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My wife enjoys Doctor Who and easily cosplays as River Song.

She also resembles a teacher who ignores the liability that comes with field trips.

For a Halloween present I made River Song’s journal.

The result I am hoping for.

I used TravelsAtNight’s video for guidance for making craft foam resemble leather.

My supplies include

  • Navy blue craft foam
  • Journal from Barnes & Noble
  • Blue Uniball Jetstream Pen

    My embossing tool

  • Blue Sharpie
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Foam brush
  • Dura Clear Gloss Varnish
  • TARDIS Journal Template

The cotton setting was too hot and the silk setting was too cold. Either setting would work if the iron was moved fast or slow enough. Rayon was the Goldilocks setting.

In my first attempt I used spray adhesive to adhere the template to the foam. I then ran the back of the pen over the template to emboss the foam. This did not work. The paper tore and the lines were very faint.

Instead I used the template as a scale drawing and laid out the lines with a blue ink ball point pen and ruler.

The back of my pen traced over the ink lines to emboss the foam.

The back of the pen repeatedly traced over the lines until the foam was embossed.

A blue sharpie went over the embossing. This covers any stray pen ink lines and adds contrast.

Crayola Markers do not work as the ink rubs right off.

A foam brush applied Dura Clear Gloss Varnish to seal the foam. After the pieces dried, spray adhesive was applied on the back of the foam and pressed onto the book. Weights were used to press the foam onto the book until the glue dried.

I also attempted to create the detailing on the spine with the foam. I was not satisfied with my results and ultimately ran out of time to fiddle with it more.

I am pleased with the final results, but I failed to take pictures of the journal. My wife did take a picture though and it is viewable here. I considered putting spoilers inside, but looking inside is against the rules. I would not want to ruin the Crash of the Byzantium.

Pulp Fiction

My nephew had a birthday last week.  I am surprised by how many people have birthdays these days.  For his birthday I gave him an orange. 

If it was a lemon it would be a sour pus

The orange I gave him had, “Orange you glad it’s your birthday?” written on it.  In addition to the scurvy fighting ascorbic acid contained in every orange, it also had a 20 dollar bill inside.  The banknote made its way inside the same way it does in the following magic trick.

When was the last time you had a 20 dollar trick?  My nephew had one last week.

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