A Tale of Two Journeys

It had for many years been the dream of a DF to visit the country of her ancestors, the Ukraine. The opportunity arose this year when she was invited to join her Ukrainian immigrant friends on a visit to their homeland. Flights were booked, accommodations arranged and their three week journey began early in June.

My excitement for DF couldn’t have been greater and I am looking forward to hearing all about her adventures. Hopefully, she has taken hundreds of photos and kept a travel journal. Since I had just embarked on a journey of my own (making books), I thought she might like a “traveller’s notebook” style journal to encourage and help her along. There are dozens of ideas and tutorials available on Youtube about making travel journals, so after watching a few, I came up with the following.

The folio-style journal cover was made from an old hanging file folder covered with Tim Holtz’ “Eclectic Elements” fabric, chosen because of the map print.

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I added a Sizzix die cut to the inside cover for holding ticket stubs, stamps and other such snippets.

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Using cardstock and tea-dyed papers, I made three insert booklets. These were held in journal cover using elastic binding in a Midori style. I couldn’t stop  myself from inserting travel related quotes on several pages.

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Finally, I included a tag or two which DF could write on or use as book marks.Travel_journal-6

To my fellow Canadians: Happy Canada Day!

Crafting a Souvenir

Following our field trip to Graycliff I wanted to make a  souvenir/ gift for DC who initially had suggested the trip. Amongst the photos  taken were a few that included him which could have just been emailed, but I wanted to do something different.

Software was used to make the photos look  faded and vintage  before being  printed  on glossy paper. With inspiration from Youtuber Nik the Booksmith,  I proceeded with the next part of the project. She generously offered a “Polaroid” template to download. I printed several copies on glossy cardstock. The centres of each “Polaroid frame” had to be cut out with an Xacto knife.

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After gluing the frames to the photos they were added  to a small booklet which I had made from cardstock. It included space for DC to write his memories of the day.

Using Kraft cardstock, glue, string, brads, and a paper punch I crafted  a “folio” type folder  to mail the photo booklet to DC.

I happened to have a rubber stamp with a favourite travel quote which I stamped onto the back :

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It wasn’t exactly an apt quote since we had a destination in mind, but we did have a few detours along the road to Graycliff, so I guess one could say we “got lost”, if only for a few moments.

This project turned out to be only the first step on my journey to altered books.

Snow Storm

Winter is not exiting gracefully! After a relatively easy, snowless season, we were hit with 48 hours of snow fall. This is the view from an upstairs window:

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Not needing to go anywhere, it was a great opportunity to be absorbed in a good book:

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“Snow Day” Acrylic on canvas 51 x 51 cm

Were you snowed in too? If so, how did you enjoy the day?

 

Happy New Year-2017

“What will this year bring? I wonder…”

New Year’s Day in our house marked the end of another Christmas season. Much of the day was spent packing away the decorations, lights, garlands, linens and dinnerware. totes-1As these tasks were dealt with, we took time to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the past year. Using  a large white cardboard and markers, we drew up  a 2016 balloon chart with various categories as a challenge to our memories.  This chart was placed on the dining room table and added to as memories came flooding back.  It’s a fun activity that brought with it moments of sadness as we recalled those who are no longer with us; lots of joy as we recalled funny things, friend and family events, and travels. The categories of weather and current events had an extraordinarily large number of memories!

Now that Christmas has been packed away, both of us are preparing to indulge in “binge reading”.

 

book_stack-1                              Hubby’s stack of books to read is 2 feet (60cm) tall!

I have been saving Patrick Taylor’s latest book “An Irish Country Love Story” just for this time when I can savour every word. If you are not familiar with the Irish Country Novel Series, I highly recommend it for a joyous escape. It is also a good teaser for my upcoming trip to Ireland!

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