New Album

I had to make one. I just had to! It’s been a while since I’ve made and album or a journal, and this was a must! With all those men’s scarves woven, I had to make something girly. So here is my new album which was actually made (partially) with recycled materials.

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I made the cover and the pages using cereal boxes. I glued tissue paper to the cover, then painted it with acrylic paint and shimmery finish. The label was made out of the same cardboard, also painted with black acrylic paint, then embossed with black embossing powder. Some of the flowers are store bought, some made by me. 🙂

A Cameo to add to the feminine style 🙂

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A closure made with parts of a broken jewelry:

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The flower on the left was made out of corrugated cardboard, painted and embossed, the swirls are actually a velvety packaging from handmade chocolate (yum).

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The flower on the left was crocheted by me, and I added black beads to the center. The one on the right is also my creation, made with lace and silk.

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The birds cut out of that same velvety packaging material.

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Another handmade flower (an old organza scarf and some beads from a broken necklace), and a cereal box label.

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Again, cardboard flower, embossed velum, velvety swirls, a small booklet…

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The flower on the right was taken from an (artificial) flower arrangement, and it is made out of some kind of foamy material which is wonderful to the touch.

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And the back

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So this album is a mix of store bought and recycled materials, and I LOVE it!

And if you are asking why I used cereal boxes and other things in it, well, there are two reasons for that. First one is that I can’t find all of the scrapbook materials that I need because in my country scrapbooking is almost non existing. People often don’t even know what that is. And if you’d believe that there is only one store here in Belgrade that just recently started selling some of the stuff a scrapbooker would need, and that is such a small selection that I often go out of the store empty handed. Not to mention insanely high prices.

Anyway, the other reason came out of the first one, and that is as I have to figure out how to make the things I can’t buy, it became such a creative and relaxing process for me, that now I often want to make something, even if I could buy it. It’s a challenge, as well as a pleasure. It makes me think harder, step outside of the box, imagine how this or that could be used…A wonderful creative process.

I hope you like it. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Hand Stitched

I bet many of you have the same “problem” as I do – I can’t even watch TV without doing something. I always have two baskets with me in the living room, one with ‘work in progress’ crochet, and one with yarn and crochet hooks. But I often bring more stuff, like thread and fabric scraps and beads, so it gets a bit messy. 🙂 And now it’s like a bomb site! But I have two books to show that it was worth it! 🙂

This one is about 6×9 inches, and it’s made with cotton fabric, silk, crocheted lace, pearls etc. And of course, my handmade paper.

A handstitched detail

Paper and yarn mixed together

A bit of poetry

And the back

I also made another twinchie book. Couldn’t throw away even the tiniest pieces of silk and lace, so I decided to make this:

Lovely little thing. 🙂 I sold quite a few of them, people seem to understand what they are, and that makes me happy.

I hope to finish another book over the weekend, a recycling project. There were too many papers in my craft room that I seemed to have no use for. Well, I do now! 🙂 It’s a great feeling to make something with unwanted things, or just junk. Which reminds me, I also have some envelopes from bills and stuff like that, and next time hopefully I will show you what I did with them. 🙂

Have fun! xo!