diameter) or use shiny paper ribbon.

Hang them individually or glue them onto a wreath form. How to Weave a Paper Ball Ornament. When I was in Thailand, I would see the local people weave palm leaves into beautiful bowls, fans, balls and other amazing things.

How to Weave a Paper Ball Ornament