Monday, November 30, 2020


 This year's Holiday card exchange will be quite different from previous years. For the local members it means they won't be enjoying the hospitality of Sandy Vrem for a festive get-together of food and card sharing. But, for those of us who live out of town, we will benefit by visiting together via Zoom and seeing and hearing each other describe our cards. We invite all of our members to join Dolores Guffey at the December 12th Zoom meeting as she presents the 30 cards in this year's exchange. 

Many thanks to everyone who participated in making cards. We hope you will be joining us at the Zoom meeting to share your inspiration, structure, and design, etc. Those unable to join us will have their colophon read as the card is shown on the screen. If time permits after the sharing of the cards, we will be able to "visit" and exchange greetings. We hope to "see" you there! Details about the December meeting are at the bottom of this post.

A collection of cards from previous years.

More cards from the past

Becky McAllister

Becky Luening

Bobbie Hayes

Ellen Golla

Ellen Clague

Andrea Penn

Bonnie Julien

Miriam Hall

Michele Kamprath

Peggy Marrs

Sandy Hansen

Vicki Van Horn

What:     Holiday Card Exchange

When:    Saturday, Dec. 12 at noon, Pacific Time

Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom

RSVP:    YES, to Dolores Guffey by December 8 to receive password and instructions

Zoom:    For questions, Bobbie Hayes 

Contact information for Dolores & Bobbie can be found in the newsletter.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


 Our East Coast member, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, gave a wonderful workshop this past weekend. She led us through the steps to make a variation of the piano-hinge album shown in the book The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol. Forty-three NORBAG members participated via Zoom.

Mary Elizabeth Nelson (aka Emmy)

This is one of the example books Emmy
 made using her cyanotype papers.

Examples of Emmy's pages

Preparing the accordion spine to cut out the holes
for the stick or dowel.

We were sent a materials list along with instructions to have some of the materials cut and folded prior to the workshop. This book was designed to have four pages with Mylar inserts to showcase flat objects. It was great to see the different items that were chosen, such as dried leaves, papers, buttons, and mark-making designs. A few members also made slight variations to the design by keeping a flap to cover one side of the window or adding a feature that allowed the center of the page to spin. Below are examples of some of the books that were completed.

Dolores Guffey used antique buttons in her book.

The covers were marbled by Dolores.

DJ Gaskin

DJ used various leaves in her windows.

Edge Gerring

Edge used leaves as a background for the words of a poem.

Michele Kamprath

Michele showcased her mark-making
techniques in the windows of her book.

Bonnie Julien

Bonnie left the flap to cover the front of the window,
but cut out the entire part of the back window so you
 can still see the leaf print of the paper in front but the 
leaf shows against a plain background in the back.

Margaret Beech made her book with window inserts
that would rotate within the space.

A Gallery of Gods by Betty Steckman

Many thanks to Mary Elizabeth for presenting a great workshop. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020


 If there has been anything good about the coronavirus, it's that it has provided the opportunity for out-of-town members to teach and/or attend our monthly workshops. The November Zoom workshop will feature our East coast member, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, guiding us through a variation of the piano hinge album from Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol's book The Art of the Fold. Using your own papers and inclusions you will create a lovely display book. The finished dimensions will be 5" x 5-1/2" (or taller depending on the size of your rod). Once you RSVP for the class, instructions will be emailed to you, along with the Zoom link & password. Please note below there are a few important preparations to do prior to the workshop.


  • Accordion spine: one piece 5-1/2" x 12" sturdy paper, grain short. This spine needs a strong paper, not too thin. Paper suggestions: 120 gsm Elephant Hide or Bugra paper, available at Talas & Dick Blick; Mohawk, Superfine (80 lb. cover stock). Mary Elizabeth added that "as long as the grain direction is short and you can fold it to a 16 panel accordion, anything will work. I didn't want anyone to order should just use what you have on hand."
  • Pages: four pieces 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", grain short, cardstock or a paper similar to Mi Teintes, 160-180 gsm.
  • Pockets (windows): four pieces 4-1/2" x 7" Mylar, Dura-Lar, a medium weight acetate (clear acetate page protectors).
  • Covers: two pieces 5-1/2+" x 9" cover weight paper like 80 to 100# cover stock (the + sign means a smidge over 5-1/2", just so the cover will be slightly more than the pages).
  • Rod: one straight twig, skewer or round pencil, less than 1/4" in diameter; 5-1/2" or taller if you prefer.
  • INCLUSIONS: Four pieces to go in pockets such as dried & pressed leaves or flowers, cut-outs, or anything flat and less than 1/16" thick. These will be viewed from both sides.


  • Cutting mat
  • Sharp knife with extra blades
  • Steel ruler
  • Bone folder
  • 1/4" double stick tape
  • Paper clips
  • Pencil - white pencil if using dark papers
  • Awl
  • C-Thru 2" wide ruler (handy, but not necessary)

IMPORTANT! Three to four days before workshop:

  • Cut and fold the pages and covers and put them under weight
  • Prepare the accordion: fold to 16 equal sections; put under weight
  • Cut and fold the Mylar/acetate pockets in half, to be 4-1/2" x 3-1/2". Fold crisply with a bone folder. If your acetate is old it may crack when folded.

Workshop Details

When:    Saturday, Nov. 14 at noon, Pacific time
Where:   On your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     YES! to Dolores by Nov. 9 to receive the password and instructions
Contact information for Dolores, Mary Elizabeth, and Bobbie Hayes (Zoom questions) are in the newsletter.

Sunday, October 18, 2020


How many of us are intimidated by collage? Do you ask yourself "where do I start, what pieces go together, when do I stop, or how much is too much?" That is certainly the case for me, but it just seems to come naturally for others. One such person is Cheri Aldrich. For those of you who regularly attend the Newport Paper and Book Art Festival (NPBAF) you must know Cheri. She is a resident of Newport and has been involved with the festival in every capacity as one of the organizers, as an instructor, and as an attendee. Ever since the Coronavirus invaded our country and we have been asked to shelter at home, Cheri decided to challenge herself doing daily collages. Here is her explanation of how she got started and some of her methods.

This is the cover of Cheri's journal. It is a gelli
 plate brayer clean-off sheet with a gelli printed
 feather and a stencil of a bird.

"I am fully embracing retirement and am feeling like a kid in a candy shop! One of my new normals is joining online private art groups. Two of my favorites are Collage Artists Challenge and Crystal Marie: Canary Rising. After being on those two sites for awhile, I decided to make a collage journal just for me and to try and expand the types of collage techniques I would experiment with. I bought a standard Mixed Media journal, 7 1/2" x 10" and got started. I added a cover and did my first collage on that. That left 52 more pages for collages and I left the back page open to eventually write about the process. Those of you who know me are used to me selling everything I make, so planning on doing something just for me was a new experience and I found myself using those special papers we always save and it was liberating!

I pretty much made one collage a day, or if I was really motivated, maybe a second or third. I had a 46 year stash of supplies, plus I have been carving new stamps lately, so I had lots of collage fodder! Each piece took from 30 minutes up to maybe two hours at the most. Crystal Marie Neubauer had our group doing five minute collages as a warm-up exercise that gets you out of your head and allows your intuitive side free reign. This exercise helped me tremendously and I highly recommend it. If you join her group, there is a 'units' tab where you can go to see a list of videos labeled Sweet September. Crystal talked about making art, choosing papers, life stories, and then we all made a five minute collage together at the end of the session. These were live episodes, but are now available to look at for free. The sharing on both of the sites was almost like being in a class, which we all know did not happen this year. This has made being isolated not a problem for me, and I am grateful to be so immersed in my studio and creating just for the fun of it! I'm planning on making a video of me turning the pages of my collage book, so if you're a Facebook friend, it will be there. If not, I hope to be able to email it to you individually. I literally live to make art and make art to live!"

Here are more examples from Cheri's collage journal.

Landscape: torn paper with a tree punch.

Used painted tissue papers, Cheri's carved
ocean stamp, and cut-out gelli printed feather.

Various gelli printed mark making techniques 
on deli and tissue paper. The "e" is made from
puffy paint applied to a piece of plastic, dried,
and then peeled off and glued on.

Gelli prints and saved postage stamps

Cheri's carved crow and pebble stamps,
a strip of asemic (wordless, open writing)
writing done on a gelli plate. (Cheri has a
 short video of this process that she can share.)

A map segment, miscellaneous papers,
mark making from a section of a textured 
piece of a rubber ball and a frog punch.

Embellished eco print with pattern markings
and Cheri's carved inchie stamps.

Many thanks to Cheri for sharing her collage journal experience with us.