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Inspired by Monet’s gardens in Giverny, I’m making plans for some major planting and construction in my backyard this coming Fall.  I’m going to use the quote tiles, written by my friends over my birthday, to create the top of the short garden wall, and bring the flower gardens back to their former glory!! What […]

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Still playing with the handmade papers  Loving the possibilities I imagine with the ones we pulled this weekend. This one had a huge yellow mum embedded in it. Of course, that inspired a VanGogh sunflower. And the quality of the oil pastels added gave it a painterly look. 

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Last week we crafted several sheets of handmade paper. My photography partner in this project, Tom Trauberman, then found the perfect image to enhance the paper. We trasfered the hollyhock onto the botanical paper using a trasfer gel. Both  the paper and the image were ideal for each other. As you can see, the texture […]

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This small intimate group shared their vacation adventures and hopes while learning a boookbinding technique in our “travel” themed class. Though it was chanllenging at times, each book resulted in a unique treasure and story.

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I just finished my Paris Vacation Journal  and I’m SO happy with the result!! Last night I bound the journal pages together with a Japanese bookbinding technique I’ve used before. With the waxed linen thread, the book stays tight and yet has enough flexibility to open the pages easily. What great fun to relive the […]

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I wanted to add a piece of my handmade paper that I made this weekend to my Vacation Journal as one of the pages. In keeping with the Paris theme of the Journal I choose a paper with a large garden flower to enhance the Monet’s Garden portion of  the Paris experience. On the more […]

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A friend said,”I hardly ever PRINT out my pictures anymore”. So why should you still print your pictures when digital is so convenient? There are 2 reasons.  Certainly you don’t need to print them all. But you should print the best of the best,  your favorite ones. Reaason #1; Remember how great it was to […]

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When pulling all my pictures of Paris together, I didn’t have a really good picture of the Lourve. So I went on-line to look for FREE pictures. I found a beautiful photo of the Lourve and a generic travel photo to use for my front cover. If you need filler pictures, or you’re  putting together […]

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I want my vacation journey told through picture postcards, like we used to get as a kid from friends and family traveling. I collected postcards from everywhere I went on the trip. If I’d had the presence of mind, I would have SENT them home to myself so there would be a canceled stamp from […]

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I’ve started working on my first of several Vacation Journals. This one will cover  the PARIS portion of my trip. So from all my memorabilia I selected 10 pictures,  and other related stuff, ticket stubs, a map, and a brochure. Now I will turn the  pictures into postcards, where I will be doing my travel […]

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