I've been doing art journals and altered books now since the summer of 2007. I love this art form. You can paint in them, draw, collage, write, try lots of different mediums and express yourself so differently than you would if you were doing a larger canvas. For me, it's instant gratification. If something's on my mind...2-3 hours sitting at my art desk....I can complete what's on my mind. Sometimes I have a very clear vision of what I want to do....and sometimes I sit there and look at the journal and hope the inspiration will come. If I don't have the time to capture what I'm feeling in that moment...it's often lost. It's hard to explain.
Having this blog where I can pull things together from the different books I am working on at the same time...is great. Some of the postings have been more important to me than others. I have often thought on many occasions about how I could "capture" my blog in print so that if I ever let the blog go...the things I had to say would be saved. So now I have it!
Believe it or not, I ordered it earlier this week and it came today...unbelievable. I have Sharon Tomlinson to thank....one of my favorite artists. I just happened to be visiting her blog where she said she was waiting for her blog book in the mail! And she provided the link for a discount coupon that expired the very day I was looking at her blog. Serendipity.
I was concerned that the photo size I chose might be too small....but it's not at all....and if you go larger...the price goes up.
The company I ordered this from is SharedBook. If you want to save your blog...go for it! I have every single posting in this one book...close to 500 and the book has 214 pages in it. You could do one year at a time...depends how much you post! You can put a dedication in and even a table of contents if you like....lots of options....but most importantly, my blog is saved!