Recycled charm
e-Magazines - Issue 19 (Feb 2009) (Public)
Sunday, 01 February 2009 16:00

Each month we bring you an idea of how you can go green in your craft room by recycling used items into functional arts and memory crafts. This month we used an old paper catalogue and recycled the pages into beautiful cards by using some easy mixing and matching ideas with limited supplies.

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Recycled Charm (Intro Image)
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Great Idea (Styled Photo)

Great Idea
Store in progress cards in a metal toast rack until they are all completed. Its also a great way to let glitter glue dry without worrying that it may smudge. When you mass produce lots of cards in a single sitting you can easily keep track of your progress by keeping all the completed cards in the toast rack.
Catalogue by Basic Grey. Cardstock by Worldwin & Reviva White. Flowers by Petaloo. Stamps by PSX, Stampers Anonymous, Inkadinkado & Stampington. Ink by Colorbox. Embossing by Cuttlebug. Hearts by Fancy Pants. Square Punch by Chiswick. Other: Brads, buttons, ribbon, pin, diamantes, leather cord & red cardstock.

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Cutting squares (Styled Photo)
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Paper catalogue (Styled Photo)

Using a single catalogue you can design and make several matching cards. With just a few extras and some simple techniques you can create a wonderful array of greeting cards for your family and friends.

The advantages of recycleing paper catalogues
  • You are creating beautiful works of art to send to friends and family.
  • You are getting rid of things that are dated and only taking up valuable storage space.
  • You just turned a tree into a gift.
  • You can use stash that you otherwise know you will never use again or even at all.
  • You can experiment with crazy colour combinations that may inspire bigger works of art.
  • You can try your hand at techniques and experiment on a small scale.
  • Let your inner child just play without judgement.
  • Recycle your scraps from layouts and make matching cards before you pack anything away. It forces you to stop storing stuff that will only get packed from box to box.
  • You can cheer up someone's day with a handmade card.
  • You are being truly unique in what you create.
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Wish You Were Here Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
Wish You Were Here Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Use a one inch square punch and punch squares from the catalogue out of the printed areas.
  • You will need about 35 squares for a standard card size.
  • We punched ours from the section where the paper designs are printed and shown as an overview.
  • Adhere the squares to the front of the folded card at an angle.
  • First adhere all the squares to overlap the edges, once the adhesive is dry simply trim off the edges that overlap for a neat finish. Ink the edges of the card in a light brown ink.
  • Stamp your sentiment and matt it onto a dark brown cardstock strip.
  • Adhere it at an angle running with the squares in the bottom right hand corner.
  • Adhere the cardstock and chipboard heart above the sentiment and finish off the card with a button threaded with leather cord.
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Priority Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
Priority Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the front cover of your catalogue measuring 4 x 4.5 Inch.
  • Ink the edges with a creamy brown chalk ink pad and adhere to the front of your white folded card.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock measuring 4 x 4¼ Inch and emboss. Adhere the red strip below the patterned piece.
  • Cut a strip of dark brown cardstock to run across the front of your card covering up where the red cardstock and the patterned paper join.
  • Stamp your image and matt onto brown cardstock.
  • Stamp wording and matt it onto brown cardstock and then adhere it to your card to overlap the image slightly.
  • Punch a hole in the side of your card and thread a ribbon through and tie into a knot.
  • Finish off your card by adding a hat pin, buttons and diamantes.
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Artmail Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
Artmail Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Use the left over piece of patterned paper from the back cover of your catalogue and cut it to measure 4 x 2¾ Inch.
  • Lightly ink the edges in a creamy brown chalk and then adhere to the top section of the folded card.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock measuring 4 x 3 Inch and adhere it flush against the patterned piece.
  • Cover with a strip of dark brown cardstock where the cardstock join and decorate the strip with a row of lime green square brads.
  • Stamp your sentiment onto white cardstock and lightly ink the edges in a creamy brown chalk ink.
  • Matt the stamped sentiment onto dark brown cardstock.
  • Adhere the sentiment just above the brown strip on the front of your card.
  • Over stamp a post mark stamp onto the stamped sentiment in the top right hand corner to finish off the card.
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Open Your Heart Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
Open Your Heart Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the back page of the catalogue to measure 4 x 4 Inch, lightly ink the edges and adhere to the front of your folded card.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock measuring 4 x 2¾ Inch and emboss.
  • Adhere the red embossed piece flush against the bottom of the patterned piece on your card.
  • Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock and matt it onto a dark brown cardstock strip.
  • Adhere the sentiment vertically centred onto the red embossed piece of your card.
  • Thread 3 buttons onto a piece of leather cord and tie a bow in the back.
  • Adhere the silk flower to your card using liquid glue and position it just above the sentiment.
  • Adhere the threaded buttons to the centre of the flower.
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San Marino Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
San Marino Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the catalogue to measure 4 x 5¾ Inch.
  • Lightly ink the edges in a light brown ink and adhere to the front of your folded card.
  • Cut a strip of red cardstock to run across the front of your card and blind emboss the strip with a pattern.
  • Adhere the strip 1 Inch from the bottom of the card.
  • Stamp your image onto white cardstock and ink the edges for definition.
  • Matt the stamped image onto a piece of dark brown cardstock and adhere it above the red strip vertically centred.
  • Adhere a silk flower on top of the red embossed strip.
  • Thread a button with leather cord and adhere to the silk fl ower to finish off your card.
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Cherish Your Family Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)
Cherish Your Family Card by Jowilna Nolte
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper that is left over from the front cover and matt onto a piece of red cardstock.
  • Adhere the matted piece to the front of your card.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock to run across the front patterned paper panel and emboss.
  • Adhere the strip about 1 Inch from the bottom of the matted area.
  • Stamp your image onto a piece of index card and matt onto dark brown cardstock.
  • Adhere the matted image across the embossed strip and add a diamante in the bottom corner.
  • Stamp a sentiment and matt onto dark brown cardstock.
  • Adhere the stamped sentiment to the top section of the card just above the image.

This article is an online reproduction of page 35-43 of imagine e-magazine issue 19 (February 2009) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.