Once in a while, I get approached to participate in a happy mail exchange.
Happy Mail: letters and packages lovingly assembled, sent through the post, bringing happiness to it’s recipient.
But, it seems I missed the mark on this one recently! The recipient of some of what I thought was “happy mail”, wasn’t very happy at all.
Now you may think, “Oh well, that’s the breaks, you tried.” The problem is, there was rather a large communication gap at play, being from two very separate parts of the world. The disappointment in my friend’s “voice” when she received my mail was very clear. For about 20 minutes I blew it off as “…ooops, oh well!” But, after re-reading her communication, I realized I hadn’t really paid attention, and came up with the following to rectify the situation…
It’s a little art journal, “flippity-bookie” thing. Or, my version of a flip book.
It doesn’t actually flip, but it has some of the features of a flip book. I’ve seen lots of videos on YouTube of how to make them, but I was in a bit of a rush, and didn’t want to try something too new.
I made this journal by cutting down three pieces of painted watercolor paper, folding them in half, and stitch binding them with ribbon, it measure about 6″ x 6″. The cover is an assemblage of scrapbook paper, ephemera, washi tape and some adhesive ribbon. The paper in the background is the decorated envelope I’ll be sending it in.
I got out my art journal decorating tote and went to town. I didn’t worry about color coordination, I just wanted it to look fun!
Flip books seem to have lots of interactive pockets and things, so I added a few with decorated tags to go with.
Lots of vintage goodness…and color.
This experience taught me a few lessons:
#1. Slow down and pay attention to expectations
#2. It’s good for the soul to take the time to make amends when possible
#3. These junkity-junk-flippity-books are super fun to make!
In the end, I wanted to share about this journal, but I couldn’t bring myself to sharing and give you the impression it was just one of my fun little projects. I wanted to let you know that even though my original effort was a disappointment, I was able to make something that I’m quite proud of. Also, I was hoping to inspire you to make one of these yourself, they are awesome stash busters!
I may try my hand at making an honest-to-goodness flip book some time soon. If I do, I’ll be sure to post about it.
Until next time,
Thanks for stopping in,
Have a great week,