I’ve been on a paper tear for a couple of weeks now. That means little sewing and lots of messy paints, stamps, glue, and inks. It’s great fun. First I put a toe in the water of an online art journal project called The Documented Life. Each week participants create a spread in a book that's part daily minder and part art journal. Spreads are based on prompts provided by the organizers. One of them was to include an image of my front door which is where I began. The group is on week 22, I’m on week one. But we all start somewhere, right? It’s exciting to give this a whirl. We’ll see where it goes.
And I can hardly watch a YouTube video on paper projects without grabbing some paper and giving the technique a try. That’s how I wound up with these two fancy-fied pocket envelopes. They began with a 12” square of two-sided scrapbook paper. They’re embellished with tiny flowers, jewels, press-ons, and ribbons.
Next I dove into making various collage-styleenvelopes and portfolios. Some have machine stitching on them, so they count as a sewing projectin my book.
And finally, I made a Lollapalooza Journal in an online class with artist Martha Lever. I decided to use it for notes from another online class with Bible teacher Beth Moore. Martha’s project really made a dent in my ribbon and fiber collection as the spiral binding got finished off with all manner of ties. I must say I’ve never met a journal I didn’t like, so am amassing quite a nice collection of handmade ones. I tend not to write in them much however. Need to work on that. Paper projects create as many, if not more, scraps as quilting does, so I’m knee deep in scraps. Happily so, though!