Hi.

I'm Cait Sherwood, a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

I make art from the trash of the art I made before.

Art Journaling into Scrapbooks

Art Journaling into Scrapbooks

The idea of combining art journaling and scrapbooking came up on the Get Messy Art Journal Facebook page this morning and I realized I should share some of my scrapbooks on here.

My scrapbooking approach is honestly super casual.  I do not focus on the weeks or months of the year.  I sort of try to keep the photos in chronological order but they really aren't.  Each album represents one calendar year and I just try to adhere to that.

Three years of scrapbooks.

Three years of scrapbooks.

 

As the year goes by I save scraps of papers, memorabilia like flyers and invitations, letters, cards, art trash, anything paper-ish that I would otherwise throw out.  I just throw it all into a big mailing envelope.  Also I order prints off my iPhone like once or twice a year.

I buy the 8x10 pocket scrapbooking sleeves from Michael's along with whichever corresponding albums they have.  I love the plastic sleeves because of all the different arrangements of squares and rectangles.

Every once in a while I sit down with my paper cutter and supplies and I fill in the pocket pages rather mindlessly.  I cut down the scraps and photos in ways that please me.  As I feel compelled to I might write a little caption to explain a photo.

The result is photos of my year juxtaposed with mixed media and art journaling pieces and drawings.  I love these books.  They take me right back to the time the photos were taken and I am reminded of what I was working on artistically at the time.

Just photos cut to fit the sleeves with one hand-written caption.

Just photos cut to fit the sleeves with one hand-written caption.

These were some drawings I had no plans for so I just cut them down to size and put them in my scrapbook. 

These were some drawings I had no plans for so I just cut them down to size and put them in my scrapbook. 

I remember I drew Mike's and my feet from a cell phone picture.  

I remember I drew Mike's and my feet from a cell phone picture.  

Just photos on these pages.  Some pink translucent paper over that photo of me.  I like to use washi tape to tape photos onto the correct sized paper sometimes.

Just photos on these pages.  Some pink translucent paper over that photo of me.  I like to use washi tape to tape photos onto the correct sized paper sometimes.

That selfie was from the day after my wedding.  I was so exhausted and I was glad to be in West Virginia with a glass of sweet coffee.  Those are some pretty feathers tucked in, too.  Oh and on the left you can see how "unfinished" the page is.  Oh well!  I point that out to reiterate that this is a fun, casual, imperfect activity. The point is not that it is great, but that it gets done and Mike and I can look back at this when we are old.   

That selfie was from the day after my wedding.  I was so exhausted and I was glad to be in West Virginia with a glass of sweet coffee.  Those are some pretty feathers tucked in, too.  Oh and on the left you can see how "unfinished" the page is.  Oh well!  I point that out to reiterate that this is a fun, casual, imperfect activity. The point is not that it is great, but that it gets done and Mike and I can look back at this when we are old.   

A note from when Mike planted me a wizard tree in Brentwood. 

A note from when Mike planted me a wizard tree in Brentwood. 

Pictures of art I made at the beach with my family. ❤️ 

Pictures of art I made at the beach with my family. ❤️ 

Photos of artwork, an envelope from a friend, a program from my sisters play.  All just crammed into a plastic sleeve. 

Photos of artwork, an envelope from a friend, a program from my sisters play.  All just crammed into a plastic sleeve. 

Some photos and flyers (super old flyer is the back of a set list).  "Marry me" note from Mike.  We got engaged in a conversation that I initiated so we didn't have a proposal moment, really.  So he gave me that note afterward haha

Some photos and flyers (super old flyer is the back of a set list).  "Marry me" note from Mike.  We got engaged in a conversation that I initiated so we didn't have a proposal moment, really.  So he gave me that note afterward haha

Old photo of my dad playing the saw over some drawings. 

Old photo of my dad playing the saw over some drawings. 

So yeah, that's my scrapbook approach.  I am very behind at this point.  I need to finish 2015, and I haven't started 2016.  I've got everything in an envelope, just gotta sit down and do it, which is the fun part. 

 

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