Paper Fun

Hello lovely people! Today I want to share with you my journal pages, and also a fun recycling project.

First, the pages from my art journal.

Inchies found a new home in my “Handmade paper journal”. 🙂

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This journal is almost finished, just two or three pages left. I like how this spread turned out, with most of my inchies in one place.

I also stapled some old doodles in this journal. There were too many loose pages lying around and now they are all nice and tidy in one journal.

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Doodles

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A quote collage page:

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This next page is about the floods, and the word means “Hope”:

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And now my recycling project! How do you like these earrings? 🙂

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They were made out of magazines. You could use newspapers or any kind of paper – old books for example. Just take a magazine and without ripping out the pages, start gluing the pages together. Add glue (white school glue) with a brush to the whole page, then put another page on top of it, press it down and try to smooth it out as much as you can, then repeat the process until you have enough pages, about two or three millimeters thick.

This next photo is not very good but you can see that the paper looks pretty flat.

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It is easy to cut it while it’s still a bit wet, although it will also be easy to cut when it’s dry but then you won’t be able to manipulate it much. So, cut your template out of any kind of paper and trace it down on your glued magazine, cut your shape, then bend it if you wish.

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Let it dry. It’s best to leave it over night. After that, you will need a fine sanding paper to smooth out the edges, and acrylic paint of your choice. Here’s what I’ve done:

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As you can see, in some of the earrings paper has some wrinkles, and I actually like that! They have a nice texture which you can enhance with paint if you wish.

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To finish them, add a coat or two of varnish or any kind of glossy finish, maybe even a bit of sparkle, and you can have something like this:

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You could make all kinds of things with this technique – pendants, beads if you use thicker paper, bracelets, even small plates. So many possibilities! And even though it takes a bit of time, it’s very easy and very inexpensive. So if you have time to play, or you need to take your mind of some problem (as it was the case with me), try this. 🙂

Have a great day!

 

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A Giveaway!

I have been busy lately making all kinds of things, including jewelry. It relaxes me, but it also makes more room for new beads in my bead boxes, LOL! In my next post I will show you new earrings and bracelets made for moi, but now I want to share with you a little summer set that I made for this giveaway.

A stretchy bracelet made with shell beads

Bracelet

And a pair of matching earrings (the left one looks more yellow than it actually is, don’t know why)

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And that is not all! I am also giving this journal I made some time ago. Your support means a lot to me, so I would like to send you my love with this journal.

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Journal

If you’d like to win, all you have to do is leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Wednesday. 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing this journey with me.

Playing

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! I hope you are having a great time!

I wanted to share with you some of the things I made well, just for fun. 🙂 I altered some puzzle pieces and made earrings out of them, and also used my handmade beads to make jewelry. So without too much talking, here they are! 🙂

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Next time I’ll show you my handwovens.  (If I don’t forget to photograph them that is.)  🙂

Books!

I am addicted to them. I love reading books, I love making books, I love seeing them on the shelf in my home, I love the smell of them in the library…Crazy about them! The one I am reading now is “Sailing to Sarantium” by Guy Gavriel Kay. 🙂

And here are some of my latest works.

This one is all about texture.

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Altered book:

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Necklaces:

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Earrings:

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As I said, I am crazy about books. 🙂