Thursday 17 October 2013

Bits and bobs

I hate waste, any kind of waste, food, time, crafting materials. So with this in mind I have a box that I drop all my bits of left over paper into. They do come in useful for those little bits we all need from time to time, but today I thought I would share a couple of ideas that just use little scraps of paper.
The best way to start with this kind of project is to pull out a nice pile of contrasting papers, most of mine came from the Well Travelled paper pad
I then got together a collection of embellishments and ribbons that would work with the papers I'd chosen. You won't use everything you've got out but having them to hand will make decisions easier.

The first thing I made from this pile was a pendant, using a wooden tile as a base, you could use a domino, mount board, anything as long as it wont warp when glue is applied.
I chose my scrap of paper which I then glued to the base

file the edges of the paper to get a nice smooth finish
pick a couple of other contrasting papers and layer them on your base.

Now coat this in Mod Podge to seal all the edges.
Pick your embellishment and glue to the base.
 I stamped and added a word to mine, from the Crafty Impression Explore stamp set.
If you want to make a pendant, make a hole to thread a cord through. You could use this as an embellishment for a card, a Christmas tree decoration, or even add a magnet to the back.
The second thing I made was a quick card Embellishment, which could also be made into many other items.
I started out by cutting three different sized circles using my Cuttlebug.
I layered them up and added some ribbon,
I chose a focal element which I embellished with a bit of bling

and there you have a finished embellishment to use in whatever way you want

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