It's great that your library had a copy of the SoulCollage book. You're very creative, and I see just how well SoulCollage belongs to you. That's a super price for 36 cards. Our art store does, as you said, charge for each cut, on top of the price for the mat board.
Woo hoo! Another SoulCollage facilitator soon. You'll love the workshop, the group, the energy, the community of SoulCollagers. When you sign up, do let Alia or Kylea know you're on our teams. They're aware of the interest through SparkPeople, and appreciate this new forum and the energy it's generating.
I borrowed the book from the library, but will be getting my own copy at some point in the near future. I special ordered mat board from my local Joann Craft store and they cut it to 5x8 for me (it was $25 for the sheet but they cut it for free). I found other cheaper sources but they wanted to charge for each cut. I got 36 cards out of the sheet.
I also found some great images in calendars that I got for $1 each. I've been sifting through my large collection of old magazines for images. (I knew there was a reason I was keeping them other than to collect dust and take up space in my house!)
I'm hoping to take the facilitator course with Seena in March. I may have to wait until June depending on money concerns.
You'll love the book! If you ever meet, Seena will sign it for you.
[Teammates: Did anyone else order the SoulCollage book?]
Thank you for your post. I hope others respond, as well. This is good, important sharing. [Like Gail, feel free to repeat yourselves, if mentioned elsewhere. Not everyone sees all threads.]
I remember your gold find from the wedding invitation kit! I have one suggestion, based on "regrets" down the line of other SoulCollagers, including me.
Since it's close in size, you might trim your card stock down to 8", so that it's a standard SoulCollage® mat board size. That leaves you the freedom to later glue your SoulCollages onto mat board, if desired.
If you have access to a paper cutter, you might even trim them a little shy of 5" x 8", maybe 7 3/4" x 4 3/4"to provide room for a margin when eventually glued to the mat board (so your cardstock edges do not eventually curl, especially if stored in a card deck box).
I remember when Kylea Taylor, Seena's publisher, diligently worked to locate someone willing to make customized SoulCollage® card boxes (that can also be decorated) for our SoulCollage® card decks.
Unable to currently afford a SoulCollage card pack, another teammate is creatively gluing onto manila file folders cut down 5"x8".
While it might be hard to imagine now, the 5" x 8" size opens up a world of possibility revealed over time. The size is really important; I've been using 5 1/4" by 8" mat boards, based on the recommendations of the woman who facilitated my first workshop (before I knew anything about SoulCollage®).
It took the longest time to find a place to store my cards. You'll see in my photo, at the end of the "SoulCollage in 5 Easy Steps ( soulcollagesue.wordpress.com ), that I eventually did, one Christmas. Yet, I haven't found that size again.
I think I have the supplies I need, Sue. I'm using 8.5" x 5" card stock because I have a huge box full (a do-it-yourself wedding invitation kit I picked up at a bargain $5), but may eventually look at mounting on mat board.
I've ordered Sena's book, but haven't received it yet (soon, if order tracking is reliable).
I've worked a fair bit with rubber cement, but have heard matte medium is better for collages...don't know about that, but would welcome any feedback, pros/cons, etc.
Have been trimming clippings tonight...and look at the time! Best head off and claim some beauty sleep!
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