Category: Tutorials

After The Party Up-Cycle Tags

The  Christmas holiday season is over and all the goodies are gone, including the 3 batches of Chex mix I made. So it’s time to say goodbye to the empty cereal boxes.

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Some went the way of the recycling bin and others… well, they went the way of my craft room.

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I cut a box into tag shaped pieces.

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Then I covered one side with printed paper and the other side with plain white card stock.

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I layered on pieces of different papers and sandwiched trims, pieces of paper doilies and snippets of tulle between the layers.

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Here are the finished tags.

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I didn’t buy anything for this project. I only used supplies from my stash. I think they turned out pretty well considering they started as waste.

I hope this inspires you to look in your recycling bin, pull something out, and use items in your stash to create something pretty and new!

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Easy Tags From Scraps

Okay, here is the last project I have  for now  that deals with using up your scraps of paper. This project is great for using long thin pieces of scrap paper, not tiny fragments. But the best part of this project is that you can use up some of your ugly papers!

My inspiration for this project came from this video:

First I selected my paper scraps, some ugly and some nice. The only requirement is that they be of the same thickness. You’ll want to cut your ugly papers into strips about 2 or 2 1/2 inches wide.

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Here are my ugly strips.

Then you want to cut your nice strips into widths of varying widths also.

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Here are my nice strips.

Now you will add any cheap glue to an ugly strip, making sure you’ve got  good coverage.

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Next, start laying your nice strips at a slight angle over the ugly strip.

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Be sure your nice strips are covering the ugly strip and that they are lined up tightly against each other without any gaps.

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Keep going until you have finish covering the entire length of your ugly strip.

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This is what the back looks like.

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Now trim off all the excess paper around the ugly strip. Most of these trimmed pieces will still be long enough to use again.

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Cut the strips into lengths you like. I pretty much just cut each one in half, although I did to a little extra trimming off the top or bottom to achieve the look I wanted.

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Cut the top corners off, punch a hole and insert cord or baker’s twine. Now you have unique tags!

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They can even be topped off with the scrap embellishments you made from the directions in my last blog post.

I think these tags are such a great idea and each one will turn out differently. Again, you can make these crafts with any paper and any theme based on what scraps you want to use up.

I hope you will try these scrap projects I have posted lately. Not only are they using up scrap papers and saving you money, but they are so much fun.

When I come across other ingenious ways of using up scrap papers, I promise to share them with you!

Cute Scrap Embellishments

As mentioned in my last post, I am trying to use up my paper scraps from crafting instead of letting them go to waste. I promised two more projects that will help you bust your scrap box, basket or suitcase!  The first project I’m going to share is Christmas embellishments.

The inspiration for making these scrap embellishments came from this video:

First, I cut some scraps into interesting shapes, both by hand and with dies.

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Then I made some ornament shapes just using a round die and gluing a topper on each.

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Next I just played and played with all my little goodies and came up with these cute embellishments.

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Here are some close-ups:

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Please note that you are not going to get rid of lots of scrap paper, as these embellies are so small, but you will use up the smaller pieces. The bonus is that you will have a stash of Christmas embellishments for cards, tags and other projects for 2017 already done!

This was a super fun and relaxing project. After Christmas I plan on making loads more and for once, getting ahead of the Christmas rush!

Christmas Scraps

All paper crafters face mountains of paper scraps at one time or another. And most crafters, myself included, have trouble throwing any of them away. My basket of paper scraps has grown totally out of control so I spent several hours on YouTube watching what other crafters do with their paper scraps. I’ll show you two projects I found and tried.

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First, I made a load of Christmas tags using pieces of scrap paper and simple embellishments. I didn’t want to get too fancy here because I know these tags will just end up in the trash after the gifts are opened.

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Then I made a pile of strips from my paper scraps. The strips are all different widths and lengths. 

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I glued the strips to a piece of cardstock cut to the size of a card front. I varied the layout of the strips for interest.

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I trimmed the strips even with the cardstock piece and then adhered it to a plain card. I made some simple embellishments and attached them also. 

I hope you like these two simple projects for using up scrap papers. These are both Christmas themed because I have been crafting with Christmas papers, however, you can use any scraps you have and make these projects all year round.

Stay tuned as I have two more scrap projects using Christmas papers coming soon!

 

 

What’s On My Desk ATC

Every once in a while I get the urge to make a project just using the junk that is cluttering up on my desk. I decided to make an ATC sized magnet so I could reuse the magnet strip off  list pad I had just finished up. I always have varying sizes of cardboard on my desk so that was a no-brainer for the substrate. 

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I opened a new bottle of gesso and an obscene amount poured out onto my little ATC. I was actually able to gesso 2 – 8 x 10 canvas boards, 2 – 5 x 5 stretched canvases, 1 – 6 x 8 canvas board and my ATC with that huge puddle!

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Next, I painted on some cream and brown acrylic paints to give it a vintage feel.

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This very blurry picture shows some eggs I cut from some scrapbook paper. I inked the edges with distress ink before decoupaging them onto the card.

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Here is the “finished ATC”. It’s really simple, but it gives me that old field guide feeling.

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I painted the back of the card the same color blue I spattered on the eggs and attached the magnet strip from the used up note pad.

I like how the ATC magnet came out, but I just needed to add one more touch to make me love it.

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Yep, you guessed it. I added glitter to the butterfly’s wings. NOW it’s done and I do love it! I hope you like it too and that it inspires you to make your own little work of art with things that are already on your desk!

Inspired Tags

I have been watching some videos by Marta from Maremi SmallArt on YouTube. She is one talented lady! She does amazing mixed media as well as paper projects like cards. One video in particular got my creative juices flowing. In this video, Marta made Shabby Chic vintage style cards. The link to the video is:

Instead of making cards, however, I was inspired to make some tags using her techniques.

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First I cut some tag shapes out of cardboard. I just free-handed these.

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Then I added a layer of texture using decoupage paper, drywall tape and old book pages stuck on with Gesso.

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For my first tag I used my Prima Princess paper collection and embellishments.

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For the second tag I used some specialty papers and some papers from the Market Street collection by My Mind’s Eye.

For the third tag I used paper from Tim Holtz and My Mind’s Eye, however, I forgot to take a picture of the papers used. Sorry!

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Here are the three tags I made.

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I love how they turned out. There is so much layering on each one so the dimension is quite thick.

If you find yourself in a rut or just need a little inspiration. Go to Marta’s YouTube channel, Maremi SmallArt. I know you will find some videos to jump-start your art mojo!

Thank you Marta for all of your videos, including the “Break a blank page” series!

DIY Masks For Mixed Media

In my last post I up-cycled some manila file folders. I cut out shapes from a magazine and used them as masks on my mixed media background.

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I really like how they turned out, but the magazine paper was very thin so the masks wouldn’t last very long before they just turned to mush. 

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I came up with an idea of how to make my own masks that will last for a long time.

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I used some clear contact paper that I had picked up at a thrift shop eons ago. At the time I didn’t have any use for it but thought it might come in handy sooner or later.

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I sandwiched each picture between two pieces of contact paper and then cut them out leaving about a 1/4″ border. You must leave a border so that the contact paper can stick to itself and seal in the cutout.

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These are the masks I made using magazine pictures.

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And here are some I made using pictures from old pattern sleeves.

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I had this background already done in my art journal so I just rubbed around this mask with some black archival ink using a make-up sponge. Obviously the page isn’t finished, but she makes a great focal point.

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This piece is in my faith art journal using the Scripture Psalm 91:4. 

I love making these masks and I am thinking of finding some pictures of animals and objects to add to my diy mask collection!

If you have some old contact paper, or laminating sheets lying around, try making some of your own masks to add something different to your mixed media projects!