Can you believe January is almost over!!! All I did was blink and poof, it was gone. lol
I have a little project I worked on last year that I never shared with you guys. I have some rolls of burlap that I really love and I thought I would use some of it to create a little journal. Inside the journal I used up some 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I have had for a while. I just cut the 12 x 12 paper in half making them 12 x 6 pieces. On the outside I used a lot of left over fibers I had in my stash as well as fabric, trim and lace scraps. I used an old button and a piece of twine for the closure and the twine wraps around the journal giving it room to grow a little bit. The tag on the front of the journal is a tag I used to wipe off excess paint from another project. I left it in that ‘unfinished’ state and just glued it to the front of the journal. I really like how that looks. I also added a smaller bit of lace scrap and a button to the tag. I think it’s really cute and I love all of the texture and color it has. It’s amazing what you can do with your scraps and leftover papers. Give it a try.
A few months ago I was sitting in my art room making little pins using up some of my beads from various materials while I listened to classical piano playing on my cd player in combination with my sweet beagle snoring as she slept in her bed near me. I wanted to use up some of the beads I had kept in my bead box for a long time as well as use up some of the fabric beads I made earlier last year. I also wanted to use up some of the hat and floral pins I had on hand. I have two types. One type has a white top on the pin and the other has a green top on the pin. I wasn’t crazy about the green top ones for all the pins I was making so I took some of my Ranger Alcohol Inks and painted the tops different color combinations. I really like how they came out. You can use them on tags, ATC’s, in your journals and any way you can think of. Or, you can do what I do and just display them on a pretty pin cushion just to enjoy looking at until you have a need for them.
I have a couple of drawers full of flowers I use in my creations. I have gone through those drawers and using up the flowers pretty fast. I am close to being able to move all the flowers into one draw. I have learned over the years what I do and don’t like so in the future I will be more selective when I buy flowers. Then, you have to account for taste changes. What I once liked could be something I don’t like after having it in a drawer for 20 years. No more of that. That stuff has to go. So, I took some odd flowers I had and added my strips of fabric to them to make them flowers I like and will use. There is a video on you YouTube channel if you would like to see the process of how I made them. It was fun to use up old stuff and create something ‘new’ that won’t go to waste. 🙂