Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday booklets

Here are some booklets I've made and added to my etsy shop. You'll find more photos there. I've made these booklets or mini journals from scrap book papers. They can be used for planning or documenting your holiday. You can add ephemera and photos. They are "scrappy journal" style. Most pages has some embellishment. There are pockets and flaps. Most are bound with pamphlet stitching; a few have ribbon binding. They have 7 folios for a total of 28 pages to work with. Large 5.5 x 8.5 are $10.00. Medium 4.5 x 6 are $9.00. The small one 4.25 x 4.5 is $8.50. 

Please let me know if you want one (or more).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I can't stop myself

from playing with my photos in photoshop!
"Yellow roses". Altered photos digital collage

"Shall we take a walk?" Altered photos digital collage
The background for this one is a photo of a section of a quilt I made years ago. I'm having a lot of fun going through my photos to find background for digital collage play.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The quote continues ... 

The fight for free space - for wilderness and public space -
must be accompanied by a fight for free time to spend wandering in that space.'

I'm into a few days of musing ... deciding on my next project(s).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Playing with Photoshop

Misty Day - Digital collage
Playing with Photoshop Elements. The background was a detail of a large painting from a gallery (taken so long ago I don't even remember where and unfortunately have no way to acknowledge the artist.) I wanted to alter it and make it mine, so I added tree and flower shapes. It reminds me of a misty day. Love playing with PS.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Two Journals off to new homes

These two journals are off to Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed making these (as I do making all of my scrappy journals).

The covers are fabric that I have machine stitched. Decorative stitching is added for texture and interest. The inside pages are a variety of papers, including cardstock, painted papers and scrapbook papers. On most pages I machine-stitched scraps of papers and tape to decorate edges and create pockets. Some of my photos are included. There are two hand-sewn signatures, each with approximately 10 folios creating approximately 80 pages to use. There is a pocket sewn into the inside front cover, as well as a wrap-around tie enclosure. The size is roughly 6 by 9 inches.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Street art and performers, windows and a sunset

We had friends visiting from the East coast so naturally we went on a field trip ... exploring Southern California beach towns. Here is some of what we saw.

Our friends have gone and now I settle down to tackle commissioned journals. Today ... paint papers. Out comes the gelli plate!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday meditation

It's a beautiful day ... has a touch of "fall air" ... perfect for arting and now heading out to antique shops in the city of Orange. Aside from the obvious error, I like this mandala. 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Photoshop Elements 12 is filled with fun toys. The first day of class we covered "Quick" and "Guided" tools and techniques. The fun begins! I had to go to the beach for a photo shoot. Unfortunately due to a high ridge, I wasn't able to get to the water's edge ... that means I'll have to go to another beach soon!



These will be fun to journal on and further manipulate.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Flaps and Folds

I just finished a book inspired by LK Ludwig's The Big Time Book. While I didn't use this binding (because of the complexity of the folded pages), I did create folded pages in 8 of the 10 signatures. Some pages have one folded flap, some two. Two signatures are full page sheets that are folded "up and around" creating many different ways to view the pages.

painted papers: bristol paper colored with acrylic paint and spray inks, texturized with drops of rubbing alcohol
trifold pages 5 x 7
trifold with a flap (paper was 17" so there was 2" extra)
full sheet folded in half and thirds with one section removed for interesting folding within book 
full sheet with no sections removed - shows a variety of folds
rubbing alcohol added to sprayed inks
The cover is a cardboard box cut to size and covered with scrapbook paper. Hand bound using sewn tape binding with waxed linen.
tapes were glued on and also sewn on. buttons were added to front cover tapes before glueing.
colorful backgrounds
A couple of things I'd do differently. I hadn't planned to glue the front and back pages to the covers. However after binding, that seemed necessary to increase stability (there was a large gap between the covers and first/last pages.) In doing so, I lost two "pretty" pages. Next time I'd just have the front and back covers plain. Also, the first folio is a folded one ... next time I'd make it a single spread like the back one.

I love this book! I can't wait to use it. My (current) intention is to use it for altered photos. I'm taking a class at the local adult school in Photoshop Elements 12. I'm also interested in doing some hand manipulation of photos.

I'm off to class! Back to School for my granddaughter and me. She's entering 5th grade. She looks way too grown up in this outfit!

everyday journal

Here's a new scrappy journal that I'll use for everyday journaling and collage play. Not much different from others I've made, except the binding. So far it's fun to play in.