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« on: March 10, 2019 10:32:40 AM »

The lovely and generous underthemountain has a non-profit that promotes children's literacy. They give out books to kids and what goes great with books? Bookmarks!
(the skinny one is mine, I used up all the bits of trim that were large enough to become anything and ended up liking this size most of all for myself!)



I started out with a masterboard, a fun technique where you basically just glue, paint, stick, stencil, flick paint, rub on ink & stamp random stuff all over a large piece of sturdy paper or cardboard, layering until you feel like you've filled the space. I ended up with 40 bookmarks that I took to a copy place to have laminated. This step is not essential but I found some of my ink rubbing off on my hands and thought that would not be great inside a book, yikes! Also, I know kids and they are not exactly gentle, the 5mm laminate will make these more durable so they'll last through quite a few stories Smiley.
If I divide the amount of time I spent on the project, each bookmark took only a few minutes to create. Not a bad ratio of work:finished product.


Recently loves2experiment posted some really wonderful ATC's she'd made with strips of scrap paper and it made me think of all the bits of trim I've saved up. I liked the horizontal orientation she used so I did the same, covering over everything with a sheet of sparkly with tissue, torn paper towel for texture, and some torn bits of sewing pattern paper. After this dried the sheet was VERY WRINKLY, oh boy, so I sandwiched it between layers of parchment paper and ironed both sides until it flattened out.


Then I stamped and flicked paint all over the place. It looks like crazy-pants at this stage, right? Sort of ugly actually. It's amazing how nice looking the individual pieces end up compared to this.


I did the same thing on the back to make it double sided.


Here is another one using the same techniques.


The backs don't have to be as decorated, or at all. I just didn't want the bookmarks to be boring on one side.


I also used some gelli prints geekgirl1000100 sent me in a swap, and a postcard from Wulf and a letter from edelC written on the back of one of her pink watercoloured pages (use up everything!).


The backs of those got some paint and stamps. Some writing from the cards shows through a bit, nothing personal! Just a bit of nice looking script Smiley.


Here are a few of the ATC blanks I cut out of left over trim. I think these will make such nice backgrounds.


I hope somebody will try this out and show it off, it's super fun!
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019 10:59:15 AM »

Those are all beautiful. I love this kind of technique, with the way it uses up a lot of leftover stuff and has a nice, free quality. Good work!
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019 12:04:42 PM »

Super cool projects! What a great technique - seems so fun and so satisfying.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019 12:09:33 PM »

Thank you both. It is a great way to use up tiny little scraps, a really nice charity to donate to as well Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019 03:18:59 PM »

These came out beautifully!  Way to stash bust AND do some good in the world.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019 04:56:42 PM »

These are so wonderful! I love the masterboard idea! I have done that recently myself, and you'll see the fruits of that in the Positive Affirmation Swap and some upcoming atcs! It's fun to just make the big piece, and then cut it up to have on hand for future projects!

How wonderful to send those bookmarks to UTM, and I love the personal touches you included.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2019 06:44:33 AM »

This is really great. You've inspired me to have another go at a master board tonight. I am so in a craft-inspiration desert at the moment. I was making something for you, but screwed it up and now have to have a think about it. But I am in a 'thinking-is-too-hard' space at the moment!

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2019 08:24:00 AM »

I love making backgrounds like this. Your bookmarks are fab! I know the kids will love them.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2019 10:12:33 AM »

These are fantastic
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2019 06:56:25 PM »

Thanks for sharing! These are great  Cheesy
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