Halloween, Paper & Pens

Paper, Alice, & Halloween

Hello friends! We all have our little idiosyncrasies that make us unique individuals; different from each other in lovable, often funny ways. One of my quirks is that I LOVE paper. This coming from someone who also finds great contentment creating on a computer seems incompatible, but truth is, given the choice between Kindle or holding a book in my hands & turning the pages, I’ll take the latter. Then there’s all the ephemera floating about the world that fascinates me: old letters, tickets from events, tickets needed for planes, trains, & carnival rides, receipts from the candy shop, the Five & Ten, Harrod’s in London, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Let’s not forget recipes that tell family stories for generations. Newspapers, magazines, brochures, pamphlets, manuscripts, & books….lots & lots of books are just a few of the every day pieces of paper that bring the past into the now.

I may be wrong on this assumption, but it seems to me paper is making something of a resurgence as the dangers of plastic becomes ever more obvious. With great shame, I admit that I used bottled water at home. I dislike the metallic taste of the water from the well so I turned to the most convenient way to drink water, but those pesky bottles create so much trash. I recycled but geez I needed to do it way too often. I’m trying out a purifier on the faucet & using a Brita filter & pitcher. Then there’s the mega giants trying to be more earth-friendly. McDonald’s got rid of styrofoam a while back & Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws, however, I’m not sure if what they’re replacing the straws with is any better. I kind of like those cute little paper straws…don’t you? Using paper (wood) indiscriminately is not wise, but trees are a renewable source that the earth needs. *Jumping down from soapbox*

In the past paper was used for decorating, for playthings, for entertainment, as well for writing & printing the necessary bits of life. I stumbled across a charming book, The Good Crow’s Happy Shop by Patten Beard

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that offered ideas for children in 1917 to have fun using paper; making furniture, paper dolls, scrapbooks, Valentine’s May baskets, & more. Winston heard an audible sigh come from me while looking at the sweet little projects. It makes me wonder if just maybe the children of today could benefit from moving away from the screen & use a pair of scissors for a few minutes each day instead of staring at flashing colors, words, & images in rapid succession. Perhaps I’m entering my second childhood (not really because I’ve always been a bit childish & never stopped being curious) but I think I’m going to give making doll furniture from heavy paper a go.

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Photograph from 1917 book The Good Crow’s Happy Shop by Patten Beard.

A letter to Jimsi, a little girl, from Caw Caw the good crow. Another reason why I love old letters, the eloquent language & beautiful handwriting.

Letter from Caw Caw

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I’m into Halloween getting ready for September  & October.  The Fright Night paper pack is listed & I’ve moved on to creating tags. Wicked Wonderland is a twist on Alice in Wonderland & I’m having fun spinning the characters into something Halloweenish.

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The tags are a work in progress & definitely need more work with texture & tweaking, but you get the idea where I’m headed with these whimsical tags. The images used were those of John Tenniel, the original illustrator of Alice’s Adventures Through Wonderland written by Lewis Carrol.  The book was published in 1865 & now part of the public domain. Did you know Beatrix Potter drew 5 Alice illustrations, but none were ever used in a book.  All together there are 70 different illustrators of the classic. That’s pretty darn amazing. You can read about the illustrators of Alice in Wonderland from 1899 – 1929 HERE.

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Charming illustration of Alice & the White Rabbit by Mabel Lucie Attwell (1910)

I wonder why I have the urge to watch all my favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp, The Addams Family, Practical Magic, The Witches of Eastwick, Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown…

One last tidbit before I fly off on my broomstick…you can find The Good Crows Happy Shop & loads of classic books & illustrations in the public domain at www.gutenberg.org.

With that I leave you until next time.  Have a wonderful day!

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Junk Journal, Life Changes, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Changes

Life is all about changes, isn’t it? Our bodies change, we go through phases, we transition. Life wouldn’t be much of a journey if we didn’t change.  For 13 years I’ve had the privilege & gift of being what I fondly call the nanny-granny to my wonderful grandson. Living with my daughter & this remarkable young man has brought a plethora of emotions & the reality that sometimes a mom & her daughter butt heads, don’t agree & always find a way back into the heart of each other. If someone asked me, “What do you do?” My first response, “I’m a mom & mimi (mimi = grandma).  Things are about to change in a big way!

I am proud of my daughter & son, both are type A personalities, go getters who get things done. As the nanny granny I took care of the little man while  his mama worked hard to carve out a career in marketing. The time has come when he doesn’t need a nanny granny anymore & his mom is taking a huge step in her life…they are moving & I will physically stay where I am.  With this change in my life comes an absolute….Studio on the Corner must become a thriving, successful business. It’s what I want, it’s what I need, it is my heart’s desire. No longer can I say I am mom & mimi, even though I am, no I must now declare myself a business owner & digital designer. When someone asks, What do you? The answer must be concise & on point:

Elevator speech copyIt’s not a perfect elevator speech & I want people to know that I put my customers first, always & forever. Studio on the Corner wants to make your life a bit easier & more lovely in small, perhaps not so important ways. However, if you’ve ever been pressed for time & need something like a gift tag now, it’s nice to know that within a few minutes you can purchase, download, print….stress level lowered.

So as I maneuver through this big change, momentous-for-me transition I hope you won’t mind that I use this platform as something of a sound board.  I gotta say, this will not be easy for a 60 something woman, but I’m willing to share this journey into the next phase of my life. Come join me ‘cuz sometimes I know I’ll need a shoulder to cry on, a bit of a confidence boost & someone to listen & who knows, it may help you too if you are facing a change in your life.

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Yep, come June it’s gonna be just my little friend, Winston, the mini poodle, & me.  Oh & I can’t forget the aging grand dame, Miss Adventure.

The Studio on the Corner has been busy with a folder full of works in progress. Adorable papers extracted from a charming book all in soft green-blue color….think pale teal will be listed soon. The papers will eventually be joined by images to create wall prints for the home focusing on the rooms of children. There will be much more about the wall art later.

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The Flower Gathering junk journal kit is going to become a Mother’s Day bundle at a reduced price for the occasion. It’s a perfect bundle for moms & grandmas who love to create art&/or junk journals & smash books. Included in the kit are papers, tags, pockets, journal cards, & word art. All ready to be printed & cut to become part of an artful, old-time journal. Wondering how to give such a gift? How about placing all the folders & files on to a CD or DVD. You’ll have something to wrap.  Don’t forget a gift tag!

There’s so much more, but that’s enough for this lovely Friday in April. the countdown has begun here with less than two weeks to England! I’m so excited, but there’s much to do.

Have a grand day!

Freebies, Junk Journal, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

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Oh my gosh! It’s finally ready to deliver to you…Kit No. 2 of the Flower Gathering Junk Journal. So sorry it’s taken so long, but as a freebie I work on it in between other projects, but it is totally worth the wait.

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What’s in kit no. 2, you ask? It starts with 4 pages/papers plus 1. The extra paper is a solid-colored, aged paper that you can use in oh so many ways. You may want to print on both sides using a solid paper on one side. More on ideas, tips & directions later. Each paper has an image or pattern from an old source, the lace border began as muslin pattern from the early 1800s.

Ok, ok…what else is in the Flowering Gathering Junk Journal kit no. 2?

Let’s just list the items:

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  1. Five Pages/Papers JPGs
  2. Three Ephemera Sheets with tags, flower cards, rounds in 2 inch & 1.25 inch & a journal card
  3. Three pages of pockets in various sizes

All together there are 36 embellishments for your junk journal & 5 papers.  (Not all are shown)

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This is rather large zipped folder to download & depending on your internet connection, it may take some time, but be patient…Good Things Come to Those Who Wait!

SotC Flower Gathering Junk Journal Kit No. 2

Just in case you missed the Flower Gathering Kit No. 1 Here’s the link: SotC Flower Gathering Kit Junk Journal Kit No. 1

Coming Soon to Blog

If you’re loving the idea of a junk journal but not sure just how to get started, I’ll be sharing a PDF that will have directions, resources, ideas, & tips to help you along the way. You’ll be able to download the PDF & have the manual at your fingertips whenever you want to work on your journal.

I want to remind you that the kits will be available for free for a short time. At some point in the future they will be removed from the blog & listed on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop. The SotC shop version will have more options such as PDF editable tags so you can add text, individual PNG files allowing the bits & pieces to be used in digital projects, plus extras not in the Freebie packages. Don’t worry though, this will not happen for a while.

Resources

Here are some new resources and ones I shared in the Kit 1 Post. Check these wonderful resources out to acquaint yourself with junk journaling & get you on your merry way.

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Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 1

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 2

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 3

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 4

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 5

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 6

I love these six step by step YouTube videos of Marianne Kensington, she is so comfortable & comes across like a good friend explaining how to create a junk journal. If you have a moment you might also want to check out her Facebook Page.

Last but not least:  Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop for vintage tags, papers, and general paperie stuff.

Whooaaa…that’s a long post!  Hope you enjoy the Flower Gathering Kit 2 & keep in mind there’s a PDF with Directions, Tips, & Resources manual to help you on your junk journal journey that will soon be available for download.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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