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Sketchbook Pages | Part 1


A couple of months ago I splurged and bought myself an A5 sized red covered Moleskine sketchbook. The pages are beautiful to draw and paint on and the perfect GSM not to show most mediums through. I don't play around in it as often as I'd like to, but it always feels like a worthwhile use of time when I do. Sometimes I work on a page and it ends up looking crappy and I'll collage over the top of it. I was worried that having spent a pretty penny for a fancy sketchbook would cause me to be precious about it and not want to use it or play around in it, but I haven't found that the case at all. I can't wait until I've filled up all of the pages in this one and I can start another.

While I'm here I thought I'd share a few more hand-lettered zine order envelopes I sent out this week. If you'd like to buy a copy click here

Launceston | Bye Buy

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This week I went to a paper craft workshop called 'Paper & Scissors Rock!' that my friend Isis was running as part of Bye Buy - an initiative in conjunction with Reactivate Launceston. Bye Buy is a really cool project run as a pop-up shop in the Launceston CBD, aimed at testing ideas on "reducing our consumption, engaging more with people in a retail environment and leading a more sustainable lifestyle". Four main activities were developed for the project to test these ideas: a swap shop, story exchange, repair deli and slow market. In the building is a temporary swap shop where you can bring in an item, write a card for it with some info on it and swap it for anything in the shop.

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Cool old advertising decorating the wall in Bye Buy.

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A bit of the swap shop.

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I really wanted an old wooden toy I spotted for Theo but hadn't brought anything to swap, so I used my time in the workshop to make a set of collaged cards to swap them for. Theo loves his new toy.

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Tomorrow I'm going to bring in my little sewing machine to swap, as my mum bought me a new one recently. I hope somebody can make good use of it! I look forward to being a part of more Reactivate Launceston initiatives.

Sketchbook Pages

Sketchbook Pages

I started this little sketchbook at the start of 2012 and have just started adding some more pages to it. I'm really enjoying laying my materials out on my lounge room floor and making a page while Theo bounces around happily in his Jolly Jumper. I really like making art in this format because it's low pressure - if I don't like something I can rip out a page or just shut the book and nobody has to see it. I'm feeling really inspired to make things lately - I'm hoping I can ride this wave and start some projects I've been looking forward to.

Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages
Goodnight Little Spoon Sketchbook Pages

Collage | Pregnancy Journal

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I put together a little pregnancy journal/scrapbook while I was pregnant, wanting to document the experience and feel more connected to the little person I was growing. I kept it pretty informal and made little collages and did an entry every couple of weeks. I remember reading some journal entries my mum had written in an old exercise book from when I was a baby that recounted mundane daily happenings and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't necessarily about the big milestones, but about things we did together on that day; what my brother was doing, where my dad was, the creative projects she was working on, etc.

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I have seen a bunch of ready-made pregnancy books that you can buy but I felt like some seemed a bit impersonal and bland (*stick photo of ultrasound here* *write meaningful entry about your last checkup here*). It was important to me that I be honest in my entries and write about things that were happening in our life, good and bad and fears and worries I was having. I tried to recount some things we were doing and places we were going as well as the little milestones like finding out the sex. I thought I'd just share some of the pages (I guess some of the entries are a bit personal).

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If you're thinking you'd like to keep a similar kind of journal but you're not sure what you'd write about/include, here are some ideas that I hope might help:
+ It was Spring when we found out we were expecting so we collected flowers and leaves from that first month and pressed them.
+ I included the postcard we sent out as thanks to our wedding guests.
+ A mix cd of music you're listening to at the moment (I would have loved one from my parents!).
+ Expected due date.
+ Ultrasound pictures (obviously) - what details were you able to see, what was the baby doing?
+ Are you finding out the sex? Why/why not?
+ Documenting the changes your body is going through - morning sickness, cravings, aches and pains, when you started showing, how you feel about your belly, feeling movements, etc.
+ Photos of your growing belly. I think I can only recall seeing one photo of my mum pregnant (and I think she had cornrows?!) and I really wished I could have seen more photos of my parents from around that time. Even just one is a nice addition if you're not keen on taking a lot of photos of yourself.
+ An informal kind of family tree - e.g. Your cousins are... Your great grandparents were...
+ Little updates based on hospital visits - how the pregnancy is progressing, how big you're measuring, hearing the heartbeat for the first time, thoughts on seeing the ultrasound, etc.
+ Name ideas for male and female (I'd love to know what other names my parents were considering).
+ A rough idea of things that are happening in the world at the time - e.g. Interesting world events, notable people who have recently passed away, who is the prime minister/president, what movies are coming out, songs/artists that are popular, things that are happening locally, etc.
+ A general idea of what life is like for you at the moment - What jobs do you and your partner do? What do you do in your spare time? Where are you living? Who are your close friends? What music are you listening to? What TV shows are you watching? What do you look like? What relatives live nearby? Siblings? Pets? What car do you drive? What websites are you addicted to? (I can't imagine Facebook will always be around, can you?)
+ Hopes for the future - what changes would you like to make to the things mentioned above? Where do you hope to be in 5-10 years? What hopes do you have for your child?
+ At least one entry from your partner (C did one for me after I pestered him for ages and it is so sweet).
+ A description of your partner. How did you meet? What are their best traits? What kind of parent do you think they'll be?
+ Photos of where you live - your house, your street, places around your town you frequent (imagine how these things might change over time).
+ Some of your favourite and least favourite things about pregnancy.
+ Things you're wondering about e.g. What occupation they'll grow up to have, what coloured eyes they'll have, if you'll be able to see a lot of yourself in them, etc.
+ Photos of their nursery/space as you put it together - mention things you've been buying, gifts you've been given, etc. What preparations have you made for their arrival? Do you feel prepared? Feeling nesty?
+ The price of bread, milk, stamps, etc (these things change so much over time).
+ Baby shower recount & photos (if you have one).
+ A recent photo of you and your partner together.
+ Photos of any siblings or pets.
+ Newspaper clippings from around the time they are born.
+ Hopes and fears about becoming a parent - what kind of parent do you hope to be?
+ Memories of your own parents.  
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I think it's important that what you include fits you and doesn't feel cliched or too cheesy. I wanted the book to be something that I could look back on after the pregnancy and enjoy, but I addressed each entry to my baby, knowing that I'll one day give it to him. I'm still adding entries as it has lots of pages left and will probably last until his first birthday (then I'll start another), though it is hard to find the time to get out all of my supplies, so they're looking kind of bland!I hope he enjoys reading the book I put together when he is older (though if I make one for each year he'll probably be like "oh mum, not another one!").

I hope it will be a starting point for lots of other questions about things I didn't even think to include!

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Ps. I only noticed after taking these photos that one of my cats has lightly chewed on the corner of the cover! Cheek!

Collage | Postcards

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Today I've been making collaged postcards to post to the Chop Shop Clinic to accompany my rainbow silhouette prints. I love sitting down to collage. I usually do it sitting on our uncomfy couch with my materials spread across the coffee table. It is quite an awkard spot and I have to get up and stretch every half hour. I bought myself a nice big work bench last week and once we've moved I'll set up a good studio space for myself with lots of natural light and space and organisation (here's hoping!).

These postcards will get a layer of clear tape put over the top of them to seal them before their journey from Tasmania to New South Wales.

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I struggle organising my collage materials. I don't like things to be in folders because I want to be able to rifle through everything quickly. Lately I've been keeping them in this ottoman I bought from Officeworks. It sits in our lounge room as a footrest and when I feel like collaging I steal it from under C's feet and open it up. I'm going to get a bunch of big clear plastic file folders and make it slightly more organised, but for the moment it's like a collaging paper lucky dip!

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While I'm collaging away, Dexter the kitty is lounging in a basket. I'm sure if I had've bought this basket with the idea of it being a cat bed, he would never have sat in it. Right now it's his favourite spot and I wouldn't dare move it from the middle of the lounge room floor. Squee!

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