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
Once adding this eBook using the free checkout above and an e-mail address to send it to (for this purpose only), you will automatically receive a link to download the PDF file.
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!
In my last post I featured some of the paper stash swapping activity happening in my online workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. In today’s post I wanted to share some of the gluebooking happening! I’ve enjoyed seeing how participants create their own gluebook with their paper stashes or day to day collected findings and keepsakes using the introduced file folder or paper bag book making technique.
Both of these gluebook types also contain pockets as part of their design, which makes a fun component to consider and develop as part of the gluebook’s theme for additional paper stashing, secret holding, creative inspiration, or as a safe place to contain pieces and bits important to the gluebook’s process or intention.
Natalya enjoys some gluebooking with her organized paper stashes of plastic bags that contain magazine images, words and paper organized into different categories. Some workshop discussion has explored how we store, organize, or collect what we use for our collaging, art journaling, and gluebooking, in our personal art-making space, as well as with others. In my own creative space at home I have most of my magazine photo collage images and words divided by theme (people, places, objects, animals, words) in shoe box size or slightly larger plastic containers and my paper stash collection in a large cardboard box for rummaging through easily.
Emma recently started a gluebook inspired by the brown paper bag idea, but used A5 envelopes instead. Neat! Emma intends to use this gluebook as a way to stay centered and connect to her creativity through developing a reflection practice on a regular basis. She also has intentions for the gluebook’s pockets to hold special writings and images. You can see examples of these and more about Emma’s gluebook on her blog, Stitch Therapy.
Kathy’sgluebook is repurposed from the file folder art journaling technique and is dedicated to inspiration and ideas for her art, as well as to use her gluebook space as a means to organize images she has been collecting from the Internet and everyday surroundings. Below is a photo of one of the pages inside of her file folder gluebook holding some of the creative papers & findings she wants to use! Kathy’s use of color file folders reminded me of this possibility and we’re not just limited to the plain, basic manila folder!
Laura’s file folder gluebook is focused on material exploration and the inspiration they hold! As seen on Laura’s gluebook cover, fabric or textile swatches (or could be paint samples and such!) are great materials to re-use creatively to create lots of color, design, and texture to play with.
Thank you to Natalya, Kathy, Laura, and Emma for allowing me to share their images & work!
Marina’s paper stash I received in the swap has been sitting on my studio table all week reminding me to get my next gluebook started. I also received another paper stash swap surprise this week from Nancy (thank you!), so I finally made some time to start the background cover, back, and inside pages for this gluebook dedicated to 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 and all its happenings. I’m inspired on a daily basis with the ideas, updates, art, blog posts, and exchanging that takes place in all the workshops, with its instructors, and community members. I am creating a space and keepsake for these collected inspirations and musings for not only now, but to call on in the future as a collection of creative affirmations from this awesome community!
Gluebook (back) with additions from Nancy’s paper stash & her kind note!
There have been more reports of gluebooking fun from paper stash swapping material received! Check out what Lani did with some of her paper stash goodies she received from New Jersey to use with her daily morning page practice! And look what Susanna received from Tennessee this week! So much creative nurturing and good vibes…I can’t wait to see what develops throughout the rest of this year!
I just finished up my video tutorials and PDF download for my 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks. It was a lot of fun to put all the content together and get it ready for its July 1st debut. This online workshop not only includes an introduction to making gluebooks & gluebook prompts to work on, but also an August paper stash swap and November gluebook page exchange with other workshop participants.
In preparation for this workshop I’ve been collecting even more paper stuff to use as a way of documenting my activities, interests, plans, and inspirations through the concept of gluebooking. I’ve been a lot more mindful of the paper around me (even the most mundane and ordinary scraps, notes, & clippings) and how I can transform these into sharing an experience, memory, feeling,or something special I want to remember through gluebooking.
One of the gluebook spreads I worked on yesterday included a lot of the findings I brought back home from my travels last week such as local maps, a farecard ticket, baggage tags, images from a visitor guide, handmade paper, and more. It was a creative way for me to continue to process the experience, as well as create a meaningful representation through all the various things I saved.
I am so looking forward to seeing what gluebooks & gluebook spreads are created by others involved in this workshop, as well as exchanging some gluebook pages and stuff from our paper stash! Lots of creative goodness!
I recently finished “The House That Change Built” for Healing Imagination V, a juried art exhibition to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program. This house is dedicated to hope, growth, & truth and built from trust, art, safety and to never stop dreaming.
The house was first made with cardstock using these paperfolding steps, then covered with plaster modeling strips to experiment with using this material and another media for my new obsession of making mini houses. The plaster was painted and embellished with collage, stamping, fragments, and a new material I received from Cathy (thanks!): grungeboard! I used the grungeboard to create mini message flags that I painted, stamped, and sewed together for hanging across the front of the house.
I’ve also been working on a mini brown paper bag journal for donating to this event’s art raffle and to benefit tornado relief efforts in Missouri. On the edges of the inside “pockets” I’ve stamped the words create, give, be, and peace to go along with the peacemaking theme I am working on for the book.
The Healing Imagination V opens on June 3 with a reception (5:00-6:30 pm) followed by a gallery talk (6:30-7:30) with Artist, Author, and Art Therapist Shaun McNiff at Ursuline College‘s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until July 8.
A few weeks ago in my supervision group, we spent some time learning more about how to create easy, simple art journals from brown paper lunch bags. This idea was brought by one of the art therapists attending my group to share an inexpensive, easy, and fun book-making technique to use with clients and also in our own art-making. Since then it seems like I have been coming across others doing creative things with paper bag journals and art journaling techniques. In this post I wanted to share a few inspiring resources and tutorials I have crossed paths with recently and have inspired making and starting my own paper bag mini journal.
Below is a little of what I have started so far with my own paper bag art journal. I chose to punch holes along the fold and hold the pages together with textured yarn. The cover and the couple of pages I have started are a combination of collage images, distressed stamping ink, scrapbooking paper, and lettering stamping. I really like the open edges that become pockets when the paper bag is put together to form the book. I think this is perfect for hiding, holding, or containing even more art, writing, and other creative goodies!
Here are the first couple of pages started, but not yet complete… Writing and words coming soon…