Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More on Wreck This Journal Please - heading out June 15.

Here's the cover now, and it's a simple journal, purchased at the dollar store, and I took out the lined composition pages and replaced them with file folder pages. See Samantha Kira's video, I followed it very easily.
I made little envelopes with cards for people to sign boldly and used back and front inside cover.

Here's a typical page with the prompt. This one is an add-to so anyone can work on this page.

And here's my back cover. This journal will be heading around the 14 Secrets group starting June 15.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear WTJRR members

Detail from Lani's Wreck This Journal Please.

Lore has just asked for some clarification here and I think that is a marvelous idea.
First of all there are seven of us and we have space for one more.
Second, about the books, I've posted some information here
with a demo on how to create a blank page composition book. (Mail out is June 15.) I've done two of them now, and they are easy. Another option is gluing pages together and gessoing and a third option is to buy your composition style book with blank pages from BareBooks
Mail out is June 15.
Once you have your book and this is really important, please print out the mailing list (it's our database with our addresses) and attach it inside your journal. It could be your sign in page if you art it up a bit, and give people a place to sign in.
Mail out is June 15.
The final step is to create prompts, one per page or one per spread which is how Keri Smith has done her book. You can use her prompts, or alter them, or create your own. If your mind goes blank just google art prompts or art journal prompts or journal prompts and you will have more that enough to fill many journals!
Finally when your journal is ready to go I'll put all of your theme suggestions in a hat and pull one out per 2 week period so that everyone is working on the same general them (color, etc.) but working on different prompts. You get to pick which prompt goes best with the theme.
Now does that sound like fun or what? Mail out will be June 15.
Here's the "Wreck This Journal" website
and many WTJ flickr groups
PS -We'll be starting June 15 so better get started loading up the journals with prompts.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Easy Peasy Wrecking has begun!

Having gotten so enthusiastic about "Wreck This Journal" and the discussion around it on our yahoo group, I really rolled up my sleeves and started to work on Keri Smith's book (which I'd covered with seaweed as a part of the Disintegration Project). I hadn't realized how difficult it is to "wreck" or maybe how much concern I have that things look "nice" (what ever that means).

Anyway the book is really getting wrecked and the more beat up it is looking, the more I'm loving it. Isn't that the strangest thing? I can almost forget about all the creepy little sow bugs that I had to flick off the book. Yuck.

So now on to our Wreck This Journal round robin. I think I'm getting loosened up about the whole thing and I'm ready to start creating. So I went to the dollar store and got a couple of composition books and some file folders and I followed Samantha Kira's easy journal making directions and I'm ready to go. Just going to work on the sign in page and create the directives.

Dollar store Composition Book. These dots could do damage to the retina, I'm sure of it!

Here's the kind of file folders Samantha uses. They are easy to cut down to size and then sand the edges for a uniform (well almost) look.

I bound the file folders into the journal cover, and wrapped the linen theread with some interesting fibers. I added a button in the middle.

This one has some paint, images, and Alex Plus for texture.

Back cover.

Detail. It's really quite a fun activity, the wrecking business. And I really do find insights pop up in the process, which is never a bad thing.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wreck This Journal! Are we having fun yet?

Adding to the "Wreck This Journal! Are we having fun yet?" discussion over at 14 Secrets yahoo group, I found Samantha Kira's Easy-Peasy journal tutorial. It is excellent and I will be trying this out and letting you know how it worked for me. What fun! More soon.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gioia went to the Spoutwood Farm Fairy Festival!

We had a wonderful day-hope the fairies can find you, too, wherever you are!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Mankind is No Island

Oh my word, I love this! Bravo Jason van Genderen!