A gauche instant book!

Here is the book I made with one piece of scrapbook paper and other supplies from the Gauche Alchemy Showstopper's Kit. This project was part of my Guest Designer gig for the month of April. It was really fun to have the kit to work with and besides that, I found it inspiring! You can find more step-by-step info in a post on the Gauche Alchemy blog.

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
  ~ Corita Kent

swap little books -sign up in a few weeks!

Just to keep you in the loop, in a couple of weeks I will be announcing a new creative swap. This new swap will be all about making and exchanging little books! Here are a few small books I've made, please click on the photo for more detail . . .

I run my creative art swaps through a separate blog and anyone is welcome to join, even beginners. There is a registration fee for the swaps that runs between $10-$15. It always includes a lesson. Well really, it's a mini workshop written by me for you to help you jump into the swap! The registration fee also includes return postage for your swap pieces to anywhere in the world. Most anyone will tell you that my swaps are well worth the registration fee!!

I hope you will join us sometime soon. These swaps are a great way to learn new things and exchange art, plus make new friends! If you would like to keep up with any of my blog posts via email, you can sign up here. There are 3 email "newsletters" you can sign up for: creative lenna -all the posts I write here, delivered to you as email. creative swaps -all the posts I write on creative swaps delivered as email. The Swap participants newsletter, the last choice on the list, is different. This is simply an email announcing a new art swap with one follow up reminder and that's it! No posts.

I hope this is all helpful to you!! creatively yours, lenna

friends & birthdays

Garth, Lenna, Nora & Steven
Our friends Garth & Nora, whom we have known for 40 years, left this afternoon. We also had another friend visit us at the same time, a whitewater paddling buddy of Steven's, Steve Hill from CT. We had a full house and a fun time. The house is so quiet now! I woke up this morning to the soft sound of a guitar playing . . . .

It was Steve Hill!

We had a campfire last night . . . .

And today is my husband Steven's birthday! 

His one request -
I make him something! 
So I made him a little book out of 1 piece of paper.

There are more photos of today HERE -including the book!

I hope you had a good weekend
I'll catch up more soon!!

valentine book!

Well, I did it! I made a small valentine book for Steven, that is : ^ )
I was scrambling to find the time to make this and I finished at the last minute, just in the nick of time . . .  but I am so glad I did. Steven loved the little book! Tim's video was all I needed to figure it out, see my previous post.

This is the first time I ever made this book -a mini one he calls it the "W" book. So, being my first time it is not that polished and the back cover should have been folded in the other direction. If I had paid more attention the whole book would show the red side of the paper (the back cover only shows the tan side). But, oh well! Steven did not seem to mind : ) This little book is 3" x 3" and made from one single piece of 12" x 12" paper. Here are a bunch of photos for you!

I made an "envelope" out of pretty paper that was
gifted to me : )

click on any photo for more detail

found text -an idea from my Altered book lessons I'll soon be teaching!!

3 of the pages are pockets!

This is a printed business card by MOO printing
you can see the back of it below left - address etc is below that
Link at the bottom of this post, great cards! 

Tissue tape from Tim Holtz


Love Potion #9?

made with love :  )
I really enjoyed making this and will make another one sometime! Did anyone else watch the video and make a mini book? I'd love to hear about it and/or see a link to your book - please leave a comment! 

Steven and I went out for a lovely dinner after visiting the ArtCenter Manatee and I wrote more about it on my daily photo journal. I found out have published 58 entries in a row, with my last gap being the 18th of December 2010, and 66 entries total since December 4th, 2010. The likelihood of me publishing an image tomorrow is 90.2% - and . . . I mention 'love' 232% more than the average Blipfoto journal. : )))  "all you need is love . . . (everybody)  all you need is love . . . all you need is lo-ove, all you really need is love!"
 xo lenna 

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tim holtz - valentine mini book

I subscribe to Tim Holtz's YouTube videos and found this one in my inbox this morning. Steven loves little books and Tim's book looks like a great variation on a small book I made Steven a few years ago:

2005? That is unbelievably, 6 years ago!

This little book above that I made for Steven is made from just a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" paper, where as the book Tim Holtz shows us in his video is made from a 12" x 12" sheet. You can also use Tim's Tissue Tape for the project, which is great fun for me since I only just discovered it at Collage Stuff. Until recently I have not done a lot of shopping because of packing, moving 1500 miles,  packing, moving . .. but I think now I can definitely say I am addicted to Lisa Busch's shop, Collage Stuff... it was my friend Frieda Oxenham who brought it to my attention. I don't know if I should thank her or . . . not??!! ; ^ ) Lisa has great products and wonderful service - I am saying this of my own accord!

I am going to try to make one of Tim Holtz's mini valentine books for Steven. We have a 'date' on Monday, valentines day, and I think this little book would be a perfect addition. We're going to the ArtCenter Manatee to see a watercolor show of the National Watercolor Society and then out to dinner, whoo whoo! If I make the book I'll share the book here if I can, and if you make one - post it on your blog and let me know! You could leave a comment here and give us the link. 

have a fun happy valentines day! 

xo lenna & steven 
(and Asia & Chloe)

sending love from florida!