Saturday, June 25, 2011

Boogie Book

This is my first journal in the Full Tilt Boogie class.  I used the cover from an old ledger book, and upholstery fabric for the tapes (sewn-on tape design).  Most of the papers are scrapbook papers, with other stuff thrown in.  Even though I've made my own books for years, I still had a couple of major screw-ups... but I decided if I don't tell you what they are, you won't even notice!

The above picture was one of my mistakes.  I wasn't paying attention and ripped my pages while sewing in a signature.  I removed the thread from the pages and put different tapes between the sew holes, where the paper was ripped.  I have to say, I like the "after" better than the "before" pages!

My second mistake was that my thread was on the wrong side of one of my upholstery tapes in one spot.  It happed on about the 3rd signature, but I didn't notice it until I was on tying off the last signature.  I decided to let it go.  I didn't have the patience to take apart the entire signature block and start over.  Bet you can't even tell where it is. 

Onward to journal #2.....

Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Progress

Remember the children's books that ask what things don't go together (like circles and squares)?  Well, I know what doesn't go together - starting a new online class on Friday (Full Tilt Boogie) and then having to work all weekend.  I am so antsy to move along, but have to work on my journal when I can grab bits of time.  I have chosen a book cover, something I've wanted to use for a book cover for a long time (old ledger book from Academy of Our Lady of Mercy)...

And I have been assembling papers for my pages.  Remember the number rack I got from Hobby Lobby?  I printed the photo of that onto the back of a piece of scrapbook paper (the striped one).  Cut the scrapbook paper to fit your printer, and print away!  Fold page for insertion into your signature.

Can't wait to finish.  Hope Our Lady of Mercy looks kindly on me!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mail Boat, Part 2

So, she started wondering... wasn't there a story a few years ago, about mail delivery on a lake somewhere "up north", where young teenagers would hop off the boat onto the dock, run to a mailbox, put the mail in the box, run back and jump on the boat, while the boat never stopped.  And they did this for all the houses on this particular lake.

Why, yes, it is on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 
Watch it here]
 (oh, to be a young, nimble teenager again!)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Life on the Mail Boat

Okay, that's misleading.  I have never been on a mail boat.  I've never seen a mail boat.  Never even heard of one before.  That is until I had a Florida webcam on my computer screen while I was doing.. something... I don't remember what.  And this bright little boat zips by, and on the side it says Fiesta Mail/ Mail Boat.  So, I decided if I ever run away from home, I want to go work on the mail boat, jumping from island to island in the Bahamas, delivering mail, enjoying the blue waters and white beaches. 
Except in hurricane season, that is. 
(By the way, on the journal page above, I printed pictures from the internet onto matt photo paper, then roughed them up with sandpaper for a little texture.  If you click on them to enlarge, you might be able to see the scratches.)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

More Goodies

I forgot to add these things that I got the last time I ventured to the Big City to visit.  Gaye took me to Hobby Lobby (since I don't have one where I live) where I got this cool tool caddy...

 The oval glass containers that hold my tools fit in there perfectly.  (Oval containers came from one of Gaye's past yard sales).  And did you notice Mr. Nib peeking out?  That's a Christmas ornament that Gaye gave me years and years ago.  He lives with my tools.

I also got this.

Hobby Lobby does have some fun things from time to time.

I still play around with color drop flowers when I get a chance.  And in case you still have not taken the class, Martha is having another giveaway.  Go leave a comment on her blog HERE if you want a chance to win the class.  Drawing is on Sunday night.

(I used up my black paint and called them my Goth Flowers!)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Before I Die...

I don't remember how I came across this art project, but it's one of those things that I can't get out of my head.  It seems like lately the world and local news is exponentially worse every day.  It's just nice to read about something that is not horrible.

One abandoned building in New Orleans.
One artist with innovative vision.
Chalkboard paint.
Baskets of chalk.
One "Certificate of Appropriateness".

Be sure and check out more pictures here.  Also click on the tab for other Projects.  I like the idea of sidewalk stencils.  I may have to make some of those!  And I need to find out where you can get temporary spray chalk.  Kudos to Candy Chang, the artist.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Something Old, Something New

old, new, old, new, old, new....
For one thing, it's a NEW month!  I must have misplaced May - it was here a couple of days ago, I'm sure of it.  Oh, well, we'll just go with June for now...

I have an occasional Thursday off, and sometimes that means a trip to Gaye's house.  Today, it was to check out her NEW car... 

It's a Nissan Cube and it suits her to a T.  The problem with someone like Gaye, who has a vibrant personality, is trying to convince the spousal unit that what's important in buying a new car is that it looks good on her!  She and her husband have been married long enough now that I think he gets it.  If it makes her happy, that's all that's important, right?! 

While there, I checked out these OLD nibs.  Honestly, she finds stuff like this all the time.  These boxes were amazing enough even if they had been empty.  But they were full of interesting nibs, as well as printed ads and information folded up inside. 

I also picked up some NEW tape we had decided we had to have.  Love the tape, love the tin.
 More OLD stuff... I have bought a couple of old albums on eBay, some with cabinet cards in them.
And I got a couple more from Gaye.  I'm pretty sure I'll be taking Mary Ann Moss' next class, Full Tilt Boogie, which will utilize this type of album. 

Gaye also found these OLD Kodak books that have numbered glassine pages to hold negatives.  Oh, the stories these pictures could probably tell.