mercredi 30 septembre 2015

September 30 Days of Lists || 21 to 30

Here are my final lists. Remember that I had some confusion surrounding the numbering of the lists. So these may not match up with the numbers of the prompts.


What to do when you run out of '2' stickers? Use the border :)


Archaeologists/physical anthropologists get asked many weird questions while on the field. Some I can't even put down here because they are so disrespectful.






I'll be culling out the unecessary items soon since we are moving next year.




What an awesome September!!!!

lundi 28 septembre 2015

Timebook || Remnants

I've been making mini-albums and working in my Project Life album for August. Because most of these were commemorating our summer vacation in Maine and because they were so awesome, I had a bunch of remnants left over from these projects. I didn't want to throw them away. So I made a Timebook.



Everything in this book is left over from other projects. I love that I get to use my stash and commemorate our August.





Because I've journaled a lot about this already, I kept my Timebook visual.








These little confetti are left over from the handmade journals I put in my shop. I sealed them under some packing tape.





These dymo labels were leftover from last year, when I was working on my Summer of Love altered book. They finally found a home :)


samedi 26 septembre 2015

V's 52 portraits || 39


Your vibe attracts your tribe.

I have just spent a week of belonging. A week of creative digging. A week of discovery and connection. A week of sharing and openness. It is thanks to these beautiful creatures. My sky mother and my earth mother. My chosen family. 

If you wonder if you should take an art workshop I highly recommend you do. It will stretch your being in amazing, truthful ways.




vendredi 25 septembre 2015

Collage Club || September

The theme for September 's Collage Club was 'floral'. Here is what I came up with, I call it 'Immersion'.


I wanted to get away from the 'pretty woman wearing a crown of flowers' type of collage. Although I find those so beautiful.


For this page, I only added the window with the model in it. The background I left as it was.


I'm not crazy about this one, but the whole point of this execise is to stretch. i definitely feel that the Club helps me to do that.


Bring on October!

jeudi 24 septembre 2015

Get Messy Season of Words || 01

Actually, today marks the start of our new Season : the Season of Words. We will be putting our takes on the prompts in an altered book. What a great project! I'm so excited for this Season! Since I am away in San Miguel de Allende, I am unable to work on this week's prompts. So I thought I'd show you the book I'll be using for the Season instead.


This one has been on my shelf for a while. It's really cool, a book about growing roses which are my very favorite flower. The pages have a nice color to them.



There are many photos of the roses, some in color others in black and white. There are also illustrations throughout the book, line drawings of placement for the rose bushes and types of soil to use.




The book is about 6 x 7.5 which is a size I really like for this type of project. I may alter the cover, although in my experience, whatever I've done to covers has fallen off or been broken!


Very much looking forward to seeing everyone's books!

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mercredi 23 septembre 2015

Polaroid SX-70 and Impossible Film review

Recently, my Instax Mini died on me. I was so bummed, I loved that little camera. there is very little support offered by Fuji for the Instax. I was kind of disapointed that I couldn't drop it off somewhere to get it repaired. I really like the instant photography process.

Anyway, after pondering it, I decided to take the plunge and buy a vintage Polaroid camera. You see a few of these box-shaped rainbow Polaroids pop up on Etsy. They are called Polaroid SX-70. Polaroid stopped making them in the early 90's. They also stopped making film for them, so they became collector's items, not necessarily working cameras. 



Then, a few years ago, ex-Polaroid employees decided to buy the film making equipment and start making film for these cameras again. They call it Impossible Film. When I was doing the 100 day project, I followed a woman on IG @polaroidgirl and her project was taking 100 polaroids of people walking in the city. I loved that project and the fact that she used Impossible Film sealed it for me. 

So I bought a camera on Etsy. I came with one Impossible Film pack (8 photos). I bought another two films, thinking I'd use them mostly for typical americana scenes during our summer vacation. Here are all the photos I managed to take during my trip, plus two more that I used in my art journal.


So 14 photos out of a possible 24. Already the ratio is pretty bad. The film pack I got with the camera worked for one photo only. It was close to its expiry date. The thing is, the battery is the actual film pack. So I figured the battery must have been almost exhausted and that is why I got only one shot. Very frustrating nonetheless since each pack is worth 22$ US.

The second pack I put it gave me consistently overexposed pictures, even after I played with the dark/bright wheel on the camera. Not too much of a big deal for me because I like that analog/accidental/vintage look.


The third film pack gave me better contrast and color, but I got those streaks or spots of undevelopped film on the image. Again, that is not too bad because it inserts and element of surprise that adds to the whole feel. But it was a little annoying, especially when it went through the whole image.


Out of the fourteen pictures, I'm really happy with 12 of them, so that is pretty good. BUT. It's frustrating to pay so much money for something that is, in the end, a long shot. It may of may not work. It may be the camera's fault or the  film pack. It may be the battery, the temperature, the film itself, the rollers, etc. There are a lot of things that don't work the way they should. But that is also a part of using these types of cameras : you relinquish control.

I'm going to give Impossible Film another shot, but for the moment, my camera will be a part of the decor until I find an occasion worth putting down that kind of money for,

lundi 21 septembre 2015

September 30 days of Lists || 14 to 20

Some of this week's prompts were pretty funny...like list 14. I mean really, what is the algorythym used to to determine the price of an airline ticket and then to change it 5 minutes later?




We had a cat and we had to give him away when we left for Hong Kong. We're thinking of getting another one when we get to Beijing. But I thought of my cat when I wrote this.




Somehow I mixed up the numbers for lists 20 and 21 (oops, maybe I should add 'numbering lists' to list 14 above). Also, I started running out of 2's so I improvised and went for Roman numerals here.


Next week's lists will be published on Wednesday.

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