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.
The contents of the pages (as well as for the page’s fun pockets!) are collaged of mostly items I collected on the go which included, but was not limited to: receipts, maps, stickers, stamps, flight stuff (boarding passes, baggage tags, etc.), ticket stubs, business cards, food wrappers, thank you cards, mini art I created, pins, and print materials from local tourist magazines, brochures, or related to the events I was attending.
I also used my SMASH stamp to date most of the pages, distressed ink for some of the page edges, added a little hand stitching, as well as used the wonderful collection of paper and creative goodness I received in the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Paper Stash Swap.
Sometimes I took this gluebook with me while I was traveling to work on in the hotel, on the plane, or to stash stuff. I always had a quart size plastic bag (or two!) with me full of goodies and supplies. Other times I worked on the pages when I returned. Working on each page was a great way to process the experience and events.
May: Arts, Military + Healing Conference : Washington DC
I think my favorite gluebooking material for this spread was all the maps I collected from around the Washington DC area featuring the city, landmarks, and public transportation.
In the pockets for this spread, I added mini art that I created at the conference or inspired by the program.
I started to use some of my paper stash swap goodies I received in September for this spread.
Just before I left for my visit to SIUE, I received a portion of an Illinois map in another paper stash exchange that fit perfectly for this page!
I probably collected the most things while visiting Emporia! My favorite gluebook addition here is probably the fortune cookie wrapper and fortune that I saved from the Chinese Buffet!
This page is dedicated to the week-end getaway we took to Vegas for my birthday and the various keepsakes I saved from this trip: stuff from our adventure to In and Out Burger, the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum, my filet mignon birthday steak, and fun fortune telling encounters.
This spread pays tribute to FSU’s campus, which was so beautiful!
Gluebooking fun continues in a different form this week: it is the deadline for completed gluebook pages to be received for our exchange @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2! Stay tuned for photos and more sharing about this soon… go, gluebooking, go!
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!
During a recent art therapy supervision session, I was re-introduced (thanks Mary!) to the technique of taking a basic file folder and re-purposing it into a mini book that could be used as an art journal. I wanted to remember the folding sequence and steps involved, so I decided to do a quick, short how-to video and thought other creatives would also be interested in trying this fun, easy, and inexpensive idea. Materials you will need to get started include a file folder (with side tabs, not a middle tab) and some glue:
Here’s some written steps:
1. Start with the tab in the upper right hand corner.
2. Fold the folder up from the bottom straight across so the tab curves line up. This will create four pockets inside of the journal.
3. Next start with the right side and begin to fold this into the middle, making sure the bottom of the tab lines up with the file’s center seam.
4. Fold the left side to the middle, lining up the upper left section with the center seam. Note the file’s tabs will be extending out of the journal.
5. Squeeze the folder/journal in together- Glue the middle together and the folder’s edges.
6. Embellish with paint, collage, fabric, and mixed media materials. The thickness of the file folder surface is great for painting, sewing into, and doing lots of collage! The pockets are the perfect size for Artist Trading Cards, tags, and other creative keepsakes!