Sunday, May 25, 2008

Coffee or Tea?

I finished another UGRA project last night- a darling little coffee book created by the amazingly talented Loretta. At first I wasn't sure what I could possibly add since all of the coffee franchises had been fully represented.

I had already done a vintage coffee collage in another book earlier in the year so that was out too. Then I considered how watercolors might look on coffee filters - hmmmmm an idea began to develop. Twinkling H2O's, filter "pockets" and interactive tags!

It had been a while since I had played with my twinkling H2Os and I was once again dazzled by their vibrancy. I decided to use the colorful effervescence as a metaphor for the liquid energy that is produced by running water over bean vis-à-vis the filter. Once the paint dried, I went back over it with nib and ink to add the outlines and doodles. I adhered the two filters together than to a manila folder to provide some sturdiness.

To make the tags, I enlarged and printed clipart images of a cup, spoon and newspaper. I cut each image out then traced the outlines onto cardstock and cut those out. I inked the edges of all the pieces than coupled each pair, punched a hole in the corners and attached the sets with a brad. I did a web search for coffee quotes and selected 3 that made me giggle:

A morning without coffee is like sleep.
- Author Unknown

Way too much coffee. But if it weren't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever.
~David Letterman

I make serious coffee – so strong it wakes up the neighbors.
-Author Unknown

I printed them in fun fonts and adhered them to the blank under pages of each tag then tucked them into the pockets.

And on another note - TODAY IS THE 25th!!!

And that means lots and lots of pictures. Shimelle's photo prompts were focused around discovering the light and different angles within your home. A lot of still-life-photography-centric activities. I'm afraid I just couldn't get into it. We had a huge fire in our area so the sky was really mucky with soot plus I had both kids at my ankles all day -the best I could do was snap photos of a pretty hum-drum Sunday.

It started with oatmeal and the Nancy Drew movie, followed by a lot of housekeeping (good heavens, how does the house get so messy so fast!!), a nice visit with Corvus (She has been really busy creating AMAZING art projects!), a stop at Micheal's (I picked up "Scraptastic" with my 50% off coupon! Yah!!!!), immediately followed by some reading and creative scheming, then Connect Four with the little ones and Nancy Drew A-GAIN. I'll tell you all about the plans I have for several new WASSIMA projects tomorrow - "Scraptastic"is just full of cool, edgy techniques!


  1. Great job! Love the tags with the quotes, so cool! Very inventive. :)

  2. Too Funny Jilliene. I did a coffee post this weekend. Great coffee drinkers think alike:) Loved the projects and those quotes rule!!

  3. I LOVE THIS! Always looking for ways to use the STARBUCKS paper bits...cannot wait to do an ODE TO MY MOCHA CHOCHA COFFEE LATTE!! Great use for the coffee cup sleeves! (And do I have Twinkling H2Os? hmmm...don't make me want anything new!! Just spent TOO MUCH at the LSS this weekend...including 3 bottles of Glimmer Mist and haven't busted it open yet. ooohh yummy fun ahead!)