18 January, 2014

WORK IN PROGRESS ....

New year, new beginnings, new blog design!!!
I've been contemplating cleaning up this space for quite some time.  Finally I am getting a chance to redesign and reorganise!  Love it!


For the past two years I was crazy about colours.  I wanted my blog to have lots of colourful images and I really enjoyed making monthly collages for the blog's banner.  Today, I find my colourful pages too busy and awfully messy.  I am drawn to simple designs, to neutral colours, to black and white palettes, and I am crazy about simple bold fonts.  So I spent the beginning of the year working on the new design for my blog.  I know how I want it to look and, more importantly, I know how to make it look this way.




Over the next several weeks I will be changing different elements of SAS does.  The wise thing would be to wait and do all changes at once but I am impatient (and frankly I am getting really tired of the old look) so I will be doing it one element at a time.

Once again, please bear with me while things are being adjusted and let me know if you like the new look!

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A year ago: UPDATES and FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR
Two years ago: BORSCH OR BORSCHT (RECIPE)
Three years ago: TRAVELLING ALBUM PART 1 and PART 2

31 December, 2013

GOODBYE 2013!

2013 will be gone in less than 24 hours.  It was an exciting, interesting, and at times difficult year.  My banners show nicely what it was all about:


I am already planning my month of January and one of the things on my to-do list - blog redesign.  Things will be changing quite a lot over here so please bear with me while I do my updates.




Here is to a happy, wonderful, and exciting 2014!

28 December, 2013

LEPORELLO (ENDLESS BOOK) BINDING TUTORIAL

Natalie Ratkovski announced a new project for 2014: An Endless Book.  Painters, photographers, scrapbookers are invited to create an endless book: 52 pages of illustrations without borders or edges, one illustration per week.  At the end of the year each of us will have one panoramic "image".

Image by Natalie Ratkovski

Before starting the project one needs a Leporello bound notebook.  I chose to use paper bags for mine - easy and perfect for collages/scrapbook pages I am planning on making.
The name leporello is derived from the opera Don Giovanni. Leporello was his manservant. He kept a record of Don Giovanni's female conquests in a book. At the end of Act II he spread the book across the stage. It's an accordion fold of unlimited width. Pages are joined to form the accordion.
Мини скрап альбомы из бумажных пакетов очень популярны на западе. Я уже давно хотела попробовать сделать подобный скрап альбом, но всё никак не доходили руки. "Почему бы не совместить бумажные пакеты и лепорелло?" - подумала я и получился вот такой вот мастер-класс. Итак, книга лепорелло из бумажных пакетов. 

Вам понадобятся: бумажные пакеты, клей (можно использовать любой, но я выбрала двустороннюю клейкую ленту, которая не коробит бумагу) и ножницы/кисточка для клея.
 
Для начала, согните дно пакетов как показано на фотографии.


For the "endless" book you will need to connect the top of one bag with the bottom of the second one.

Для создания бесконечной гармошки один пакет будем склеивать с другим.

Here you can see white strips of my double-sided tape:

На этой фотографии видны белые полоски двусторонней клейкой ленты.  Всё что нужно сделать - приклеить "верх" пакета между двумя "клапанами":



Note: add "pages" on both sides of the block.  Adding bags to one side only will cause your block to be uneven.

Совет: добавляйте страницы-пакеты и к началу и к концу блока, таким образом ваш блок будет более ровным и его не перекосит в сторону.


Time to make covers:

Для обложек нам понадобятся два прямоугольника из плотного картона, чуть больше по размерам чем сам блок (у меня получились 24смx14см).  Их можно обтянуть тканью или обклеить бумагой.

Готовые обложки просто приклейте к последним страницам блока

This is how your paper bag leporello bound book will look like.
I am anxious to start An Endless Book project in January. I hope I'll be able to keep up and will share weekly pages with you, my readers. 

А вот как книга лепорелло из бумажных пакетов выглядит внутри.
Я с нетерпением жду начала проекта Бесконечная Книга.  Надеюсь у меня будет достаточно времени чтобы не бросить затею на пол пути.




Note: If you are making this projects with 52 pages your block will be rather thick.  You can leave it under a thick book/weight overnight before attaching covers.  What you see on my photos are only first 13 pages of my endless book.  Since the back cover of my block is attached with a temporary glue I will be adding pages as the project continues.

Внимание: на фотографиях показаны только первые 13 страниц лепорелло.  Блок из 52 страниц должнен получиться гораздо "выше".  Прежде чем приклеить обложки, готовый блок можно подержать под прессом.  Я планирую добавлять страницы во время проекта, поэтому заднюю обложку я клеела неперманентным клеем. 

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More bookbinding tutorials at SAS-does:

COPTIC STITCH BINDING: part1 and part2
LONG-STITCH BINDING: part1 and part2

18 November, 2013

DECEMBER CALENDAR {free printable}

December free printable calendar is ready!

Click HERE to download the calendar



The calendar will fit perfectly on a regular 11x8.5 sheet of paper.  All you need to do is click the link below, download the .pdf, and print it out.  The file is rather big but you will get a nice-quality image, I promise!


DECEMBER 2013 CALENDAR.PDF

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A year ago: FRENCH TOAST
Two years ago: WEEKEND COLOURS
Three years ago: CHIPS AND NUTS PUMPKIN SQUARES


12 November, 2013

WEEKLY PRINTABLE QUOTE - week 38

Playing catch up with the printable quotes.  Here is one from the 38th week.


To print the quote simply right-click the image you like and choose to open in a new window/tab. You can then right-click the image and save it on your computer. All images are 3x4 inches.

Click HERE to see printable quotes from past weeks.