Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Zine Day -- Barb Nelis

As I go through each of the 10 zines I received in a recent swap, I'm struck by how different one is from the last. We all received the same guidelines for the swap -- handmade, at least 20 pages, include a how-to article, and some goodies for the recipient. Beyond that, they can be any size, reflect any medium, and have any construction.

Barb Nelis's zine, Left-Brain Heart, is a colorful feast for the eyes.

I think most of the pages are construction or scrapbook paper, each one a different color. The size is 5 1/2" x 8", with a stitched binding, but it is so chock full of inserts and examples, that the side is about 2 1/2" thick!

I don't think Barb has a blog where I can see her art, but she's included many collages in her zine. She's obviously a lover of words and quotes, colorful scraps, and stamps.

Most pages have some kind of a pocket or attachment for scraps and goodies. She's included how-to's for a folder pocket, a bookmark card, and of course colorful examples of each.

She's generous with her enclosures, including a large scrap of fabric that may inspire you for a future project, a couple of crocheted pieces, and a mini paper pad.

She's included one article about de-cluttering your life. As I read it, I couldn't help but wonder: is she talking about physical clutter, or mental clutter? She's proved she is also a very good writer.

To see more reviews of mixed media zines, check out my blog again. I have five more to go!

To see the zine I made for this swap, check out my blog post here. You also may buy one online at my etsy shop here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Barbie, has Decluddered my life for a mind of cancer that chose to over power my world.

This wonderful women, has not only helped my grandchild to swim laps so I can go swimming but she has brought such joy in to both of our lives.

Because of the way she gives back in her own way, I was able to find my soul and heart that I had lost do to a divorice and illness of cancer. I no longer wait for the Doctors to give me a broken clock.

I have chose to fix that broken clock and restart my life. Courage is what Barbie left with me so I can achive my life time goal being a fitness trainer.

I think I will make one of these becaue it will remind me of the change I made becaue someone cared enouff to see worth in me. When all others only thought I was a nothing. Thanks