Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Post #4: Woven Paper Structures

I have created a video to show you how to make beautiful woven paper creations. I am also sharing photographs of several projects I have made using this versatile technique. I hope you give it a try too.
Thanks for stopping by.


 These first two images are woven paper that I then joined at the end to form a circular form. 

This is a recent project that uses Graphic 45 papers and vintage gloves to make a book.

Watch the video below to learn how to make woven paper.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Post #3: My Map Art

Today I would like to share with you some of the map art I made about a year ago. I was obsessed with vintage maps and atlases; the kind you can pick up at local estate sales or second hand book stores for a few dollars. I was fascinated by the colors, lines and differences between maps from 30 or 40 years ago and now. I cut folded, layered, and reshaped them to fit the projects I wanted to create. I hope you enjoy this little tour of my map art. Thanks for stopping by.


 "Edna's Travels" is an artist's book made of envelopes and letters written by Edna Rudolph, a teacher who spent her summers traveling the world and writing home about it. Each letter is housed in an atlas envelope of the country she was visiting at the time. The envelopes are folded using Hedi Kyle's method and sewn into the spine of the book. This book was shown at Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, CA and the Carmel Valley Library in CA.

"Red Routes" is an origami folded single sheet of orange paper that forms pockets to hold the twist folded map squares. I tried to find map sections with red lines that moved around the piece.

 "Crossover" uses several techniques, including folded vellum with text cut and carefully inserted in each pleat in the shape of a river with an accompanying map of the same river with punched holes showing the relative width of the river as it meanders along. This piece traveled around the country last year as part of San Diego Book Arts member shows at Cerritos Library in Orange County, CA and the Graficas Gallery on Nantucket.

"Meeting Creek is a river in Kentucky that has a nice shape. It was cut into the pleated vellum and a vellum river is overlaid on the map of Kentucky. This tin box used to hold watercolors.

 I worked on a series of cut maps in which I carefully cut out everything but the roads on maps and then inserted them in bottles. I like the shadows the paper casts in the light that shines through them. The one above is called "Nesting" and the two below are "Network I and II." The maps came from an old travel guide on England and each map is from a different city.

I created this map house and origami inside tea bags for a friend who kindly gave me the tea in the first place. The lovely triangular mesh tea bags just begged to be used for something creative.

Finally, here is a close up of "Entanglement." This is a single sheet of map paper folded accordion style, with cut windows that are then folded into cranes and their heads are entwined. I invented this crane creation by combining several different techniques. It was shown at CODEX 2013 in Richmond, CA.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

This is a very special post. Today I am submitting work for the Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition. I only recently discovered Graphic 45 papers, but have worked very hard in the last few weeks to create six projects for consideration. Thank you for this opportunity and for creating such lovely papers to work with.

 1. Tower of Treats: For this project I used 6 x 6 Couture and Botanical Tea paper pads. I wanted to use the striped papers because I like the way they look zigzagging up and down the sides of the boxes.

As you can see in the picture above each box holds a surprise; vellum envelopes with punched butterflies, a Couture bead necklace, Botanical Tea party invitations, and an origami dress box with a mini origami dress inside.

 The design for these boxes came from Winson Chan, but I modified his original design to make the box sizes go from large to small. Note how the base of one box is locked into the lid of the one below. This makes the construction very sturdy.

2. Bird Song Wall Hanging: I created origami pockets to hold squares cut from the 8 x 8 Bird Song paper. They fold up accordion style and fit into the 2 x 2 box that I made. 


 3. Pinwheel Alice: I invented this paper form and it reminded me of four stages where scenes can be creared. The Halloween in Wonderland papers had a perfect set of images that were just right to be cut out and placed on each stage.

4. Steampunk Accordion: This book is made with Graphic 45 Core'dinations card stock and Steampunk Debutante papers. It is held together using a slit and curled tab system. I embellished some of the images with vintage watch faces and gears. I like the contrast between the beautiful images and the industrial watch parts. 

5. Three Flexigons: A flexigon is a paper toy that can be turned several times to reveal different images (see video for demonstration of how a flexigon works). I created two different square ones using Steampunk Debutante and Steampunk Spells as embellishments. I also discovered to my delight that Graphic 45 makes a few papers that have images and their mirrors. That allowed me to make the Hexaflexigon with fairies from the Once Upon a Springtime collection, dragonflies from Botanicabella and rabbits from Halloween in Wonderland. The technique creates surprising shapes and background images when carefully cut.

6. Finally, Three Glove Books: I saw an artist book once that had red leather gloves as the covers and decided to make my own. I started collecting vintage ladies gloves and created a way to bind them into books without damaging the gloves. They slip onto custom cut chipboard that has a book cloth spine. 

6a. These pink gloves cried out to be paired with Botanical Tea papers and I created a woven paper design that looks lovely when open and folds flat for easy storage.

6b. The beaded black gloves were just the thing for a Couture book. The pages can hold vintage pictures, scraps of lace or whatever you can imagine.

6c. Long white leather gloves should be reserved for weddings and this pair serves as a guest album. I embellished the pages with cutouts from A Ladies Diary. It is ready for any fashionable wedding.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday Post #2: You Tube video, Flexigon

Today I have a tutorial that you can watch on You Tube. Learn how to make a dynamic card called a flexigon and use Graphic 45 to decorate it. You can use any paper designs for this project or draw your own images and text. Once you learn this fun technique the sky's the limit.

The materials and sizes you will need are listed below along with some step by step pictures, but following along with the video is the easiest way to learn how to make this flexigon.


Paper measurements:
4 pieces of cardstock cut to 3" x 6"
4 images (ie. faces, animals, flowers, etc.) that measure 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" square. Cut each of these into
1 7/16" (just shy of 1.5 inches) square quarters.

Glue stick or your favorite white glue
Bone Folder
Cutting mat
Cutting knife (ex-acto blade)
Paper trimmer (optional)

3" x 6" black cardstock with Tim Holtz embossed gears

 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Stamp Images cut to almost 1.5" squares.

Partly glued image on center part of Flexigon. Glue images after flexigon is put together.

Finished side of the Flexigon with central image and embellishments in corners.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will try this interactive card and enjoy the creative process.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Post #1: Graphic 45 Mini Albums

Today I am posting pictures of several mini albums. I think I fell in love with Graphic 45 when I was searching You Tube for crafting videos and stumbled upon the world of mini albums. Two people who make amazing albums and offer tutorials are xannero1 (Anne) and SoMuchScrap (Cathy). The Botanical Tea album pictured below was made using some of Cathy's (So Much Scrap) tutorial pages. Thank you to everyone who shares their creations and love of crafting on the web. I hope my pictures inspire you to create something beautiful.

P.S. This post is also my entry for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog challenge #3. I have been collecting vintage photos for many years and these mini albums are the perfect place to show them off.

 G45 Botanical Tea 8 x 8 mini album
 Vintage photos  on display
 I love the interactive pages in this album and the paper colors work well 
with the sepia tones of the vintage photos.
 Last pages of the Botanical Tea Album

 G45 Communique 8 x 6 Album. I like clean lines and letting the beauty of the papers shine in this album. The reds, blacks and masculine patterns work well with the album for a WWII soldier whose original scrapbook was falling apart.
 First pages
 Newspaper clipping and names and addresses of the servicemen who attended the party.
 Pictures of the Wireless school in Calgary and tourist pictures from Niagara Falls taken by Gordon.

 G45 Bird Song 4.5 x 6 Album, I used Japanese washi paper and silk book cloth for the covers.
Love the blues and pinks together.
These papers offer so much room for creating your own designs.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Inaugural Post

Dear Everyone,

Welcome to my shiny new blog. I will be posting projects, tutorials, and other paper art related ideas here. I plan to post every Wednesday. I hope you will join me here to see what I am creating this week. 

There is one thing I want to make very clear right now... This will mainly be a pictorial blog. I will try not to bore you with unnecessary asides or musings on non-paper related topics. So, sit back, scroll down, relax and enjoy my recent paper creations.



 Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Accordion Book w/ attached tunnel

 Graphic 45 Springtime tunnel portion of book

 Graphic 45 Accordion Book using Steampunk Debutante 

 Irra's Birthday Card Flag Book in Morse Code and Braille

Graphic 45 Gallery Book with Couture and Ladies Diary Papers