vendredi 31 octobre 2014

A closer look || 2

Here are two other vintage style games I picked up during the Museum rummage sale.

Once again I was attracted by the packaging. Also the three languages on the cover.

When you open the bos there are a series of ceramic pieces inside. The numbers on these particular one are catalogue numbers, part of the Museum's way of keeping track of what it has.

The object of the game is to pull out the shapes and to assemble them so they ressemble the various figures found in the booklet. 

Once again, this is a reproduction of a vintage game. But clearly it is inscribed in the tradition of the parlour game. I can just imagine people in the Victorian era getting together and playing these games.

This second game differs from the first in shape.

And look at these great graphics! You definitly have to use your imagination to be able to recreate these silhouettes.

I might even have a go at it after supper....

jeudi 30 octobre 2014

Get Messy || 19 and my take on the October prompt

Hey y'all! How ready are we to be super thankful?! I know some Get Messians have answered that twice! Well, you can't be too grateful, can you?
Before I show you my pages, here's a reminder of the prompt by Olya:
Journaling Challenge: Gratitude. What are you grateful for? What aspects of your life are you thankful for, that you might be overlooking while being busy?

Art Challenge: Use visual examples for at least three things you’re grateful for. Photos/doodles/magazine cut outs/stickers/anything. SHOW us your gratitude!

So here is my take on this prompt :

As you can see, for once, I completely kept my spread journaling free. I wanted these pages to be super happy awesome shiny bright colorful wonderful childlike glittery and FULL! Just like Olya's pages. Just like my life.
I made a special confetti pocket (which as you know by now I love to do), filled with all the things I am grateful for in my life. You can spot photos of my husband and children, because they are the most important people in my life. The skeleton confetti represents my work and the joy I get from working in my field again. 
I added a lot of glitter and sequins and these darling drawings made by my daughter when she was 5 (she is now 9!!!). I added the little house sticker, because I am so grateful that we are home.
So the heart-shaped confetti pocket is for my family and my work. What about all those stickers?

Those stickers are for my girls. My friends, the ones who have stuck through thick and thin. We girls who walk together on the same path although not always at the same speed or even in the same direction, but somehow we keep up with each other. We support each other, share so much with each other, are proud of the others' accomplishments. My girls. We are so different, yet we all intersect. I love them so and am so very grateful for them.

The sticker page was totally inspired by the awesome album my girls gave me at my wedding (which happens to be the same kind of album as the one I used for my From Here to There journal). It is filled with such cool pages and memorabilia. One of my friends made this page. Doesn't it totally remind you of being a kid and having a huge sticker collection? Am I giving away my age with that reference?

That picture is from 1993. We have been friends for more than 20 years. Here's to at least 20 more. I am so thankful for deep, nourishing friendships.

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.

mardi 28 octobre 2014

A closer look

If you follow me in Instagram, you may have seen this photo I posted last Friday. Every year the Canadian Museum of History, where I work, has a big rummage sale. Old props from the Children's Museum, leftover costumes, posters, tables, books, decorations and other promotional items. I had such a blast and brought back all the loot you see above plus about 20 more books. The whole lot for 20$!!! A couple of these warrant a closer look, especially if you're a fan of paper like me :)

I litterally picked up this game for the aesthetic of the box. Isn't it stunning?
This Magic Wheel lets you look at moving pictures. You stand in front of a mirror, place a disc on the handle, spin it and look through the slits. It's basically a mini motion picture. Don't you love this man eating a chicken?

I love these amazing vintage images! The whole game is a reproduction of the 'phenakistascopes' dating back to 1864.

These are reproductions from games that were played at that time.

They look so cool! I love this kind of find, one that mixes my love for antique or vintage items and paper!

I'll share more of my treasures this week. Thanks for coming by.

lundi 27 octobre 2014

Inktober || Week 4

I sometimes feel like I'm running out of steam. But this project is still fun and helps me keep some light creativity in my day. Here is week 4 :

dimanche 26 octobre 2014

Planner talk

So, like many other people, I'm jumping on the planner bandwagon and happy to do it. I've always had planners or engagement calendars or diaries or whatever they are called. For a long time, my favorites were the spiral bound ones I found on Pomegranate. I especially liked the Edward Gorey and Charlie Harper ones. But the pages are glossy and I got tired of that.

When I was in Hong Kong, I tried a couple of different ones. One was from a Korean company, it had different boxes that you could customise. I was doing great with it but burned out in April 2012. Plus, all my pens bled through and that turned me off. In 2013, I used a planner by Katie Daisy. I wrote about it here. Again, I was super into it until April and then it was jot jot jot. This summer, since we were relocating, I just kept a Field Notes notebook and wrote everything down in there.

In September, I started working again. So I don't have that many appointments to keep track of outside of work. I was winging it until October. This is a pretty busy month for me (2 kids' birthdays, an anniversary and Halloween) so I needed a place to put everything down. But I wanted it simple and easy. Then I found this planner on Etsy.

The most simple design ever. Nice and clean and big enough to put things down easily. Personally, I prefer that the Sunday be on the left, at the start of the week, but that isn't really a problem.

Then came the real my pens go through the paper? I am happy to report that they do not! I LOVE that. So now, I have a perfect overview of the month and what is coming or going on. Plus I have a new home for my washi tape.

I'm really happy with this set up. It'll carry me until 2015.

What then? I bought the gorgeous Pretty Documented planner. I actually got both versions (floral and minimalist) so I can mix and match them. I am really excited to try out this format because of the fact that I can customise and print out only the pages I really need. Now I needed to find a binder to house these fabulous pages in. I am taking Ashley Goldberg's Paint Plan Play class which I hope will give me loads of tips so I don't burn out in April like I have for my other 'do it yourself' planners.

I looked at different companies and their offerings for binder type planners. Two stand out : Filofax and Kikki.k. Both of these companies offer binder planner covers in different sizes. I like the half-letter size. It's been quite a challenge to figure out what the terms 'A4/A5', 'large' and 'personal' mean in terms of size. I am really partial to Kikki.k's gorgeous gold rings. For the Filofax offerings, I like this floral cover one and also the Holborn Zip one.

But, you guys, these are all priced at 50 US$ and up! Plus I wouldn't even be using the inner pages that these come with. I think these are awesome for people who take these planners to meetings or to the office. Whereas mine will just be sitting, open, on my desk. I work in a Museum, in the physical anthropology laboratory, so I don't have meetings to attend and work related events that would warrant me spending that amount of money on a cover that I would never see. It's just not for me.

So even though I am really tempted by the planners above, I'm going to go for the Studio Calico Handbook planner that Ashley Goldberg designed. It's 18 US$, I know it'll lie flat and I love the size. Plus, I will actually use the page protectors included in it. I think the linen cover will be lovely with the Pretty Documented planner pages.

I'm just waiting for bundle shipping to start so I can include the planner with my Project Life kit. Have you found your ideal planner? Is there a better binder option I'm not aware of? Let me know!

jeudi 23 octobre 2014

Get Messy || 18

Hello Get Messians and friends. As I write this, we have just come off a very difficult day here in Ottawa. A shooter killed a soldier at the war memorial in front of the Parliament before going into the building and being killed in a shootout. The city was on lockdown most of the day as there is a manhunt going on in case there are more than one shooters. I work directly across from this area. Luckily everyone in my family is ok but we have some big subjects to discuss with the children tonight.

On to this week's pages. First, here are some pages from my Moleskine art journal. The whole 'freezing the eggs' idea by Facebook and Apple is just so weird and made me really shake my head in despair. Do we really want to be having kids at 40-50? Just because it's biologically possible, do you really want to be changing diapers at that age? Why is the patriarchy so quick to want to modify or play with our bodies?

This page was a furious spur of the moment get-it-out-of-me page. Those are so therapeutic! As I get ready for my art journaling workshop with Orly Avineri, I am trying to identify some of my marks. Those xs are definitely some of them. I also try to push myself and these squiggly people on the right side are part of that too.

This page came from my childhood love of paper dolls. I expressed this love three times on three different spreads this week (one of them is for next week's prompt reveal!). These paper dolls are by Amy Earles. I love her stuff and these cuties had to live somewhere....might as well be in my art journal. I love how they look like two sides of the same coin. Once again a page about not being able to communicate.

I also have a couple of pages in my Fall Journal to share. This first one is also linked to my love of paper dolls. I bought this halloween paper by Making Memories about 3-4 years ago. I hoarded it because I didn't want to cut them out! Finally I decided these cuties should also live somewhere, so into the Fall Journal they go. Halloween is a huge part of Fall and needs to be documented too :) Plus, who can resist Hello Kitty in a skeleton costume?
For my last page, I decided to bring out my The Wild Unknown tarot deck and pick a card for the season. This is the card that came out. Such a great card! Vanessa is a type of butterfly, so whenever I see one I know it's the right card for me.
I wrote down the significance of the card next to those lovely flowers and added a small confetti pocket and a vintage witch sticker...because divination and spirituality is so witchy, don't you agree?

I love this card's positivity.

There you have it. I am going to hug my children extra tight tonight. My heart goes out to the soldier's family. This is a senseless act that will not work in making us afraid. But it is terrible that someone had to die. I realise the shooter died too, but I'm not capable of finding any sympathy for him.

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.

mardi 21 octobre 2014

Inktober || week 3

Here is a recap of my third week of drawings for Inktober.

Still having lots of fun with this project.

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