26 August 2011

index card a day // my last cards

index card a day

My last cards for Tammy's 'Index Card a Day' project. The month is not out but I am done for this time around. It has been an interesting experiment and I have started to feel a lot looser in my illustrative abilities (it's hard to shake off that architectural training even after all these years)... Many days I have struggled to know what to 'create' rather than how, but using a combination of Tammy's prompts, those from Carla Sonheim's book, 'Drawing Lab' and browsing the works of other artists I admire, I have found my own ideas start to surface along the way.

I still need to practice, though I know an everyday routine is not feasible with punklings presently under foot... Though now I feel I can do it, albeit fumbling at times *grin* I feel braver to continue. There is something so 'so what?' about these little office/library supplies that they really aren't very scary at all. This mentality, along with Alisa's multi-layered, paint over it if you don't like it attitude is what I need to move forward. I have been hung up for too long (thank you, inner perfectionist/architectural training!) on getting things just so, and now I am really itching to buy a really huge canvas and throw paint at it *grin!*

Bring on September! For I'm rightly ready for whatever's next!

*** So my friends, what are you looking forward to? ***
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23 August 2011

repurposed lunch sack mini journal

paperbag scrapbook
With thoughts of going back to school stiring on the ether, and a long ago (but not forgotten) request for something handmade and crafty for the new school year still at the back of my mind, I came upon the idea of creating a little scrapbook for punkie L to record a few favourite memories from each month of his year as a first grader.

paperbag scrapbook
Not a penny was spent on this as it was made entirely from materials I already had on hand:

Using paper lunch sacks left over from a certain Peter Pan party held earlier this year to create the pages and pockets, I added tabs using circles cut from stashed scrapbook paper and text printed from my computer onto grid paper. Bound together with some matching yarn and an eco-felt spine, I doodled a simple dinosaur character onto a blank index card and added some handcut scallops to the cover.

Simple, cute, and effective.

paperbag scrapbook
I am really rather pleased with the outcome of this repurposed mini journal and think that it could also make a cute way to organise your expenses and receipts or any such information that calls for monthly dividers... Anyhoot, the main thing is that punkie L loves it and I have already been requested to make another for punkie M! ©

*** There's a whole heap of back-to-school crafting ideas on the ether. Are you making anything for yourself or punklings this season? ***
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20 August 2011

icad // week five

index card stack
My stack is still building... maybe not quite a high as it should but I like where it's going...

Some of my latest cards again for you... I still have some more to photograph and will add these to my ICAD set on Flickr in the next couple of days.

index card stackindex card stack
Thanks for looking! ©
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08 August 2011

icad // week four

ICAD

Happy Monday! Just a flying visit to share my completed cards from the past two weeks for the Index Card a Day project organised by Tammy at Daisy Yellow.

This weekend I have been enjoying the cool of my basement workroom as I tidy, clean, reorganise and renew my space in early preparation of a happy season's crafting and creating to come. I also picked up the very latest copy of Artful Blogging and have been daydreaming about things to come... Later today the punkies and I are out for the penultimate Summer Reading event at our little local library, camera in tow as you never know... *grin*

*** How's your summer progressing? ***
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02 August 2011

making time for these last days of summer

august break
Oh my word! Is it August already? The summer has flown and we have fallen very swiftly into an extremely laid back mode of (in)activity - not that there's anything wrong with that, mind. Our intentions were good but many things we promised have not yet manifested. And so I feel, at this midway point, it is time to take charge and squeeze what we can from the time that remains... *grin*

Therefore over the coming weeks, what was sort of happening already on 'le blog', will be more so this month and there will be two key things occurring in this space:

Firstly, I am going to be continuing to post updates on my Index-Card-a-Day project. This kind of fell behind a little while focusing on preparing my birthday blog party, but I am all eager to pick up that gauntlet once more for the final weeks of a fun daily art routine.

Intertwined with those posts I am happy to say I shall be participating in The August Break, 2011 'project'. You may have already heard of it on the grapevine, or even signed up to participate yourself. In case and if not, then let me illuminate...

Organised by Susannah Conway of Unravelling fame (another round of which starts next month), the idea is simple:

"share one photo a day on your blog... or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera... with or without words... for the whole of August. No pressure: just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer, and have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging... There are NO rules! Just sunshine, a bit of fun, and lots of lovely photos to look at..."

Easy peasy, right?

I really like this idea. So far our 3rd Canadian summer has not been so very warm or sunny, so any encouragement to unplug and step outside to enjoy what good weather we do get before the turn of autumn comes, is all to the good. Plus, now I have my lovely new Instax Mini I am eager to start playing and integrating it's photographic fruits into my regular image mix. I am excited for this new learning curve to unfold *grin* Fun!

Another similar idea which Anzouya brought to my attention (thank you!) and have been tossing about is the '30 Day Photo Challenge', from which I may cherry-pick ideas for both ICAD and August Break.

And then of course, I might just throw in the odd 'other' topic post depending on my persuasion...

Basically, this is going to be a very laid back blog these next few weeks, at the end of which I will be all recharged and raring to go with a whole bunch of fun ideas as we go into my favourite season of the year. Does that sound okay?

For those who may have missed it this weekend, just a quick reminder that my happy birthday-blogiversary reader appreciation giveaway ends Thursday at midnight (PST). Winners will be announced right here on Friday! Thank you again and good luck!
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