Paper Love

Or should I title this post “Recycling”? ๐Ÿ™‚ Because that is what I was doing lately. Recycling junk into gorgeous handmade paper:

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Oohhh I just love handmade paper! It is so textural, so lovely with those uneven edges, and when I think about how much “trash” went into it, saved from the bin, I feel very good. Sometimes I have to throw away junk mail and old newspaper, because there is not enough room in my studio for all the things I could use in paper making, and that always makes me feel bad. I guess it’s becoming an obsession,LOL!

I colored some of the papers with acrylic paint, but most of them are colored with tea, onion peel and coffee.

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I also played with some blank papers. I made a strong tea with onion peel, poured that over the paper in a deep baking tray, putting onion peel and tea bags between the paper. I left that soaking for a few hours, than drained the water, left the papers over night pressed with another baking tray, and got this:

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Beautiful! Just imagine these in a handmade book! I will have to try cooking other plants for a different result and also add more plant material in between the papers. That should give me more “print” and be more interesting.

Then I made art tiles out of recycled cardboard. Ornament boxes, perfume boxes, anything that is sturdy but not too thick will do. Cut them into one inch squares, paint, stamp, decoupage, do what ever you like. It’s so fun!

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Since there is no Glossy Accents to be found here in my town, I used transparent shimmery finish to add a bit of sparkle to these beauties.

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So cute! More handmade scrapbooking supplies! And they cost almost nothing! Yay!

Have a wonderful day everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 paperย  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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.