Inexpensive solution

Here is an idea for a very easy to make, and a very budget-friendly little thing. πŸ™‚ A bookmark is something we all need, right? Or you want to make a small gift for someone?Β  Well, you can make this in less than five minutes!

All you need is some clear packaging material, a StazOn ink, and ribbon.

I used Sizzix die boxes:

I stamped a flower and a word on a shape that I cut with Sizzix, punched a hole and added ribbon. And that’s it!

Of course, you could cut a regular bookmark shape if you don’t have Sizzix machine, you could embellish it with other stamps or paper, glitter and who knows what else, and this little thing could be also used as a tag for your journal, mini album etc. But it’s fast and inexpensive to make, which is good for me now because I don’t have too much time to do things like this with all those shawls and scarves I have to weave, and I do love when I don’t have to spend money, LOL! I think I’ll be making more of these lovelies as a small Christmas gifts for friends. What do you think? πŸ™‚

Green Lace and more

Here is my latest creation, a handwoven lace scarf, made with cotton and viscose, with a little bit of shimmer. (well, that’s almost a must for me lately).

The colors are much brighter than they are in the photo, and you can’t see the shimmer but it’s there! πŸ™‚

This little thing will add color and texture to any outfit. I’m very satisfied how it turned out.

Another great thing that happened today was something that came in the mail – a book by Rebekah Meier “More Fabric Art Collage” that I won on her blog giveaway.

This book is amazing! It is filled with tons of techniques and ideas for making gorgeous art with all kinds of materials! Paper, fabric, clay, stamps, dyes, metal etc.

I will enjoy reading it and learning from this book. Thank you Rebekah!

Then I received gorgeous bookmarks from Dorothy, as part of a “Bookmark Swap, Love Faith Hope” at Milliande’s:

And here are my ATCs made for “Gypsy ATC Swap” at Milliande’s:

Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

Rainy day

Strange weather here. Yesterday was very hot, and today was cold and rainy. And I am never in a good mood when it’s dark and cloudy. I need sunshine to keep me motivated and inspired, so nothing much was done today. Except for a couple of small leather books. I even made a necklace using one book, which is not something I usually do, but I had to try. It turned out not too bad.

It’s tiny, only about an inch high. I am sorry I didn’t take a better photo, as it has my handmade papers inside, and with a love poem or something else written in it, it would be just perfect. But I will do that some other day.

And here are my latest journal pages:

I used the same quotes in my journal as I used for the bookmarks I made for the Swap at Milliande’s.

I made these couple of days ago, and they are on their way to England. The theme was “Love, Faith and Hope”, and to be honest, I had no idea what to make at first. I even threw away one set of bookmarks because I wasn’t satisfied how they turned out. Then, as I was making some stamps, I decided to use them in this project, and in just half an hour or so, the bookmarks were finished! I painted some recycled cardboard, decoupaged text, played with my stamps, added a few touches with pen here and there, and voila! Happy me. πŸ™‚

I hope you had a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Don’t throw away your plastic bags

Hi friends! I have been asked so many times about the things I make with plastic bags, and finally I managed to photograph the process and show it to you. But be aware, this post is photo heavy!!! πŸ™‚

First thing you’ll need are plastic bags (well, of course), which you will cut like this:

You don’t need the handles and the bottom.

Next, lay your bags flat ( I used three here, but if you want a thicker final product, use more) :

Now we can iron them. Take two pieces of baking (parchment) paper and put your bags in between so that you don’t destroy the iron with melted plastic! πŸ™‚

Keep your iron moving non-stop!

The temperature of your iron must be low. I use the “silk/wool” mark, but I still have to check the whole time to see if it’s ok. If the temp is too high, you’ll end up with shrinkage and “too much” texture, like this:

Although, it might be exactly what you want. I do like it for certain projects. But if your iron is not too warm, then you’ll get smoother texture like this:

Check on your bags while you iron, but be careful, it’s very hot! An also, every few moments you should turn your bags (with the paper) upside down so that you iron both sides.

And when everything is nicely melted and fused, you are done! Then it’s up to you what you’ll do with it. You could leave your plastic as is, especially if you had some nice and colorful bags.

Or you could paint them, which is what I like to do.

Paint gives them different “feel”, like it’s a different material, and it gives so many possibilities for use in all kinds of projects.

Isn’t this texture great?

You could draw on it:

But remember, always apply a protective coat of some kind, to prevent damaging the paint. It is plastic you are painting after all, and it doesn’t soak up the paint. πŸ™‚

And there you have it! So nice and textural, durable, and cheap! You can have fun and help saving the planet at the same time. πŸ™‚ I used it for making bookmarks:

ATCs:

One-inch boxes:

You could make journal pages, or just embellish your journal with it:

You could even use it in your sewing:

The possibilities are endless!

I hope this was helpful and inspiring. Have fun! πŸ™‚

Two minutes bookmarks

These were so easy and fast to make that I couldn’t stop at just one. Nothing special, no big deal, just some scarps of paper and a bit of puff paint. Oh, and a stitch or two. πŸ™‚ Well, you could make them without stitching, just use some glue. I still have a lot more scraps, so next time I’ll be making some cute tags and small cards, or even handmade business cards. So many ideas that take almost no time and no money!

And that’s another way to use leftovers and to play very late at night…ummm, who, me? No, I go to bed early! πŸ™‚

What can I do, it’s my favorite color!

Yes, blue again! What can I say – I was just relaxing, playing, you know – it’s Sunday, and I came up with these bookmarks and a box. These were all made with recycled materials. Bookmarks were made out of plastic bags and some scraps of fabric and lace, and a box was actually some thin beaten ugly cardboard box that I decoupaged with newspapers and then painted, so now I have something more interesting than wrapping paperΒ  to put a present in when needed.

And because my husband asked me if I could give him one bookmark, I made one for him. A simple one, but he likes it! I made it in no time, and I think it’s more masculine that the others. Well, I couldn’t give him one of these with flowers, right? πŸ™‚ Here it is:

I do feel a bit guilty though, this one is maybe too simple, so I’ll have to spend some more time and make something more interesting for my hubby. He is always so nice and supportive, and always says he likes whatever I make. I feel like I’m neglecting him a bit.

Scraps and junk mail

I’ve maid some tags using scraps of paper and fabric, with a bit of paint and some sewing. It’s quick and easy project:

I also used some junk mail to make these bookmarks. First I painted them with acrylic pain, then dipped a leaf into a golden paint and pressed onto them. It adds a nice detail, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

It’s so easy to make these things, and costs almost nothing! I have more to finish, and with this crazy hot weather, it’s a perfect thing to do. πŸ™‚