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A new altered book candidate for collaboration by #Outside-Of-A-Dog

The Children's Treasury ~ An anthology of poetry.
A children's school library book, still containing the original date stamp sheet and checkout card, signed by children from 1964 onwards. (We'll use this as the sign-in space.)

Stitched binding, faux leather cover, sturdy pages.
All ready and prepped for altering, including foldout pages, flaps, windows and pockets.

You have free rein in terms of theme, although you probably will find inspiration in the poems on each page.
You may produce a complete spread and / or dribble randomly over a few pages.
BUT you must include (along with anything else you decide to put in) some elements from vintage cigar labels. A goodie bag containing a delicious selection for you to choose from will be included in the mail with the book.

PS - Looked up some obscure cigar terminology in the process of putting this project together.

Figurado
A Spanish term that refers to cigars with varying shapes and sizes, such as belicosos, torpedos, pyramids, perfectos and culebras.

Totalamente a Mano
Made totally by hand; a description found on cigar boxes. Much better than Hecho a Mano (made by hand, which can mean it is filled with machine-bunched filler), or Envuelto a Mano (packed by hand).

Fortaleza
The Spanish term which can describe cigar strength and vigour. Fortaleza can also refer to the overall sensory input (robustness) from a cigar.

And, finally, the term that decided me this project was right for this group ...

Dog Rocket
A slang term for an unpalatable cigar.
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
loving it! you're work is all so intriguing! lots to look at and think about!
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Zaichick Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The book smells sooo good, that delicious old book smell!
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hogret Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Yum!
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KatDiestel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
dog rocket!! as if invented for us :thumbsup:
of course i'd like to be part of this one as well :D
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Zita-Art Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love your books and mostly everything you do ;)
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Ha! Cigar labels? Can't ignore the Dog Rocket!
I will begin the hunt for an appropriate spitoon. A wonderful candidate! Sign me up!
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hogret Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
The art on vintage cigar labels is just wonderfully vibrant.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
It is. I have a few labels. Never knew what to do with them because they are so dominant. But now...they may come into play. All things in time, eh?
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Zaichick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh I love the sound of Totalamente a Mano! That's inspiration right there!
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22thorn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
What do you use to cut the holes, Margaret?
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hogret Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I have a range of punches - circles, squares, balloons. They are useful in two ways - first to create holes, and then secondly you can use the punched-out shapes as decorative elements!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I know I am not Margaret (:wave:), but I bet M. is using a circle punch. I have one that makes holes that look just like the one shown in this book. They come in a lot of sizes. I am judging that this is the "mega circle," in American jargon.
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hogret Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Right you are. Punches are my new best friend! The scattered paper confetti on the title page arrived when I emptied the waste container on my crop-a-dile.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I now have two crop-a-diles. One pink, one the long-reach orange. Tomrrow I am going to try to punch an old wooden domino. It doesn't say much about my life, but I have been looking forward to this for a couple of days now!
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hogret Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Oh do tell me about the pink one - I saw it at a Craft expo, but the demonstrator couldn't get it to work. She assured us it was amazing, but somehow I wasn't convinced enough to buy it. What does it do?
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
In the US, the pink one is the basic Crop-a-dile. The orange one is possessed of the long jaws so you can punch a hole or set an eyelet anywhere on a page. It also sets grommets, which the pink one won't do. And with a 40% off coupon, I couldn't resist inviting this tool into the box. The pink one is lighter so it is easier to use one-handed, but the orange one sure comes in handy. It has slide-on feet in case one feels wimpy and unable to muster the wrist strength to freehand.
I haven't used my Japanese punch in ages.
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