Celebrate Earth Day with Upcycling Inspiration

April 21st, 2014

Upcycling for Earth Day

Earth Day is upon us, and here at Stampington, we feel that this special day should be spent in celebration of this big, beautiful, planetary rock that we all share. Whether you’re planting a tree, going to an Earth Day event, or making an effort to be a more conscientious crafter, we invite you to join us as we explore ways in which some of our published artists have attempted to craft a greener world.

From mountaintops to ocean floors, vast open plains to thick lush jungles – the Earth fills our bellies and entices our souls by offering an endless wealth of inspiration. While the Earth does not have limitless resources, what it does give us is always multi-dimensional and holds a great capacity to be multi-purposed. We get joy from the process of creating; what’s more,  upcycling challenges us artistically to repurpose discarded materials that are destined for the landfill, to breathe new life into them and transform them into beautiful and functional works of art.

 

Inspirational Words About Upcycling

Upcycled Lace Bag for Earth Day“I have a passion for old and discarded items—linens, jewelry, buttons, clothing, and handbags just to name a few. I see the potential to upcycle or repurpose an item by breathing new life into it.” ~Diane Utley-Aguilar from Haute Handbags

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Advertisement Flowers for Earth Day“Put junk mail, packaging, and advertisements to good use by incorporating them into your journal page. Either use the text to simply add interest to your page, or choose words and phrases that complement the theme of your design.” ~Amber Demien from Art Journaling

Project by Vicki Cotnoir

 

 

 

Upcycle Art Journaling for Earth Day“When I saw the huge mound of unnoticed, unloved, and just plain abandoned paper, I did what any sane artist would have done: I inquired into the paper’s future. The company’s plan to recycle was certainly good enough for me, but I saw a better use.” ~Autumn Hathaway from Art Journaling

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Faucet Handle Bracelets for Earth Day“Sue Elseth loves repurposing jewelry and trinkets. Not only do they bring new and meaningful life to her and others, but they also create the opportunity to teach new generations about the history behind those pieces.” ~Sue Elseth from Jewelry Affaire

Project by Ann Tatum

 

 

 

Upcycled Burlap Bag for Earth Day“What is the point of using recycled materials if you aren’t actually going to use what you make? Creating new from the old has always been a hobby of mine. It’s incredibly satisfying to take something someone else might consider old, worn out, or complete trash, and refashion it into something you are proud to wear.” ~Stephanie Snow from GreenCraft Magazine

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Belt Buckle for Earth Day

 “I adore being able to repurpose something that might have been discarded but can be reborn as something new through creative daydreaming.” ~Brenda Bamford from Jewelry Affaire

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Dryer Sheet Dress for Earth Day “By salvaging the interesting features of a shirt to turn into necklaces, I am preserving the essence of what I loved about the shirt to begin with…” ~Johanna Love from GreenCraft Magazine

Project by Shawn Le Kohler

 

 

 

Upcycled Paper Wreath for Earth Day“Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a tattered piece of beautifully aged paper, mottled with stains and spots, delicate and fragile, soft and dreamy, aching to be reborn.” ~Layla Renzi from Digital Inspiration

Project by Lana Manis

 

 

 

Need more Earth Day inspiration?

In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to share your own upcycling projects or tell us what your plans are for tomorrow. If you happen to be running low on ideas, take a look inside our spring issue of GreenCraft Magazine, which is full of creative and truly unique projects.

 





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Earth Day is upon us, and here at Stampington, we feel that this special day should be spent in celebration of this big, beautiful, planetary rock that we all share. Whether you’re planting a tree, going to an Earth Day event, or making an effort to be a more conscientious crafter, we invite you to […]

Delicately Stitched Envelopes Just in Time for Easter and Mother’s Day

April 18th, 2014

 

Free Article Stitched Envelopes “Over the years, I have collected many and various pieces of vintage papers, tickets, labels, sewing patterns, etc. The muted, soft colors and textures are so pleasing, and I enjoy the history and the stories these little pieces of very worn and torn paper can tell.”

~Mixed-media artist Viv Sliwka; Click here to read the full article.

There is no better way of being transported to the past than with what is fast becoming a relic of what used to be the most common form of communication: the handwritten letter. Holding onto an old envelope with the yellowing of time showing on its edges, its postmark stamp a tell-tale sign of its age, and the stains of all its travels proudly worn upon its surface – it’s very easy to see why Viv Sliwka has decided to use these very particular objects as a canvas for her creativity.

 

Free Article Stitched Envelopes

In this free article download, Viv does a wonderful job of maintaining the integrity of the original envelopes while also introducing her own artistic style. Armed with carefully selected ephemera, subtle touches of fabric, and screen print drawings of her own artwork or photographs, she creates stunning collages that resonate with springtime colors and blooms. Once she’s happy that she’s captured the overall sentiments she was trying to convey, she applies the focal point of her style: sewing machine or hand-stitched details.

Click here to download the free article, “Stitched Envelopes,” by Viv Sliwka that originally appeared in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations Volume 5.  You’ll also find more mixed-media creations by this talented artist, learn about her creative process, and pick up some creative techniques that you may want to apply to a Mother’s Day card or heartfelt letter.

 

Recreate Your Own Stitched Envelopes for Easter or Mother’s Day

Perfect for spring: We think this is the ideal time to attempt and apply some of Viv’s ideas and techniques. Why not try making your own Mother’s Day or last-minute Easter card and embellishing the envelope in an unforgettable way?

 

Also featu1SOM-HOL11-Somerset-Holidays-Celebrations-2011-Volume-5-600x600red in this issue are more than 100 holiday ideas for gift and décor items, such as a spooky Halloween magnet calendar, a very patriotic Uncle Sam hat centerpiece, and ideas for adding spring colors to wood letters. Join artists Catherine Matthews-Scanlon, Becky Shander, Vanessa Valencia, Angela Harris, and many more in this issue of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations.

 

 

 

 

We want to hear from you!

What are your ideas and techniques for creating memorable correspondence? Do you already create stitched envelopes or have we tempted you to try? Let us know in the comment section below!





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  “Over the years, I have collected many and various pieces of vintage papers, tickets, labels, sewing patterns, etc. The muted, soft colors and textures are so pleasing, and I enjoy the history and the stories these little pieces of very worn and torn paper can tell.” ~Mixed-media artist Viv Sliwka; Click here to read […]

Ten Ways to Create with Kraft-Colored Products + Giveaway

April 15th, 2014

Kraft Essentials

 

There’s something warm and inviting about kraft-colored products. Maybe it’s the soft shades of brown or the subtle texture of the porous material. It’s like an echo from the past, before paper products underwent multiple chemical treatments to get that just-right sheen of glossy business-letterhead perfection. And maybe it’s the uncomplicated ruggedness of these products which helps to spark the sort of inspiration that is born in the wiser but simpler parts of our mind.

With such a beautiful coloration and sturdiness to these materials, kraft-colored crafting supplies are great for all sorts of projects. Here at Somerset Place, we’re hoping to jumpstart your creativity by sharing ten inventive ways to use kraft-colored products:

 

1. Alter a Kraft-Colored Journal

Je Taime Journal ProjectGive your new diary a down-to-earth feel with the rich tan coloration of a moleskine kraft journal. With a variety of sizes and a choice between a darker or lighter cover, you can give your thoughts the perfect canvas for paint, collage, stamps, embellishments, and more.

2. Package Special Homemade Goods

Birds and Blooms Kraft Colored Treat BagsDifficult for making an airtight seal and often covered in ink and chemicals, normal wrapping paper is not well suited for packaging edible goods. However, kraft-colored treat bags make it easy to securely enclose treats and are available in multiple sizes with interesting patterns like playful polka dots and bold stripes. Some kraft-colored bags come without a design, which means you can alter them for special occasions, themed parties, or anything else you can come up with. If you’re packaging baked goods, you can even share your recipe by printing it directly on kraft-colored bags.

 

3. Make Gorgeous Handcrafted Cards

Just Because Kraft Colored CardCreate unique embellishments on this ready-to-alter material that will give all your handcrafted cards a special and original touch. Kraft-colored paper is well known for being a very sturdy material, so whether you’re making a festive collage or an elegant invitation – it’s a great canvas for pen, paint, and other mixed-media applications. If you need some ideas, check out our free Card Making Projects like this one shown at left, which also features kraft-colored envelopes.

 

 

4. Start a Recipe Book or a Recipe Box

Kraft Colored Recipe BookAssemble your recipe collection all in one place, and give it a distinct vintage feel by writing your ingredients and instructions on kraft-colored filler paper. If you use a worn journal cover from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Collection (shown at left), you can add more paper, tags, and page pockets as you go. To create a distinct recipe box, you can alter or use a unique container as is, and write down your recipes on kraft-colored index cards. Regardless of the project you choose, the end result can be passed down from generation to generation.

 

 

5. Alter and Embellish Gift Tags

Kraft Colored Grubby TagsBig or small, a kraft-colored surface is a lovely canvas to work on. With a set of kraft-colored tags you can alter or decorate them however you see fit. With a little glitter, paint, and cream-colored lace these tags can take on a shabby chic appearance. Alternatively, you can go very simple with just a well-placed stamp and some fancy free-hand lettering for a more minimalist look. Whatever you decide, your altered tags will be completely personal and one-of-a-kind.

 

 

6. Custom Gift Wrap

Kraft Colored Gift WrapA Natural Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll gives you the flexibility to personalize your own gift wrap. Add your own custom pattern, write a thoughtful quote, or create a completely one-of-a-kind design by painting, drawing, or stamping directly onto your packages. Some manufactured wrapping paper creases and wrinkles easily; this isn’t the case with this paper. What I like about the kraft paper roll is that it’s very forgiving, even for someone like me, who isn’t the greatest at wrapping presents.

 

 

7. Kraft-Colored Accent Pieces

Kraft Colored Bingo TagsKraft-colored embellishments come in all shapes and sizes, which make them great for nearly any type of project. A simple or elaborate kraft embellishment is a creative way to add depth or a primitive look, and while you can buy these accents, you also have the option of making your own. Have pieces of kraft-colored paper left over? Your scraps don’t need to be destined for the trash. Cut them into shapes, or add color, pieces of tissue, and stamps, and use these bits to decorate your cards, scrapbooks, and journal pages.

 

 

8. Use Kraft-Colored Paper as a Canvas

Natrual Kraft Wrapping Paper RollThe stark contrast of black charcoal drawn across the warm surface of a kraft-colored page is sure to make a lasting impression. Alternatively, add paint, chalk, or oil pastels to make something unexpected and unique. With Kraft Wrapping Paper Rolls you can create a canvas that is as big or small as your creativity demands.

 

 

 

9. Parchment Paper Bouquets

Kraft Colored Parchment BouquetOne of the most wonderful little pleasures in life is giving or reciving flowers. There’s nothing quite as thoughtful as a handpicked bunch of fresh flowers, and with kraft-colored parchment sheets, you can give the bouquet a wholesome and rustic look. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer shows us how easy it is to pull off a clean and unprocessed look with with her Parchment Paper Bouquet Project. You only need five supplies to recreate this idea: parchment paper, a stamp, ink, scrapper’s floss, and lavender bundle.

 

 

10. Ruffled Gift Bags

Ruffled Kraft Colored Gift BagsThe pleasure of giving or receiving a gift starts long before the present is opened. Making an artful display of the gift bag itself prolongs the delight of the receiver while also stirring their enthusiasm. Just a few sheets of raw Natural Kraft Tissue Paper can bring a gift to life by offering a rustic and unprocessed feel.

 

 

 

Comment for a Chance to Win!

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Kraft Colored Filler PaperNow that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us how you would use these versatile kraft-colored products by commenting below. Five lucky winners will get to choose from 150 sheets of Kraft Paper or a set of 100 Kraft Index Cards, so make sure to leave your thoughts below!

* Contest is open to U.S. Residents only and ends on 4/30/14 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted via email.

 





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  There’s something warm and inviting about kraft-colored products. Maybe it’s the soft shades of brown or the subtle texture of the porous material. It’s like an echo from the past, before paper products underwent multiple chemical treatments to get that just-right sheen of glossy business-letterhead perfection. And maybe it’s the uncomplicated ruggedness of these […]

Slow Down and Breathe Mini Art Journal Project

April 10th, 2014

Slow and Breathe
It’s easy to chug along, gain speed, and forget to press on the breaks in the business of everyday life. Today, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer reveals a simple project to help you take time to slow down, breathe, and appreciate the present moment in this creative, art journal project.

Slow Down and Breathe Mini Art Journal Project Tutorial

  1. Start by altering the background of the Faber Castell Mini Mixed-Media Journal with Faber Castell Gelato colors of your choice.
  2. To achieve a watercolor effect, simply rub the sticks onto the pages, and use a damp paper towel to blend the colors. Feel free to experiment to achieve desired results.
  3. Once the pages are dry, embellish with some torn pieces of paper. (For this particular project, Vanessa used cards from the Project Life Core Kit Jade Edition).
  4. Then use the 2 inch stencils with a grey Montana acrylic paint marker to stencil the large letters on. Once the paint has dried, finish the word in scripted handwriting. Use the paint marker to make small dots and blots on the edges of the papers.
  5. Vanessa also dabbed some very light teal acrylic paint on the edges at random. You can add pictures and more to your mini art journal pages, or leave them as they are. The final product? An artful journal to remind you of the importance of rest and relaxation.

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Breathe

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Materials Used:

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint - Classic Teal (2 oz) Faber Castell Gelatos - 34 Pack Montana Acrylic Paint Marker 2mm Set of 12 - Fine B  Faber Castell Mini Mixed-Media Journal Set – 4.5 x 5.5  American Crafts Project Life Core Kit Jade Edition  Reusable Stencil Board Lettering Set - 2 inch

What do you like to take the time to do when you “slow down and breathe?” Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!





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It’s easy to chug along, gain speed, and forget to press on the breaks in the business of everyday life. Today, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer reveals a simple project to help you take time to slow down, breathe, and appreciate the present moment in this creative, art journal project. Slow Down and Breathe Mini Art […]

Free Ephemera Download: Ladies Lavished in Color

April 7th, 2014

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From patterned scarves to textured skirts, these lovely ladies are adorned in color and ready to grace the pages of your next paper crafting or digital project. Use on the front of a card to tell a friend “hello” or add to a digital collage for feminine flair – the possibilities are endless when you create with this free vintage ephemera.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today. To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

Did you know that we also give away free ephemera downloads in our e-newsletters? If you’d like to receive more downloadable inspiration, be sure to sign-up today!



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From patterned scarves to textured skirts, these lovely ladies are adorned in color and ready to grace the pages of your next paper crafting or digital project. Use on the front of a card to tell a friend “hello” or add to a digital collage for feminine flair – the possibilities are endless when you […]