Well, last week I got the second edition of the Collective Souls Journal from Ani in NY (along with the cutest little stuffed NYC taxi -- thanks again Ani!), and even though I'm in the first half of this group (rather than the second half, like with the previous journal), I'm still amazed by the beauty and creativity of the pages. I could take up a very long post indeed describing all the other pages, but I'll save that for the CS Journal blog.
This week I have been working hard to get my page finished. Being the crazy girl that I am, I was a bit overambitious in my project, but I have to say it turned out better than I hoped for (minus one taping error that will just have to stay unfixed because I already glued the pages together).
The theme this time around is Spring Fling, and ever since Jes announced the theme I have known what I wanted to do (and btw, you should check out her blog because she just posted more pictures of her gorgeous home). Execution of this idea proved to be quite tricky, especially considering my serious inability to glue anything together properly (except my fingers to the paper).
So, here's the front page (click for larger version). I hand drew that flower. This requires special mention because in my family all the artistic talents went to my brother. I got so giddy from my little flower rendition I briefly had visions of participating in Illustration Friday. But then I came to my senses once I remembered it took me forever just to draw the stem.
The rest of the page requires some explanation. So, in the middle of the page is a "glass" window that has three lonesome little flower pots. Spring has not arrived, and the world is bereft of color.
and voila! spring has sprung and flowers *magically* appear in the pots.
It's a little more clever in person, but hopefully you get the general idea. Even though a good magician never reveals her secrets, I will tell you the props include a sheet of transparency paper, a blank sheet of paper, and a sheet with the color on it. And lest you think I was creative enough to come up with this little slide show on my own, I have to give credit to Bob & Larry's Silly Slides. (If you're a Veggie Tales fan this is a book to get.)
I tell you, I really had too much fun with this project. Once again I have to thank Jes from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to be a part of this group. I feel very blessed indeed!
Tomorrow, Sydney and I will walk on down to the post office to mail the journal back to the east and down to the south where a very special Gnome lives.