Thursday, March 10, 2011

Embrace Imperfection - The Mini Book

The Embrace Imperfection online class I was taking included homework. I haven't done homework since leaving school and Uni and even then I'm not sure I was good at actually doing it. The homework was optional, we were given a PDF of several quotes about perfection/imperfection. At first I thought: "I am not wasting my precious crafting time/energy on creating something because I am supposed to. And do I really need a mini book to remind me to let go of perfection?". But, the idea grew on me. Some of the ladies on the online chat encouraged me to scrap book in 10mins sessions so I decided to give it a go. I made the book slowly over the last two weeks - 10 mins here, half an hour there.

The mini book started out life as a child's story book that I bought from an op shop for 20cents. It is only about 3" and had 10 pages so that reduced my workload. I had a theme of yellow and grey and stamped journal ling spots on blue cardstock. I didn't really have a theme after that and ended up not liking the grey ink either. I basically took each double page as a layout and they match but the pages themselves don't necessarily match each other. Can you guess which page I really don't like?

The front cover is much more my style and I really like it. I chose a random piece of patterned paper near my desk and used that on each page. I cut one for each page, inked it and glued it down (the glue stick I used didn't really work but I decided not to worry about that - it's not like my ancestors are going to be terribly interested in this wee creation!). I decided to leave the front page blank, thank goodness as now that it is done I wished I'd used the crumbled yellow paper I used on the spine for the back page too - never mind, too late now.

Every time I made a 'mistake' I laughed at myself and had to let it be - the book title is "Embrace Imperfection" after all.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

One Little Word for 2011: Hush

Here's a double sided layout that I mentioned earlier. It took me awhile but I really like it. It is based on a concept by Allie Edwards (love her stuff) which is having a word for the year. Previously, I will confess, that I thought the whole idea ludicrous. Who needs a word for a year and who needs to create a layout or piece of art as a reminder of the word? Turns out - I do and I did! I don't know how it happened but somehow I ended up wondering what my word would be and the word Hush popped in to my head. It really fitted with some personal things that I wanted to focus on and improve both for myself and for the people I love.

A word of warning here: the word Hush is not for people to use on me - that would illicit such a rapid and ferocious response from me that it would totally negate the Hush concept for me! It's just a visual cue to me for me to process. I added my journaling (what the whole thing means) behind the coloured photo on the cream/teal side and the tab keeps it closed (for my own personal perusal). The photo is of a painting I have hanging in my creative space. I absolutely love this painting/print and it fills me with such a sense of Hush (like you feel at a gallery amongst some masterpieces) so it was the perfect photo to use.