Wednesday, April 26, 2006

BOD: Week One {Pockets}

Well, here we are…week {ONE} of the Book of Dreams. I hope you all have a book of some sort to work in and have prepped it however you’d like. The topic for this week is POCKETS.

I will be sharing a few different ways you can make pockets in your book and then you can run with it! If some of you are looking for specific instructions on how to make different backgrounds on your pages, Lisa Vollrath has some wonderful techniques here.

Most of all, I want to say, have fun with this!! It’s all about the process rather than the product. I love that ArtJunk is doing her dream book on free flow of ideas, just having fun! Try to challenge yourself to try new things on your pages.

The first example of a pocket is very simple. You just tear two different patterned paper going in different directions. I inked them on the torn edges and adhered to the page around the edges. Then you’ll have an open pocket inside. Easy as pie:)

Another easy way to make a pocket is use this library pocket template. Cut out the template and trace it onto any sort of patterned/homemade paper that you’d like. Fold it up and glue it onto your page anywhere you’d like. Inside the pocket you can add a quote, a picture, a tag, or whatever!
The next example involves some folding on two different pages of your book. First fold a page ¾ of the way in. Then fold the next page so that a little more page is showing and the final page is not folded at all. This will give you two pockets. You can put adhesive along the edges or just attach brads like I did here. Again, fill your pockets with whatever goodies you’d like. Finally, you can make the page itself into a pocket for a tag. Trace ½ inch around a tag placed how you would like it in the book. Then put glue all around the line you traced, all over the page, but not inside the lines. Squish the pages together and you’ll have a little opening the perfect size for your tag. You can have the tag(s) come out the top or the sides, or both! I think this photo of my daughter needs some hand tinting. I'm going to have a tutorial on manipulating/tinting/transfering images another week.
I also wanted to show a few very unique examples of pockets that our Book of Dreams inspiration artist Cassondra did. She used mica for a pocket and put a lovely feather inside. She also used a little fabric pouch as a pocket. I love making fabric pockets. These are just wonderful! See more of her Do you Dream in Color book here for tons of inspiration.

So, go to it, have fun and once you post your pocket pages for this week on your blog, please send us all the link in the comment section so we can “ooh and ahhh” at each others unique interpretations. Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing about everyone's process. Have a great week!

35 comments:

Lisa said...

simply awesome!!! What a great idea.

Oh and I just joined in on the 21 day challenge too... :-)

Lu said...

this is such an incredibly awesome thing you have going on here. Love it.

Nancy Baumiller said...

Oh Lawdy! I am the first to post my BOD pockets..lol...I guess I am really loving this challenge...I'm addicted what can I say! hehe
http://nancybaumillersblog.blogspot.com
If any one has any ideas of what more I could do to this inside cover please throw them my way..
Thanks!

Lilli said...

WooHooo! This is going to be fun. Thanks for all the great ideas :)

Erica said...

WOW!!! That is an awesome idea!!!! As soon as I wrap up my art journal I am all over this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Erica
http://ericassimpleinspirations.blogspot.com/

rosieposie said...

These photos are gorgeous! You RAWK Gurl!

la vie en rose said...

yeah!!!!! i heart pockets!!! i will never have an electronic dayplanner like a palm pilot for one reason--no pockets. i just love pockets. bring on the pockets!!! i can't wait to get started.

Sharon in Tx said...

Can't wait to get started. But must (day job). Just ran down the street and got 4 more old books to alter. Decided the one I planned to use was too little. Yours is big, so I must have a big one too. Love all the pockets. Will try them all.

Jeanne said...
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Jeanne said...

Is it too late to join in? This project looks awesome!

laura t. said...

so gorgeous...sorry i couldn't play this go round...will enjoy browsing though!

sarah.b said...

so sorry i wasn't able to join your challenge, glad to see you are still at it.

Jessie said...

ooh yeah, i feel a new project coming on. thanks for the tutorial. :) your book is very, very wonderfully magical.

Deborah said...

Intorducing....Princess Serendipity!
http://bookofdreaming.blogspot.com/

Ann(i)e said...

I LOVE what you've done....love all the bits you've got going on!! Can't wait to start (although I will be about a week behind in the beginning....travel and all!)

Sofia Barao said...

Wonderfulllllllll I'm so happy to be a part of this :) Thank you so much for the tutorial I never made any pockets, I'll have to wait until saturday (don't have my book yet) I'll be posting my work on monday :)

Nancy Baumiller said...

Love your pockets and those tags are just so yummy!

BohemeMama said...

I love this! Wow!

twistedsoda said...

(insert speechless words here) OMG, this is spectacular, I am in heaven with this project! Who could think that pockets could be so fabulous, mine are usually filled with random pieces of paper, some lint and a few loose coins...

aNgi b said...

so excited about this new project! my creative energy is just running rampant! i have decided since i live in california that my theme will be california dreamin'... i've got tons of photos of my family at the beach... and i've just got this whole "BLUE" mentality going on... i actually have an old aj that i started (made 2 pages) that i will continue and transform into my dream journal... wow, serendepity is the coolest....

Rhonna said...

grerat stuff, my friend!
wtg...love your step by steps...
& your compelted art..
you are amazing!
R

Jill said...

This is absolutely fabulous. I'm finding a book and starting today.
Thank you.

Jill said...

Not sure I did that right. Oh well.

Jeanne said...

Just posted my first two Book of Dreams pages. Had a great time playing.....and dreaming!

gudrun said...

Love your pages. They are so awesome, and really inspiering.
I really appreciate learning this art of altering a book, and I'm looking foreward to participate in this exiting challenge.
I'm so amazed all the work you are putting into this.
Thanks alot!!
I have done my pocket now, and I have to say it was great fun! :-)
http://papirbloggen.blogspot.com/2006/04/flere-utfordringer.html

Nancy Baumiller said...

Got my 1st page for my BOD posted! Tomorrows page will be a "surprise" the ones that know my art will know what I mean hehe I just couldn't resist :)
http://nancybaumillersblog.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Artsy Mama. How wonderful of you to share your great ideas for the altered Dream book. Art Junk Girl, Lia invited me to see what she did in her book & what she was learning from your tutorial. I'm in an Artchix 16 Girl RR. I'm going to do your pockets in the books. Please check out my picturetrail http://www.picturetrail.com/aprilwearable1950 Lynnette April

~michelle~ said...

I got my cover of my BOD done last night. I will post my pocket pages (yes, I want to lots of pockets) this pages. This is so fun! Thanks Kari!!!!!

Michelle

www.michellegeller.typepad.com

Lilli said...

My music students have a big recital on Sunday and I still have a lot of prep to do for it. I might get a bit of blogging done, but probably not BOD. The ideas are flowing like crazy, though. It's all I think about :)

I've been planning this recital since January, and it will be a big relief when it's over. Monday will be sweet (once I regain conciousness) LOL

T:o)ve said...

Ahhhh!
Beautiful!
This is truly inspiring Kari!
Gudruns husband has gotten the books for us, and this weekend I'll get starting on this project :o)
Can't wait :o)

Love your fabulous work!
WTG!

Tove

Tami said...

hi
i am just starting. i got my book at the dump store the other day, it's Richard Scarry's Best Story Book ever. i have lots of ideas, even making this my son's first scrapbook album. i'll post my pictures on my blog I guess. there are some stories that i plan to leave as is and others to add to. there's so much to do! thanks for the ideas.


http://annaandwill.blogspot.com/

Tami said...

just another idea for someone who is stuck, you could find an old dictionary and make an ABC book for someone. That way you could pull out a lot of the pages and there are old dictionarys out there for cheap!

Deborah said...

Hi!
I added another pocket! It's sooo not finished, but I'm leaving for Vancouver until September (work) and wanted to get a start on another pocket before I leave tomorrow!

Nancy Baumiller said...

BOD week2 pages 3 and 4 posted on my blog for those interested!
http://nancybaumillersblog.blogspot.com

Thanks!

TARA said...

I've had so much fun working on this project so far! Posted my results at http://evilbunnymuse.blogspot.com