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Hi <<First Name>>!

Last time, I told you about the upcoming Books As Art exhibition. The photos above are the base of another book I will be showing, "The Horticulturist". It's a garden theme (obviously, hence the name!) with a good scattering of New Zealand flora in there. The inspiration from this piece comes from my hopefully-soon dream of building a veggie garden, the beautiful surroundings of the Otago Peninsula, and the warm, golden autumn sunshine.

For this book, I used a mix of:
  • old brown packaging paper
  • dated wallpaper from an op shop
  • pages from an ex-library gardening book
  • a couple of pages from a falling-apart-at-the-seams vintage fairy tale book
  • handmade paper with embedded pressed flowers
  • green cotton (backed with iron-on interfacing, which I promise I will do a video on sometime!)
Next step:
Embellish! This is when I gather a pile of paper-y things (and a few non-papery things), as well as some washi tape rolls that fit with the theme. I'm thinking greens, golds, and florals; this piece feels very warm, so I'm avoiding cool blues.

I then go through each spread of pages, and build something incorporating new materials with the elements already on the page. As this is a gardener's journal, there will be lots of pockets and tuck spots, and I may also include some painting. Below is a spread with a couple of pocket styles I may include.
Follow the yellow brick road! 

I've become a believer in following inspiration, and trusting that it will lead me in the right direction. Well, The Wizard of Oz popped into my head the other day, and I thought the Emerald City would make a divine book theme. Don't you think?

Next step:

Gather inspiration! Once I decide on a theme, I collect images and ideas, maybe do a bit of research, and start building a pile of materials that would suit. For this piece, I've made a Pinterest board so I can share the process with you (I usually just take screenshots and save them in an album in my phone).
Go to the Pinterest board
Thanks for your input!

A big thanks to those of who took the time to let me know more about what you'd like to read about in these emails. If you didn't have the chance last week, just click the button below :-)

In case you're interested, most of you want to know about my process, inspiration, and new products. You're ALL creatives, which is so cool, and you're keen for lots of photos - so that's what you'll get.

That's all for now - see you in a fortnight!
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