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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Wishing you all Merry Christmas and very healthy, happy and wonderful New Year!!!
A huge THANKS to all my customers and friends for supporting my ideas and creations;)
Best, Katarina
xox

Monday, 21 December 2009

Dear Santa

dear santa

As each year, Marta(almost 9 years old) wrote a letter to Santa (still not quite sure for how many years more?) with hers wishes. The funny thing was, that this time, she has 2 corrections-letters....Actually, after seeing some new commercials featuring new toys she "realized" that she has forgotten to add some toys to the previous lists, LOL;)

marta, babushka, on the snow

snow in her hair

Remember this post , just few days ago....well, they(the meteorologists) were right and we saw some snow. But not only it started snowing, but it literally never stopped till maybe today. Today was so very cold and under 0 and than in 2 days the temperature will be like in spring!!!!Weird and yuck!!! So, we took advantage of this snow time and did some "snow activities" these days:))) Marta is officially on Vacation, for 3 weeks so I hope that we will be able to enjoy some more "snow time" ahead.

on the snow

snow branches

on the snow

snowflake

xo, Katarina

Friday, 18 December 2009

Tutorial for the fabric covered journal / agenda

agendas

As promised, here it is step by step, How to make the fabric covered Agenda:)
Perfect for gift giving!!! You know that my English is not so good, so please bear with me and hope that the pics will talk more than words;) Try not to get confused with some pics showing 2 different agendas, I have tried to take picture of each step, it just that some steps-pics were better from one agenda and some from the other, so I have combined them;)

Needed supply:

1. piece or pieces of fabrics- that will be crossing approx. 1"(2.5 cm) each side when the agenda is open
2. waterbased formula glue - Mod Podge type
3. agenda
4. brush


Agenda

Step 1

Buy the agenda. The best thing would be if possible, buying it directly from the Mill or the place where they are making them and ask them to sell you the unbinded journal or better say-separately the journal(pages) and separately the covers (possibly made with the cardboard only, which would be cheapest solution too). Keep in mind that there are several types, from plain ones till those having calendar, maps and other great info's included and also when buying be sure to choose those having stronger(heavier)papers attached as the inner covers (as you will have to detach them and the tiny papers can be easily teared). If you tear it when detaching it, you can always cover it with another stronger paper, cut to that same dimension

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Step 2

Carefully detach the covers from the pages (center).

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Step 3

Create the fabric covers- choose the fabrics that will be combined(you can even use only one fabric if you are not a sewer or don't have the sewing machine), having in mind the dimension of the Agenda

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Step 4

After you have attached the fabrics the way you wanted, iron it

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Step 5

If you would like to have some sort of the title or anything personalized on the cover, you can:
1. print it on your printer in home on plain paper or sticker paper and after that brush it with a glue making the transparent coat, that will not allow dirt, water and similar to ruin it, and than just sew it on the cover (I did it like this)
2. print it on the plain sturdy piece of fabric (not all the printers can do it) and than sew it on the cover
3. print it on the transfer paper , and heal it with the iron directly on the fabric cover
4. embroider it on the cover, by hand or by the machine

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Step 6

In this phase, you can add all the adornments on your ready to glue cover - ribbons, laces, flowers, buttons etc.

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Step 7

Place the ready to glue fabric covers under the cardboard covers and just off the edges

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Step 8

Glue the cardboard covers with the brush

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Step 9

Firmly pressing the fabric covers with your hands(avoiding the airy spots) make sure that it will adhere nicely, and make sure that you will close the agenda while doing it in way to obtain the perfect covers - I suggest doing the center first and than from center, closing it, going toward the edges:)

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Step 10

Now we are passing to the inner sides- you will have to attach those remaining edges to the inner side-covers, by gluing and folding the edges, being careful about the corners

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Step 11

Now it remains to reattach the jornal/agenda to the covers, gluing the center first and than the sides, still taking care about how it will be spreaded when closing the agenda

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Step 12

As this type of the glue is waterbased, I suggest placing some papers to absorb the wetness from the glue, between the finished covers and the journal(center pages), so that you don't get the wavy pages

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Step 13

And you are DONE!!!Now you can eventually embellish and personalize that ribbon stopper, if you have it, or if you don't have it you can insert it in the step 11

Agenda

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Agenda

Agenda

Please, leave me the comment if you have any thoughts about how to improve my explanations or know some more specific words for any of the things used here;)

Enjoy your new embellished journal!!!
xo, Katarina

Monday, 14 December 2009

Craft·i·ness

hair clips plain & buttons

The holidays are approaching and I have been preparing some stuff for gift giving and some also for sale.
Here are some:

french barrette clips buttons

hair clip betty boop

hair clips red with black buttons

hair clips pink

Since the last year, I wanted so much to make some fabric covered agendas, for some friends and family members and maybe some for sale too. I found these as very useful gift and really not hard to make as well. I will post the tutorial soon, promise;)

shabby chic agenda

agendas

agendas

xo, Katarina

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Rainy day

rainy day

It is pretty gloomy these past few days/weeks here...they say that from tomorrow me may see some snow, which is somehow better than rain;)

rain drops

rain drops

kalemegdan Yesterday, while going to see the 45. Golden Pen BELGRADE - 10. International Biennial exhibition of ILLUSTRATIONS, held at Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorińá, Kalemegdan park , Belgrade, I had the chance to enjoy some incredible views of the nature during the rainy day. And while it was freezing and wet, and not so pleasant to stay outside, it was just something about the gloomy atmosphere or about that incredible smell of the pine trees all around, that somehow make me feel happy. Or maybe it was just the solely moment in my life, having the time to dedicate it to myself and to what I love (after the family-that don't counts, of course:) most-art.



The exhibition is great, one of those MUST SEE for sure, and I feel sorry that I didn't have time to make some illustrations lately, and therefore couldn't submit them for this exhibition. But I was delighted to see some great illustrations made by my friends and colleagues and from some foreign illustrators.
Here are some(sorry for the bad pics, but the light was terrible+glass reflections and I had my handy camera only)





























Have a great and creative weekend, Katarina
PS if you will ask for my wellibobs, on the first picture, these are the Joules Fierenze wellies-LOVE them:))))