Saturday, May 30, 2015

Books For All Occasions

 What is more fun than reading a book?  How about creating one using handmade paper?  This book is perfect to keep your memories or ideas in.  Want a little book for some fun art journaling?  This is the one for you!

This book began with the creation of 2 handmade sheets of paper using the Papermill Pro Kit and the basic papermaking instructions.  The first sheet of paper was done in a solid orange color which then was used for the back of the book.  The second sheet of paper was for the front cover so it needed to have a lot of color.  I used 3 papers pulps which were all created using some leftover construction paper which I poured into the deckle using a ladle in a random pattern.  

The first thing I did was to paint both end pieces for the book and laid them aside to dry. 

After both sheets were dried,  I  traced the covers from the Make Your Own Book kit onto both sheets of paper.  

Using the traced lines as a guide, I placed the sheet of paper in a paper trimmer and evened up the edges, as well as, cut off the excess.  

I placed the covers back onto each sheet of paper and then folded the edges around them.  

 I laid the now dried end pieces onto one of the pages that would be used to cover the inside of the front and back of the book.  I used it as a guide to help make sure the pages were lined up correctly on the cover. 
I stamped my design on the front, placed a piece of Washi tape over the area where the two cover meet  and then placed both pieces onto the page and adhered it to the inside. 

I repeated these steps for the back cover and then finished assembling the book according to the instructions. 

This is a fun book to create and the addition of the handmade paper makes it even more special.  It's perfect for keeping your ideas, thoughts or memories all in one place.  Create just one or a series just for the things you need a place for and enjoy that you made them yourself!

Start your creating today with this special offer from Arnold Grummer's Papermaking, but hurry the offer ends tomorrow night!

Happy Papermaking Everyone!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Dragonflies Kaleidoscope

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

As you may know I love dragonflies! I use dragonfly images in a lot of my creative endeavors.
I also love kaleidoscopes and wanted to combine the two things to create this project. It will have a special place in my art room, and will serve as a reminder to me to slow down, savor and enjoy a few peaceful minutes. 


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Iridescent paper scrap
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Tape™, foam tape or foam dots, Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive
  • 12”  each of narrow picot & ½” sheer white ribbon
  • Several dragonfly stamps
  • Beige ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Iron
  • Purchased (child’s) paper kaleidoscope
  • 6” of gold colored thin wire, round tooth pick
  • BowEasy™


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to make white slurry.
  2. Create a sheet of handmade paper.
  3. Iron the paper to make it smooth.
  4. Randomly stamp the dragonfly images onto the paper.
  5. Emboss the images with clear embossing powder and the heat gun.
  6. Stamp at least one dragonfly onto scrap paper.
  7. Layer it with the iridescent paper on the wings and hand cut both.
  8. Wrap the wire around the tooth pick.
  9. Remove the wire from the pick and stretch it out.
  10. Fold the wire in half and attach the antenna to the head of the cut out dragonfly with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  11. Measure and cut the stamped paper. You will want a bit of overlap.
  12. Wrap the stamped and cut paper around the kaleidoscope and attach it with Scor-Tape™.
  13. Use the Bow-Easy™ to tie both ribbons into a small bow.
  14. Attach the bow and the cut out dragonfly to the turn area of the kaleidoscope with QuickGrip™ adhesive.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Embedded In Pulp

The blender came out again to work on some papermaking ideas.  After making a couple batches of paper pulp for more experimenting, I created two interesting "organic" sheets.

The first was made by placing a number of skeleton leaves onto the papermaking screen. This is layered on top of the white support grid that is sitting on a pan with a lip to catch the water from pressing.   After they were in position I took small clumps of the pulp and placed it over each of the leaves.  NOTE: The weight of the pulp helps hold the leaves in place.  Continue to cover the entire leaf pattern with pulp, going beyond the edges of the pattern.  Place enough pulp to cover but not too thick.  Experiment with the thickness and placement of the pulp.  Place the mesh cover screen on top of the pulp and begin removing water with sponges.  Remove as much of the water as possible and flip the screen over, pressing again with sponges or rags to remove more water.  Remove the papermaking screen and cover with a couch sheet and press and process just as you would when making any sheet of paper.  Cover with a dry couch sheet, weight the piece with heavy books till dry.

This piece looks great on its own just placed in a simple frame or it would also make a lovely background for a photo.

Wanting to try the process again, I chose a length of yarn from a recent crochet project.  I first wet the yarn with thinned white glue.  I placed the yarn randomly onto the papermaking screen then repeated the same process for embedding the yarn in pulp.  Looking at various things that I could work into making more interesting organic looking sheets.

Visit the Arnold Grummer website for information, ideas and supplies.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Flag by Linda Hess & her 1st graders

Ever wonder what to do with all of those bit and pieces of paper??  I think I have the perfect project for you!  Now granted, I teach art so I have multiple hands to do the work for me, but you could scale down the project and still have fantastic results.

With Memorial Day upon us, I created a project with my 1st grade students.  Our school is next door to Quantico Marine Base, so many students have family ties to the military.  We spoke about what Memorial Day is and the meaning of the stripes & stars in the flag.  They were all very excited to work on this collaborative project!

Materials are simple:
Scraps and pieces of paper in desired colors (I had an assortment for my students including handmade scraps, construction paper scraps, and magazine scraps)
Sheet of backing paper (ours was very large ~ 30"x36")
Ruler & pencil
Glue (any type will school we used Elmer's School Glue)
Optional: sequined stars

Use the ruler to measure 13 stripes.  Draw in lines with the pencil.  Don't forget a large rectangle section for the blue.
Tear the paper into small pieces.  The size of pieces will be determined by the size of your flag.  I had 2 groups of 15-16 each working on this flag, so the pieces definitely varied in size.  Those who tried to "rush" the process by placing extra large pieces were reminded by friends to tear them smaller.

Once the paper was torn, glue was applied to appropriate areas of the flag.  The first group did a great job of starting to fill in the spaces with appropriate colors.  They really enjoyed using a variety of blues and reds and types of paper.  The second group had plenty to do...there were plenty of "holes" to fill with more color.  Once all of the color was applied, the students placed the stars. 

Our flag turned our so gorgeous that it is now hanging proudly in the hallway for all to see. 

God Bless those who serve, have served, and who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this beautiful country we live in.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pheasant Fathers Day Card

 ©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

I have the best “dad” in the world!  I wanted to make a special card for him for father’s day to remind him how special he is to me. He and mom have always liked to go for walks and watch the birds they would see along the way. I remembered a story of them seeing a beautiful pheasant many years ago and knew this mold would be perfect.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer’s paper making kits
  • Pheasant acrylic paper weight (look around….you might be surprised at how many “molds” you already have!)
  • A sunny window, heat gun or microwave oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies: Happy Father’s Day from CheeryLynn
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer
  • Scor-Pal™ (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
  • Scor-Tape™
  • Envelope to fit card
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive
  • 6 x 5 ½” medium blue precut matt and backing


  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white scraps.
  2. Cast one (or more) of the pheasant molds, dry the castings in a microwave oven, with a heat gun or place it in a sunny window.
  3. Create a sheet of heavy weight handmade paper.
  4. When the paper is dry, cut, score and fold to make a 5 ½ x 6 ¼” card.
    Remember to always save the scraps.
  5. Die cut the words from the scraps of handmade paper.
  6. Attach the pheasant casting to the matt backing with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  7. Attach the matt to the backing with Scor-Tape™.
  8. Attach the words to the bottom of the matt with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  9. Attach the matt to the front of the card with Scor-Tape™.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sympathy Card

Hi everyone, today I made a card using both the Papermill Kit and the Garden Press to create my Sympathy Card. (Please go here for the steps to make your paper.)

The first thing you want to do is choose the flowers that you are going to use as a decorative element for your card. The best flowers to use are ones that are freshly opened which is when the colors are the best. Flowers are fragile ( you can see where I tore one of my Climbing Black Eyed Susan flowers when I was laying it in the press ) Although you can carry the press out into a flower garden and gather your flowers there, I simply stepped out onto my balcony and gathered some from a potted plant. Here is a great site on pressing flowers.

When my flowers were ready, I removed them from the press and using Deco Art's Soft Varnish, I adhered it to the front of a piece of handmade paper.

After it had dried I stitched French Knots in the center of the flowers and a running stitch for the stems.  The only difference between sewing on paper versus fabric is that I tape the end of my embroidery thread to the back of my paper instead of knotting it. 

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Reclaimed and Reused from My Stash

If you're like me, you have a mountain of stash—stuff that has accumulated over your crafting career. I know that my style and tastes have changed over the years that I've been crafting. The other day I decided it was time to de-stash.

Interestingly, I found a few items that made perfect candidates for repurposing and reclaiming. I'm going to give them a new life!!

This mini album was one of the de-stash items that made it to the keep and repurpose pile. Here you can see the pieces of the album—front and back covers and a magnetized closure tab. The inset shows the closed album.

The polka dots just don't do it for me any more, so I decided the cover the album pieces with handmade papers that I made following these basic instructions

I traced the outline of the covers and closure directly onto my handmade papers, and cut them out with scissors and a craft knife. Next, I painted the originals with white acrylic paint so the design wouldn't shadow through my papers. When the paint was dry, I cover the entire surface of each piece with a water based adhesive, and adhered my handmade papers.

With the addition of coordinating ribbons, I now have a mini album that I love.

So, use your handmade papers to breathe new life into your old stash!! Use this month's coupon to save on your Arnold Grummer's papermaking kits and supplies.


Floral Greeting Card

We're had several 80° days here, so I think it's safe to say that spring is leaving us and summer is here!! Our flowers are just beginning to bloom, and so is the greeting card that I made using my own handmade papers and dried botanicals.

The paper was made following the basic instructions for making handmade papers. I used tissue tints and red angel wing dried botanicals to achieve the coloring in the pink mat. Before adding the angel wings to the pulp, I crumbled two petals into very fine pieces—almost dust. I dry embossed the paper for added texture.

Next, I used a die to cut white blossoms and green stems from scraps of handmade paper that I had left from other projects. I never toss even the tiniest scrap of handmade paper. Even if the piece is too small to use in a project, it can always be recycled into paper pulp.

Then, I die cut a flower from a dried leaf to layer on top of paper die cut flower. This is the darker flower. The lighter flowers are dried blossoms. I dried both the blossoms and leaves last summer using the Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. I'm looking forward to pressing and drying more flowers and leaves this year.

I inked the edge of the handmade paper flower that is layered under the darker flower, but left the handmade paper layers of the lighter flowers its natural color. I used PPA to collage the blossoms and leaf/flower in place, and to add the prills for the flower centers.

This is my finished card.

Now would be a great time to use this 20% discount coupon to order a Garden Press so you can enjoy drying and pressing botanicals for your projects.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Rustic Card Trio

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

I have never been a “glitzy” person…. no “BLING” for me! I am understated with what I create, what I wear and how I decorate. I needed cards for two friends who are moving into retirement centers and another friend who is getting married. Follow along to see how I created the three cards for them.



  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window or traditional oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of ivory & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  3 different types of “label dies” to layer
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scor-Pal™ (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
  • Envelopes to fit cards
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Verbiage stamps (or computer generate the message)
  • ColorBox chalk to correspond with the paper colors
  • 1/2” sheer Ivory ribbon, picot edged ribbon
  • Short “nubby” twigs, flower centers
  • Iron


  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the ivory scraps.
  2. Create one or more sheets of heavy weight ivory handmade paper. Save the left over slurry.
  3. Iron the paper to make it smooth. 
  4. Cut, score and fold half of the sheet to make one 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
  5. Die cut the other half of the paper with the label dies (refer to photo). Remember to always save the scraps.
  6. Create brown slurry and make several sheets of heavy weight brown paper. Save the left over slurry.
  7. Iron the paper to make it smooth. Cut, score and fold two cards.
  8. Die cut some labels from the brown paper in different sizes to layer with the ivory labels.
  9. Combine the left over paper slurry (do not over mix it….you want it to be mottled) and create a sheet of paper.
  10. Iron it to make it smooth.
  11. Cut it to 4” x5 ¼”.
  12. Attach it to the front of the ivory card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  13. Stamp the verbiage onto the smallest label die cut piece.
  14. Layer the labels die cuts with foam tape between each layer.
  15.  Add the ribbon bows to the fronts of the cards.
  16. Attach the flower center or twigs with QuickGrip™ adhesive before tying the bows.

I think my friends will enjoy receiving  the cards as much as I did creating them.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

52 Acts of Kindness...with Tamiko

Hi there folks.  Tamiko here with my Deck 52 album.   I have been wanting to use this album ever since I got it.  As a mixed media artist I have seen people do 52 prompts to motivate them create.  One prompt per card or you can add your favorite quotes on the cards.  I would use mine to list 52 Acts of Kindness.  Everyday I look, listen and read at an abundance of things that capture my heart and make me feel warm and fuzzy.  While I am not an actually memory keeper by way of scrapbooking.  I do collect my own versions of things that make people smile that I choose to remember.   When I am able I CHOOSE to be KIND and redeliver those warm and fuzzy moments.  This mini fan book is perfect for recording those precious memories in for me.. and maybe for you.. ::smiles::

Create your favorite papers with any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits with the directions found here.  You will need 2 sheets of paper. to decorate your covers for the outside and inside portions of the 52 Mini Fan Book.    Since the pages are 2.5 x3.5 in. (also equiv. to the size of an ATC) I cut my papers at 3.5x4.5 in. to give me a 1 inch border. I marked off where  the holes were on all papers.  Helmar's Craft & Hobby PVA Glue was used to adhere the papers to the chipboard, I cut off the corners so they wouldn't be too bulky and tugged each side gently to fold over the edges of the board.  Once that was done I cut 2 pieces 2.5 x3.5 in. to be the insides of the cover pages and give it a clean and finished look.  I did replace the removable post with a jumpring so Icould add dangles and ribbons to it along the way.  ::smiles::

I took the actual pages and I did quick color wash technique to add color to the backgrounds.
You do that by taking any kinds or spray inks or mists that you have or can make,  You squirt a few colors  and water on your craft mat, that won't give you BROWN, unless that's what you want.  Then you quickly smack the paper down and drag it through the mixture.  You don't have to use a lot.  I actually used my Dylusions sprays and I only own three colors.  I used two at a time with water and got some amazing backgrounds in less then 30 minutes worth of work.  Now I can record some of those memories.  Hopefully to give back those same warm and fuzzy moments.  I embelished the front cover with flowers and trims from my stash.

While I hope to do more than 52 Acts of Kindness, this book is a great way to get the ball rolling.. Might even be good for school aged children and scouts and church groups, in my opinion.  ::smiles:: I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial and photo of my mini fan book that you can buy from the store here along with some other yummie goodies!!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Raining Cats & Dogs Fan Book

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

This is another in the series of the AG “52 Card Fan” books. This will make the perfect gift for a girlfriend who will someday be known as the "Crazy Cat Lady". This little book will be filled with "kitty/cat" quotes and cartoons. I know, only those of us who love cats will understand..... smile. I will be using scraps of handmade paper saved from previous projects, whoever you follow along with the instructions below on how to make your own paper in the event you don't have scraps.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott™ Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive
  • Scor-Tape™
  • Scraps of ivory and rust colored paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • One  AG 3 1/2" square Mini Fan Book
  • Verbiage stamps, and rusty orange ink pad or computer generated quotes or sayings, cartoons
  • Dies: Cats- Poppy/Memory Box™, "Grace" Frantic Stamper Inc.
  •  Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur™ die cutting & embossing machine
  •  Cat & dog footprints embossing folder
  •  G 45 "Raining Cats & Dogs' card stock
  • Rusty orange acrylic paint
  • 1/4" round hole punch


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create ivory slurry.
  2. Create a sheet of thick ivory paper (think card stock weight)
  3. Create rusty orange slurry.
  4. Create a sheet of thick rusty orange paper.
  5. When the papers are dry, die cut the word "Grace" and several of the cats from the thick ivory paper.
  6. Die cut several of the cats from the rusty orange paper.
  7. Cut one piece of the rusty orange paper 3 1/2" square for the back cover.
  8. Emboss the back cover paper with the cats/dogs foot prints folder.
  9. Cut a piece of the G45 "Raining Cats & Dogs" card stock 3 1/2" square for the front cover.
  10. Remove the screw hinge and pages from the book.
  11. Use the Scor-Tape™ to attach the front and back cover papers..
  12. Stamp the saying onto the pages (or print out verbiage using your computer and printer, then cut and glue the printed sayings to the pages.) NOTE: make sure the verbiage is all oriented the same. (My book is landscape oriented and has the hinge on the top left.)
  13. Punch the 1/4 hole in the cover papers.
  14. Dab a tiny bit of the paint onto the screw post. Allow it to dry.
Note - to save time, if you are making several of these books, die cut and stamp or print all of the sayings at once. You can always assemble them later when you need a quick gift.

For those who are "dog people" just change the word and animal dies.

Reassemble the fan book:
  1. Reassemble the fan book arranging the quotes, sayings and cartoons as desired.
  2. Attach the “Grace” die cut to the upper right corner of the cover with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  3. Layer and attach the cats to the bottom of the cover.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tea Cup box

I was watching a video on how to make paper tea cups so I decided to make one myself out of some of my handmade paper. Please go HERE to see the steps in making your own paper.

The site, Red Ted Art has a template and instructions to follow to make your own tea cup. I traced the pattern onto my paper, it took 2 sheets made from the medium pour handmold for my box size.

 I tweaked it a little bit by adding some stamping and water coloring to the paper before assembling it. Hand made paper is extremely absorbent so you need to keep that in mind when coloring in your image. I wet the entire pieces after I cut them out and then dabbed my watercolors in the stamped areas and let the colors bleed out. Set it on a paper towel in the sun to dry.

Next, I took a small box and covered it to look like a book. I added some white handmade paper to the edges, yellow handmade paper to the spine and to the cover. It took 1 sheet of white and 2 sheets of yellow to cover my box. I purposely let the deckled edge hang slightly off the box because I really like how it looks, but you can trim that off with your scissors if you want a crisper line.

I glued a doily on the top of the box and then attached my tea cup on top of it. I took an actual tea bag and adhered it into the tea cup ( love how it smells, a bonus! ) and draped the tag over and glued it down also.

 I have a favorite quote by C.S. Lewis which I hand wrote on a scrap piece of handmade paper. I punched a small hole in the top along with a small slit and slid it over the string and glued it down over the original tea tag.

The last part was adding the title of the book....I should have done this before adhering it to the box, but I still like how it came out. I think the wonky handwriting looks kinda sweet, which is how I like my tea and my stories anyway!

This could make a fabulous box to give your Mom her Mother's Day gift in and she could use it to keep all her Mother's Day cards in it that you know she collects! ♥

Monday, May 4, 2015


Hello, it is I Ann from AnnMakes and the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Design Team.  I am a lover of the handmade and all things paper.  I am also a cat lover.  Well, I have managed to make , what I think is the cutest pocket size note booklet (new word :)).

By recycling some of my county's notices about Spring Street cleaning and new bylaws I made this sweet little booklet that can be easily slipped into one's pocket, one's pocket book, and even into a pocket of a Pocket Letter! (Here is a link to what PL's are)

These are fun, fast, and free to make.  Here is how I make mine.

1. View and follow instructions on how to make handmade paper the Arnold Grummer, tried and tested way. (Click here for link)

2.  Gather some junk mail and make two sheets of paper.

3.  Cut one sheet in half to make the cover.  If you want to make a notebook that will fit into a pocket letter page protector you will need to make sure that your finished notebook measure just under 2.5 " x 3.75".

4. Cut the second sheet in half and trim to fit inside the cover.

5. Score and fold each sheet of paper.  Stack the two sheets for the pages on top of the inside cover piece.

6.  Stitch down the centre scored line.

Note:  When I made this particular cover I added an image of a kitten in the bottom right hand corner of the sheet of paper I was making for the cover.  I added the image into the wet pulp during the paper making process.

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