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April 2008
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April 6, 2008

Sunday musings and a Custom Chameleon for a friend…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:07 am

Good morning readers…

It’s still overcast, cold and rainy here this morning. To stave off the cold I’ve got fresh hot coffee in the pot and a pan of homemade buttermilk bisquits just came out of the oven.

Hot buttermilk bisquits...mmmmm

A pigeon (or perhaps a dove) seems to have taken up residence outside my studio door and has been happily cooing all morning. I feed the local freeloader ducks who come by every morning looking for a handout and there is a group of pigeons and doves that have gotten in on the action. The doves sit in a tree and the pigeons sit atop my neighbors house and watch for me to come out with food for the ducks.

I’m pleased with the new carpet we had put in on Friday. It makes the family room warm and cozy. The old carpet had long since outlived it’s lifespan. My sick doggie is on meds and special food for his intestinal troubles and is now relegated to the crate at night so there are no “accidents” on the new carpet.

The dogs seem to like it too.

New carpet with dog ornamentation

I’ve been playing around with my Gocco this morning and have happily found that my Samsung CLP-300 Personal Color Laser printers black ink works great for making Gocco screens.

I think I had mentioned before about working on some custom Chameleons. As a prototype, I am making my best friend Holly one. The cover, which is leather, has been painted a teal color and, since her last name is Fox, I Gocco’d a fox on the cover as well as on a number of sheets of cover stock so that the refills could be personalized also. I’m also working on a pen holder feature.

Here are the foxes on the cardstock sheets drying on an available spot.

Gocco foxes

I need to work on a school project this morning but, I’ll be back later this afternoon with photos of the Chameleon to share.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 5, 2008

Pamphlet video…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:35 pm

I put the video on how to make a pamphlet book on both the video page and the Chameleon tutorial page.


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Just a few things…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 5:38 pm

Salutations readers.

It’s been overcast and rainy here in the burbs today and it looks like it will continue on into the evening.

I went to the TCC Visual Arts Center awards ceremony and opening for the annual student show this morning. I have one piece in it. It’s the rooster. Didn’t win a prize but that’s ok. It was interesting to hear the judge explain why choose each piece. 

For you new Chameleon owners out there, I’ll be posting a little video later on today that shows you how to create a basic refill. (If it will ever finish loading to YouTube…it’s taking forever) The quality isn’t the best because I had to use my little no frills camera. The MiniDV cam fell off the tripod when I was setting it up and now it won’t focus. {argh} Murphy’s Law at work.

Also, If you get a chance, check out the DIY Planner site. They have alot of templates that could be downloaded and tweaked for use in making Chameleon refills for specific things like calendars and to-do lists. Since they are made to be used in the 3 ring daily planners, I would choose one that is fairly plain. You may have to do a little finagling to get them to print out in the proper order for a pamphlet style booklet.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are presently ensconced in front of the TV watching too many hours of one of those “end of the world, an earthquake is gonna do us all in” movies.

I’m on my way out to pick up pizza. I’ll be back later with that link.


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April 4, 2008


Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:00 am

This week is over and I can finally come up for air!

Good morning dear readers.

This past week was a week of book exams, papers, projects, book orders to be filled and more. Phew!

My first Chameleon orders have been sent out to places around the globe. Some have reached their destinations and some will get there soon.

I changed the format of my little zine before I sent out copies. It is still small but in a pamphlet format and has a cover and a name. I’m calling it “Book Stuff” and am hoping to publish at least one a quarter or so. A big thank you to those that have purchased them so far.

The Book Stuff Zine 

If you’d like to have a copy of your own, you can get more information and order one here.

I’m working to get the Chameleon accessory tutorials online. Hopefully soon. I’m also working on some custom color and painted Chameleons that should be really fun. To see the covers that are available now, check out my Chameleon product page.

We’ve got alot of new members over on the forum and a new book swap has started up. There’s still time to join in. If you haven’t been over in a while be sure to surf on over and check out the swap and jump into the conversations going on.

That’s it for now as we’re having new carpet put in the family room this morning and I’ve got a dog with a bad belly (read as “the runs”) that needs to get to the vet. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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