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Sweet Little Burlap Journal

Sweet Little Burlap Journal

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.

See you soon,

Laurie

Sweet Little Burlap Journal

Pretty Little Hat/Floral Pins

Pretty Hat/Floral Pins

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.

Until next time.

Laurie

Pretty Hat/Floral Pins
Pretty Hat/Floral Pins

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

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. 🙂

Laurie

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers