Monday, July 24, 2017

Being Productive - FINI 2 WIPs

I finally finished two wall-hangings that have been on my design wall for far too long (how long? I don't want to tell you ... since last year) BUT I finished both this weekend. Great productive feeling and love the weight of them off my shoulders. Funny how I procrastinated with the excuse "I don't want to mess it up, what if it doesn't turn out right" and so on. Embarrassing but true.  Sound familiar? please share with us. 


 Anyway - here are pics of the finished pieces.

It's been fun to add magazine snapshots, titles of books I'm reading and a want to read list, search notes and discoveries made on my July's Muse pages.  Here's part of my word list for this month: Community, journaling, light hearted, searching for comrades, book club, play in my studio, create!
Best to you all! deborah

Monday, July 10, 2017

Handcrafted Books

So what have I been up to lately? Finishing the Journal Books I laid out with covers, paper cut & folded, and glue standing ready.          
This Journal >> was auctioned off in my writers group. I was thrilled that 11 bidders vied to be the winner! Oh, the winner was thrilled. 

Next up are the three below. I have held back on embellishing two of them because I think the fabric is wonderful on its own.  I hope you are having fun creating your own books and that the binding tips have been useful to you. Please share and let us know.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July's Muse

July is a month for sunshine, heat and the seashore!
My Theme for July's Journal page is "Seashore".
I love watching children run and play and make sand castles - then create a moat because a wave intruded the castle grounds. We sail away, loving the wind in our faces.
We are glad to be Americans!
 
What is your July Muse? What do you wish for this month? Please share with us.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More - June Ponderings

Fabric book for Mom several years ago 
My Calendar Journal pages for June are taking shape. I have used 2 magazine pictures from my collection and found that they inspired several thoughts.

A word list includes: Friendship, sunshine, shadows, blossoms, fruit, lovely breezes bring coolness and fresh smells of nature around me.

The second picture is of women and children at the sea shore. These thoughts are the beginning of a poem:
*Shoreline play, chasing the waves
*Watching the never ending surf
*Running in the wet sand
*Wonderful seal smells
*Mommy's joy
*Precious memories

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monthly Muse - June's Ponderings

What should my Theme be for June? Birthdays? Vacation Trips? Family flying in for a Visit? I'm still pondering:)
 
Can you help me out? What are your ideas for June?
 
May wrapped up with our son's birthday, a few birding trips, and reading about how doodling facilitates right & left brain engagement for creativity! Wow - got to doodle!
 
 
 
More on handmade envelopes:
Larger envelopes can be made by using an old calendar or map pages for the cutout. I like the petal shaped designs.  See the following websites for the Petal Patterns:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Let's Talk about BookBinding

I've been busy restocking my handcrafted book inventory, and as usual when I get going I have to create lots more than just one! This time I also tore apart 3 books that I had made too tight and redid them. I had used Tacky Glue down the binding edge; wonderful adhesion but too firm to let the book open flat. PVA PH Neutral bookbinding glue is my new go to for a binding adhesive (with a spot of Tacky Glue here and there). I fabric covered pieces of mat-board for the front and back cover. Here's a pic of the book for my writers group auction in June:








I often use the Coptic or Kettle binding stitch for books.  Both of my calendar journals have been bound with the Coptic method before wrapping with fabric. Here are some links for resources I find useful.

My favorite is the Coptic Stitch because I want my books to lie flat when open:  http://www.tortagialla.com/2010/08/16/chain-or-coptic-stitch-bookbinding-tutorial/

Another recourse for Coptic:

Jennifer from Sea Lemon has an extensive YouTube tutorial list for book making:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?annotation_id=annotation_4271316001&feature=iv&list=PL3AA6B7C8E6CE4AEF&src_vid=9O4kFTOEh6k
 
Kettle Stitch Book Binding YouTube by Sea Lemon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4kFTOEh6k&index=2&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9

Monthly Muse - June's Ponderings coming soon!  What's your muse for June? How did your May pages go? 




Monday, May 8, 2017

May's Muse



My Theme for May is Birdsong & Sunshine. Small pictures of colorful birds have been glued into my pages.
I am grateful for watercolor painting and I am searching for a mentor to develop my skills. I really want to paint looser with a wet into wet approach. If any of you can refer me to a great mentor, please comment below – Thanks.
My colors are yellow gold, sky blue, royal blue and red.

Now for envelope making.
Here are a couple of very rough patterns and a few links you might find useful: 
 



Friday, April 28, 2017

The Monthly Muse Catch Up

To Muse is to:
• To dream
• To ponder
• To reflect on - a song, a poem, a story, a life event
• To wonder, to marvel


So, The Monthly Muse was launched.

Let's do some catch up. 
Add magazine cut-outs of your favorite things to your monthly pages. The left side includes the title for the month, the theme, items I am grateful for, a word list, a color list, drawing ideas and two columns for notes.  The right side has a small calendar, cut from a full year calendar glued to one upper corner, two rectangle outlines for drawings surrounded by open area for ideas, notes, and things I want to remember such as special happenings that month.  Please share with us how you personalize and add to the page set-ups for your journal.


My January:
Theme: Beginnings, learning
Gratitude: Writing community, rain
Word List: Winter, cold, stormy, rain & snow - grateful for every drop.
Colors: Blue, white, green sprouts
Drawings: Sketch 365 challenge, leaves, tangles
Notes: craft plans, ideas, writing craft, work on design elements, time management

My February:
Theme: writing
Gratitude: for focus
Word List: wisdom, discernment, compassion, grace, love & kindness
Colors: pink/purple sunsets, grey-blue rainy skies
Drawings: practice illustrations for children's books, design notes & ideas, flowers
Notes: empower, leave toxic situations, find community

My March:
Theme: Spring is coming
Gratitude: New friends!
Word List: confidence, contribute, trust, solitude, journaling
Colors: green, pink, lavender
Drawings: finished one sketchbook and started another "Anything Goes" sketchbook, love watercolor best, consider giving away acrylics.
Notes: editing classes, finding where I fit is a life-long process, write one short story per month - join challenge, use photo images for story prompts more regularly.

It's time to gather our ideas for our May pages.  Have fun with it, maybe start by adding the set-up outline and pulling some magazine pics for inspiration like I do.
----------- next time -- making our envelopes for magazine cuttings -----------------
 
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