Here I’ve used magazine photo images sent by Lani in 2013’s Creative Pay It Forward, pages from a vintage Reader’s Digest book I discovered, dictionary pages, and other collage bits & pieces I’ve been collecting. Looking for to this week’s Glue It Tuesday’s fun!
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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]
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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 week-end I finally finished up a paper bag gluebook I started this summer for my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-workshop over at 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. It’s been in a decreasing pile of “gluebooks in progress” patiently waiting to be done:
For these gluebook pages, I used some of Tracy’s dictionary pages from her paper stash (thank you!), distressed ink, bits of Tim Holtz’s lost and found paper, a little hand stitching , and images from an old photo stock catalog that I discovered.
These are the “before” photos of how I created this paper bag gluebook:
A paper bag gluebook can be easily and inexpensively made using lunch bags or even recycling large paper grocery bags. The photos above for my gluebook use three lunch size bags. After cutting off the flaps along the bottom of each bag, simply stack and fold them in half. Removing the flaps creates neat pockets for stashing and holding notes, collage pieces, or other keepsakes you’d like to discreetly make part of your gluebook. You can determine the number of pages you want to have in your gluebook by how many paper bags you choose to use.
Then, to keep it simple, you can two punch holes at the top and bottom of the folded side, then tie with yarn, string, or fabric.
Here is another paper bag journal idea and technique using grocery bags from Judy Wise’s blog. Enjoy!
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.
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!
I just returned back from the 2012 BATA Symposium, Releasing and Reforming: Art Therapy as Social Action in Dublin, Ohioand wanted to share some photos and inspirations from the last few days:
Peace Paper was honored to be part of this year’s Symposium and it was great to team up with Drew and Margaret again to introduce to Symposium attendees how papermaking can be used as a form of social action, trauma intervention, and transformation. Thank you to the BATA Board of Directors, BATA President Michele Tarsitano Amato, and Symposium Program Chair Marshae Armante for inviting us and their hospitality. We enjoyed exploring the many ways papermaking can be applied to the art therapy setting, the work of art therapists, and the enthusiasm about these possibilities from attendees.
I also attended a breakout workshop facilitated by Michigan art therapists Margaret McGuinness, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, Kathy Schnur, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, and their colleague Karen Smigelski, MA, LPC about The Power of Words to Promote Change. They introduced us to creating “Taglines” with polymer clay, beads, wire, and other creative embellishments to create messages & affirmations for cultivating kindness, as well as an intervention for responding to/exploring the impact of bullying. The workshop reinforced how our words have power & energy that affect others, emotions, and thoughts. Learn more about the workshop’s concept, their data on the power of words, and The Power of Words to Promote Change workshops being offered through WillowsEdge Counseling and Art Center.
Below is my “Tagline” I created during their workshop:
I also added another spread to my Adventure Gluebook inspired by the Symposium with paper & goodies from last month’s paper stash swap, some items and handmade paper I picked up or received during the Symposium to use as collage stuff, and my SMASH label maker. I think my Tagline could go inside one of the pockets or be attached to one of the pages tabs where it would be more visible. This gluebook is really starting to fill out nicely! I look forward to continuing to work on it.
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!