Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hours a day.
~ Zig Ziglar*
Alright, so I’m admitting openly, I do love all of the little journals and books and albums…all of them! I have coveted a Smash Book for some time now, but I just can’t bring myself to pay the asking price. Not when I am in serious need of more paints and new paintbrushes and gels…
So I keep making my own little books out of the various stacks of papers and ephemera I have in my stacks.
The super-cool thing is that they are always at the ready, waiting next to whatever my current project is, waiting for left-over paint…mixed colors or blobs on palettes as I’m creating. I use the overage on pages in my little junk journals to make backgrounds as I go. Then I have awesome little journals in which to glue clippings and love notes and odds and ends the kids bring to me. I have also used small Moleskines for the same purpose, using left-over paint for backgrounds in a Fave Quote Journal.
I have looked at lots of other little journal how-to’s around the interwebs, I have seen pics of other cute things and done my own versions of back-engineering. I have stapled together pieces of paper! I have all kinds of little books around, not sure what their end purpose is, but they have brought me much pleasure and joy as I slap paint and glue doo-dads and fondle their pages.
That’s my adult-artsy version of scrapbooks and journals, I guess. Maybe someday my kidlets will look at them lovingly and remember fondly their youth? All I know, it sure is fun, and it sure brings a total satisfaction in my artsy play.
Here’s a couple of my latest faves, one is a book out of mostly envelopes, and I think a couple of marketing junk mail pieces. The pockets in the center are toilet tubes. The other is made out of file folders.
That’s been a lot of my projecting this summer. I have worked on a number of larger art works, I will be working on taking photos at some point to put up and on the Etsy site. We’ve also been working on a Facebook page for our arty bunch so that we can roll out a project in the works. More on that to come.
Thanks for sticking around. I so miss being able to art all day long, my heart aches, my artist soul is petulant…but the sales gal in me is having a great time at the job, and that has its own brand of creative satisfaction.
*Zig Ziglar has always been one of my favorite motivation speakers and authors. This quote is so fitting as I fight for time to work, time to art, time to blog, time to minister, and time to play with the kidlets and the hubby.