Monday, April 3, 2017

ARTifacts for March

Today I'm joining Seth Apter with my latest ARTifacts journal entry.  Last month, Seth sent out a memo that he would only show ONE photo each month, so I had to rethink my journal.

Now I'm sure you're asking how is that going to fit in with my recycling efforts.  Thankfully, I can always find a way to recycle.  Of course, I also have the help of friends who gift me with goodies.

This is my March entry that is sewn into my Rocking Horse journal cover.

The tulips are the address label for a sale flyer that comes through the mail several times a year.  To make certain my name and address aren't shown, I fold the label portion over and sew it to the page.

The bees were printed by me when I thought I could use my laser printer with CitroSolv.   Since I had already printed them, I wasn't about to waste  them.  I added the date with a Sharpie pen.

Anyone in their right mind would have thrown this dictionary in the trash after the first few pages got wet in the flood I had in my basement.  But I just tore off the wet pages, sprayed the rest with Lysol, then colored the page with leftover watercolors.

The word "Spring" was cut from a Baskin-Robbins coupon I got through the mail.  I wanted the word more than I wanted the $1.00 off a full meal deal coupon on the back!  The lovely pink and orange square was given to me by my friend Erika.

The address label arrives flat, but I fold it over so I get both sides of the image while still concealing my address.

This page has more gifted items than recycled.

The booklet (made from recycled materials) was given to me by my friend Kathy.  It was perfect for the various gardening workshops I am taking.  I tore two pages out to use in this month's journal.  The first page shows the first workshop, which was veggie gardening.  I printed the rotation from a handout after I scanned it.  The second page is from the container garden workshop.  Both workshops were free and offered by my local library.

The little bird is a sticker I received from my friend Sally.  She gave me a TON of old address labels she didn't want, and I have definitely been putting them to good use, mostly in my monthly journal pages. 

The washi tape was given to me by my friend Cindy.  It was the perfect color for this two page spread.  I found the bird feather in my yard.

One more look at my March ARTifacts entry.

Thanks, Seth for creating this collaborative.

For Day 3 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, I recycled two pieces of junk mail, as well as a bird sticker.  I repurposed a dictionary page headed for the trash and repurposed the feather.  Everything else, but the variegated thread was a gift.  Thanks for sharing this recycling journey with me.

16 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

You always have great ideas for your recycled journals,and pack so much into them. Glad you are having fun with Seth Apter's collab. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

Cindy McMath said...

Fabulous pages and wonderful reuse of various items.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

WOw.. you find the most interesting ideas to recycle! I love that sewn journal - a wonderful March ARTifacts entry Elizabeth!
Happy new week to you!
oxo Susi

Sami said...

Great ideas to recycle magazine pictures and old books Elizabeth.
Have a great week.

chrissie said...

Fantastic page for the recycled journal and I love the way you mix pictures with useful tips for the month in your own hand writing

Love Chrissie xx

My name is Erika. said...

This is gorgeous Elizabeth. You really hit a home run (using baseball words since today is opening day locally) and I love all the images and layering and colors! I also love how you recycled so many pieces. It what I had in mind when I sent you the package. Better to share and see supplies used rather than see them languish in the back of a closet. Its what recycling is all about. Happy new week. Hope its a beautiful day in Kansas today. Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

Great ideas on reusing and repurposing. Also looks very Spring like

kathyinozarks said...

Very recycled journal page and it worked out beautiful! Love it!
have an awesome monday

Divers and Sundry said...

It always amazes me how you can put together such beautiful pages from re-purposed materials. You are right there with several other current artists I've seen in a gallery recently who used "recycled" pieces. :)

Jeanie said...

Your gardening workshop sounds like loads of fun. I love how you have incorporated that into your journal -- and using all these recycled pieces. I love the colors, Elizabeth, and it just looks like it will be useful AND beautiful!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

what an awesome job you did on this !!!! just saw your side bar; it 99 there ??? ☺☺♥♥

Meggymay said...

I think you will have had some fun with this page, more great recycling and some tips as well for the garden. Fabulous layers of photos and papers, glad you saved the dictionary to use, I wouldn't have thrown it out either.
Yvonne xx

~*~Patty S said...

You are the recycling Queen dear E!
Really super how you pulled all of these snippets together (special too that you know where they came from!)...super collage giving so many items a new life. I am such a logophile too it would have been hard for me to trash that dictionary :-) Well done you!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Elizabeth! This is the most wonderful example of how to use EVERYTHING - right down to the little bird sticker! Not only that your spread looks fabulous! Hugs, Chrisx

Anonymous said...

Great bits to enhance this ARTifacts journal, with stitch of course. Quite a perfect thought of all that Spring entails. xox

Seth said...

I love seeing and hearing about all the details in your pages.