Letters to Mary

Mary Green, my fabulous Your Vintage GlueBook instructor gave us a challenge the other day . . . read all about it on her blog: Green Paper. What is really great about this challenge is that Mary is giving us a free collage sheet on her blog to do the challenge! Post your artwork with the challenge images on your own blog, and then use a linky tool to create a small thumbnail on Mary's Green Paper Blog that will take visitors to your art. Mary is always coming up with great stuff and I so admire her. For her challenge I did a gluebook page, continuing in my 5" x 8" notebook that I started in class.

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The images I needed to use were the large envelope addressed to Miss Mary Hayes, the small blue-flowered cigarette card in the envelope and the image of the actress Mabel Amber that is sticking out of the envelope on the right side. I took the envelope image and attached it to the front of a glassine envelope the same size, folding the envelope back to the front and using it like a pocket. Besides the challenge items, I added 2 postage stamps to the envelope, (thank you sharon walworth!) part of Mary Green's business card and a bit of crumpled tissue paper; the same tissue paper that I used as a background for the right side of the spread and as a top trimming for both pages.

On the right there is an old photograph that I liked because it looked as if the children were looking at the actress. I painted her dress with a bit of blue pigment powder, still out in the table from my last project. I added one of the calendars from Mary Green's e-shop and some border scraps from a sheet of scrapbook paper. On the left side I used a illustrated dictionary page sent to me from Mary with the returns of our Vintage Gluebook ATC swap - I love it! The colorful flowers at the bottom I purchased from mary's e-shop and the birds were another swap gift from Mary. Did she know she was sending me "Florida Grasshopper Sparrows"? wow!!  I made the tiny envelopes by hand, and added a small photo of me in California from 1979 at the top of the left hand page. I am into almost Vintage Gluebook pages now that I have graduated from Mary's class! This class is available online, still active and self-paced. Find out more about it by going here: Your Vintage GlueBook class. Thanks for the challenge, Mary!!