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September 2004 - Issue 37


Gentle Thoughts




Welcome to September!

I love September! It always seems a time for a fresh start. And if you're anything like me, you love to visit the stationery stores which are bursting with back to school supplies - pens, pencils, glues, books. Oh, joy! Doesn't it make you want to start a new journal?

If you've been playing outside all summer, now might be your chance to get back to your art supplies and be inspired by all the summer images still floating in your head. If you're a scrapbooker, it's time to collect up those summer photos and create some fabulous memories.

Many of you will be glad to know I've discovered how to easily make thumbnail images! I hope this allows your computer to load the whole newsletter without being overwhelmed.

Here is what's in this months newsletter:

and there's always more that I can't categorize!!

Changes to the
Printable Order Form!

If you are ordering by mail, you will notice that the
Printable Order Form

is now blank. I was getting so many products on that darn list that it was difficult to find them (even for me!!). Now you will just be filling out the items you need. Canadian shopper will need to visit the Bank of Canada website to find the current exchange rate and fill in the converted subtotal. Hopefully this will simplify things for all of us!!

Please drop into my other website: It changes every month!

While you nourish your creative spririt by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment inside and out!

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cool stuff for the creative spirit!

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Don't forget if you'd like to share some artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

Don't be shy!

Artwerx 2004

I was so busy at Artwerx this year that I didn't take many photos! Here are a few I hope you'll enjoy.

Claudine Hellmuth demonstrating

Lynne Perella on the right

Lynne playing

Keely Barham

I took Keely's decorated watchband class and these are photos of the finishing touches

Kalligraphia 2004

Kalligraphia 2004 was held in Lethbridge Alberta on the college campus. The weather was marvelous and the food to die for!

Although there were 5 days of classes, I was only there for the Altered Word and and one extra day.

If you'd like to see the class photos from that workshop, please go to the
Class Photos page!
There is lots of inspiration there.
I think they had a good time!

The cover photo shown here is from Mary's book which looked a lot different before altering took place!


Favourite things

This trio of profiles is my latest favourite thing!
You may purchase these three fabulous papers from me (as well as, but not including, the watercolour journal they were designed to go into!) as a set including instructions and template. It's so easy to do with decorated papers!

Send me your "Favourite Things" suggestions and you might see it here!

Magnet Swap

Ellen had this great idea to do little collages on those business card magnets that you can purchase at office supply stores. So. We had a swap!
Thanks to Ellen for hosting and for having such a fun idea. Wouldn't these be great on the front of a card, then the recipient could use the magnet on their fridge, filing cabinet.... you get the idea!
Click on the image to see it larger!

Ellen Harper

Suzanne Cannon

Patti Sandham

Patti Sandham

Patti Sandham

Ellen Harper

Beth Ann


Chris S.

Linda C.

Nancy Quinn

Ruth C


Susan B.

Vicki M.


Suzanne's Schedule 2004 and 2005

Fall 2004

Sept 11 Victoria BC Belgian Eyelet Island Blue Print
Sept 12 Victoria BC The Altered Book Project - Alters On Island Blue Print
Oct 16,17 Surrey, BC The Copper book Bookmakers of Vancouver
Oct 22    Bookbinding School District Professional Day
Oct 23    Bookbinding  
Nov 6 Port Alberni Artisans Craft Fair My assistants will be attending this event while I go play with students in Burnaby!
Nov 6 Burnaby BC Belgian Eyelet Burnaby Community Education
Nov 7 Vancouver BC Star Book Westcoast Calligraphy Society


Jan 15 Parksville BC Beginning Calligraphy Malaspina University College, Parksville
Feb 18    Bookbinding School District Professional Day


Summer 2004

Windows of Life Challenge

All the participants had to do was decorate a slide mount or coin mount and send it in! It can be mounted on a post card, ATC or other piece of art. It can be art all by itself!


First Prize
$30 of Gentle Thoughts Rubber
Deb Calderon, Vancouver, BC

Second Prize
$20 of Gentle Thoughts Rubber
Anne Atkinson, Saanich, BC

Third Prize
A Handbound book
Lizard, Victoria, BC

Fourth Prize
A Starter Kit of the new crack-resistant Grow More Wheat Rubber Stamp Acrylic Mounts
Laurie Smith
(yikes, somewhere in the US - I already sent her prize and her address went with it!!)

Here are the wonderful submissions to the Summer Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a entry. I wish everyone could win!
There is lots of inspiration here! Just click on each photo to see it larger.


Cathy Wegner


Barbara Simpson

Anne Atkinson

Elaine MacLeod

Elaine's close up

Anne Atkinson

Deb Calderon

Deb Calderon

Nadia Kurjata-

Nadia Kurjata-

Laurie Smith


Nadia Kurjata-

Christiane Lenz

Anne Atkinson

Patti Sandham

Cindy Sailor

Mary Beth

Moir van Iersel

Charmaine Stack

Donna Knadle

Anne Atkinson

Dale Roberts

Dale's atc with window open

Vickie Enkoff

Karin Fung

Anne Atkinson

Stolen Moments

Reversing type for Copy Transfers

When you wish to apply words to your altered art using a chemical transfer such as the Chartpak Marker Blender, you need to reverse your letters or they will transfer backwards.... oops.

There are several ways of reversing your letters. Apparently some copiers will do this for you, but you can do it on your computer and then print them out. Remember this must be a laser copy or a photocopy not an inkjet copy. I use a drawing program to convert my type into a bitmap then flip it like below.

Once your letters are reversed, you may place the paper with the letters on them face down in position. Rub the back of the paper with the Chartpak Marker Blender and the letters will transfer.

byhand subscriber Diane Foster was wonderful to experiment with Microsoft Word to figure out how she could easily reverse the text. Here are her instructions.

On the Microsoft Word menu

go to Insert
Word Art
Pick a style (they are all changeable)
Then type your text, format as desired and click OK
Click on the text to get the box with the tiny boxes in the corners
Go to your Drawing Tool Bar (if not visible at the bottom of the window, go to View, toolbars and click on Drawing)
Pick Flip Horizontal and voila!
You can still reformat the text when flipped if it doesn't print the way you want it to by right clicking on the text and picking Format Word Art.

Thanks Diane!

Recent additons to the byhand Products family!
I've scoured the universe to bring you these useful and fun items!

"I like the fact that you let me know when you are sending my orders in two separate packages. Your personal touches, the little surprises you include in your packages and the items you find to add to your pages of available items along with your thoughfulness, are the reason I like to place orders with you.

Thank you"

Linda K
in Ontario, Canada

I'm delighted to receive comments from satisfied customers! Thanks Linda!

On the Metal Works page

1/8" Handpunch - handy for those easy to get at holes (and when you don't want to wreck your Anywhere Punch!

New on the Calligraphy Page

If you click the image you will see it larger, but for more details, please go the the appropriate page.

Speedball Nibs

Speedball Left handed nibs

Gel Extremes

Gillott 303 nibs

Hunt 101 nibs

Black plastic nib holders

3/4" One stroke brushes

Pigma Pens

Pentel Colorbrush

Art Stix

New on the OCS Page!

Chartpak Marker blender for doing copy transfer

Mica Tiles

The Watercolour Journal

Tabellae Ansatae

Recent Additions to the Paper Joys page

Small tags for the Gentle Thoughts One Inch Envelope Template

Assorted package of the Cotton/Silk paper with embossed and foiled decoration

Gang Tags

Kraft Tags

Library Pockets in 2 sizes

Sensational Strips Tag variety package

Sensational Strips

Stencils in 5 sizes


If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
(250) 723-0321 Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.

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