Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The woman with the camera in this photo is the lovely Lynda Heines! Lynda stopped by the studio recently to interview me for her biweekly column Telling Your Story. Lynda is exploring the various ways people choose to share their stories with others. I love the art of altering books, and was delighted to jabber away on the subject for as long as Lynda would listen! You can read the resulting interview here. (Please note that if I had known my picture was going to be in the paper, I would have put on lip gloss!)
amazon.com it went straight into my cart. When it arrived in the mail I swooned a bit, and then made this fun business card holder. Of course, I plan to use it for vintage postcards, photos, and other bits and pieces, as you can see from the picture. The author, Jason Thompson, owns the Rag and Bone Bindery, and specializes in beautifully handcrafted journals. The book is packed with projects, and gorgeous photos of incredible works of art using old books. (umm...how many times can the word book appear in one paragraph? Six by my count!)
As I folded the pages for my business card holder, I was suddenly transported to my 10 year old self and my very first business venture. I remembered folding the big edition of the Sears catalog in exactly the same way to create a door stop! I made two of these hefty beauties, and sold them to obliging neighbors for 50 cents each! I had altered my first book, and I didn't even realize it!
I have lots more to say on this subject, and many more books to recommend, but I'll save that for another post! If you want to read about Lynda's adventures in altered books, check out her blog Bloom, Bake, Create. Happy altering Lynda and everyone else!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In the midst of my errands today I decided to take a break at my favorite bookstore and do some vintage gluebookin'! On my way out the door this morning, I had tossed my supplies in my tote just in case. I set up shop at an isolated table (because cutting paper in a quiet book store is surprisingly loud) and went to town snipping and pasting! I have a feeling I'll be posting about this topic often!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Green Paper today, and I'm having a ball! It's amazingly freeing to use just a few basic supplies instead of the piles of ink, glitter, ribbons, buttons, and more that usually spill over the sides of my worktable. Of course, at first I found myself instinctively reaching for those goodies, but after I finished my first very simple collage, I felt free to just cut and paste! If you want to join the fun, just click on the Green Paper Packages link in the sidebar.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Dear Lizzie line from American Crafts, and had so much fun creating these two layouts! The fabric paper is adhesive backed, which makes it really simple to use. The texture is amazing! I followed along with this video tutorial to make the rolled ribbon roses. I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a class featuring these layouts at my LSS, Schmitt Photo, on Saturday, May 22nd at 10 am, and Wednesday, May 26th at 10 am! Just give the store a call at (812) 473-0245 to sign up for the class. Hope to see you there!
Monday, May 10, 2010
If you love vintage images, you need to flit on over to the Graphics Fairy website! I completely redesigned my blog today, using her FREE background and header images! The lovely and generous owner of the site, Karen, uploads new vintage clip art everyday. There are literally thousands of images to choose from, along with lots of great tutorials and crafty projects. The charming bird card above is just one of the many gorgeous pictures available!