Christmas Workshop - Used Book Ornaments

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This November I will be holding a Christmas Workshop at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Using old paperbacks and hardcover books, we will be making cute little snowmen, tiny Christma trees, star tree toppers as well one or two ornaments. These can be embellished with a little paint or even some glitter (bad, bad, bad, I know!! but it's Christmas).

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Christmas Holiday Workshop News & More ...

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My first Christmas Holiday workshop - Folded Book Christmas Trees - was a success and we had loads of fun transforming old books and magazines into festive trees. That problem of how to decorate the trees was solved by my friend, the awesome Sean, who made decorating suggestions for a large sample tree I had prepared for the workshop. I had originally had just draped a wide red ribbon over the tree and topped it with a cardboard star. After studying the tree for a bit, Sean took a black feather wreath I usually put up for Hallowe'en and draped it over the tree. This gives the impression of the tree floating on a feathery cloud. Very nice, I have to admit. He also made suggestions for a tree topper which I embellished a bit more, as you can see here.

Almost everything I used for my Folded Book Christmas Tree workshop were items upcycled from my recycling bin. In the sample tree, the feather boa is at least 10 years old and I can still reuse it for Hallowe'en for years to come; the tree itself is an old book topped with a rosette made from a paperback page and a star made from a bit of cardboard. The only new items I used were battery-powered LED string lights and a bit of glitter (I know, I know, but it looks good). I'm hoping the lights last a long time.

As for the sample tree, black may see like an odd colour to use for Christmas but I'm enamoured with the Scandinavian style of Christmas decorating: a lot of white and black with touches of natural embellishments such as tree twigs and branches, evergreen boughs, tree cones and occasionally a spot of red. They also seem to use a lot of discarded reindeer antlers but I doubt that Rudolph and his pals can be found lurking about and discarding their antlers in our back woods (i.e., the Gatineau hills). We once spent a couple of nights in a lodge in Scotland where all the rooms and hallways were decorated with huge antlers still attached to Rudolph et al. Spooky, or what!

I'm still learning how to style photos and think I managed okay with this one of my book tree (maybe should have ironed the backdrop linen sheet first???). But, anyway, the workshop attendees loved the sample so much I had a hard time insisting that it wasn't for sale. Hmm ... something to think about.

This week brought sad news when I learned that my daughter's former mother-in-law passed away suddenly. She was a good woman and a huge support for my girl and her little guy as well as for her own family. She will be greatly missed. So, of course, I'm finding it hard to focus on planning more workshops.  However, it will keep me busy and I can honour Pam with Christmas workshops she would have enjoyed. Look for Christmas Workshop postings later this week.

Recycling Folded Book Workshop - Christmas Trees

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 September was been an exciting month after getting lots of feedback from you, thank you. Folded book art seems to strike a cord with a lot of people. Its popularity is in part, no doubt, that it is easy, even theraputic, and all you need is a book and a pair of hands.


I am very happy to introduce two workshops to my range of folded book classes. This Folded Book Christmas Tree workshop is a hands-on approach to creating tabletop holiday trees to decorate your home for the festive season. A second workshop (still in the works) will focus, not on folding books, but on using cutting methods to create snowmen, Christmas tree ornaments, and holiday trees. You definitely don’t want to miss this one.

If you would like to learn how to create your own Christmas holiday book trees and decorations, you can't miss these events. Keep reading for more details!

Workshop News

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm really chuffed that two more of my workshops have been sold out. The Halloween Harquelin-inspired Mask workshop sold out almost immediately. To go with the mask, participants will make matching hair barrettes. Besides being a wearable craft, the mask can also be used as wall art on Halloween.

My introductory Book Art Folding workshop has also sold out. Book folding is now a major trend among decorators and some sellers make and sell these for hundreds of dollars! In this introductory workshop, I'll be demonstrating how to choose the right book, how to prepare it and basic folding techniques which can be used in many different ways to create a one-of-a-kind book sculpture.

At my last book-folding workshop, someone said that she found book folding very soothing and very addictive - she can't pass by a book without the urge to fold the pages it. No wonder it's also call folding therapy! It's the only craft I know that only requires two elements - a book and a pair of hands!

More workshops are on the way including a series of Christmas workshops for both kids and adults.

Workshop Prep - Decorating the Studio

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Getting my studio ready for my Halloween (Hallowgreen) workshop has been a lot of work but fun. I decided to put samples from my Bookfolding Workshop to good use by adding a few freaky touches and scattering these around the room.

The skull image is one of my sticky label ideas. As you can see, at my Halloween DIY Sticky Label workshop, you'll discover that you can create images of almost any size and won't have to limit yourself to small ones only. As the label is removable, I can reuse the tray for other holidays!

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, I added a 'murder' of crows with glowing orange eyes to add a nice macabre touch to my folded books. What do you think - spooky enough?

Workshops - Kids Welcome

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been thinking awhile about having kids (for free and accompanied by an adult) come to the book folding workshops and so, when a neighbour, who is familiar with my workshops, stopped by the other day with a pile of comic graphic novels for me to use, I thought about how I could test this idea out. By the way, for the purists out there, these books (as in all the books I reuse) had torn pages and/or were missing quite a few, were badly stained and, generally, unreadable. Perfect for a kids' book folding workshop as the books had just the right number of pages (not so many as to overwhelm but enough to challenge little hands) and were also quite colourful. Would kids enjoy this kind of project? I needed to find out.

As chance would have it, a 6-year old friend wandered over to my place to see if I had anything crafty on the go. He had helped out with the pizza garden and was eager to see if I had anything new up my sleeve.  So - of course, I handed him a 'Lucky Luke' book and showed him a few basic folds. Then I left him to it. He quickly caught on and, in under 20 minutes, completed the above 'sculpture' and then asked if I had more books for him to fold. Although not a particularly scientific test, I realized that, yes, kids just might enjoy this project. If you are interested in having your child come to the workshop, you can along for free.