DIY Manilla Folder Art Journal

Participating in online art swaps is a fun past time of mine when time allows. I love making something for someone based on a theme or idea and then swapping within the group. It's inspiring to see what other people dream up!

This past week, I joined a challenge to create an art journal out of an ordinary manilla folder. Challenge accepted! Never done something like this before so I figured I'd give it a try and see what happened. 

Turns out, I totally loved doing it. So much so, that I found a huge box of plain manilla folders in my supply cabinet that I will absolutely be turning into more of these little treasures! A future video is what I'm thinking so you can see how I create it! Yes, let's add that to my list of things I need to do!

So here's what I came up with for my challenge. Not bad for a first try and I even filled the little pockets with small pieces of artwork that I hope the recipient likes and can use!

No Sew Boho Pillows

I just saw this incredibly simple project from Mark Montano that I am just dying to try out (if only I had the taffeta on hand!) These look so easy and are so pretty and colorful that I would love to add them to my daughter's bedroom! Or even my own! Definitely a fun little project that could add vibrancy to pretty much any room!

OMG... I feel a trip to JoAnn Fabrics coming on!

Second Annual Stillman's Community Country Fair and Craft Show in Lunenburg, MA

It's hard to believe that yesterday has come and gone already. All the planning, making, packaging, pricing, setting up and tearing down. Done. And I couldn't be happier with how it all went. Yesterday at the Second Annual Stillman Community Country Fair here in Lunenburg was an absolute blast and a smashing success for my little creative endeavor.

So many new people, so many new items and so many smiling faces leaving my booth makes it all worth while and gives me such a happy feeling! Yesterday made me really realize that people DO like my art and are supportive of my dreams. It's such a wonderful blessing to be able to do something that you love every single day and have people totally on board with my vision!

We set up the booth on Friday night when hubs got home from work. Luckily, I had the 3 littles there to help me get everything packed up and then set up on the field so that when we arrived on Saturday morning, we could just get to setting up!

One of my little helpers in the field, watching for "traffic" as we unloaded my truck.

Once Saturday morning arrived and my very good friend Susan jumped in my truck, we headed out to the farm to begin setting up the booth. Man, am I lucky to have such a wonderful friend. Not only is she supportive of what I do, but she has a fabulous eye for display and can pretty much talk to anyone that walked into my tent. She's awesome. And I couldn't have done it without her! Look how cute the booth looked from the aisle way.

Welcome to the Glimmerbug Art Booth at Stillman's Farm. I love how colorful and whimsical it looked to passers-by!

It's funny how each time I participate in one of these types of shows, I learn more and more about what people like, what catches their eye, and what sells the most. This year, as was the case last November, I figured that my little stuffed owls would be something that most people would want to check out. And I was right! Luckily, I anticipated enough to make plenty and nearly sold out of all of them. What's more, is that they were my best form of advertising at the show because the little kids that were walking around with them after they were purchased were about the best word-of-mouth marketing! People kept coming over asking if this was where they could find the owls!

A basket of owls flanked each side of the entry to my booth, welcoming guests and being my best seller yesterday!

Before the crowd, I was able to get a photo of all my little owls in their basket... and now they've all flown the coop! Hope they're enjoying their new homes!

As the day wore on, it seemed to get busier and busier with more and more people stopping to see my paintings and art pieces. And I kept seeing the same people come back to my booth for second and third looks, which totally made my day. I love that they were drawn to my art and that they purchased pieces that put smiles on their faces!

So thank you to all that visited the Second Annual Stillman Community Country Fair and visited the Glimmerbug booth. I so appreciate your support and kind words! 

Already looking forward to next year!