Monday, July 29, 2013

Celebrating 4 Years

Hello Dear Blog Readers!
Can you believe that I have been blogging for 4 YEARS??!?!

When I first discovered blogs I didn't even think I could start one (though I wanted too!), so of course I never imagined I would actually be maintaining a blog for 4 years...and it has been a wonderful four years:

...and it has all been celebrated right here...

In The Beginning
I may have mentioned once or twice that I was never much of a journal/diary keeper, yet keeping this blog is very much like a journal. I record my thoughts, my positive feelings and my negative feelings. I record my creative projects complete with photos, along with snippets of my life. There are many memories contained in this blog...

This blog has become a wonderful record of my life for the past four years and I love using this medium for 'journaling'...though making books and journals has begun to inspire me to actually WRITE in a journal and my recently completed 'journal' project is no exception:

My 'pretty in pink' file folder journal book ready to be bound together with extra pages to write or draw on...

Let's take a peek at this recently completed journal project, which was inspired by a 2011 issue of ClothPaperScissors magazine, then tweaked a little, because that is what I love to do with ideas I come across!

The ClothPaperScissors File Folder Journal/Book


In my last post, I shared a few peeks at this journal/book project which came from the ClothPaper Scissors magazine. I had actually seen a video of this project on the website (sadly, it's only available to view for members only), and I was trying to figure out how to create one, since the video did not include instructions, only extensive views of completed journals/books.

I am REALLY good at being able to break down processes to figure out how to make things, even if there is only one image to work from - this skill was learned through my pattern drafting and 3-dimensional art school training! However, it wasn't until a copy of the magazine was given to me, that I was able to really figure out how this file folder journal actually came together. Then I thought of a way to tweak the design...by adding some signatures to the design!


I love the recycling aspect of this project and the pockets for tags is wonderful. I am a BIG fan of pockets for journals/books and love decorative tags and the recycling/re-purposing is a huge bonus! 

Two signatures made with 3 folios (3 pages each) will be stitched into the journal, instead of gluing decorative paper onto the spine

However, a journal book with pockets but no pages for writing is no fun for this Creative Beast, so some signatures had to be added. After learning how to create a 2-in-1 signature book at the Artful Journey Retreat this year, I knew this would be the perfect way to create, then BIND this journal project...


...punching through all the layers of this journal was tricky, but once the holes were in place, the stitching could begin...


Luckily, I discovered some chunky pink embroidery threads hiding at my dear boyfriends place so I could use them to bind this journal. I cut a long thread which left a long 'tail' after the stitching was complete and this long thread became...


...a whimsical 'book marker' for the journal with a little button at the end!


I still have a few tags to create for this re-purposed journal book, but I have an idea for one of them, so far - a matching paint chip:

This paint chip might be added to a larger tag or the back of it will be decorated with pretty paper...

And another PiP is successfully completed!

 My pink file folder journal book with pages to write or draw on - I love this project!

This was a fun project to begin and eventually complete and I am so happy to celebrate the creativity of it here with you!

I hope you like this project, because I am going to make another file folder book to giveaway to celebrate 4 years of blogging =-)

Giveaway: File Folder Book!

If you would like to win a file folder book, here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1) Leave a comment about the file folder book at this blog

OR...

2) Like my Facebook page, then leave a comment about the file folder book at my Facebook page

See how simple that is??!?!?

You have until MIDNIGHT 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time FRIDAY AUGUST 2 to leave a comment to win your very own file folder book, complete with signatures for your journaling or drawing pleasure.

The winner will be announced here at my blog next Monday, August 5, so be on the lookout for it!

The winner will then be contacted by me and I will ask about favorite colors OR what kind of paper is preferred for the signatures (lined writing or plain drawing or maybe even watercolor paper!), which means the winner will get a journal made especially for them!

And you know that I LOVE to make special giveaway items =-)

I can't wait to hear what you think about this file folder journal project!!

Some Last Thoughts...
This year has been a bit of a challenge as I begin to forge my creative career, which often leaves little room for blogging, but this blog has provided much needed community (one of my values!) and it provides wonderful support in the form of comments from YOU. This blog also serves as a 'journal' of my creative projects and my personal growth. This blog has been a wonderful companion so far and I hope to continue with it for 4 times 4 more years...and then some!

And I sincerely hope that YOU will continue to be a part of it all...

More pink in the form of my own party hat celebrating a New Years Eve...Maybe its time for a new party hat to celebrate 4 years of blogging?

There are some fun projects to be shared here later this week, so be sure to stay tuned!!

8 comments:

Glenda Hoagland said...

I love.the concept of the file folder book and would love to win one. You have a knack of making beautiful books.

Kathryn Hansen said...

congrats on your 4 year blogiversary! love your file journal...i think it may be one of my favorite journals of yours...you did a beautiful job of figuring it out in your own style!!

Sandie said...

I love this file folder and especially that you make them personal. Thank you for offering the chance to win and congratulations on 4 years of blogging.

Gill said...

Congratulations on 4 years!
Your posts on bookbinding are my favourite and I'm always interested in your methods and results!
I would LOVE to win one of your journals!

Kelly Warren said...

How fun! I'd love to win! I'm already a fan of your Facebook page. Keep up the good work, my friend!

Laura said...

YAY for 4 years! This is a wonderFULL post! You are doing some lovely things and I can't wait to share in your journey. Cheery Smiles your way...

Seth said...

A big, big, big congratulations on your 4 years of blogging. Looking forward to the next 4 and beyond!

Lisa Rivas said...

This is fantastic, beautiful work and special the generous offering of this journal. And a super congratulations on four years of blogging, no simple feat!