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Ticket to Venice Journal

Continuing my travel journal with   Mary Ann Moss. (fab class very different, not a hand holder).  this class is Ticket to Venice 

 The signatures were long in the making as my stash had no paper larger than 12 X 12, the covers are 8x10.  This meant creating pages, adding flaps, pockets, lots of angst and remaking.   I have avoided book binding of any sort as it demands more tools and special supplies.  My room/studio is bursting at the seams with tools and supplies from all the various crafts that were embraced with great enthusiasm in a class than dropped for the next fad.  So I embarked on the class with the sole purpose of abstracting from it the thought processes and the creative process to expand my travel journal expertise.  Since my journals are usually made after the trip with photos, notes, ephemera, and endless pages torn from catalogs and brochures obtained at state welcome centers and tourist information centers along the way this was quite a shift in operations.   Mary An…


WOYWW #185

Here we are another week looking into the lives of crafters around the globe.  this week with great difficulty my desk was cleaned off only to reemerge into it's normal state a few hours later.  This is because I  started an on line class with Mary Ann Moss of remains Of Day fame.  This one is called Ticket To Venice and over the next six weeks we will follow her journey to Venice and the making of a travel journal, and on her return how she completes the process.  Like a peep into her mind.  The class is made up of many very experienced bookmakers and travel journal makers.  My reason for taking this class is to expand my travel journal making experience.  it is a solitary pursuit and it is easy to get in a rut.

 I am not into vintage and do not want to make a fantasy trip to Venice.  My decision is to make a travel book for all 2013 and fill it along the way. 
 Her first step is to make a cover, the opposite to me.  In fact my books are made when i return so this is forcing me int…

WOYWW #186


Another week and here we are at the madness started by Julia at Stamping-ground. I really enjoy my visits to work-desks around the world and get a real kick visiting UK. Here is this weeks desk.

There was a lot of activity, this past seven days as I started  the Ellen Houston 12 Tags of Christmas...... and the realization hit that that this was a very time consuming task as most of the time was deciding how to  improvise on tag. Added  to that some of them were styles that were not "my thing" and the materials were not in my possession. All the designers use a large number of Copics, something I do not possess.  most of all a lot more time was spent reading that doing as i just had to visit each designers blog and look at every designers work.  There are some great tags that looked relatively simple. Simple is a nice word that means care and planning, it should set of an alarm in my brain "Not for a slob like you".   So on my desk you see the three on the left a…

Tag 5 and 6 of the 12 Tags of....

This is another Tag 5. It really is a learning experience as I do not copy well.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist, Now for todays tag. Julia Stainton made a 3D tag using a Tim Holtz die the snowflake rosette. Of course I do not have it. So I just read through her directions and just added my own twist. You could say twisted idea!

I managed to emboss the card, again no snowflake embossing folder so used a circles then i swiped it with a pink dabber, embossed it with powder and forgot to tap the excess off so when the heat gun was applied it flew all over me. The flower is from tattered floral cut out of old book pages sprayed with Dyan Reavery's purple, crushed grape . The leaves are felt and the photo is not coming up vertical

Think the mess needs a tidy up. Tomorrow is lemon meringue pie day.

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Day6 12 tags of......

I may never catch up and get the first 4 done. This was easier but I must redo as I have some great ideas.

This is my rendition of Teri Anderson's 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist. I used some of the fiber in my collection from my days in fiber and embellishment. Just love mixing fiber, paper, glitter and glue. I made a couple more trees and tomorrow will make a tag then edit this post and adding them to it, that is to keep them on the same post. It is very gratifying to feel that the two tags completed so far are a super learning experience and make me so happy.

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Tag 5 12 tags of Christmas with a Feminine twist

This is my first try at one of these on line challenges. This is inspired by Kittie Caraccolo The web page is Ellen Hutson the classroom. I now have a growing list of goodies I would like to buy from this site so will keep it until the end of the challenge. I now have the 4 previous ones to make. How do people rush this stuff out so fast. Maybe if I had die cuts then I could speed it up.

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Julie set up this scheme called Whats On your Worktop Wednesday, so we could all mosey around the desks  of crafters, artist or whatever title blows your skirt up around the globe.  It is a legal addiction.    This gives some of us the satisfaction that we are not the only messy workers in the world and everyone has petulant muses at one time or another.   Here is my work space sort of cleaned off .  As usual, the where should I put this bits lay about in anticipation of a new comfortable draw where they will be forgotten.   The red felt was used to die cut flowers in a demo for my friend Deanie on the advantage of this piece of equipment for those of us who after a few hours cutting have aching hands and fingers.  nest to it is a catalog, useful when gluing, to isolate glue from any where not to be glued.   

This is the card I made for Deanie that I forgot to take with me.  Those creatures were sheep.  I knew she would have a fit of hysterical laughter at my attempt to draw.  This is w…

WOYWW Nov 27

On my workspace are Distress Stains in bright colors. Hope they simplify covering with color. As much as I like Dylusions it always results in paints everywhere so i thought I would give this a try.

A fast week, well faster than usual with the Thanksgiving holiday that we spent in Mission TX at an RV park next to a state park, famous for birding. My bird is an orange Altamira oriole.

 The park has many volunteers an great bird watching spots. All the birds are high performers, total hams. The famous green jays are so bossy.

 The chachalakas are the clowns, running around, up and down trees and so noisy

. Great place for Thanksgiving with friends Kate and Dennis.  Kate is an incredible cook.  She has a garden so always whips up great meals.  they travel in an Airstream.

Finished travel journal and now on to tags: managed to spend time with neighbor Carol and her visiting Mom, MarVee, playing with inks and stamps. Showed them how I made flowers and they both created some beau…


Finally, finished my Colorado Travel Memories and cleared my desk; now to dump all the paper as tomorrow we head out for Thanksgiving at Bentsen Palms RV Park in Mission TX.

here it is.  The idea comes from a You tube video by Steff Miller.  Using Prima Paper and embellishment she created a beautiful book.  Mine is a little different.  I have written this post 4 times and Blogger had a fit and DID It Its's way!!!!!

Spine and outside cover 

bend your neck as if in Yoga for this one!!! it is the fold out accordion book from page above.

ran out of steam for Pagosa Springs where we splashed around in the various hot water pools.  
Flap folded out.
Homeward bound and a last day in  a favorite place, Santa Fe NM



Well waiting for a post from Julie, not quite Wednesday in UK.  Julie had the mad idea to have people write a post with photos to show what is on their desk every Wednesday then all visit each others desk and leave comments.  it is so interesting and so many talented people worldwide and even some others with messy desks.  Hurrah
A busy week not helped by bursitis in my hip, painful standing or sitting.  Good news fingers work.
My desk as usual, a cacophony of ideas abandoned and developed.  here is a page in the Colorado travel journal

A takeover of my seat

Pages 2 and 3.  I found a video on Prima on making an accordion book. that I adjusted .  I do not have any of their papers so had to improvise.  So instead of beautiful designed expensive paper i am using mail junk and all manner of re-purposed bits and pieces.

Well time for dinner as i just spent another art day with Deanie.  She is producing so much beautiful fiber work.

Discovered that my problem posting on Blogsy was due to my route…

Apple store chek


WOYWW More for the travel book

It is again WOYWW, a sort of round robin for blogs site where you show your messy desk, then go off and look at others desks and what crafters around the world make. It is the brain child of Julia. She is at

After a disastrous week of trying to make Blogsy work on iPad I am trying again with iPad photos only this weekend i cleaned up my PC so we shall see if it is OK if not that it is on to checking the WiFi.

I do not know quite what direction to take with this journal. We went to Colorado in July and I was too busy to make a journal. I really want it to be just a small book about the whole trip. For some reason there are few momentoes and my notes are scant. Originally the idea was to make it a photo journal on line and tag all the photos as we went along. That was not done. There are 650 photos. I want to make them into a slide show and leave it there.

Above the windowseat  with the collection of information to go in the journal,  all from free tr…