I'm sharing one of my super-secret high-tech collage tools today...even though you probably already do this!
I frequently have trouble "seeing" what something will look like when it's all put together, or it looks really different to me after everything is glued down.
To help me see the final result, I grab a piece of cardboard or cardstock & cut a hole in it, the same size of my final collage.
I have one of these for ATCs; the opening measures 2 1/2" X 3 1/2". There's another for my gluebook, which is a pocket moleskine sketchbook.
When I play with papers, I lay the frame over the top to see what the final product will look like. It helps me focus on the final look of the piece without the distraction of the parts I might cut away.
Super easy and really helpful.
I hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend and staying warm and dry. It's been a wonderful season for us this year, plenty of family and friends in spite of the weather. The foot of snow we received gave us a pretty White Christmas..as well as treacherous travel and a few changes in our plans.
I'm staying in today. There's snow on the car and I can't think of a single reason to go clear it off. We have electricity, heat, water, and food in the pantry. Life is good.
I've been making book spine book marks, I have a few more of those to finish. I have no idea what I'll be doing with all of them, but they're fun to make!
(To the horrified book lovers out there - OF COURSE I DO NOT TAKE APART GOOD BOOKS FOR THIS PURPOSE! If you've read my blog, you'll know I'm devoted to saving and re-using old damaged books that others are selling for cheap or throwing away. The water damaged, mouse-eaten and warped books can find a home with me. I can re-use any salvageable pages in my art, a front or back cover can be reused like a canvas for artwork, and the occassional decent spine can be made into a bookmark. Any piece of an old damaged book can be salvaged and saved in some other way.
If you're devoted to saving books, please visit your local library sale, thrift stores, flea markets, etc for books often one step away from the trash can. Not everyone appreciates a good old book, and many fine books are in garages right now collecting moisture, mold and funny smells. Please search out the places these books might end up and save a few. And if they're too damaged to salvage, call an artist friend. Those are the ones we want. )
I put some of the image collection CDRoms on sale on Etsy, the ones left from Silver Bella. They're all 25% off, so even less than the download price.
The ones on sale are the Logomachy collection...
the French Holy Cards...
the Graphics & Text collection...
I hope you and yours are having a lovely weekend...and that you carve out a bit of time for crafting!
For those asking about the Book Spine Bookmarks, they're really easy to make...
· a book spine
· Heavy cardstock
· Matte gel medium for glue
· Ribbon or tassel
You can decorate your bookmark by stamping, ink, chalk or any sort of embellishment, just remember not to make it too 3-dimensional...and nothing that will stain your book pages!
I did a bit of shopping this week, and found some incredible book covers. I'm using them for Ephemera Book Kits and listing them in my Etsy shop. You can click on any of the pictures below to find out more...
This kit uses one of the new book covers and may be my favorite - isn't this gorgeous?
And this one's title, The Story of Paper, is just too perfect for most of us....love the illustration on the cover:
I have one set of empty book covers available. They've been 3-hole punched and come with binder rings, and even some silk ribbon, so they're ready for you...
I also found some great jewelry...
And these cool bird cards from Chamberlain's remedies:
Also in the shop this weekend, there are just 2 of the loose ephemera packs left...
And, of course, paper packages...
I hope you have a minute to stop by.
I know no one really cares about this except me because I have an obsession, but...I was watching an auction on eBay because I thought for sure this deck of Logomachy cards would be affordable...71 cards instead of 72, some ripped & in bad condition...sounds like an art deck, right?
The auction ended at $105.35.
If anybody wants a digital version instead, it's $6.00 right here.
I received my Winter White Fat Book yesterday, and it is beautiful! Here are pictures (taken on a very gloomy day) of the pages:
The entire book:
Carrie Witherite / Lynnae Pulsipher:
Joyce Cumiskey / me:
A big thank you to Robin for hosting the swap and thanks to each of the artists - I'm so glad I took part!
Last year I wrote a post about the gift I gave my son Jack for Christmas, an altered children's book of gift cards. I mentioned that I did the same thing the year before, so I decided to snap a couple pictures & show you that one too.
The idea originally came from frustration over buying gifts for a teenage/collage age guy. Rather than a traditional Best Buy gift card, I decided to mix it up.
I had part of a cool old book titled A Satchel Guide to Europe. I salvaged the covers and an assortment of pages and put them together with a few pages of graph paper and 3 binder rings. I covered the word Europe on the cover with a piece of masking tape and wrote Raytown on the tape to make it more personal.
I decorated the pages with some rough stamping with holiday images, and added library pockets to some of the pages. On the first page I put in a tag further personalizing the book.
I added different gift cards to each of the pockets, and appropriate title cards to the pockets too.
Each of the gift cards were for $10, $20 or $25 and reflected a variety of things, like food, the local movie theater, bookstore, etc. I also added things I wanted him to have in an emergency: a phone card and a QuikTrip card for gas. At the last minute I added a card for a grocery store - it ended up being used first.
This was amazingly easy to do, and gift cards are everywhere these days, so it was no trouble to find some he could use.
None of the cards were an extravagent amount, but together they made a personalized gift Jack really liked. He kept it in the glove compartment of his car and used it all through the year.