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My 5am Challenge – Vote Flag Book

I am continuing with my 5am challenge – For a few weeks now I am challenging myself to get up at 5am each morning and working on a book binding or folding technique to learn something new. 

This time I created my Vote Flag Book using old flat rate envelopes, some leftover watercolor paper, and of course my Ballot Box stamp from my #keepyouposted rubber stamp set.

It’s an interesting book form – the pages like flags standing in the wind. You can see another example I made in this blog post.

Pretty cool looking and lots of surfaces for stamping :)

Here I alternated between my LOVE stamp and my Neither Rain Nor Sleet stamp (that nice usps truck) from my #keepyouposted set. For ink I used Moonlight Duos.

And of course the message here is simple: VOTE!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Jean Goza

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    Loving this!

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Happy Book Anniversary and Artful Adventures SALE

I’m celebrating! Just one year ago today I released my first book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I still get excited thinking about everyone who has picked up a copy and incorporated some of the ideas inside it into their own artwork. It makes me so happy when students bring their books to my workshops for a signature and I get butterflies when I spy it at a book store for purchase. So much went into putting it together and getting to work with so many talented people was an amazing journey. So today I am throwing a Happy Anniversary Party and a 10% off sale in my Online Store in honor of all that!

In honor of 1 Year of Artful Adventures, I am having a little event in my Online Shop, and you can save 10% on all physical product purchases. Just enter the coupon code ARTFUL10 when you check out and you will get 10% off the book, stencils, stamps, stamp sets, artwork (even my newly listed original paintings and drypoint prints), mugs, destash items, and a few other things. In fact, a couple of my paintings that are featured in the book are now available in the shop and are part of the sale: Sky over Berlin and LaBoca. Hurry though, this sale end at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

If you don’t have a copy of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media yet, you should definitely check out this book review by my friend Gina Lee Kim. She is a super talented watercolor artist who has taught in Creative JumpStart several times and was kind enough to put together this video. I love that it shows how she used a lesson in the book to inspire her own artwork. Check it out:

If you have a copy of Artful Adventures, Thank You and be sure to add one of my free signed book plates to your shopping cart while you enjoy the sale. I would love to personalize one for you – let me know in the Notes section of your order :)

Happy shopping! Happy creating! And I hope your Artful Adventures continue to inspire you :)

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Congrats on the book anniversary! It is a wonderful treasure of art & collaboration!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media still cruising around

Ohhh look – jump jump – happy dance! Here are some new photos of you with my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – where I was tagged . I get so giddy when I see that, it always makes my day. Thank you for sharing!!!

If you happen to have gotten my book, send me a pic or tag me on instagram or FB :) Maybe you take it on vacation with you or it is in your studio while you are creating – I would love to see :)

Lots of Love!

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Book Signing @ The Ink Pad – Meet & Greet Nat!

Meet me at The Ink Pad in NYC for a book signing with my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media! Pick up a personalized copy of the book and go on an Artful Adventure with me :) To add to the fun, there will be some special prizes for the first 5 in-store preorders and first 5 in-store purchases of the book.  Drop by, say Hello, and pick up your copy!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017: 4pm – 7pm

See you there!

And for those of you who cannot make it, order a FREE signed Bookplate from the n*Store for your copy of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. I will even personalize it for you if you let me know in the notes section of your order.

 

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Birgit Koopsen

Birgit Koopsen is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Artful Adventures in Brooklyn
  • Challenge Surprises
  • How Inspiration Strikes
  • Treasures of Nature
  • Exploring a Theme in Depth
  • and some bloopers ;)

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Birgit Koopsen from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Artful Adventures – Interview with MaryBeth Shaw

MaryBeth Shaw is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • The Perfect Artful Adventure
  • Jazz
  • Inspiration from Books
  • #IseeStencilsEverywhere
  • Her Artwork in the Book
  • The Fascination of Triangles

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Mary Beth Shaw from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Joi@RR

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    DELIGHTFUL – this was just FABULOUS to see and hear. Thanks bunches two you both. Xj.

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  • JoAnn

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    Wonderful interview – thank you for sharing. I never heard of Diebenkorn – didn’t even know how to spell his name – but will definitely check him out……and maybe use more triangles. Look forward to your book – it sounds fabulous!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      JoAnn, glad you liked it. Let us know what you think of Diebenkorn and also how the triangles go :) Hope you will like the book- thank you so much for your support!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Oh I can’t wait to listen to this video I love these and listening to you talk. Thanks for sharing with all of us !!!❤❤❤

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media or Thoughts on being a Writer at last

Pinch me, guys! My childhood dream has come true. When I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I didn’t answer “be an artist” – I said I wanted to become a writer.

I took a lot of detours, and even if it wasn’t in my original plan I became an artist AND a writer. My book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Art and Techniques Inspired by Observation & Experience, is going to be released on June 8th, 2017, and is now on PRE-SALE.

I’d like to share the back-story…

My father passed away when I was a baby and my mother had to work a lot to take care of us. Neighbors who lived in the apartment below ours took a liking to me and I spent hours with them almost every day – they became my honorary Aunt Isabell and Uncle Günther. They had a living room with floor-to- ceiling bookshelves on all sides, they took me to the library and helped me get my first library card. I read to them and with them, everything I could get my hands on. And I wrote stories! In fourth grade my teacher sent one of my stories to a national school magazine, it was printed. I was sooooo proud. In my teens I got an old typewriter, heavy as lead, but I banged on it with gusto, starting – but never finishing – epic novels.

I was going to study journalism, I had big plans, but for some reason (perhaps a practical streak) I decided to study law. Well…at least I did a lot of writing as a paralegal, but legal arguments weren’t very interesting. I knew that writing a book would be awesome, but I wasn’t sure what story I would tell.

Things changed when I left the legal world, became a full-time artist, designer, blogger and teacher and then moved to the States. I wrote for my blog, so things were beginning to brew. And this time when I thought about a book I knew it would be about mixed media. A student in my Creative JumpStart 2016 class wrote that she’d like to ‘jumpstart me right back’ and suggested I should write a book about the things that I was already writing about on my blog. This email was so well-timed. It gave me the nudge I needed to write and send a book proposal. (Thank you, Denise G.)

A year later, here I am, an author. Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Art and Techniques Inspired by Observation & Experience! It took me and the publisher a long time to decide on the title. (They considered calling it Uber Artful Adventures, but maybe they figured that could look like a manual for self-employed drivers so that one didn’t pass muster.)

So, what’s this book of mine about?

It’s an invitation to YOU to go on an Artful Adventure with me. I wrote it to reach everyone I can’t meet in person with my classes, to share the methods that make mixed media accessible to all, no matter their skill level. It’s about the process from inception to realization, how observations and experiences can be turned into works of art. I give practical guidelines and oodles of examples of how I find inspiration, how I gather and keep my ideas in sketchbooks, journals and photos, and what materials go on the journey with me in an Art-on- the-Go kit.

In each chapter there are techniques and step-by- step instructions for projects – stencils, layering, collage, textured painting, mono-printing, photo manipulation, and more, to ensure that the reader can go on their own Artful Adventures and create their own meaningful mixed media artwork!

I cannot wait to finally hold the book in my hands and I cannot wait for you to read it. I am scared and excited at the same time and sometimes just thinking about it makes me jump up and down …To everyone who has followed my blog, taken my classes, shared this journey – YOU made this book possible and for that I thank you!

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  • Julie B

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    Linda said it best. I,too have been blessed with attending one of your live classes and being able to say “yes, I can do this!”. Love, love, love your teaching style, wisdom, humor, laugh but what is this about an accent? Thank you for sharing your backstory. You worked hard to realize your dreams and could not be happier for you and anxiously awaiting my per-ordered copy (hope you will visit next year so I can get it autographed). Congratulations!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so so much Linda- you are the best! I had such a good time with you- your enthusiasm is contagious. And I think I will be back ;) and I cannot wait to see you again! Loves!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    This is so beyond exciting!!! A huge congratulations to you!!! I can not wait to get a copy and thank you for sharing your story with all of us. It’s an honor to be here cheering you on and I so can’t wait to meet you in person it’s all I can think about lol ❤❤❤. Congrats again !!!👏👏👏👏

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I cannot wait to meet you either! thank you so much for all your support- you are amazing. Have a wonderful week!

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  • Gill K

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    Congratulations on writing your book. It will be great to have, as I can’t get to any of your classes. I enjoy reading your blog & seeing your art. Thank you.

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  • Natalya Aikens

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    What a great story Nat! Can’t wait for my autographed copy!!!

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  • Maura

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    Nathalie, what a wonderful and inspiring story that led you to realizing your dream of becoming an author! Kudos!!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you so much Maura – you are the best! Looking forward seeing you in a couple weeks at Color Crush!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How WONDERFUL for you and your readers Nat!!!
    Your creativity rocks my world and now I can have it in a book to cherish, hold, read and use.
    Can’t wait to get my copy.
    And congratulations for achieving another dream.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Aweee- Sue!!! You are a big part of this! Thank you for all your support throughout all those years!!! <3 Big hugs and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  • Nancy G.

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    Congratulations on your book and pursuing your dream. Life doesn’t take us in straight lines, yet it gets us to where we need to be. Your story is inspiring.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Nancy! You are wonderful and I agree – no straight lines in life :) Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  • Linda Corbin Young

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    I am so very proud of you and so honored to have attended your classes, absorbed your wisdom, reveled in your humor (and your completely comprehensible accent, thank you!). You’ve given me inspiration, courage to try new techniques, and so many skills. Can’t wait to have you autograph my copy of this masterpiece!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe, Linda- thank you so much – you are amazing and always so supportive! I always love having you in my classes and I hope I will see you in OK again in June …right after the book is out :) Big hugs and have a wonderful weekend!

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  • stephanie

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    Thanks for sharing more about yourself and the inspiration behind the book. So excited for you!

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ART JOURNAL YOUR ARCHETYPES by Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli—Book Giveaway

I just received two copies of this wonderful book by Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli

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ART JOURNAL YOUR ARCHETYPESMixed Media Techniques for Finding Yourself

“In this unique book, you will learn processes for discovering your core archetypes and using that knowledge to create highly personal visual expressions, all the while embracing the personal revelations and creative breakthroughs that result”. -Gabrielle

Gabrielle asked me along with a couple other wonderful artists if I’d contribute to her book. I was super honored and of course I said yes. Gabrielle had a long conversation with me to explore my archetypes which was very interesting to learn about. After the interview and after she told me my archetypes I created art journal pages based on those. It has been so much fun and I learned a lot about myself. Here are the pages I contributed:

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Find out more about Archetypes, your own archetypes and how they can prompt your art journal pages in this book. Thank you so much Gabrielle for including me!

Get yourself a copy or leave a comment here for a chance to win one of the copies of the book I received. You can comment until October 26, 2016 midnight EST and I will pick one lucky winner randomly and announce the winner shortly after.

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  • Sandra L.

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    Gorgeous book and your pages are always so powerful. I am new to art journals and for months have sat and stared at the blank pages. Winning a copy of the book would hopefully spark what is needed to get me on the correct path. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • Kim Johnny

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    Love your bold and bright pages! Fabulous! The book looks so wonderful and would love to learn from it. Thanks so much for sharing and a chance to win!~kim

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  • Crystal Korzep

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    Oh my goodness, I grabbed a bunch of books here in Barnes and Noble, looking at page 25 in Art Journal Your Archetypes, and came across your blog Nathalie. I am looking you up on my cell phone, and saw you are friends with Jennifer and were in Boston. I live 30 minutes out if Boston. I am in time for your deadline to win this awesome book. Oh boy, would I live to win. I am on a new journey iny art; going to try to paint, draw and do mixed media daily.

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  • elle

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    First I heard of this term! How fascinating. I’m intrigued.

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  • esther

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    looks really interesting! would love to win a copy!

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  • Julie B

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    What a cool experience for you! This is intriguing and looking forward to more revelations on your blog and can’t wait to you visit to California in January. Thank you!

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  • Martine M.

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    You always have great pages! Book seems a very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!.

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  • susan debourguignon

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    wow, Nathalie! your pages are always so colorful — the black and white pages are so striking to me. glad you are included in your friends’ book. the whole archetype business is intriguing to me. if i don’t win it, i will likely buy it.

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  • Gill K

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    This sounds a fascinating book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Your pages are powerful and striking.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Gill, you won the Archetypes book! Congratulations! I send you an email directly- so please contact me until November 7th, so that I can send out the book to you -Nat

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      • Gill K

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        Hi Nathalie,
        Thank you so much for your generosity. I look forward to working from the book in due course. Gill

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  • Linda S Richards

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    Awesome giveaway & such a great book! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Suz

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    This looks like a lot of fun! I’d love to win this book and learn more about myself and my art. Thanks for the chance!

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  • April Lopez

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    This looks like an I tersting book to dig into. I love your pages.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    JUDGE really caught my eye. I think that black and white just makes it stand out more (as much as I love how you mix bright colors Nat).
    Thanks for the chance to win this very cool book.

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  • Lori B

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    Wow your work is beautiful. This book looks very interesting. Thank you for offering this.

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  • Bec Miller

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    How interesting!! Congrats!

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  • Bea Savellano

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    Looks like an inspiring book. Love your pages…

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  • Gwen L

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    I’m so intrigued by everything I’ve seen about this book – what an interesting concept! Love your contributions – gorgeous!

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  • Kathy P

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    As a relative newcomer to mixed media art, this is a new term to me. I’m intrigued! Will have to get a copy because it sounds like it will expand my knowledge of ‘self’, which I am discovering is so important to making art.
    And I love the pages you’ve included in it, Nat!

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  • Susan

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    I have always struggled with what I want to put on an art journal page and hopefully this book would help me to overcome that uncertantity.

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  • Melinda

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    Archtypes are so interesting to me — in some way they make me feel more connectd to the rest of the world,

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  • Nancy

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    So bold and colorful. There is always so much to learn and this looks like a wealth of information.

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From Small Beginnings – Michelle Rydell

CS September Theme 2

Happy Tuesday!  It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “From Small Beginnings”. Throughout the month of September, the team has been using my n*Studio Stamps to interpret the theme. The change in seasons and the childhood ritual of Back to School in September has me thinking about starting new things – new projects, learning new things, and meeting new people, and all the excitement and challenges that come with all of these “new”s. For this theme, From Small Beginnings, my Squad has thought about the process of starting something new and the very first steps they took. I asked them, how did you experience a Beginning?

So this week we have a very fun Fauxbonichi book cover from Michelle Rydell that definitely brings back those childhood memories!

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Oh my gosh I had so much fun with this month’s project!  September and “Small Beginnings” made me think of going back to school as a kid, and that made me think of one of my fave things about that – making covers for my textbooks out of paper bags!  Did you do that too?

I decided to make a cover for my Fauxbonichi – and use the “Marks” stamp set to decorate it…

I gathered together the basic materials for the project…

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I cut the grocery bag open so it would lay flat…

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I placed my notebook on the grocery bag and figured out how wide I would need it to be, to cover the width of the book and folded flaps on the front and back covers, and then cut off the extra…

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At this point, I had to do a youtube search, so I could remember how to fold it. (it’s been awhile – ha!).  Once I got the folding done I took a white pastel pencil and lightly marked where the spine was and which part was the Front cover.  Then I took the cover off the book, and got ready for the fun part – decorating!

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Using a roll of masking tape as a template, I cut a peace sign out of the extra paper, and lightly taped it on the front cover to use as a mask.  Then I started stamping horizontal stripes with the various stamps in the “Marks” set…

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When I got to the peace sign, I stamped right over the top of it…

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When the stamping was done, I removed the peace sign, and this is what it looked like…

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The last step was to put on some finishing touches with a fine point paint marker.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!

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I love Michelle’s book cover – it’s such a cool idea that I haven’t thought about in a very long time and what a great place to use the stamps to make a field of pattern.

In addition to a brown grocery bag and her Fauxbonichi, Michelle used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE this cover Michelle and like Marit I used to cover my textbooks as well (so this post brought back some cool memories too)!

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  • Meg

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    This is so fun, Michelle! I completely forgot about covering books in school. I wonder if I have any pictures of the covers I made back in the day. Love your project.

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  • Marit

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    Oooh, I remember covering my schoolbooks (I also enjoyed it, years later, to help my son with this…!) It was the second-best thing at the beginning of the school year. (The best was ‘buying and initiating my new school-planner!)

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  • Julie Tucker

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    Ohhhhhhhhhh this is just FABULOUS! LOVING that peace symbol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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