mercredi 16 août 2017

My 30 Days of lists notebook || September 2017 edition (and a giveaway)

Hello all! It's that time again, September is rolling in very soon and that means LISTING! Yes, 30 Days of Lists is just around the corner. There is information about a giveaway in this post, but you'll have to read till the end! Each round, I try to keep things interesting by changing up the style of my lists. This time, I decided to try a completely new format for me: 12 by 6 inches.

Ever have those gorgeous 12 x 12 papers that it just hurts your heart to cut? Yep, me too. So I am trying out this format for September's lists. I had used a similar notebook for Find Your Voice 2015 that I did through RUkristin (now The Awesome Ladies Project). 

I'm really excited to see how I will fill these lovely pages.

I'm thinking (as I usually do for 30 Lists) stash-busting time! I'd love to use up my scraps actually, so I think this is the direction I may take.

This includes some watercolour paper scraps from other bookbinding projects. I may use them as a base for my lists.

These floral papers...I love them so! If you do to, I made a notebook that is the same size as mine; it's available in my Etsy shop here. There are a bunch of different sizes there as well (including 6 x 8 inches and Midori Traveller's Notebook size)

I am looking forward to seeing how people will choose to list this time around.

Looking at what people make in the community is one of my favourites aspects of this project.

This is the middle of my notebook. After this the pages repeat.

Look at all that space!!!

Are you curious about this project? You can see all my past editions by clicking the project link on the right sidebar on my blog or by following this link. You can also get more information on the September edition here. If you'd like to register, please use the registration button on the right sidebar of my blog as this is an affiliate link and helps me carry on with these creative endeavours (and a big thank you!).

Want to win a spot in September's edition of 30 Days of Lists? Then take a look at the giveaway post on my Instagram feed. You could win a spot for you and a friend! Good luck (winners will be announced on Friday August 25th)

mardi 15 août 2017

Colour Blast || Red Ruby

The colour red has so many powerful associations to it, don't you agree? I see it as a colour of action / reaction, definitely intense and strong. Although this photo is so blurry, I wanted you to see the cute row of pompoms.

Even before the Season of Fairytales, red is a colour associated with these much as for Red Riding Hood's cloak, as the Red Queen having the roses painted and as Snow White and Rose Red.

'Savoure le rouge' means savour the red, from a song by Indochine.

And here we are, referencing fairytales again!

Blood is also red. 

The word 'crimson' is one of my favourite words to say. I love how it sounds when I say it. I had a red series in my big Moleskine and it was all about the current state of affairs in the US and it is still relevant today.

I don't know why this image called for some Eminem lyrics, but there you have it.

As a final page, I added these red stickers I had on hand. Red is also associated with love, after all!

Be sure to check out everyone else in the Colour Blast project's pages: Riet, Julia, Lauren, Moriah, Sarah and Lauren.

samedi 12 août 2017

Get Messy Season of Fairytales | 01

Week one of the Season of Fairytales and I am so into this theme! I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am. To start off my fairytale, The Lady of the Moors, I did a few "character study" type pages, kind of to set the mood. I started by making a colour palette and naming the colours according to the Lady's landscape.

I also played around with some of my watercolours and came up with this abstract.

I can't share my title page (keeping that for my tutorial coming soon) but I can show part of this introduction one.

This is my first page of the fairytale.

I absolutely love having flaps in my journal. These open up to reveal this magical place.

You can close one or the other of the flaps, making interesting associations.

I have a vague idea of the outline of my story, but some things are evolving as I go along.

This week, I didn't focus as much on the prompts as I wanted to explore a little of the backstory of this Lady.

The flap opens to reveal the other princesses.

I love these girls.

The other night, I felt like adding a little dimension to my journal, so I stitched a tattoo sleeve for my Lady princess.

It may have been too early to introduce a catalyst, but oh well, I like witches. So there!

This image on the right I have had since 2008!!!

Sometimes, you are culling images and then something truly magical happens. 

So there you have my pages for this week. I'm going back to Beijing tomorrow and will be reunited with my computer and the rest of my supplies! I'm interested in seeing the impact this will have on this tale. Thanks for coming by!


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lundi 7 août 2017

My approach to the Season of Fairytales

This is the first week of the Season of Fairytales. I can't wait to see where this Season leads us. Misty and I switched weeks for our tutorials, because her tutorial makes more sense at the onset of the Season. Although, I would say that maybe you should keep the frist few pages of your journals blank until my turn comes along!

Anyway, I thought I would share a glimpse of my approach for the Season. I am still traveling so I'm a little out of my comfort zone in the sense that I have limited supplies. Which, for me, means more cut and paste / collage elements. Also I feel that a lot of the aesthetic that I am drawn to in magazines fits perfectly with particular queen archetypes, bad-ass princesses and witches.

Before I left on my trip, I had already decided that I would use the journal I made to demo the long-stitch in my Basic Bookbinding class. I love the format of this journal and it is filled with lucious watercolour paper and flaps! In my travels to Scotland and in Montreal, I found some lovely vintage books that would have made really great altered book bases. But I've already started in my journal so I will save those for other projects.

I figured I would be inspired by the colours and the landscape of the Highlands and I thought right. I decided to explore the idea of making my own fairytale, called The Lady of the Moors. After I watched Maleficent, this idea of the moors as places of magic was inspiring and actually being there solidified this idea. 

There was magic everywhere. From the colours to the open spaces to the awe inspiring mountains. So I decided to cull some images that appealed to me and my very bare-boned idea for a fairytale.

First I have princesses: soft, beautiful, otherworldly women.

Next, I have the Lady herself: hard, edgy, strong, a loner.

Finally, the witch: mysterious, formidable, ancient.

I have a bunch of images that I would relate to element magic: mountains, herbs, florals, deep dark woods, green pastures, animals.

So far, all of this is closer to a mood board than an actual played-out story. But as I go along with the prompts and tutorials, I hope the tale will wind itself and emerge in my journal. I am excited for what is coming. Do you feel it as well? 

I would love to know more about your chosen approach for the Season of Fairytales.

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