Friday, May 6, 2022

News from the Coop

 I've been chicken-sitting for some new friends and being the compulsive photographer I am, I put together a newsletter for their time away. These are from the last two vizzies and I'm getting ready to do another one this week.  



 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Custom Journal for THE John Morgan

I wanted to write a blog post for my latest journal, since I didn't do a video flip-thru of it before I sent it to its recipient, John Morgan. I wrote a more extensive post in honour of John Morgan on my Labyrinth Gal blog. This post is more about the journal. I'll show some photos, and then I will have links to supplies, tools, and information on how to make the journal.

Here's the journal:
It's a Booksmith journal, of course! It has a 3 1/2 inch curved spine.

 John is the author of GrasshopperNotes.com
hence The Grasshopper in all its festive glory.
I made the frame using a creative commons 
image I got in MS Publisher. 

I used gold paint to accent, and a gold-ribbon tie closure:

The inside opens to reveal that it is also a Traveler's Notebook:
Green elastics.  I included 3 inserts, but there
is LOTS of room and elastics to add more.

I glued an envelope down on the inside front 
cover with a note inside. Ferny wax seal on the 
envelope in keeping with the green theme. 

The letter inside says:
"Listener Food" is defined on a page down 
below. A "Remote" is a radio term for being
out of the studio on location. Often remote. Ha!

A pocket made with a green file folder for cards, ephemera &c.:

Here's the first insert:

I designed the inserts in MS Publisher and included a lot of family photos, which I won't share here. I also included some of his birthday-related blogposts. Here are a few pages:
Photo of him and his dad, secured with Tim Holtz paper clip.

John & his mother in a photo booth:
Looks like a Tim Holtz photo strip. That's another 
one of his tiny paper clips holding it to the page.

Photo of Steve Martin that John took at one of his shows:
So I signed it a la Steve Martin.

Last page:
Magnolia May was really John's idea! So I 
had to have "her" sign his book.

The idea for this is that friends and family can sign The Birthday Book, taken out of the Traveler's Notebook, so I included a pen loop and  (NON-fountain) pen:
Pilot G-2 rollerball pen.

Back cover of the Birthday insert:
John is wearing one of his granddaughter's 
hats, taken at her birthday party.

Second insert: I have notebooks & journals filled with notes I took over the years for John Morgan Seminars. I've often read them to him, but he's never seen them. So I included a few pages in an insert for him:

I copied the entries onto parchment paper:




The third insert is Radio-themed from his days in radio:

Inside has a pocket made with a photo of him when he was a DJ at KCMO (Kansas City). He rode a bull for some radio stunt:

Inside the pocket is one of his blog posts, Friendship,
 printed onto parchment.

Here are a few pages with quotes and stories:


John had Gary Owens (from Laugh-In) record some 
"drop-ins" for his show.

Center of insert:
Newspaper article from DJ days at KCMO.


Back of insert:
He was "Chuck Taylor" in Wilkes-Barre for 2 years and 
told a lot of corny jokes. E.g. "Today's secret word is 
PEANUT BUTTER. Spread it around." Hahahaha

Back cover of Radio insert:

I included one of his Grasshopper Notes journals:


If you want to make a journal like this:
1. Take the Adventures in Booksmithing course by Nik The Booksmith.
2. Take the Hollow Back Book Binding course.
3. Then make a Traveler's Notebook spine with elastics.

Sound like a lot of work?  Exactly. However, if you want to make high quality, fool-proof journals and books, it's still the best course to take. She has taken the guesswork out of making a Booksmith tome, and you won't have to try to deconstruct or reinvent how to do it. Clear instructions, all the best materials, supplies and tools to use.  She does a lot of free tutorials on her YouTube channel, too. OK, that's my testimonial.  ;-)  

For Booksmith-specific materials & supplies, you'll need to take the course. E.g. cover material, spine construction, etc. etc. For the rest, here are (non-affiliate) links to supplies and materials:

HP laser 32 lb. paper  Decent for photos and great for rollerball or fountain pens!
Elastic (1 mm):  The elastic in this journal is from Tuesday Morning from years ago. Your local craft store should have basic white and/or black. White is good because they you can dye it whatever colour you need. I just lucked out with the already-green for this journal!
Double-sided tape (used in making the back Ephemera pocket)
Fern wax seal  I can't find the exact one I have, but this one is close.
Coloured hot glue sticks (The ones I used are currently unavailable)

If I've left anything out that you want to know about, leave a comment below & I'll answer.

Lastly, 2 videos on how to make non-wax "wax" seals. The first with hot glue:


Here's a video tutorial from Nik with a different method:

OK, I think that's all!  



Monday, October 11, 2021

Autumn Postcards

Harry Payne (1858-1927) was a British artist who was known for his military paintings, but he also did a lot of pastoral, cottagecore kind of paintings. Perfect for postcards! Here are a few Autumnish images:







Collecting faggots:

Last load of faggots:
Did the other guy knock off early?

Awwww . . . 

Henfield sends a kindly thought:

No kindly thought from anyone:

With Birthday greetings . . . 

And "waving fields" without:




Here are some of the backs from original postcards:
Gertie sends Happ Birthday greetings to Master Robinson.

"Wretched summer weather."

What snack does Ernest send Elfie on Sundays? Chocolate, perhaps? 
And why is Mabel only coming for that?
There's no postmark, so did she never send this bold request--or was it hand-delivered?
We shall never know.

Many Happy Returns!

Bill is 'aving a laugh:


And here's a blank back for you to whip out your own fountain pen for a quick missive:

These images are in the public domain to use as you wish.