Rags to Riches is designed especially to share handmade books, journals and paper art. The objects on this blog are made totally of recycled materials or discared paper, and cardboard. Please feel free to comment on any of my postings. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Journal make in Book Frame

When I started bookmaking I didn't realize that they are many ways of making books. My first book was made using a single sheet of A4 paper. The next book was a concertina book using discarded cardboard for covers. When I started teaching (free of charge) my colleagues, I had to acquire more techniques and skills. Luckily, I am an all-rounded craft person. I can sew, stitch, embroider, weave, knit. I can always teach them something they have not learned.

To keep up with new skills and challenges is very motivating for me. Of course I know my limitation, I don't go into skills that need carpentry or mechanical mechanisms. The project I just learned recently would have been very hard to do in the traditional way, but because I am only making a small journal the technique is more than adequate for what I am doing.

I agree it does look pretty complicated at first glance. This is a book frame using for sewing book pages together. The traditional version of it is made of timber and steel bolts, but this is a simple version (my version) of a book frame. It is made out of a hard cover book with the window cut out of the cover. The book title is Great Women of the 21st Century. Good book to use for this project. You don't know how excited I was to discover this technique from a library book. It's much easier than I thought it would be. I leapt in and started this great project using my very own handmade book frame. The result is as you can see below!

Here is what I made using the above frame. It's a journal for all occations or as gift. I have a feeling it's going to be a gift for one of my friends at Christmas. The cover is black leather printed over with graffity type prining. I have used two old fashion clasps for the closure. If you click on the picture to enlarge you will see the clasps better.

And this is how it looks when it is opened. I made an envelope type of cover so if you have dockets, photos, show tickets etc., you can keep them safely inside when the cover is closed. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gifts For Friends

It has always been my belief that giving a gift is an art. It gives pleasure to the receiver and it gives a greater pleasure to me as a giver. And I feel blessed to have many friends that I can give to. I make a lot of my gifts myself. For the reason that I can not always afford to buy gifts. Another reason is that I am very choosy with my gifts. I don't like to receive trashy stuff so I don't like giving trashy stuff either. My blogger friend Serena who I have been writing to for a while now is expecting her second child and Sophia her first, is expecting her little brother so I thought they both need a little treat before the busy time ahead of them.

I made this journal for Serena knowing that she is very fond of journal writing. The quilted cover is free motion machine ebroidery with a single rose on it. In the center of it are three silver rose charms with a few hand embroidered leaves.

I free motioned Serena's initial on the back cover. It is a very personnel journal for you Serena. I have left a lot of room inside the journal so Serena can save keepsakes in it. The tie and the edging is the easy part of the journal. I get braid, yarn and cord together and zigzag by machine. Once I have enough length I hold the finished cord against the edge of the journal cover and zigzag it to the journal's edge. This was the first time I tried this and it worked out really well.

Serena's daughter Sophia turned two last month so this is her birthday present that she can learn about her new baby brother. I re-purposed this Little Golden book by making it into a journal. I cut the book apart and inserted blank pages and the original pages together. I then bound it using Coptic stitch technique. Serena told me she received the parcel today so I am not spoiling her surprise by blogging it here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Digital Collage: Lesson Two

This collage was created in my second lesson of Digital Collage Workshop that I am taking online with Creative Workshop . This is part of my assignment that I should have done ages ago, but I just did not have the time these last few weeks. Anyhow, here it is now; hope you enjoy.

Lesson two of course was harder than the lesson one. In the above collage I worked with eight layers of images. It is really fun and I did not get lost in all the layers. I am very excited from what I have learned woo hoo!!! A month ago I would not have had a clue how to make this collage.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Digital Collage

As I mentioned in my last post that I am taking an online digital collage workshop. I am only up to my second lesson and in this lesson I am making collage using more images and more layers. I am having a lot of fun with it. I do get frustrated when I can not do what I supposed to do. Well, practice makes perfect, I hope so!

Like a Bird

The collage above was make using the image provided in the workshop, but the background image came from a page of an old book. I scanned and used as background layer. I am quite excited of how it ends up. Good job right?

Happy Birthday Mark

I created this collage for DS Mark's birthday. Mark went to Russia to attend the Modern United Nation (MUN) conference when he was at high school. I thought I would use some of the scenes from Russia as a background and add Mark's photo over it. I then add a layer in sepia tone on top. I am very please of how it turned out.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Digital Images

It is so cool! I created these two digital images through the Create A Digital Collage workshop with Creative Workshop I am so very happy with the result because I had so much trouble with technical difficulty loading the video of the lessons onto my PC at the beginning. Thank goodness with the help from DH and a new computer (secondhand) that I purchased from my work. I can now start my lesson.

Waiting for Lover by: Natima

In this first lesson I was given a set of images and I have to work in layers. In the image above it has four layers and with the sparkles on the top layer. Wow, you can see how excited I am. Aparently what I am doing is a very basic step in the lesson. I cannot imagine how much I would learn by the end of the workshop.

Ghostly by: Natima

That is it, I have given the images names Waiting for Lover and Ghostly. Hope you like them. They can be used as greeting cards or in journal entrees. What fun I am going to have creating more of this kind of work. Now I have to start thinking outside my books and recycled materials to think in digital images! It might not be easy, but I am up to the challenge!

Enjoy and please tell me what you think of my new adventures.