Tag Archives: Handmade

Scrapjournal: “Guide to Goodtimes” / personal ephemera, Victoria, 2016

Scrapbook: Victoria, 2016 / "Guide to Goodtimes" personal ephemera (hyaku yen, ring binding, cover)
Scrapbook: Victoria, 2016 / “Guide to Goodtimes” personal ephemera (hyaku yen, ring binding, cover)

This book was assembled in a real tough stretch of time – medically and mentally. A summer in which i came close to “giving up” – the details are still too real and painful so instead i’ll tell you this:

This book was a 100 yen store gift from brother Bob and/or Mom and a great layout, size and heft for my usage. To try to keep myself motivated and cheered up, i filled with bits of inspiration: photos of me and others with smiles, scraps of mantras, colourful things from events, brochures and activities going on around the city i was living at the time (Victoria, BC). There isn’t a chronology or narrative per se, just items old and new and lost and found which made me sorta smile. I was really trying to improve and instead fell apart. Badly, i’m still here though. #survived.

Scrapbook: Guide to Good Times, Victoria, 2016 (inside back cover)
Scrapbook: Guide to Good Times, Victoria, 2016 (inside back cover)
Scrapbook: Guide to Good Times, Victoria, 2016 (back cover)
Scrapbook: Guide to Good Times, Victoria, 2016 (back cover)
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016
Scrapjournal: Guide to Goodtimes / personal ephemera – Victoria, 2016

Scrapjournal: Thailand > Philippines / ephemera with annotations, 2015-16

Scrapbook: Thailand > Philippines / ephemera with annotations, 2015-16 (elephant medallion cover)
Scrapbook: Thailand > Philippines / ephemera with annotations, 2015-16 (elephant medallion cover)

This little notebook-sized booklet was perhaps over-worked and as such, began falling apart but i couldn’t resist the metal elephants on the vertical layout journal with tactile paper within.

As i fill up these notebooks in “real-time” while roaming (always looking for glue sticks and scissors), i needed a new book anyhow and there it was.

Anyhow, used from Thailand (where it was purchased) through Philippines to collect various bits and pieces of paper items: in this case, i developed a collection of wi-fi passcode slips from hotels and coffeeshops – tiny like fortune cookie fortunes – as well as snippets of poetry, clippings from maps, brochures and newspapers, and other breadcrumbs to retrace steps and recollect where i was or had visited. This was a foggy time for me.

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Scrapjournal: Gabriola > Australia > Japan / ephemera + annotations, 2015

Journal: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / ephemera (leather bound from Pete Word)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / ephemera (leather bound, gift from Pete Word many years previous)

This leather-bound beauty was a gift, long waiting for the right time to come into service. Finally, after lingering for too long, this mighty handmade (just not by me, obv) was pressed into purpose to gather and curate travel annotations and ephemera (tickets, snippets, stickers, postcards, brochure clipping, bits of maps and the like) on a long ramble from Gabriola Island BC, to Adelaide Australia, to Japan (Kyoto, Okayama, Sakura), and then into a suitcase in storage in Victoria, Canada, awaiting another chance to share secrets.

In the meanwhile, a few sample pages for your perusal… my lil nieces helped me snap the pics.

Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Okayama + Adelaide ephemera (page detail)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Okayama + Adelaide ephemera (page detail)

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Scrapjournal: GD50 / road poetry, musings, notes, ephemera, artifacts, 2015

Scrapbook: GD50, 2015 / poetry, musing, ephemera, artifacts from roadtrip (Hitchhiking board game + Japanese manga, cover)
Scrapbook: GD50, 2015 / poetry, musing, ephemera, artifacts from roadtrip (Hitchhiking board game + Japanese manga, cover)

This oversized bonanza of goodness started life as a hitch-hiking themed board game, complete with funny names for various cities, and then, after various knives, scissors, drills, and glue, became a scrapjournal filled with items from Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Santa Clara, CA and Chicago, IL.

This trip was a “big deal” for my as part of my healing process from a chronic and complex consortium of diseases and i pre-populated with all sorts of little inspiration pick-me-ups to keep me trucking on.

The end result is bulging with thick items including programs from each day of the concerts, dried flowers, envelopes of treats, and also includes set lists, messages and signatures from various conspirators, and other new pals met along the way, along with loads of stickers, sketches, road poetry, postcards, and a few sketches by others.

Oh, the edges are finished with hockey tape and a page from a Japanese manga schoolbook. It is huge and heavy and joyful.  A few pages shared here for your amusement.

Scrapbook: GD50, 2015 / Sierra page detail
Scrapbook: GD50, 2015 / Sierra page detail

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Scrapbook: Audrey in Jamaica (2 views) / ephemera + musings + lyrics, 2013

Scrapbook: Jamaica / ephemera + musings + lyrics, 2013 (Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace cover detail)
Scrapbook: Jamaica / Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace cover detail

Hand-sewn (in Japanese-esque style) with hemp twine assembling board-game for a backer-board and binding support, a hefty block of colourful cardstock, and delightful Audrey Hepburn (as Natasha Rostof in hollywood rendition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace) from calendar paper for a cover. Finished with some Chinese Joss paper and blue handmade washi.

Took to Jamaica and filled with scheme, dreams, musings, lyrics and the like.

Scrapbook: Jamaica / ephemera + musings + lyrics, 2013 (Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace cover)
Scrapbook: Jamaica / Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace cover

Scrapbook: Guestbook / Nusa Ceningan, 2018

Scrapbook: Guestbook, Ceningan Resort (front cover), 2018
Scrapbook: Guestbook, Ceningan Resort (front cover), 2018

My pal in Indonesia had a lovely guestbook he made with me for his boutique diving resort and shisha lounge (pictured elsewhere in this archive), alas a fire in the bar took it away. So I humbly pitched-in to make a fresh one from available materials.

In this case, a manila airmail envelope for a cover, a clip-board for a backer, some lousy binding tape and ribbon to try to hold the whole block together. The block was certificate paper made for school award, hearty and decorative.

Added a variety of cancelled international postage stamps, a few stickers, and instructions in sparkly paint maker, plus a few social media related logos with water colour pencils. Oh yeah, a few inky stamps too. I had a helper named Tymur for this project.

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Scrapbook: Western Tour + Hitch-hiking / Fck Stats, Make Art workbook, 2015

Scrapbook: Fck Stats, Make Art workbook, 2015 (Wester Tour Book, front cover v.2)
Scrapbook: Fck Stats, Make Art workbook, 2015 / Wester Tour Book, front cover v.2

This is another over-sized construction with a vintage tour book for front cover as well as decorated a sort of flyleaf. Such interesting material I couldn’t help but include. A fantastic hitch-hiking board game makes the back cover (and pairs well with the other maps I think). Dear Audrey Hepburn (cut from a calendar) covers up the binding and a cider sticker from my pal David White’s cidery adds more old-times flair.

I put this mighty tome to use for a personally important project of assembling a draft of sorts for my “Fck Stats, Make Art” project while sequestered in Indonesia and Thailand in 2015. In brief: I took printed metaphorical photos, as well as transcripts from various talks, chopped all the raw material up and re-contextualized into a semi-content narrative, interspersed with a few handwritten pages – all of this required several glue sticks and generated significant pile of paper trimmings.

I then began editing by sticking in dozens of little notes and thoughts. So much in fact the book was bulging and, well a bit overwhelming. As such, it lives in an appropriately old-timey suitcase awaiting another chance for editing and to evolve into a final, more cogent, form.

Note: the pages *are* photographed and while don’t make a lot of sense at this point, perhaps I’ll scrounge a few up to include for reference.

Scrapbook: Fck Stats, Make Art workbook, 2015 / Beer in Santiago the day Pope JP2 died (watercolour pencil and marker)
Scrapbook: Fck Stats, Make Art workbook, 2015 / Beer in Santiago the day Pope JP2 died (watercolour pencil and marker)

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Scrapjournal: Flying Angels / healing items, cards, letters, 2013

Scrapbook: Healing Items, 2013 (flying angels cover)
Scrapbook: Flying angels, 2013

An oversize example with a sample of folk-art wall paper for a cover (co-opted from a colour copier at a Kinko’s I briefly worked at), a box from a cake purchased in Russia for binding cover (atop some quilted Kraft paper) and a board game backer (iirc). Sewn up with twine so mighty its almost thin rope.

I made this when I first became ill with a couple of chronic and complex diseases to hold the cards and letters I received from well-wishers, as well as notes, thoughts, and dareisay, inspirational bits and pieces.

Note: Making and filling scrapbooks is/has become a part of my “therapy” in that I pass the time and contextualize my personal archeology within the pages and also construct to give as gifts to keep human connections sparked.

Did I mention this particular construction is very large? Ledger rather than letter paper block.

Scrapjournal: made, Japan > filled, Europe / ephemera, poetry, clippings, annotations, etc. 2005

Scrapbook: made, Japan / filled, Europe, 2005
Scrapbook: made, Japan > filled, Europe / travel ephemera, annotations etc., 2005 (red with black binding)

I did not make this book, but rather found at a yard sale, and filled with travel ephemera and oddities from magazines and newspapers, wrapped with narrative annotations collected on a trip to Netherlands, Spain and Portugal in 2005. Added a few snapshots and poems and tied it all up with the attached ribbon. This book is very much an refined example of the more-renegade variations I create. The elegant black binding allows the outline of the binding thread to still add texture and the hand cut, heavy weight paper inside holds the almost ridiculous amount of stuff I glued inside.

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Scrapbook assembly: Old Barn, by/for Mom / India to Utah, 2015-6

Scrapbook: India to Utah, 2016 (for Mom, front cover)
Scrapbook: India to Utah, 2016 (for Mom, front cover)

This scrapbook is rather special for me as was made from a silk-screen of an old barn my dear late Mother made while a student at Utah Technical Collage (Orem) around 1987, including her lovely handwriting identifying the barn and print-run number.

I combined with a boardgame backer (its was foldable so I added a crutch to support) and filled with various colourful paperstock for the block, then decorated with a few odds and ends of metaphorical photos from my “Fck Stats, Make Art” project and other Chinese New Year’s “joss” papers.

When Mom died, I filled this scrapjournal with various items collected on the manic trip from India to Utah to attend to her body and ceremony, including the orange scraps of paper from India added to the front cover, as well as items like her obituary i wrote the the local newspaper and other related artifacts.

Scrapbook: India to Utah, 2016 (for Mom, inside back cover)
Scrapbook: India to Utah, 2016 (for Mom, inside back cover)