Thursday, July 20, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...

make artist trading cards!

Here you can see the foam stamp made by one of our Vancouver Artist Trading Card members.  She made these for our swap a few months ago.  Ingenious, eh?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

And While the Sewing Machine Was Out.....

I made a junk journal out of a file folder.

Rose brought one of these that she made to the last Vancouver Artist Trading Card Swap.

I sewed old book paper, ledger paper and scrapbook paper to it.

Some people make journaling cards to put in the pockets.

Mine is currently holding bookmarks ready for The Bookmark Project.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Follow the Spark: A New Junk Journal

"Follow the spark", Penelope our Vancouver Artist Trading Card organizer, said.  She credited Nick Bantock for this instruction on chasing down passing inspiration.

"This would make a great book", Rose said.  "See how it folds out?"  Rose brings lots of interesting stuff to put on our "free table" at the swap.  Apparently, this was junk mail with potential!

I couldn't resist, and brought it home.  It didn't sit for long - that spark just wouldn't go away.

I sewed paper on it, including this map from a Paris Brochure,

book paper, scrapbook paper

ledger paper

an architect's plan, music

I'm collecting embellishments that I'll store in this envelope I included.

Where is the spark leading you?

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Social Calligraphy Collective: Gathering Creative Community to Spark Change


We made these encouraging cards last week at The Social Calligraphy Creative.

They will be given to women in recovery.  The organizer of The Social Calligraphy Creative, who  volunteers at a Vancouver centre helping women, says that these small notes of encouragment mean a great deal to many there.

They are each invited to choose one and take it home to pin up where they can read the encouragement each day. 

The Collective meets once a month to practice lettering, socialize, and do calligraphy for social change.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Summertime can bring a wonderful change of pace - like enjoying the weather and spending time in the garden.  I'm working on some book projects and have found a new calligraphy project, #letteringforchange.  Twice a week, on Social Change Saturdays and World-changing Wednesdays, we letter a new quotation.  It is all hosted by @socialcalligraphy.

These are the first two for July, both done mostly in watercolor.

Weaver Writing

Monday, June 26, 2017

More Canadian Quotations for Canada Day

And for those who think that Ice Hockey is Canada's national game:

Lacrosse is actually Canada's national game, but famous quotes by lacrosse players are a little thin on the ground.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sewn Artist Trading Cards

I missed Silly Scraps Saturday yesterday because my office/studio is so hot that it is unbearable most of the day.

Ah, that's better.

I had an overwhelming urge to get out my sewing machine last week.  The Vancouver Artist Tradeng Card Group swap was approaching so I cleaned the inchies out of my scrap box and made these.

My next sewing project is another book...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Vintage Junk Journal

 I just finished making a vintage junk journal, inspired by this site of the same name.  A junk journal is made largely of junk (used envelopes, maps, brochures, book pages, etc.), and I've made similar ones in the past.  The ones featured on this site are the nicest that I've seen on the internet, and they inspired me to make another.

For now I've attached the embellishments with paper clips, until I start to use the journal.  

Yup, that's foreign currency you see.

The site is full of great tips and tutorials and I've spent a lot of time over the last week watching their videos.  One of the cute ideas is to decorate the ends of the binding thread.  I used little tags.

Monday, June 12, 2017

More Canadian Quotations

I confess that I haven't made much progress with this project, so I've pledged to pick it up again more earnestly.