Taking a moment from the ongoing circus that is my psyche to show off some new things I made. Technically my writing hiatus ends on the 31, but as much as I love the idea of a drumroll followed immediately by my leaping to the keyboard where I stay, engaged in joyful detente with my muse…well, it ain’t happening. I didn’t really expect taking a break to jump start my creativity, and lo and behold, something turned out exactly like I expected it to.
In the meantime, I’ve been altering more composition books and also remaking my recipe binder (again, but this time I mean it) which I’ll show you once it’s closer to finished and I can get some pics. Today, I’d like to share two projects for myself, one practical and one profound.
First is this mini art kit made from, you guessed it, an Altoids tin. It’s sparsely decorated because I expect it to take a beating in my bag. I needed something to hold tiny items that would otherwise get lost in my pencil pouch.
The artwork on top was a card that came free in a washi tape order from the lovely Aimee at Artsyville.com. Go see her bright, happy drawings and tapes – a definite mood lifter.
Inside the tin are a few wee essentials: a broken Prismacolor wrapped in washi tape, some Post-it page flags, a few stickers held inside the lid with a sort of belly-band, and a mini ink cube from Hero Arts in Cornflower blue. There’s also some red double-sided tape, and several tiny stamps (I use them in my planner) that I wood mounted by gluing them to Scrabble tiles.
I’m sure there will be more items in it once I reorganize my art bag.
Next up is a journal I made for the month of August, when I intend to do a bit of slightly structured everything-searching. I’m not 100% sure what all that will encompass, but for now, I’ve got a journal ready to go – each day will have a checklist for things like meditation, glasses of water, fruit and veg, gratitude practice, and then room for me to just write or draw or whatever this turns into.
The journal, who I am calling Sana (long story), started life as a composition book, and like with the Nefarious Plans book I made I used the Beautiful You paper collection from Creative Imaginations. The metallic charms and such were all in my stash so I’m not sure where most of them came from, but the sparkly things are Recollections from Michael’s. It’s overenthusiastically distressed with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Inside, there’s an acetate window over a pocket to house affirmation cards I’m making, and a pocket down below to store the extras not on display.
The back cover has a three-pocket situation for god knows what. I just had fun making it and thought it looked pretty.
And last is the back cover, not terribly interesting.
Not pictured, the divider/bookmark I made out of a purloined file folder from my office (it was about 20 years old, and that’s not an exaggeration, so I felt justified offering it new life) sprayed down liberally with Dylusions and Glimmer Mists ink sprays and stencils. I’ll try to get a pic and post it next time.
As always, if you want to see more about these projects, you can have a look at my Flickr photostream.