I have really enjoyed doing this series. I love to recycle and hope it has inspired you.
I call pages 11-14 the flower pages because they are FILLED with flowers. There are 10 different kinds of flowers. There are flowers made out of jeans, lace, t-shirts, felt, old clothes and used dryer sheets.
The Love Grows tag is from another project. I messed up the back of it and threw it in my extra box. I just used some paint and stamps to make a garden type tag for this page.
The butterfly is made from two hearts. I painted white card stock and used and old button for the center.
For the flower, I used several different sizes of circles and cut them out using pinking scissors. I layered the tan pants and pink tshirt and just glued them together. I love the casual look of the flower.
The stem and leaves were cut from the tshirt material that was again colored using my homemade Rit Dye sprays.
The flower is on the side of the page and helps hold the picture tag in place.
These flowers are my favorite and just fabulous. I loved making them. I used an old dress shirt my husband tore at work.
For the top flower, I hand drew a pedal shaped flower in three different sizes and cut it out. I burned the edges carefully to make it brown and curl. I attached them together with thread and micro beads. The middle flower is different size circles that were frayed the same way I frayed the jean flower. The last flower is ripped strips of the shirt and then rolled into a rose. I love it!!!
The bird is a homemade stamp I made with foam. I used a bird die I have and cut it out of foam. I glued the foam shape onto corrugated cardboad. I stamped the image on an index card and cut it out. Foam stamps give really nice texture, especially when stamping with paint as I did here. The nest is twine that has been cut and layered up with clear glue. I cut the eggs out of painted cardstock and then used markers to make the design. The little bunny is another homemade stamp. I carved the bunny image out of an eraser.
I really hope this series has inspired you and has given you lots of recycle ideas to use in your craft projects and mini albumns. Beautiful things don't have to be commercial or store bought. They don't have to cost a lot, be from a certain line and all coordinating. Memories can be created using what you have right around you.
I hope you share with me your creations you have made. I'd love to see them.
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