Thank Shoe RSM!

Thank you Roberta Sperling, Editor in Chief and Sarah Hoban, awesome writer for RSM! Loved, loved the feature article of Sister Act. And sending you huge hugs for posting photos of my shoe on your Facebook page and in the new issue!

If you are one my blog followers you already know that I love sending a shoe in the mail. Each one is different and being sent for a different reason. Each shoe that I have altered has been a lot of fun for me making and mailing. I have been told by the recipient that there is a whole lotta joy in receiving such a piece of "mail"....very unexpected!

Happy Valentine to you Sharon!

Lucky me as I was the last artist in our round-robin rotation to altered Sharon's calendar.  She chose an outdated Somerset Studio calendar, then removed the pages of the artist's work leaving behind only the pages with the printed calendar. What a clever idea!
I thought I would alter two pages (front & back) as the other members did.  When I realized that I was the last one to work on her calendar, the game plan changed.  One page led to another .... altering the whole month of February was so much fun!

I absolutely loved doing all of February!

Dress Banner

 The dress banner made by the other artists in my art group hang in my studio window.  I get lots of light from this window but not the sun so I am not concerned so much about fading.
This is the dress banner I had made that shows a wedding photo of my parents.  It became the inspiration of the other artists as they all included a photo on their banner. 

As Promised...

This is my version of a "smash journal"..... and as promised I am sharing a few of my favorite pages.  Originally this journal was filled with notes from a seminar that I no longer needed. Instead of removing the pages, I decided to just add the scraps of papers and images from previous projects.  It's a great way to use up those bits and pieces that we cannot seem to toss.

Personal Art Journal

I started this particular art journal a few years ago and it just became a part of my bookshelves.... blending in with the numerous other books. I placed it on the shelves to begin with because I grew tired of the project. Recently, it caught my eye and I became inspired to complete it.  The first thing I did was remove the contents completely and insert watercolor paper.  Wow...that really gave me freedom to create something new!

I did not make any changes to the cover that I had altered previously.
 This book was an encyclopedia and I altered the volume "S".
I made tabs as the watercolor paper I chose was handmade with irregular edges.  It makes for easier page turning.

I gave myself lots of freedom to create. 
 These are some of my favorite quotes.
 I enjoyed adding imagery from magazines.
 I also added
 I loved this image from a magazine and added the quote I had saved - both from long time ago.

Delicious News: MCBA - Minnesota Center for Book Arts

I am over the moon that my handmade books are being offered through MCBA! I had a great time making "FifthChildStudio" tags for each book to be sold.  They are only a few blocks away from my office and I can see that in the future, I'll be possibly missing from work!  You check out MCBA here:

 The photo isn't great - the book has a navy leather cover.

YIKES - I totally forgot to photograph the deep plum leather book that this tag was made for!  I think it is my fav!

Altered Cabinet Card for Pat

We exchanged altered cabinet cards in our round robin group.  This is my cabinet card I altered.  I have no idea if the little girl is actually three years old - I made her three along with wings that are only attached at the back.  I was able to slice gently along the dress line to make the insert.  Copic markers were used to color the photo. The umbrella is from Paper Whimsy.

Art Journal Recycled

This is one of my many art journals that I have used for personal notes when I was taking a seminar series.  I am keeping the notes and adding my own version of a "smash" journal.  I will share some of my favorite pages when I am finished..... whenever that will be.

 The cover is made with scraps of polymer clay.

What's in your junk trunk?

I had so much fun teaching this class in Iowa hosted by my sweet sister, Annie!  Here are the completed vintage train cases - all done in one day with a morning, lunch and afternoon break!  These ladies ROCK!  Thank you for allowing me to teach you!

 More classes will be scheduled until my stash of train cases are gone!