Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Matchbook Mini

This mini matchbook album is the perfect project to use small pieces and scraps of your handmade paper. I started with this lightweight chipboard matchbook.

Next, I covered each page and the matchbook cover with a different piece of handmade paper and inked the edges of each page. After some experimentation I discovered that the best adhesive to adhere the paper to the chipboard is USArtQuest's Great Tape.

I dug into my stash to find stamps and embellishments to decorate each page.

The pink heart on the cover was made using Arnold Grummer's Three Hearts Template.

Here's the finished matchbook mini album.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunflower Vase

Try painting sunflowers -- with paper pulp!
Watch the video to see how to cover a plastic bottle with handmade paper and paint on sunflowers.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Favorite Things Fan Book With Pumpkin Spice Paper

I try to surround myself with things that inspire me, bring me joy, comfort me, and make me peaceful. Whether they be photos, quotes, blessings, scents - I keep them close, a special place of respite and renewal, safe from the chaos of this world.

Today's project is based on that idea. A little book filled with good things, like favorite Bible verses, and special blessings - formatted in an easy to read "fan" style.
The paper is handmade, and infused with pumpkin spice tea leaves for a comforting, warm and spicy scent. I used the Arnold Grummer Papermill Complete Kit and a few Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea bags to make the handmade paper.
For a basic tutorial on how to make handmade paper, go to the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Blog and let Mr. Grummer show you how easy it is. While you're there visit the Arnold Grummer website, and take advantage of the BEST DEAL of the summer - 15% off your entire order! Sale items excluded. Use promo code AGIS89 at checkout. Hurry, sale ends Aug 30!

Let's get started. Here's what you'll need:

Several sheets of handmade paper 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. I used 7 sheets.
Hole punch
Post screw. I used 1/2 inch aluminum screw post.
Ink pad
Glue stick
Some favorite things that make you happy! Flowers, photos, quotes etc.

Next, fold your papers in half, short end to short end and score them, then tear in half carefully. Now your one 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheet has become two.

Take each of your two new sheets and fold them in half LENGTHWISE, and score them. Then carefully tear them in half lengthwise. Your original 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheet has now become four long rectangular pieces. Do this with all of your 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheets of paper.

You should have a pretty little stack of papers looking something like this...

Ok, time to grab a sheet and punch a hole in the center of one of the ends. Then use it as a template to punch holes in the rest of the sheets of paper.

Now stack your papers so the holes align and slip the post part of the screw through the holes in the paper. Then screw the screw part into the post snugly and your fan book is assembled. Screw posts come in different sizes depending on how thick your stack of papers is.
Ok, get out your favorite things and stamp, paste, and write till your pages are filled with everything that makes you happy : )
Here are a few pages from mine...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Handmade Album Cover - Plus Giveaway!!

Hi everyone I want to share my next Arnold Grummer Project.  I made some paper for an album cover.  I used the AG kit and added some of the inclusions and some alcohol ink.  You can literally add anything into your paper mixture to get your desired look.  Awesome huh? 

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Picture Frames for Vintage Photos

One of my favorite things is vintage photos.  So when I came across two photos of my mother when she was a child I was head over heels and wanted to find the perfect way to display them.  This is what I did.

I started with two picture frame kits from Arnold Grummer.  These hold 3"x5" photos.

To cover the frames I used some hand made paper that I made with my medium pour mold.
I made the paper using tissue paper, rosebuds, silver dust, and blue angel wings.

The photo frame kit comes in 4 easy to assemble pieces.

To assemble the picture frame, first you glue the U shaped piece (this holds your photo) on to the backside of the front of your frame.

Then put your frame face down on your paper.  Adhere with glue.  A glue stick works great for this. Cut around the outside and cut out the center.

Then add your photo.

Then using a glue stick add the back to your frame and attatch the stand to the back.

 For this project I painted the back of one photo frame to match the paper on the front.  On the other I covered the back with a coordinating paper.

Here are my finished pieces.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

~The Art & Aroma Of Creating Beautiful Handmade Botanical Papers~

~The Art & Aroma Of Creating Beautiful Handmade Botanical Papers~ 

In the process of making the beautiful handmade papers with Arnold Grummers Paper Making it I decide to put a fun twist to it. Being a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist and herbalist, creating lovely handmade paper items with natural botanicals and wonderful scents was right up my alley!! So at the end of the paper making process with Arnold's easy to use paper making kit the last step was to add about 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil right in the water bath/screen area where your pulp sits.

In my opinion it works just fine with the F.O so no need to use the more expensive essential oils unless for some reason you would like to! Keep in  mind though that any fragrance that includes "vanilla" will turn your paper a brown hue. But that still would be ok if you were looking for an old" vintage" look.

So as you are ready to raise you paper pulp from the water bath, add the fragrance oils as mentioned and do one last swirl with a spoon or gloved hand ( F.O can be skin irritants) to evenly distribute the pulp in the screen and lift from the water , proceed as normal with the paper making process. We have had several posts on making paper so I wanted to offer a fun and fragrant twist to it!! I hope you all enjoy this beautiful paper making journey!!

All The Beautiful "Add Ins" for Paper Making!!

~In Love & Light~

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From the Heart Card

Hello everyone! This folded heart card project is from my book Origami Card Craft and as an avid paper folder I had to see if the handmade pink paper I made using Arnold Grummer's Paper Mill Pro kit would fold and it certainly did! I was amazed that my large sheet of handmade pink paper actually withstood the repeated creases without cracking or tearing and now I am excited about making my own origami paper.

Here is how I made the project:
1 sheet 8 1/2" x 11" handmade paper. (It must be fairly thin and well pressed. See my last post on how to make the paper.)
Rubber stamps from Club Scrap
Glue Stick
Silver iron on studs
Stamp pads

1. Valley fold the left bottom edge of the paper to the right edge and crease. Unfold the paper.

2. Valley fold the right bottom edge of the paper to the left edge and crease. Unfold.

3. Turn the paper over and valley fold the paper at the intersection of creases.

4. Bring the folds together to collapse into a flat triangle with flaps on both the front and the back.

5. Valley fold the top edge to meet the raw edge of the triangle.

6. Valley fold the top-layer triangle flaps to meet at the bottom point.

7. Valley fold the right and left sides to meet at the center.

8. Mountain fold the top corners backward so the edges meet on the reverse side. Turn the model over.

9. Valley fold the bottom triangle as far as it will go and valley fold the remaining bottom points at an angle so their tips lie over the folded edge.

10. Tuck the tips into the "pockets" on both sides of the triangle to hold the heart together. Crease all the edges well.

Your heart is completely folded! Now carefully unfold the heart to decorate.

Insert a stamped phrase measuring 1 1/4" X 3 3/4" into the rectangular section. Use a glue stick to secure. Fold the heart back to it's original shape and decorate with stamped flowers and iron on studs.
I left the deckles on intentionally for this project which gives the edges a softer look.