It's been a busy week for me, but luckily back on Monday I had a nice chunk of time and I finished up a lot of half done projects last time I was in the studio, so that means I have some art to show you.
I am still working on my retirement book. Not quite done, but I'm getting close. I wish I had actually put one more signature into the book because I keep finding things to add. Of course after 35 years that is not a surprise if I really think about it.
So this first spread began on the left with a magazine cover because I liked the women and I also used to read the Science News magazines which showed up in our department. The teacher card is from a pack of Old Maid game cards.(They used to be my daughter's and when she outgrew the game I decided they would be good art bits.) I added the name sticker because when I was single and my last name was Anderson, everyone always called me Mrs. Anderson. Then I got married and decided to change my name to Nelson (as it was similar enough culturally and in sound to Anderson), everyone started calling me Miss Nelson. (Even though I prefer Ms). Go figure on that one.
I drew and cut out the tote bag for the evolving man tag on my page. Is it stretching it to link it up to Alison's pockets and tags challenge at Art Journal Journey?
The quote on the right is a page I pulled out of a calendar planner I had on my desk and used as a plan book for my classes.
And here's the other side of the spread.
I added the armadillo to the quote and created the right page as to remember how the school year ended. (And my career too!)
The page below has some bits and pieces. The flower was one that some girls made me to decorate for my room for spring. You can see the entire chain they made hanging on the doorway. I've been using these in my book. This one I decorated with a punched out school seal and also added some words that related to teaching.
The ribbons came off my retirement mug when it was gift wrapped. The little key is one they didn't ask me to return. It opened the lab cabinets in my room. The fox was a sticker on my school laptop and the car is cut out of the periodic table poster I am using bits from as decorations in my journal.
And finally for today, a page made with the cover of our school yearly agenda book. Everyone gets one, kids and staff. I added the school mission statement and an older photo of me from school pictures, as well as the some border from the periodic table poster I am cutting apart.
It is fun making this book and having a chance to relive some past moments. I do have to say though, I am so glad to be retired and not have to go back and deal with school during the Covid-19 era. I know it will still be weird come another few weeks when school is back and I don't have to deal with it, but if September is even half as busy as this summer has been, I'll be having too much fun to miss work. Even if it is me being busy at home. And I think by then I will feel more retired. It is a process, isn't it?
Enough for me. Have a great rest of your day and thanks for visiting.