Graduate of Sticky U

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I just have to share this new product, Tombow Xtreme tape runner! I was sent this product to try out and I’m very pleased to report that it is awesome! I’ve used it in a couple of workshops as well with great results. The hold is amazing and I’ve found it to be just what I needed to quickly and easily create handmade journals in class, when you want great staying power and no dry time.

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When I sat down to actually make one to blog about I looked right at my journal shelves and decided to tackle a bit bigger project than just making one journal. As an in structor I end up with a lot of  sample journals and some of them you can see here on the second from the bottom shelf. I’ve been wanting to bind several together to make larger, more substantial journals for some time and well, today’s the day!

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So I grabbed a stack and then divided them into groups of three, which seemed about the right size and weight for the journals I wanted to make.

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Because these are all made using the 10 Minute Journal Binding from my first book, Art at the Speed of Life, the outside stitches are all the same, two long stitches on the outside. If you’re making signatures from scratch you can see this blog post showing how I do that.

 

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Next I used a scrap of chipboard to thread some cloth tape through the outside stitches, securing the tape on both sides of the journal stack.

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Next I cut two pieces of matt board to the size of the journal. These are matt board blanks, what is cut out of matts made for pictures. I get them in bundles at Michael’s and they come in handy for many things.

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Using the Xtreme Tape Runner, apply the sticky film to the back of the matt board and then stick right to the first and last pages of the bound journal stack. The trick to using a tape runner is to let it do the work-you don’t need to press hard just maintain an even pressure and speed as you guide the sticky where you want it. Side swipe to break the sticky film.

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Once the covers are attached use some cloth tape to cover the binding.

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Now my shelves look a bit neater and I’m motivate to go through my teaching supplies and dig out the rest of the samples from old workshops and bind them up too!

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Lesley Riley Blog Hop

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My friend Lesley Riley is giving away a spot in her Create with TAP Transfer Artist Paper online class!

In the class, Lesley will show you how create transfers on a variety of surfaces and then you will get to make a book to put all of your transfers in! To enter to win a spot in the class, just leave a comment here on this blog post.

Contest closes Friday July 9th at 5pm EST!
 
HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post and one winner will have a chance to win one spot in Lesley’s Online Class – Create with TAP. One winner will be selected at random using random.org on Friday July 9th  at 5pm EST. No purchase necessary to enter. Please make sure to leave your email when you comment if you don’t have that info on your profile so I can contact you!

ALSO for more fun goodies … make sure to visit Lesley’s blog to enter to win a 5 sheet package of TAP!!!

Here are some journal pages I did using TAP and a reverse painting technique. I began with printing some of my lino block carving designs onto TAP, then I used the gelli plate and some stencils to print with acrylics on top of the black design (which will show up on top when transferred) Next I added some numbers with a stencil laid backward on the TAP so it will be the right orientation when transferred. Then I used an iron and transferred them into my watercolor journal!. Easy and fun!

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Be sure to check out these other blogs for more inspiration and chances to win!

June 27 – Karen Watson — The Graphics Fairy
June 28 – Judy Coates Perez – Judy Coates Perez
June 29 – Theresa Wells Stifel – Stifel & Capra
June 30 – Lynn Krawczyk – Fiber Artysta
July 1 – Claudine Hellmuth – Claudine Hellmuth
July 2 – Gina Rossi Armfield – Joyful Purpose
July 3 – Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey
July 4 – Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys
July 5 – Jane LaFazio – Janeville
July 6 – Joanne Sharpe – Whimspirations
July 7 – Pam Carriker – Pam Carriker
July 8 – Theresa Martin – Theresa Martin

Online Workshops Start Tomorrow!!!

My only Online Workshops of the year start tomorrow!!! Don’t delay in signing up for the class(es) of your choice because once registration closes (June 20th) the opportunity ends. I’m offering an optional DVD of both of these workshops that can only be purchased inside of the classroom at a nominal fee. This allows for those who may not have the time to do the class while it’s live, to do it at their own pace or for those who want to have unending access to the videos to revisit the workshop whenever they like.

The neat thing about this Online Art Retreat is that you can take as many classes at a time as you like-just like a live retreat! There are many wonderful instructors to choose from and a wide variety of techniques to learn.

I hope you’ll consider joining me for one or both of the only online classes i’m offering this year!!

Click on the image above to Register

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DVD Makeovers

I’ve been working on my online workshops through Artful Gathering this summer, June is right around the corner!! So while I was designing the covers for the DVD’s I will be offering in those classes, I also updated the existing DVD’s I offer outside of Artful Gathering. These are still the same workshops, just a new look on the outside and I’ve included the supply lists on the jackets or insert:-)

Pursuing Portraits DVD Jacket

 

Journal 365 DVD Jacket

 

If you would like more information about my new online workshops (the only ones I’m offering this year) please take a look at this page.

Last Chance to Pre Order Journal 365

I’ve been getting several requests every day from those who missed the pre-order of my Journal 365 DVD so for today onlyENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT-If you email me at pcarrikersart@yahoo.com and include whether shipping is in the US or International I’ll send you a paypal invoice and include you in the pre-order. This is the last chance to purchase it at a 30% discount for $50.00 plus shipping. I’m sorry but this offer will not be extended past midnight tonight.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SALE IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER. I WILL HAVE THIS DVD AVAILABLE AT THE REGULAR PRICE ON MY WEBSITE AFTER I’VE COMPLETED THE PRE-ORDERS. THANK YOU~