vendredi 29 août 2014

From Here to There. Recent pages.

Although I haven't shared it on Thursdays / Get Messy Days recently, I am still working on my From Here to There album. This album documents our transition from Hong Kong to Gatineau, Canada. Now that we are more or less settled in, I have more time to get creative and make some pages. I did these six pages in one sitting and they document my last week in Montreal, which is where I grew up and my favorite place to be.
 
 
I did a little Currents here. The hare is one that I free stitched with my sewing machine earlier this year.
 


There is a certain nostalgia when you revisit your childhood city / home/ neighborhood. You see things with new eyes and you wish you could stay there.





This. This is what makes our way of life so hard for me.

I was really feeling this the other night.
 


Just wanted to draw your attention on this : sometimes the negatives from your alphabet sheets have super interesting shapes or designs and they can add something extra to your pages.


We left Montreal, took the road again and arrived in Gatineau. In our new rented house which is quickly becoming a home.
 


I wanted to hint at my mixed feelings by contrasting the confetti and the raindrops.
 


The next set of pages will be about our new place I think. And then, it'll be time to set aside this album and get going on my Project Life.

jeudi 28 août 2014

Get Messy || 10 and a prompt post!

 
It's time to share our take on the August prompt, yay! Here's a reminder of the prompt itself (as devised by Caylee Grey) :

August Prompt: A Self Portrait in Objects
Journal challenge: Who are you? If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it?
Art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.
 
I really love this prompt! It was pretty challenging, especially the not using a photo of yourself. So the other day I was placing books in the shelves and it dawned on me that describing myself through my favorite books would be a cool idea. But I didn't want to just make a grid with the book covers. Then it hit me : pie charts!!!
 

I printed out photos of my favorite stories, books series, animals, artists and placed them in pie charts. Then I ran them through my sewing machine. This first one is my secret garden, the child part of me. I've loved unicorns forever, especially The Last Unicorn. Jackalopes and deers are part of my personal symbols. As a girl, I would stare at that Sleeping Beauty record cover for hours wishing I could draw like that. I added a picture of Kal Bartesky's beautiful script about dreams.
 

This second one is the scientific part of me. I am an archaeologist who specialises in funerary archaeology and physical anthropology. I love every type of skull drawings, be they anatomical or folkloric. We had a Till Death Do Us Part themed wedding so the bride and groom on the left were our table markers. And the beautiful Catrina on the top is by my favorite contemporary artist, Silvia Ji. I added a piece of sugar skull fabric.
 
 
And this is the imagination part of me, with all my favorite books and movies. I'm a vampire litt fan since I read Anne Rice in 1994 (so, pre-Twilight!). Buffy the vampire slayer was an integral part of my identity as a feminist and as a woman. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is my all-time favorite. And I added images by Mucha to show I also have a thing for Victorian era litterature (including Dickens).


So there you have it, me in a nutshell. There is more of course, but I had no more room! Actually, my pie charts were too big to fit in my Moleskine journal, so I had to put together two 11 x 14 pages and glue them on!
 
 
I brought out my gouache and sumi brush and drew some pie charts and made some paint slashes.
 

And I added 'Here I am'
 
 
This was way fun! Thanks for a great prompt. I can't wait to know more about my fellow creatives by checking out how each approached the prompt.
 


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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

mercredi 27 août 2014

Workspace wednesday || How I store my scrap paper

After a conversation with Andrea on IG, I decided to show you how I store all of my scrap paper. I have a lot of different types of paper : vintage, specialty (tissue, vellum, gold foil, etc), scrapbooking paper, ephemera, magazine clippings, etc.
 
Today I'll show you how I keep all of these, except the scrapbooking paper, because I'm still organising that!
 
I keep my scrapbooking scraps in a three-tiered desk organiser.
 
 
The top tier is for small scraps. I keep papers strips, cutouts and sometimes PL cards. Anything that is smaller than 2 inches, I either use right away on a journal page or I recycle it.

 
The second tier is for cutoffs from my book and notebook making. These are pieces of paper that are of an inconvenient size and can't be re-used to make my mini albums, jotters or PL cards.

 
And finally, the third tier is for the 12 x 4 strips of scrapbooking paper that are leftover from my notebook making. I either bind these into jotters or I punch out my labels and circle punches from these.

 
On the bottom, I put the letter sized cardstock that have digital cards printed on them and that I haven't had time to cut out yet.


I keep y magazine clippings in a big box. I did a lot of purging before we moved so it is pretty empty right now.
 
 
It fits in my cubicle.

 
In this secretary, I keep my specialty papers and packaging for my shop.

 
The bottom drawer has my specialty paper : vellum, calendar pages, mulberry paper, transparencies, gold foil, etc

 
Also tissue paper and rolls of rice paper.

 
And doilies!


 
In the second drawer, I have all of my vintage papers and ephemera. On the right, my vintage book covers for making upcycled journals.
 
 
In the middle my vintage paper packs, vintage photo packs, vintage wallpaper packs.

 
On the left, more vintage pages and three old magazines/catalogs.


 
Underneath the secretery, I have a big basket that holds my drawing, graph and watercolor papers. 

 
So that is the tour. Next week I'll try and get all my scrapbooking paper set up to show you how I store them.

lundi 25 août 2014

My 30 Days of Lists notebook

Well, I'm ready! Bring on 30 Days of Lists! I thought I'd show you my notebook and its base pages. I don't do any more preperation than this, other than pulling out a few Project Life cards I might be using. I love seeing the prompt every day and figuring out how I'll list it
 
If you'd like a similar notebook, please come take a look at my selection here : www.vanessasfancy.etsy.com
 
This round, I wanted a bold look and I mixed up some papers from recent collections and also from kits from Studio Calico.
 
 
 







 
This is the center of my notebook. The otehr pages are the same as the ones you've just seen. Here is the back cover. Thinking of highlighting the 'right now' in fluo pink!
 
 
Thank you for stopping by!

 

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