Sly Booka Rama Jamma

Because we have better things to read….

Look out! It’s Magazines Upcycled into a Pencil Cup! April 1, 2013

Filed under: Rama Jamma DIYarama — Sturgis District Library @ 5:08 PM
Tags: , , , ,
You can do this!

You can do this!

This week we are making a pencil cup from upcycled magazines.  You know you have some old magazines sitting around that you just don’t want to part with, but KNOW that you won’t be reading again.  Make something useful from them!  Just google magazine crafts and you will be amazed at how many great craft tutorials there are out there to deal with those treasured mags! And again, in the interest of time, I made a collage of the instructions.

Supplies needed:

  1. magazine pages cut into strips 2 – 3″ wide.
  2. glue stick
  3. hot glue gun and sticks, tacky glue or all purpose glue

pencil cup

Advertisements
 

It’s a Book-a-riffic Spring Flowered Tree! March 25, 2013

Filed under: Rama Jamma DIYarama — Sturgis District Library @ 4:46 PM
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Book-a-riffic Flowers!

With spring upon us, I thought it was time to get at least one spring project in.  I found a great DIY at Design Improvised and, modifying it a bit, came up with something perfect for the library: spring flowers made from book pages!

As with all of the DIY’s we post, supplies are cheap, already around the house, or free, and this is your list for this project:

  1. Hot glue gun and with a glue stick!
  2. Branches – you can usually find these outside!
  3. A tatty old book!
  4. Scissors!
  5. Some sort of embellishment for the center of your flowers.
  6. That’s it!

And because I wanted to save time and space on this post, I did a photo collage with your step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

instruction photos

 

Turning “Classless Classics” into Classic Wall Art. Let’s fold a book! March 18, 2013

Filed under: Rama Jamma DIYarama — Sturgis District Library @ 4:39 PM
Tags: , , , ,

Book Folding; Four Easy Techniques

This week, we are folding books with our teens here at SDL. Instead of letting that old book that we have no use for sit on a shelf gathering dust, or *gasp* throwing it away, why not re-purpose it into cool wall art?  We have searched the web and found four simple book folding techniques that are quick and easy to do.

Technique 1

Technique 1

Fold left side in to the bottom and fold right side in to meet the left
Fold left side in to the bottom and fold right side in to meet the left
For the second page in set, starting on the opposite side of the page, repeat folds.

For the second page in set, starting on the opposite side of the page, repeat folds.

For the third page in this set of folded pages, fold each top corner in until they meet in the middle. Repeat steps until all pages are folded

For the third page in this set of folded pages, fold each top corner in until they meet in the middle. Repeat steps until all pages are folded

Technique 2

Technique 2

Technique 2

Fold page in half to the spine of the book and flatten.

Fold page in half to the spine of the book and flatten.

Fold the sides of the next page in to meet at the center.  Flatten creases.  Repeat steps until all pages of book are folded.

Fold the sides of the next page in to meet at the center. Flatten creases. Repeat steps until all pages of book are folded.

Technique 3

Technique 3

Technique 3

Fold page in half inside to the spine. Flatten crease.  Repeat until all pages are folded.

Fold page in half inside to the spine. Flatten crease. Repeat until all pages are folded.

Technique 4

Technique 4

Technique 4

Measure book length, then using a ruler and X-Acto knife, cut the pages in half from the spine outward

Measure book length, then using a ruler and X-Acto knife, cut the pages in half from the spine outward

This is how your cut pages should look.  You can also use scissors to cut the pages.

This is how your cut pages should look. You can also use scissors to cut the pages.

Fold page halves from the inner crease as shown.  Repeat until all pages are folded.

Fold page halves from the inner crease as shown. Repeat until all pages are folded.

Easy Peasy!  It only takes about a half hour to fold a thin hard cover book.  You will want a plate hanger to mount it on your wall, an easel to set it on, or you can simply open it on its side on a shelf!

 

Have a Heart! It’s the 3-D Heart Bookmark Tut! January 21, 2013

Filed under: Rama Jamma DIYarama,Uncategorized — Sturgis District Library @ 12:12 PM
Tags: , , ,

Here is the tutorial for the fantastic 3-D Heart Bookmark I found here.

You will need the following supplies:

Supplies

  • all purpose glue
  • scrap booking glue pen (optional)
  • X-acto knife/utility knife
  • scissors
  • cutting board or mat
  • 12″ or longer length of ribbon
  • standard weight paper (one sheet white or colored)
  • card stock with a nice design (one sheet)
  • embellishments (optional)

You can download the templates for the inner pieces and the end pieces:

SONY DSC SONY DSC

I copied the template for the inner hearts into Word and copied it three times – it should all fit onto one page, and printed it out.  The end pieces were also copied into word and printed out.  I used my own design for my end pieces, however there is some great card stock out there for sale with fabu designs that you can print onto!

SONY DSC SONY DSC

You are going to use your X-acto knife to cut the templates out. Try to keep your edges consistent.

SONY DSC SONY DSC

Now we are going to start putting it all together.

First you are going take one of your “four heart” cut-outs and fold it diagonally from the inner point of the hearts; only do this once.   Make sure you smooth the crease down so it is flat!

SONY DSC SONY DSC

Next, you are going to fold the template along the horizontal and vertical printed lines, making sure to smooth flat again.

SONY DSC SONY DSC

And now for the tricky folding part of the project!  You will fold in along the creases from the inner point of the the hearts, bringing the unfolded hearts together:

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Do this for all three of the templates.  We will assemble the bookmark, first by using our glue pen.  Draw your glue around one side of your folded hearts, making sure the glue makes it to the outer edges.  Match the second heart to the glued one and press together.  Repeat to affix the third heart. Set aside so the glue can dry.

SONY DSCSONY DSC

Now we are going to cut the ribbon in half, then fold the ribbon lengthwise in half at the ends, and clip in an upward diagonal to the inside of the ribbon.  This gives you a nice decorative end.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Use your all-purpose glue to attach the un-trimmed ends of the ribbons to the heart at the inner point of the heart shape on each side.  And we are ready to attach the end pieces.  Put a thin layer of glue onto your heart and onto the ribbon and simply press the end piece on – do with both sides.

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

For all intents and purposes, your bookmark is useable as such, however it is always fun to add some embellishments.  I used a stamped heart and some gold confetti, but the sky is the limit!

  SONY DSC

When you have it finished to your satisfaction, you can open it up and write little messages on the pages of the heart.  This is a great Valentine gift for anyone!

SONY DSC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
%d bloggers like this: