Rescued Toilet Paper Rolls!

Rescued Toilet Paper Rolls!

As you know, I Love Love LOVE to reuse trash! I know that sounds so weird. I just hate to waste resources. Especially something I can use to craft with. Everything is so expensive these days. I never pass up on a freebie, and I try to make anything myself I can.

So this is how the project came about….I am obsessed with pens, markers, highlighters, and pencils.

It is a serious ailment I’ll tell you ( my boyfriend would tell you too 😀 ) so anyway, I love pen displays in stationery stores. You know the ones I am talking about, You turn the corner and there brightly lit and perfectly organized rows of bright colors. Markers, Pens, Pencils, felt tip, ballpoint, extra fine point, on and on and on. Too many possibilities! It was the part of the craft and stationery stores that gave me goosebumps. Luckily I have a cool mom (that also has this pen illness) and I often came home with a new color pen. Hmmm, Perhaps she was a pen-enabler… a  Penabler!

Back to the project! So as someone who is very visual I hated my pen drawer, it sort of looks like my makeup drawer. It was so sad, just a jumble of lonely pens, all points, types and styles mixed together. Not very conducive for a creative atmosphere…well for my head anyway. So I went from a big ole mess of pens everywhere…

To This!

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Now I just want to play with all of them!

I just started to gather paper towel rolls (they can be cut to size)  and tp rolls.

Just pack them all together. If they are not staying where you want them too just use either a hot glue gun or you can use regular glue or Mod Podge, secure the rolls together with paper clips to keep them close while the glue dries.

If you want to get really fancy, decorate them with paint or washi tape or scrapbook paper.

I also have an obsession with anything vintage. My grandma just gave me her old make up case, and I could

not stand the thought of it sitting in a closet. I liked it so much I did the same thing with my mess of paint brushes.

I found this vintage case cheap in a Goodwill.

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So many options, so little time!

I hope you have a wonderful Day! How do you organize your supplies? I would love to know!

First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of spring and a Vernal Equinox! Finally longer days and warmer nights!

So what is an equinox? The day of the equinox, the center of the Sun spends  just about the same amount of time above and below the horizon, so basically night and day are just about the same length.

It is a perfect time to get your seeds going. You can easily start your seedlings in a window sill. I like to reuse items, so I used tin cans.  A punch makes it easy to make labels for your seeds.

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After about  few weeks they will start to sprout and ready to move.

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Happy Gardening! Have a wonderful first day of spring!

Do you have plans to start a garden?

A New Finished Project!

A New Finished Project!

I had this round white canvas and this extra pocket. I had no idea how this was going to turn out. I had no plan in mind, but I actually really like how it turned out a whole lot. The beads were the best touch, it looked really unfinished before. The beads also really brighten the whole thing. I love how little touches make a big difference.

Would you like to own it? I am selling it here —> https://www.etsy.com/listing/182339541/beaded-canvas-wall-pocket?ref=shop_home_active_4

From Index card to Stencil

From Index card to Stencil!   I try my hardest to make my craft supplies out of things I already have around the house. I would love to go to a craft store and buy things off the shelf but I rarely have the extra cash, and there is nothing like making your own supplies.  I have been really into Journal Art lately and was in need of some fun stencils. I also had a huge stack of index cards someone gave me. I use the really big ones, but of course any size will work.

Let’s get started!

Gather your materials:

  • Index Cards
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • exact o knife or sharp scissors
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When I started using index cards for stencils I did not Mod Podge them, I just cut out the pattern. I decided to try the Mod Podge to see if it would make a difference. Here we go, lets make a stencil.

Brush the index card with Modge Podge and let dry. (This step is not necessary, but it’s quick will make your stencil bead up extra ink rather than absorbing it)

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Once completely dry,  trace an image with carbon paper or draw the image directly onto the card.

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Using either a very sharp fine pointed scissor or a exact o knife, carefully cut out your image.  If you are really careful, you should have a positive and negative to use.

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Ready to use.

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I have been using this method for a while now, I mostly use my stencils with ink sprays, acrylics, gesso, markers,and paint daubers. After each use I let dry before I put away ( I keep them in a plastic sleeve).  So far they have all held up.  What do you think? I would love to hear from you.

Ok crafters, lets get Journaling!!