Maritime inspiration

A series of envelopes with a maritime inspiration that I made using the "Seaside" digital kit from Jen Maddocks design.

September exchange envelope and one from August

This should be one of the last envelopes from the September exchange coming from Florence Vogel.

And also a late one from August exchange coming from Cindy.

The incredible shrinking man

Continuing my series on old movies from my youth, I sent this envelope to Iryna. The incredible shrinking man is one of the movies that impressed me a lot when I was young. The special effects were quite good for the time, of course they would look a bit outdated today. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been any modern remake of this movie (or maybe there is one and I’m not aware?).

Received from Iryna Barysava

A very nice collaged postcard from Iryna.

Received from Jocelyne Depierre

A nice collage from Jocelyne Depierre.

My tracking tools

We are Sunday and I decided to share something different, today. Since many years now, I do receive a lot of mail. First because I was a philatelist and I would receive mail from all over the world, and then because I’m into mail art. There are days when my mail box stays empty but they are quite rare. As a counterpart, I also send a lot of mail.Few years ago I decided that it would be good to track the mail that I receive and I send. I started to do that without method but finally I very quickly focus on writing down everything, everyday, in a notebook. I tried several types of notebooks and finally I opted for a pocket size one as it is easy to carry with me. I recently selected the Field Notes brand that I rather like. And just for the fun, I decided to embellish my notebook a bit. So here is the one I’m currently using to record my mail, received and sent.

But I also found out that I needed to track my blog update. Many of the posts of this blog are written in advance and are scheduled to be published automatically. I needed to track the list of posts to come to make sure I did not forget to publish any item on my blog. For this I decided to use also a notebook. This time I use one of the Word Notebooks with their specific “bullet” list format. And again I embellished it a bit.

And last but not least, I need to track the tasks to be done for my mail art activity. Again I selected a Word Notebook for that and made some collage as for the others.

I know what you think. How does it come that a computer geek like me, someone who creates 99% of his mail art on computer, still uses notebooks to track ideas and lists. Well I must confess that despite my love for computer I love even more paper. I love writing on paper. I love filling a notebook with endless lists. I love the little pleasure of reaching the “staple day”. I have a notebook addiction I must confess. I have plenty of them at home, from various brands: Field Notes, Word Notebooks, Write Notepads, Calepino and Moleskin… So tracking my life in these notebooks gives me a reason to have them!

What about you? Do you maintain lists also of what you need to do? I would be happy to hear about your own experience and what tools you use for that.

Cake is all you need

I love cakes. I love deserts in general. Which makes it even more difficult to keep my waistline. My favorite cake is the Paris-Brest made of choux pastry and praline cream. I also love the Mille-feuille (called Napoleon in English I think). So when I saw some nice pictures of cakes and tarts in my cooking magazine, I could not resist and I used them for envelopes to some of my penpals.