August 15, 2011

* The Erosion Bundle Project

It was fun participating in the Erosion Bundle Project this year.  I learned so much!  The results I wanted and expected were illusive, however, that's the point isn't it?  Learning a little so it will be better next time.  Speaking of which, I should be putting another bundle out right now.  It's the rainy season here in Mexico and it would be good timing.

Having said that, I did want to make something with the contents of my little bundle.  I decided upon a hand bound journal, as I'm in the middle of a journal frenzy because of the Full Tilt Boogie class.

In the bundle were a lot of maps, a little material and assorted oddments.  I got out the sewing machine and sewed a flat piece together mixing the paper and fabric together.  Then I added whatever seemed interesting.  Some more fabric, stamps, a tag and some metal pieces.  Stamped "Write" on a piece of copper, glued the rusted pen nibs on to the copper, added old rusted keys.  Here's the result.  It was a fun project.  Collaged a back cover, then hand bound it with five signatures in an open spine binding. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Here are some of the things I started with.

Everything used is from the Erosion Bundle except the closure ribbon.  I thought a shot of colour would be great, so added orange gross grain.

Five signatures, hand bound.

Back Cover
Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.  ~Robert Brault


  1. Great Donna, I love it, you have made very good use of your bundle-bits. The book looks wonderful, that much have been a lot of hard work getting it done! I'm proud of you again, my dear! Love and hugs from once-agaon-cold-and-cloudy Germany, Valerie- Well, we had one day summer, didn't we?

  2. Your book is beautiful. That sounds like such a fun project. I heard quite some time ago a little about this but never took action. Were the items swapped or you used your own? What was the time that the items were exposed to the elements? Inquiring minds would like to know. Maybe I could do something myself out here in the desert.

  3. WOW, you have the binding technique down pat. Your bundle journal is fabulous!

    Out to the yard, I go.


  4. Wow thats magnificent Donna, this is so beautiful.
    Today i have a 24 hour only freebie of christmas images, if you would like it, please drop by and grab it asap as it will be gone tomorrow (UK am time ) Hope you like it
    have a wonderful day
    hugs June x

  5. This is wonderful Donna. I really like it a whole lot. Your one creative gal.

  6. Donna, I'm back and slowly trying to get caught up.... one little step at a time! I'm totally amazed with how you transformed that pile of stuff into a gorgeous journal!! Amazing - I love the whole erosion bundle idea.

  7. This is fabulous! Excellent use of all your bundle goodies. I'll be publishing your creation on the Erosion Bundle blog on 9/18.
    Thanks for participating!

  8. Oh my, Donna! This is delightful. And now you are moving on to another bundle. I know the rainy season is going to do the trick for you this time!

  9. The book and the cover are amazing. I love the hand bound signature you learned in the class and all the erosion bundle papers, etc look great on the cover! A very fitting memento of the project, donna. maybe I should create a bundle too . . . : ) lenna

  10. Love your book Donna! What a great way to use the materials. And go throw that next bundle into the water and elements! weeeee!
    You are doing some amazing books..and those paintings! The inspiration bug has you good these days,eh! go Donna Go!! xo

  11. Hi Donna. You have been busy. I love your bundle book and your lady too.And your story and your quotes. Can you tell us how to make a bundle? Any time of year is rainy season here.I had a great holiday. I will email you soon.hugs..By the Bay Donna

  12. Wonderful book! You've made very good use of your erosion bundle. Amazing what a little time and the elements can do.