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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Covid-19, A Little Journal

Like most of the world, I have been sheltering in place for the last 34 days (yes, I'm keeping count). Crafting has been great entertainment, and one might even say, therapy. Making this Covid-19 journal certainly was that for me.

I cut up a lot of newspaper in the making of this book; the background paper for all the pages was created by gluing articles about the virus to the covers (made from a House Shaped ATC Frame set), and each of the pages, which are thin cardboard cut to size. I gave each page a thin layer of acrylic paint, a little ink, and some paint details. The type fades into the background, but if you look closely, you can still see lots of what it says. Anyway, enough chatter, let's look at photos.
The front cover. Hopefully this conveys the feeling of being stuck inside. I started out with just the "metal" bars, but then added the red arch to make it seem more restrictive. Even that didn't seem enough, so I added the "call again" emergency tape. Part of the beauty of having tons of collage sheets is finding something that just works. That emergency tape is actually a small cigar band image from the Mini Cigar Box Trims collage sheet.  Like all of the type throughout the book, with the exception of the snarky captions, the "COVID-19" title and the "shelter-in-place" type were also cut from the paper.

The expression on this face is everything.  All she needed was a mask, which I drew with colored pencils on a piece of typing paper, then cut out and glued down. My light table came in handy to show the shape of her face and and enable me to make the mask fit properly.

The bars on the inside started out as a decorative gate; I just cut off all the ornamental part, shortened them up a bit and painted them grey. Jail cell!

I don't know about you, but my husband and I are definitely enjoying some special snacks during this time, including Cheez doodles and peanut M&Ms. We are taking care not to overdo it, though, unlike this poor woman, who is obviously lacking a bit of self control.  Definitely a "state of emergency". I found this image of Cheez Doodles online, and sized it to fit. The tiny doodles on the left hand page were drawn with colored pencils.

As someone who really doesn't mind spending a lot of time at home (when it's by choice!), I did note that other than not having the option of going out, some things hadn't really changed. I did, however, quit using a hairdryer and wearing makeup and jewelry, and we do seem to go through the alcohol faster than usual.

It can be hard to be isolated with family members for long periods of time. I think this page is self-explanatory. Not to worry, though, so far no one here has needed severe "correction". This knife was drawn with a silver Sharpie.

And the back cover. I'm sure you agree. For a complete list of supplies, click here.
*I hope that neither you nor any of your friends or family has been infected with this terrible virus. Please know that this book is not meant in any way to make light of this serious pandemic. My family has been very strict in socially isolating, and this is just my way of coping a bit. Stay safe out there!*


  1. Kristin-this has to be one of the most brilliant, honest and humerous things I’ve seen in months! Your artwork, as usual, is stunning! It’s very hard to try to present a lighter side to contrast all of the darkness that threatens to consume us. Yet no one wants to be accused of making light of our situation so I think you’re very courageous to take that chance. I’ve been a complete pu**y and not even attempted it. I feel ashamed because you handled it perfectly. Being cooped up with the family is no walk in the freaking park after five days… Much less 34. I don’t necessarily crave the company of more people… I just want the people in my house to get out! I’m proud of you and I’m so envious of this incredible work you’ve created! Well done!

  2. Fantastic project! Great way to express yourself! Linda

  3. I had a fleeting thought about making one of these earlier, but seeing yours, I don't think I could have done it justice. This is amazing, fun, and sympathetic at the same time. Well done, Kristin.

  4. This is really inspiring I am off to make one a teacher I might save my knife for the entry on digital learning! Ha!

  5. This is so wonderful & to paraphrase these 4 months have been the longest decade of my life! & everything papercraftgoddess said!♥️

  6. Fantastic! Thanks for the great inspiration!
    Absolutely love the cover,ingenius!

  7. You inspired me. I loved this journal so much and I needed some humor and art to get me through the long days. I pulled out some old coasters from an art swap I did through Alpha Stamps years ago and went at it. I made what I call Corona Cozies for 10 friends. They went in the mail this past week and started showing up in people's mailboxes yesterday. The response I've gotten make me feel good as they have brightened everyone's day. We all need some humor. Thank you!

    1. I love that idea! I made several greeting cards using the same technique as I used for the pages of this book and mailed them out to friends and family. Who doesn't love fun mail during a quarantine?


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