Category Archives: Scrapbooks + Journals

i’m always making and filling handmade journals and scrapbooks – scrapjournals if you will – i’ve shared some snaps and what not here so you know what i mean

Scrapjournal: Pacific Crossing / sketches & annotations (2017)

Pacific Crossing: map and conditions to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska (unable to port due to weather so head to Japan)

This scrapjournal is an “accordion-style” book (think that’s what you’d call it… though doesn’t create the dulcet tones of the musical instrument)  anyhow the paper unfolds in one long swath in vaguely Japanese-style.

Appropriately, the book is laden with sketches sketched in Japan whilst traveling by ship and stopping in a various ports of call from Hokkaido to Kyushu. First in pencil, then pen, then coloured with watercolours (sometimes pencils), and decorated with ephemeral bits. 

Pacific Crossing: annotations and observations re: ship life and operations (pen only)

What follows are a few sample hastily-snapped pages for archival amusement as not all are photographed and, as life goes, i no longer have this book, alas. If this situation changes, i’ll diligently update.

Pacific Crossing: annotations and observations re: ship life and operations (colour)

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Scrapjournal: T. Aronson, esq / Interlaken, with wax seal, aerogramme + ephemera

Notes from Interlaken (T. Aronson), front
Notes from Interlaken (T. Aronson), back

There were more in this batch of scrapjournals, lovingly hand-crafted during summer of 2019 whilst on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia.

Most go as gifts to travelers and adventurers to fill up with ephemera and musing but this one stayed with me.

Feature a cover made from vintage aerogramme, lettraset (rub-on left over 1970s) monogramming, a wax seal, cancelled postage stamps,  inky stamps, printed Lomo sardine can camera 35 mm snaps and various printed oddities – in this case, a bi-plane of significance which slips my mind.

Made with vaguely-Japanese-style-craft-binding, sewn with hearty thread via 3 holes drilled through a mighty block of various paper stock acquired at random intervals around Bali.

This is filling with quasi-fictional dispatches from the semi-fictional character claiming ownership. 

 
 

Inky Stamps: variety sampler, redux

Inky stamps, assorted/currently in use, annotated. (created to include in a package to a friend, including here to provide confusion and amusement)
 

Scrapbook: Wonder Hotel / rejuvenations, inspirations + amusements (2018)

Scrapbook: Wonder Hotel / rejuvenations, inspirations + amusements (2018), cover

I make scrapbooks and journals for all sorts of reasons, sometimes for my own creations and writing, sometimes for specific project and in this case, for inspiration or dareisay therapy. 

Background: I was having hard go of it in life or whatever and moved into a very small room at a boarding-house-type place. While basic, i quite loved having a place which kept me safe and allowed me rest. Reminded me a sign i saw in Vancouver for the “Wonder Hotel – Rooms for Rent – Clean, Quiet, Free Cable, Fridge, Secure” – all the attributes this Ankangan Guesthouse possessed.

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Scrapbook: Dave as Tintin Character (gift from Hootpals), 2012

Scrapbook: Dave as Tintin (gift from Hootpals), 2012
Scrapbook: Dave as Tintin character (gift from Hootpals), 2012

Related: 

a Hootsuite community team illustration done in Hergé style. A treasure! 

Me as Tin Tin for Halloween, circa 1979, Guilford, Surrey (no one really knew who i was but whatever… musta been the glasses :))

Scrapbook: Postcard / Greeting Card Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019)

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), cover

Postcards and scrapbooks, scrapjournals and greeting cards… i dig these papery things. However, sometimes received postcards end up in a shoebox which seems sorta sad. So, Ryoko and i built a scrapbook to hold postcards and cards. 

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), flyleaf

The scrapbook is my usual style – side bound Japanese binding, sewn up with sturdy twine through 3 holes. The covers and binding are Sri Lankan paper made from elephant dung (yup!).

Inside the pages are a bit of variety but all feature some sorta envelope comfortably hold the postcard or greeting card – meta in a way. Then decorated with a variety of postal stamps, inky stamps, luggage tags, stickers, oddities, ephemera, bits of paper (mostly admittedly from the “b-pile” and other oddities from the scrapbook bin. 

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), opening page

There are a still a few empty pages / slots to fill with postal dispatches to come in the future. 

This features treats from Bermuda, Seattle, Vancouver, France,  and many other places… Thanks to all who send the treats. Want to mail me items? Get the coordinates

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019)
Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), Bermuda

Oh this album was built on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia where it lives in a teak cabinet.

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Scrapjournals: “Kindling & Matches” and “Dark Arts” / inspo & amuse (2019)

Scrapjournal: "Kindling & Matches," inspo and amuse (front), 2019
Scrapjournal: “Kindling & Matches” inspo and amuse (front)

Often times, I make scrap journals for no particular reason, just for enjoyment of gathering interesting paper tidbits and ephemera which I enjoy… or in some cases, specific slices of inspiration which intrigue me for specific projects, remixes, or just recount times of life – what i was receiving or thinking about or even watching/reading/listening.

Sometimes a “theme” or story of some kind emerges – more like a thread of interconnectedness, whether content, medium, colour, aesthetic or tactility.
 
Presented here-in are two books which contain items which inspire or amuse me, connected by size, form, colour, theme or otherwise. 

Scrapjournal: Kindling & Matches, inspo and amuse (front & library card insert)
Scrapjournal: Kindling & Matches, inspo and amuse (front & library card insert), 2019

The first (named “Kindling & Matches, Tinder & Sparks”) is an accordion style book (a preferred format for these types) filled with beloved postcard &/or postcard-sized items. A few decorations on the cover (1970s era lettraset rub-off lettering, dried flower and my name clipped from a hospital envelope), inky stamps for easy identification. 

Scrapjournal: “Dark Art for Lighter Hearts” inspo and amuse (front), 2019

The second (named “Dark Arts for Lighter Hearts”) has more variety of size and shape and contains a set for photos sent to me by a young artist named Simon among other objects d’art. Decorations include hotel luggage tag, insta-photo of a painting (self re-mix), snippet of poetry from a Lebanese wizard, and my name from a forgotten red-ink typewriter. 

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Collection: Journals, Notebooks, etc. (variety), vol. 5

Notebook: from Royal Tenenbaum’s / life admin notes and various musings, summer-autumn, 2019

Explaining the obvious: I fill notebooks/journals of poetry, notes and musings (as well as scrapjournals which contain paper ephemera) and then transcribe (which no editing), then stash them into old-timey suitcase, which usually live in a storage locker faraway from where i physically exist.

Journal: Moleskine accordion / poetry / stamps, summer 2018 (front)

I snap lil snaps of the cover before hibernation to remind myself of these lil tomes which remind me so much of where i was when the words were scribbled. 

Journal: Moleskine accordion / poetry / stamps, summer 2018 (back)

To prevent the snaps from vanishing into a folder (digital shoebox as it were), compilations ensue, placed into this archive for my reference, and for you to peek at if you have a notion.

Some of these have been shared previously somewhere maybe but who’s to say. Carry on.

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Scrapjournals: Aerogrammes and Ephemera, assorted, blank / Nusa Ceningan (2019), vol. 1

Aerogrammes and Ephemera, assorted / Nusa Ceningan (2019)
Lost and Found, front

Batch of scrapjournals hand-crafted during summer of 2019 whilst on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia.

Lost and Found, back

Featuring: covers made from vintage aerogrammes and hotel letterhead; binding covers of elephant dung paper and used envelopes; accessorizes of cookie fortunes, wax seals, cancelled postage stamps, eraser crafted ink stamps (and other inky stamps for that matter); hotel luggage tags; forged passports; printed Lomo sardine can camera 35 mm snaps; and various printed oddities – often leftover from other scrapbooks and places of comfort and inspiration (see: Wonder Hotel).

Time Heals All Wounds, front

Made with Japanese-style side binding, sewn with hearty thread via 3 holes drilled through a mighty block of various paper stock acquired at random intervals around Bali.

Time Heals All Wounds, back

To be filled with anything desired by recipient. Scissors and glue provided separately.

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Japan Travel Ephemera Scrapbook / Shinkonryoko Ramble

On our Shinkonryoko (honeymoon) travel, we rambled around Japan via various trains, occasional rental car, trams, busses and a coach visited pals, museums, hot springs and natural locales while staying at an assortment of accommodation types (ryokan, “western” hotels, guest houses/minshuku, friend’s homes, resort hotel etc). Note: extensive documentation of all these elements elsewhere.

Anyhow, as is my routine, i gathered ephemeral papery items (tickets, brochures, maps, coasters) and glue/2x taped into a scrapjournal along with insta-photos, scraps of poetry/prose, words which stuck in my head (possible band names) and topped off with a few stickers, stamps and seals.

Then photographed the whole tome for archival and sharing purposes. (Some pages include “pop up/fold out” elements which may or may not be pictured. Provided as-is here without additional annotations as the purpose is emotional, not purely documentary.

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