Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman





Monday, March 12, 2012

Book of Days

I'm in the Book of Days program with Effie of Wild Precious Studios. I'm learning so much but have sadly fallen behind. Effie has developed her BOD over the past few years. It is an altered book which we are supposed to work in every day. Even if just a doodle or a few words. Her introductory videos for doing the cover was amazing.

Here's mine:

 I took a used hardbound book from the thrift store and tore out every third page or so. Then, using Effy's instructions, used paint, gesso, photos, ephemera, a sticker, and distress inks to decorate the cover. The photo of me was one of those where I held out the camera and snapped myself. There were many rejects but I'm happy with this one.

"Calm" is my word for the year. It reminds me to keep calm, don't overreact, let the little things go, and just go with the flow.


Effy does various videos during the week for how to do various spreads. I'm doing some of my own things. This particular spread is a collection of bits and pieces collected during the week, or sometimes just a few words about each day. I have done every day so far this year.

This spread is from the talk I gave at the West Valley Genealogical Society in January. One of my favorite topics is Buckskin Frank Leslie (on the left). He was quite a character who made his mark on early Tombstone, Arizona.
On the right is Elvis, it was his birthday.
As you can see, there are no rules. It's just fun and gets me arting every day.
If you would like to learn more about Effy you can visit her here:
Enjoy your day and think about keeping track of those little things that happen in some way.

14 comments:

  1. Rita, your book is amazing. I love the randomness of it all and the colors are so vibrant. I create similar books but I don't document with any regularity; I really like the idea of a daily entry of some sort but don't know that I'd be disciplined enough. While looking at close ups of your photos a note jumped out at me...I love Ghost Adventures and Dead Files, too! I never miss an episode. Thanks for sharing a bit of your art, it brightened my day.

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    1. Thank you for your speedy comment. I don't always get it done every day but I at least save the bits and pieces of my days so sometime during the week I can add them to the spread. These pages were early in the year and they are getting simpler (another post) but every day does get something . . . eventually.

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  2. i think the daily stuff is too much regimentation and from your results doing it when you want to do it produces fantastic results.

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    1. It is so nice to have the daily somethings. Just not spreads. I figured my book would never make it through the year that way anyway.

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  3. oh this is very good! i've heard of her but i just can seem to have the time to sit and enjoy her so for now i enjoy what you all guys are doing with her teachings (very good!)

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    1. It does get overwhelming but even in bits and pieces it is fun. Thank you for visiting.

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  4. I like the looks of the spread with Elvis and Buckskin Frank! I have fallen behind on BOD also. The point was to do something arty every day--I was spending time doing that and taking up time I could be working on some other art project, so I have slowed down with the every day in the BOD-too much--when I finish the altered book I am working in, that will be the end of the project for me.

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    1. I don't know how she does it when we can't seem to keep up with her. I sure have learned a lot though. You are always so far ahead in getting things done I sure wouldn't worry about the BOD.
      Thank you for visiting,

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  5. "CALM"--what a wonderful word for your year!

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    1. Thank you Windy. I need that reminder often.

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  6. You mentioning Calm also made me remember my word. Clarity. Hmmm not sure I"m getting there yet. Once again your creativity is inspiring.

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    1. Thank you, Susanne.I have great inspiration all around me.

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