This is a bit of a personal topic for me. I need to stay whole. Last fall, I spent five weeks in Sacramento with my parents because Paul was on rotation out in San Diego. I left our apartment, my stuff and my part time job. Before I went, it made a lot of sense - there was no point in rattling around the house by myself. But after I had been gone a few weeks I realized that it felt like I had put my life on hold. It felt like a time out. I loved visiting with the fam but didn't like that I had stopped making stuff, cooking dinner, going into work, living on my own.
We are looking at a lot of time apart over the next fifteen years. I want to remember to stay whole through it. Ultimately, we'll both be better off.
I made the book above with a few thoughts but mostly just pretty papers. When I make books like this I first decide on size and then what the cover will be. In this case, I wrapped up thick 5x3.5 inch pieces of chipboard in pages from an Anthropologie catalog.
Next, I make the pages of the book, back and front. I keep a huge drawer of paper scraps and little boxes of embellishments like the lace and star above. I cut the papers down to size and decorate as needed. Then I figure out an order for the pages to go, come up with text and finally, punch holes and add book rings.
This last GOventure day, I went back to paper and books. It's what I am most comfortable with which means I didn't have to think too outside the box. But sometimes that's good.
Thanks for following along this past week. KAL, I know it's been busy but I am glad we made time for this. You + your art are awesome. Thank you.