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Blogging was definitely not on my resolutions list for 2012, as you can probably tell. But I may be back, thanks to a little prompt from a really awesome sister.
For my first post of the year (in JUNE), I guess I’ll start off talking about my ACTUAL resolutions are for this year, and the process I’ve gone through to document those resolutions.
First, I usually don’t keep resolutions because I forget what they are by the middle of February. A mini sketchbook from Ugmonk has been just the ticket for me to combat forgetfulness—I can carry the resolutions with me to keep them fresh in my mind all the time.
Second, inspired by my friend Jeanne’s 25 by age 25 list, I decided that a numbered list of resolutions was the way to go—12 in 2012. I sketched a set of pages in the sketchbook for each one of the twelve resolutions.
Here are just a few of the resolutions I’ve made for this year:
1. Read the ENTIRE Bible by Dec. 31, 2012.
2. Read 12 books—aka one book a month—during this calendar year—10 books down, 2 to go
3. Participate in Greenville’s Mini Book Collective art exhibition at Art & Light Gallery. —FINISHED!! I’ll have to post about this later
5. Donate 10″ to Locks of Love by end of the year (this is seeming to take FOREVER)
9. Knit/crochet 10 scarves for a local women’s shelter
10. Finally get rid of my ANCIENT laptop. RECYCLE is the plan!
And last but not least, number 12—celebrate 12-12-12 in style!
I decided it’s not important that I finish all these resolutions; the important thing to me is having a goal to work towards. Hopefully I can accomplish a few of these, but if nothing else, the year will have been time well spent.
DIY photo source: Something Turquoise Blog via Christin on Pinterest
When I saw this project by Something Turquoise, I knew I had to make it happen. All our wedding cards had just been lying around, tied up with yarn into three stacks in a box where no one could enjoy them. This project was so quick—I picked up the supplies from Michael’s after work on a Tuesday, and the whole album was finished that night! You can find the directionson the Something Turquoise blog. They were really detailed and so easy to follow (lots of pictures too)! If you’ve already organized your cards somehow, this would make an awesome one-of-a-kind shower gift.
I picked out cardstock for the covers in our wedding colors—gray and purple—and I was lucky to have some ribbon leftover from some wedding crafts still in my stash.
1. I found big chipboard self-adhesive glitter letters at Michael’s. SO THANKFUL for self-adhesive-craft anything! I think the chipboard letters add a lot of dimension over stickers. Go with chipboard, you’ll thank yourself.
2. The metal rings were in the sewing section with the embroidery thread. Buy a larger one than you think. Cards add thickness FAST.
3. I’ve never used the crop-a-dile hole punch that was mentioned in the original post, but it looks amazing!! I had a regular old hole punch and felt like my hand was going to fall off by the end. If you use a regular hole punch, take things one layer at a time—don’t try to punch through a triple folded card all at once. I added the Crop-A-Dile punch to my wish list—if only my birthday wasn’t 5 months away!
4. Not all my cards fit in this one album. I put in the cards of people who wrote notes, are family, were in the wedding party, or are special friends. Buy a larger metal ring than you think you’ll need, or make two!
Does anyone have any big travel plans this year? It seems like several people I know are catching the pre-summer travel bug and already making plans for their upcoming adventures. Whether you are planning a few weeks abroad or a weekend getaway, you may want to consider packing a journal with you.
One purpose of writing a journal is to relive the new, exciting and unusual events that happen to us. What better moments to relive that times where you took a road trip, a cruise, a honeymoon or a weekend in search of the perfect Ikea chair? You can write them all down in your regular journal, or buy a special journal for each trip. Wikipedia calls it “a record made by a voyager”—that’s you! So fill your journal with sketches, clip in photos, write in notes, throw in brochures—anything that you want to remember most when you get back from your trip. You can even pair posts with photos you take and leave space to include those images later.
I just started a small travel journal and have decided to dedicate a few pages per trip to sketches of my memories. Already it’s a great way to remember the small weekend trips my husband and I have taken, and I can’t wait to include our family vacation this summer.
Need some ideas for your own travel journals? Check out Flickr for a ton of great ideas.
I just discovered that my friend Mary will also have a sketchbook touring the nation with The Sketchbook Project. I can’t wait to see it in person – Mary and I sat next to each other in a college illustration class. I was definitely always envious of her serious talent and whimsical style. Check out a preview of her book on her blog, Mary Lekoshere Illustrated.
Photos from Mary Lekoshere Illustrated
Last year I posted about entering the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. After months of having my sketchbook sitting around building up thoughts, I finally took it up and started sketching. Now my book is off to Brooklyn, NY to be catalogued with thousands of other sketchbooks being submitted for The Sketchbook Project. It was definitely a fun project to work on, and I am very happy with how it turned out. Thanks to Jeanne for letting me know about the project!
I can’t wait to see the other sketchbooks when the tour comes our way. Will any of you be catching it in a city near you? Check out the tour dates here.
Today I will again embark on an academic adventure and start my class for the semester. I am so excited to have been granted a seat in Book Arts class—I’m hoping to really learn a lot and to be able to push myself to do something new. I thought I’d share a little book inspiration with you from an artist I’ve admired for many years, Dan Essig. His work is simply incredible. I am always in awe of how he combines book elements to create something very sculptural. Yay for a new semester!
There are days where I love my graphic-designer-by-day-job. And then there are days were I really, really, really love it. This week has been filled with the later kind of days. This week I got to work on fleshing out my design for a university book store display window. It’s really fun to see how the design develops from the concept stage to the final product. I spent time scavenging for rubber bands to make about 30 rubber band balls (thanks to Emily for helping me wrap all those rubber bands!), running all over town to find rubber bands in coordinating colors to the design (Office Depot is the spot to find beautifully colored rubber bands) and about 250 classic yellow pencils, covering about a MILLION books in patterned paper, styling newly purchased mannequins in newly printed t-shirts, and pulling products from the store to display in the window. I also took time to name the mannequins “Martha” and “Stewart.” It just seemed fitting. And after the Production team made a giant tree out of industrial foam, and printed, wrapped, and hung all the graphics in the window (thanks guys!) I went to work styling the props in the two foot wide (and very stuffy and hot) window space. I just love making things grouped and pretty and stylish and wonderful.
Below are some pics of the window—sorry for the blurriness, I forgot to check my focus—I was just so excited! (Click pics for larger images)
I have been fortunate enough to create a line of journals for TheTravelingJournal.com—a fabulous online company that allows you and your friends the opportunity to keep in touch in a really unique and wonderful way. A while back I wrote a post on the concept journals that I first presented to TTJ. Since I had these beautiful tomes just sitting around, I decided to take the advice of the Traveling Journal’s founders and start a traveling journal for my sister and I. I wrote a note inside and pasted in some silly (and not so silly) pics of the Sis and I. I also did a little custom graphic on the front using cameo-like silhouettes of both of us. Then I sent it off in the mail—super easy and fun! I can’t wait until she mails it back filled with her totally artistic and creative scribblings.
I’d encourage all of you to head over to TheTravelingJournal.com and purchase a journal and all the unique accessories and goodies they have to coordinate! Start creating and sharing some memories with those you love.
(sorry that last pic’s a little blurry!)