At our book signing thing at Borders, we started the big Pieces of YOU journal page. It will come with us to most of our events and we hope that people will keep adding to it. I pre-painted a canvas with the glazing technique from our book then set out a box of paper, pens, glue, and instructions:
Write your favorite word, quote, or number - or draw a little something- on a piece of paper. Then, peel off the back and stick your paper on the canvas anywhere (in any direction!) that you want to.
Or, look in your purse, pocket, or wallet for any ticket stubs, receipts, gum wrappers, fortunes, or other ephemera to add to the canvas.
I wanted to make this easy for people so I put a variety of paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker then cut into smaller pieces. That way people could just peel the backing off (as it says in the instructions) and stick to the canvas without getting messy. I put glue sticks out to use on the ephemera. The canvas and supplies were off to the side of where people were mingling. It wasn't the ideal location for the project because neither of us were really ever near it as people were working on it. And this is where the funny bit comes in. I could see from the corner of my eye that people kept trying to glue the sticker paper to the canvas and it would slide off. Well of course it would slide off... they were glue-sticking the waxy peel away paper. No glue was needed! All they had to do was peel off the paper and stick on. The paper would not stick on and the person would add MORE glue and try again. And again. Then one of us would walk over and just point out that all they had to do was peel the backing paper off. Luckily, most everyone had a sense of humor and could laugh about it. We found it particularly entertaining (yet puzzling!) that our husbands were the first two who went through this glue-then more glue-ritual.
We were happy to see someone "journaled" about not reading the instructions. They get it! Not taking things too seriously is the name of the game.
Our next stop is Claremont and we can't wait to see what gets added to this canvas.
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