Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Coptic Journals: Books 94-97

This weekend is my first art show of the summer!  In preparation I finished up a bunch of coptic journals.  This type of journal is probably my most popular at shows, and is also my favorite to make.  The pages are heavy, 100% cotton paper that is suitable for writing, drawing, or painting.

While I was working on the Women of Achievement Awards earlier this year, I made two extra sets of covers, cut a big stack of Mohawk Superfine for the pages, and had some extra sheets of decorative and handmade papers cut to size.  I adapted the number of pages to have 5 sheets of mohawk superfine for each sheet of decorative paper.

Two of the three other journals have ribbon closures.  The purple and orange journal is very similar to one I made last year, and uses up the rest of that sheet of paper.  The blue paper with the geometric design is one of my new sheets from Hollanders.  I really like the pattern and the color palette. 

The purple and green paper with the crocodiles is one I have had for a while.  I think the crocodile design is playful and interesting.  I thought about using this paper for a case bound book, but couldn't find the right color book cloth to go with it.

If you like the paper used for these journals, keep an eye out for my next blog post!  I used the scraps to make more minibook jewelry.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Minibooks 82-93

I've been thinking about book necklaces for a while now, and considering what would be the best way to make them.  A conversation with a friend about making and selling jewelry, and another conversation about a mini book sparked me to get started on some minibook jewelry.  I made 4 sets of matching book necklaces and earrings over the weekend.  The books are pamphlet stitch with leftover Mohawk superfine for the pages, and scraps of decorative paper for the covers.

I had a lot of fun making them, and I plan to make many more.  After posting these photos on my Minimeg facebook page yesterday, someone bought the pink/blue set.  The black/green, black/purple, and green/tan sets are still available.  If you would like a pair of minibook earrings or a minibook necklace, leave a comment here or on my facebook page.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Special Occasion Cards

I sat down last week to make greeting cards for the first time in a long time.  I've made Ohio cards, Christmas cards, and Valentine's cards in the last 6 months but that's about it.  With the summer show season coming up, I decided it was time to make some cards for birthdays, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.
In my studio, I have a set of plastic rolling drawers where I keep paint, scissors, bookbinding supplies, etc.  One of the drawers is my "scrap paper" drawer where all my little pieces of cardstock or decorative paper live.  My process for making cards goes like this: pull out the scrap paper drawer, pick out a bunch of scraps, use fancy edged scissors, and assemble on a card blank.  Add stamps, embossing, or decorative pens as needed.

It is a relaxing process that helps me "recycle" the extra bits that are too pretty to throw away.  Many of these are available at the Urban Orchid in Ohio City.  The rest will be at the Midland Summer Art Fair june 1st and 2nd.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Michigan Cards and Books 61-81

In three weeks I'm doing a craft show in my hometown of Midland, Michigan.  Usually I do my shows around Cleveland, Ohio where I'm currently living.  Because this is a special show, I decided to make some special Michigan themed books and cards.  (And also because I don't think the Ohio/Cleveland cards will be very popular outside of the Ohio...)

I started choosing papers and cutting out the little Michigans on Saturday after skating and running some errands.  I had all 21 books cut, folded, and sewn by the end of the day.  On Sunday I attached all the cutouts and added a little heart over Midland.  Two years ago I got a Xyron 5 inch sticker maker for 50 cents at a yard sale.  I had only used it once or twice, but it turned out to be the perfect tool for this project!

After finishing the books, I started working on some blank greeting cards in the same style.  This turned out to be a great way to use up some scraps of decorative paper leftover from the Women of Achievement Awards I made in February and March.  I was able to attach a 4x5 inch scrap to a card blank as the background, and then add the state of Michigan on top.
My favorite card so far is the one with a Robin in the background.  It worked out great because Robins are the state bird of Michigan!  All these books and cards will be available at the Midland Summer Art Fair June 1st and 2nd outside the Center for the Arts in Midland.  I am offering "pre-orders" through comments here or on the Minimeg facebook page.  Make your selections now, pay with Paypal, and pick them up at the show.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Envelope Book Workshop- Books 58-60

Over the weekend I taught a workshop about Envelope Books.  During the course of the day we made 2 types of envelope books.  One with a collapsible spine and 6x9 inch envelopes, and the second with a closed spine and 5x7 inch envelopes.  I demonstrated the books along the way, and ended up with 3 completed books by the end of the day (books 58-60 of my 365 challenge.)  Instead of describing the whole day, I'll leave you with photos from the workshop and of my sample books.