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How to Hide Your Stuff in a Book

Books are great things. You can read them for fun, for knowledge, or for torture (in the form of textbooks). But now I’m going to tell you yet another way books can be used – as a secret place to hide things! I am now introducing the…

Closed hollowed out book

Book safe!

Not very imposing, is it? It’s better that way though – if you get the most boring book on your shelf nobody will ever look at it and so nobody will ever know your secret. If you want to make one there are great instructions here, so I won’t write them all out again. Once I finished them, this was the final product:

Hollowed out book

Hollowed out book

You can hide money in it (if you have any) or other small things that will fit. Put the book on your bookshelf, and nobody will ever think of looking in it!

The book safe is in here somewhere...

This would be a great cheap present to make for a kid or teenager, and also adults. What are your favorite cheap, fun projects to make?

September 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

Mini Hardcover Book

This another mini book I made, this time with fabric and a hard cover. For the board in the cover and the flap I used pieces of a little gift box I got at a store. It had a flap with a magnet in it, so I used that part to make the book be magnetic as well. That way when you close the flap it snaps shut and stays. I also did two papercuts in the front and back.

I just followed regular bookbinding techniques to make this book, so If you want to make one then either buy yourself a book on bookbinding, or Google it.

 

November 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm 9 comments

Mini Beaded Leather Book

After going to a small handmade craft store, I got some ideas of things to make at home. They had a $20 leather necklace with a small leather book on it. I thought that I could make it for at least $15 cheaper so I made the book a few days later. Here are some pics of the finished result, and keep reading for basic instruction on how to make it.



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November 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment


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Almost halfway with this classic. Much more entertaining and insightful than I expected. Let's pretend I'm standing in front of a rack of spacesuits and am about to be shot to the International Space Station in order to conduct research on interplanetary travel and meet a delegation of aliens.
#skydiving ♫ I believe I can fly... and not die ♫
♫ After jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet ♫
#skydiving d r a g o n f l y

Pic taken in the midst of a dragonfly swarm years ago at a soccer park during the sunset. It's a chocolateX4 kind of breakfast today.

1. Rawchocolate cacao spiced milk

2. Cocoa nibs

3. Chocolate covered espresso caramel

4. Chocolate mint tea

Yum. 💚 Why do we have such an obsession to capture and share our lives?

I walked alone by the river this evening. The stream reflected the molten dusk light and the leaves sparkled with recently-fallen raindrops. I stood on the footbridge and watched tiny fish swim in the running water.

Then I had a dangerous thought: This would make a good picture.

Out my phone came. The rest of my wandering was spent attempting to capture the evening's brilliance. Smartphone technology can not capture nature, so I was left unsatisfied.

I spend hours every day staring into my computer under bright white light. This makes these moments in nature special. Even then, I could not escape from my phone. Its harsh light shone on my face as I tried to capture the essence of a glowing patch of green grass in the twilight.

If I only left my phone at home, I would have existed in the moment instead of trying to capture it. I would have experienced nature through my senses instead of pixels.

Perhaps wanting to capture is not a bad thing? Maybe I have this urge because I'm a loner and don't often share walks or thoughts with people?

Who knows. But next time I go on a walk, I may leave my phone behind. What fun it is to sit down and sketch the first draft of a new app mockup.
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This how I design an app or software feature:
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1. Recieve a brain dump from the person who has the concept. Scribble these thoughts down in bullet point format in one of my many notebooks.
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(My current notebook is red with a vintage anatomical heart, which might seem a little goth, but I just intend for it to remind me not to be an emotionless robot in life.)
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2. Sketch draft of initial app flow. I don't pay much attention to details at this point. It's intended for a high level proof of concept to make sure the features' structures I in envision in my head will work in two dimensions on the screen.
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3. Create the screens as wireframes in the computer. Polish as I go to add detail and fill in gaps from the sketches.
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4. Then I send for feedback and we iterate. This is my least favorite part, as often complicated technical questions come up I have to figure out, and I have to think at a high level of detail.
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5. I take the final wireframes and create "pixel perfect" designs with color and fonts and pretty layout in Adobe Illustrator.
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Then we're done with the mockups! Magic accomplished.
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(Please add occasional half-steps for procrastination. To rejuvenate my mind, of course. Heh. That's what I'm doing right now by making this post.) Found in the mental disorders section. Misplaced? I disagree with anyone who sees introversion as a disadvantage. My first Malcom Gladwell book caused my worst sunburn in a while. I read along the river for three hours facing the same direction in full sunlight without suncreen, because I mistakenly think I'm invincible to the sun. I'm still peeling, but needless to say, enjoyed the book. Da fam Second ever family selfie Fun light from office window on Friday morning makes for a fantastic impromptu photo shoot at work.

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