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!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December Beauty

Old Man Winter has arrived!
It's magical...and while I have many book projects and journals in the works, there comes a time to rest and breathe!

For me it is hard when I have this wonderful collection of gorgeous coffee and tea stained papers just calling my name, begging to be included in one of my creations.  
The stash has grown since this photo was taken, and it is filling an entire wooden box that smells so good with the wonderful coffee scent, and layered between the papers is palo santo wood sticks and cut cedar wood circles.  It smells AB FAB!

Oh, I'll get those journals done.  Not in time for Christmas, 
but oh, I can hardly wait to tackle this stack..soon!

Aloha!  FA LA LA and all that jazz! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Journal Mania Giveaway Winners...

The two winners of a pair of these fabulous salvaged bookcovers, and a wonderful vintage cellophane postal envelope, full of paper ephemera to start your own Journal Journey...


Bettsi Ledesma   and    Deborah Weber!!!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my
"long overdue/book renewals"... and for popping in on my art friends at Arty Tea Party. 

More journals coming out soon...and wait until you see my new paper is to swoooon over!

Here's a sneak peak...Aloha!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Journal-mania and a GIVEAWAY!

This was from the last post of a work in progress.  Below is the finished product...but just a sneak peak, not the entire book.  Also, a giveaway!
I have included an inked embossed sheet under the ribbon tie just for fun.  
Delicious Autumn leaves always stop me in my tracks, so I had to add one here.  There's also a giant mighty oak leaf enclosed!

So much more in this one...Lots of pockets and tags and plenty of journaling space.  I think this one is my all-time fave.  At least for now...until it goes, or I make another all-time fave...ya'll know what I mean!  

                                     Now for a giveaway!!!
If you would like a pair of these lovely bookends, just leave me a comment can follow if you like...and then visit my friends at the Arty Tea Party and leave a comment there, too!  I will pick 2 winners to receive a pair of bookcovers and a postal envie full of ephemera...lots of papers, tags, vintage postage stamps and so much more!

Drawing for the giveaway will be Thursday Dec. 1st! 

Glad you stopped by...and remember, there is always something to be thankful do give thanks!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Junk Journal

I love used book sales...the best place to score wonderful discarded books to turn into Journals.  I always scoop up the Readers Digest Condensed books for their amazing covers.  
Recovered Book Covers
 Now, by recovered, I mean "salvaged" from the discards and on the way to the recycling bin, not covered again or covered over.  
And here's just a sneak peak at some of the pages enclosed.  I actually salvage the end papers and use some of the book text, too.
A revamped library pocket full of tags and such!
Lots of spaces in here to personalize and make it your own.  Blank pages, pockets, tags, and a postal envie full of ephemera!

Yes, even the kids guitar string packs make a neat place to journal!

A little postal pocket full of goodies!
So much more in this wonderful journal.  I love them, I love making them.  Some are going up for sale to the Bethel Woods Holiday Market with my Arty Tea Party friends...others will go to my etsy shop and any leftovers will be given as gifts.  

 Here's the start of another one!  Will post a sneak peak at this one.  This one has taken on a life of its own!  I love it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 14, 2016


My HAPPY HERBS SOAP friend, Nina, had asked me to make her some Art Tags for her herbal soap/oil/incense gift baskets that she is taking to the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

And since I already had the scraps out from the last two projects, (oh yeah, creative chaos is my middle name) I just kept on going. Here are some of the hang tags that she will be using on her little gift baskets!

I love making these.  Using up all those scraps helps to clean up the space.  Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! 
This is a fabulous ATC that I just received as a gift from my friend, Kitty, and it screamed at me to be used in a project. And since I had already made this mini hang tag, I though they would look really great together!

I'm keeping the ATC, but I wanted to show you this cool collaboration of pieces.  The mini tag will go on a basket.  
Now this little beauty is also a collaborative effort, because my friend, Andrea, gave me some of her paper beads to play with. And, I just love them!
And this one is going to a young friend of mine, who just wants everyone in the world to BE KIND!  She's so sweet!