Friday, July 31, 2015

Handmade Journals

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I love journals and handmade books. The ones that will fit in your purse or tote are especially nice to have and to create. I had some scraps of wallpaper that was perfect for the covers and the right size too! The two “stick bound” journals are the same size, but orientated differently. I like to use handmade paper for the pages as it makes them even more special. You can make these any size - mine are 4 ¾ x 6”. The covers are made of mat board scrap pieces that I had on hand. The pages are ¼ sheets of handmade paper..

FYI - the stick bound book is one of the easiest books to create in multiples, and they make marvelous gifts!

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window, heat gun or microwave oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off white or cream paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Spellbinders Grand Calabur II cutting and embossing machine
  • Dies: CherryLyn: Leaves          Fran The Frantic Stamper: Shrine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Japanese screw punch & 1/8” bit
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Old credit card to use for spreading the ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scrapes of wall paper for covers and die cuts
  • Matching paper for inside of covers (even better if it is handmade paper) two pieces 4 ¼ x 5 ½”
  • Mat board: Leaf journal (portrait orientation book): one piece 6 x 4 3/4” (back cover), one piece 6 x 1 1/8” (hinge), one piece 6 x 3 1/2”Shrine journal (landscape orientation): One piece 4 ¾ x 6 (back cover), one piece 4 ¾ x 1 1/8” (hinge), one piece 4 ¾ x 4 ¾”
  • Sticks for spines
  •  Heavy thread to match the wall paper for binding


  1. Follow the direction for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the off white or cream scraps.
  2. Create numerous sheets of medium weight handmade paper.
  3. When the paper is dry cut or tear it into quarter sheets. Repeat for as many sheets as you want in your journal. Remember to always save the scraps.

To create the journals:

  1. Cut the 2 pieces of wallpaper 1 ½” larger than the mat board.
  2. Spread a thin coat of ZipDry™ adhesive onto the back side of one piece of the wallpaper.
  3. Center the mat board piece for the back cover onto the wallpaper.
  4. Miter the corners, leaving a tiny bit more than the thickness of the mat board.
  5. Apply additional adhesive to the flaps if needed.
  6. Secure the flaps to the other side of the mat board.
  7. Apply the adhesive to the back side of the 2nd piece of wallpaper.
  8. Place the two front cover pieces of mat board onto the wallpaper, leaving 1/8” between the two pieces.
  9. Miter the corners and wrap the flaps to the back side.
  10. Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the matching papers and place on the back side of the covers.
  11. Measure one inch from the top and bottom hinge part of journal, use the Japanese screw Punch to create holes.
  12. Place the pages inside of the covers, mark and create holes in all of the pages. (Remember the pages are a bit smaller than the covers.)
  13. Bind the journal by attaching the sticks with the heavy duty thread.
  14. Die cut the leaves and shrine.
  15. Attach the die cuts with double side foam tape or dots.
Note: You can find a lot of videos on the internet showing how to create many different bindings.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Country Home Planter

Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

My wonderful friend GayLynn is truly a “country girl”. Her birthday is coming up and I wanted to make something special for her gift. She has a deep window sill over her sink and it will be the perfect place for this rustic “country home” planter. Follow along and create one for yourself or a gift.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • AG CP house mold
  • A sunny window, heat gun or microwave oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Die:  Tiny heart
  • Spellbinders Grand Calabur II cutting and embossing machine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer
  • Tiny heart punches
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Tree/bush branches approx: 25 - 30
  • Chip board (I used cereal boxes)
  • Scrapes of heavy weight dark brown handmade paper
  • ColorBox Stylus™ handle and white foam tips
  • Brown water based ink pad
  • 4 x 4” florist foam block


  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 four (or more to use on another project) of the house molds.
  3. Dry the castings in a microwave oven, with a heat gun or place it in a sunny window.
  4. Create a sheet of heavy weight handmade paper.
  5. When the paper is dry, die cut a bunch of hearts.
  6. Punch a bunch of tiny white and dark brown hearts.
  7. Cut pieces of the dark brown handmade paper for the doors and windows. Remember to always save the scraps.
  8. Create a simple 4” square open top box from the chip board.
  9. Attach the doors, windows and hearts to the house castings and the house castings to the chip board box with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  10. “Antique” the houses and edges of the castings with the brown ink and Stylus™ tips.
  11. Attach the hearts to the tips of a lot of the sticks with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  12. Place the foam block into the container.
  13. Arrange and Insert the sticks in to the foam.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LOVE to READ with Tamiko

Hey good people!  It's Wednesdayyyy and I am here with a cute litle set of bookmarks.  If you read even a little bit they are worth creating for yourself. or to drop in the mail.. and even to leave a bunch for the members at church or school.

I made this paper with some roses that dried in a bunch hanging in the closet.  Unfortunately, I was a the victim of 10 yr old so I have no step out photos to share this time.  I plan on doing some more papers soon and I hope to have those moments captured for you. I simply added my dried roses to my torn papers in the blender,  Turned that into slurry goodness.  It even tinted my papers. Two of the book marks are from a bundle called Card and Tag MediumTemplate Collection and the hearts are are available from a bundle called Envelope and Stationary Large Template Collection.  

A term I would like to introduce you to today is INCLUSIONS
Inclusions are what you call the added particles to any paper pulp mixture.  As you will see in the video below there are a variety of things you can add to the paper pulp mixture.

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Back to my bookmarks, once they were dry. I shape a few a little bit with my scissors.  I added some wording, lace and paper flowers with some Helmar's Craft and Hobby PVA Glue.  I like how they turned out! Hope you do too!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Square Zig-Zag Book™

Hello, it is me, Ann, from the Arnold Grummer Design Team and the blog at  Today I want to share with you a really fun and easier than it looks project that you can make for yourself or for someone else.  This is also a great project to do in a group setting as the supplies come in a convenient kit to make 12 books!

Here is one that I put together using many different techniques I have acquired while on the AG team.

First I cut strips of handmade paper I  had made using the Arnold Grummer technique (video link).  The strips are slightly longer than the 4 1/2" covers and the widths vary.  I wove the strips of paper and glued them down to one cover with some Elmers clear paper glue.  For the other cover i used equal size squares which I also glued down.

I painted the covers with some acrylic paint in an Antique White.  Once the paint was dry I painted on a coat of Crackling Medium.  After the medium was dry I painted on a coat of White paint.  The magic happened and the paint crackled to make it look like old paint.

I enhanced the aged look by using some Antiquing cream.  Once everything was dry I glued a pressed pansy from my garden to the cover using some glue sealer.  I added some details with permanent solvent Black ink and some rubber stamps.

I attached the covers to the pre-folded 6-panel inserts and called it a day!  Now there you have a portable sketch, photo, or a  whatever book!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are inspired to try making your very own books.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

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Arnold Grummer's Square Zig-Zag Book™ Group Pack
Arnold Grummer's Garden Press
Plaid Folkart Crackle Medium
Elmer's clear Gel glue
Allen's Original Tacky glue
DecoArt® Crafter's Acrylic Paint in Antique White, and White.
DecoArt® Media Antiquing Cream in Medium Grey
DecoArt®  Americana Decou-Page sealer-glue-finish
Tukineko StazOn Jet Black solvent ink pad
Rubeer stamps (vintage and from my stash)
Pansy flower from my garden (Costco flowers)
Handmade paper strips (from my stash)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Last Minute Gift

Have you ever needed a quick, last minute gift? And since you're a creator of beautiful things, you know that the recipient expects something handmade. Recently, I was in this very situation. Here's what I made.

I used Arnold Grummer's 52 Card Fan Deck. The fan deck comes with chipboard covers, pages, and a post to secure the pages.

I decoupaged the outside of the covers with coleus leaves that I dried using Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. By the way, drying leaves and blossoms is so easy with the garden press, and I have lovely dried elements to include in projects even when the snow is flying.

I used USArtQuest's Matte PPA as my decoupage medium, because, unlike other decoupage mediums, when PPA dries it forms a permanent acrylic seal over my project. Other mediums can reconstitute and become tacky or sticky when exposed to humidity or moisture—not PPA.

You can see that as I was adhere the leaves, they extended beyond the edges of the cover. When the PPA dried, I turned the cover face down and used a sharp craft knife to trim the excess.

I can't call a project complete without adding a bit of bling. I used E6000 to glue a rhinestone to the top of the post and three smaller ones in the lower right corner.

Oh, and the recipient was thrilled with their handmade gift. Get started making your own handmade gifts.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Truth Fan Book

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

How fun and easy is this! Here is another from the series of “Fan” books that I created during one session. Each book is different, but made in my signature color scheme of black and tan. Each book is full of quotes related to the title on the cover of the book.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of black paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • One or more of AG #2718 Mini Fan Book
  • Verbiage stamps and black ink pad or computer generated quotes or sayings
  • ColorBox™ Stylus™ handle and soft tip
  • Small scrap of chip board
  • Dies: CheeryLynn™ tiny leaf strip
  • Die cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create black slurry.
  2. Create a sheet of thick black paper. When the paper is dry die cut the leaves.
  3. Remove the screw hinge and pages from the book.
  4. Stamp a saying onto the scrap of chip board.
  5. Use the Stylus handle and tip to apply ink the edges of the stamped chip board and the book cover.
  6. Center and attach the stamped chip board to the cover with double sided foam tape or dots.
  7. Stamp the saying onto the pages (or print out verbiage using your computer and printer, then cut and glue 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.)
    Also, I suggest that if you are making several of these books, stamp or print all of the sayings at once. (I will often do many different related saying at a time as well as die cutting the bits and pieces and save them to assemble the “Fan” book at a later time.)
  8. Reassemble the fan book.
  9. Attach the tiny black leaves with the Beacon QuickGrab™ adhesive, placing them around the stamped verbiage chipboard piece.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Small note cards

Hi everyone, today I made some petite sized note cards using the Arnold Grummer Gift Card and Envelope template, I just love how tiny they are. I am a big fan of miniature but not so much of my big fumbling fingers so I love how they give you a Fold and Score guide to help you bend those creases for perfect folds!

First thing I did was to make my paper ( instructions here ) using the template and then laid out my paper to air dry.

Next, I folded them using the guide and glued the edges of the envelopes together using my Helmar Craft glue. I used some small stamps and my markers to embellish them. 

I'm going to be giving these away at my art show next weekend as small thank you gifts for everyone attending, so each small card is tucked into small Crystal Clear Card Protectors along with a pressed flower sticker because we all know, presentation is everything!

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Day at the Shore

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Looks like summer is really here with temperatures around 90* and rising. Just thinking about a day at the shore brings a smile to my face. Even though I don’t like to actually swim in the ocean, I do love hearing the waves, wading in the surf and sitting under a palm tree in the shade. Follow along to create this fun card!


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white, blue and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Wescott™ personal paper cutter
  • Scor-Pal™ (Love the new 1/8version)
  • Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
  • Dies: Impression Obsession™ #190-C & 78-C
  • Spellbinders™ IN-038 Paradise Palm
  • ColorBox Stylust™ and tips or make-up sponge
  • Med. blue, light golden tan & green water-based ink pads
  • Thin piece of plastic with a straight edge
  • Beacon™ ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Scrap of white card stock
  • Double sided foam tape or dots
  • Tiny container of water


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create a sheet each of heavy weight light blue & tan paper. 
  2. Dry the sheets of paper.
  3. When the sheets of handmade paper are dry, cut or tear the blue sheets in half creating two 5 ½ x 8 ½’ cards. Score and fold the cards.
  4. Tear or cut the tan sheet in half. Tear an approx. 11/2” piece for the sand.
  5. Tear a curved shape from the middle forming sand dunes on each side. (Save all the scraps.)
  6. Die cut 1 tiny seagull & 2 chairs for each card from the white card stock.
  7. Die cut the palm trees for each card from a scrap of the tan handmade paper.
  8. Shade the palm tree trunks and the bottom part of the sand dunes with the golden tan ink and Stylust™ tips or make-up sponge.
  9. Dampen the tip or sponge with a tiny bit of water to be able to blend the colors.
  10. Clean the tip or sponge between colors. Dry the tip or sponge on a towel.
  11. Shade the palm tree fronds with the green ink. Clean & dry the tip or sponge.
  12. Add some blue ink to the sky forming clouds. Blend with a damp tip or sponge.
  13. Use the plastic’s straight edge, the tip or sponge and the blue ink to create the water line.
  14. Blend with a damp tip or sponge.
  15. Attach the tiny seagull to the sky & the sand dunes to the bottom of the card with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  16. Attach the straps to the tiny sandals with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  17. Attach the palm trees, flip flop sandals and chairs to the card front with tiny pieces of foam tape or dots.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Collage and Water Colour

Hello, Ann here again with my handmade paper collage today.  I have a nice stash of handmade papers that I made a few weeks back using the Arnold Grummer Paper Making system.  I just love all the colours I got!..  What a fabulous way to turn trash into treasure.  Literally, I up cycled a bunch of junk mail into some great sheets.

For today's project I used four of the sheets of paper I made to make a mixed-media collage.  I used to love cutting out and playing with paper dolls as a child and it seems that I still enjoy that today, but with a twist.  The twist being that I make my own now.  I hope you give this a try for yourself or maybe for a child (r the child in you).  It is fun.

I used a large rubber cling stamp of a doll that I stamped onto three different colours of papers,
Then with some scissors and Matte Medium I cut and assembled my doll.

I used a fourth sheet as the background which I coloured up with some water colours and ink.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Sea Shell Treasure Box

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I have fond memories of playing on the beach as a small child when we lived in Southern California. Life was simpler back then, less stress and worry! I long to go back to those days and be able show our grandkids what life was like back then. I have created a “treasure” box for each of them as a reminder of lazy summer days spent at the beach.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • AG Cotton Press sea shell mold
  • A sunny window, microwave or heat gun
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Beacon  QuickGrip™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • Hexagon paper Mache box approx. 4 ½”
  • Silver metallic and medium blue pearl acrylic paint
  • Small flat paint brush, 1” foam brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Numerous sizes of white and blue pearl beads
  • Wired tiny white pearl beads


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry.
  2. Cast two sea shells.  (I often create multiple castings to use for later projects.)
  3. When the castings are dry, use the flat brush and blue pearl paint to add some color to the sea shells.
  4. Set aside to dry.
  5. Use the foam brush to paint the box with blue pearl paint.
  6. When the box is dry, use the sponge to randomly apply silver metallic paint.
  7. Set the box aside to allow the paint to dry.
  8. Use the QuickGrip™ adhesive to attach the two sea shell casting onto the lid of the box, slightly overlapping the shells.
  9. Arrange and attach the pearl beads and wired pearls.

Enjoy the memories.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flower Fairy

Hi everyone, ready to have some fabulous summer fun?
Well, grab your Arnold Grummer products and fun is right within your reach!
I really had a great time creating this Flower Fairy out of my Sundrops and Sea Foam Flowers. I don't know what the flower is called that I used around her waist, so if you do let me know!

First I began with a Sin City Rubber Stamp, you can use any form that doesn't have too much detail to it and is easily cut out. Keep in mind that some flowers are transparent and you can see the stamped lines through the petals so you want to remove as much of that as you can before assembling the flowers. For the skirt, I cut a piece of yellow cardstock out and glued the petals to it. For the bodice, I took a white Signo pen and marked out the lines.

Because I cut out the arm, so it could lay over the top of her dress and hold a Sea Foam flower in her hand I used some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give it some strength and keep it propped up. I used some ColourArte Twinkling H2o's on her wings to give them some sparkle and coloring in her hair with some Design Memory Craft PITT pens.

I love how the Sea Foam flowers come apart and look like tiny flowers all by themselves, so I arranged them along the ground and placed one in her hand. Sewing on your handmade paper adds so much to your card and so does all the metallic sparkle that is in this paper. From now on I am buying metallic gift wrapping paper because it makes the best handmade paper! 

To make your own flower fairy you just need a Garden Press and go walk around in your garden collecting flowers. I remove the stamens and pistons from most flowers. The "juicer" they are the more I take them apart. Some flowers keep their color better than others and you just need to experiment with some to see how they do. My Sun Drops need about a week of drying time while the Sea Foams which are a papery kind of flower are almost dry immediately. 

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