I've gone and fallen in love with Tim Holtz's idea-ology line of art products, which a steampunk-loving friend introduced me to a few months back as inspiration for my jewelry-making as well as my 1K Cards Project. The line mixes antique, metal and artful grunge themes and materials to create that industrial chic that mixed media artists love, and offers unique materials to play with that I think readers and writers can have fun becoming idea-ologists, too. And since Jo-Ann has practically the entire line on sale this week for 30% off, I thought I'd share some of what I'm doing with my stash (and you can click on any image to see a larger version.
If you've ever wanted to play with a paper version of magnetic poetry, this pad of chitchat stickers is sheer perfection. The pad features 1088 tiny word stickers printed with words in a typewriter-style font; you get two sets (six pages total) of the words, half on white and half on grocery bag-brown card stock backgrounds. I used my pad to compose some ATCs for the project, and found that the words stick very nicely, even to a metal surface. $4.99 for the pad; I paid $3.49 for it on sale at Jo-Ann.
These metal philosophy tags by idea-ology come in a set of twelve, and feature a single inspirational word along with some numbers so they resemble old fashioned stamped key tags. They're great for jewelry-making and innumberable art projects; I've already used a dozen to make some steampunk pieces. If you string them like medals I bet these would make fun awards for any creative club. I bought another set to use them as anchors for some promotional BookLoops; $4.99 regular price, got mine on sale for $3.49 at Jo-Ann.
I've always looked around for a not-childish set of of mini alphabet flash cards to use with my art projects, and here's one that comes with 72 count (mostly letters but numbers 1-9, too.) These will help spell out a set of 26 ATCs I'm making to pay homage to back-to-school month, but you can also use them to embellish journal covers and pages, to creatively tab a novel notebook or anything you keep in alphabetical or numerical order. $3.99 regular price; Jo-Ann has them for $2.79.
If you like the look of vintage film strip, this spool of mini transparent plastic movie frames is beyond cool. It feels and looks like the real thing, and when used as a border for matted photos or journal pages adds a neat antique look. I do want to mention that because it's made of plastic this ribbon remains in a curly state (you experienced mixed-media artists probably know some clever way to use a hair dryer or something to solve that) so it isn't very glue-friendly, but I secured my photo border on the ends with double-sided foam tape, which worked fine. This spool was a gift from my pal, but I checked Jo-Ann's web site and they have it for $3.49 on sale.
What I like most about this product line is that nothing costs an arm and a leg; the materials only look like they do. For example, with the philosophy tags I can make a dozen cool BookLoops for under $5 (a spool of organdy ribbon from the dollar store + the 12 tags as anchors = $4.49 total.) Tim Holz also has some instructional videos here that show you more creative ways to use some of the other idea-ology products.
I'd also like to share some of the idea-ology wealth, so in comments to this post name a creative way you'd like to use one of these products (or if you can't think of one, just toss your name in the magic hat) by midnight EST tonight, September 14, 2012. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates, and send the winner one set of all the products I've mentioned in this post (the chitchat pad,the philosophy tags, the mini alphabet deck and the movie frames ribbon.) This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.