SI*STARhood of the traveling journals

Monday, January 27, 2014


Except for a couple of pages I am still working on,
my journal is ready to go.
It's glitzy, becuz I love glitz,
altho the glitter doesn't show much here
It's a journal of ARTISTIC FREEDOM
where you can create anything
your artsy heart desires.
It's made from the soft covers of a composition book.
There are pages of watercolor paper,
smooth Bristol,
pages of Dr. Seuss which I have lightly gessoed to accept most media,
neon cardstock,
pastel paper,
real canvas,
and a pocket chock full of STUFF to be used...anywhere.
This IS my first altered book so I am crossing my fingers
it does not fall apart because I know I didn't sew it right...
I just know I didn't....
er...I don't THINK so...
Anyway, I'll be kissing it goodbye soon and sending it on its
extraordinary journey to be filled with art and love.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

gemmas "Vincent" journal

Book cover for Van Gogh journal

one of the pages did not scan well   

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My journal

My brain storm for this journal is to honor Vincent Van Gogh using the words from
the Don McLean song: Starry starry night.
I will start the journal and make several pages.
Each page I make will correspond with words from the song.
At the top of each page I will write the words to the song.
When my journal gets to you you can choose the lyrics/pages you want to art up.
It doesn't have to be in chronological order. Just remember to sign your work.

Following my muse on this. I am so touched by Vincent.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Journal

I am really excited about this pARTy and for all the deliciousness to come from all of you amazing women!

Thought I'd share the journal I made (first one I've ever made myself and I learned a few things along the way).
This was the book before (this image is from Ebay as I'd forgotten to take a before pic). I've had the book since early childhood and it was scribbled in and falling apart.....I don't know where my Mom got it but it was from 1926.  Anyway...
I took all the pages out and reinforced the spine with gaffer tape. I made 3 signatures using heavy weight file folders cut to size and Fabriano Watercolor paper. Sewing them to the spine was a learning curve, I plan to practice....but it will be fine.
The cover isn't quite finished yet.
I would love to see others posted here!
Thank you Gemma for organizing this!


Saturday, January 4, 2014


Yep....excited to start.
Made my first altered book.
It's as whacko as I am, but it will work.
Don't send money.
Postage is simply a fact of life!
We are all stars!

Do you have your journals?

This is the eMail I sent on the 1rst.
Are we ready to start our journal pARTy?
Hopefully everyone has a journal ready to work in.
Some of you have already started. exciting!
We have the rest of January to complete the art in our books.
Near the end of the month we will send it on in a round robin fashion.
Like this:

gemma Manzo sends to
Lisa Swifka

Lisa Swifka sends to Priti Lisa

Lisa sends to Judie Macawhead

Judie send to Tracy Dove

Tracy sends to Tere Bingham

TereBingham sends to gemma

At this rate we should have our books back this summer.