Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sort, sort, sort

I decided to participate in a new project thought up by the incredible

Seth Apter who invited us to join him in his year long collaborative project he calls ARTifacts.  You can see his first post announcing it here and his second post sharing his first ARTifacts here.  Since Seth first announced it, I knew I wanted to join the collaborative.  I even knew the book I wanted to create, so Thursday

I decided to sort some of the sewn pages I had created in hopes I would have enough that would speak to me.  I know this looks like a real mess at the moment.

I sorted and sorted and sorted.  I made sure that no two page colors were the same (i.e. next to each other).

That alone took forever.   I created signatures of 48 pages each.  I always put two signatures in a book.  That means there are 96 pages in each book I create.

I kept out pages for a Paris scrappy journal, a seasons scrappy journal, and an art doll scrappy journal, but I don't have enough pages for any of these yet.

However, of all the pages I sorted,

none of them spoke to me.

The good news is, I have enough pages to make SIX scrappy journals from what I have sorted

and I have hundreds more to go through as I sort the rest of these.

Because I stand to work, I needed a day to recoup.  So yesterday (Friday)

I sorted more.  I now had sorted enough to create five more scrappy journals.

Before I gave up, I sorted these, and have enough to make four more scrappy journals.

That makes 15 scrappy journals in all that are ready to be sewn to fabric covers.

These are all that I have left to go through.

These are all I've sorted, and that includes the art doll, seasons, and Paris pages that are in cardboard priority mail containers.  The sorted and assembled ones are in tyvek containers.

I could tell I was in trouble when all that spoke to me were these eight.  I need a total of 24 to make 96 pages.  Yes, I'm a math major, so here's how I got the number.  Each page is folded in half, then decorated on both sides.  Each signature contains 12 of these four sided pages which consist of 48 single sided spreads to write, doodle, or make some type of memories on.

It looks like it will be awhile before I can share my first month's ARTifact with Seth, but at least I'm working on it.  Possibly you have wanted to keep a calendar or journal that speaks to you.  If so, head to Seth's and join in the fun.

Of course, the scrappy journal pages will go

in my sun dyed Rocking Horse journal.  This is the outside

and this is the inside.  Now I just need to create 72 more pages that speak to me.

Thank you for visiting today.  And please don't forget to check out Seth's ARTifacts. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Smiles 204 meets Art Journal Journey

Today I'm visiting both Friday Smiles, hosted by Annie at A Stitch in Time
and Erika, this month's host of Art Journal Journey.

Erika's theme, "Every journal page tells a story," inspired this Friday Smile.  I apologize that this photo is hard to see, but my scanner no longer works with or talks to my computer and it was quite dark in my craft room when I took these photos.  I'll let you peruse these pictures, taken from a 1977 Family Circle Magazine, and my interpretation of them.

In January, 1971, the U.S. Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which banned all advertising of cigarettes on television and radio.

After the television ban, most cigarette advertising took place in magazines like Family Circle, newspapers, and on billboards.  In 2010, tobacco companies were further banned from sponsoring sports, music, and other cultural events.  They were also prevented from displaying their logos or products on T-shirts, hats, and other apparel.

My friend Erika used an old National Geographic magazine in one of her journal entries.  It reminded me that I had used turpentine (a very scary and smelly product that MUST be used outside) on some of my own National Geographic pages.  That's the background on this journal page.  The substrate is a used file folder, and of course, the images were cut from the 1977 Family Circle Magazine.  I hand wrote the words on a piece of heavy card stock that had been left in the sun.

Thanks for joining me today as we shared a Friday Smile with Annie and joined  Art Journal Journey with this humorous tale.  I am always grateful when you drop by, although I may not say it often enough.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Unassembled Snowmen

My friend Erika is hosting Art Journal Journey this month, with her "Every journal page tells a story" theme.  It can be interpreted so loosely, it gave me the opportunity to create something with a bit of humor.  And I needed a bit of humor (and something quick) today because I spent far too long trying to get my new home phone system installed.

It also allowed me to use up some of my leftovers from previous projects, too.

Snowmen fall from the sky unassembled!  You can't argue with that logic.

As I began assembling this spread, I ran out of glue.  I also ran out of glue dots. 

So, other than the glue I used on the small snowflakes, the pieces are held together with a prayer.   A huge prayer, in fact!

Rubber stamped images were used for the snowman.

I hand wrote the sentiment.

I started with a premade holiday card front that I added little clear plastic snowflakes to.  The sentiment was hand written, then added to the substrate, an 8.5 X 11 inch background left over from Christmas tip-ins.  Finally, I added the snowman and snowflake stamped images on a purple background.  Now all I need to do is punch three holes in the left side and add it to my journal pages.

Thanks beyond belief for visiting today and thanks to Art Journal Journey where the journal art is always the BEST!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In the land down under

Erika, who is hosting Art Journal Journey this month, with her "Every journal page tells a story" theme, and Moo Mania and More, whose theme this fortnight is "Love," as well as Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is "Anything but Square" are invited to join me as I head to Melbourne

and the land down under today.

She found love down under.

She found love in Melbourne,

then traveled to the outback.

As I was creating this heartfelt piece,

the song "Land Down Under" by Men at Work kept playing in my head.   I've often said I was born a decade too late, because my favorite rock groups came from the 1980s.

In case you don't know the song, or can't read my writing,
Livin' in a land down under
Where women glow and men plunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run and take cover.
The rock song was written by the Australian group's co-founders, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert.  It hit the states in late 1982 and reached No. 1 in January 1983.  It eventually sold over two million copies here in the states alone.  Billboard shows it at No. 4 for 1983. 

My substrate is the back side of my Sydney entry from a few days ago.  It is a used file folder I colored with some green paint through a stencil.  Two different travel brochure images were used, as well as vintage sheet music.  I free cut a heart from some painted paper and added the city Melbourne, AU.  Because rectangles are not square, I am hoping the Try it on Tuesday design team will find it acceptable.

Now let's head to my favorite challenge blogs, Art Journal Journey, Moo Mania and More, and Try it on Tuesday for some mixed media art, collages, and art journal pages that are out of this world! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

T Stands For Christmas Gifts

I finally found a way to get my photos from Christmas onto my blog.  And if, perchance, my electricity is still on, I'll be by to visit.

Although there are more gifts than this, these are the main ones I received.

All the way from Canada, these came from my friend Cindy at Pink Bird Studio.  The bingo cards should have given you a hint.  Cindy really knew how to make me happy this year.  That wonderful rocking horse had belonged to her mother, who died last summer.  She knew I would love it.  She also sent the Lyra Aquacolors, too.  They are water soluble, and I have wanted water soluble crayons since forever.  Thank you beyond belief, Cindy.  You have absolutely NO idea how much these meant to me.  Of course, Cindy sent me a few other goodies (including ATCs), but I had already put them away before I considered sharing them on my Christmas table.

My friend Joseph sent me a box of Godiva chocolates.  Just what I need because I'm so emaciated (NOT!!).

This was a gift I gave myself.  Recently, while at The Spice Merchant buying Christmas gifts, I saw this retro cup and a saucer that was similar in style.  I've never had the dark French roast before, so I'll be grinding some beans to make a pot soon.

These were sent to me (along with die cuts, and various other sundry goodies I'd already put away) by my friend Erika or Bio Art Gal.  Can you believe those awesome two stacks of paper?  You know I'll be using those.  Thank you Erika, for the goodies, and the stamp.  Is that a subtle hint (grin)?

This was sent to me by a very dear friend Jerrie who lives out of state.  I was shocked and thrilled.  I hadn't heard from her in nearly a year, so I was so pleased to receive it.  And to think, all she got from me was a lousy handmade card!  Unfortunately, Jerrie doesn't have a blog or web site.

Chris, my friend at Pear Shaped Crafting really knows me.  She knows I love stencils, and these are fantastic.  They are about the size of ATCs, and I'll use them as both backgrounds and foregrounds, I'm sure. She also sent some die cuts and some stamped images on deli paper.

Scott and friends Jason, Rudy, and Andrew got together and gave me this geeky energy meter.  It is made in the EU, but this meter tests energy levels in the US.  It detects the amount of energy being used by the devices it is hooked up to.  It then determines the resulting cost of energy for the item or items in use.  If I were to plug it into my power strip, it would let me know how much energy is being used by my computer, printer, desk light, and scanner (when the scanner was working).  Being a bit of a geek myself, I fell in love with it.  Thanks guys!

Remember my friend I gave the KeyMo Journal to?  In return, she gave me this three candle, candle holder.  Since I didn't have a place to put my grandfather's hat, I laid it on top of the candle holders until I can find a place for it.  One of the things I dislike about winter is, everything looks dusty.  I swear, I had dusted and washed the glass items just two days before I took this photo, and the deer was not dusty, either.  However, everything looks terribly dusty to me.

While I had my camera out, I took photos of some of the trees I had on display.

This tree started life as a napkin holder, but I bought it to hold my cards I receive each year.

I purchased this one specifically for my main floor bath.

These trees live here all year long.

I was so ready for Christmas to be over, and as soon as I took the photos,

I packed everything up, including the tree on the front porch.

And to show I was prepared for the possible black out that didn't materialize,

I had candles in every room of my home, although I would never leave any burning if I'm not in the same room.   I had my lighter to light said candles, and I made THREE pots of coffee that were ready and waiting.  I don't care if the coffee is cold, but I can't live without my coffee caffeine.  I used my insulated mug which doesn't insulate well, but it's better than a cup and saucer when I was hiding huddled under a blanket. 

I also have this very useful portable OTT light, which runs off uses three AAA batteries.  Far safer using it instead of a candle when I needed to run to the "loo."  But thankfully, Bleubeard, Squiggles, and I didn't have to huddle in the cold or the candlelight.

Now it's your turn to share your drink related post.  It can be anything as long as it relates back to a drink in some way, like my bag of coffee beans and new cup and saucer, or my disgustingly ugly (wheat) Shocker mug.  Of course, it can be a postcard, a movie, a painting, a sketch in your sketchbook, an altered book page, a digital, hybrid, or traditional journal or scrapbook page, or photos of your time out and about.  Once you link (direct links only, please), Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be around to visit.  And Bleubeard wants you to know that your photos can be taken any time, not just Tuesday, and not even this year.