Friday, April 22, 2016

The World of Hedi Kyle book show

Last Friday I attended the opening of the book artist Hedi Kyle called The World of Hedi Kyle
Codex Curios and Bibli'objets at the The show is up until July 17th in San Francisco.
I would highly recommend it. I have to go back again to see the show again.  There was so much to see and become inspired from by her work.

Hedi speaking to the crowd at the opening. 
         Below a small sample of work from the show at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

These pieces were some of the works that were hung on the wall.

I love that there was a section of books that were touchable to the crowd. Some of these books were
my favorite in the exhibit.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Library Book Sale!

My friend Pamela from  invited me to come along with her extra ticket to the members preview at the semi-annual San Francisco library book sale. We look forward to it every year. We armed ourselves with fruit, cookies and water and we waited in line for and hour at the Fort Mason Center. It is not a bad place to stand in line on a beautiful day waiting for the doors to open to a fun sale. It can be crowded and hectic but it is worth it for all the great books
and not to mention a good cause too.

We hit our favorite table first where we find old atlas's and dictionaries and an occasional typewriter manuel. I got
some huge topographic map books perfect for folding into envelopes and folders. All one dollar since it is reference.

I love the foreign language sections too. I use some of these book to print gelli prints on and do
collage work with them as well.

Here is a panoramic photo shot with my phone to give you an idea of the enormity of the building with 250,000
donated books for sale in the warehouse.

One of my books from the medical table. This is a nurses reference guide
from the 1950's. 

Pamela's great finds at the reference table. The dictionary was at least 5 inches thick with
marbled edges.

Our haul for the day. The cart is full of bird books, maps, atlas's, Japanese and Chinese books and so much more. It will
likely be turned into Mail Art, collage material, hand made card material and handmade envelopes. A few of the books
will land on our book shelves in the collectible pile.

Happy bargain shoppers. (it is even cheaper on
Sunday when EVERYTHING is a dollar! You just
might spot us there on Sunday)

You still have time to get to the sale. Here are the particulars:  
San Francisco Public Library Spring Sale
March 30-April 3rd.
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
All books and media $3.00 and under.
Sunday is $ Day.

If you miss this one the next sale is September 21 to 25th.

It is a great sale and hundred of people go each year. All proceeds benefit the 
San Francisco Public libraries.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Penny Ranch visit again..

I took a stop at the Penny Ranch in Chico,CA on my way to my parents house. I wanted to pick up some stamps and old letters from the owner John. The collectible store filled with stamps, baseball cards, and comic and coins has been there for as long as I can remember when I was growing up in Chico. The funny thing is I never shopped there until recently after I got more involved in mail art and teaching creative re-use workshops.  Here is a quick look at some of this weekend finds.. I don't buy anything collectible in the traditional stamp collecting sense since I will be repurposing them.

Here is one of my creations with the stamps. A stamp birthday cake to my friend Pamela who
is the mail artist who blogs on the great site:
She will be happy to know that some of her birthday presents are coming from the Penny
Ranch this year found in shoe boxes and cigar boxes... treasures for mail artist and paper lovers.

My bird collage with cancelled stamps, magazine images and discarded book pages.

Finally I have been able to post! A series of iphone, computer and blog problems 
have plagued me for months but hopefully they have been resolved with help from
Tammy and Pamela and Delaney. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

More Stamps Recreated

I came across these other stamp cards I made awhile back so I thought I would show these as well to add more images to yesterdays post.  It was hard and is still hard to cut up stamps. I felt the same way about cutting discarded books. The stamps I get are just stored in boxes and not in a nice fancy stamp book album. I am giving these old cancelled stamps a new life in some way. I still have plenty of untouched stamps that are preserved.

Tiny stamp houses

My "Stamp People". I made the guys pants out of a discarded atlas and his arms from old book pages.

This is a super easy birthday card. I used a Martha Stewart balloon punch
 and then drew the string on with a fine tip marker.

You should check out my friend Pamela's blog post from
on May 28th titled It's All about the Stamps!  Two of my cards are featured as well as a lot of other great images!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stamps Recreated

Whenever I visit my parents in Chico, CA. I try to stop by The Penny Ranch. It is a shop filled with baseball cards, coins, comic books and a lot of collectibles. I go there for the postage stamps. The owner knows I don't want valuable stamps but just a lot of old cancelled stamps.  He brings out shoe boxes and old cigar boxes filled with them. I usually buy those boxes from him.  I like the cigar boxes as much as the stamps. He also sells me a lot of old letters and he knows I love airmail envelopes.  I will save most of those images  for another post. Here is a collection of some of my boxes that have come home with me for my art, collage, card making and my creative re-use workshops.

I started a "Stamp Cake" series using the cancelled postage stamps. They are so much fun to make and I am working on a series to reproduce. I cannot make them by hand fast enough to keep up with all the birthdays. The cake stand is made from discarded book pages, junk mail, and the insides of security envelopes. I cut the candles out from the sides of vintage airmail envelopes and the flames from are made from scrap paper. 

I could not resist putting in one image of some of the old letters I have bought
from The Penny Ranch. I am working on some collage pieces with these envelopes and stamps.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Card and wallet holder tutorial

I have been making these card holders for years. I saw this fold on a youtube video some years ago as as photo holder. I am sorry I do not remember who posted it.  I adapted it to make it the size and made some adjustments for holding business cards, gift cards or to use it as a small wallet when you don't want to carry you larger one. I have used a variety of paper including maps, posters, ledger
paper and tyvek envelopes (from old USPS or FedEx envelopes) that are tear proof and water
proof. You can even print on the tyvek but be careful as all printers will not take the material. 

Start with a piece of paper that is 8.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall. Put the side of the paper
you would like to be on the outside of the wallet face down on the table. Place the paper in a vertical position with the 8.5  horizontally in front of you.

Fold the paper in half vertically and crease the fold crisply. You can use a bone folder or a
credit card to make a clean fold.

Open the paper and take each side and fold just shy of the center. Leave a gap. About 1/8 of an inch.
I don't measure but just do not fold to the center or past the center of the paper.

Open the paper and fold in all four corners to the fold line. Crease the paper.

Keeping the corner triangles folded in now bring in the sides of the paper on the fold.
Do this on both sides of the paper.

Your paper should look like this and you will be ready to make the final folds!
Flip the paper over.

You will now fold the bottom of the paper up by following where the angled paper meets. (this
is difficult to explain but hopefully the close up picture shows you what I mean. No measuring is
needed. Just use the folds to guide you.

Here is another photo to show this fold.

Now for the final fold you take the top and fold it under the bottom triangles. You can test the 
distance of how much to fold in by using a credit card as a guide.

Tuck in the folds and crease the paper for your completed card holder!

You have six pockets to put items in. The two sides with the triangle folds.

You can also tuck cards into the side too and the back side as well. (not pictured)

I will try to post later some other versions of this wallet/card holder soon. School just ended for my
son today so I finally got to sneak this post in-- as summer officially started today!  And that I hope
means more time to re-create and less driving!

These little holders are great for putting gift cards in for presents. In fact this map one would
be great to put in a gas card in for a gift or tuck in money for a trip. 

(Thank you to my daughter for being my hand model and once again to friend Pamela at for her blog help)