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IMG_0320I made a little accordion book with cut-out cats. While it’s not as slick as I would have liked, it was my first time making a tiny accordion cut-out like this.(Although I do remember making snowflakes in grade school!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the process:
The drawings I did to figure things out:
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The template cat:
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The paper strip folded with the cover temporarily sewn on:
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The first rough cut. (My husband calls all the little pieces of paper “snipples”.)
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We’re visiting my parents’ house, and there wasn’t a good X-Acto blade here, so I cleaned it up as best I could with scissors. Luckily, mom had some nifty scrapbooking scissors that are pretty darn sharp. (Scrapbooking scissors?! I had no idea there was such a thing.)
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The sewn-on cover. This was tougher then I originally thought because the paper kept ripping close to the edge. (How should I make this next time though? Thicker paper would help solve the ripping issue, but the paper was already a bit thick to cut the whole stack with scissors. Some of the tiny elements, like ears, are partly ripped as well.)
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The finished book with the closure at the mouth and paws. I was thinking of a cat playing with string for this.
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This project took a whole lot longer to complete than expected!

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Project 2

IMG_0290Today, I made a series of watercolor and ink drawings that fit into a Jila mint box given to me on our Qantas flight from Oz to the States. There are 21 drawings (plus a legend explaining each one) about first discovering Jila mints.
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It is a “story” about the trip to the convenience store, discovering the mints, and the experience of tasting them. While I was — in a way — illustrating this story, I wanted to keep each drawing abstract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project 1

I am beginning a year-long goal of making a project a day. It’s been way too long since I made work on a regular basis, and I really miss it. Since the birth of our son 12 weeks ago, it seems that time is moving in fast-forward, and I have this sense of urgency — that I don’t want to lose or waste time anymore.

So starting today, I’ll be making a project per day, something small that can fit in my hand.

Today, I made a little book from one sheet of paper, with no sewing or gluing.

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