I had this idea last week to make my art journal pages the same way I used to make zine pages.

The left page, as practice, is pretty okay, but I’m really digging the right side. I’m not sure if this is how I’ll be continuing with this art journal, but it’s sparked a lot of ideas.

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Next month is National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t missed a year since I started in 2006 (I mean, I’ve won only a few, but I’ve tried every year). For a while, I thought I wouldn’t be doing it this year; I don’t have words bursting at the seams. I don’t want to write 50,000 words of coherent storyline. Then I made these pages and I thought: well why don’t I rebel? Aside from the prompt, expect next month’s posts to be a little different.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Studio Waterstone is a gorgeous art blog I follow, and the author, Lori, has been participating in a 52 Weeks of Print project; see this post for details. So many of them are elegant and beautiful, such as her Valerian, this potted plant, and these turquoise trees. As you can see, she has many different ideas on how to use the stamps she created, but I can’t help but love the linens!

Inspired by this, I’ve decided to create a rubber stamp print to frame. You can use rubber stamps that you have purchased or make your own, but I decided to make my own.

  • Rubber stamp(s)
  • Linen or nice/sturdy paper
  • Ink, paint, etc
  • Brush (as needed)

It’s a fairly easy project that only becomes time consuming if you intend to have a lot of detail. I wanted to start easy just to get a feel for it, so I made two cassette tape rubber stamps from an eraser I picked up at Target ages ago.


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It turns out I’m a kit person. I love making kits– I’ve got my series of creative kits and some tiny kits and I’ve made kits in the past that asked friends to explore their inner author. I’ve even made kits for random mailings through Send Something. It’s a lot of fun!

Inside my mail zine Good Company I’ve a page on building a DIY Letter Kit for yourself or a friend, but now I want to take that a step further. I’m inviting you to make a mail kit for anyone, not just those who love stationery and washi tape. It’s not just a tool for writing letters, it’s a party!

You’ve heard of mail art socials? This is great for that, but can also be for those who might not live in mail-friendly areas, or who would rather go at it alone. Give them the materials they might need to set up a little mail party for themselves, so when they sit down to it they have plenty of inspiration to keep them going!

Below you’ll find printable materials and suggestions for two Mail Party kits. I’m in the USA, so these were sized for 8.5×11 inch paper, but you should be able to print them well enough on other sizes too.

  • Invitation. Even though you’re sending the whole kit in one unit, you can still make it fun by attaching an invite as the first thing your recipient will see.
  • Decoration. Every party needs atmosphere! I included banners and balloons in mine.
  • Stationery & Prompts. Mine have some stationery I made, but any assortment of papers would be loved– don’t forget to give them some letter ideas, especially if they’re very new to the whole thing.
  • Goodie Bag. Put random items in here, prizes and gifts to keep things fun. Small toys, used postage, trivia, washi, silly wearables, candy, etc.
  • Mail-Related Printables. You can always find other mail-related printables online to include in your kit, like mail boxes, shipping labels, and smaller paper mail kits!
  • Mail-Related Zines. There are so many mail-related zines out there! I’m offering here a PDF printable of one of mine, which has illustrations of postage to color (how to fold a minizine). There’s also my Good Company Mailing Activity Zine, or you can find others on Etsy.
  • Mail Ephemera and More. For creating mail art, DIY stationery, or else, include a little packet full of cut-out pictures and shapes! Go the extra mile and cut everything out for them, rather than just including blocks of magazine pages.
  • What else? You decide!


Download your Mail Party Kit!


Full zipped package includes all the images seen above!

The original materials made for this kit will be sent to two lucky winners in the final Peacock Vows giveaway!

Whether or not you use my materials, I’d love to know if you bounced off this idea for a mail party [kit] of your own!

It’s kind of crazy to think that there’s less than three months until the end of the year, until the end of our Peacock Vow deadline. It’s very obvious at this point that I haven’t done as much as I could to achieve my goals, but I haven’t exactly been stagnant either. I’m learning about momentum, effort, and time management and at this point it needs to be more of a conscious decision to make the right decisions. At the beginning of this process, I didn’t really know what the right decisions were, but now I do, and if I’m not making them it’s based on a lack of effort and laziness instead of ignorance.

Along the lines of laziness and right decisions, I’ve also really realized that one of the disadvantages of my job is that if I’m sick or depressed, there’s no one else to do my work for me. I can call out but I can’t get coverage, so to speak. So the first two weeks of October where I barely did anything, really affected my productivity. I guess I’m finally figuring out that this is a full time job that isn’t necessarily super “fun” all the time.

One of the main things I’ve done since we last checked in is strategically sponsor larger blogs that have really increased my following/stats. I kind of can’t believe this isn’t something I’ve done before. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the money for yourself, it is.

Something else I’ve started doing is really jumping in and identifying with “Uncustomary”. I’ve actually begun introducing myself that way to new people and signing my mail that way. Because if I’m going to be this person, then I’m going to be this person.

Michelle and I are doing a giveaway this month, and you have a whole month to enter it. The good news about this is that everyone who enters will receive something, but there will be three “big” winners. The biggest winner will receive a package from both Michelle and myself, the second winner will receive a package from Michelle, and the third winner will receive a package from me. But as long as you enter you’re going to get something from us in the mail. (My packages are guerrilla art kits, just like the ones in my shop, and Michelle’s are mail party kits.)

 

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Be sure to head over to read Michelle’s monthly check in with her vow of sending beautiful mail!

Still learning along my art journal adventure.

Part of my issue with this is just something that I’m going to have to learn over time– rather, I’m going to have to accept that it’s something I’ll need to learn over time. In everything, I create because I need to. In my art journal, I’m still creating for an audience. When I’m done it feels stale, not because the pages don’t mean anything but because they don’t hold any meaning personally.

They pick up words that have meaning, but it’s meaning ripped out of context. The art itself, that’s what doesn’t hold meaning, and that’s the meaning I’m trying to find. I want this to be the release it can sometimes be, except more often than not.

I think I did pretty well on the pages I’m sharing today. I experimented a little bit.

Find your design, that’s what I said to myself this week, and I’m going to, even if it takes me all year.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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