Thursday, May 28, 2009

In memory

In memory of "Josephine Juana La Loca", my pirate sister. You will be missed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An exercise in gratitude

What I love most about this page is that it is full of the castoffs of my other journal pages of the day. I was warmed up and my "agenda" was already accomplished. In an attempt to not add more scraps to my ever growing piles of papers, I decided to glue them onto a new page. I had no goal, no agenda, and the bits of things began to come together in a gratitude page of sorts. Things I am ever thankful for, large and small.  

This is where my journaling day began. I tend to record my innermost thoughts and day to day activities in my written journal, but felt I needed to try to capture and eventful weekend with words and images. I was truly inspired by
Traci Bunker's journaling video, and decided that I  would get down to it and try some new things. Put the words on the page, scrape some paint, add a headline. My intention was not to copy, but to try some new things. I am happy to report that these pages are not a copy Traci's, but were deeply inspired by her freedom, use of personal photos, and willingness to share her own words. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Reconstruction Era Journal

So this is what I've been working on this week. It is a new journal that I made using Juliana Coles' Reconstruction Era Booklet. It's a great project. The book essentially gets "gutted" and all new pages get inserted. I made several oversized collages, using bits of all sorts of things. Full of things I liked, and things I didn't, to give the book variety and complexity. Then the collages get cut down and inserted as journal pages. I loved making it so much, that I am ready to make another one. Even bigger! The next step is to use the book, working on top of the random imagery, filling it with artwork and journalling assignments. You can check Juliana's etsy site here to learn how to make your own.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Downtown Loveland, CO

I spent the afternoon recently on Fourth Street in old downtown Loveland, CO. It's just minutes away, and I can't believe this was my first trip. It's filled with all the charm of a quaint old town, but with new funky shops and restaurants. The show stopper was of course, Merchant Voyage. I nearly squealed with delight as soon as I set foot inside. A mixture of old and new things, nests, eggs, vintage flash cards, it is not to be missed! I left with two wire nests filled with faux bird eggs. Stopped in for lunch at Cipoletti's Italian Restaurant, and it was like stepping back in time. Through the revolving doors, past the wood bar, jazz, great food, and I was back in another time.