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Planning a Journal Made of Scraps

January 19, 2012


Above: A stack of scraps that started to form when I did a "cleanse" of my flat file.

The other day someone slammed my right hand in a door. (It was a warm day and the bike ride actually saved my life because I had my cycling gloves on and they cushioned the blow.) I was out of commission for several days, unable to drive, write, type, or bind. I even had trouble with my shoelaces. (After a day I was able to sketch on very smooth paper with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen barely held, and with no pressure applied. Why would you want to do that? Hey, I was going crazy. I had to make sure I could sketch without pain at the Portrait Party.)

I have one drawer of my flat file that collects large bits of paper, whole signatures of folded paper that never made it into a book, for instance. I started to take stuff out of the drawer and make a "toss pile." Then I realized that with some scraps I had in my scrap bin I actually had the makings of a new collage journal. (Like "Adjustment: P10.")

I pulled some type cut from magazines and some of my sketches from my collage pile. I think it's going to come together in a fun way. Gathering up a selection of materials in this way is one way that my mind keeps busy thinking up visuals and page layouts, even if I am not able to actually execute them at that moment. Every time I pass the pile on the table I smile because I know that it will soon all merge in a book. And every now and then I add a little something to that pile. 

So when the hand is all healed and I can put pressure on it again I'm going to bind all these scraps up into a journal. I'll keep you posted. I thought it would be fun to have a "before" image of the materials to get you thinking about the possibilities you have lying around on your desk, in drawers, in bins…

Also, when the hand heals I make that video of me tearing paper. I had hoped to do that last week.

    • Zoe
    • January 19, 2012

    Recover soon, Roz, and perhaps if you haven’t try some Arnica a few times a day. It helped me with a recent hand accident.

    Looking forward to seeing the scrap journal.

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    I am so sorry to hear your hand got hurt, Roz! How awful! I am so over protective with my hands, in fear that if something would happen I will not be able to paint. I can imagine how scary the first moments were for you. Seeing that you typed this post, you are on your way to full recovery – YAY!

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    Zoe, I didn’t even think of using Arnica. Drat. That tells me it’s been too long since I had dinner with my friends Sandy and Jenny who know everything about these remedies. I have to remedy that. That’s for the suggestion and memory jog!

    I hope you are fully recovered from your hand accident. It’s horrible when they happen. Everything I do is centered around it. I can do left hand stuff but it isn’t as fun. At least I’m typing with both hands again!

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    Alex, I know the overprotective of the hands gambit myself. I won’t rollerblade, skateboard, or do any extreme sport that involves the every present threat of falling. I limit my biking to limit the road noise my hands absorb. So it is a double shock to have this happen. Only the tips of three fingers still hurt when I type. I can’t put full pressure on paper with pens so I’m using a lot of the PPBP—but I love that pen so it’s not a hardship. Not binding those papers is a bit too tantalizing. I had to bind 7 little Japanese stab bindings yesterday and THAT was a bit intense, but they couldn’t delay any longer (an editioned artist’s book with a graciously extended deadline). I get to take it easy today. All research (reading) and later some cake with a friend. That’s not a bad day plan at all.

    • LizzieBo
    • January 19, 2012

    So sorry to hear about your hand. However, it is always good to have moments (hopefully not permanent) that let us look in another direction for inspiration – even if we are being forced to look! I’m always gratified to find how adaptable I can be, if I let myself. I love the idea of a scrap notebook. I have put together a couple simple journals with pamphlet bindings – I would like another binding but can’t find anything that is simple enough for me. All the books I’ve gotten my hands onto get pretty elaborate pretty quickly. But I can do what I can do and enjoy that, so maybe I’ll experiment with paper more. Nice idea. Good luck in your recovery. By the way, it hasn’t been a full year I’ve been bugging you about the book. I found your blog just at the end of IFJM so this will be the first year I get to participate. I’m so excited and just simmering with ideas. .

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    LizzieBo, thanks for the good wishes and the even better news that you’ll be participating in this year’s IFJM.

    RE: uncomplicated book structures, just about every book has instructions on doing a book with “long-stitch” and it doesn’t get any less complicated than that for a hardbound, sewn-on-the-spine book which can contain multi-signatures (I think you need at least 4 to 6 signatures to make this thread pattern on the spine look good).

    If memory serves LaPlantz has it in her first book. Sue Doggett and Alyssa Golden have it in their first books (I’m relying on memory here but they must).

    See the list of books here

    Even if those authors don’t have the type of book I’m remembering they have they have books that are simply made. Give them a shot.

    In 2009 I wrote a profile on this artist

    Read about her and then follow the links I give in the post to her site. She has online classes offered on her site. I haven’t taken one, but one of the journal collective members took a class from her and when she was sharing her journal mentioned that she learned to make it from Mary Ann and loved the class so that might be another approach for you.

    Make 2012 the year you stretch which types of book forms you make.
    Have fun.

    • PeggySu
    • January 19, 2012

    I’m really sorry about your hand. Even though you seem to be healing, I feel I must advise you to visit a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). You can find one here:

    My sister is a CHT so I’ve heard more than the average person about what can go wrong if you don’t know what you are doing about a hand problem. My sister, like all CHT’s, first earned a degree in Occupational Therapy and then took the extra training required to be a CHT. My sister has made it clear to me that hands are unusual and things that are o.k. for the rest of your body, such as doing extra exercise, can be detrimental to hands. So you don’t want to just trust your intuition in this case.

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    Take care Roz!

  6. Reply

    PeggySu, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll take all that into consideration.

  7. Reply

    Thanks Julie.

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