Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Zig-Zag Album

This little project is something that could be used as a small photo album for any occasion by just changing the type of handmade paper and paper casted embellishment.  It could also become a small journaling book or mini scrapbook keepsake.

Prepare two small sheets of handmade paper using the pour method and follow the instructions for completing the sheets. Refer to this video LINK for the basics.  The paper created for this project had small bits of various pink shades of shredded papers and some iridescent flakes.

Begin with a "zig-zag" book.  Cut the two chipboard pieces and the folded insert in half. One set of of the chipboard pieces is covered with handmade papers.  The remaining two where covered with pieces of  coordinating fabric. 

To decorate the book covers, choose a coordinating ribbon and place them onto the front and back covers in any pattern desired.  Glue the fabric covered boards to the paper covers.  For the inside sheets, glue the two cut inserts together, then glue the full insert to the front and back fabric covered pieces.  

The final embellishment to add to the covers are paper casted squares.  This project used the heart & flower mold.  After completing the casting and drying process, I used both paints and chalks on the image to color.  

If you are unfamiliar with paper making and casting here are two great books for both topics: Easy Papermaking and Paper Casting.  Another great little book for some fun things to try with paper pulp is "trash to treasure papermaking".  These books can be found on the Arnold Grummer website.  When ordering this month use coupon code - 20Four.

Think about this little project for a simple keepsake gift for a bride-to-be, a new baby, a special friend or special moment that you want to remember.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Spring Has Sprung" mixed media canvas by Linda Hess

I love working with stretched canvas.  A recent sale at Michaels brought me to purchase quite a few for my classroom and my studio.  This morning I woke to a vision of a spring canvas, layered with handmade papers, paint, a bit of stitching, some polymer clay, and a few paper flowers that I created for an upcoming article in "Just Jewelry" magazine.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Arnold Grummer's Papermill Pro
LuminArte' Twinkling H2Os
8"x8" stretched canvas (or whatever size you have handy)
The Ultimate! glue

1) Following the instructions with Papermill Pro create 3 batches of paper pulp.  Sprinkle a bit of the powdered Twinkling H2Os paint into each batch (one color obviously per batch).  Once blended, pour pulp onto paper making screen placed on top of the plastic grid.  Spread the pulp into an even layer using your fingers.  Follow instructions for pressing out moisture and creating a sheet of paper from each batch.
2) Paint canvas.  Now those who know me know that I am not a painter, so sponge painting is my speed.  This time I decided to "branch out" of my comfort zone and paint cross hatch style.  I layered 4 different Twinkling H2O colors (Sapphire on Ice, Pretty Peony, African Jade, & Boysenberry). Once the canvas is completely covered (don't forget the sides), set it aside to dry.
3) Now time to decorate.  I have an article coming out in "Just Jewelry" magazine for handmade paper flower pins.  I had a few flowers sitting in my studio and thought what a perfect dimensional effect for the canvas they would be!
I cut stems and leaves from the key lime sheet and placed them on the canvas adding a flower to each.  (NOTE: I never attach anything until I am sure of the placement)
4) I like rough, uncut edges on canvas designs.  To obtain this effect with a bit of direction I wet the sheet of paper and then tear along the wet edge.  One color is a bit simple for my eye,  so I will layer 2 colors along one side of the canvas.  Letters are cut from the purple sheet.
5) For the leaves to pop out I painted the edges with Pretty Peony.  I love the shimmer that these paints add.
Once you are happy with the look, glue everything down using my favorite glue, The Ultimate by Crafters Pick

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Creating Memories Using Handmade Paper and Books

Memories are a very important thing to hold onto for every person.  I will be collecting some very special memories through photos this summer and wanted a nice book to keep them in so I created this book using a sheet of handmade paper.  This would also make a great book for any mom to keep her Mother's Day memories in, too.  
I wanted to add a lot of color to the first sheet so I made 2 bowls of pulp and used a ladle to pour each color into the deckle in various spots.  If you see spots where one color is more dominant and you don't want that just add some of the second color into that spot.  Make sure you have enough pulp in the deckle to create a full sheet of paper.  

This is what the sheet looks like before it is finished off using the basic instructions.  Isn't the color of it gorgeous?  Since I will be using this book this summer, I wanted it to be bright colors so I used scraps of leftover card stock that I had from other projects.  I made a second sheet of paper for the back cover of the book from just the yellow pulp.  

I dried the sheet by laying it flat between layers of paper towels and a stack of books.  You can, also, dry it quickly with a warm iron.  Once it was dried I laid the book pieces from the Make Your Own Book kit onto the paper and scored around them.  This will make crisp fold lines which helps to fold the paper over the pieces.  The sheets of newly made paper were then adhered with glue to the front and back covers and the book was assembled according to the directions and the embellishments were added to finish it off. 
Photos and written memories can now be added to the pages to create a very special keepsake.  
Create one of these books for Mom and keep one for yourself so that you both can share the memories you have.  Get started by using the coupon code on the website: 20Four to save on all of your supplies needed to make your books today! 
Happy Papermaking Everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Angel Bottle

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I love this angel mold and made several extra full castings the day I made the casting for the Angel Baby card (where I used only a part of the mold). A dear friend that I will be visiting next month has a beautiful guest bathroom done in shades of royal blue with lots of blue glass bottles, jars etc. She is also a collector of Angels.

I purchased this decretive heart shaped bottle several years ago and it will be the perfect hostess gift with the addition of the Angel casting.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • AG Cotton Press Angel casting mold
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.) 
  • Microwave, traditional oven, heat tool or a sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott® scissors
  • BowEasy™
  • Beacon QuickGrip™  & ZipDry™ Adhesives
  • 24” of ½” iridescent royal blue ribbon
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Pastels, chalks or powdered eye makeup and applicators (tiny still brushes or cotton swabs)
  • Tiny bit of dried Baby’s Breath


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry.
  2. Create one (or more to use later) of the angle castings.
  3. Dry the casting in the microwave, a traditional oven, with a heat tool or in a sunny window.
  4. When the casting is dry, use the chalks to very lightly add color to the angel’s cheeks, mouth, eyes, hair and flowers.
  5. Apply a thin coat of ZipDry™ adhesive to the angle’s wings and the flowers in her hair.
  6. Sprinkle the clear iridescent glitter onto the wings and the flowers.
  7. Set aside to dry.
  8. Attach the angel casting to the front of the bottle with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  9. Use the BowEasy™ to tie a multi loop bow. Attach the bow and a tiny bit of Baby’s Breath to the neck of the bottle.

I will pick up a small bottle of Potpourri oil to add to the gift. I think she will enjoy the gift as much as I did creating it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Collaged Beachfront Canvas with Tamiko

Happy Earth Day!!  Today is the day that people all over the world collect garbage, recycle things, plant trees and flowers all in the spirit of Earth Day.  Earth Day should be practiced every day!  Every little bit counts!  Today I tried something a little different.  This is my version of a collaged canvas.  I used recycled handmade papers of different colors and textures and collaged a small beach scene.  I hope to get better with these and  add more and more organic elements.  That's just a personal artistic goal of mine.  Here is my canvas.. 

As Always I began with my handmade papers by simply using one of the pour or dips methods for creating paper found here. I took various colors I made and tore them to create layers on the canvas.  After I layered the papers the way I wanted.. I adhered them with Helmar's Craft and Hobby PVA Glue.  After everything was set.. I  pulled out my twinkling h2Os to add a little definition and color to the papers.  I also pulled my gelatos for even more color.  Pretty simple if you ask me. ::smiles::

I hope you liked today's project and YOU are encouraged to try your own hand at creating some handmade papers at home with Arnold Grummer products found here.  Don't forget to use the coupon code 20Four at checkout for a discount savings.


There is a Earth Day Contest going on and if you are creating anything special for Earth Day YOU NEED TO ENTER!!  The information is available for you below! 


Contest:  Create any project with paper you make by recycling wastepaper. 
Prize:  $50 Shopping Spree @ www.arnoldgrummer.com
How To Enter:  Send a .jpg of your project (up to 500pix) to:info@arnoldgrummer.com with 'My Recycled Paper Project' in the subject line.

Include a line about what you recycled, the name of your project, your city and state.
You will receive a message acknowledging your submission.

Contest Dates:  March 15 - April 30

Winner Announced:  Arnold Grummer's May Newsletter
Include a line about what you recycled, the name of your project, your city and state.
You will receive a message acknowledging your submission.
Contest Dates:  March 15 - April 30
Winner Announced:  Arnold Grummer's May Newsletter

As always  I appreciate YOU and your time!  GO SAVE OUR PLANET & have a great week!!  :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Victorian Style Cone

Hello, it's Ann here today with a sweet project to share with you.  Since wedding and shower season is coming I was inspired to make something with some handmade paper that I would have appreciated myself at my own wedding shower, many many years ago!  By the way I had a lovely lovely shower.

Following the Arnold Grummer Paper Making method I made several different types of sheets of paper and stashed them away for whenever I am inspired to work on a project.  I had made this lovely shade of pink with the dried flowers after the Christmas holidays.  I had some used red tissue and white tissue paper and shredded them and made this paper.  I also added the dried flowers (available through the Arnold Grummer store).

To make a cone similar to this one all you need is a sheet of handmade paper and some glue.  I formed the cone shape and found that using my hot glue gun was the easiest method to get the cone to stay together with our unrolling.  Make sense?

I decorated the cone with some pieces of vintage lace and gold rick rack.  I found the gold rose in my stash of vintage knick backs and the handle was made of an up cycled piece of ribbon from a past gift.

Such cones can be filled with treats and small gifts.  I like to add some filler in the form of shredded vintage music sheets and basket filler.

These are fun and fast to make, once you have the beautiful handmade paper.  I hope I have inspired you to make something pretty.  Thank you for stopping by.  Please visit my blog (http://annmakes.blogspot.com) for more crafty goodness.

Please use this coupon code and save on your next purchase at the Arnold Grummer Online store:
April code:  20Four

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Tag

Our days are slowing getting warmer, and there is the promise of spring and summer in the air. I'm eager for the flowers to bloom!! But, while I wait for them, I created this spring tag.

I included fern fronds and flower buds that I dried last summer using Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. (Can't wait to press flowers and leaves again this summer!!)

I started with a wooden tag that I painted white. The next step was to napkin collage the flower motifs at the bottom and upper right corner. the fern fronds and flower buds were decoupaged in place using PPA. 

When the tag was dry I added ribbons and the little bird in the upper left corner, which I die cut from my own handmade paper. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

ABC Zig Zag Book

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Yes, I admit it, I have a TON of word stamps! I have collected them for years, and this project was the perfect venue to use them. This kit from Arnold Grummer made the project go together quickly. How many words can you think of for each letter in the alphabet?


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ Adhesive
  • Scor-Tape™
  • Scraps of black paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • One or more of AG  #2732 Original Zig Zag Book kit or kits or #2782 Tall Zig Zag Book kit or kits
  • Verbiage stamps and black ink pad
  • ColorBox™ Stylus™ handle and soft tip
  • Dies: Spellbinders’ Shazam alphabet set
  • Die cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur
  • Thin strong black cord
  • Alphabet beads


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create black slurry.
  2. Create several sheets of thick black paper.
  3. When the papers are dry, die cut the letters.
  4. Follow the instructions provided with the book kits to assemble the books.
  5. Add the black die cut alphabet letters to the left hand pages.
  6. Stamp the words on the right hand pages.
  7. Use the ColorBox Stylus™ to antique around the outside edges of the covers and pages.
  8. Add the cord and beads as the book’s closure.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To know me is to love me.....

...and if you know me, you know I love to use my stamps in unusual ways!

Being on this design team has opened my eyes to discovering new ways to utilize my stamps like I never thought of before and having great resources like the Trash-to-Treasure book by Arnold Grummer motivates me to a whole new level! On p. 102, Mr. Grummer discusses using a "rough or patterned surface to use as an embossing plate." Keep in mind that this technique uses a freshly formed wet sheet of paper to emboss with versus using a dry sheet of paper along with a embossing plate. 

This is my card I created using a stamp from Paper Smooches, Timber, to emboss with.

I took my wet sheet of paper, ( go here for the steps to make your own paper ) couched it, and then laid the paper over the wood grain stamp. I then placed them both in between the boards of the Garden Press using the adjustable straps to tighten the pieces together. Figuring I might need a little more pressure, I placed the press on the floor and stood on it for a few minutes, and then set it aside to dry. 

Once dry, I removed the sheet and cut it to the size I needed for my card. The wood grain impression was lightly rubbed with Rangers Vintage Photo Distress ink across the grain to emphasize it a little more. I stamped the deer out from the Paper Smooches Happy Camper set and cut it out to adhere on the front of the card along with the sentiment that I printed out off my computer. And then finished off the card with some hand sewing around the border of the base paper.

---------------------------------------------I didn't forget--------------------------------------------

I also wanted to add a picture of the paper that I made from the left over napkin that I used when I created my Wabi-Sabi bowl the other week. I promised you a follow-up, so here it is, and you can refer back to this post where there is a video to watch if you want to make one of your own.

--------------------------------------------a contest------------------------------------------------

 Did you know that April 22nd is Earth Day? Are you planning any special activities for it? Well, Arnold Grummer is sponsoring a contest, so get out your paper making supplies and join in. If you don't have any, then go HERE and use code 20Four when checking out,
 save the earth and save money...what could be better?

Contest:  Create any paper project with paper you make by recycling wastepaper. 

Prize:  $50 Shopping Spree @ www.arnoldgrummer.com

How To Enter:  Send a .jpg of your project (up to 500pix) to:info@arnoldgrummer.com with 'My Recycled Paper Project' in the subject line.

Include a line about what you recycled, the name of your project, your city and state.
You will receive a message acknowledging your submission.

Contest Dates:  March 15 - April 30

Winner Announced:  Arnold Grummer's May Newsletter

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sea and Sand Journal

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Did you know that Arnold Grummer has wonderful blank books that can be used for photo albums, journals, guest books or scrapbooks? They are called “Books a' la Carte” and come with great instructions. They are easy to assemble, and make terrific gifts for any occasion. I have used the “Photo Album” set for today’s project. This will be a birthday gift for a dear friend who loves the ocean. The book will be filled with sketches, poems and saying about the sea.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scraps of ivory or off white, taupe and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dried crushed leaves or old spices
  • Arnold Grummer’s #2720 “Books a' la Carte” kit
  • Raffia for binding (I wanted a different thread than came with the kit)
  • Large eyed needle
  • Scor-Tape
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive
  • Tiny sea shells
  • Drift wood stick
  • ColorBox Chalk™ charcoal black ink pad
  • Sea themed rubber stamp
  • Alcohol markers: medium blue, dark red, medium brown
  • Iron if you want the paper to be smooth


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create 3 sheets of off-white handmade paper. (I added a tiny bit of spices to the slurry to create speckles in the paper.) 
  2. Create 2 sheets of tan paper, adding lots of crushed leaves and/or spices to the slurry. (I wanted these sheets of paper to look like sand.)
  3. Create 2 sheets of taupe handmade paper.
  4. When the off-white and taupe papers are dry, iron them to make them smooth.
  5. Adhere the taupe paper to the front and back covers with Scor-tape. Trim off the excess paper.
Refer to the photo for layering and placement.

  1. Cut a sheet of the off white paper to fit the cover, leaving a border, and attach the paper with Scor-tape.
  2. Cut a piece of tan paper a tiny bit smaller than the off-white paper, and layer it on top of the off-white paper.
  3. Cut a second piece of off-white paper leaving a tiny border and layer next.
  4. Cut a second piece of tan paper and tear the bottom edge - layer and attach.
  5. Cut a third piece of off-white paper and tear the bottom edge - layer and attach.
  6. Stamp the sea scene onto the off-white paper with the ColorBox Chalk™ ink.
  7. Use the alcohol markers to color in the sky, sea, chair and blanket.
  8. Bind the book with the drift wood stick.
  9. Tie several short pieces of raffia around the stick.
  10. Attach the tiny sea shells with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  11. Fill the books with sketches, thoughts and quotes about the sea!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Card with Tamiko

One of the most awesome things about making your own paper.. Is you don't have to leave your house when your supply gets low!  You can merely look around and say.. Wonder what that would this look like as my new paper.. Then get up and make it happen. ::smiles::  Today is my daughter's birthday and while we have been celebrating almost two weeks already, TODAY is the actual day.  
This is another card I made for her special day.

My supplies included:

To create paper:
Torn papers of my choice 

To create card:
Cardstock (to create card base)
Variety of hand made papers
Girlfriend Stamp- Art Impression
NeoColors II
Koi Water Brush
Archival Ink
DecoArt Gesso
DecoArt Acrylic Paints
Wink of Stella Glitter Pens
Heidi Swaap Banner Stencil
Helmar Tacky Glue

The papers I used today can be made by simply using pour or dips methods for creating paper found here.  I tend to make paper in batches over a few days, so I can use them, as needed.  My pink background was recycled from red and white Christmas paper.  One layer of my banner was done in seperate papers after being traced and cut from the banner stencil I had.  I painted right on top of the papers.. Dabbed the paint on with my fingertips to try to have a feel for how wet the paper was becoming.  The bottom banner, I decided the paper could handle the actual stencil and paint.. so I did just that. 

I stamped my celebrating girlfriends image with black archival ink on another piece of paper, It was kinda light blue, had little metallic bits, which show softly.  I used my neocolor II and moved the color with my waterbrush.  The papers are only as thin as you make them.  Worry about weakened fibers??  Make thicker papers till you know other techniques to do better! ::smiles::  Did some finishing touches with my glitter pens.  They add just enough shimmer without adding actual glitter.  Adhered everything with some Helmar's Tacky Glue.

I hope you have enjoyed my post.  Consider creating your own papers and when you do it.. Learn HOW with products from Arnold Grummer! Don't forget to use 20Four to save 20% off your order for the rest of April.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tag, Tags, and Tags

Tags are so versatile and easy to make and I enjoy making my own.

Hi, it's Ann (http://annmakes.blogspot.com) here today with my share of how to make your very own handmade paper tags using The Arnold Grummer Paper Making system.  Here is a picture of three tags I made to use on gifts for my family this Easter.

To make these I used two sheets of handmade paper that I made using the Arnold Grummer Paper Making System.  I recycled some advertisements from a local restaurant into a sheet of blue and a sheet of white paper.

With the template to make tags (available here) I traced and cut out the blue tags.  To make the white tags I repeated the process with the white paper and I tore the white tags to be smaller than the blue ones.

I stamped the sentiment and bunny with some rubber stamps from Michael's dollar bin and some Ranger Black Archival ink.  I coloured the bunnies with a wooden colouring pencil.

To add interest I inked the edges of each tag with some stamping ink.

I made the bunny tails with little balls of crumpled up scraps of the white paper and glue.  I glued everything together.

I punched out holes in each tag using an office hole punch, and I used pieces of yarn to make the
tassels and bows.

Thank you for your visit today and come check out my many projects at my blog: AnnMakes.

Please enjoy using this coupon code for any purchases you would like to make at the Arnold Grummer store:   

Code=   20Four

Friday, April 3, 2015

Three Really Quick Cards

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

WOW! Easter sure snuck up on me this year, and along with two friends’ birthdays that I didn’t have listed on my calendar, I have run out of time!. Thanks to Arnold Grummer’s wonderful paper casting molds and extra castings that I always make when I have the supplies out - not to worry! I was able to complete the three cards in a jiffy.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Molds: R192 Song bird, 412 Rosebud and Celtic Cross (available from AG)
  • A sunny window or traditional oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white or ivory paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Scraps of light colored handmade paper or scraps of card stock (for die cutting the words)
  • Dies:  3 different Doilies, Happy Birthday, and Quietfire Designs™ “Believe”
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer
  • Scor-Pal™ (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
  • Three center step cards created with G45™ cardstock
  • Envelopes to fit cards
  • Powdered eye shadow or chalks and applicators (small stiff brushes work best)
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots


  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 three molds
  3. Dry the castings in a traditional oven or place in a sunny window.
  4. Create several sheets of handmade paper.
  5. When the paper is dry die cut the three different doilies. Remember to always save the scraps.
  6. Die cut the verbiage from scraps of handmade paper or scraps of card stock.
  7. Create three center step cards from the G45 card stock.
  8. Refer to the photos for coloring, then color the castings with the eye shadow or chalks.

Assemble the cards:

  1. Attach the castings to the middle of the doilies with QuickGrip™ adhesive or double sided foam tape or dots.
  2. Attach the doilies to the center top of the step cards with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  3. Attach the verbiage with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  4. Add your message to the inside of the card.
  5. Hand deliver or mail in a padded envelope.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Re-cycling fond memories

I know many friends and family members that suffer from "sentimental card clutter", which is the art of keeping all cards ever sent to you. I view this as an art form and I can understand this mentality, but I like to re-use and recycle versus storing the cards. It's my new venture in continually trying to downsize the amount of "stuff and things" I'm willing to hold onto.
This is a re-cycled birthday card that my brother sent to me. I loved the sparkly butterflies that were on the card, so I cut out the largest one to use and recycled the base of the card to make a new sheet of paper. I love how the glittered paper turned out!

 I use to try and cut apart store bought cards and re-use them but I just never liked the way they looked, until now...I used the steps for making your own hand made paper that you can find HERE to get this lovely glittery paper. It makes me feel good to know I reused the card to make something brand new from it. I hope you can see the tiny flecks of sparkle in the sheet.

I also enjoy hand sewing onto my cards, it gives them texture without adding extra bulk. I did a Running stitch around the outside edge of the accent paper and I added French Knots for the butterfly trail. Adding hand sewing to hand made paper can really elevate your project to a "wow" status.

 The soft frayed deckled edges to hand made paper just makes me swoon, I love that look. Here, my accent paper is layered over another piece of orange hand made paper that has a completely different texture. I think the degrees of sensory touch you get with the different textures makes for a yummy card.

It's no April Fools joke that the art of sending a card to someone is in decline with all the texting, twittering and Face Book messages that currently goes on in this day and age. But, I think everyone agrees, that when you receive a handmade card in the mail, you know you are special!

Visit the Arnold Grummer store and use the code  20Four to save 20% this month!
No joke :)