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)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Altered Book Day

I took a trip to Marin County yesterday with friends Margie, Pamela and
to see the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Altered Book and Book Arts annual
show. It also had a San Quentin Prison Arts Project show as well.

This is Dorothy Yuki's piece that received Honorable Mention. Last year Dorothy also received an
Honorable Mention on her altered book in this annual show. Congratulations again!

This is my untitled piece that I entered in the show. It is made entirely of discarded library books. It
is my second collage piece using books that I have rescued from the landfill.

This piece is made by our friend Punky from our SF Correspondence Group in San Francisco.

Hedi Kyles book. A collaborative piece with her graduate students using stencils.

These two pieces are from the San Quentin Prison Art Project that was on display. 

After seeing the show in Novato we headed to Mill Valley for another book 
show at Seager/Gray Gallery. Here a few pieces from that great show.

We ended the fun afternoon by stopping at Sol Food to pick up some Puerto Rican food. Loved those
garlic plantains. We headed back into the city avoiding the traffic.. Tonight is the closing and live auction at the MOCA. Sadly I will miss it but it should be a fun time. I was inspired by all that afternoon of altered books!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Postal Museum

I was visiting my daughter this week in Southern Ca. and finally got to
 pay a visit to the Redlands Postal Museum.

The Museum is tucked away in the historic Main Post Office at 201 Brookside Avenue in
Redlands, CA. This lovely building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Several
years ago it was in danger of being sold.

This is the grand interior of the old post office with the vaulted ceiling and
wood beamed ceiling. I am so relieved they saved the post office.
Look at the beautiful arches with the ornamental ironwork where the P.O. boxes are housed.

This case in the post office lobby has a display of letters and post cards
 mailed long ago.

This is the first photo taken in the Redlands Postal Museum. They saved
the old window from a post office and put it on display. The next series of
photographs are some of the items displayed in the museum.

There was a wall of old mail bags on display.

And of course you have to have letter carriers hats on display too.

Mr. Zip sticker on a mail bag!

This sweet little museum was a nice side trip for us to enjoy. The
Redlands Postal Museum is open during the same hours as the post
office so it is closed during the weekends.  All you postal
lovers out there go visit this tiny museum if you find yourself in
Redlands, CA. in Southern Ca.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Envelope Booklet Tutorial

Here is a booklet tutorial that I showed Pamela from Cappuccino and art Journal and the other friends who gathered at my studio  a few weeks ago.  I used a page from an old atlas from the the library book sale that I went to with Pamela and Leslie.

Put the image that you want on the outside of the booklet face down on the table. Next fold the paper into thirds. You can measure if you like  or eyeball it like I do. 

Make a nice crisp fold using a bone folder. If you don't have a bone folder use a credit card to help crease crisp.

Open the paper and fold in half and crease your fold.

Take your pair of scissors and and cut from each side of the paper to the first fold.

You will now fold the corners in to the first fold making a triangle. 

Repeat the folds to all corners of the paper. 

Fold in the sides of the paper on the fold line.

Fold each end to the center fold.

Here is your finished envelope booklet!  

Here are three more envelope booklets made from different atlases We made
these at the party I hosted in my newly cleaned studio.  I hope to add some more 

envelope tutorials soon. I have a lot I want to share using repurposed materials of course!
                A shout out to my friend Pamela from Cappuccino and art journal for taking the
                photographs for this tutorial and for all her technical help as well. Her help
               and encouragement will get me posting on a more regular basis!