Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for January 2013


Long time no see! How are you? I am doing well. I took a few weeks off because my husband FINALLY returned home from a looooooooooooooooooong deployment and we needed to spend some much needed quality time together.

The holidays are over, school is back in session, my husband is back to work and that means *I* am back to work! I have a few projects that I have been piddling with for the past couple of weeks, but you will have to wait a little bit longer to see any of those.

For today, I wanted to share a project the CraftyLink design team will be working on this year and do my very first book review. You can see a flip through of the book, hear the full review  and see the collaborative journal in the video below.

The book I am reviewing today is Collaborative Art Journals and shared visions in mixed media By L. K. Ludwig.

ISBN – 13:978-I-59253-520-0

This book has some good interviews by artists who have participated in collaborative projects and it is FULL of gorgeous, full color photos.  This is not a book that will tell you how to run a collaborative project, but it will definitely inspire you. The artists talk about who they worked with and why, but not about the specifics of the projects or details about  how they ran their exchange.  If you enjoy reading interviews, then you will definitely enjoy this book. If you are looking for inspiration, this book will definitely inspire! If you are looking for a guidebook on how to run a collaborative project, this is not the book for you. I will be sure to let you know if I do find one of those ‘guideline’ books!

Now let’s talk about the collaborative journal the CraftyLink Design Team is working on. Over the course of the year, members of the design team  will be working in two moleskin journals that will be kept for in-person retreats and classes. We will pass the journals amongst ourselves and when they are full of juicy goodness, we will have two collaborative projects that retreat participants can see, feel and be inspired by!  We will be posting photos of the journals as they progress though out the year so you can follow along with their journey as it unfolds.


If you would like to be a part of a collaborative project, head on over to my CraftyLink group Mixed mEDIEology and join the Collaborative Projects Discussion. If enough people are interested, I will set up one or more collaborative projects for members to work on thought out the year.


If you have any questions about the book or the collaborative projects, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, or hop on over to my student union and join the Questions discussion.

See you next time!

Big Hugs,