Paper Crafts

paper pieces

I’m itching to do something creative with paper.  But I had to leave my stash in Michigan because space is limited here…and I would have needed an entire u-haul for all my crafts.  But in the mean time I can dream of all sorts of paper goodness and just maybe start a small stash here in texas (but just don’t tell my husband!!)

I would LOVE to make a mini like this right now! 

Maybe I could start with something small, like these tags

It will have to be next year until I can make the loveliest paper ornaments like the ones here:

working girl

I always love getting personal stuff done on company time.  Well, since I am just temping for a couple of weeks I don’t feel too bad.  (My supervisor did give me a stack of magazines to read if things got slow…so I mean, come on!)  One of the many things I accomplished today was addressing my Christmas cards.  I finally ordered a few photo cards, but I couldn’t afford the zillion that I needed and Target was having a sale last week (the one box store I can’t seem to boycott!).  As I examined the chicken scratch resembling an addressed envelop, it made me wish that I had an ounce of the talent of Betsy Dunlap — calligrapher extraordinaire.  Check out some of her work here.  And she also has a very lovely blog here.

a clean page

This weekend I took a break and quickly put together a new mini.  I was recently asked about my other mini… the daily 2009.  I stopped making pages in June.  It started to feel like more of an obligation rather than a joy.  I was also becoming busier and then when we put our house on the market, I couldn’t keep my crafts out in the open.  (I keep them in rubbermaid bins under the bed.)  I also started feeling weird about posting things that were so personal.  All of that combined… I decided to stop that book where it was.  I can’t say that I’ve done much with paper since.  My summer was so busy and dragging out the boxes wasn’t too appealing.

But alas, on Sunday, creativity came calling and I thought it would be worth the effort.  I think the whole idea of a “mini-book” will work for me if it’s already pre-made, or almost done… just add words, photos and a date stamp.  I am also too much of a type A personality to not love having more of a uniform look.  I like each page being the same size and a similar color scheme or theme.  (I know… all kinds of crazy!)

So I created this one on Sunday as a gift…but it will be hard to part with it.  Here are just a few pages:

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pink paper blue paper

yellow and blue pink and gold

epistolary goodness

i still love to get hand-written love in the mail.  I have such great memories of writing letters to summer camp flames, friends living abroad, and even my Aunt.  For those like me, I found a website just for us.   We can get free downloads to encourage good old-fashioned letter writing.  I still have a few folks I like to share letters with.  I love choosing the right paper and the beauty of good penmanship.  (Much less, decorating the outside of the envelope and choosing the right seal.)  But, most of the time mine looks like chicken scratch, but I’m still in love with the idea behind it.  It’s also one of my favorite parts of being a sponsor at Women for Women.  You write letters to one another and get to share a bit of your personality on paper all the while funding an education to improve their lives.  What’s not to love?

LWA-free-postcard

v-mail

Folding-Stationery

making stuff: fabric journals

I’ve been a busy little bee lately buzzing around my “craft room”.  I’ve got several projects going at once, but I have managed to whip out a few little gifts.  I have a thing for journals (clearly!) and I like them pocket/purse size to be able to jot down thoughts, words, grocery items.  I also have a thing for fabric and I don’t seem to ever toss my scraps because, you know, I just *might* use them.  Looking at my stack of fabric scraps and coveting new pocket size journals at my local bookstore, the idea hit me.   These two things go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly.  I also decided to make a tutorial because everyone should have their very own little pocket book.  There are so many possibilities with these little guys. Paper, fabric, embellishments, embroidery… endless possibilities.

fabric  journals

See the (picture heavy) how-to after the jump…

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it’s the little things…

…that I enjoy so much.  Today I sent a note to a friend and included a lovely little poem about spring.  I also made a recipe card for a different friend.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately.  On Saturday we made the most delicious Cavatappi dish and so I snapped a photo of it cooking.  I then used that photo as a watermark for a recipe card.  I think I’m going to try to do a series of those for a family member that’s getting married in May.  Too bad for me that I will now need to make my favorite meals and then print out the recipes.  Looks like I’m eating good in April!

The Trees -- Philip Larkin

Cavatappi Recipe Card

Excuse me, do I have something on my face?

I realized today as I was crafting away on my mini-book, that almost the entire month of February and most of March has been stamped with “2008”!  What the…?!  How did I not notice this HUGE editorial faux pas?!?!?  Boy, I’m totally reliving the day I walked into the fabric store with my skirt tucked into my stockings.