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Journal Bound

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NOTE: You will still have access to the course classrooms on my site and can work at your own pace. This course will just not be available for purchase after June 10.

Showcase your gathered mail art stash within two uniquely styled and bound journals. Get those mailed treasures out of your bins and into an artful display - journal style.

Together we will travel a step by step approach to creating a colorful grungy cover in my signature messy style. Then we will bind our art-filled journals using a simple and creative system that once quickly learned can be used repeatedly to create handmade art journals from here forward.

Don't have a mail art collection? I will demonstrate an alternative using found papers. Beginners are welcome and encouraged in this workshop as each process is fully demonstrated to accommodate all skill levels. I even include downloads of my designs for your use.

So many possibilities, so much creativity. Pack your bags, we are Journal Bound!

Original Release Date: June 2014

"I spent the day starting on Book #1 and LOVED it! As usual, your classes are fun and instructive and give me a chance to use my stash of papers! Your videos are so well done - easy to follow, fun to watch, and very informative! This is one of my all-time favorite workshops - so much to learn, great book design, wonderful way to use mail art, etc. I can't say enough about what a great job you have done with this class. Lovin' it…… and learning so much!! I am so grateful that you are teaching!! I appreciate how thorough you are with your demos and explanations." ~Fran Rees


"I have learned so much in your classes, and Journal Bound is no exception. You are an excellent teacher! Your method and tone while you instruct is at a great pace and I don't feel like I have to keep stopping and rewinding because you showed something so fast that I can't understand. You once again made me so glad I took your class! I cannot wait until your next class! Thank you for sharing your ideas!" ~Laura Emmett



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Downloadable Collage Sheets
Support Desk
HD videos presented in short lessons
•Downloadable supplies list of specific products used with links to sources

"I've loved watching so far...your teaching style is so fluid and easy! I love how by using your techniques, my own style emerges...so cool!" ~Joy Deaton


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Once you pay for the class you have access for as long as you wish. Come back to the videos over-and-over for inspiration.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I download the videos? Can I watch on my iPad or smartphone?
Videos are not available for download. If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.
Can I share my access? Can I get a refund?
One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please! The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants.

What's Inside...

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  Book #2
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Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Meet Roben-Marie

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, instructor and woman of faith, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."


Posterboard (heavy weight) - 1 @ 8” x 28” and 2 @ 6” x 9”
Wax Linen Thread
Book awl and book binding needle
Heavy Pellon Interfacing - approximately 9" x 2"
Fabric - quilting fabric works great - about 20" x 3"
Doodle pen - black - Ohto Fude Ball: I

use this pen but you can use any black doodle pen. A note about this

pen: The Ohto Fude Ball pens are actually ball pens made to write like

brush pens. It has broad lines great for writing names and addresses on

postcards but writes smoothly and lusciously like a brush. The ball tip

makes it easier to control and use the pen for writing compared to a

brush pen. I like how smooth it is and it writes perfectly over dried

Stabilo Marks All Pencil - Black
Paint brushes - One of my favorites is the Bob Ross Wildlife Eye Brush
Black dye ink pad - I like India Ink
Rubber stamps: I used Journal Impressions (the one I used is mounted on wood but it is sold unmounted), X-Marks and Small Chevron
Watercolor pencils
Lead pencil
Hole punch- a 1/8” or 1/4” circle
Adhesive - I use UHU Glue Stick
Cutting Knife and Mat
Wax pastels

Ribbon or Seam Binding - about six pieces about 14" to 20" inches each
Twine - about Three pieces at about 24" each
Shank button
Curved Safety pin or Button pin
Pallet knife
BIC Wite-Out Shake N' Squeeze Pen
Signo-Unibal Gel Pen White
Assorted Mail Art pieces that you have saved.
Assorted Cards, notes and other meaningful things you have received and saved.
Misc. old book papers, scrap papers, etc.
A variety of card stock or watercolor papers - I used blank ones and some that were painted that I had in my stash.
Acrylic Paints - Assorted/I used these colors:
Golden Raw Umber
Golden Titanium White
Golden Fluorescent Pink
Golden Green Gold
Amsterdam Sky Blue Light
Golden Fluorescent Blue
Martha Stewart Marmalade
Dina Wakley Turquoise
Dina Wakley Lime
Dina Wakley Blackberry Violet


American Crafts White Chalk Pen
Water Brush
Inexpensive Hair Spray - I use this to seal my work.
Sewing Machine - I use a sewing machine but I also suggest options if you do not have one.
Soft brayer
Invisible Care
Mixed Media Paper Book papers
Art Pops™ Mixed Media Stickers
Dylusions Spray Ink - Calypso Teal
Stencils: I show Punchanella and StencilGirl Stencil Mimosa
GelliArts Gel Printing Plate
Card stock for templates used to mark holes for hand sewing: 1 @ 9” x 4” and 1 @ 7 3/4” x 4”
Card stock for template used to measure max size for Book #1 Pages: 7 3/4” x 6 1/2”

Thanks to the following amazing ladies for the beautiful mail art that I have received and saved for such a time as this!!! Sandi Keene, Sophie DeCorte, Samantha Kira Harding, Lynn Scott, Renee Plains, Susan Gallitto, Rae Missigman, Kristin Peterson, Jane Bain, Coral Lee and Leike Michelow.

NOTE: The mail art pieces used in this class are not created in the class. They are part of my stash and used along with other bits and pieces.