Monday, March 6, 2017

Do what you like...

Yesterday was a glorious day to stay home and play with my books and paper! Well, after the grocery store, and the pet store and the recycle center, that is.  But it was a crisp, cold day, the perfect day to air out the pillows and feather bed beneath the blue skies with the sun shining bright.

And in between all the "required" busy-ness of the day, I devoted the better part of this day in my creative space, listening to Blind Faith on the turntable, DOIN' WHAT I LIKE!... tea dying papers and ribbons.  For this batch, I used plain old Lipton tea bags, with a few Raspberry ones tossed in just for kicks. It sure does smell good.  Different than the coffee dying frenzy I was on during the past week of crazy weather causing 2 power outages which I thoroughly enjoyed!

For added texture in some of my projects, I like to use tea or coffee stained medical gauze, and if you haven't tried dying industrial paper towels, you simply must! It has wonderful texture that shows up beautifully when stained or dyed.

This fabulous sheet is coffee dyed!  And yes, it has that crinkly sound after baking!

And this is the glorious underpaper, the baking sheet! 
My dyed paper smells wonderful! And I don't even drink coffee!

This gives me great JOY...along with the WIP, Hawaii; my junk journal/scrapbook of my trip to Waikiki to meet some beautiful island Ohana for the first time!
My lovely island Mama is on the cover!
Thanks for stopping by.  Soon I will have some of these fabulous papers and other items for junk journals up in my etsy shop...stay tuned! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Loaded Paper Bag Swap

I had to create an extra little folder that I tucked inside the lace wrap to hold all the extras that wouldn't fit inside the mini "bookbag".
I recently joined a vintage junk journal group online, and quickly found myself in a swap of a loaded paper bag. Well, I never heard of such a thing, but it sounded like fun, because I have a passion for papers.

The idea is to fill a small paper bag with at least 10 things that could be used in a junk journal. Well, how hard can that be?  I have a paper stash that even I envy, if you catch my drift.  But, where oh where to begin? And how to begin?

Just jump in...I guess.  Hmmm, this was much harder than I thought, and it took me a while to get my groove on for this project.  But once I started digging into the stash, it began to flow.

It started out with a gift bag that I saved, even though it was ripped.  But I love the pattern and wanted to make it into a "book bag".

I used just one side of the bag to make a wrap around cover to hide another "bookbag" inside, with lots and lots of goodies for my swap partner to use in her journals.  The handle becomes the closure, all tied up with lace.

2 mini paper bags sewn together, tags tucked in front and back.
I had to create an extra little folder that I tucked inside the lace wrap to hold all the extras that wouldn't fit inside the mini "bookbag".
This project was a collaborative effort with some of gal pals from the Arty Tea Party.

I filled one of Nina's glassine postal envies with cancelled stamps, some very old, and used the wax seal to hold them in.
Andrea contributed her lovely mini crochet embellishments that totally fit the Victorian theme that my swap partner loves.  And of course, this theme was right up Rosebud Sandy's alley.  She unloaded a crate full of her lovelies to include. Thanks also to Kitty for the fabric swatch tucked inside the lace on the back holding all the extra goodies in.

Her lovely bag was AB FAB!
And fully much fun!
I can't wait to dig in to this stash for my next journal...

Thanks for popping in to peek at my creative chaos!   Aloha!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

And they're off!  My postcards for the swap, hosted by KatEyeStudio, are in the mail!  It's so much fun to get art mail from all over the world! 

This is my 5th year.  I will show my cards when the swap begins in March!  Check it out!

Until then...


Friday, January 6, 2017

Altered Book/Hawaii

My resolution for this year is to, CREATE MORE ALTERED BOOK JOURNALS!!!

And here's the first one of the year, up and running, with the stash of coffee dyed papers screaming at me to be included. 
HAWAII by James Michener
A couple years ago, I went on an adventurous trip to meet some family members for the first time, to none other than Waikiki Beach...Honolulu bound, all by my big bad girl self.  It was crazy!!!

Now this book from the used book sale at the local library, was already falling apart.  So its guts just pulled out very easily.  
However, because the spine was so flimsy, I reinforced it with a piece of cardboard, glued in.  
Now, along with my incredible stash of coffee dyed papers, here is a peek at some of the things I collected during my stay...right on Waikiki Beach.  My brother made sure that I got plenty of postcards, matchbooks from the Chart House, where you can sit and sip your Mai Tai and watch fireworks on Friday nights...and some cool coasters from all the bars that he dragged my butt to.  Hawaii beers are quite good, btw.  Especially ALOHA BEER! Who knew?  
Longboard Beer is another good one, and of course I had to snag one of those coasters, too.  I gathered magazines, maps, saved receipts from all the shops and restaurants, and with the incredible photos that I took, this is going to be one great trip down memory lane for me...and also for my brother, an island native, who will be the recipient of this Scrapbook/Journal of our 2-weeks running all over the island.  Good times for sure!

A work in progress...

I even saved the receipt for the awesome Hula Pie plate that I stuffed into my suitcase.  Everything else, I had to ship home.  4 boxes worth!!!  And I will even use part of one of the USPS boxes that I used, because the flat rate boxes in Hawaii have a very nice message...

So good...
With lots of pockets for the postcards and other goodies, this is going to be an interactive journal, that will also include my island cousins...more on that in my finished journal post! 
 So, ALOHA from Hawaii...and frigid New York State!  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year of Everything...

It's a brand new year, and I for one am fully engaged! The whirlwind of Christmas is a beautiful memory as we embrace a new day, a new month, a new year...

And this is my New Year 2017 studio share with you.  Hope you enjoy!

After some much needed shape-shifting before Christmas, this is my new studio space with incredible sunlight and a fabulous view of our woods in winter.  It is here, that the altered books and journals come to life. 

One finished journal tied up with a stick of palo santo wood, sitting next to a lovely cedar slice.  Two other covers lying in wait to be filled with some of this fabulous coffee stained paper.  One cover is a gorgeous upholstery sample and the other is a salvaged piece from an old purse.

These papers have been kept in a wooden box layered with sticks of palo santo wood and cedar slices, and with the smell of coffee lingering, it is such a fine combination to entice any journal experience.

Yes, it's a passion for paper...

Thank you for stopping by.  Here's wishing you all the very best for this New Year of 2017!  May it be full of great love and peace and JOY in abundance.  And as I burn the incense crows of Blessed Be, Prosperity and Friendship from my friend Nina of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage, I am mindful of this beautiful moment in time that is a new day, of a new month of a brand new year!
I am blessed and I am grateful...always!