I think I was just waiting for this opportunity. First of all, I’m in love with my new square punch. It’s so versatile and fun! So you can guess what all my cards are going to look like in upcoming months. Second, I’ve loved Joy Madison’s work for a long time, so that when I received the first altered book in the round robin, themed “favorite things”, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

I’m very happy with the outcome, and can’t wait to see what others do!

One teeny tiny note to book alterers who are sending their books in tightly sealed envelopes – try not to use too many types of glues/paints/other formulas. It really smells bad…:(

My altered book

November 21, 2006

My altered book for the round robin swap has to leave the nest (ha, ha) on Monday, so I sat down tonight to work on it. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had! A few days ago I saw MemrieMare’s gorgeous doll, and decided I want my book to be on envelopes too. Then I saw Ali Edward’s fantastic Thanksgiving book – although it doesn’t say anything about envelopes, they look like envelopes! – and I knew my book would be all envelopes. The next thing that came into my mind was “rustic”. I love that word, and I love the look, so why not? I was so fascinated by using the envelopes, that I decided I *must* use them not only as my pages, but also to fill them up. So I collaged my cover page, and filled 9 envelopes (we’re 10, I don’t get any surprises from me) with tiny surprises, ephemera, basically, and held everything together with a clip. This way each participant gets a small gift – isn’t that fun?! When I get my book back, I’ll bind it using a stick – I just LOVE the look of it – well, rustic…

So here are my surprise baggies:

And my book- you can see how fat it is, because the envelopes are filled in:

The stamped letters aren’t perfect, but art isn’t about perfection, right?
I had so much fun doing this, and now I’m just crossing my fingers that it comes back home in a few months, safe and sound and full of creativity and art.

Ephemera fun

November 14, 2006

Before anything else, thanks so much for all your comments about my sugar paste cake! I was so terrified before making it, and let me tell you, it was not only pretty, but d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!  I’m really happy with it, it was so much fun, I really can’t wait for my next one! Now on to some swappy fun:

I remember seeing the word “ephemera” everywhere when I had just started swapping. I wasn’t able to really understand what it is, or why people would want to swap it. A few months later, and I want to put my hands on all the ephemera I can!

I have learned to look at every piece of paper, business card and invoice, and try and find its beauty, and I know that even if it’s not beautiful to me, it’s exoticly wonderful to others, because it’s Hebrew, different, and from a faraway land. I love that. Just think of all the free paper: cancelled stamps, clothing tags, bus tickets and invoices and more!

So I participated in a few ephemera swaps, and have already signed up for ATC swaps where the challenge is to use junk mail (from your real mailbox) and labels, that sounds like so much fun!

But pictures really will do all the work, enough with those exclamation marks! 🙂

This was a local ephemera swap – I received some very boring things, but this person really chose the best – every piece in there is so beautiful, take a look:

And this the best ephemera baggy I could ever wish for. Look at all this vintage goodness – handwriting, game pieces, cards, buttons, tags:

If you ever want to trade ephemera from Israel – I’m always game! 🙂

Altered book round robbins

November 4, 2006

I’ve been looking at beautiful fat books and altered books and decos for a long time. I think it’s a wonderful idea to have a book circulated around many crafters, and receive a beautiful, interesting, varied and international piece of art.

So I finally decided to set up a round robin myself. The idea is for each participant to create their own book/journal, start a theme, design the cover, and send it away to the next crafter who will continue the theme with their own spread/page, and send it on. When the book is complete, it will be returned to its original owner.

It would be my first time participating in such a swap, and I’m really hoping people join. I decided to be strict about who can join, because of some sad experience with bad swappers, and I’ve also made up a rule which will hopefully eliminate the number of unsent items – that is, that even if you’ve signed up, you don’t have to complete a page. If you received a book/theme you don’t want to participate in, or can’t, you can send it on, without doing anything in it.

My blogger buddies – please see this as a personal invitation – I would love for you to join! First timers are also welcome, after all, I am one too! 🙂

Read the rules and join here.
I’ve also created a Flickr group for this purpose, so we can post all the works in progress.

Craft wire, winter and more

October 27, 2006

It’s funny how I tend to explore things, one at a time. I’m into altering postcards, then making cards, then I would try out fimo, then collage. Well, today was craft wire day. It was so much fun! I love the look of it, I love that I can curl and twist it, and add buttons and beads. I’ll be using it more! I was just thinking today I should go and get some interesting beads, I think I could make some beautiful charms and danglies with craft wire. So for a swap I’m doing, I made a wall ornament I’m very satisfied with. It’s made from dictionary page strips, ribbon, and a chinese charm in the middle. The idea I took from the current Marie Claire Idees which features beautiful interesting ideas with books and book pages! As usual with my photos, this one doesn’t do justice with the crafty result 🙂

The I did two small signs with my partner’s children’s names. I know they’re very simple, but I think they’re sweet. I was trying not to make them too cutesy, and I like the result. I hope they will, too!

On a different note, they say the winter is here (it isn’t yet!). I hate winter (although, and maybe because, I was born during the winter – one month and one week to go before my birthday…yikes!), and I’ve decided to write a “10 reasons the winter isn’t so bad post”, BUT – I can’t find ten reasons! I can only find 1: I love winter clothing. Other than that, the winter is cold, wet, grey and cloudy. Oh, I think I just found another one: 2. On cold, wet and cloudy days, it’s fun to stay home and craft. I’ll keep you posted if I find any more reasons to like winter.

And one more thing for today, take a look at this wonderful charm swap – it’s so beautiful and inspiring! I’m tempted to join a similar swap. I have to think whether I can commit to making 25 charms…hmm…

Have a wonderful weekend!