Love the Journals

My completed journals have filled the lawyer's bookcase in the living room, filled two large boxes and now my bookcase in my studio. I'm not sure where I am going to put my future completed journals.... I am pretty darn sure I am not through making them!

Storage Option Dream

On a recent antiquing trip, I found this vintage counter with all the drawers in wonderful condition.  It probably came from an old hardware/feed store.

I dream of a studio space that would easily have the space for such a piece!

Road Trip

My amazing husband of 45 years of marriage planned a wonderful two day get-away to Minnesota's Itasca State Park.  This is where the Mississippi begins as well as home to the oldest white pine forest dating back to the 1700's.

We even had the adventure of climbing the old Ranger's Fire Tower which was about nine stories high and worth every step to see the bird's eye view of the surrounding forest.

One lake in particular, Mary Lake, had such crystal clear blue water and the perfect mirror images of the shoreline.
(Photo above) This is the Mississippi River where you can cross on the rocks to the other side - about 25 feet and two feet deep.  Lake Itasca is on the other side of the rocks.  Such a beautiful spot.  I did not take the adventure crossing as I am still in recovery from major foot surgery.

Future Potential Project

The escutcheon and door knob was removed from a picture frame that I purchased from Tuesday Morning. Even better yet, it was on clearance! I have a project in mind for this tiny escutcheon and door knob - photos to follow.

French Journal

The French language book is from the 1920's and small in size.  I am using the covers only.  The covers are punched for a spiral binding along with all the pages.

I like working on pages unbound. I can sew, rubber stamp, paint, etc. without having to adjust for gutters or uneven surfaces which make rubber stamping a super challenge.  Having unbound pages also gives you freedom to decide the order in which you want your finished pages to appear.

This is the inside cover with the loose pages punched and ready to go.  I have made all the pages using manila card stock.  Presently, I am on page ten - completed book to follow.

Lady's Home Journal

Recently I have been recycling old books making them into journals. I am enjoying the process of creating new pages and altering an already existing cover. My stash of journal books ready to go has now been depleted to three. I made these "ready to go" journals for workshops that I cancelled due to my moving from Oklahoma to Minnesota. There wasn't time to prepare for the workshops and pack! I have been slowly consuming my own ready to go product and that makes me very happy!

I named my journal "Lady's Home Journal" as it reminded me of the large magazine that my mother ordered and centered around a woman's life.  Choosing pink, french text, pearls and shoes inspired the contents of my journal.

It was a great opportunity to use paper and ephemera from other completed projects along with my rubber stamps.

Using quotes that my friends post on fb are a great source.  I wasn't on fb when I was doing a lot of calligraphy.  I have lots of quote books and the quotes are pretty boring. The quotes that I love using now make me laugh.... a lot!

I love the challenge of using the left overs.

I had a few girlfriends that were Danielle Steele book lovers.  I personally never read any of her books and this quote is why I never did!

Art Journal

I love the wire spine that I made for this book! It took me a few attempts at getting the right wire weight to work with the chunky beads that I wanted to use. I would have had more success with the wire if I had more experience. I have a new found appreciation for those who do wire work in making jewelry, etc.

Some of my favorite pages.....

Tribute to Susan

It's a new beginning for the members of our art group. There have been a few artists that joined our group and left but there has always been the core group of six artists that participated from the very beginning which is now about fifteen years. We were fortunate to have Susan who was our moderator. I'm certain it hasn't always been an easy task. We were probably a bit like herding kittens. I had requested that each member of our current art group make a signature with the theme of "In the Company of Women". I would bind the book when all the signatures were completed. There were amazing pages and I made a private link so the group could view everyone's art. I've posted my contribution for Susan showing my steps to completion.

Thank You's

Spending a couple of days in my art studio was like a mini-vacation. I didn't want to return to the "real" world. Instead of the usual thank you cards one can make, I decided on a matchbox with a surprise inside and an altered bingo card in the spirit of Halloween with the personal message on the back. It was interesting how difficult it was for me to get my creative juices flowing - maybe the time crunch and expectation had given me some barriers. However, in the end I was pleased with the results.

Tiny Altered Book - Life's Little Secrets

My new altered book is a vintage address book with a thin leather cover and sewn binding. I removed most of the pages to make it a ten page book and leaving me plenty of space for the contents. This tiny book will contain life's little secrets. My inspiration came from an online video and I decided to try "the new to me" technique on a small book before going big.

Life is Good - Thank You Lisa!

Our calligraphy guild was super blessed to have Lisa Engelbrecht teach us a "lettering on fabric" workshop. I have had so many opportunities to use the techniques that she taught me and I have used them over and over again! Lisa continues to be a huge inspiration to me and is missed and loved. I think of Lisa every time I letter on fabric.

I absolutely love combining my rubber stamp passion with my love of calligraphy and marrying the fabric and paper together! I have made so many fabric/paper books.  It's truly my addiction. The book I made was using scraps left from other projects - different sizes, colors, and textures. I am using rubber stamps and calligraphy on the pages. My book is almost complete - an easy theme of "Life is Good".