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Before & After : Paper Bag Gluebook Goodness

November 25, 2012

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!

Gluebook Goings On @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2

August 18, 2012

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 gluebooking in Australia!

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’s Brown Paper Envelope Gluebook

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’s Gluebook: My Art

Kathy’s gluebook 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!

Paper stashes inside Kathy’s gluebook

Laura’s Gluebook: Materials & Inspiration

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!

My 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebook

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!

Quart Size Creative Goodness

August 11, 2012

This week was the mailing deadline for the paper stash swap in my gluebook e-workshop over at 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the posts and updates posted by community members participating about putting their stash together, as well as photos of the creative goodness gathered to put into their bag for mailing.  Such a variety of colors, textures, prints, and more. Oh the possibilities and creativity that each quart bag holds!

Bailey’s Paper Stash Going to Ontario

Look at all the shimmer and creative goodness in Bailey’s stash already in route to Ontario!

Lani’s Paper Stash Going to Indiana

Over at 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist’s Life, Lani posted about the workshop’s gluebooking fun and shared some of her paper stash tips and art journaling ideas!

Susanna’s Paper Stash Going to Florida

Susanna’s blog post this week on At Loose Ends describes what she collected to use in her paper stash being sent to Florida.

Jolie’s Paper Stash Box

Jolie turned an empty Kleenex box into her paper swap treasury to collect creative goodness for her stash. Great idea!

Hannah’s Paper Stash Going to Missouri

Hannah Klaus Hunter, workshop instructor for Creating a Mindful Studio Practice at 6 Degrees of Creativity 2, put together this stash headed to Missouri from her collection of papers.

Paper Stash Received by Marina

My paper stash from Marina already arrived this week (speedy delivery!) chock full of gorgeous papers, images, and even some large sheets of old Touch Drawings. What a nice surprise to come home to and go through with excitement and delight! Thank you Marina! I can’t wait to use the stash in a new gluebook I’m going to create about 6 Degrees of Creativity over the next few months.

Stay tuned for a future blog post featuring some of the gluebooks being created in Creative Goodness with Gluebooks to share some of the inspiring work, themes, and ideas happening!

Instant Inspiration Monday: SMASH + Gluebooks

April 16, 2012

Today is Instant Inspiration Monday, being led by Nicole Levesque over at her blog Inner Expressions Art Therapy.   I love this collaborative concept she has created promoting creativity, the use of social media, and the fun of collaboration!  Every Monday Nicole invites the blogosphere to “share an image  of something that sparked your creativity or a project you are currently working on”.   You can blog about it, upload a photo with Instagram, or share your inspiration through other photo sharing sites such as Photobucket or Flickr.  Wonderful!

My contribution to Instant Inspiration Monday is my growing love of anything SMASH related.   My SMASH inspiration started with a few stickies and a SMASH pen (one end pen + one end glue stick = brilliant!), but this week-end I added a SMASH mini-book,  pad, and stamp to my growing collection for creative fun.

Learn more about SMASH here:

My snapshot for Instant Inspiration Monday is a page from my SMASH book, where I’ve been putting down my ideas and excitement about my Gluebook workshop for 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 starting this summer:

My combined interests in collage, creating portable art through artist trading cards, collecting paper, and making handmade altered books for art journaling led me to learn more about the idea of gluebooks.  I am excited to add SMASH to this mix too!  I am inspired by the concept of gluebooks to creatively share experiences, memories, and ideas through the daily collection of paper related discoveries that can then be transformed into art!

Inspired!  🙂

Art Therapy Group Strategies & Interventions with Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence- Seton Hill University Trauma Conference

March 13, 2011

This week-end I attended Trauma, Recovery, & Growth: Art Therapy & Other Therapeutic Approaches hosted by Seton Hill University, the Graduate Art Therapy Program, and the program’s Student Art Therapy Association. I had the pleasure to present an afternoon workshop focusing on strategies and important themes to consider when facilitating group work with youth exposed to domestic violence.

Part of the workshop included a hands on art experiential where participants were introduced to making paper houses and encouraged to think about and create what makes a house a home & safe. Exploring issues around home in the context of safety planning, safe places, and helping to contain overwhelming feelings associated with worry and fear are important for children and adolescents from violent homes and have been impacted by the terror of domestic violence in their daily lives.

The PDF below includes information and a visual how-to about creating a three dimensional house from a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and some simple paperfolding steps. Art expression in trauma intervention can create a safe, welcoming, and non-threatening environment that can support traumatized youth in sharing their story through the creative process and artmaking.  This paper house intervention and the process of paperfolding combines mindfulness elements with the structure of containment to help youth feel safe and explore experiences rooted in trauma and loss through art.

If you are interested in learning more about art therapy with youth impacted by domestic violence, check out some of my presentations here.  Thanks to Seton Hill’s Graduate Art Therapy Program and Student Art Therapy Association for an awesome conference!

Combat Paper Project: Liberating Uniforms into Art

October 10, 2009

Last week-end I attended the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory’s Anniversary Celebration and Open House here in Cleveland, which was tons of fun– great music, good food, silent art auction, and papermaking and printing demos.  My main objective in attending the Open House was to connect with Drew Matott, one of the Founders of Combat Paper Project who was traveling to Cleveland for the celebration.  What a pleasure this was!   Check out my Facebook photos from this evening here.

I have been very interested in CPP’s work and mission- Here’s some  information from the Combat Paper website about the project:

The story of the soldier, the Marine, the men and the women and the journeys within the military service in a time of war is the basis for this project. The goal is to utilize art as a means to help veterans reconcile their personal experiences as well as broaden the traditional narrative surrounding service, honor and the military culture.

Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beat and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences as a soldier in war.

The Combat Paper Project is based out of Green Door Studio in Burlington, VT and has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, providing veterans’ workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists’ talks. This project is made possible by a multifaceted collaboration between artists, art collectors, academic institutions and combat veterans.

Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, combat papermakers are attempting to progress from creating works specific to their military experiences to expressing a broader vision on militarism and society. The work reflects both the anger of the past and hope for the future. Through this collaboration between civilians and veterans, a much-needed conversation is generated regarding our responsibilities to the returned veteran and an understanding of the dehumanizing effects of warfare.  ~ From About Combat Paper Project

Combat Paper Project

Combat Paper Project

Art from destruction, resistance, pain, and opposition that is then altered and re-constructed into something that is freeing, healing, and with a new life and meaning  has always interested me in my work as an art therapist. With many of the traumatized and grieving youth I have worked with,  I have witnessed what the process of tearing, ripping, destroying, and breaking down a material (paper, clay, wood, fabric, etc.) and the emotions, memories this can surface… then guiding the same de-constructed material into re-constructed art that can be experienced at a different perspective, as well as tell or show a new story rooted in hope and resiliency.

The highlight of the MPC Open House was meeting Donna– a veteran who participated in CPP workshops this summer in Cleveland @ MPC and had some of this art included in the silent art auction. Donna was able to share with me her experience  about being a Combat Papermaker and the transforming power the process had for herself and the group of veterans who participated in the workshop.  To listen to  her testimony and memories while  looking through and holding a book completely made of paper from her  military uniform was humbling and an honor.   

You can learn more about the papermaking process of The Combat Paper Project by viewing the video below.

If you are interested in following the updates, travels, and work of the Combat Paper Project, you can find them here on Facebook or visit their website – which includes information about the artists, exhibits, residencies, upcoming events and workshops, sponsorship opportunities, and how to donate to the cause.

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