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Friday, 24 December 2010

Happy Christmas Everybody !

All of us at HugBinders Headquarters would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas - hope you all have a lovely day.
This time last year Mr S was amusing my Children whilst I was cooking the meal - and only took a couple of minutes out to advise me on the gravy ...... (cheeky s** I make the best gravy in the world!!) -

 but the best advice he did give me was  to 'Treasure The Good Times' 

Good advice I am sure you will agree xxx 

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Very important point about copyright.
Please ensure any images you use are copyright free. But more importantly is the matter of using stamped images. The majority of stamps are covered by the Angel Policy, this allows you to use stamps for commercial use on a small scale, but does not allow you to take copies of your work. This may obviously be a problem as far as HugBinders is concerned.
However, I am sure a lot of stamp designers would be happy to give their permission for us to copy the stamps as this is on a very small scale and is all for charity and non profit making HOWEVER they must be approached and asked, we cannot take it as said - they must have the opportunity to say no.
 Jennie from The Artistic Stamper, Paperartsy and Docrafts have already kindly given their permission - this ONLY applies to HugBinder Pages!
I have written a draft letter - you are welcome to copy this and send to any companies whose stamps you would like to use. If you do have a reply, please let me know so that I can add them to the list and email us their reply
Please also check the list before emailing companies, so that they do not have several enquires from different people.
Thank you .....
Of course an easier way, is to not use stamped images!
Please don't let this deter you from joining in - this isn't a problem its an opportunity!
Nicks, Lynn, Bev and Debs x
If any stamp companies are reading this and would be happy for their stamps to be used in this way (or definitely would NOT) please let us know - each company will be listed in the book and cross referenced back to the stamp used - as the book will be mostly purchased by stampers its all good advertising !

PS the list of companies who have given permission will be updated on the tab at the top of this blog and on docrafts 

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Hugbinders example page

Pen and ink doodles, friendship quotes around the face, within the hair, binding her with love and friendship.

This was inspired by the book Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista and referenced to her at the foot of the page.

PLEASE NOTE this is published for the purpose of getting you off the starting blocks as there have been queries about what to do/not to do for scanning/printing - well anything goes as long as you are not breaching copyright and using lots of one coloured background/large object with single colour which will be very colour hungry for us to copy and print.

Referencing copyright - if you have been inspired by another artist and you have taken on their style of working and design, do reference somewhere on your page the artist and their blog/website or their publication you have adapted their design or style from. You can see at the foot of the page I have done this. I think I should put the publisher and the year and edition as well to do it properly, but the artist and publication are what matters really and I am waffling now.
Signature - do put your artist signature on your page, it is your work, so sign it if you want to - as you can see I did this on the bottom right corner.

It goes without saying that your work is going into a book and the element of suspense and surprise should be respected so please do respect this and refrain from putting your pages on your web, in galleries etc.

Wishing you lots of fun with your creativity and secret mission xxx

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Hugbinders example page

Example page
Simple inkwork - stamping and lettering.

I have had several queries about what to do and what not to do.
Simply follow the instructions that Nicks has issued on this Hugbinders blog. Anything goes as long as it can be scanned and does not empty a reservoir of toner per page!
A critical look at this page sees the border is on the heavy side and it could be produced again with not quite so much border, less is more! It does look on the heavy side - and I did it! lol
Angel Policy and stamps - check on the Hugbinders blog and DC Chitchat sticky for updates for the companies that give permission for their stamps to be used for this purpose - i.e copying, printing and selling over the internet. The stamps used in this page are by companies that have given their kind permission to do this. There will be an acknowledgement to those companies. If you are not sure then don't use your stamps - simple. Nicks has produced a letter which can be used to contact your favoured stamp designer to ask for permission - do check on the DC message and Hugbinders first as they may already have given permission.

I hope this has helped to give you some vision and got you off the starting block and over the blank page syndrome - have fun with your creativity xxx

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Hugbinders covers

Couple of covers for Hugbinders books, another one being formulated as are a couple of pages. Yes, the heart is made of sticking plasters - what else?! (Covers will be made at the workshops).
I hope this gives some inspiration for making your page(s) for Hugbinders, please remember, block colours are not printer friendly and your pages need to be flat so they can be scanned.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Thank You Docrafts..

Docrafts is where this all started, Docrafts brought us all together I'm not sure they really understand the amount of love and friendship there is on their site. John warned Sparkles about posting on a forum and meeting people -  little did he know how much fun HE would gain from it, I think the shenangans on Chit Chat made him smile even on his darkest days.

Back to the plot.... DC have donated one of their Goody Bags, which is bursting at the seams with lovely stuff, just waiting to be won on the HugBinders Raffle!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Board, Board Board...

Hope you aren't Bored with these posts because look what arrived in the post today... Three (yes THREE) lovely Keepsake boards, donated by The Lovely Glitter Girls Babs and Kathy - if you haven't seen them in action at a show then you haven't lived!

So here are the three prizes for the HugBinders Raffle - best you buy a few tickets or else you wont have a chance of winning one, or indeed any of the other wonderful Prizes!

Thank You Glitter Girls!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Can you see what it is yet? revealed!

Tis the season of goodwill so I shall tease no more!
As you can see it started life as a kitchen thing and was sent to a charity shop, sad and unloved in the corner.

It leapt out at me to be given a new lease of life.

So I altered it and faffed it up to become - what else but a craft stash unit?!
It is done but doesn't quite feel finished!
So herewith - my contribution to the Hugbinders raffle prize.
Click on the photo for an enlarged version.

If you can see your craft stash stored in this unit or another use for it, please contact Hugbinders for your raffle tickets. To buy a book through Hugbinders, to experience the fun and create a cover or two and bind books come and attend the day, read the entry at the top of the blog for more information.

Monday, 6 December 2010


I hope this gives some inspiration

It forms a part of the raffle prize I am making.
I might repeat it as a cover - it is somewhat colour hungry for printing into a page.
Also as it is in 3d - heart embellishment and gold cord, it isn't suitable for scanning.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Can you see what it is yet?!

As you can see,
it is starting to come together,
so here is another pictorial clue for you!
Yes that is alcohol inks in greens and browns.
No - it's not carpet or lawn! lol