Monday, March 31, 2014


I've never done one with my name before. So I did...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clara Maffei's Folded Books

I've been following Clara Maffei's work for some time now. I've always loved her quirky designs and the lovely embellishments on her folded books. She was kind enough to allow me permission to share this picture and her blog. Take a peek! I never get tired of seeing how other people transform books into art.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Heart Loop-de-loop

Just finished folded heart book. Pattern below!

Click on the picture to make it bigger and print it out. From there, make your pattern in three parts: beginning/left half of heart, repeated middle loops, right half of heart/end. I was able to fit five repetitions of the loop with a regular Reader's Digest Condensed book with about 20 pages left over...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rock Stars Turned Librarians and Other Strange Truths

Yesterday afternoon, Brian came into the bedroom where I was sitting on the bed, reading. He said, "Will you come watch something with me that I think you will find uplifting and inspiring?"

Now, I've seen Brian's taste in movies and it rarely matches my own. I hesitated and asked, "What is it?" The look on my face plainly told him I didn't believe *I* would find it uplifting or inspiring.

He looked pained and said, "I want you to learn to trust me." So, for the sake of the marriage I put on my "I'm doing this for the sake of my marriage" face and went out to the living room.

Brian had gotten me a glass of ice water and some snacks so I would be comfortable. Darn, but that was kind. What if I hated the movie? How would I be able to sit through and hour and a half of schlock?

He had the movie queued up and hit play.

I watched the whole thing without blinking once, it felt like.

It was amazing. A story about a hard-rocking man, Arthur "Killer" Kane, a member of the band New York Dolls, who was at the height of fame and fortune and possibility loses it all and hits rock bottom. He comes across an ad for the Book of Mormon in the TV Guide magazine and his life changes. Completely.

He said the change was instantaneous and life-altering. He pulls himself from the bottom and becomes a librarian at the Family History Center at the Los Angeles Temple.

But he misses his music days. And this is the story of what happens to him.

I can't stop thinking about it. My eyes keep welling up with tears. Truth is everywhere, in the strangest places. And you see it through the eyes of the people you would never expect...

I guess I can start trusting Brian when he says I'll find something uplifting and inspiring... (thank you, sweetie!)

BTW, I'm doing lots of indexing for Family Search and am having the time of my life learning all about people from 1900 trying to get passports. The extra notes are the most enlightening...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Surprise in the Mail!

On a whim, I entered a contest on Goodreads to win a book AND I WON! I'm a winner!

This came in the mail this week. It's written by Ann Martin of All Things Paper - a wonderful site for paper crafts and news.

I'm going to see which of the 20 projects listed in the book I can try in the coming days and post for your viewing pleasure...

Candle holders? Wind toys? Paper flowers? There's a ton of ideas to choose from and I don't have nearly enough time...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dum de Dum de Dum

On the way home from work yesterday I pulled over so I could take this amazing picture. It's like a supernova (or the Death Star blowing up).

Okay, this whole Lent thing has made me moody and introspective. Therefore, no art. I was overly optimistic when I said I'd post about the new book I'd folded last week.

In other news, I'm on Instagram now. My 16-year old son was given a Galaxy Player last year for Christmas. It's a tablet that looks like a phone. Unfortunately, he kept making poor choices on the Internet and it was taken away within a few weeks. I've been holding on to it in my dresser drawer, hoping he would learn that we, his parents, mean business when we say certain things are not allowed in our house. Unfortunately, he used up his last chance and I've spent the better part of a week trying to clean up the garbage on the device. I've learned more than I want to know about my son's taste in women. Oh my.

So, I'm putting it to a better use now as my portable camera and wi-fi device. And I Instagram (rhymeswithmagic). Please feel free to follow if you enjoy funny library books and art. :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This Mormon Is Doing Lent
This is a more overtly religious post than I've done before but that's okay.

When I was five or six, I went over to a friend's house to play. There was a Bible on her table and we played a game where we would open it up, put our finger down and memorize the scripture that we touched.

It's kind of a weird game for a kid to play and I really have no idea why we thought that was fun. That day, my finger fell on this scripture:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

I don't think that was a coincidence that my finger fell in just that spot. That scripture has stayed with me for all these years and I believe it is a reminder to not be afraid to be, well... me. Therefore, today you are gettin' spirituality cos that makes up part o' me.

Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of working with several wonderful women, many of whom happen to be Catholic -- staunch Catholics! Because these women were so faithful, we had several opportunities to discuss religion, comparing notes and testimonies.

One of the things I love most about my religion is that it teaches us that truth can be found in many places. In fact, one of the most delightful things I've learned is that truth is often found in unexpected places. I try to keep my eyes and ears open to truth and listen to the Spirit within me, testifying that what I've heard or seen is true.

Of course, this is the time of year when many Christian denominations, most notably to me - Catholics - celebrate Lent. My first experience with Lent was actually with a non-Catholic. A favorite co-worker who practiced no religion announced she was giving up something for Lent. I was a little surprised, having gotten the impression that she deemed those practitioners of Established Religion to be little more than sheep. (A rather apt analogy since the Lord is our Shepherd.)

Still, she gave up something - chocolate probably - and I watched her with awe as she worked her way through the 40 days. At the end, when I saw her mastery of self, I was impressed. And then I wondered why I couldn't be like that - why I wasn't like that. Later, other people came into my life who also practiced self-denial during Lent and I considered more and more how much good that would do me.

A little aside here: I am uncomfortable with the world's definition of sacrifice being equivalent to a type of abasement or self-flagellation. The word sacrifice actually comes from two words: sacer (sacred, holy), + faciƍ (do, make). Therefore, to sacrifice is to do something holy. It elevates the word from a deprivation to a sacrament. I don't deny myself so much as I do something to elevate myself.

My miniscule understanding of Lent, especially as seen through the lens of my own religion, seems to me to be a time where you let go of something that stands between you and the Savior so that you can become closer to Him. Hello, Truth! I like the idea of doing it for forty days. It gives me a feeling that I am practicing letting go of my sin. I might choose to take it back up again, but I'm giving myself a trial run at being better, to feel how it is being unburdened by the bad.

I'm choosing to "celebrate" Lent by giving up Diet Pepsi. That is not the biggest sin I have, but it is the one I am willing to give a trial run. In addition to giving up something (my sin of commission), I think I want to add something to my life to help me become closer to Christ, to remedy a sin of omission. I'm still a little unsure of what it will be exactly, but it will include some sort of exercise. You know, the body is a temple and all that... (And putting it all on the blog gives me an accountability that I lack otherwise.)

I love my Savior and I know that He loves me. Hopefully, I can show Him my love just a little better by doing more of the things I know to be right and am just too lazy to do. This year it is Diet Pepsi. Hopefully, next year I will let go of a sin I'm holding on to a little more tightly.

To soothe my soul through this truly harrowing experience (cough, cough), I will let my light shine and do art. Stay tuned for more on this particular piece later this week... (if I'm not in the hospital from Diet Pepsi withdrawals!)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Repeating Linked Hearts Variation (and a sneak peek)

I had a couple of other linked hearts variations in the hopper and wanted to show one I finished today. It's a point fold heart and I love how it turned out. Of course, I always forget that point folds take up twice as many pages so I don't get to make as many repeats as I want. Still, the four in a row are lovely and turned out as well as I could have hoped.

Here is the pattern I used to make my book. Click on the picture to print it out full-sized. Use the directions from this post!

The problem of not having as many pages as I'd like for a design has been on my mind for a while. I've come up with a possible solution and did a prototype today at church (while I LISTENED VERY WELL). Here's a sneak peek...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tiny Folded Book (in progress)

Several months ago, I took a bunch of books to Office Depot and asked them to cut the books into smaller pieces. I've worked with the little pieces off and on over time, but nothing has worked really well.

I decided on Thursday that I was going to dive in again. I stayed up and designed a tiny heart pattern. I made up the template and started marking my little book. Here's the first bit folded. It's another linked repeating pattern. Tiny!

One of the problems I've encountered with these tiny books is the lack of clean edges - it really makes a difference trying to mark a pattern when there is text in the way.

I've got some ideas in the works to overcome that problem. I'll see how quickly I can bring them to fruition so you can see!