Buried Treasure – The Rolodex Journal Project & Swap.

This year I am participating again in Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure  where we revisit and repost a popular post.  Enjoy.

My Rolodex Journal

This is my newest art journal venture, my rolodex journal.  Patty Van Dorin created the first one I ever saw on her blog.  Patty is one of the most inspirational women I know.  She calls her rolodex, her “scrapodex”.  Call it whatever you want I think they are awesome.  Get yourself over to Etsy or Ebay and look for a vintage rolodex.  I like the open desk type.  It draws you in you and you’ll want to pick it up.  Then you start to look at the cards, they tell a story all on their own.

Now you may ask what do you put in your rolodex journal?  Well just the very same things you put in your visual or art journal, except smaller.  Are you a horder of little scraps?  Does this sound familiar?  Then this the right type of journal for all those little scraps you don’t want to get rid of.  Actually Patty has done a wonderful post about it click here to read it.

The following are cards I’ve made so far for my rolodex journal.  Enjoy!  Click on the images for a larger view.

My Rolodex Scans Side 1

My Rolodex Scans Side 2

Of course after seeing Patty’s and starting my own I proposed to Patty we do a swap.  These are the ones she created for me.

Patty Van Dorin’s Rolodex Scans
Side 1

Patty Van Dorin’s Rolodex Scans Side 2

I then showed my rolodex journal to my wonderful friend Orly Avineri and she wanted to create some too.  She made these especially for me.  I now think of myself as a curator.  Look at all the miniature works of art I have here!

Orly Avineri’s Rolodex Scans Side 1
Orly Avineri’s Rolodex Scans Side 2
Now comes the fun part, where you can join in.  I thought why not start a swap?  In the comments section of my blog leave your email address and folks can contact you and swap rolodex cards.  Heck I might even send you one, ya never know unless you try…
2018-05-03T13:40:05+00:00July 28th, 2011|Art Journals|17 Comments


  1. iHanna July 28, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

    How cool, this is one of my favorite posts of yours too! 🙂 Love the rolodex project, a bit similar to the index cards I’m doing this summer but yours are SO artsy, mine are just experiments.

    Take care!

  2. Georgette Mayo July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for introducing this idea. Ever since I read your first post, I have been using my Rolodex cards for my art renderings. Even though I journal on larger paper, I have not produced or created that much. The smaller size is not as intimating to me and I am able to create so much more, trying new techniques, etc. Simply Love these cards.
    Would also be interested in trading.
    Thanks again!

  3. Suz July 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I love the Rolodex journal idea! I grabbed one a couple of weeks ago and I’m ready to roll. Sure, I’ll swap!
    Suz Warren

  4. spindelmaker July 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love these! Both the idea, and the pages themselves. Excellent!

  5. ingrid {my peacetree} July 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    i first came across this idea earlier in the year and have been on the lookout for a rolodex ever since! i love the small size, and the impact of all of them put together in one place. love your cards – thanks for sharing!

  6. Sandy July 29, 2011 at 1:30 am - Reply

    ooooohh, LOVE this idea… i’d love to partake in a swap……
    your cards are divine! the fun begins, to find a rolodex… i bet a used office supply shop would be a great first try! thanks for sharing a peek into your wonderful art and this great idea.

  7. jill zaheer July 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Very creative idea! Wonderful to see all the different styles of the rolodex scrap cards. Great to meet you through Seth’s Buried Treasure collab!

  8. patsy July 30, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

    What an interesting project! Great textures! It must be fun going through the rolodex!

  9. Jo Murray July 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Lovely post… and clever idea. The pages are gorgeous.

  10. Sharmon Davidson July 31, 2011 at 2:15 am - Reply

    I think the rolodex journal is a fantastic idea, and yours looks wonderful! I’m thinking I might try it!

  11. Serena July 31, 2011 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Love this idea!! I’m so glad a good friend of mine pointed me over to this (Thanks Sandy!) And thank you, Brian! I’m going to grab me a rolodex ASAP and get right on this.

  12. GinnyCarterSmallenburg July 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    What a great idea and I love your cards. IIt is like having a resting place for ATCs.

  13. Norma Conway July 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    That’s all there is to it! I am racing to my local thrift store to find a rolodex. I actually still use one (the smallest they made) but I do see other rolodexes now and again. I love this to bits! Your post I mean. I am inspired by this art form. *smiles* Norma

  14. Holly Dean August 1, 2011 at 2:43 am - Reply

    What fun!!! And you get to be a curator as well as an artist. These cards are wonderful 🙂

  15. Bleubeard and ELizabeth August 1, 2011 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I remember when you first posted these. I never got around to digging mine out to show you what we did when we swapped them.

    Glad you joined Seth’s journey again this year. And I was thrilled to see you are teaching at Journal Fest, too. What an honor!

  16. Dave Dubé August 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I’m really liking some of your journal ‘pages’! I never considered using an old rolodex…

  17. April Cole October 2, 2011 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Me too!!!
    Love to swap an altered rolodex card… I am currently working on a rolodex project.
    Always creating one, would love to swap them out! :]

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