Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MMSA zine swap

zine (/ˈzn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

The above is compliments of Wiki, the dictionary of the 21st century. 

Mandy's original painted paper
Karen at MMSA comes up with some really fun swaps. I vaguely knew what a zine was, and when the swap was announced, I thought meh

I had this idea that zines were mostly comic-style little books that kids - ie all you lucky people still under 25 - were into. But after I got all caught up on the swaps that were due before this one, I checked it out a little more and ended up doing one after all. Old dog, new trick! Yay. 

For the base paper I used a lovely hand painted (by Mandy) paper that I'd gotten in a previous MMSA swap. It had all sorts of great markings and needed no further embellishment from me. It's just busy and colorful enough to be a great background without detracting  from the images.

I have a stash of old magazines and since I like vintage stuff, I chose random images and words from two 1947 issues, an American Home and a Popular Science. After gluing everything in place, I did some doodling and added words here and there.

I was quite pleased with it when I was done but then about had a heart attack when I thought that my printer doesn't print full-bleed - edge to edge - but it does so I printed off one copy, folded and cut it, then very carefully glued it to make sure it turned out all right. It all worked, so I made the rest of them and will send them off to Karen tomorrow. 

PS can't believe I haven't posted since June 30. Where DOES the time go?


  1. LOVE IT!!! Sure hope I get one in the swap :-)

  2. Vintage zine, love the elements and the old ads. xox

  3. Oh my! Any extras you could send me L - this is really cool! Maybe something we could do???

  4. Love these! They are ama-zine!!! (ok enough)
    Glad you are posting again! Maybe I will get off my @$$ and post something soon too! LOL

  5. So glad you decided to give it a try! - these are such fun to version this time was totally digital, but I've made a few as gifts that were totally collaged. Yours looks so fun - and what a great way to use a swapped paper!

  6. sooooo cool! I'm really glad you decided to give this a try. It's wonderful. I can't wait to see it in person.

  7. I'm so happy you were able to use the paper! The finished zine looks great! :)