Gluebooks

This week I re-discovered gluebooks. If you’ve never heard of them, a gluebook is a book (with me?) that you glue things into.

What’s it for? you may be asking.

It’s for …wait for it… fun.

A gluebook might be a place where you stick all of the pretty pictures you cut out of magazines and don’t know what to do with them after that.

Or a place where you put cut out photos of your favorite dreamy actors.

It’s a book into which you glue stuff. Simple as that.

I used to do gluebooks stuff a long time ago. And I guess my Everyday Book journal is a sort of gluebook, when it comes right down to it. But I haven’t consciously worked in a gluebook for no reason for a very long time. The thing I love about gluebooks is that there is no pressure to create great work. And it can be a nice collage exercise. Or it can be nothing at all. Is there anything in life that creates less pressure than “nothing at all”?

Here’s a spread I did today in under a half an hour while I listened to inspiring Todd Henry podcasts:

"Blue" gluebook spread
“Blue”
gluebook spread

The theme was “blue.” I got the theme from the gluebooks group I just joined on Facebook. This group popped up in the sidebar on Facebook last week and it made me go “oh yeah, I love those!” and I joined the group without thinking.

I have made two rules for myself in working in this book (which is just your ordinary, run of the mill, every day composition book, btw):

  1. Don’t think. All I did was rummage through my box of images and pull out anything that was blue and turned me on. I did not spend a lot of time aching over the composition of the page either.
  2. Don’t spent more than 30 minutes on a spread. A spread is two facing pages. Therefore, if I did one page, I would only spend 15 minutes. This goes with the don’t think thing very nicely. You can express yourself in whatever way you need without spending a lot of time over how perfect (or imperfect) the page looks.

If this sounds like fun, grab a magazine you want to cut up (I like ripping out pages and images for later use while I watch tv in the evening), a glue stick, and a book to glue stuff into and GO! Go Glue Something. I’d love to see what you do!

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