Tuesday, 3 March 2015

All-Day Craftathon projects: Typewriter Kraft Grid Journal

I’ve asked everybody who attended my All-Day Craftathon at the weekend to choose their favourite project. This was mine… but then I do love this typewriter stamp. This little Kraft Grid Journal was heavily inspired by this project by the super-talented Michelle Zindorf. I loved the intensity of the colours … and, of course, the typewriter image!

I think I love it because it brings back memories of being a junior reporter back in the day. Having experienced all the wonders of electronic typewriters when learning to touch-type, I was shocked to end up in an office where people still worked on machines exactly like this one. The smell of the typewriter ribbon, the sheer noise... the ding as you reached the end of a line, not to mention the pain of a finger slipping between those hard plastic keys! I’d type up my story, sometimes cutting up the paragraphs and rearranging them on another sheet of paper, then hand it to the editor. She’d work her magic on it, with lots of pen marks, then one of us would have to walk to another building (known as “the giraffe house” because it looked like something from a zoo) to give these pieces of paper to the typesetters, who would type it all out neatly and print it out on special paper which was then waxed on to boards by compositors. And if this all sounds as ancient as the hot metal process, it wasn’t; it was the late 1980s, just before computers came into regular use in newspaper offices. 

Anyway, back to the project... the Irresistibly Yours DSP was sponged with lots of blue colours, and just a hint of Blushing Bride. This was added to pick up the colour of the ribbon that I ended up not using, but you know how these things go. For the same reason, the typewriter itself is coloured in greys and Blushing Bride. No matter, I still like how it turned out!

The button, again from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (everybody received one of these to use in all four projects), echoes the metal of a typewriter. 

This project was the one where I let myself down. I ALWAYS forget to take something and, in this case, it was the Coastal Cabana ink pad and the Blender Pens.  Luckily, lots of people had brought them along so we managed. I do have a little confession to make, though, which I only told one lady on the day. Later in the day, I found a stash of Blender Pens in my craft kit! Oops. 

1 comment:

  1. This is gorgeous Helen - am I allowed to say I like yours the best!


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