Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nudge 19, Tabs

tickets, stiff paper, fabric tape, paper tape, old necklace
We are 122 strong over on the Flickr group now. I know that many of you are not on the Flickr group and that is fine. You won't get any pressure from me. I hope, though, that you are looking at the pictures and reading the responses. There is a lot of inspiration and information there.

I've been thinking alot lately about slow art. Taking time, letting artworks evolve organically. Letting it whisper to you and being quiet in your mind and open in your heart to hear it. This brings us to Nudge 19: Tabs, Indexes or Other Bits that poke out of the side of your journal to mark pages. As much as this Nudge is about the sheer fun or it, it's also about handling your journal as an object: to love your book as a whole.

If there is something that is more fun than tabs on journal pages, let me know. I love 'em. And so many items can be used to create tabs. 

Spend your five minutes collecting some items to use as tabs. Anything stiff could be used: playing cards, cereal boxes, cut up plastic milk cartons (you can use sharpie to write a word or draw a picture. Attach your indexes with double stick tape, a brad, a staple, a stitch, a paperclip. Stitch a piece of fabric to the edge of the page. Heck, you can even use file indexes. Sometimes I forget the obvious, ha!

Then take more time. Slow time with your book and look through it. Mark some pages with the indexes.

I found these in a $1 bin and am using them on my Sketchbook Challenge journal.

So yes, fondle your journal this week. Delight in it's 3D-ness. Yum.
Leave index ideas in the comments and on the Flickr Group. Share and Inspire.

Happy Year of the Rabbit. Be gentle with yourself this year and listen for the whisper.

8 comments:

iHanna said...

Happy February & Year of the Rabbit to you too! I ♥ tabs, they are so great. Informative and mysterious at the same time, giving little clues of the inside...

Studio 508-Nancy's Place said...

Tabs are so neat-and so are the wrappers on embroidery floss, hanging tags from clothes (the uninteresting ones with good shape and boring content are nicely painted over . . .) Sometimes a good clean-up is the start of a new series of ideas!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Great ideas, Nancy. Thanks, we all have those "hanging' around ;)

Aly B said...

I *live* for tabs! Does anyone know of a company that makes a tab paper punch? I've been looking but I have yet to find one!

Anonymous said...

For Aly B. I have a tab punch and stamps that match the shape, that I purchased from a company called stampin up.

Jane LaFazio said...

I do love a tab! thanks for the reminder.

sisa said...

I am just working on this nudge and like Nancy's ideas of tags from clothes and the wrapper's on embroidery floss. These led me to the ideas of using tags from my tea bags, used postage stamps, cut out parts of painted watercolor paper....

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Thank you for the inspiring prompts again http://mescrap.blogspot.com/2011/03/creative-revolution-nudge-19-tags.html