Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gelli plate to the rescue! Turning an old book cover into abstract art

Turning old Trixie Belden book into abstract artI'm obsessed with finding cool vintage books and giving them new life as tablet cases. But I've come to realize, not all book covers can be saved.

Like this Trixie Belden cover. Way back when I made this case, the image on the front blinded me to the sad state of the binding. This case would never last!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Altered photo book project, part 6 -- detached eyeball, holy toast, and more

Yep, I'm still at it. Here's the last set of altered photos from an old guide to Florence. I'm going to combine all my collages (100+) in an online flip book. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

See Dick grin. See Jane scowl. Notecards made from old Dick and Jane readers

upcycled notecards made from vintage elementary readers
I love it when one of my customers comes back for more. Last December, Amy Jo from Ohio bought a set of my "Dick and Jane" notecards. A few weeks ago she asked for more, so I was happy to comply. Here are some of the cards I made for her. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

DIY Postcard Kit

Map of Colorado
A few weeks ago, a good friend and her 11-year-old son (my unofficial godson) moved from Chicago to Boulder, CO. I remember moving away from my own best friends when I was about his age (we went from Ohio to Oregon). I thought he might want to write to his friends and family in the midwest.

I looked around for a "make-your-own-postcard" kit at local toy stores and bookstores but had no luck. So I made one. It turned out to be a perfect use of papers from my stash.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A peek at my new photo project

For the past few months, I've been altering an old tour guide about Florence. Why? Why not, I say!

It's fun to find photos that look like they fit the original, but on second look, are quite strange. I'm aiming to alter every photo in the 125-page book. Here's a peek. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A visit from the Hardy brothers

Isn't this postcard great? It arrived in my mailbox yesterday, courtesy of super talented artist Lynn Bishop, who just happens to share my zany sense of humor.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Flower people dancing to a mambo beat -- another journal spread

Another month, another journal spread in my first Round Robin experience. The theme for this month's journal is "I love this quote because…"

At first I was flummoxed. I do write down quotes I like, but they're usually not inspirational or uplifting. More ironic and existential -- and not so easy to turn into a colorful collage. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Art in my mailbox

Part of the fun in doing swaps is getting art in your mailbox. For the past few weeks, my mailbox has been the happy recipient of 10 beautiful postcards from around the world, part of the iHanna DIY Postcard Swap. Here they are, in all their glory!

Friday, May 29, 2015

My great-grandmother's journey

Ellis Island id cardI just mailed another installment in my first Round Robin Journal project. Unlike my previous spread, I mailed this one on time. I'm happy with how it turned out. But I nearly screwed it all up!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Postcards that are seriously delicious…or deliciously serious?

Postcards for iHanna swap
It's time for the Spring iHanna DIY postcard swap. Just as for past swaps, I wasn't sure what direction my collages would take this time. Last year, I made one series of cards with a science theme and another with industrious cats

This time around I grabbed a couple of retro cookbooks and my stack of old National Geographics. The result was…I'm not sure how to describe it. Serious architecture amid unhealthy food.