Monday, January 30, 2006

What I'm thinking about...

So far so good on the week of reading deprivation for the Artist's Way. Ok, it's only been 2 days...but still! I've been pretty productive too. I've been cleaning a lot and moving things around. It feels like there's more space now, more energy to flow. I'm also working on a custom order of scrapbook layouts. Those are always so much fun.

When going through my things I found this wonderful little guy from a class I took by the one and only Tim Holtz at a scrapbook convention last summer. It's the cover of a little accordian book. It's wonderfully distressed and we used foam to make the picture and words pop, which is hard to tell on this picture. Tim Holtz is the king of all things distressed. I love his style and love that he is an altered book artist at heart. Check out his web site, he has lots of books and even some DVDs out now. Here's a tip from Tim himself:

"Create an antique burnt edge look with ink. No more running to the sink to put out a burning accent gone bad! By simply applying layers of ink to an accent, you can create a cool burnt edge look. Just ink the edges of your accent with a light brown ink and blend into center. Then apply walnut ink to the edges only. Apply black ink and blend into the center of the accent with an applicator. "

The other thing I'm thinking about is, I've just applied for a job for the first time in 3 years. Yikes!! I've been doing this stay-at-home-mommy thing for that long!?! I know that some people wouldn't mention it because it could "jinx" it. I feel that to announce your intentions, your hopes and dreams, helps make things happen. As I've mentioned before, I am a librarian. I worked in a couple of elementary school libraries before having my son. I finished up my Master's degree a month before he was born and haven't really used it yet. I noticed a job opening for a librarian position at a public area nearby that is 8 hours a week in the evenings. Perfect! I couldn't pass this up. So I've been working on the laundry list of application questions all day. Ok, I guess I did have to read for that:) Anyway, it's all done and sent off to cyberspace. We'll see what happens. Wish me luck! I'm a little apprehensive after being out of the field for so long, but excited at the same time to maybe have a little something that's just for me!


Frivolitea said...

I really like the image you posted. Good luck with the job application!!!

la vie en rose said...

at a booksale last year i picked up a couple raggedy books to try my hand at an altered book. i haven't done anything with them yet so maybe this website will give me a little bit of inspiration.

good luck with the job!

LoriLaurieLauri said...

I love this little guy! And good luck with the job!!!

Krystyn said...

I am so jealous! I have wanted to start the Artist's Way for months. I guess it's really sad when you can't even find the time to START, huh?

Good luck with the job! I'm sure you will wow them. ;)