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Years and years ago (5? 7?), I bought a box of crafting leftovers in a second - hand store. It had been clearly someone's craft magazine - there are bits and pieces of scrapbook paper, a bag of googly eyes, some wool, bits of felt etc. And a STAMP. A weirdly big transparent stamp, with bunch of tiny hearts. I never used it because 1) I wasn't into stamping back then, 2) hearts?
But few weeks ago I watched a tutorial by  Ali Brown and noticed she's been using something similar:


It turns out the stamp wasn't really a stamp but an acrylic block you need to use stamps like these:



There was one stamp on it (the one with the hearts) but I was able to peel it off and now I can use it in my scrapbooking/journaling endeavours.

TL;DR: Five years ago I accidentally bought something I need right now. STATIONERY HOARDING FTW


gokuma: (note)
1) Wallpaper cutting knife is a powerful tool
2) Ever wanted to cut through a phone book? Use a wallpaper cutting knife!
3) Whoever invented a double-sided tape is a saint
4) WASHI FORGIVES EVERYTHING
5) At one point in your life you'll find the reason you bought some random crap years ago
6) Once you start hoarding buying stationery there's no end to this madness
7) Adhesive tape can be used to clean tiny things (little scraps of paper, bits of washi, string, etc) off the floor
8) You can work on your craft project for 5 hours in a row and not  notice that until you stop seeing your carpet properly
9) SAVE THE CARPET!*
10) *unless it's ugly

gokuma: (flower)
I'm gonna make a journal cover using a doormat and French skipping rope I bought at local Pepco. Wish me luck.

Update 1:
Checking if the doormat can be cut with a wallpaper cutter.
Update 2: Success!
Update 3: Having overabundance of success - the cutter also managed to pierce through the notepad underneath & chipped off some of the ruler. Fingers are safe
Update 4: Rounding the corners with scissors
Update 5: Using a bit of French skipping rope to make a notebook-holding thingy. Drilling the holes through the doormat turned out to be super annoying (thank God for the huge needle I bought few days ago)
Update 6: More. Drilling.
Update 7: It look surprisingly good. I've added a metal claw pendant (acquired months and months ago) as a decorative charm
Update 8: YAY FINISHED. Not sure if the doormat won't start to unravel after some time; in that case I'll put some felt on the edges (I guess).
Update 9: The inner side of the doormat is fluffy and soft so I don't think so I'll be attaching a pocket or anything like this
Update 10: That was NOT what I meant to do this evening (yay deadlines).  But at least I have a sense of achievement.



gokuma: (husky)
1) If you don't pay attention, you'll end up drinking your paint water instead of your drink (I was *this* close)
2) Old eyeshadows can be used for painting/decorating journal pages
2a) But you gotta do this after you write, otherwise your pen won't work
2b) Forget about looking for golden paint, golden eyeshadow is so much cheaper
2c) Cheap brands are the best!
3) Before you cut off something (especially some expensive/short piece of fabric) check the measurements once again
4) Don't put your art supplies on the carpet, unless you don't like it and want it gone

gokuma: (Default)
Today's art-related conclusions:

Conclusion 1: I'm not good at making stamps
Conclusion 2: I'm glad I did not glue together my fingers or other vital body parts
Conclusion 3: Watercolours are awesome because no matter what you do, it seems that you did it on purpose.

Watercolours are your friend.

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