Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Couch/Sofa Duty

Before I tell you about my exciting new Couch Duty, take a look at the adorable Klimt doll that Jackie gifted me with. You may remember the weekend Klimt challenge back in June. Jackie was inspired to use fabric to respond to the challenge. Do click and go to her blog to see more of her beautiful creations. Thank you Jackie.


And now, what is Couch Duty? And why am I so excited? I'm excited because I am on a mission on the couch that keeps me upright and moving (read awake here) during the weekday evenings. It involves this wonderful huge Journal that I made at Sally T's.


For quite a long time I have tried to come up with a way to save all the ART Mail that I receive in a system that I could enjoy. I always knew it should be in some kind of journal but I just could not figure out how to put it together in a way that I could keep adding to it.



The only tools for this Couch Duty is a crop-a-dile and TV remote. The only products needed would be eyelets and string, ribbon or fibers of some sort. The journal just has to be made of very large old book covers with a cloth spine.


Any size Mail ART works. Just punch holes, add eyelets and sew individual pages into the journal spine.
I save all the sweet notes and Moo cards with the mail. I glue some of the notes to the mail or sew it and I attach the Moo cards with ribbon or strings. You can tie the ribbon on the inside of the journal or on the outside spine. I'm doing both. Attaching the pages (mail) to the spine is time consuming but perfect for Couch Duty.
Enough now,

Sharon

34 comments:

  1. Great idea! It's right up there with gallery wall....

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  2. Couch duty sounds like fun. That's a great idea with the mail art...add to to-do list.
    Don't you just love the crop-a-dile? I used my 50% coupon at Michael's on Monday to get the Big-Bite crop-a-dile.

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  3. How beautiful is this book, what a lovely way of displaying them. Clever!

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  4. What a BRILLIANT idea, I must start one. I will make sure a certain lady from Texas has her tags on the first page.

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  5. I covet this book! It's a wonderful idea, and I know that I would spend hours looking at all the art and remembering each and every giver. I've got to go check out the crop-a-dile!

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  6. Brilliant...just brilliant! You've done it again...something else I need to try! Fortunately I have the crop-a-dile, BUT I need the big bite too....

    Thanks for sharing the idea...

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  7. Beautiful doll! Jacky does such great work.

    And what a clever idea you came up with. I like that and can see it used in several different ways. I might just be doing some Couch Duty myself!

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  8. what a wonderful way to save all your mail art - and be able to peruse it whenever the mood strikes. i agree with Ro - brilliant!!

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  9. Well, Ok, Sharon......this is just another GREAT idea of yours. I LOVE it. You must get lots of really great mail..sure looks like it. When I get a collection of it.....this should definitely be looked into. Thanks, friend, for sharing another wonderful idea!!!! Pat

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  10. Jacky makes the most beautiful Klimt dolls doesn't she? The one she made you is stunning. I am blessed to own one of her Klimt dolls too.

    Love the idea of couch duty and creating such a special book. I really like this idea!

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  11. That is such a clever idea and a great way to use and save the art. I used a bit of you mail art to make a scrap dolly - see today's post.

    Darla

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  12. FANTASTIC! And who could resist couch-duty? (: Happy Thursday!

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  13. Sharon.

    What a great idea, I always wonder what to do with all that cool stuff and a journal is perfect.

    Kate

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  14. What a fabulous idea. Some of the art we receive is so beautifully packaged, we just cant bear to part with it.

    Thanks for posting a pic of your Klimt doll, and thanks for the wonderful inspiration your blog gave me to make it!

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  15. I just love your book. Thanks for sharing that with us....and any project that can be done on the couch watching TV is a plus.

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  16. What a fabulous idea. I had thought to use a fat binder, but this is so much better. Love your Klimt doll, too.

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  17. Thank you Sharon for sharing this option with us! Now, I will make one for my mail art, AND another for my photoswap pics~I am so excited!!!
    (btw...did you add the cloth on the spine)?

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  18. great idea! all my mail art is in a box and this would be so much better !

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  19. Couch/Sofa Duty?!! You are too funny my friend. This is one great journal filled with love...and much neater than the gift bag stuffed to the brim on my desk. I love your clever mind.

    xo Rella

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  20. Gadzooks that book is GORGEOUS!!! That's the kind of stuff I could look at all day!

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  21. Love that journal and it is on the list of things to do when I get relegated to couch duty the last week of this month! I also save all of my notes and mail art. Now I know what to do with them!

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  22. What a fantastic idea. I will now grieve all those lovely envelopes that vanished for lack of a proper home....

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  23. Wonderful creation! I love what you have done with your "couch duty!" What a beautiful book... Roxanne

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  24. Oh no!! How guilty am I feeling as I gaze at my empty book?? It's still in the same condition it was in when we left Sally's house! Shame on me. Well, I do have some cool mail art I could tie into it. I'll retrieve it from it's lonely corner and get busy...tomorrow...

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  25. If I name my Journal "Couch Journal" I this this is so much fun. I love to do things while watching TV sometimes. It's a bad habbit, but it's better than smoking or drinking....where did that come from???Anyway, this is really a fun idea.
    Big hugs from the couch potato....could there be a award for sofa crafting?

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  26. What a FANTASTIC idea! I always wanted to do someting special with my mail art. Since I'm as guilty as Deryn for having my book in the same condition it was when you guys left here- hmmm. I'll think about this tomorrow.

    Thank you, thank you, Sharon, for the groovy "Jesse" mail art!! what a wowza surprize. I had to be very careful to open it without tearing the art! and thanks for the bits and pieces, too. Might try my hand at one of Darla's scrap dollies.

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  27. way cool journal ... funny that it is couch duty!

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  28. I love that book!! unfortunately my crop-a-dile isn't working:( except the hole punch part
    I love your blog!

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  29. This is such a great idea. And the journal that you have put together looks fantastic.

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  30. I love your idea and your journal book filled with beautiful, handmade mail art! So simple, yet so smart, it begs the age old question, "Why didn't I think of that?!?". Brava!

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  31. This book is fabulous. What a wonderful way to display your mail art. Really clever! I will create one for my mail art also. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea!
    Gaby xo

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