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malinmaskros
07-09-2009, 04:31 AM
WE ARE FULL!!!


I have been eying these Japanese Moleskine exchanges, but first I didnt find a Moleskine, and then they were full. A real woman takes matter into her own hands, so here it is - THE LUCKY 7 MOLESKINE EXCHANGE! Please join, and join soon - these things usually fill up pretty fast. 10 players, open theme, first mail date September 1st.

# You Promise that you will see this through to the end – no flaking allowed!
# You must be an actively trading member (defined as: positive iTrader across 2 swaps in the last 3 months)
# You must have 3+ months in good standing (no neutrals or negative iTraders)
# You have an iTrader rating of 25+
# You are willing and able to do your very best work
# you will mail on time – the 1st of each month.

This swap requires a huge amount of your time – there will be no withdrawls once you are accepted into the circle. Be very sure you are ready to take this on both in time and money – you will be looking at a 10 month commitment. You have to let us know if youre going to be away, so we can work around that.


This is how we do it:

Purchase your Japanese moleys, they are appox. 3.5”x5.5” and fold out like an accordion. Pick out a theme - fill out and decorate the first non-accordion pages with your name, address, and travel plan (which will be posted after signups close). You may decorate the cover or not. Then, the first 3 pages are all yours - this is a good time to establish your theme and color scheme – this will give your fellow artist a better sense of your theme, if any. The owner of the Moleskine decides whether the contributions of the other artists to her Moleskine should follow a certain theme or not. Some people like a little "bio" of each artist (and a photo, if possible) on the backside of their entry, but it's totally up to each book owner.

You will create a three page layout in each journal you receive. Each artist will draw, make a collage, paint, or use whatever media (this will be open media, but if you want a media in particular in your book, say so when stating your theme). After finishing an entry the Moleskine will be send to the next person. Each artist gets one month to make an entry. Please do only your very best work.

* Mailing must be done with either the priority flat rate envelope or small box with delivery confirmation for the US participants. International participants should use their equivalent! Dont use surface mail, since it can take up to 8 weeks. Please protect your moley with a bubble envelope/bubble wrap and plastic bag!
* PM your recipient before mailing to make sure they're ready to receive the moley and don't already have one. We need to try to keep one moley per person as much as possible!
* I will keep a master list of all participants' mailing addresses, email addresses, and other contact information throughout this whole thing, just in case!


In this thread we can give each other updates of the well-being of the visiting Moleskine, if there is a delay, etc., etc.. We do have to post when we mail a Moleskine and when we receive one. We don't post pictures of our work unless the Moleskine arrived at the next artist … it'll be a surprise for all of us, including the following artist.

One last thing...there is a pouch at the back of the Moleskine that we could put little things in if we wanted...perhaps an ATC in your own theme or an ATC that represents your art or style, some ephemera... a nice little present for the Moleskine owner!

And most important: lets have lots of fun with our moleys!
So, if youve read through all the rules and still want to do this, dont hesitate, join - either via PM or in the thread.

Participants and themes:

1. malinmaskros - petite dolls/pretty girls la Suzi Blu - mixed media
2. kristib - open theme - open media
3. goatgoddess - Autumn Colors - mixed media
4. knesi07 - favorite fairy tale, no repeats! - open media
5. Bright-Spark - "My favourite things" (ie the artists favourites), lots of colour, some words would be nice too - open media
6. Rina - Spongebob Squarepants - mixed media
7. Bex - the moon (and anything associated with the moon) - mixed media
8. HHC - "In The Garden"... thinking flowers, birds, butterflies, bees, gnomes, fairies... - open media
9. nowzem - girls and their animal friends - open media
10. Penlowe - doors and windows - open media

Travel plan:

1. malinmaskros - knesi07 - nowzem - HHC - goatgoddess - kristib - Penlowe - Rina - Bright-Spark - Bex - back home
2. kristib - goatgoddess - Bex - nowzem - knesi07 - malinmaskros - HHC - Penlowe- Rina - Bright-Spark - back home
3. goatgoddess - kristib - malinmaskros - Penlowe - Rina - Bex - Bright-Spark - nowzem - knesi07 - HHC - back home
4. knesi07 - Rina - Bright-Spark - Bex - nowzem -HHC - kristib - goatgoddess - malinmaskros - Penlowe - back home
5. Bright-Spark - nowzem - Penlowe - Rina - HHC - knesi07 - Bex - malinmaskros - kristib - goatgoddess - back home
6. Rina - Penlowe - goatgoddess - kristib - Bex - Bright-Spark - malinmaskros - knesi07 - HHC - nowzem
7. Bex - malinmaskros - HHC - knesi07 - Bright-Spark - nowzem - goatgoddess - kristib - Penlowe - Rina - back home
8. HHC - Bex - kristib - goatgoddess - Penlowe - Rina - knesi07 - Bright-Spark - nowzem - malinmaskros
9. nowzem - HHC - knesi07 - Bright-Spark - malinmaskros - Penlowe - Rina - Bex - goatgoddess - kristib
10. Penlowe - Bright-Spark - Rina - malinmaskros - kristib - goatgoddess - nowzem - HHC - Bex - knesi07 - back home
in possession - on the way to

I tried to mix up the travel routes, so that you dont always do the books in the same order, but I can see that I didnt completely succeed... :D

malinmaskros
07-09-2009, 09:20 AM
Yay, its up!

Ok, Of course I have to be in it, I want my moleskine filled with petite dolls and pretty girls - pretty, girlie Suzi Blu style, and lots and lots of mixed media. Layers! Unfortunately I dont think beeswax will work - with all of the folding, but it wouldve been nice...

kristib
07-09-2009, 10:15 AM
I'd love to join! I'd like to leave it up to each member of the group what they would like to do. So my theme is open and up to each artist. I love collage, painting, drawing and the combination of all three.

malinmaskros
07-09-2009, 10:54 AM
You are welcome, Kristi!

kristib
07-10-2009, 10:46 AM
Thanks for hosting the swap? Am I missing something with the bump? I'm not understanding.

Kristi

goatgoddess
07-10-2009, 12:15 PM
just bumping up the thread so it's more people will notice it. :)

I've got time for one more - so please sign me up.

malinmaskros
07-10-2009, 02:47 PM
Good to see you, goatgoddess! Welcome! Let me know when youve decided on your theme!

knesi07
07-13-2009, 05:10 PM
malin...i want in! i pm'd you! so excited...i <3 moleys!

Penlowe
07-13-2009, 05:23 PM
:gets out iTrader measuring stick:
:stands on tippy toes:
:sigh:
I'm afraid I'm not big enough yet. I just hope some new groups are forming when I qualify. :)

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 01:32 AM
Welcome, Knesi! Yay!

Are you waiting for many swaps and trades, Penlowe? Its over a month until shipping time, and if you think you are closer to 25 by then, I can put you on the list as stand by.

Penlowe
07-14-2009, 09:06 AM
I have 4 items on my desk ready to mail out, so yeah I'll likely be at the bare minimum but I can't guarantee it. Back-up list would be awesome :) If I get a book started and don't wind up in this one I can save it for the next.

Doesn't the chance of someone picking a theme totally alien to your experience scare you? Not so much technique but the actual themes make me nervous.

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 09:12 AM
Then I put you on the list - if you wont make iTrader in time, Ill remove you. But it sounds like youll be able to play with us!

Yes, sometimes the themes scare the crap out of me (especially when I did the Favourite artist PAT - totally intimidating!), but somehow Ive worked it out in the end. And those scary themes really help you grow as an artist.

Merlinprincesse
07-14-2009, 09:21 AM
I don't have time for this one, but I will follow the thread! Have fun all!!!! :)

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 10:14 AM
Maybe nest time, Hlne!

Penlowe
07-14-2009, 10:31 AM
Ok :D
I need to find a Japanese Moleskine locally, if I try to order online I'll add waaaaayyyy too much extra to that bill...

HHC
07-14-2009, 10:49 AM
I'm thinking about this... will be back. :)

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 10:50 AM
Look at book stores and art shops!

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 10:50 AM
Hope to see you again, HHC!

Rina
07-14-2009, 02:37 PM
I'm kinda of rethinking about this...I check out the Japanese moleskins...have a few questions so each person in the group is gonna do a page in my book by the time this is over and that is front and back of page? in my theme?

Rina

Rina
07-14-2009, 02:37 PM
Oh and is there somewhere I can see examples of one of these swaps...you know pics???lol

malinmaskros
07-14-2009, 02:48 PM
Im happy to see you here, re-thinking things! :D

We all do three pages in each others books, front pages. If you want the backs decorated in any way in your book, then you say so. You can make it a bio of the artist, a photo, maybe a self portrait, whatever you like. Since the Japanese Moleskines have accordion pages, you dont really see the backs, itll be one long page if you fold it out.

If you go to the book journals forum page (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=72), and look at the treads, you can see a little paperclip in the end of each headline. If you click the paperclip, you get a list of all of the attached photos in the thread. Lots of beautiful Japanese molies there!

Bright-Spark
07-14-2009, 03:47 PM
I have been watching this thread since I have often coveted the moleskine journal pages I have spotted in the gallery, and have long wanted to join in.

Then you post, and I dither, and dither, and dither.

I tried to buy a journal today with no success, but I know I can get one from Amazon, so that is no excuse.

And I know, even though other participants themes are not always to your liking, it does push you, as I found with the circle journals I have done.....

So, after all that, can I please join?

I will have a good think about a theme, and get back to you ASAP.

Penlowe
07-14-2009, 07:03 PM
If you click the paperclip, you get a list of all of the attached photos in the thread.
I did not know that! Now I'm going to spend all night looking at all of them :D

The Mad Catter
07-14-2009, 07:09 PM
I too have been watching this thread for awhile...I've never worked in a Japanese Moley so I'm kinda chicken...I know, I know, step out of the comfort zone...try something new...yadda, yadda, yadda... I'm still lurking and contemplating...

Rina
07-14-2009, 07:13 PM
Lol...I didn't know either....I briefly look thru some but now I want to play...(me think)...few more questions thou

Malin

so when should I have my moleskin by? by sept correct?

what would be the best shipping to pick when sending international?

you say we decorate three pages(front side) in each other's books...so I take it that means three fold out long ways pages?

sorry for all the questions....just want to make sure got this right....I'm really trying to come up with a theme now...well at least a name for it...I want a book of mermaids, fairies, witches, pretty girls, gothic girls, goddesses.....all good or bad, creepy or cute..alittle of each!

Rina
07-14-2009, 07:16 PM
one more thing Malin....is there a time limit to get the pages done for whoever book you have....I'm alittle concern because it looks like this will be going on thru the holidays and I work retail...so that's gonna mean long and crazy hours...I was planning on taking a break for sure from atc swaps during that time...but I think this mokeskin exchange would be perfect for still getting my art fix in!

Penlowe
07-14-2009, 07:48 PM
I believe each person has each book for about a month, that's why it's such a big commitment. Ten people/ books = ten months. Although it is up to each group leader to set the dates, so perhaps we could bat our eyelashes and ask for an extended period in December? Practically every major religion has some kind of holiday in December (Ramadan floats, but sometimes it's as late as December), and most non-religious folks vacation & party over that month. For me it's super busy because both my oldests daughter's birthday and my wedding anniversary are also December, and dad's birthday is January 1.

I worked retail from age 17 until I was 33, I know how it is :) I actually liked the hustle of holidays over those long boring summer days where all I did was fold things over & over. Yeah, I'm weird, I liked working retail. If it paid better I'd probably be doing it still.

malinmaskros
07-15-2009, 01:44 AM
Ok, first - welcome, Bright-Spark! Im happy you decided to join! And of course you too, Rina! Your theme sounds great, all we need is a name! Maybe something in the line of Enchanted Ladies, but Im sure someone will come up with something better. Ideas, please!

Lurk away, Mad Catter!

Then, questions:

The first mail-by date is September 1st, so you should have your Moleskine before that, so you can write in your travel plan, do your first pages, perhaps decorate the covers...

The three first fold-out pages are all yours (theres first one page, the one with yor contact info, that doesnt count as a fold-out page, its the three after that one, but if you include it, youll have four pages to decorate - it makes sense when you have the book in your hands) to paint in your theme - take the opportunity to establish your theme here.

Then you do three fold-out pages in everyones books, again, you know exactly what I mean when you see the book.

You should send international by airmail - by surface it takes too long, up to two months, sometimes longer. If you send it in a padded envelope, it shouldnt cost that much (only for me...), the books are small.

Yes, we send the book in time for the 1st each month, and yes - I can be kind to you all in December, and give you some more time with your books. Im not impossible!

Also, I mentioned it in the first post - it would be nice to put a little present for the book owners in the back pocket, nothing big, maybe an ATC, some ephemera, nice paper scraps... something you think would make them happy.

Rina
07-15-2009, 11:28 AM
THANKS MALIN for answering the questions!!! Little intimidated with others themes and what to do but excited about this.

I'm gonna order my book by the end of the week so I can get it in and get started on my pages.

Please add mixed media to mine as well(if you have room-LOL)

Still thinking about title...so anyone else if you have suggestions for a title for my theme please share.....and if I pick it...I'll make sure your book gets an extra treat from me!!!!
(see how hard up I am for a title....I'm not creative enough to come up with my own:rolleyes:)

Malin I got you down for Enchanted Ladies

malinmaskros
07-15-2009, 12:01 PM
Theres always room for mixed media! ;) I hope you get your book fast!

Bex
07-15-2009, 04:54 PM
Hi Malin, can you add mixed media to my theme, forgot I should have said so.

HHC
07-15-2009, 10:33 PM
Okay, it scares me a little, :eek: but I'd like to join. I'm still debating on my theme and will let you know. :)

Rina
07-16-2009, 12:37 AM
Okay so I'm thinking for a title for my book it will simply be

Sugar n Spice n Fantasy

I look up Fantasy art and it has alot of that mermaids, dark stuff, etc that I like also.

whatta ya all think?

gonna check out my local bookstores tomorrow if they don't have the moleskin than I will be ordering one come Friday.

Bright-Spark
07-16-2009, 01:39 AM
I ordered my book from Amazon and it was dispatched yesterday.

But, I am having difficulty on a theme..... I know it will come to me, but at the moment there are a lot of ideas whizzing round in my head, and I can't come to a landing on one!

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 01:52 AM
Welcome, HHC!

Ill add mixed media to you, Bex!

And youll get your theme, Rina!

For those of you who havent decided on a theme yet, its ok, take your time - we still have more than a month before we have to send our books!

Bex
07-16-2009, 08:30 AM
Actually I have a preference for hand drawn or painted work, including collaged drawn/painted which is good. Am I being too picky - would anyone mind if I asked for that?????

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 08:57 AM
You can never be too picky - its your book, and I want you to be happy with it! Take a look at the first post, and see if I got it right!

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 09:06 AM
Ive done the travel plan/address spread in my book:

29582

HHC
07-16-2009, 10:41 AM
Actually I have a preference for hand drawn or painted work, including collaged drawn/painted which is good. Am I being too picky - would anyone mind if I asked for that?????

Well, I'm not a great hand drawer at all... if you're okay with that. :D

Bex
07-16-2009, 01:59 PM
No probs, will go back to mixed media!

Penlowe
07-16-2009, 02:24 PM
I personally am open to whatever media each person is most comfortable with so long as it doesn't render the other pages unusable by the other folks.

I realized several of the things I sent/ will be sending in the next couple days aren't due till September 5 or later, meaning I won't have iTrader for them until their due dates. I'll have 20 within a week and I guess a month to squeeze in five more individual swaps to ensure it but... blerg, I hate trying to squeeze in, y'know? I ordered 2 moleskines today, just to be prepared :)

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 02:28 PM
If youd like, Ill do a trade with you! And if we ask nicely, maybe some of the other players as well? There are so few iTraders left, sure we can come up with the ones missing!

Penlowe
07-16-2009, 02:37 PM
I keep a swap journal, I dug through it after writing that. I'll get five points in August from stuff I've already sent :jiggy: /phew!

Bright-Spark
07-16-2009, 02:37 PM
I am happy to trade with Penlowe if that would help?

Although I have not yet made my choice on theme, I know I will leave the medium open so that everyone can do what they are comfortable with.

I am the opposite of HHC in that I think I am much better at hand drawn/painted than collage, but that is why I like seeing what others, like HHC, do with collage and other media!

HHC
07-16-2009, 02:44 PM
No probs, will go back to mixed media!

Bex! I just meant my drawing may not be quite up to your level of drawing... as long as I can collage a bit with it, it will be okay. I don't totally suck, just partially. LOL! You should have what you want in your book.

And I'm open to whatever media people prefer to use, be it hand drawn/painted or mixed media.

Bex
07-16-2009, 02:47 PM
I'm going to leave my theme 'mixed media' as these swaps are about relaxing and having fun, the last thing I want is for anyone to feel pressurised. But I just thought I'd test the water so to speak. We all just want to gain every artists unique expression of our chosen theme.
Malin, your travel plan pages are beautiful!

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 02:53 PM
Ill change you into mixed media then, Bex. And thanks! I cant wait to see what you all will do!

Sounds like youll be home safe with the iTraders, Penlowe. But if it looks like therell be a point or two missing, just holler, and well help you out!

Penlowe
07-16-2009, 03:30 PM
I just realized what my theme needs to be: windows & doors with or without their various metaphors and meanings (i.e. go as deep and philosophical or light & word-less as you feel).

So if we want a little info about each person on the back of their pages we put that in the book or with it when we mail, right? I hear about it but haven't actually seen it asked in any threads.

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 04:13 PM
Yes, you could add a little note, and if theres anything else you want to say to the players, just send it along your journal. Im adding your theme, what media do you want it, anything or something in particular?

Also, when you get your hands on your books, and when Ive posted your travel plan - write it in your book, so we know where to send it next. Ive seen some beautiful travel plan pages in earlier Japanese Moleskines, so make it pretty, and make it along the theme of the rest of your book. At least thats my suggestion! ;)

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 04:15 PM
We only have one spot left - come and grab it, while its still here!

Bright-Spark
07-16-2009, 04:29 PM
Bex is only across the water from me, in the Kingdom of Fife, we could almost throw the journals to each other!

malinmaskros
07-16-2009, 04:34 PM
Its a good thing, that several of us are in Europe - we get our journals a little faster then... Often Im the only one outside of the US, and I get swap returns long after the rest of the players. Ill try to arrange the travel plan for some inter European travels...

goatgoddess
07-16-2009, 04:49 PM
Still thinking on a theme but I want mixed media for sure :)

Penlowe
07-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Bex is only across the water from me, in the Kingdom of Fife, we could almost throw the journals to each other!

You could put an eye out like that young lady! :laugh:

Malin: I declare open media- whatever floats yer boat! and doesn't weigh a ton to ship.

I should have mine next week so I'm rolling on swaps to clear some brain space for this.

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 02:13 AM
Ok, mixed media for goatgoddess and open media for Penlowe.

nowzem
07-17-2009, 09:25 AM
This sounds super fun... :) May I join? I'll have to buy a moley online...I think my theme will be open media girls/ladies/women and their animal friends... a good example of this is malins cute goth girl with her angel-bats...or a mermaid with her fishy companion :) etc etc etc

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 09:58 AM
Goody! Great to have you nowzem! And this means that we are full!

Bright-Spark
07-17-2009, 10:01 AM
My moley arrived today. It is smaller than I expected, so I am just checking in that I got the right one???? The size is 9x14cm?

Rina
07-17-2009, 10:38 AM
Yeah it sounds like you got the right size.....

I just ordered mine online....hoping it gets here middle of next week!!

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 10:38 AM
Yes, its that small. I was a bit surprised too, I had to ask at the shop if this was the only size there was, and it is. Your Japanese Moleskines are surprisingly small!

Bex
07-17-2009, 11:46 AM
Bex is only across the water from me, in the Kingdom of Fife, we could almost throw the journals to each other!

LOL, if you stand on the beach at Portobello and I stand on the beach at Burntisland we could probably just shout 'catch'. Or maybe I will need to do a bit of shopping in Edinburgh and I can just hand it straight to you!

There are some great themes for this swap already, can't wait to get started.

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 12:04 PM
You really are close! How nice! Im not close to anyone... :(

Merlinprincesse
07-17-2009, 12:14 PM
AWWWW! Malin! You're close at heart! :) Congrats for getting all you're players!!!! I'm sooo happy for ya! I will go on with lurking... heheheeh.... This will be a fun swap! For those of you who have never played in a Japanese Moley.... They LOOK small... But when you begin to colour a sky with colour pencils.... arhg! Heehehhehe. :swoon:

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 12:30 PM
Thank you Hlne! :wub: And thank you! Too bad you couldnt be with us! Next time, eh?
Yes, I know, when you begin to fold out the pages, suddenly they are pretty big. Lots of room to paint on!

Batraplume
07-17-2009, 12:36 PM
Hi there!
Malin & BrightSpark, I worked on my first 3 1/2 pages last weekend for group #4. First time I was working on a Moley... and I find that they are small too!! I wanted to fill it up with more stuff but I had to stop! So I bought a larger one (the regular one, not the japanese one) and I think I will start a book in which I will keep everything I like that is too big for the small book!

This group sounds great! Have fun!

HHC
07-17-2009, 01:09 PM
LOL! I'm happy with the smaller size. Bigger "canvas" scares me. :laugh:

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Im going to get the bigger Sketch Moleskine also, but that will be later on. I want one for art journaling, and one for Suzi Blus portrait class. You would think, that after being used to atcs and chunkies, 3-4 accordion pages would feel huge!

Bright-Spark
07-17-2009, 01:34 PM
Okay, made up my mind! I would like my theme to be "My favourite things", and I mean each artist's favourite things.

They could choose to depict one thing, or pack the pages with lots of their favourites.

Would this be okay? Let me know if you can foresee a problem with this theme.

PS I like LOTS of colour :rolleyes: Oh, and some words would be nice! :rolleyes::rolleyes:

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 01:41 PM
Sounds like a fun theme!

Penlowe
07-17-2009, 01:48 PM
oohh! I like your theme Bright Spark, that will be fun.

Malin, I'm warning you now I can do cute little girls but my attempts at Suzi Blu style are creepy & weird instead of cute. I did a whole page of heads this morning in practice, my 7 year old came up & said "why are you drawing creepy heads?".

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 02:14 PM
How about pretty girls in Penlowe style, then? But I still want mixed media! :D But creepy can be cute too - I love goth, and a creepy cute goth girl would be lovely!

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 03:04 PM
Ive posted the travel plans in the first post. Remember to add them to your moleys, so we know where to send them next!

nowzem
07-17-2009, 03:41 PM
OH! Would anyone be willing to show me an example of what a layout for one person should look like? Ordered my moley today :D But I want to make sure I don't take up too little or too much space? It's my first time!!! :twitcy:

nowzem
07-17-2009, 03:44 PM
and I'm confused about the travel plan :D lol, so I send to HHC my moley to HHC? but then what?! :D

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 03:56 PM
When you get your moley, open it up. On the first spread, theres a spot for you to write your address info. That page (front and back) is the only "normal" page in the book, the rest folds out like an accordion. The first three foldable pages are yours to decorate in your own theme. Then, when we start to send the book, you do three of these foldable pages in every book, but in the book owners themes of course. It makes sense when you see the book! Also, the first spread is where you do your travel plan. Ill ask around and see if we can borrow some pics from the other Japanese Moleskine exchanges, so you can see what theyve done.

As for the travel plans. You send your book to HHC, who sends it to knesi07, who sends it to Bright-Spark... Meanwhile you get books too - first from Bright-Spark, then from knesi07 and so on. Thanks to the travel plans in the books, you know exactly where to send it. But your plan, for your book, is no 8.

Are you with me?

nowzem
07-17-2009, 04:43 PM
YES, Thanks, Malin :D Of course, I can always ask if I get confused :eek: again :D SO--I look at the travel plan and send it to the person who is after my name on the travel plan in the book, correct? Don't worry if you can't find pics, seems to make sense now!!!!!

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 05:02 PM
Ok, I did a search for Japanese Moleskine, and lots of good stuff came up, take a look (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/search.php)!

malinmaskros
07-17-2009, 05:02 PM
And yes, Rebekah - correct!

nowzem
07-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Hehe, WOW--there are some awesome artists right here in our own group :D I feel a bit intimidated by you all :D ANYWAYS :D I have one other question--will there be any room left over or will we fill each other's books all the way?

Bex
07-17-2009, 05:42 PM
Nowzem, if I have calculated correctly, the book should be filled up all the way,in fact the final artist to receive each book may only have a two page spread available to fill. The way I have worked it is that we do the first two pages on opening the book with the travel plan. Then starting on the back of the only normal page in the book we do our own three page spread before passing it on to the next artist. I worked this out using the moley I currently have in my possession.

malinmaskros
07-18-2009, 01:02 AM
Ive counted lots of times, we should get three pages, not including the back of the normal page (because that would give us four). I just counted, but Ill count again...

malinmaskros
07-18-2009, 01:04 AM
Yupp, three pages for all of us, and then the moley is full!

Bright-Spark
07-19-2009, 03:09 PM
I have been itching to start work on my moley - the travel plan and cover. My ideas have been crystalising, but I need to prioritise swaps, etc, etc. And, I am painting the front door next week! :(

HHC
07-19-2009, 03:16 PM
malinmaskros, the petite dolls/pretty Suzi Blu girls... I don't draw them. I really don't draw people at all, other than stick figures. Is there a website or two (besides Suzi Blu) I can find an image that would make you happy?

malinmaskros
07-19-2009, 03:34 PM
How about making something else nice and layered mixed media, look at her paintings and be inspired, without making the petite dolls. I have faith in you!

HHC
07-19-2009, 03:46 PM
I can do layered mixed media, just can't do people. At this time. LOL! I'll do my best to create something you will like.

malinmaskros
07-19-2009, 04:00 PM
Youve got some time to practice, my book wont be with you for a few months... :D Im quite intimidated by some of the themes as well, and maybe even more by the undecided themes (heres your chance to get back at me! LOL!) - I guess its the fear of the unknown...

Bright-Spark
07-19-2009, 04:58 PM
HHC and I should collaborate!!! I am happy to do the drawing bit, and I am I think, improving with the whimsy stuff, but the mixed media layers are more of a challenge for me. But then, that is what this is about?

malinmaskros
07-19-2009, 05:04 PM
I agree - PATs and circle journals and such scare the crap out of me, but still I enjoy doing them, because I know Ill learn a lot, and Ill grow as an artist. And often, the theme that intimidates me the most, turns out to be a lot easier than I first thought.

HHC
07-19-2009, 05:15 PM
LOL! I still haven't decided on a theme, but it won't be scary. I will go with open media, so folks can do what they do best.

Rina
07-20-2009, 01:59 PM
I GOT MY MOLEY! I GOT MY MOLEY!!! (doing a happy dance)

so cute...tiny but cute and I'm with you malin on the counting pages part...I counted twice...we each should have three.

Now where to start with mine and how do I want to establish my theme.....:unsure:

malinmaskros
07-20-2009, 02:23 PM
Isnt it surprisingly small?
Ive begun with my pages, I hope to do some more work on them tomorrow.

nowzem
07-20-2009, 03:23 PM
I got my moley today too! We're like moley-receiving twins, Rina (hehe). I am now really scared :D and don't have a clue where to start, hehe. But, I am still excited, like a roller coaster!

Penlowe
07-20-2009, 05:14 PM
I can't help but think of that screamingly funny scene in the Austin Powers movie "moley moley moley!!"

knesi07
07-20-2009, 06:52 PM
haha penlowe...good one! :D

Penlowe
07-21-2009, 09:41 AM
: checks mail:
:checks porch:
:taps fingers waiting on the mailman:
I'm ready to begin! I've got nifty pictures cut out & ready....get here Mr. Mailman!

malinmaskros
07-21-2009, 11:00 AM
I know exactly how you feel - Ive done nothing but stalking the mailman lately... Or since I joined AFA... :D

Ive almost finished my pages, Ive just got some integrating to do, and its ready for shipping. I know, Ive got a month until its time, but I like to be ready in good time. And then I can just lean back and see your work!

Bright-Spark
07-21-2009, 11:03 AM
Our mailman has been sadly missing. I know there was a strike on Friday, but I thought it was for only one day!

No mail delivered since Thursday...... Getting the shakes:D

nowzem
07-21-2009, 11:18 AM
I hate when people go on strike--it's pretty selfish-either on their part or the buttheads that don't treat them right and cause the strike in the first place! Rar!

And! One more Q: what the heck do I do on the back of the first non folding/accordion page? I have my travel infor on the inside cover, then I am going to pu my addy on the front of the only non accordion page..but what about the back of it? it isnt included in my 3 pages if i am correct in counting!

malinmaskros
07-21-2009, 11:34 AM
Either you can include the back with your three pages, making them four, or you can come up with something clever to do. I think Im going to write what Im hoping to see on my pages - lots of layers, pretty colours, pretty girlies... Maybe... I still have some time to think about it. :D

nowzem
07-21-2009, 11:56 AM
ok great--just making sure I'm not crazy, LOL :) thanks for all your help!!!!

malinmaskros
07-21-2009, 12:45 PM
Youre welcome!

Penlowe
07-21-2009, 03:52 PM
-just making sure I'm not crazy,
I have to do this quite often.

knesi07
07-21-2009, 07:35 PM
on one of the moleys i have, the person put a poem relevant to the theme. she made a nice background, then printed it out from the computer and glued it in place

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 01:46 AM
Great idea, thank you!

Bright-Spark
07-22-2009, 02:32 AM
I was thinking people could list some of their favourite things on the back, but I wouldn't require it.

It would be nice if we wrote something about what we did on the front pages and signed it?

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 02:51 AM
Whatever you want on the backs, write it on a note, and send along your book!

Rina
07-22-2009, 10:48 AM
Is it too late to change my theme....because I been reconsidering....I feel like my theme is just all over the place...and I'm not happy with the title........

although the other theme I'm considering going with may just be silly...but I think it will be easier AND I can provide links to helps those who can't draw to be able to draw these characters!!!! ;) so much I think can be done with this theme as well and I will love it just as well.

Lmk THANKS

Rina

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 11:11 AM
That sounds interesting - tell us! And of course its not too late to change the theme - were not mailing our books out for another month, and not all of us have even decided on a theme. So dont hold back on us - what do you want instead?

Rina
07-22-2009, 12:02 PM
Okay people I've changed my theme and don't laugh at me...but here it is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpongeBob_SquarePants

want some help drawing these characters ...you can go here..... listed under cartoon characters for Nickelodeon

http://www.dragoart.com/nickelodeon-c293-1.htm

http://spongebob.nick.com/

http://members.outpost10f.com/~lindax/spongebob/colorpages.html

Of course it's mixed media still...I listed a few links to inspire...IN CASE...not familar with Spongebob Squarepants. You can google and find so much on him and even you tube I believe may have a few episodes.

I'm looking for characters in scenes....like spongebob and patrick playing in Jellyfish fields, bikini bottom scenes, scene from an episode or movie...anything really...the possibilities are endless.

That's it and I'm sticking with it....off to start in my book.

Bright-Spark
07-22-2009, 12:08 PM
This will be fun!

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 12:09 PM
Awww - you cant expect us not to laugh! Thats not fair! But its a fun theme, I kinda look forward to sinking my teeth into him... well, not literally, of course!

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 12:12 PM
A question: I know Ive stated that we dont show the pages weve done until theyve reached the next recipient of the book. I wonder how you think about our own pages, do we show them, so everyone can see what we had in mind for our theme, or should they stay a surprise to the next in line? Opinions, please!

Rina
07-22-2009, 12:12 PM
THANK YOU...I think so too....I'm shame to admit I love spongebob ...not a fanatic...but love the little guy...and yes my girls love to watch em too and it's one of those that I love to watch with em...well listen to in the background etc.

I think they'll enjoy looking thru the book as well when it's done.

Rina
07-22-2009, 12:13 PM
hhmmmm.....I'm one of those hate to wait....BUT it would be a nice surprise...maybe should take a vote...I don't know..

why are you done with yours????;)

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Yup, done! I think. I kinda cheated - I mailed a photo to Suzi Blu, and asked for her opinion, if she think it needs more work, but I think its done.

Penlowe
07-22-2009, 01:38 PM
Rina: I think SpongeBob is really the iconic cartoon of this generation of kids and will have as long a run as Bugs Bunny and his compatriots the Roadrunner and Coyote and Daffy Duck etc. So yes, I am admitting I like SpongeBob too :D

Oddly I've never really tried drawing and cartoon or comic character, this will be fun & challenging! My favorite episodes are the dirty words one (where he says the dolphin noise) and when SpongeBob gets "the suds" and Patrick goes all medieval torturer on him. The real video at the end is the best part :laugh:

I am now putting on the radio so I don't sing the theme song all day.

knesi07
07-22-2009, 02:28 PM
rina : i <3 spongebob...and larry the lobster and plankton and sandy and patrick and the krusty krab...i can't wait!

malin: i vote we show our own intro pages as soon as they're done....;)

Rina
07-22-2009, 03:21 PM
LOL....spongebob is on right now as I type.......you ever see the one where spongebob and patrick take in the baby clam....HILARIOUS....the one with the bad words is one of my favorites....don't you just love Gary???!!!

Not sure who my favorite is but most days I feel like squidward!!!!:rolleyes:

I thought of hosting a swap for this before...but was embarrass no one would sign up for it.

if your taking a vote.....I love to show photos of our intro pages as well...

Penlowe
07-22-2009, 03:59 PM
I vote for showing intro pages too.
My method is to do as much 'stalking' and research as possible then just think on it for 3-5 days. Then I get down to work and plan the whole thing all at once. If I can get a look before the book arrives I can start working as soon as it arrives :)

nowzem
07-22-2009, 04:52 PM
I VOTE YES TOO!
And Rina--I think everyone who knows SpongeBob loves him ;)

Bright-Spark
07-22-2009, 05:14 PM
I vote for show too!

malinmaskros
07-22-2009, 06:41 PM
Ok, sounds like everybodys for show and tell... Its good that Im for as well...:D

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1290/large/1_S6302025.JPG

HHC
07-22-2009, 06:54 PM
Malin, that is gorgeous! Knowing ahead of time will definitely help me. I think and think and think and then sit down to create.

Rina, Spongebob? LOL! That will be fun. My kids were too old but I have heard of him. Thanks for the links. I think as long as I can use a coloring page for the image, I'll be okay. Ha! ;)

I'm still debating on my theme. My moley hasn't arrived yet... probably another week. I ordered it through my work to get the employee discount.

Penlowe
07-22-2009, 07:27 PM
I ordered through Amazon as there were a couple CD's I wanted too. I always go with the free (read:SLOW) shipping and then wear out my door looking for the UPS man.

knesi07
07-22-2009, 09:33 PM
beautiful malin! and i love the suzi blu theme!

Rina
07-23-2009, 12:15 AM
very pretty malin!!!

so is your travel page where you put your info at or behind that and did you decorate that as well...

I'm thinking I'm gonna do my cover....the backside of the cover(inside)then the page with my info, then behind that page along with my three...LOL.

Bright-Spark
07-23-2009, 01:38 AM
Lovely page Malin!! and thanks for showing.

malinmaskros
07-23-2009, 06:44 AM
Thank you!

I think most people put their info at the travel page (or the spread - I put the travel ino on the left, and my addy on the right), but you can put your info at the page behind the travel spread if you want to. Im working on decorating that page right now, as well as the cover. Or you can use that page along with your three pages, and make them four. Doing Spongebob, I think that extra page might come in handy - you can do half the ocean on those... :D

Bex
07-23-2009, 07:46 AM
Rina - Spongebob is such a great theme. I have only ever seen one episode as my son is older, but I laughed my socks off at it. You have just given me a good excuse to sit infront of the TV and veg out watching kids programmes (all in the name of research you understand). Well at least I know who Spongebob is, I am shame faced to admit I have never even heard of Suzi Blu - sorry Malin - research required for that one too.
Your pages are fab Malin as always, I'm loving the little opening doors.

Penlowe
07-23-2009, 08:41 AM
I have decided I like her techniques, seeing the layering going down on the page is cool. But I fast forward to actual art and watch with the volume off. I could care less about her kissing her dog or watching her eat and I sure as hell don't want to hear her opinion on politics / the environment / California / whatever.

knesi07
07-23-2009, 08:54 AM
i'm w/you penlowe. love her art...tire of the antics quickly....but i guess that is where the art comes from right? life?
i know watching her videos has inspired me to push the mixed media. and i just love those cute girls!

Bex
07-23-2009, 10:28 AM
OK, just finished watching some Suzi Blu on the net, so now I know what it's all about. Love the techniques - practice will be required. The artist herself, hmmmm - slightly strange - poor little chubby chub with soooooo much belly fat - my heart bleeds. Cute dogs tho.

goatgoddess
07-23-2009, 11:00 AM
love your pages Malin! so cute - still thinking on a theme - waiting for something to jump out at me <G>

malinmaskros
07-23-2009, 11:18 AM
Im a huge Suzi fan, both her art and techniques, and her quirky personality. I kinda like the silly, non-artsy part of her videos. Maybe because I recognize myself in the kissing pets department... How can you resist these pretty, pretty faces?

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/1290/large/1_3749581658_fd19b5f5de.jpg

And I really appreciate that she always has time to answer questions and look at your art and suggest improvements. Ive been talking to her about coming to Sweden for a workshop, and it sounds like it is possible next spring, when shes going to France.

knesi07
07-23-2009, 01:12 PM
cute kitties malin...:D

malinmaskros
07-23-2009, 01:47 PM
And they must be kissed! Maybe lucky I dont have a video camera...

goatgoddess
07-23-2009, 03:04 PM
<g> how cute - beautifull kitties - it's ok Malin - I talk all my pets and the goats - like they understand anything I'm saying :)

I'm sure they hear "blah blah blah blah good girl blah blah blah" but it's fun to me. <G>

malinmaskros
07-23-2009, 03:26 PM
I love goats, Id love to have a goat farm, and make cheese. I love goat cheese!

I think they understand when we talk to them, maybe not the words, but the tone of voice, our intention. My nephew asked me: why do you sound like that when you talk to the cat? Of course I was talking with my silliest voice - "whos mummys pretty baby, such a good boy"... So I had to tell him - this is my "good cat" voice, and this is how my "bad cat" voice sounds like. So thats what I think they understand - the tone of voice. :)

goatgoddess
07-23-2009, 03:50 PM
you have those wonderful Toggenburg goats over your way - I have two but would like more someday :)

yeah I think you must be right about the tone of your voice being the key - although I will say, my little dog Goose knows the word "Bath" and will hide if it's said around her <lol>

knesi07
07-23-2009, 03:50 PM
i have to confess i talk to my dog. she understands me though! hahahaha! she's my good little dixie cup, dixie chick or dixie dog.....and little sh*t head when she's not good! (oops did i just say that?):embarrassed:

Bright-Spark
07-23-2009, 04:12 PM
Oh, I speak to the boy (real name BuzzyMalli), but as he is a cat he does not get the saying "Bad boy!!"

He has got better as the years go by, as a rescue cat he seemed to have been badly abused before I got him, so although he is a bit more of a sook now, he is also a complete maniac at times. Sweet? not often.....

Penlowe
07-23-2009, 05:28 PM
IgotmyMoley!IgotmyMoley! Wheeeeeee!!!

Dang, I gotta do stuff like feed the children dinner & dishes and junk before I can get started.... at least I have a new CD to listen to along with all that.

Penlowe
07-23-2009, 07:54 PM
ok, another noob question: do we ask each person for their addy when we are ready to send? Or will we submit it to you & get a master list back to use throughout the swap?

Rina
07-23-2009, 10:31 PM
I wondered about that too....good question.

So I started on my cover...so far sand down, gesso and painted......

malinmaskros
07-24-2009, 02:18 AM
I was planning on you all sending me your addys, and then Id send out a list. I guess I havent gotten to that part yet. Since theres no time like the present:

If you all PM me your addresses, Ill put them together in a list for you all.

Also, those of you without a theme - let me know when youve decided, wont you?

malinmaskros
07-24-2009, 02:19 AM
Yay for the moley, Penlowe!

Penlowe
07-24-2009, 09:00 AM
I started on it last night :) cover has paint & a layer of paper but I think it's getting more soon.

We've swapped twice in the last two months, is it safe to assume you have my address handy?
Did you need anything beyond the address? phone number? email?

malinmaskros
07-24-2009, 09:33 AM
Yes, Ive got your address! :D E-mail maybe, but on the other hand we can send e-mail right here, as well as PMs.

goatgoddess
07-24-2009, 09:41 AM
just pm'd you my info

I keep going back and forth on theme but fall is my fav season so I'm going with Autumn Colors - everything from pumkins to foliage :)

malinmaskros
07-24-2009, 10:26 AM
I got it! Thank you!

Penlowe
07-24-2009, 11:15 PM
I sometimes wish I lived in a place that had an actual Fall season....

HHC
07-24-2009, 11:47 PM
I'd love to see some "decorated" moley covers. The thought of it baffles me. :huh:

Penlowe
07-25-2009, 12:02 AM
here is mine, please consider it In Progress
whee! I learned thumbnails!!

Rina
07-25-2009, 12:53 AM
It's lovely!!!

HHC
07-25-2009, 01:18 AM
Wow! That's cool! So you sanded down, gessoed and painted. Wonder how adhering a cool paper to it would work. Hmmmm....

malinmaskros
07-25-2009, 01:57 AM
Its wonderful, Penlowe!

Bright-Spark
07-25-2009, 02:00 AM
It looks great Penlowe! Interesting to see how you finish it off, as it looks pretty good now!

knesi07
07-25-2009, 08:46 AM
love it penlowe, i really like how you added your name to the front!

Penlowe
07-25-2009, 09:43 AM
It did not occur to me to sand it, I just slapped acrylic paint on there. Now I'm worried it will crack & peel.

The back side is still just plain white paint :)

knesi07
07-25-2009, 10:09 AM
ok, i've decided. my moley's theme will be fairy tales. create a page based on your favorite fairy tale..think brothers grimm, hans christian anderson, or even the classics such as alice in wonderland or wizard of oz. it can be dark or not, in any media you feel comfortable with. the only thing i ask is that no tale is repeated, so if hansel and gretel has already been done, you need to pick a different one. how does that sound?

Penlowe
07-25-2009, 10:20 AM
Sounds good to me :) I love fairy tales too.

Rina
07-25-2009, 11:23 AM
Knesi-love your theme and I get your book first so I know I can do my favorite fairy tale!!!!

Bex
07-25-2009, 12:51 PM
Penlowe your cover is gorgeous, I love how it's so colourful and fun looking.
Knesi07 - your theme is great as you can have so much fun with fairytales and I absolutely LOVE The Tenth Kingdom which I watched last week for about the 700th time.

Bright-Spark
07-25-2009, 01:21 PM
That's a lovely theme knesi07!

I noticed an ad for a trailer for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland staring Johnny Depp this morning. It isn't released until next year, but I am really looking forward to it.

malinmaskros
07-25-2009, 03:15 PM
I love your theme, knesi! I dont love that Ill get the book almost last... All the good ones will be taken! :D

Ive been looking forward to Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland for the last two years... Only a year to go!

knesi07
07-26-2009, 05:55 PM
i saw the trailer too for tim burtons' alice...i'm reading the book now, just to refresh my memory!

bex-i never saw the tenth kingdom...sounds like i have to look into it.

malinmaskros
07-27-2009, 02:41 AM
I just saw the trailer too. Actually I hope the trailer dosent say too much about the movie itself, because I wasnt too impressed...:( Or maybe my hopes are way to high!

malinmaskros
07-28-2009, 06:43 AM
My cover is finished. I think...



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knesi07
07-28-2009, 08:48 AM
very pretty malin! love the pink...so fitting!

Bex
07-28-2009, 10:23 AM
Very pretty cover Malin, you are so well organised. My moley isn't even out of the wrapper yet!

malinmaskros
07-28-2009, 11:59 AM
Thank you!

Unwrap it Bex! Its so small and pretty and nice to fondle. Just do it - unwrap! :D

knesi07
07-28-2009, 03:59 PM
oh my gosh, bex! unwrap it! it's so much fun when it spills out onto the floor! hehe!

Bex
07-28-2009, 04:26 PM
LOL, OK, OK, I've just been having a bit of an art 'blip' but I'm getting back on track. I have so much stuff to get out of the way first, I didn't want to get all excited about my moley too soon.

malinmaskros
07-29-2009, 01:23 AM
Sorry, were such enablers... :D

HHC
07-30-2009, 11:59 AM
I just wanted to post for everyone that I've decided on a theme of "In The Garden". I'm visualizing flowers, birds, butterflies, bees, gnomes, fairies, whatever you can imagine that's in a garden. :) I'll go with open media.

Trying to decide whether to decorate the cover and if so how...

malinmaskros
07-30-2009, 12:08 PM
Youre theme is on the list, HHC!

Ive got addys from all of you, except kristib. Have anyone heard from her? Shes so very quiet here, and hasnt answered my PM. I guess she can be away on vacation, Ill give her a bit more time before I begin to freak out... :twitcy:

Rina
07-30-2009, 02:23 PM
HHC- I love your theme as well. do cutesy slugs or toads count....I know my flower garden has em...well the toads that is.

I've been a good girl and working on my cover.....have even started my pages some what.

malinmaskros
07-30-2009, 02:29 PM
A good girl indeed, Rina! Show us when youre done, wont you!

HHC
08-05-2009, 12:39 AM
I'm a little freaked out. I ordered (pre-paid) my moley through work, and checking today, since it should be here and it's not, discovered that the order had not been placed. :eek:
So now it has been placed and I hope to heck it comes in a week. I've got a good idea of what I want to do... having the book to actually do it in would be really nice. And I'm gone Aug 20-23 for a family reunion, so am just a little STRESSED! :wacko:
Sigh!

malinmaskros
08-05-2009, 01:32 AM
I hope it gets to you fast! These things can be so frustrating!

Penlowe
08-05-2009, 09:41 AM
HHC, I ordered two when I bought mine, I could drop it in the mail to you & you could just get me back at your leisure.

HHC
08-05-2009, 11:59 AM
Penlowe, I should know how soon it will be here today, and if it's going to be too long, I'll take you up on it. :wubclub: Thank you!

Penlowe
08-05-2009, 04:21 PM
:) I took pictures this morning because I think my pages & cover are done....I think.... but then my battery died so it's charging I should post up pics later.

I'm really glad it died today, we are going to the beach this weekend and I would be mad at myself if I arrived with no camera.

malinmaskros
08-05-2009, 05:55 PM
Ill keep my eyes open, because I sure would like to see your book!

Penlowe
08-05-2009, 10:55 PM
okie dokie- seeing if I get the thumbnails right....
Woot! I did it! detailed info in my gallery.

Rina
08-05-2009, 11:02 PM
Awesome job!!!

Penlowe
08-05-2009, 11:06 PM
I'm thinking something more is going to happen to the back cover, but front cover is done. Travel pages are definitely done. Pages pages are.... perhaps done....

HHC
08-05-2009, 11:07 PM
Your book is great. I'm not sure what to do about my cover. Heard today that my moley is now supposed to be here by Monday, so I'll be able to get started soon. yay!

malinmaskros
08-06-2009, 01:32 AM
I love your book, Penlowe!

Sounds good about your book, HHC! Fingers crossed for Monday!

Penlowe
08-06-2009, 09:36 AM
I keep tossing my book around on my desk, so far the paint on the cover is holding up, I'm going to give the whole cover one more coat of matte medium though just to be safe.

HHC
08-06-2009, 09:42 AM
How many layers of matte medium do you have on now?

Penlowe
08-06-2009, 10:10 AM
that depends on which part you look at :D the red heart only has one, and the ink on top of it (both black & white) none.

nowzem
08-06-2009, 12:28 PM
Yes, your book is INCREDIBLE, Penlowe! I am really impressed and intimidated... my cover blows. :( Just acrylic paint in no pattern. Maybe I can paste something on there.... :D and I've only completed a very slight bit of the first pages. I'm boring. :D HAHA, oh, but enough about ME, back to you :D

I LOVE how the page opens like a window--that is SO COOL!!!!!!

Bright-Spark
08-06-2009, 01:35 PM
Great cover and pages penlowe, get us all inspired!

Mine is still waiting here patiently for me to have time to get started on it. The main idea for the cover is set in stone, but I keep changing my mind on the rest....

Part of me likes the idea of opening this rather boring looking black book to find lots of wonderful art inside. Quite a surprise for anyone not in the know! ;)

malinmaskros
08-06-2009, 01:38 PM
I hadnt planned to decorate the covers, first I was going to keep it black. But then I saw all the beautiful covers in the gallery, and I knew I had to do something to them.

Penlowe
08-06-2009, 03:34 PM
I want to make a bag for it, but I sort of have a self imposed moratorium on sewing until I clean off my cutting table. Yes, I'm spoiled rotten, I have both a paint & paper crafting table and a taller smooth surfaced cutting table for sewing projects, much to my husbands disappointment. But hey, I designed my cutting table and my daddy & I built it together for under $60, not bad right?

malinmaskros
08-06-2009, 03:42 PM
That sounds fabulous, Penlowe! I used to paint and sew on the same table, but when I got my computer, theres no room for my sewing machine. Which means that I hardly ever get it out anymore...

Penlowe
08-06-2009, 03:54 PM
:sigh: it's daunting...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2483/3796244252_fbc36bd198.jpg

malinmaskros
08-06-2009, 04:04 PM
The difficult part is to know where to begin...

Bright-Spark
08-06-2009, 04:05 PM
:sigh: it's daunting...


I am sooooo pleased to see someone a lot like me.....:twitcy:

Penlowe
08-06-2009, 05:30 PM
It feels good to be among like minded folks :hugs everyone:

Hey that pic does show a nice view of my recently sorted & organized large paper in the Rubbermaid drawers in the background :)

Bex
08-07-2009, 06:16 AM
Hey, all you guys are so organised. Like BrightSpark, my own little book is still sitting sadly waiting for something creative to happen to it. But I have nothing set in stone either, being such a dithering idiot that I am.
All the covers and pages I've seen in the gallery are gorgeous, I'd better get my thinking cap on - QUICK!!!

kristib
08-09-2009, 04:32 PM
hi everyone
Checking in - haven't been around to participate in discussions, been away on vacation. I still need to purchase my moleskine, the art store near me didn't have the required moleskine - running out today to another store to find.
Kristi B

malinmaskros
08-10-2009, 12:23 AM
Good luck on the Moleskine hunt! And nice to see you back with us!

knesi07
08-10-2009, 09:39 AM
hi everyone-
just checking in...i had other pages to do for other moleys, then went on vacation and now i'm leaving again to go pick up a new dog...be back tomorrow night! Wednesday i'm going to start working on this moley...i have so many ideas in my head, i need to get them down fast before they fly away!

Bex
08-10-2009, 10:16 AM
I have been floored with a serious ear infection which has left me with almost no sense of balance and everything spinning alot of the time - not nice! I will hopefully be well enough to start on my moley next week, but if I'm going to be delayed I will keep you posted.

malinmaskros
08-10-2009, 10:48 AM
A new dog! How wonderful, knesi!

I hope you get well soon, Bex! Youll send to me first, and Im perfectly fine with getting your moley a bit later. Ill try to plan your pages ahead, so I can just paint them when I get your book.

Ive sent you a list of our addys, keep it safe!

Penlowe
08-10-2009, 11:11 AM
I saved it in Word and I printed it. :happy dance:

I added a red paper heart to the back cover similar to the one on the front.

I am now contemplating a mailing envelope... Tyvek is very sturdy and reusable, but I don't know if there are Tyvek bubble mailers. I am rather enamored of the concept of getting back the same envelope with all it's worldly wear & postage with my book, but realistically I know this may not be possible.

knesi07
08-10-2009, 11:41 AM
thanks malin, i got it too! bex feel better, i know how that feeling of being dioriented is...no fun! get well!

Bright-Spark
08-10-2009, 02:01 PM
Bex, hope you are better very soon!

Thanks Malin for the list.

And knesi07, when do we get to see pics of the new dog????

nowzem
08-10-2009, 04:53 PM
Yes, I demand (respectfully, of course!) dog pics!

Bex
08-11-2009, 06:05 AM
Thank you everyone, and for being so understanding Malin - appreciated!

malinmaskros
08-11-2009, 07:47 AM
You just worry about getting better, Bex! The book will work out!

nowzem
08-11-2009, 06:01 PM
Ummm, I posted my moley stuff in the gallery... :D Do get better Bex, dear.

malinmaskros
08-12-2009, 12:19 AM
I love your moley, Rebekah! Its so pretty, and colourful and lovely all around! Ideas already begin to pop into my head! :D

Penlowe
08-12-2009, 04:11 PM
I made a bag for my moley

Bright-Spark
08-12-2009, 04:17 PM
Great bag Penlowe!!

Bright-Spark
08-12-2009, 04:21 PM
Ooops! I missed nowzem's earlier post.

I checked out your gallery - great pages! I especially like the girl with the spotty dog. How I wish I was as young and had the legs to wear such a short skirt :twitcy:

knesi07
08-12-2009, 07:40 PM
penlowe-love the bag
for those of you wanting to see pics of the new dog...here ya go, but of course, i couldn't leave out my dixie cup! winston is the new one...4 yr old black lab

Penlowe
08-12-2009, 07:43 PM
yay for big black dogs!

HHC
08-12-2009, 07:55 PM
Mine finally came today... a month after ordering it!!! (Good grief, and I work there!)
So now I can get started... :)

knesi07
08-12-2009, 10:18 PM
YAY! for hhc getting her moley!

malinmaskros
08-13-2009, 12:19 AM
Love your bag, Penlowe!

Those dogs are cute, knesi!

Yay for getting your moley, HHC!

malinmaskros
08-16-2009, 01:46 AM
How are you all doing with your moleys? Remember, its two weeks until they need to be in the mail! And dont forget to show us photos of your pages!

Bex
08-16-2009, 05:26 AM
I have managed to paint the cover of mine - nothing exciting tho and the writing I did seemed straight at the time, but it looks very squint now. Still, it's only my book - I can live with it! Still in the planning process of my first pages. I have too many ideas and can't seem to settle on one.

malinmaskros
08-16-2009, 06:12 AM
Too many ideas is better than no ideas! Im sure youll work it out Bex!

Penlowe
08-16-2009, 10:21 AM
I actually packaged mine up last night, was going to PM and give a heads up :)

HHC
08-16-2009, 10:58 AM
Well... I haven't started mine, although I have my pages mostly thought out. Not sure I'll decorate the outside, or at least do much to it. It's good I don't have to mail until the 1st. LOL!

kristib
08-17-2009, 10:45 PM
Just completed the covers and the first 2 pages - now onto my 3 pages and I will be done! I'll post pictures in my gallery when through. Love the little bag for the mole!
Kristi

Rina
08-18-2009, 01:35 AM
I need to get my butt in gear....I have the cover and back done....needs touch ups...I started to sketch inside.....need to finish that up and color in.....yikes Malin when you put it like that....2 weeks til....it scared me!!!:unsure:

Bright-Spark
08-18-2009, 03:38 AM
I need to get my butt in gear

Ooops, me too!

Last week was taken up with a course, but this is dedicated to getting my moley done.:D

I know what I am doing with the cover (very little) and I have a design for a bag in my head, but the actual pages???? Yikes:(:swoon::rolleyes: It'll come to me......

knesi07
08-18-2009, 09:35 AM
yep, i'm in the same boat w/all of you. 2 week deadline shot some fear in me, so i'll have to get my butt in gear this week. i'm finishing up some chunky birds, then i'll get my moley done.

malinmaskros
08-18-2009, 09:41 AM
Sounds like I should drop by with a whip in my hand... Yes, two weeks - time flies when youre having a good time!

Rina
08-18-2009, 10:59 AM
I feel the whip malin!!!!!:twitcy:

kristib
08-19-2009, 01:25 PM
Hi all!
I completed my journal pages and posted them on flickr (http://flickr.com/kristiamb). I'm figuring It will be in the mail late this week. I will get a tracking # at the PO (doesnt cost extra) and send it on to Goat Goddess. I'll send you the tracking # once I mail it off.
While painting the journal pages, two of them stuck together. I didn't realize this til it was too late. I had to do some extra pages so, Nowzem will probably have to continue onto the back side of the accordian book. I'll write a note and include it in the journal.

Rina
08-19-2009, 02:05 PM
VERY PRETTY!!!

knesi07
08-19-2009, 02:13 PM
beautiful kristi! can't wait to add to it...

malinmaskros
08-19-2009, 11:52 PM
They are wonderful! Too bad about the sticking together... My pages have been sticking a bit, but not to the point where they are unstickable...

Penlowe
08-20-2009, 08:46 AM
Maybe you could cut a piece of paper the size of the last panel & use paper tape to attach it? (you can paint or draw over paper tape quite nicely) then the last person will have continuous panels same as the others.

I have paper tape, depending on the order I could do that for you when it comes to me if you like.

Penlowe
08-20-2009, 08:48 AM
I just looked at the first post, I'm close to the end of your book so that might work out as it won't add any bulk but for one other person.

I also realized the SpongeBob panels are my first task! eekk!
:goes off to watch some SpongeBob:

Bright-Spark
08-20-2009, 09:56 AM
I also realized the SpongeBob panels are my first task! eekk!


And I have an easier opening *Groan!* - Windows and Doors.......

kristib
08-20-2009, 10:34 AM
Thanks! I included some extra moleskine pages from another journal I had in an envelope that will be with the journal. I was going to leave it up to Nowzem as to what she would like to do? (the last person on my journal route) But go ahead and add the pages with the paper tape. Perfect! Thanks!

Rina
08-20-2009, 10:41 AM
so far the hardest for me will be Kristib...but I got awhile til I receive hers so it's all good!;)

off to work on mine today and maybe get it finished!

Penlowe
08-20-2009, 11:16 AM
Bright-Spark (and everyone else) you can be as straight forward or existential as you want, I tried to leave it as open as possible (hur hur... open... windows & doors, get it?... 'k nevermind).

malinmaskros
08-20-2009, 12:04 PM
Ive actually got some opening doors in mind for you, Penlowe - some very Swedish opening doors. I hope youre ok with things a bit intimate...

goatgoddess
08-20-2009, 12:08 PM
checking in - I did get my covers done - now to finish up the inside :)

Rina
08-20-2009, 02:54 PM
I'm so bad I spend the whole morning searching on etsy and ebay etc.....to make my own charms....don't beat me Malin!:eek:

really need to get finish on my book.....

Bright-Spark
08-20-2009, 04:01 PM
You are obviously secretly a beating fiend Rina!

We won't tell Malin that neither of us has finished our book, and I am off tomorrow to check out the post grad show at the college of art and a couple of events at the book festival. The weekend, the weekend, I still have time huh????

Penlowe
08-20-2009, 07:42 PM
Malin: I guarantee my kids will want to see my book, as far as what I'd allow or be okay with, naked babies are always fine, and bare bums as long as the scene isn't overtly sexual, beyond that it's gets complicated. I'm pretty uptight when it comes to what my kids know about adult humor & relations. They will learn at the right time, but 5 & 7 isn't it.


.... Sweden is the originating country of the sauna isn't it? that I think would be cool (or hot as the case may be). :D