Friday, May 28, 2010

Shabby Repurposed Journal

I heard about an online journal making class given by Mary Ann Moss, and after visiting her blog, I couldn't wait to sign up and get started. I love the idea of repurposing pages from old magazines, books, ledgers, receipts, security envies, leftover scrapbook paper, fabric, maps, and anything else that I can get my hands on. The possibilities are endless, and finding things to use for my pages is like going on a treasure hunt.

Here are pics of my first journal. I didn't make a sewn cover for this journal, but decided to use chipboard instead and covered it with scrapbook paper and then collaged. As you can see, the pages are sewn - very easy and fun. Since this journal is done in shabby style, sewing isn't precise, adding to the shabby look. For my next journal, I'll definitely be experimenting with a sewn cover.

I enjoy watching Mary Ann's many videos; she explains everything clearly each step of the way. I especially like that there are no time limits - I am able to work at my own pace. Included in the class are many printouts of journaling boxes and ephemera to use in the journals. I highly recommend this class.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A New Challenge

I've been chosen by my friend Sadie Lou to be a guest design team member for the Summer for LolliShops. Sadie Lou is a wonderful artist and always manages to come up with the most amazing creations. Visit Sadie's blog, Sadie Lou Who to see what she's been up to.

I was a little nervous and very flattered that Sadie would give me an opportunity to create for LolliShops. Not only did she invite me to play, but my daughter Shelby as well. Shelby is a budding artist and has incredible talent. It will be fun sharing my studio space with her.

I was really excited when I opened my packet from Sadie and found the darling vintage birthday card, lace, ribbons, fabric, buttons, and a few other embellishments (not in the photo). Now the challenge begins...let's see what I can come up with. I'll post on June 1st.