“Life is Beautiful…..Believe”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

Mixed Media” is the “buzz” word in the art world these days. Some people think that means just throw a bunch of stuff onto a substrate and call it done! Sad to say, that is exactly what it looks like too!  You still need to follow the basic elements and principles of design. The Grummer company has always championed making handmade paper using stuff that would have ended up in the trash. They have taught millions of people to make beautiful things adhering to this philosophy. Follow along to create your own piece of art. Mine is a Mother's Day gift for my mom.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of white or off white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Heart: Southern Ridge Trading Co.TM Chipboard “Rope Heart”
·       Scraps of chip board to die cut (I used cereal boxes)
·       Dies: Couture CreationsTM  “life is beautiful” #CO724243, Ultimate Crafts™ Christmas Pageant Border #340842, and Quiet FireTM Designs “Believe”
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
·       Stencil: The Crafters Workshop #TCW554 BF Collage
·       Antiquing  ink pads in tans, rusts and light browns
·       ColorBoxTM Stylus handle & white tips
·       Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive, old credit card
·       Double sided foam tape
·       Couture CreationsTM Premium Adhesive Pearls Glamorous Gold #CO724644
·       Substrate: 8 ½ x 10 ¾” box insert from clear acrylic frame (or make your own)
·       Iron


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of light weight oatmeal colored speckled paper.  
2.     Before the paper is completely dry very slightly overlap the edges on the long side and press with the iron to join the sheets.
3.     Apply the ZipDry™ adhesive to the substrate (I use old credit cards as a spreader)
4.     Carefully smooth out the handmade paper, covering the top and sides of the box.
5.     Allow adhesive to dry.
6.     Apply inks around the edge of the box with the Stylus.
7.     Use the various ink colors and stencils to add designs and interest to the surface.
8.     Die cut 2 pieces of the lace border, 4 each of the word “Believe” and the words “life is beautiful” from the scraps of chipboard.
9.     Layer and glue the world and saying to create thickness.
10.  Apply a tiny bit of the ink colors to the word, saying and heart.
11.  Attach the lace border to the top of the substrate with ZipDry™ adhesive.
12.  Attach the heart to the lower left side of the box substrate with tiny pieces of foam tape.
13.  Attach the saying to the middle right with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the word to the lower right of the box with double side foam tape.
15.  Place a pearl on each of the round areas of the lace, the dot of the “I” in Believe and the dot of the “I” beautiful.
16.  Place three pearls on the left top side of the Rope Heart and the v and point of the heart. (Don’t you just LOVE this heart from Southern Ridge Trading CO? I can’t wait to create more projects with their wonderful products - all made from clean recycled paper! Arnold would love the company.)


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Sandee....I too think she will love it!
      Love and light,

  2. I love all your directions! Pretty card!

    1. greetings,
      happy that you like the instructions. I am sure that my mom will love the "canvas".....but you are correct it would have been a pretty card to....Love and light,

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Jean.....I as very pleased with the way it turned out. The Rope Heart makes the piece.
      Love and light,

  4. Beautiful, I am sure your mom will love this. Great job!!


    1. Thanks Donna.......I am very happy with it and think she will love it.
      Love and light,


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