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« on: March 20, 2019 05:52:51 AM »



I decided to put this thread under Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed because except for the printed words and staples everything I used was scraps of scraps.

I got the idea from this facebook video
https://www.facebook.com/elise.shaw.5/videos/2768418779849958/
For those that don't use FB, the original poster was Elise Shaw and here are some screenshots of her tags


Her's were pretty uniform in shape, I deviated from that.  The backs (that you can't see) are cut from a sturdy piece of junk mail.  I used small pieces of random papers I had leftover from cutting up gelli prints scraps and other papers for greeting cards and ATCs, tiny bits of ribbon and lace, and tissue paper that I had thrown into a box, etc.

I started gluing the layers together but wasn't totally happy with them, some of them were a little bulky so the word on top didn't lay flat so then I stapled the rest together.  I used to hate visible staples but after watching so many mixed media art / embellishment videos staple things, I have learned to embrace staples.

And after LB&BB mentioned colored staples I got out the colored staples I had for my staple board (which I hate BTW) and made some more.  The colored staples I had are kind of crap and jammed a lot in my stapler (but they jam on the staple board also).  In the second batch I also used some tiny scraps of fabric I had on some of the embellishments.  

These are super easy and addictive to make. I still have more I haven't taken pictures of.  Anyone swapping with me in any paper related swap for the forseeable future will probably be getting some of these  Grin

I tried to make sure I had at least 3 layers and if the materials were flimsy I added a piece of the sturdy junk mail I had cut up.




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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019 06:20:14 AM »

What an abundance! And so many words, and ways!  Love them!


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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2019 06:38:07 AM »

Those are just so cute and upbeat! I would love to receive some in a swap. I'm sure others would too.

Your use of color is spot on.
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2019 06:40:07 AM »

My gosh, those are amazing. Really, really charming little works of art. I am completely entranced and thinking about how to make some time for studio crafting this week. What will you do with them? They'd make terrific ATC's, greeting cards, gift tags... wow. Love <3

If you really hate the staples, perhaps they could be under the word strips which could be glued on or stuck with double sided tape. Just an idea...
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2019 08:03:29 AM »

Love these!! these are so fun and a great way to use up all those little bits leftover from larger projects! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2019 10:23:02 AM »

I love these! They are so uplifting.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2019 10:57:16 AM »

I would love to receive these in happy mail or in a swap!
Lovely and a great way to use up scraps!
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2019 04:09:15 AM »

Ooh, paper eye candy! Love these, geekgirl1000100!
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2019 06:55:46 AM »

Thanks everyone!

CLM - I will keep these in my finished embellishment stash that also has things like altered tickets in it and then I use them when I make bigger things.  I add them on ATCs, altered tags, journal pages, junk journals, etc.  So like a mini piece of art incorporated into a larger piece.  I like layers and texture so it helps add interest to the overall project.  I do most my crafting in blocks.  I rarely sit down and do one item from start to finish.  I'll make a ton of backgrounds, or a ton of embellishments, or a bunch of mini notebooks/other journal tuck-ins and then when I need to complete a project I will rummage through my pile of already made elements.

My gosh, those are amazing. Really, really charming little works of art. I am completely entranced and thinking about how to make some time for studio crafting this week. What will you do with them? They'd make terrific ATC's, greeting cards, gift tags... wow. Love <3

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019 07:34:30 AM »

Ok, this is the eightieth time I've looked these over, lol. I have a question about how you inked the torn edges of some of those papers. I have a hard time inking a stiff, straight edge, never mind that irregular shape, and a book page no less. What's your secret? They just looks so great, I have to try this myself.
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