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11  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by -zoma- on: October 06, 2010 06:03:51 AM
Well, Ramona Q already said it - but we got to meet up in person yesterday. I love swapping in person! So much more fun.

This birdie charm is awesome.

I was on my way to my gardening class - You'll never guess what the topic of the lecture was last night.... bulbs. Tulips and narcissus and more. I kept my book open on my desk like a tiny textbook. Smiley

I have mild obsession with vintage bikes, and this little ad is sooo perfect.

"Feel Me" the flocked paper is sooo pet-able.

adorable little birdie drawing Smiley

The cure for obesity, and a Z for my screen name.

C for my real name, and more flowers.

and the last page.

And here it is standing up.

So cute. It's going to get a special place on my new knick-knack shelf in the staircase - then I can see it all the time.
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12  Re: Head Start Art Journal Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by -zoma- on: October 03, 2010 08:26:53 AM
I was totally blown away by the journal Wulf made me - so awesome! It was very hard to limit myself to just a few photos, so I let the camera decide, I ran out of space on the memory card.
You can see the assortment of paper from the outside, a lot of variety! Three bookmarks, perfect!
The cover is a little on the soft side, just a bit of flex to it, which was unexpected, but I love it. It'll give a bit when the journal gets bigger and bulkier, but it's still hard enough to offer support when I'm drawing on my lap. Such a small detail, but... Smiley

"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

So love this page. In the background are the Governor General and the Countess of Bessborough, and an ad advising farmers to add salt to their hog feed to increase weight gain. LOL

Wulf and I live in the same AWESOME city, and he has an excellent collection of local ephemera. This coupon circular makes me chuckle, because it was probably also delivered to my house in 1993, and I probably chucked it in the bin.

There's newspaper pages from 1910, old public transit transfers - great little tidbits of the history of the city.

This bird image is awesome, I know it's going to inspire a hundred or so doodles in this book. Smiley

That's one of the newspaper pages on the left.

The back pocket was STUFFED with goodies: stamps, postcards, newspaper clippings.


This was my favourite 'possibilities' page. I want ten of this page and then I'd like to do something different to each one. Smiley

The texture of the splatters, the colour, the delicate edge on the frame.... swoon.

So much love went into this book! And it's going to bring me a lot of happiness as I carry it around with me every day and fill it up.
Thank you so much!

Oh - and as I was flipping through the pages yesterday, I remembered that I forgot to bring your extras with me. I don't know how I forgot, and for that long, but I did. I owe you Wulf.
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13  Re: OTT Showtime weeds Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by -zoma- on: September 24, 2010 09:57:27 AM
prepare to be jealous!
I just got the most awesome box in the mail this morning!

Love it love it love it LOVE IT!
Even my husband loves it (he's hard to impress).
Love it.

And with it I got a wee bit of art:

showcased inside the box - which is lovely and soft and yummy smelling btw.

and this necklace (which makes me giggle):

Thank you CraftyStoner! So much awesomeness.

I really hope your package arrives soon (and safely!)
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14  Head Start Art Journal Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by -zoma- on: September 13, 2010 04:44:02 PM

We have a sender! Can't wait too see this thread fill up!
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15  Re: Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by -zoma- on: September 05, 2010 02:49:19 PM

I've still got to send questionnaires out, and update status, but go ahead and start stalking.

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16  Re: Head Start Art Journal (SIGNUP 8/23/10-9/5/10 ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by -zoma- on: August 27, 2010 05:58:55 AM
Pogo! Join in!

I thought it would be fun, by way of introduction to each other, and to help get the stalking and idea generation going, to post some pictures of our journals. Here's a couple of pics of mine.

First: this is the outside of my everyday book, showing my supplies

Here you can see my myriad pens, under which is a pocket for: (top down) circle template, stickers, journalling prompts bookmark. On the side there is my tiny watercolor kit. It's all sitting on my kitchen island which is where I journal most of the time.

Here's a couple of the more finished looking pages, showing you what I 'do' in my journal. Smiley

On this day, we were sitting out on the patio, and the kids were making me plasticene sculptures. I drew each one as it was finished and before they mashed them up to make something new.

On the left is one of my favourite subjects: my backyard birds. On the right is a line from one of my favourite songs right now, I may yet go back and fill in the blank spaces on the page.

Though I put something in my book every day, I don't keep it in a linear format, I skip ahead pages, go back and fill in blank spaces, improve on old sketches, add colour, etc. I never tear them out. Some days I write more, some days no words at all. I always try to caption my drawings, and date them (for the record)

So what do you think - will you share too?
I think that this swap has a very personal element to it, after all, for most of us our journals are private. So if you're going to let someone else start a journal for you, it's only fair to give a peek inside. Smiley
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17  Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by -zoma- on: August 23, 2010 11:57:18 AM
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Swap name: Head Start Art Journal
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: -zoma-
Sign-up date range: August 23 - September 3
Date to send item by: November 1, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Have you been inspired by the Sketchbook project? Do you keep your own art journal or sketchbook, or have you always wanted to try?
This swap will be for one sketchbook or art journal, and you'll give your partner a head start on the art.

*I highly recommend that everyone makes the journal that they are swapping with their partner. However, if you don't feel confident in your bookbinding skills, please communicate with your partner (and organizer) as they may have a strong preference for the brand of store-bought journal or sketchbook for substitution.

The Book:
A handmade journal, size to be determined between partners, guidelines follow. The cover may be embellished, or not, but should be sturdy and resilient enough to be carried around in a purse or bag. Binding should be equally as strong - we're aiming for quality here.

The Interior:
Give your partner a head start! I will try to match partners based on strengths & talents so that your partner does something different from what you normally do. So do your thing, and get the journal going... place backgrounds, frames, doodle around the margins. Do a page of collage, a portrait of your cat, or use a page as a coaster for your glass of red wine. The exact amount should be discussed between partners, but I would say, as a guideline, that no more than 50% of the pages should be blank when you send.

The Theme:
Not all of us share the same interests, so please try to gear the journal towards your partner. I will ask you to choose three themes for your partner to pick between, and your partner will interpret your theme how they choose. Some examples might be: nature, joy, blue, travel...

An Extra:
If budget permits, include one of your favourite art journal supplies: your favourite colour of pastel, your go-to pencil, a glue stick, a sheet of stickers, whatever. I myself, am hooked on Pigma Micron 01 pens in dark brown, and would include one with my book.

Book Guidelines:
Paper matters: if you are using good (read expensive) paper, aim for the lower number, if your partner prefers cheap paper, use the higher number. Pay attention to the media your partner uses so that you can make appropriate paper choices.
Size: 9" x 12" - 10-30 pages, 7" x 9" - 20-50 pages, 3" x 5" 50-100 pages
Again: these are guidelines, discuss variances with your partner.

Aim for the highest quality that you can reasonably afford, and put your heart into this. You should be PROUD of what you send, and you will be thrilled at what you receive. We'll call this a 5-point swap, and all five of those points are for the journal.

Please take note: this is not a scrapbook! This is a place for you to write, draw, create and record.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Preferred finished size of journal:
Landscape or portrait?:
Paper preference:  (thick, thin, toothy, smooth, white, coloured, mixed, etc)
Media most commonly used:
Media you want to try:

Three themes for your partner to work with:
A link to your wists if you have one:

Do you agree to post in the discussion thread at least ONCE per WEEK:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

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18  Re: Birds Birds Birds r2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by -zoma- on: June 08, 2010 09:35:50 AM
WOOHOOO! My package came!
Actually, it came yesterday but I wasn't in to sign for it, so I had to wait an extra day.

I was totally SPOILED by Lady Pistola. Totally.

I received:

Which is handpainted, 16 x 20, ready to hang canvas. Super sweet. Some of the detail is lost in the photo - there's more pattern in tone-on-tone in the background which doesn't show up. Sorry Lady P, tricky to photograph.

Then there was all this:

A silhouette triptych ready for hanging, mini notecards and envelopes (upper left), matchbook style notebook, bird silhouette* and mini owl, who is so cute, he got his own picture:

Owlie came with a note: he is a lucky owl from Japan, and he "will bring you strength in the artistic sense". And bring smiles. Smiley

Now, I have to decide where exactly the big canvas will be hung - it's destined for my bedroom, but just where, I'm not sure of yet.

So happy! But also a little anxious - how come my package hasn't arrived yet? DARN you canada post.

*silhouette will be placed on my front window shortly, we have on or two bird fatalities a year on that big, reflective front window. But no more.
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19  Re: Ribbed Lace Bolero Knitalong in Knitalongs by -zoma- on: April 23, 2010 04:58:48 PM
GAH! OMG! this picture is from today

And I was JUST thinking this morning I would like to start another one!
Totally IN.
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20  Sweet Birdie in Needlework: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: April 03, 2010 04:26:54 PM
I stitched up this little birdie onto some vintage fabric from my stash. I can't decide what to do with it now - originally I was going to sew it onto my backpack, but I think now I might look for a cute frame at the thrift store.

Pattern herehttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oEUWrDNhwTw/S6qoIN5ug-I/AAAAAAAADVA/j3pJJGN8iwU/s1600/Embroidery+Pattern.jpg

Yay! first post in the needlework board!
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