The Cheap Chic Couple

(Or How To Enjoy The Finer Things In Life Without Breaking The Bank)

I Handmake My Own Paper- Martha Stewart, Eat Your Heart Out! December 27, 2007

Filed under: handmade paper,journal,postcards — cheapchiccouple @ 12:30 am

In our household, green is really good, and we reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse as much as we can.

That’s how I got into papermaking as a hobby. It’s one of the ways I reuse and recycle. I save practically every scrap of paper I get my hands on – the unprinted borders on white paper, glossy magazines, direct mail pieces- and I turn them into handmade paper craft.

These are just a few of the things I’ve come up with over the past several months:

PRESSED FLOWER PANEL – I took some of the petals from the bouquet Corey gave me for our 1st anniversary, embedded them into the paper when I was making it and weighed the sheet down with a heavy book. A new twist on pressed flowers for the incurable romantic!

RUSTIC JOURNAL – Corey loves journals, so I made him one using recycled paper. I used a twig and a leather string for the binding, pressed some leaves I found just outside into the “cover”, and used a coconut shell button that fell off one of my handbags and string as a “lock”.

POSTCARDS- I always have ziplocs of “found” items that I initially never know what to do with, and the ladybug just happened to find the perfect spot to land eventually. I drew the coffee mug with that puffy stuff that goes on t-shirt designs to give it an interesting texture. The martini glass, I drew with a regular felt-tipped pen. For texture, I mixed olive green paint into good ol’ Elmer’s glue and dabbed it onto the handmade paper to give the olives a 3-dimensional look.

-Dezzi Rae