It will be nice coming back from my trip to a clean studio. For weeks and weeks before the trip, I was up to my ears in the Nature's Blessing swap.
I had three tables filled with stacks of pages from the artists.
And this table set up with towers of journal covers, and a small, cleared area where I could sit and put the pages into the books.
Another table was set up for wrapping the books to get ready to ship. Then, there was a pile of packages waiting for labels by the computer and boxes of packages ready to go to the PO by the door.
And yet one more table set aside for choosing complimentary groupings.
Which is very complicated since there are two sides to each set of pages.
Of course, with soooooo many artists and hundreds and hundreds of pages, there is a huge mix of styles and the books can't "match".
Plus, it's only right that each swapper receives a variety, no one wants back exactly what they sent in.
They join a swap to get a sampling of pages back in their own books.
But, I do think that there has to be something cohesive about each book, so that there is some sort of flow as you flip through it.
I do my best to gather together 6 pages that look nice together.
Of course, with so much bounty to chose from, that is not a hard job!
I probably take way too much time doing this, but each book is special to me.
I love looking through each stack and picking out the pages that I pull together.
It is such a treat to have this bounty of creativity overflowing my workspace!
I just wish I could sell tickets to the room, to give tours of the pages. I'd be rich.
I'm sure there are easier ways to do the swaps. If I'd open six packages at a time and swap those six out with each other, keeping the other packages boxed up til I was ready for them, I wouldn't need to use a whole room to do this.
But I just don't think the results would be the same. I like piecing each book together, with as much care as each artist put into their own pages.
I hope the artists love the books they receive as much as I do.
And I want them to know how much it means to me that they trust me with their creations.
There is some beautiful work here, isn't there?
Amazing amounts of detail...
Lush and lovely supplies...
Adorable whimsical thoughts...
Layers of loveliness...
Pages and pages of pretty!
Are you impressed? I know I am.
Thanks again to all of my swappers! And to those of you who had to drop out and ordered a blank book to fill up with blessings at a later date, a big thank you. That was kind. Making dozens and dozens of book covers, white washing and tying on charms, took me weeks to do. I appreciate my time not being taken for granted. It was nice of the people who signed up, but couldn't finish the swap to still purchase the book that I had taken the time to make for them.