Monday, November 26, 2018


Janice did a wonderful job presenting   


The journal ends up being 8" X 10" and 16 pages. There are fold overs on several pages to add interest. 
Using a full sheet of paper, you need to divide the sheet into 3 equal parts 10" high. Tear or cut along the lines. From the left edge of the paper, measure in 16" and fold the left side to that mark. For the left over piece on the right edge, you can either fold in or under. Repeat for the other two pieces of paper. 
Stack the 3 sheets, alternating flap on one side, then the other. Pamphlet stitch the pages together using either 3, 5 or 7 holes. The outside sheet becomes your cover and you can give that flap an extra fold to match the thickness of your book so that the flap folds over the front of the book. You can decide on a closure for the cover. 

It has been interesting to see what others have used their books for. All about the Seattletters Conference in Bellingham, a showcase for eco dyed papers, collage or still pristine like mine!

Thanks Janice!



If you have seen the book   DECORATED LETTERING by JAN PICKETT,   you know that it is a great book but did you notice the embossing segment? 

                             Decorated Lettering by [Pickett, Jan]

Studying the photos and the instructions, I realized that this would be a great idea for my annual book swap and after making about 14 or 15 alphabet books, and cutting every letter out so I had a set of the whole alphabet, I decided it was something the guild members would likely enjoy as well. 

I prefer to design the letter and all the interior pieces that need to be cut out to make up the multi levels, and then cut out the little bits first before cutting out the whole letter. It just seems to me to be easier to manage the cuts without wrecking what I have designed. 

Arches Text Wove is a wonderful paper to use for embossing. I use a piece of wax paper to rub over the back of the paper where I am going to use the embossing stylus. That bit of wax lets the stylus glide better. You still have to be careful when pulling those strokes down or pushing them up!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

oooooooooops! this was supposed to show up in order........

The plan was for Nan to remind us with a refresher course on Gwen Weaver's 
from a workshop we had some years ago. 
We worked the morning on lettering.............
but need another morning to complete it!

With the sad news that our long time member, Joyce Zetterstrom, had passed away just 5 days before her birthday in January, we decided to have a potluck luncheon and tea party in her honour. 

Joyce's quick wit and humour will be missed.
April Workshop
This might have been one of those "you had to be there" moments. Jack Turpin has certainly been an encouragement to members who were not regular journal keepers before the three days we have spent with him. We are now keepers of "Jack Journals".   His enthusiasm for art is definitely infectious!

March 2018

March Workshop

If we thought the workshop with Christy in February was amazing, we were in awe as we worked through just one day with her showing us her 

Once again, her exemplar packet WOWED us! 

It was an overflowing class with so much to do and learn that we all agreed that we would like to have her back for two more days! One could feel the enthusiasm in the room and by the number of homework assignments done so quickly! We have homework to complete before Christy returns early in 2019.

We are looking forward to working with Christy in the new year.

February 2018

Early in February, a group of us were treated to a wonderful 

 with Christy Schroeder from Blaine, Washington.

Participants received a wonderful packet of exemplars - over 30 pages of wonderful! Very detailed with step-by-step instructions, they should be published as a book!

This was a most enjoyable workshop experience to all those who attended and Christy comes highly recommended by the Guild.


Friday, February 16, 2018

January 2018
January is a month we can never count on the weather. Sometimes it snows and we have to cancel so for the last few years we have come up with a program that doesn't require a lot of work by one member to prepare. Awhile ago, it was decided that sending out 'sunshine cards' was something we wanted to continue. And, while our sunshine lady is off enjoying real sunshine in Australia while we shiver here at home, she needed more cards! We made some!

Hope you love them Fay!
November 2017 

Sherry led us through a program looking at Annie Cicale's Shadow Letters. Sherry learned them from Andrea Taylor in Vancouver and had requested permission to show them to us. 

The idea is to determine your light source and shadow accordingly. Sounds easy? not so much to this novice!

Thanks Sherry!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

October 2017

At our October meeting, Bev shared some illuminating and gilding techniques. She brought along pages from an unfinished manuscript that she had received as a gift many years ago. It is done on vellum and shows the preparation required to gild and shows the illumination in various stages of completion. This was a revisit for some and brand new for others in attendance.

Whose work is this I wonder?

Workshop with Jack Turpin

For two days in the Fall of 2017, several members gathered to 
with Jack Turpin, a local and fabulous artist,
also my daughter's high school art teacher who encouraged her to become the artist she is today!

We spent two delightful, art filled days and lots of spare time in between the workshops with homework assignments. In fact, we had such a good time, we have asked Jack to come back for another day in April, 2018. 

There was a combination of lettering, although Jack doesn't give himself enough credit for the level of wonderful that is his italic lettering! and drawing and creating pages and writing.  It gave us a whole new meaning for journalling and may have changed the way some of us work in our journals in the future.

Some artists who have been influences on Jack's work include Nick Bantock, Brian and Wendy Froud, Anne Marie Harvey, Mike Svob, Robert Genn and Stephen Quiller. Google them!

So much fun! and we get to do it again in April!

September 2017

In September. Cyndi had us making folded pens. She and Bev had prepared kits over the summer which included enough brass sheeting to make 6 pens, some aluminum flashing and lithographic plate as well as dowels and tubing to make nib holders and various sand papers for smoothing out the cuts.

Some interesting pens were created and some amazing marks were made with the pens!

June 2017

At our June meeting, Violet led us through a revisit of the  PARALLEL PEN. We learned how to take the pen apart to clean it, and put it back together - with no extra parts left over! Violet included colour blending and a variety of decorative strokes similar to those made by a "Betty Locke brush". We were also given exemplars for a variety of letterforms suited to the pens, including Neuland, 'Thornton' from "Scrapbooker's Alphabets" and some monoline variations.