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Worktable Wednesday

Today I completed my unfinished projects from the Focus on Book Arts conference.

My proudest accomplishment is the roof on my little mat board house. I worked on this house in Randi Parkhurst’s workshop Doors, Drawers & Windows: Making Interactive Books and Boxes.

Randi recommended this awesome Fiskars border punch to create the shingles – the model is called the Leave it to Weaver Border Punch. Its common use is for creating slots for weaving ribbon in paper.Fiskars border punch

Randi showed us how to punch a sheet of paper and then simply trim off of the lower edge of the punch area. You end up with a strip of paper that has a toothy shape – this is how the shingles are made. I hand-painted two sheets of watercolor paper in varied shades of blue – one dark and one light. I think the pearly blue paint really made the papers interesting.

Here are a few images of the completed house from different angles:

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Completed mat board house

Completed mat board house

Completed mat board house

And here’s a view of the roof from the top. Love it!

Roof of completed mat board house

The next item on the “finish me” list was the photo album I started in Jacqueline Sullivan’s workshop Calligraphic Paste Papers and Tacket Bound Album. I glued in double-sided, paste paper end pages and they came out great!

Inside of handmade paste paper photo album

Inside of handmade paste paper photo album

Inside of handmade paste paper photo album

Inside of handmade paste paper photo album

Once those were done, I sat and stared at the dangling threads on the spine. I’m not usually a bead person, but I felt compelled to add something more. The beads conquered me.

Spine of handmade paste paper photo album

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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