Collage weekend

October 29, 2006

So because the weekend was really wintery, I got to stay home all day and actually got quite a lot done! Because I don’t have enough storage space (or space in general), I have many shoe boxes lying around – one for my stamping stuff, one for collage pieces, and one for my ribbons. I’ve been meaning to dress up these boxes, because it looks really silly to have them lying around all ugly while starting new projects. So I had them as my weekend  project. I knew I was going to collage them, and I enjoyed every single minute, from looking for the images, to cutting and pasting and finding out the “just right” layout. After two boxes, I got really tired and so for my third box I just covered it with scrapbooking papers, which are so beautifu, that I practically did no thinking about the layout. Interestingly enough, that’s the box I like least, because I feel I had nothing to do with it – the papers are pretty (לא חוכמה), and that’s just about it. The other two boxes I love dearly. The first one is nature themed (I figured that as I was going, didn’t decide ahead):

The second is more about nature-patterns – note the text on the box, I’m a word-lover, I didn’t just paste that there for the type! 😉 I like it!

 

And my third box is the one with scrapbooking papers (Chatterbox and DCWV), as I said, I’m not that crazy about it, although it’s pretty. Maybe it’s too pretty in a superficial kind of way, I don’t know.

Like my fridge, these three boxes are now my “inspiration boxes”. It’s funny, because I have an “inspiration notebook” where I paste magazine clippings I like. While doing these collages, I realized I don’t need to “save” these images in a separate notebook, I can use them to cover up things that stay around the house. This was so therapeutic and fun! I think I’m going to dress up every box and notebook and paper I can!

Craft wire, winter and more

October 27, 2006

It’s funny how I tend to explore things, one at a time. I’m into altering postcards, then making cards, then I would try out fimo, then collage. Well, today was craft wire day. It was so much fun! I love the look of it, I love that I can curl and twist it, and add buttons and beads. I’ll be using it more! I was just thinking today I should go and get some interesting beads, I think I could make some beautiful charms and danglies with craft wire. So for a swap I’m doing, I made a wall ornament I’m very satisfied with. It’s made from dictionary page strips, ribbon, and a chinese charm in the middle. The idea I took from the current Marie Claire Idees which features beautiful interesting ideas with books and book pages! As usual with my photos, this one doesn’t do justice with the crafty result 🙂

The I did two small signs with my partner’s children’s names. I know they’re very simple, but I think they’re sweet. I was trying not to make them too cutesy, and I like the result. I hope they will, too!

On a different note, they say the winter is here (it isn’t yet!). I hate winter (although, and maybe because, I was born during the winter – one month and one week to go before my birthday…yikes!), and I’ve decided to write a “10 reasons the winter isn’t so bad post”, BUT – I can’t find ten reasons! I can only find 1: I love winter clothing. Other than that, the winter is cold, wet, grey and cloudy. Oh, I think I just found another one: 2. On cold, wet and cloudy days, it’s fun to stay home and craft. I’ll keep you posted if I find any more reasons to like winter.

And one more thing for today, take a look at this wonderful charm swap – it’s so beautiful and inspiring! I’m tempted to join a similar swap. I have to think whether I can commit to making 25 charms…hmm…

Have a wonderful weekend!