Tuesday, 23 September 2008

how's it going

well people its been a busy week for me, i have been away training for my new job so i haven't had time to even check up on things. nice work there from jenuine i am really liking the apple tree page and what she did with the tacky royal mail packet stamp. the book has now been in the hands of gemma for a week, i wonder what adorns it's pages now? i hope she is having fun with it. i would also like to congratulate gemma on her recent good fortune in getting engaged. any how this will be my last post for over a week as i am off to sunny menorca for some R&R so the next post will be from gemma herself and possibly the next contributor.

have fun while i am away.

Thursday, 18 September 2008



finished! apologies for taking a couple of days extra to post, i had work. but here they are , my eight pages. i tried to cover a number of things i like to do, such as drawing, printing, photography, & cut-outs.
01: an introduction, plus the parcel stamp
02: a gocco print i did recently, cut out & stuck onto black paper
03: a collage of sorts of various film photos taken in new york, gibraltar, monaco, spain, edinburgh, & at home
04: paper cut-out
05: letters & pattern in pen & posca
06: a drawing of a true story, also a sort of homage to illustrator david galletly, he has a fine taste in colour & layout
07: tree in pen, with added paper blossoms, as autumn is here
08: last & indeed least, as it is my least favourite page, a drawing of a clock from the city where i live. i was sad that my last offering wasn't to my personal standard, but i lost a couple of days of my two weeks when i went to visit my boyfriend & had to finish it before i left so i could take a photo. too rushed.

there we have it. i wasn't expecting to be making this post so soon! so lovely to have contributed to this project, i hope you all have fun when your turn comes around. (:

the 2nd contributor

hello people! the book has reached its second destination, Watford uk, the contributor is Gemma Sands you can check her stuff at http://littletinypieces.blogspot.com 
But what you all really want to know is what is in the book from our first contributor? well i have no idea either! C'mon jen we want to see what you created.

Thursday, 11 September 2008


hello chaps! don't despair, our little moleskine is naked no more. there are still some pages from my allowance to fill, & whilst i thought i'd keep you updated as i went along, i find that i don't want to give away just one page at a time. it's been harder than i expected; i'm quite precious with drawing, & also found it hard to decide whether my part of the book would contain of sketches, or more finished pieces. since my tutors have always gone on at me for having pieces that were too "finished" or worked into in sketchbook, i've decided to stick with my ways & do pages that i class as "finished" rather than as sketches. also i've tried to include all the ways in which i enjoy making & creating, with each page being quite different. i've decided (perhaps to the blogs disappointment) to not post any of the pages until the book reaches it's next destination, in order for it's content to be a little surprise for the next contributer, as well as giving you guys a fat little post at the end of my moleskine time.

hope you're all well! all will be revealed on tuesday!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

its been a week!

hi, its been a week since the book landed at its first destination, I wonder what has happened to it? what lies beneath that oilskin? well we will just have to wait and see, we all know jenuine wont disappoint us don't we (no pressure there at all jen), its took me a week to post due to a busy week all around, I have had more applicants e-mail me so it looks like there could be a 2nd 'traveling moleskine' sometime although it may be after xmas before I send it out. also in this weeks news I got promoted! wahay! and the little village i live in had it's annual scarecrow festival! well i cant wait for next Tuesday when the book goes traveling once more.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


i won't lie: when i heard the thud of a package through my letterbox this morning, i spent about five minutes (whilst making a cup of tea) trying to remember what on earth i'd bought, or whether someone had mentioned sending me something. & in all honesty (it makes me sound a bit dense) upon opening i thought "oh, someone's sent me a moleskine!" then, i finally remembered the project. i was just out of bed, i promise, so forgive me.

upon this realisation i was excited, of course, but i confess to being a little worried about being the first. the first! how daunting! i have enough trouble starting my own sketchbooks, let alone one that is to have so many contributors! & i'm sad that i won't get to see anyone else's work in the flesh. but at the same time it's a blank easel, so i get to set the standard, haha.

the little moleskine is now nestled on my desk, still as naked as when it arrived through my door. i've decided not to rush into it, i have two splendid weeks of its company. but i thought i'd let you all know how it's doing, now that the projects begun. watch this space for more...

ps. thank you for the chocolate andrew! i've never actually had green & blacks before, & trust me, i will be getting more of the white! it's AMAZING!

Monday, 1 September 2008

Volume one is full

woo 2 posts in 1 day! ok bad news for anyone wanting to join in with the project, i am afriad we are all full up. 240 pages in a book 8 pages each gives me 30 contributors! and yes i have 30 contributors! 
but dont despair we could always start up volume two! so if you wish to join in with the project and if there is enough interest i will send out another 'traveling moleskine' and see where it goes.
you never knoe i could have started a bit of a collection here.

so who has got the book first? well i cant tell you.

Well it's gone, its away, we are up and running, the moleskine has departed. 
It was actually harder than i thought to make the decision of choosing who was going to get the book first, which is why Dylan made the decision for me, I sat down on Friday night worked out where everyone was and what direction the book should go but I couldn't actually decide who should have it first. should it be an illustrator? a writer? a photographer? I couldn't even decide on whether it should start with a male or female. every time I thought I had made the decision I stopped myself and found a reason to send it to someone else. so the mind of an 8yr old intervened and made the decision for me. and it was a good decision.

the posting of the book took some time too, i seemed to put it off for as long as possible every time i looked at it sat there on the passenger seat of the car i got all excited i refused to buy an envelope for it when i was in town this morning just so i could put it off till later. i eventually got the envelope put the moleskine in it and then an idea took over me, i have put a little present inside the package for the contributor who its going to, just a little thank you for joining in and being the person who has to take the first page.

I must also say that I am rather anxious about all this for some reason, it may seem to those around me that I live in chaos but it's my chaos and I understand it, yet I have just posted off something that is mine, a product of my choosing for a project of my creation and I am setting it out on a journey that is completely out of my control. you see my chaos is controlled by me and I always know what is happening around me, with this project I have given that control away all I get to decide is where it goes, what actually happens within the pages of the book is all your choice and in your control. I feel kind of lost (damn it i just lost the game) but not alone, at least i have the knowledge that you all have been accepted because I believe you have the skills, talent and honesty to see this through to its finale.

good luck to whoever it goes and what ever you do with it have fun. 

enjoy the present.