mardi 30 juin 2015

Find Your Voice Notebook

Find Your Voice is starting tomorrow! I am very excited for this workshop hosted and created by Kristin. You can find all of the information here or click on the link on the right sidebar of my blog. I mean, you have to sign up, it's totally free and you'll gain so much insight on the importance of telling YOUR story your way.
 
There are still some kits left. As for me, I decided to make my own notebook (as I love to do). I went with this color scheme:
 
 
And in the end I went a little wild and made a completely new size for me : 12 x 6! Eeeek! So different. Can't wait to see how this will impact my documenting. Here's a look at the notebook.
 









 
 
Incidentally, if you are looking for a notebook to document in, I have a few in my shop that use the same line of papers that are in the Find Your Voice kits. Take a look at them in my shop here.
 
 
These notebooks are 6 x 8 and have 30 pages. They are great for writing on the go since there is already a colorful base to the pages. They take some of the guesswork out of creating an aesthetic since the patterns and colors go together.





See you in the classroom!

lundi 29 juin 2015

Unfinished Spirits || 78 to 84

Less than 20 days to go in the 100 day project. here are last week's Unfinished Spirits.
 
78/100
 
79/100

80/100

 
81/100
 
82/100

 
83/100

84/100
 
 
And, of course, the usual group shots:

 
 Thanks for sticking with me through this project!

samedi 27 juin 2015

V's 52 portraits || 26


Five.

Five years ago we said yes to each other on a beach in front of our beloved family and friends, with our children intertwined in our feet. We were already partners before we got married. I became a mother before I became a wife. I love that. So what changed that day? Nothing. Our commitment to each other was there way before we said 'I do'. It just so happened that we got to celebrate and throw a kick-ass Day of the Dead party. Oh, and I got to wear this beautiful dress.

vendredi 26 juin 2015

Handmade commemorative book

Here is the secret project I was working on for the last two weeks : a handmade birthday commemorative book. My very close friend turned 40 last week, but we had her party on the 23rd. For her present, I got everyone to send me a folded legal page with their 'best of' on it. I then constructed a book from an old book cover and heavy cardboard.
 

Decorating the cover was fun. I used some of my Chiyogami paper and others that remind me of her.
 

I just love the cuttings from this project!
 

I drew her on the front. The spine I reconstructed using a cardboard backing from some Project Life page protectors. Waste not want not!
 


I punched multiple holes in the spine for the pages.

 
I bound three papers per row of holes.

 
It looked so awesome.


I covered the inside covers with vintage sewing patterns.
 

Since I didn't receive all of the pages in time, I had to figure out a stitch that I could add to later in time and not have it unravel. So I went with a simple pamphlet stitch.
 



Now she has a colorful book filled with pages made by her friends and family, about their relationship with her.


I think she loved it :)
 

jeudi 25 juin 2015

Get Messy Season of Adventure || 04

I was quite busy this week working on a secret project (more on that tomorrow). This was a fun quick, spread. For this one, I went with the first prompt, about wanderlust and not using your scissors.
 

I really wanted an exotic feel to these pages. Hence, palm trees. I've seen palm trees in my travels in Asia and South Africa and South America too.
 

For me, wanderlust and travel happens in trying out the local cuisine, of opening one's self to a new culture around the meal (the preparation, the sharing and tasting of the food and the clean-up afterward). The flavors, perfumes and textures of the food of the different places I have been stay with me.
 
 
I'm not a poet (that would be my sister!) so it's more a free-form collection of thoughts.


 
This first spread inspired a second one about Hong Kong where I lived for four years.
 

That experience taught me a lot, about myself and how I'm capable of adapting even when it's not easy. The first year was tough, going from working mother to stay at home wife was really hard for me. Even my identity card said 'wife of [...]'.
 

Taai taai: Cantonese (n.), literally, “Madam-Madam”. Used in Hong Kong as a shorthand for socialite, e.g., the “ladies who lunch” or ''the kept housewife''.
 

But I got through it, met some lovely people, had unforgettable experiences and lived the whole thing fully. Lucky me indeed.


note: after I took these photos, I decided these pages needed a little more color and I added some pops of persimmon ink. You'll notice these on my Instagram but I didn't re-shoot these photos (I lost the light!)
 
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