Friday, June 25, 2010

Signatures for a friend

I want to thank everyone who left a comment yesterday. To say I am overwhelmed by your kind responses is like calling the Queen Mary a rowboat. I am so grateful for the insight, advice, and inspiration you have given me. And no, I am NOT thinking about offering an online class, as one person asked. Nor are any of these for me. They are all gifts for special friends who I know like to journal, or who might journal, if they have a book that is unique enough. And yes, much of what I have added to these pages is from my stash or from my junk mailbox.

So, without further ado (and with grateful thanks to all for being such great friends), I offer the first set of signatures. There will be two sets in each book, and this book is for a friend who has just graduated high school and is headed to college in the fall. Feel free to click on these, since I scanned them.

The first page: napkin over cardstock, vintage sheet music as pocket.

Page 2 (left): stickers and my 2010 stamp image. Page 3 (right): background is dye ink splotches. Various papers and tag is from a window shade sample.

Page 4 (left): magazine images over sprayed from arches. Page 5 (right): magazine letter and turpentine manipulated National Geographic page.

Page 6 (left): Magazine image, cream cardstock. Page 7 (right): Stickers spell "orientation," something all college freshman must attend. Other elements are stamps and a security envelope on a shaving cream paper base.

Page 8: quote from magazine. Page 9: magazine images on a smaller size page.

Page 10: Magazine image. Page 11: Security window envelope with tag (cut from handmade paper). Decoration is the sticker from sewing thread. Envelope lifts to display two writing surfaces.

Page 12: magazine image and text from old book. Page 13: Silk leaves, a tag cut from a paint chip, and stickers. Homecoming week is always fun when you are in college.

Page 14: card stock. Page 15: Window envelope front.

Page 15 (detail): inside of envelope, magazine image, and stickers.

Page 16: Joss papers and an oriental cookie box. Page 17: Magazine images and ledger paper on a background spritzed with color mist.

Page 18: Magazine image. Page 19: Joss paper pocket with tag, fortune cookie container, and fortune on a shaving cream paper background.

Page 20: envelope window on top of turpentine altered National Geographic page. Page 21: Scrapbook paper and yarn label.

Page 22: Green card stock on shaving cream paper background. Page 23: Security envelope decorated with stickers.

Page 24: Painted card stock and magazine image. Page 25: Security envelope, turpentine altered National Graphic picture, word from a magazine.

Page 26: Magazine image, security envelope, tag. Page 27: Christmas scrapbook paper on card stock. Both are pockets.

Page 28: Christmas scrapbook paper on card stock. Both are flaps. Page 29: Magazine image and book page.

Page 30: Bingo card and magazine image on shaving cream paper background. Page 31: Magazine images.

Page 32: magazine image, book page. Page 33: Envelope pocket decorated with sticker and book page. Tag is a business card.

Page 34: Postcard attached using tape from fruit. Stickers on shaving cream paper. Page 35: Ledger paper, sticker, book page.

Page 36: Magazine image on painted paper envelope with tag. Page 37: Magazine image sprayed with spray paint.

Page 38: Hand painted paper on dye ink background. Page 39: Stickers.

Page 40 (back cover): Napkin and rubber stamp background, fortune cookie wrapper,. fortune, colored paper pocket.

This is the first set of signatures. I'll show the second set on Monday and if I'm lucky, Ill have a cover to show, too.

Today's blog is one I found during OWOH (see previous collaborations). I was impressed by Becca's art and bookmarked her blog. I finally went back again late last night and spent a whole lot of time looking at her stunning art and reading through her blog. I'm really impressed by her creativity. Becca is moving (or has moved) from Colorado to San Diego, CA, so she is not blogging at the moment. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy her art. And she loves diversity, too. It would be hard to pin down an actual medium, except to say it is definitely mixed media at it's finest. Becca's blog is called Art Beckons, and I assure you, it has beckoned me.

23 thoughtful remarks:

Julia Dunnit said...

OK, so I'm only first becasue I was last to comment on your previous post! Your friend is a lucky lucky gal, this is utterly unique and as I said in my previous comment, it's only the chosen method that comes anywhere near any other project out there. I love the 'prompts' from magazine articles and the second look that each page makes you take to check out the paper and techniques. Fab.

Diane said...

Elizabeth, this is so freakin cool, and it's YOUR creation--which is even better!

Brian K said...

Elizabeth! Your books are amazing! I am soooo jelous of the recpient! Make more please!!!! Can't wait to see more! Goooo create!!!! These are exciting and soooo cool!

Karen said...

OMG this is WONDERFUL Elizabeth! Your friend is going to take great inspiration from this...lucky girl! You really should carry on with these my lovely XXX

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

You are SO incredibly talented, and your friends are truly blessed to be receiving these incredible pages!

Halle said...

Oh she is going to love it!

La Dolce Vita said...

awesome book Elizabeth your friend is really going to like it and she is a lucky friend!! xx's

Kimmie said...

she will love it! a lot of love went into this work of heart :)

Roberta said...

Your friends are very lucky indeed to receive such a thoughtful and creative gift! So glad to hear that the comments were helpful because that was my intention. Have a great weekend, fondly, Roberta

Dianne said...

amazing and awesome! you go girl! these will be truly treasured to your previous post, I echo all that was said. put your own spin on the project and enjoy. especially since you are not offering to teach a class, I think it cannot be considered infringement. we share our ideas on our blogs to inspire others, expecting that they will try the same idea. your honesty & integrity are refreshing and in itself is inspiring!

~*~Patty said...

Wonderful pages, so many fabulous details!
Your gift will be a very special treasure indeed!

FlipSyde said...

These. Are. Cool. Beans.
I like those pages!

Joanie Hoffman said...

Hi Elizabeth,
You put a lot of time, energy, creativity, & stuff into these books. They are wonderful!
Thanks for showing the pages.
Happy days,

Autumn said...

This journal is awesome! You have one lucky friend. And thanks for the tour of the craft room, too fun!
~ Autumn Clark

MosaicMagpie said...

What a great graduation gift. And you made so many references to different things that will go on in college. (What do you want to be when you grow up? Homecoming) This is wonderful.
After looking at today's post I went back and read yesterday's since I commented first I didn't see what every one else had to say. I am glad I did, as we all were in agreement. When someone asks for advice I try to give them an honest answer, and I would expect the same from them. Seems as though we all spoke from the heart. We are here to back you up girlie!

Marilyn Rock said...

What a very special and meaningful graduation keepsake! This is awesome Elizabeth!

Dianne said...

Wow! Amazing work!

Dawn said...

Wow! all that work and you give it as a gift to a very special recipient just lovely I am off to catch up it seams I have missed a post!

Love Dawn xx

Lori Saul said...

I just got caught up on your posts and first- what a fantastic graduation gift! Such a creative and special book Elizabeth. Second on the matter of coincidental art- happens all the time! I see stuff in magazines that at first I thought I made (lol) and realize that wow there is another genius in the world- just kidding. The world is getting smaller and so many people have similar interests and styles. Always put out your work proudly regardless if something like it has been seen before- that's my motto!. Take care!

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's anonymous Gina again today. I swore I left a message here this morning but I don't see it. Perhaps I didn't finish posting it because my little dog insisted on being picked up and then she snuggled in for a little snooze. I was reduced to typing with one hand... and I'm not that good at using two!

So here's a belated WOW. This journal is amazing! Really really amazing!


Mar said...

these will be joyfully loved...i hsve given similar journals as gifts and no one has given it
seriously they will be admired and treasured..!

Tammy Freiborg said...

I so hope your friend "gets" this type of journal! You are a very special friend to create a one-of-a-kind journal for her to record her memories during this time of transition!

steph said...

oooh I love these, E!!! they are a real treasure!! hugs Steph.