Friday, February 4, 2011

Pass the Book: Good Mail Day

Edited to add:  I have selected Ginger as the next recipient. Thanks to all participants.
Have you heard about Sian's wonderful project From High in the Sky called "Pass the Book"?  It's a wonderful way of sharing books and inspiration and making connections with other bloggers.  You can read all about it and how it works at this link, but it's quite simple.  Sian posts about a book, and if you are interested in the book, you leave a comment with the promise to read it, gather some inspiration from it, post about it on your blog, and then send it along to someone who comments on your post.  I was the lucky recipient of "Good Mail Day," and I've really enjoyed it. It's all about the world of "postal art" and the "good mail" network, where participants send "good mail" to each other, receiving the same in return. It certainly opened up a whole new window on the world to me! Even if you're not ready to take the plunge into the world of postal art, the book contains lots of wonderful technique ideas that can be applied to other paper crafts. 
The book inspired me to send out a few "good mail" missives:
I've stuck mainly with a postcard format for this round, using rubber stamps, collage images and other goodies from my stash.  The postcard on the left has two little envelopes in which I have tucked folded, stamped inserts on which I could write.  And yes, I'm going to attempt to send the spray ink bird through the mail, as is, no envelope.  It's mounted on a piece of mat board, with another piece of watercolor paper on the other side, which has the addressee's information.  I'm not sure what my post office is going to say when I go to mail it today, but I'll let you know!  The book has also given me another BIG inspiration . . . to create an art journal class focusing on using letters, text and mail as the basis for the journal itself.  I'm super excited about this idea, and I'll likely be offering the class in April.
If you're interested in receiving "Good Mail Day" as the next pass the book participant, just leave me a comment below.  I'll choose a name in about a week and then send the book on its way . . . in a beautifully decorated package, of course!

14 comments:

Amy said...

I'm always interested in a book which has originated from Sian - she has a great knack for making varied and beautiful choices. This one sounds really good and I love your inspiration Rinda!

helena said...

I love your idea for the art journal class, I love things that incorporate words into art. The book sounds wonderful.

Sian said...

As always I'm fascinated to see where it ends up next.

Your "Good Mail" looks very good indeed. Fabulous in fact!

scrappyjacky said...

This book looks fantastic, Rinda...and love what it's inspired you to make.The class sounds great.Would definately love to read the book.

Ginger said...

Oh yes I would love a chance at reading this book! I thought it looked very interesting on Sian's blog. Happy to hear you have found it inspiring.

JO SOWERBY said...

gr8 to see so much inspiration from this book, bet ur glad u received this one!
Jo xxxx

laurie said...

sounds like a great book. i love to send and receive "real mail". i hope your little birdie makes it to his destination - let us know!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

LOVE your postcard goodies and the fact that you are sending some fun mail. On my list of things to do this weekend is to package up some goodies for mailing!

I'd love to have a chance to get my hands on that book! I hope I'm the lucky on this time!!! xo

humel said...

The book sounds fascinating, and I *love* how it's inspired you! You must let us know how your birdie gets on with its travels :-) And the class sounds fabulous xx

Karen said...

Your mail is amazing, and although I'd love a turn with the book, what I'd really like is to take your art journaling course in April!

Kirsty.a said...

I'd like to be in the draw. I'm just reading 'Where Women Create' and enjoying it

Keira said...

Hehehe I've been following this one as well as a couple others that started out on her site that I'd love to get my hands on. Love the stuff it inspired you to do!

debs14 said...

Well I do seem to have a space on my bookshelf now I've 'Passed the Book' I had to Cheri ..... so count me in please!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Came back for another look. I really love the tiny envelope idea. I am wondering if the bird ever made it through the mail. Thank you for inspiring me once again. xo tam