The Rolodex Journal Project & Swap

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…
2018-05-03T13:40:06+00:00June 3rd, 2011|Art Journals|22 Comments


  1. Orly June 3, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

    What a fantastic project Mr. Curator Brian…each card a tiny world so sooooo gorgeous, and together, an absolutely stunning piece of art…beautiful collaboration. Love, love, love the entire concept of the old rolodex turned collaborative journal. Making them (: cards? The purest of FUN!! (:

  2. Kimber June 3, 2011 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I love this idea! I especially like making small art pieces. I’ll be back to check in to swapping once I track down a rolodex and some cards! Thanks for sharing the inspiration. The cards you have created are really great!

  3. donna!ee June 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    gorgeous gorgeous…thank you much for sharing! 🙂

  4. Karenann Young June 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I’d love to swap with people! My email address is
    I’ll create a new one for you!

  5. Bleubeard and Elizabeth June 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    A bunch of us on a yahoo group swapped these each month for a year. We had themes we followed and it was fun, but mine were more embellished than yours, which causes them to be more bulky and less easy to turn or leaf through. Yours are much more “collagey” which I like better. Mine are completely filled up now, or I would consider another swap.

  6. donna!ee June 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    ALSO, while i was out & about today i found a petite rolodex @ office depot for $6 and thanks to your inspiration, i’m starting on it today! thanks again … 🙂

  7. NaNa June 4, 2011 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Oh my god! They are all gorgeous!!! What a wonderfull idea! Same spirit is the index-a-day card challenge at Daisy Yellow. I am now working on index cards… Almost same size as the rolodex cards I think.

  8. tina June 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Great stuff. I started a collage a day so this fits right in! Very nice.

  9. Seth Apter June 5, 2011 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Your rolodex is awesome Brian. I had seen Patti’s on her blog and thought it was a great idea. And your idea to make it a swap is genius. I do not have time to join in right now but I will be following along on the blogs!

  10. patty van dorin June 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see more of your cards. I love the ones I swapped with you.

    I can also throw my name in with anyone who wants to swap cards.

  11. rivergardenstudio June 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Wow, these are amazing, I love the size, and the book and how your three styles are so different, and all so amazing! What is a rolodex, anyway?

  12. Sharon June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Thanks to Patty, I have acquired a second rolodex which I can begin to fill with my own work and swaps. I do not have a blog, but would love to swap both themed or “whatever” topics. Sharon …

  13. Karenann Young June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Could you email me your address so I can send you a RAK rolodex card that I made for you? Sorry I didn’t keep your email addy. I’ll write it down next time! Thanks!

  14. Cynthia June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    OMG, I sense a new obsession about to begin. I have been wondering what to do with those little bits and pieces, this could be exactly what I need! Would love to swap with anyone who is interested in adding a little Canadian content to their Rolodex. 🙂

    Cheers from Cynthia from Toronto

  15. Chris June 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I just love rolodex swaps! I have a modest amount of others’ works but I didn’t think of making a whole art journal of rolodex cards!

    Yours is very rich and yummy.

  16. Sas Manuz July 4, 2011 at 3:57 am - Reply

    I’m game! email me when you (anyone) would like to swap AND the size of your rolodex cards – since there are several 🙂

  17. mizzkb00 July 12, 2011 at 4:21 am - Reply

    hi-I’m popping by from Joe’s blog and all I can say is that your blog is pretty darn cool…I’m lurking and grabbing inspiration. SO love this idea for the rolodex but if I take on another project,I swear I’m gonna be in serious trouble! But I will bookmark the referenced site for a future project (maybe in the winter)

    Kate (

  18. Lori John January 28, 2012 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I want to swap sracpadex cards. I am new to this adventure and am captivated by it’s beauty. H

  19. Shelly Boeser Skindelien October 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Is this swap still going on? I just got one on Ebay, cards are 4″ x6″.
    Would love to join if it is!
    Thanks, Shelly

  20. Suzan August 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Interested in the Rolodex art swap if it is still going on.

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