Cloth Paper Scissors – Magazine Review

Cloth Paper Scissors is a unique and creative magazine that makes me drool. Published six times a year by Interweave Press, it is a magazine devoted to collage, mixed media, and artistic discovery. The magazine covers many types of fiber arts and collage including altered books, art dolls, visual art journal, rubber stamping, and assemblage. The featured crafts are truly works of art. Even though are beyond anything I am doing, I still learn a great deal from this publication. They cover a lot of basic techniques like glazing, how to sew on paper, and how to use rubber stamps … Continue reading

Vintage Pop-Up Cards – Taylor Hagerty

I love vintage greeting cards. For some reason I think they are particularly charming for the Valentine’s season. Vintage Pop-Up Cards: Making Your Own Timeless Treasures by Taylor Hagerty gives color reproducible patterns and instructions for making your own vintage looking cards. The book begins with an interesting history of pop-up cards. I had never considered how origami influenced pop-up books and greeting cards. Movable picture books have been around since 1860. In Vintage Pop-Up Cards, full patterns and instructions are provided for twenty-four Victorian looking cards. The images copy nicely. Instructions for reproducing the images, aging your paper, cutting … Continue reading

LOVE Letters

These may not be your typical love letters that you would expect to find from your grandparents form years ago, but I hope that you will be inspired to create a few love letters like these sometime in the near future. I just put these letters together yesterday and I had so much fun with this project, so I thought that I would share them with you. Supplies: Chipboard Letters: from JoAnn ($2.99 each) Patterned Paper: Basic Grey and Daisy D’s Stickers: 7 Gypsies and Heidi Swapp Rub-on flourishes: Basic Grey Love Themed Stamp: 7 Gypsies Ribbon and Heart Gems: … Continue reading

Altered Lunch Pail

Have you ever wanted to use up some of your leftover scrapbooking products on a fun project? How about altering something. Altering simply means taking an object and changing it with your products to make it your own new creation. I just finished altering this lunch pail and I am excited with the results. I would like to share a few tips that will help you alter a project easily. Sketch out your ideas. Before you begin think about what the theme for your project will be and sketch out your general vision of how you want the project to … Continue reading

Altered Lunch Boxes

There are so many fun items that you can alter, and one of the latest crazes seems to be lunch boxes and small tin boxes. This adorable altered lunch box was Contributed by Tina Husong It’s really very easy to alter a lunch box or tin box and there are so many things you can use them for. To alter a lunch box you will need: A small lunch box or lunch pail Themed papers Embellishments Double Sided Tape or other adhesive Hot glue gun or other sturdy adhesive for embellishments First, you will need to decide what you want … Continue reading

Altered Art: The Paint Can

The latest rage is scrapbooking seems to be altered art. Altered art defined is when you take something that isn’t necessarily a scrapbooking supply or item and turn it into a work of art. Many different items can be altered and turned into gifts for others. I have seen some exotic items altered including boxes, books, clip boards and more. Paint Cans seem to be one of the favorites amongst altered items right now. People have been altering paint cans for a couple of years and they are very impressive. Most altered paint cans become gifts for others. They are … Continue reading

Altering Eyelets and Brads

Using eyelets or brads on your layouts or cards can be the perfect touch. There are a couple of different ways you can use them, however altering them to match or work with your layout seems to be the newest and latest trend. Eyelets are great to work with and can be rubber stamped, embossed, aged, distressed, or colored to match your layouts. These same techniques work for brads or any other metal-based embellishment you wish to use. Here are a couple of ways to alter your metal embellishments: If you are desiring a vintage aged look on your eyelets … Continue reading