Final Stage: Altered Book Journal

By: Alie Preusser

The journal is complete and now it is ready for me to document life, love, parenting, creating art, and all the things I enjoy. After taking a workshop on maps it inspired me to include some maps and journal some of the places I have lived. Now that I am an Army wife the journeys will continue and I am going to include map art from each place we live.

Post about Jill Berry and the map making seminar is, here.

Middle stage post is, here.

Cheers,
~Alie

Kansas City Public Library

I absolutely love libraries and am a total bibliophile. The library is the first place I seek out in a new place. What I cannot believe is that the coolest library is so incredibly close to me and I have never been there.

While helping my son with a project I saw photographs of the Kansas City, Missouri library. It looks amazing! This is my next adventure and I am so excited. Have you been to this library or heard of it?

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Peg Board Tutorial

The 36th Avenue

The 36th Avenue tutorial is great for the above project. It is very detailed. I saw one that was similar to this in a jewelry store. It was much bigger and had a vintage frame around it.

A peg board for my jewelry and jewelry making is on my wish list to make. My husband and I even visited Home Depot so I could show him the parts I needed. It is going to come to fruition once we move.

Please visit The 36th Avenue for details and beautiful photos of the process.

~Alie

Inspiration

How many of you like Picasso?

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
~Pablo Picasso

Over the past two weeks I have been working on journals and altered books, along with taking a class about maps and the art of maps. I found this quote very fitting. I like the imagery of painting as a form of diary.

Really any medium is a diary, very personable, yet calling others to partake. I feel only the artist truly understands the layers because the art created is a “diary.” We choose the work we want to share and we hope to inspire others. The sharing and inspiration are what I find beautiful about art. There are so many avenues for expression and there are no fixed “rights or wrongs.”

How do you express yourself? Do you have a favorite medium that is your diary?

~Alie

The Art of Writing

Do you want to join me in a writing challenge for the month of February? I discovered this challenge on Twitter. The challenge is to mail a letter, postcard, article, anything of interest to someone every day that the post office is open, so it comes to 24 days in the month of February.

All of the details can be found, here. There is also a badge that you can post on your blog. It is shown below.

A Month of Letters

Enjoy,
~Alie

Santos Dolls

Have you heard of Santos Dolls? You can read about the history, here. The name is taken from the Spanish word, Saint. The dolls flourished during the 1700s and 1800s.

I had never heard of them, until I signed up for the Creatively Made workshop. We will be making these dolls. I went to Hobby Lobby today and did not find the supplies I needed for this project. However, I am going to look online and see if I can find the supplies.

If you have made these before, I would love to hear from you or perhaps you can share a link with a photo. Once I have completed the project, I will post a photo.

Photo Courtesy of santoscagedoll.com

Photo courtesy of santoscagedoll.com

Enjoy,
~Alie