Sunday, May 24, 2015

June 7th Meeting and Mini Workshop with Mary Warner

June 7th meeting will be held at 12:30-2:30  Our Mini Workshop presenter is Mary Warner. 

Please bring your supplies and come assemble with us. 
Pocket Star Book

  • 2 cover boards- 4&1/4" by 5&1/2 "- cut from light weight board, such as tag board or cereal box
  • 2 cover papers-5&1/2 by 6&1/2" -that will cover these boards
  •  7 same colored card stock-4&1/4 by 11"-(these can be cut from 4 sheets of 8&1/2 by 11")
  • 7 pieces card stock-4 by 9"-in a coordinating color. (Can be cut from 4 sheets 8&1/2 by 11")
  •  Ribbon- 30" long, coordinating color
Bring extra pieces of card stock to use in making inserts for the pockets.
I will be supplying the papers for our pocket pages. These will be cut from maps. Keep that  in mind when choosing colors for the cover paper, card stock and ribbon. The maps will lend the book nicely to a travel, vacation or road trip theme.

Basic supplies: scissors, pencil, ruler, glue stick, tacky glue or something similar, toothpicks for applying glue, bone folder, wax or other paper to protect pages when assembling. If you forget or don't have something, we certainly can share.

Questions- email or call Mary Warner - or 630-833-0125

 Here are some of Mary' star books

 Close up MCS Working very hard at folding that papers.

NEWSFLASH Information 


If they are not paid by the June 7th meeting you will not be able to participate in the show at the Fine Line gallery in September because the list of participants must be finalized in June and you must be a paid member to participate.  You will also miss important news flashes about future programs and exhibits.  If you cannot attend the June 7th. meeting please contact Cherie Denton at


Please plan for this even if you take your own photos.
This is important for us as a group for proposals.

We have tentative plans to have Ben Cooley come and shoot photos
at the August 2 all day work meeting, in the morning, for a new cd to be used for proposals. 
Each artist will be allowed one free photo.  If you would like to have more
Ben can shoot them for $10 each (payable to Ben that day).  This is a great opportunity
for us individually  and especially as a group.  There is no size  restriction but no glass because
of the restriction of space at the police station. Please have a friend bring one piece if
you can not attend..

(dates have changed slightly)

"Reflections Within and Beyond"

Drop Off:    Tuesday,    September 1, 2015      10  am to Noon
Pick Up:     Monday,     October 12, 2015          10 am to Noon

Show runs from September 2 thru October 10, 2015

Reception:   Saturday,     September 12, 2015  from 2:00 to 4:00pm

we have a larger group showing this time so we will probably
be limited to one large or two smaller pieces

If you have any images to be used for publicity send them to   attention Rachel

Also please send images to Lezlie Lenz at 
She will be compiling an e-book of the show for us


The Fall Retreat still has limited number of spaces.  If you would like to attend the Camp Mack retreat, please send in your application and deposit as soon as possible to reserve a space.  Mail to TANIA BLANCO 1263 Bainbridge Drive, Naperville, IL 60563.  The application is available on the MIDWEST COLLAGE SOCIETY BLOG.


Tania Blanco and Mary Yezek are participating in a joint exhibit by the Lombard Arts Coalition during June and July at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard. The exhibit is located in the health clinic and is open Monday thruFriday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

If you have a website for your artwork, would you please send the website address to Nancy Staszak at,  for possible publicity purposes for upcoming exhibits.  If you have a website, you must want publicity.  Your work will not be used without your permission.

If you are in an exhibition, win an award, get published, or are teaching a class please email the news to Laura at for inclusion in  the MCS blog and to Maureen at for inclusion on our facebook page.

Please send information you would like included in the monthly news flash to Joan Lucht.

No Meeting for JULY 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Karen Sako's Demo-Recap

We have the information from Karen that was shared at our last meeting, click here   We hopeful will have a few photos to share with you soon.