Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WOYWW - 01/26/11 "Cut 'em, Stick 'em, Bind 'em, Test 'em, Rock 'em!"

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and Welcome,

I've been super busy - cutting, gluing, assembling, testing and experimenting. In addition to going to physical therapy for my sprained ankle - which is not healing as fast as would be expected. Darn it!

I also re-organized my workstation - again. Trying to get non-essentials off the table - it was getting too cluttered again...and my workspace was shrinking...Here's what is on my workstation for WOYWW.

1) Cutting and gluing fancy patterned scrap booking card stock and recycled cardboard. Sizes are 2.5" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6" and more . The glued pieces of card stock and cardboard will be used as pages for some of my art journals. They will be very sturdy substrates with patterns in the bottom layer. I'm using a lot of glue sticks and do this step while watching a DVD movie!

2) Assembling fancy patterned scrap booking card stock pages interleaved with vellum pages and patterned transparencies. These pages are 3" x 6" and are almost ready for punching and binding. I really enjoy how the vellum and transparencies obscure the patterned card stock - just a tad... 

3) Testing how wax paper, deli paper and freezer paper behave when heated with a craft iron. Wondering if they will act as an adhesive when melted. Guess what? They don't really. Only the freezer paper adhered permanently when it was ironed to another piece of freezer paper. The wax paper and deli paper adhered temporarily.

4) Experimenting with my binding machine (ZUTTER Bind It All) to practice punching holes and attaching wire for my art journals. I've had a cute little Bind IT All machine for 2 years - and just now am learning how to use it! There was an instructional DVD in the box (I bought it used from a scrap booking buddy - thanks, Marisa!) It was pretty easy, I practiced on scraps first. The punching was foolproof. The first journal I bound had squished wires instead of circular. Operator error! After I tweaked the machine for the proper size of wire, the binding worked great on the next journal. It was nice and circular. Then I punched and bound a couple more before hitting the hay last night. #4 is displaying a length of wire that I cut to bind the pages assembled in #2 above.

5) Rocking - almost! My invitiation to the GRAMMY AWARDS in Los Angeles, California just arrived a few days ago! Wish I could afford to go next month. Almost made it to the GRAMMY AWARDS show in New York City at radio City Music Hall several years ago. It would be so exciting to go next month. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see all those musicians singing and dancing live onstage?! Maybe I'll get to go in 2012...

6) Cutting - finally bought a pair of T.H. Tonic scissors! They work great. I  used them to cut the binding wires, instead of wire cutters. Bought the scissors with my 40% off discount coupon at Michaels!

Well that's what's on my workstation for now for now. Click here to take a peak at other artists' digs.

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Suzilou said...

My gosh alot going on on your desk but it all looks very organised and WOW the Grammys how exciting that would be, hope your ankle gets sorted x :)

Suzilou #144

Vicki B in OP NY said...

Such a very cool desk - and your blog background is fab.
Thanks for the snoop, I'll be back!
Vicki 108 - A little inkling

S said...

Wow, you are a busy lady. I think craft desks will always require reorganizing from time to time as our crafting varies.

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Love the name of your blog! I'm planning to come back and check out your other posts soon. I'm really just delving into art journaling and would love to see more of what you do.

Happy WOYWW!

Angi #160

Starla said...

Love the peek into what is on your work space!!

Andria said...

Thats looking like a very creative workspace :).
Andria (128)

okienurse said...

WOW! busy desk! Thanks for letting me snoop around. See you again soon!
Vickie #59

Judie aka Craftymess said...

oh i love it, so much going on, thanks so much for the snoop

judie xx

MaggieC said...

I love the way you list the things on your desk to explain them to us. I do like your pyramid clock - very cool.

Shirley Pumpkin said...

OMG.. I hope you get to make it to the Grammys.. that would be so much fun.. Crossing my fingers you make it!!

Shirley #151

Marjo said...

Great busy and creative workdesk. Thanks for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo #7

Julia Dunnit said...

How fascinating! Great walk through of what's going on - who said crafting was 'just a hobby'! How do you get an invite to the Grammy's then?

LuLu said...

Howdy all,
Thanks for commenting!

The 'Grammy' people send me an invitation every year because I'm a member of the musicians' organization that produces the Grammy Awards show! (In addition to Poet, Photographer and Artist, I'm also a musician - I was the bandleader singer/songwriter of my own pop/rock band for a few years. Click the button at the top of the page to hear one of my original tunes performed by me and my band!)

But the Grammy Awards show tix are SO-O expensive for the good seats - that I can't afford to go - yet...

Thanks for stopping by - please come back again soon!


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