Creative Goodness with Gluebooks invites you to learn about the possibilities and creativity of gluebooks! This free 6 page color PDF will introduce you to easy ideas that gluebooks can be created with repurposed and general art materials, as well as fun ways to develop, collect, and use your paper stash!
What is a Gluebook?
Cultivating & Creating Your Paper Stash
Paper Stash Ideas
Material Ideas to Use with Gluebooking
Brown Paper Bag Gluebook How To
File Folder Gluebook How To [VIDEO]
Inspiration, Resources, & Links
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In just about two weeks, the second round of workshops for the online art-making community 6 Degrees of Creativity will be coming to a close after our six months together. This time full of creative goodness has really flown by!
Here’s some “Top 10 6 Degrees of Creativity Goodness I Love” (in no particular order!) created from one of my SMASH Pads.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this offering, especially to the Instructors of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2: Hannah, Kelly, Sara, Fiona, and Magdalena who brought so much inspiration, encouragement, and connection with each of their workshops. Lotsa fun in the positive spirit of community, collaboration, and creativity!
Reflecting back on Creative Goodness for Gluebooks and member posts or images, it’s been such an artful journey about the different ways and ideas art journaling in the form of a gluebook can be used: on the go, in celebration of a special moment, or to focus on a meaningful theme or personal topic.
It has also been neat to see something as simple and ordinary as a file folder or paper bag be transformed into bookmaking art. Equally fun was to learn more ideas about what to use to glue and create for the outside cover, the inside pages, or what to stash in gluebook pockets.
You can see past posts featuring Gluebook Inspiration here:
One of my favorite parts of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 gluebook e-workshop was the paper stash swap and gluebook page exchange many community members participated in this past August and November. With much gratitude, I’m still using the fun and artsy paper goodies from the swap in my gluebooking! The swap & exchange was also a wonderful way to further connect to others from the workshop when making our art.
With 2013 approaching quickly, I’ve started to get a new SMASH Book (the Doodle Red one!) all ready to use for new year art journaling. One of the first things I glued on some SMASH tabs and dividers I’ve collected, were these playful paper elves from Lani Gerity. Very nice! Now I have some happy tabs! Thank you!
In January, you’ll be able to find my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-Book here to download (for free!) and use for gluebooking inspiration and fun! More coming soon…
Wishing everyone a joyful holiday full of creative cheer!
This afternoon I finished exchanging all the pages that came in for the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebook Page Exchange. What a wonderful collection of creative goodness! Thank you to Jolie, Susanna, Lizzie, Cathy, Bailey, Suzanne, Julie, Lynette, and Nancy for contributing to this project!
Each participant created a series of 5 x 7 pages on cardstock and used a varietyof gluebook material to fill each page: magazine photo images, scrapbooking paper, old book pages, sheet music, as well as inspiration received in our Paper Stash Swap held a couple of months ago. What a great use of these creative goodies that we received!
Swapped pages were made into books that participants will receive back in their mailbox soon. I used metal o-rings to assemble the pages together and created covers for each book as my page contribution. My gluebook pages included a variety of collage paper stuff from in my creative workspace and paper stash fun from our swap. It was really neat to re-purpose these treasures and share them again in this form with the group.
This exchange was a great reason to make art together! It was also a fun opportunity to create something meaningful and full of good vibes for group members, as well as receive this same act and positive messages in return.
It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!
Earlier this year, the 6 Degrees of Creativity community was inspired by Art Therapist Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy Workshop and we organized an exchange to swap sock monkeys with one another.
Now, the sock monkey fun continues for not only another swap, but also an opportunity to create a sock monkey to be donated to Operation Sock Monkey for someone in need.
Read below for more details about how to participate:
Sock Monkey Swap: Make a sock monkey, Receive a sock monkey! Everyone who signs up for the sock monkey swap will be randomly paired with another sock monkey maker. You’ll be making one sock monkey for someone, and someone will be making one for you. To sign up for the swap, e-mail your name and a mailing address to Gretchen at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12, 2012
I am excited to share only a sampling of the books, pages, and ideas being created from workshop participants (!) :
Nancy Lautenbach facilitated a file folder gluebook project with a workshop she offered for Arts at Smith student orientation with the theme of managing the upcoming year. The gluebook above is Nancy’s example that she made for students. You can see more of Nancy’s pictures from this gluebook workshop on her Flickr Set.
Janet McLeod has also been busy with file folder gluebooking in New Zealand! On her blog Positive Art Therapy, Janet posted how she has used her file folder gluebook to explore her Ikigai and the intentions Create, Inspire, Share, Care and Be. Learn more about this gluebook’s theme by reading Janet’s post My Ikigai: What gets me up in the mornings.
After receiving some inspiration from a NY Times Arts article, Hannah Klaus Hunter decided to dedicate her gluebook theme to all the art exhibitions around the country she wants to visit in 2013. Read more on her blog and post Gluebooks on the Move.
Emma Parker continues her pages in her gluebook created from envelopes at Stitch Therapy Headquarters in the UK. On this spread above , Emma uses a page from an old nurse’s dictionary combined with fiber art. Follow Emma’s gluebook happenings and stories on her blog here.
Natalya Garden-Thompson was inspired by the brown paper bag gluebook idea to start experimenting with it in her adult art group for storytelling. Check out this beautiful pic of Natayla’s embellished brown paper shopping bags drying in the sun in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Inspired by the Paper Stash Swap we had in September, Jolie Buchanan and Sandhya Artique have taken this activity to a new and virtual level! They have both been collaborating on & exchanging “digital paper images” with one another to use in their smashbooking.
Another upcoming collaboration within the Creative Goodness with Gluebooks Workshop is a gluebook page exchange this November. The photo above is a batch of gluebook pages received from Susanna Suchak this week from Ontario, Canada. Participants in this exchange are creating a series of 5 x 7 gluebook pages that will be swapped with other community members next month!
I’m excited to see what continues to develop over the last few months of this workshop. Thank you to all the workshop participants for sharing their art, inspirations, & ideas!
Check out my Blessings Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from Week 3:
The last few days of the adventure I was a little iffy about if I would get time to focus on making art and the day’s prompt because I was traveling, but I remembered to bring Hannah’s instructions and my Ziploc bags of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 paper stash swap stuff with me. These have been my mobile creative companions over the last 3 weeks no matter where I am going!
Day 19‘s ATC was created and photographed in flight from Cleveland to St. Louis, which made for the quickest and calmest airplane trip yet as the tray in front of me transformed into my mindful studio space:
I was up early on Day 20 and before I started my busy day, I spread out all my Blessings themed ATCs I created throughout this workshop on the hotel window sill beaming with morning light. This was the day’s prompt suggested by Hannah as an opportunity for celebration & reflection:
I stood in silence in front of what seemed like a makeshift altar for this amazing collection full of love, truth, light, and positive energy reflecting back to me with heart, gratitude, & comfort. Images glowing with sunshine & passion softly whispered back to me with a re-awakening that was so familiar and a message to take notice. I was thankful for this re-connection, this journey…this moment. 21 days of blessings and then some before me.
For Day 21, Hannah encouraged us to share our collective images with the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 community and in response, I created this short video:
I just finished Day 14 of my artist trading card adventure with Hannah Klaus Hunter’s Mindful Studio Practice. I thought I would continue to share the art and my reflections from this journey with you here. This past week presented a lot of emotional expression, truthful perceptions, and challenges for me as I created each ATC inspired by Hannah’s prompts and beautiful quotes.
Day 8‘s prompt and ATC left off at the previous day’s practice of stripping things down. I started to notice on this day that simplifying my chosen theme of “Blessings” was a beginning to clarity. I was surprised how easy it was to create and feel connected this ATC. I experienced a deep sense of calmness and acknowledgement about simplifying and synthesizing things down.
When I started reading Hannah’s “Be the Bud” inspiration for Day 9, I remembered that some of the dictionary words I cut out (but didn’t use) during Week 1 included text about blossoming, flowering, and the concept of seeds being planted, their growth, and feelings of gratitude. This ATC absolutely reflected my feelings in this moment. I also reflected a lot about Day’s 6 ATC again and the importance of feeling grounded.
This ATC for Day 10 (and Hannah’s quote included on my card) was created on the same day this blog post was published on kind over matter about letting go of againstness. I really reflected on Jo Anna Rothman‘s (Creator of The Receiving Project) concept about change being an act of love (one of my blessing brainstorming words from Day 2) and the Hafiz quote I cut up for placement on this day’s ATC. I reflected in this instant about the “encouragement of light” surrounding me.
I must admit I didn’t follow the art-making prompt for Day 11 and again wascaptivated by the words and quote Hannah included for this day, which was rootedin the role of judgement.I had the intentions of generosity, clarity, and radiance on my mind to help lead me in that moment.
Day 12′s prompt was about destruction & re-construction and seeing/experiencing old or unwanted things from a different perspective. For me, this ATC explored the dichotomy between things breaking apart, but at the same inner observations about my own strength and vulnerabilities, which are all a part of me and pieces I have appreciation for to make me a better person. It reminded me a lot about what surfaced inDay 3‘s ATC about resiliency.
Day 13 challenged me to take an already created ATC and reflect its opposite to present another perspective/awareness to the theme I am working on. I chose to take Day 2’s ATC about brainstorming around my theme. Sitting in the moment with my blank ATC to begin this prompt was really hard to start, but once I did- broken pieces of darkness, emptiness that seemed dead and lifeless was mirrored back to me. I connected in this moment with my theme of blessings stronger than I ever have, as this ATC reflected back to me a powerful message I needed to pay attention to.
Week 2’s prompt ends with working on multiples over the next two days as another way to create a different perspective in the moment around our theme. I started Hannah’s suggestion of working with squares in a quilt/patchwork style. I tried to incorporate collage paper pieces I’ve used in the ATCs from the last week for Day 14‘s ATC. I get to work on this one again tomorrow for the beginning of Week 3, so I’m curious how it might transform!
Being at the start of Week 3 (the last week!) brings a combination of excitement and wonder, as well as a little anticipatory grief about this process being over. I’ve so enjoyed including this practice into my daily activities. Even on days that are super, super busy I worry if I’ll be able to have the time to sit down and do it. It’s always grounding, affirming, validating, and soooo worthwhile. Thank you Hannah for this constant reminder!
With much anticipation and wonder, this week I started my 21 Day journey of Hannah Klaus Hunter‘s e-workshop Mindful Studio Practice in 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. Hannah’s workshop is dedicated to creating a daily art-making practice for 21 days through prompts that encourage focusing in the here & now, slowing down, and being in the moment with your creative process through a specific object or theme. I can’t begin to tell you how I’ve enjoyed these first 7 days and committing time to making art for this adventure.
Day 1 included taking time to gather the materials & supplies I would be using throughout the next 21 days. I decided what would be most manageable for me to create everyday would be an artist trading card (ATC). My first ATC was created using paper stashes I received from Maria & Nancy last month. My final spontaneous touch to this card was from Nancy’s stash: a quote printed on Vellum paper that included the word Blessings. I added it as an expression in the moment inspired by feelings of thankfulness, a readiness to begin, and curiousity about this process prepared so thoughtfully by Hannah.
Day 2‘s ATC included the brainstorming I did about what I wanted to focus on throughout the next 21 Days. I used a canvas textured ATC with acrylic paint, a paper heart, pen, and the word LIFE made from my SMASH label maker. The concept of Blessings was still on my mind. As I explored variations of this concept and its meaning with Hannah’s prompt, it was still very strong. It was in this instant I began writing my top 10 words/concepts that really attracted me to this theme: Blessings as a form of redemption, strength, help, a gift, form of hope, permission, love, something out there unknown & in disguise, as well as the fragility/shortness of life to inspire feelings of thankfulness.
Day 3 focused my attention and dedicated art-making on one of the Blessing concepts I identified during Day 2, inspired by Hannah’s quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn “to see what is yours to see”. I chose the perspective of viewing unknown blessings in disguise as a form of resiliency, beauty, and compassion as mine to see in this moment. This ATC was created on an old playing card with some of my collage stuff and edged with black Staz On ink.
Day 4‘s ATC was dedicated to not only seeing Blessings as a gift, but the vulnerability and fragility that this can also introduce, especially if the blessing is not clearly known or has value at the time. This ATC serves as mindful reminder to myself that this requires openness and nurturing for the blessings awareness to grow. A watercolor textured ATC was used as the foundation for this piece with more paper stash goodies and a dictionary page for the background.
For my Day 5 ATC I layered alcohol inks on a glossy coated ATC, as well as distressed areas of the ATC with sandpaper to create a raw, but vibrant image to examine the essence (heart & strength) of my interest and attention related to the Blessings theme.
Day 6‘s ATC expressed an aspect of the Blessings theme I had not previously considered/been aware of until prompted to notice something different about it in the moment. What came to mind was the feeling and sensation of being grounded. I again used paper stash bits and pieces (brown paper bag paper, tissue paper, handmade paper embedded with seeds, painted watercolor swatches) as well as words from old dictionary pages to create this ATC with distressed ink and metallic paint pens.
Today’s ATC, on Day 7 celebrated my first week with this new journey, an opportunity and invitation from Hannah’s daily prompt to slow things down and spend time simplifying our theme. ATC media I selected included watercolor, mulberry paper, and dictionary words to collage. I chose to try Hannah’s suggestion of working in one color or tone and was pleasantly surprised how this shifted the energy for my Blessings theme. I quietly observed how the concept of silence & stillness is so essential and how blessings can present themselves in quiet and subtle ways. In this moment, my awareness and connection around this theme became more exposed and opened with peacefulness and a new level of acceptance.
I’m ready to see what the next 7 days bring… Much gratitude to Hannah for this inspiring adventure…
I was excited to use watercolor crayons I had received as a gift years ago (but haven’t used very much lately) from the material stash of Katarina Bruner, an ATR supervisor who always reminded me about the importance of making our own art as art therapists. I also remembered Katarina’s own interest in the richness of self-portrait work for reflection and awareness.
Instead of loose sandpaper, I used a nail file for distressing the surface of the photo which worked well. The rounded edge of file was also great for going back into the image to create more texture. I also used some of my alcohol inks, which was a really nice combination with the watercolor crayon and the photo’s glossy surface:
My intention was to create this altered image with light, growth, strength, and lots of positive energy. After some altering, creating, and stepping back from the image, I was also delighted and surprised by the lines and movement behind me & around my shoulder that reminded me of wings and the permission I have to FLY!
This photo is 7 x 5 inches, which will fit really nicely in one the file folder pockets of my 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 gluebook. Fiona suggests that this image technique can also be great to use with visual journaling. Many thanks to Fiona for the inspiring idea of altering photos this way , introducing the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 to this process, and community members for their encouragement. I look forward to seeing more that develops from this workshop!
Earlier this week during a trip to the art supply store, I couldn’t resist taking a look (again) at the SMASH stuff. This time I walked out of the store with purchasing a SMASH Label Maker and some SMASH calendar tape. Let the SMASHing fun continue!
My first label was dedicated to my gratitude art journal that I try to work in on Mondays.
Then I made an INSPIRE label to add to the cover of the file folder gluebook I’m working on about 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.
I also did a gluebook round up this week to assess what I’m working on… I love this pile & all its contents!
I’ve been collecting these little calendar pages all year long to use in my art journaling. This image below is from one of my SMASH books using the calendar SMASH tape.