Monday, August 26, 2013

Vacation Scrapbook

This is a little scrapbook I did over vacation.

I take art supplies wherever I go.  We drive to the cabin so I had a little more room.

This time it was my painting field kit, an assortment of papers, and a smallish container of gesso.

I also had some extra blank books.  Through the year I make hundreds of  paper bag books and file folder books for school.   This scrapbook uses the paper bag book.

You can find full directions on how to make these books in my previous posts.

Paper Bag Book Tutorial

File Folder Book Tutorial

On a rainy day at the cabin I spent some time applying a coat of gesso to the pages of the scrapbook.

I wasn't sure what medium I would be using for all the pages so I just primed them all. That way I was ready for anything!

On some of the pages I added some torn book pages, crumpled tissue, and old newspaper to the gesso while it was still wet.

This was all random.  Then when I started to create a page I would then take this texture into account.

I put wax paper in the pockets to stop them from being painted shut.

The gesso dries fairly fast, I would go do something else for a while and then come back and paint the next set of pages.

So my cover page is painted in watercolour. There is some crumpled tissue on this page which gave texture to the grass.

I added a figure cut from a magazine but I could have also used one of my own photos.

I used a Sharpie Pen for detail.  I am absolutely smitten by these Sharpie pens.  They are still permanent and seem to last longer than the Sharpie fine markers.  Nice fine lines.

First inside page is a painting of the Cabin.  Text added from magazines and the computer.

The computer text I added when I got home but I used my summer reading material on site.

The flap from the bottom of the paper bag shows a little map of the inside of the cabin.

Built in "lift the flaps" are another great feature of paper bag books.

Most of my books have this spinner feature.

For my vacation scrapbook I used it for my usual question.

Spin the wheel.......yes!  the beach.

The next 2 pages were about some day trips.

I added a photo and some sand.

The titles were made at home.  I painted some paper with dashes of paint, warm colours for one, cool colours for another.

Let dry.

Using a stamp pad I stamped some letters.  I also stencilled some letters using a brush and that same stamp pad.

I used the next bottom of the bag flap to remember all that great food.....

More photos.

The last page of the book has a frame cut out.  At school I tend to use it as a puppet theatre.

It can hold a number of photos....

and makes a great pocket to hold any tickets, brochures,  or other things you have collected on your travels.

Finally I painted my back cover in acrylic.

That's it, a great keepsake to remember your summer.

See you next time.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Giveaway Results: Too Much Glue

Just a quick note to let you know the winner of the Too Much Glue giveaway.

I had a whopping 366 entries and the winner by random draw is:

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2013-08-24 17:51:04 UTC

Which works out to be Doreen Bailey-Bergman who left a comment on Facebook.
Thanks again everyone for entering.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Too Much Glue" Giveaway

Hello again!

After a nearly 3 week, computer free (almost) break at the cabin in BC I'm back. Lots of beach time, painting time, and family time.

Now some of you are going BACK, already.  The rest of us are trying to ignore the calendar as it slowly drifts towards Sept.

When I got back from holidays this cute book was waiting for me in the mailbox.

Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre is a new book that tells the funny story of what happens to Matty when he goes overboard with the glue.  I don't know about you but I have many students with the "too much glue" syndrome.

I quite enjoyed this tale and it has great flow with rhyming word sections and single word emphasis, a wonderful storytime book for Kindergarten and Grade 1.

The illustration work by Zac Retz is terrific. Full of colour and interesting looking characters that will keep your listeners glued!

What a great story to start off the year.  There is also an activity guide here.

Some other great glue based projects you can try are:

Monster portraits

and Figure Sculptures

Here's a sneak peek of the next project, a little vacation scrapbook.  I'll have the full 'how to' up shortly.

Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre and illustrated by Zac Retz. Hardcover, 32 colour pages, ages 4-8, suggested retail $16.95

To enter to win your own copy of this great book please do one of the following:

- leave a comment on this post
- send me an email at
- like or comment on this post on my Facebook page

The random draw will take place on this Saturday (Aug 24th/13).

Canadian and US residents only.
Review and giveaway copies supplied by Flashlight Press.

Good luck everyone.