Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Very Happy Mailbox..... a mailbox full of mail art. In case you don't know, mail art is a decorated envelope, package or postcard, the point being that the container is the art, and there may or may not be anything inside. For the past few years, one of my groups, Blissfully Art Journaling (this links to the yahoo group, and we also have a Facebook page) has had a mail art swap going on during the summer months. Everyone who signed up had about two months to send mail art to everyone else on the list. I recently received my last piece, and decided it was time to do something with it all. Not to mention the nearly 30 pieces I received last year and still had languishing in a folder. Not to mention also, all the random mail art I've gotten from various friends over the years.

My inspiration for creating my mail art journal came from two sources. One, a workshop by one of the Documented Life Project administrators, Roben-Marie Smith. Click HERE to learn more about it. It spurred me on to get all this yummy mail into a book, and was well worth the cost. I used one of Roben-Marie's techniques for getting all my mail onto pages, but my binding method came out of classes I've taken with the wonderful DJ Pettitt

The outside of my book:

Just about everything I used to decorate the covers came from my art pals....bits of ephemera, text papers, random scraps, stamped images....all included inside the envelopes.

Inside, you can see how I was able to attach multiple envelopes and postcards on each page by stacking them and using my sewing machine to stitch them in place. I love that each piece can be turned, as often the backs are just as beautiful as the fronts.

The pages are hinged together with strips of fabric that I printed with my Gelli Plate.

Here are just a few of the pages:

The buttons on the spine are not merely decorative. They are what hold the signatures in place. Thank you for this awesome technique, DJ!!

For my fellow mail art lovers, I hope this inspires you to get your mail art out of the closet and into a book.


StampinDi Crafts said...

Looks Great! What a productive summer project :-) I'd love to learn this binding technique.... any chance you'd teach it?

Patzee said...

Love, love, love this journal! You've inspired me to put all my mail art in one place.

teri F said...

Wow! This looks great! Can't wait to get home and try my hand at something like this. Yours is such an inspiration!

Eileen Bellomo said...

Thank you so much! While I always willing to share my ideas, this technique is not mine to teach. I realize not everyone can take a class with DJ, but unless she starts to offer online workshops that is the only way I know of learning it. Sorry, but I have to be fair to the artist who originated the idea, and who makes her living teaching it.

Susan Salyer said...

so beautiful a treasure for ever
thanks for sharing.

Vic said...

Very cool journal!

Melody Strahan said...

Beautiful Journal Eileen! I am honored to be in your pics! Now I am inspired to create a book with my mail art! Thanks!

Elena said...

OMG Eileen!!! I LOVE THIS!! I bought the Robin Marie Class but still haven't done it. Must get on it!