My Glue Book

Hi lovely people!

Are you in a Christmas spirit? I’m not. I don’t know why. Maybe because there are so many things happening lately. I’ve been having some health issues and many other things on my plate, but it’s not all bad. I’ve also been creating and playing in my studio and that always makes me happy. So here I am with some of the pages from my collage journal or glue book. They are not finished, I will be adding more stuff to them, but here is how they look now. πŸ™‚

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It’s a lot of fun cutting images from magazines and gluing them into this big journal. It’s actually an altered book and it is perfect for this. I started by gluing background images first on many pages. That way I created a start for me to add things when and how I like. It’s a very meditative process. I don’t do it regularly, but when I feel like I need to relax, I just take my box of magazine images and cut and paste. I think I’ll do that again one of these days. I sure need some relaxation. πŸ™‚

I hope you like these pages and maybe you will take an old book or some notebook and play with junk mail, magazines and scrap paper.

Have fun! And have a great day/evening! πŸ™‚

Journal Therapy

Hello lovely people! It’s been a busy month. Hubby went to Germany (business stuff again) and he will be away for two years! I am trying to keep a happy face but it’s not easy. I miss him. He will come home for Christmas, but until then Meda and I will be home alone. I also discovered a small growth on Meda’s shoulder, and since he had a cancerous growth removed from almost the same spot several years ago, I am terrified! The only thing I can do is wait and see if that thing is growing, and to hope that it’s not cancer again but maybe just some fatty tissue or something like that.

Luckily, I have my journals to help me stay sane (or at least close to that). My diary is filled (after one year),

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and now I started writing in my junk journal.

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It’s fun to write in, with all those different colors and textures and different page sizes.

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I also played with some of my homemade stamps.

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And started working in a new journal, the biggest one so far, A4 size. It’s actually an altered book in which I glue things down. It all started with wonderful magazine pages that I didn’t want to cut. I wanted the whole picture to be seen so this journal is perfect for that.

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Some of the pages will stay the way they are now and some will have things added to them. It’s so great to have a nice base to work on later.

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I also used some of the papers that I used to clean the brushes on, and made quick and fun pages.

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Art Journal

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I have too many journals, I know. But there is no law against that, right? πŸ™‚

Fabric Collage (Work in Progress)

Hello lovely people! Here I am with another recycling project! Fabric collage!

As you know, I collect all kinds of materials and junk which I then like to transform into something beautiful and useful. And here is what I’m doing right now – making journal covers from small pieces of fabric (leftovers) and, well, junk. πŸ™‚

I used some plastic, kind of foamy, packaging material as a middle layer of the journal cover.

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I’m sorry for the next photo, it’s bad because there was no sun when I took it, but you’ll get the idea of what I was doing. I started stitching fabric scraps onto the plastic, adding fabric pieces randomly and without too much thinking about it.

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Continue adding fabric pieces until you cover the plastic and you will end up with something like this:

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As you can see, after I stitched all the pieces onto the plastic, I then zigzagged the edges so they don’t fray. It also adds details to the whole piece. I like that. Fun! πŸ™‚

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Then it’s time to add the backing, and you can use, again, what ever material you like – paper, fabric, plastic…I used more of my leftover pieces of fabric.

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I left it like this and continued working on another collage piece, and then another and another, and I can’t show them all to you now, but I promise I will soon. Here is one more:

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I can’t wait to start hand stitching and decorating this journal cover.

And here is a peek into two small covers, already taking shape and starting to look beautiful. πŸ™‚

Journal covers

This is a wonderful way to tidy up the studio, use all those fabric leftovers and junk, and make something lovely! This doesn’t have to be turned into a journal cover. It could be sewn into a fun clutch or a bag, maybe a set of coasters or oven mitts, or even a doormat! There are so many more possibilities!

Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

A Shawl, a Journal and a New Bike

This shawl was made using all kinds of different fibers, and with some pattern manipulation.

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It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted it to, but I like it anyway.

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I wanted the “skipped” parts of the pattern to be more visible. I guess I should’ve done those in a contrasting color. Oh well, maybe next time.

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More pages from my Art Journal:

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We’ve had a nice weather over the weekend so it was a perfect opportunity for me to ride my new bike! πŸ™‚

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After a long ride one must rehydrate. πŸ™‚

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I also like the woven table. πŸ™‚

Have a great day everyone!

Playing in my Journals

I looove my journals! I know, I have too many already, but I can’t stop making them! I made a small one out of a brochure (something my husband brought from his trip to Denmark last year – yes, I keep all kinds of junk) and it’s so cute! Small and cute!

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It’s a little bit bigger than my hand, as you can see in the next photo.

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I love playing in it. πŸ™‚

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Sometimes I feel like working in a bigger journal, sometimes I like working in a small one. That’s why I have to have so many of them. πŸ™‚

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My birthday was on September the 18th, so this spread was inspired by that.

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And I also finished working in this old journal!

Art Journal

I made it a long time ago, and it might be my first handmade journal (if I remember correctly). My dear “handmade paper/ textured / first time coptic binding / beginners” journal.

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Art Journal

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There it is, on the left, with a beaded spine. Now happily living on a shelf with my other Art and Travel journals. πŸ™‚

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The finished ones, that is. πŸ™‚

A Wonderful Weekend

Sunny weather means spending time outside with hubby and our dog. With a bit of shopping of course. πŸ™‚

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A pair of shoes for me!

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Meda probably thought I was going to the moon or something and went completely mad about the swing, LOL!

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Kisses! πŸ™‚

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A bit of swimming.

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Hubby likes to photograph birds. πŸ™‚

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And other things. πŸ™‚

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I photographed some of my journal pages!

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The next two are not finished yet, I’m looking forward to see what I’ll come up with. πŸ™‚

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My cousin gave me a huge bag full of books. There are nearly forty books there, ready to be altered! Pure joy!

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It’s funny how people react when I tell them that I want their “trash”. Old doilies, buttons, ribbons, books, all kinds of things they wanted to throw out but felt bad about it. When they give those things to me, they feel better knowing they will be reused or recycled, and I feel great having more things to play with or to make art. So everybody’s happy. πŸ™‚

 

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Playing again in my journals. I like working in several journals at the same time, adding this or that when I want toΒ  and when I feel inspired. It does make a mess on my table, but who cares! πŸ™‚

Here is a spread I did in my “Texture Journal”, or “Handmade Paper Journal”. I just love the look of the pages, and when I finish working in this journal, which is going to be soon as it is almost full, I plan to make a new batch of papers textural and thick like these. πŸ™‚

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Then some pages from my “Small Journal” that is growing and growing as I keep adding to it. I use old post cards, scrap paper and cardboard, packaging material etc to work on, then punch holes and eventually it will be bound with some fun and colorful yarn. πŸ™‚

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And inchies, of course.

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So much fun!

Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚