A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Did you know you can view all images posted by a member? Learn how here!
Total Members: 300,865
Currently Running With Scissors:
463 Guests and 12 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Collaborative Traveling Art Journal  (Read 4106 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
TheMistressT
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter.
Offline Offline

Posts: 4452
Joined: 10-Jun-2007

Dahlin, I'm so glamorous I cry glitter tears.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: July 24, 2007 08:27:27 PM »

My nieces live far away in another state so we don't get to visit very often.  Because I'm not good at phone calls and they're too young for meaningful email (ages 10 and 7), I wanted to come up with a way for us to stay connected that we might be better at maintaining.  So, a friend helped me come up with the idea of a Traveling Art Journal.  I picked a ring bound blank book for each (at Barnes & Noble) and various art and craft supplies from The Dollar Tree, Target, my own stash and a local department store (kind of wish I'd waited for the back-to-school sales). I included a piece of polypropylene cut to fit behind the pages, so ink, paint, glue, etc. don't soak through when we're working on pages.  I picked up some blank totes at Michael's that I labeled with a fabric pen "Traveling Art Journal Supplies" and then each of their names - maybe they'll get inspired to decorate those.  I also personalized the cover of the journal and put directions and tips on the inside cover.

Here are most of the supplies.  I later added a ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser and sparkle-y ephemera.


These are the journals ready to be filled.  I hope that the girls get inspired to decorate them along the way.


The inside cover text is close to this:
This is a book where Auntie T-rex and Jocelyn get to share our love and creativity with each other even though we are far apart. 

This is how it works:  To begin, Auntie T-rex will decorate a page and then she will mail the journal to Jocelyn.  After she gets it the mail, Jocelyn will decorate a page. She can use the tools and supplies Auntie T-rex sent her or any other fun and creative things she wants to use.  When she is done with her page, Jocelyn will send it back to Auntie T-rex.  And the whole thing starts all over again.

Here are a few helpful tips:
   Put the piece of black plastic behind the page you are working on to protect the page behind it from getting ink, paint, glue and other sticky stuff on it.
   Let your art dry all the way before you take out the plastic and close the book.
   Use your imagination!  You dont have to use just the things that Auntie T-rex sent you.  You can use other craft tools and supplies, things youve made in school, greeting cards, pictures from magazines, stickers, glitter, broken jewelry, things you print off the computer.  You can use pretty much anything that you can glue to the page and isnt too lumpy to still shut the book!  Just be sure to ask a grown-up first so you dont get in trouble.
   Writing can be art, too.  So dont be afraid to include words, sentences or even poems in your art.  Theres nothing wrong with numbers, either.
   Sharing art is supposed to be fun, so dont put a lot of pressure on yourself to finish right away.  But remember that someone far away misses you and wants hear from you, so dont wait too long.
   Keep your supplies in their bag, so you can find easily them when youre inspired to create some cool art!


Their mom assures me they'll be excited, so I look forward to trading the journal back and forth for a few years and seeing how all of our work evolves. 

This is my first post and I hope it's in the correct place.  Thanks for looking!  Suggestions are welcome.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

subdefective
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007 08:37:53 PM »

Wow, that is absolutely the best idea I've ever heard of! I wish I had a couple of little nieces to do this with. Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.
TheMistressT
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter.
Offline Offline

Posts: 4452
Joined: 10-Jun-2007

Dahlin, I'm so glamorous I cry glitter tears.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007 09:18:34 PM »

Wow, that is absolutely the best idea I've ever heard of! I wish I had a couple of little nieces to do this with. Grin

Well, thanks!  They have a little (half-)brother who's 2 and I wonder if he'll want to join in when he's older.  I hope this thing goes on for years.  I think there are 100 pages in that book, so hopefully we'll fill it up!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Shtinky Puddin
Offline Offline

Posts: 164
Joined: 10-Jul-2007

Juleigh, over user of exclamation points


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007 09:31:56 PM »

what an amazing idea, I wish I'd had an auntie like you when I was a kid!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
TheMistressT
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter.
Offline Offline

Posts: 4452
Joined: 10-Jun-2007

Dahlin, I'm so glamorous I cry glitter tears.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007 09:36:32 PM »

what an amazing idea, I wish I'd had an auntie like you when I was a kid!

Ah, shucks!  I can't take full credit for the idea, my friend helped me with that.  I sure hope it will help keep us close, even though we're far away.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

honeybea
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2007 09:42:54 PM »

This is such a great idea! I mean really... getting young ones to make art.. giving them the supplies that they need. I hope it works out and you get lots of beautiful artwork! Even better your name is Auntie T-Rex?! So cool.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

maleaab
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007 09:47:59 PM »

That is so cool!  A friend and I did that in high school.  Smiley  It was so fun!  I have been thinking about inviting a friend to do something similar with me...you've inspired me to go ahead and do it!  Smiley

Thanks for posting this most delicious of ideas!  I love it!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
TheMistressT
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter.
Offline Offline

Posts: 4452
Joined: 10-Jun-2007

Dahlin, I'm so glamorous I cry glitter tears.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2007 09:51:28 PM »

This is such a great idea! I mean really... getting young ones to make art.. giving them the supplies that they need. I hope it works out and you get lots of beautiful artwork! Even better your name is Auntie T-Rex?! So cool.

I always get excited about a gift idea, then just before sending/giving it I lose confidence... so thanks for the positive feedback.  As far as being Auntie T-rex, I can not wait until they're older and to be introduced to their significant others, "This is my Auntie T-rex..." and see the stunned look on the nervous young person's face!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

TheMistressT
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter.
Offline Offline

Posts: 4452
Joined: 10-Jun-2007

Dahlin, I'm so glamorous I cry glitter tears.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2007 09:54:07 PM »

That is so cool!  A friend and I did that in high school.  Smiley  It was so fun!  I have been thinking about inviting a friend to do something similar with me...you've inspired me to go ahead and do it!  Smiley

Thanks for posting this most delicious of ideas!  I love it!

So, it sounds like you guys kept up with it, yeah?  I'll be so disappointed if it falls by the wayside! 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

thankyoulocust
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 538
Joined: 22-May-2007


View Profile
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2007 11:03:36 PM »

That is such a great idea!!  About 10 months ago, me, my husband, and our kids relocated because of my husband's job.  My daughter (she's 9) and my nephew (he's 8 days older than her) have been super close since they were born.  Same goes for me-he was almost like another of my kids, ya know?  The distance has been traumatic, to say the least.  We're about 9 hours away now.  Anyway, I am SO doing this for me, my daughter, and my nephew.  Thanks a million for the idea.  I agree with everyone else that says you've gotta be the coolest aunt ever to want to do something like this with your nieces.  Thanks again!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"Yeah we don't take orders well.  Unless they're to get on the dance flo'.  Or raise the roof.  Or make some NOIZE...with a Z!"
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Create Funky Front Hair Rolls
How to Create Brigitte Bardot Hair
How to Create a Dita Von Teese Hair Style
How to Create a Rita Hayworth Hair Style
Organic Hair Color Challenge
Latest Blog Articles
Handmade Gift Ideas: Hippogriff
Handmade Gift Ideas: Exploding Needle Box
Handmade Gift Ideas: Japanese Shibori Dyeing

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.