Ideas on Paper: Bag Love

My Bag Love BookI have always benefited from writing down whatever ideas I have brewing in my head, be it in the form of a blog post or a random sketch.  I had recently come across some of my earlier jewelry designs when I was cleaning up my hard drive and I can’t help but marvel at the way my own style has evolved.  From the once very simple earrings to the more complex ones I do now, I can’t help but wish I had made copies of the photos and designs to chronicle my growth.

So this time around, I’m embarking on a new project to create something I love — bags or clutches, in particular — I wanted to be able to pull together my ideas in a journal of sorts.  After some false starts, I think I’ve finally come up with something that I will be able to go back to and write my thoughts in as I work on this newfound passion.

My Bag Love BookI have always been a believer that we always learn something new everyday.  And while there are a lot of brilliant bag designers out there, I am not hoping to compete nor make a dent in that market.  I just really want to create my own bags and maybe sell one or two.  These are to be one-off designs, not so much in the bag itself, but rather ON the bag.  Without giving too much away, I want to create an embellishment style that will be all my own — unique for each bag created.  It sounds quite ambitious if you read that aloud.  But I think it’s a pretty reasonable goal at the scale I hope to accomplish it.

So I’ve pulled together cut outs of bags in all shapes and sizes and put them together in the pages of a regular project notebook.  They are there to inspire and cultivate ideas.  These are the bags we covet… that I wouldn’t mind having for myself — but which, I guess, I can only dream of.

It’s the crafter in me, I guess.  I’m trying to put in ideas at least every other day.  I want to be able to write them down and work on them or develop them into something better.  And hopefully when I start creating, I can put my thoughts and notes here and learn from them and improve on them eventually.

That’s true bag love!

 

Back to my altered book

My Altered Book resurrectedI started this project in September 2012 with the goal in mind of preparing an altered book I could journal on later. It was supposed to be my “happiness” project where I was going to put together happiness quotes for personal inspiration. I worked on it continuously for the second half of 2012 until the holidays came and it found a place in one of my bins where it’s been for most of 2013.

I fished it out yesterday and started writing in it.

I was almost tempted to start another journal until I remembered this one. Most of it’s pages are done in acrylic paint because this was way before I discovered Alcohol Ink and Distress Ink Pad and Tim Holtz. It should be fun experimenting with the techniques I have learned since then. 

A lot has changed since I started the journal and I still have around 15 layouts to do, but I am all psyched to start the writing and embellishing part.  While my state of mind (and state of heart) at the time I started this journal compared to now that I’m picking it up again are worlds apart, the fact that  I hope to get to a better and happier place remains the same.

I’m hoping it will help me get back to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Every Day project as well.  I actually participated in 2012 and had a whole section/page going on my other blog, but the new version of my personal blog Pinay New Yorker has it hidden for now. 

Getting there!