July 31, 2010

Schultz fire update

I know the Schultz fire has been out for a month, but the after affects are still going on. Since the fire, we have had a significant amount of rain in northern Arizona. There have been some major flooding events in the past couple of weeks and the rain keeps coming. Crews are now busy building channels for runoff and the County is urging families to make evacuation plans in the area where that fire was. There is a lot of home and road damage for those living in those flooded areas. Yesterday, monsoon rains hit so hard, there were road closures all over town from flash flooding. I was stuck in traffic for over an hour and a half, to go 2 miles, I saw a small car in water up to its windows. The water has receded today to some degree, most roads are back open. As I write this, it is still raining, though not as hard at the moment.


July 30, 2010

metal notebook

This notebook is made from a recycled folder, recycled white paper, and tied with hemp. The outside is covered with aluminum tape (you can find this at the hardware store in the plumbing section). To finish, you can sand to give a rough look- be sure to fold all tape edges and cover, as this tape is sharp and can cut your fingers. I finished the inside of mine using a double stick page and decorative paper, along with a tag on the front I attached with an eyelet. This is great to cover those composition notebooks with as well.

July 25, 2010

gift bags

Here is an idea for two gift bags I made recently. I used blank paper bags, scraps of various papers, letters, and stickers. This a great way to use up leftovers and is a very easy way to make a gift more personal.



July 18, 2010

photo coasters

Time to replace the old dingy worn out coasters. Here is another idea to use photos in a project, I got this kit as a gift from my Grandma, so thought I would put a summer theme of wildflowers in them. This is very simple, I printed the appropriate size photo, cut, then placed into the blanks. I think this would also be cool if you put maps or little collages into them as well.

the blanks
with the wildflower photos

July 17, 2010

stamp charms

Here is another "paper glaze" project. Paper glaze is a laminating type of liquid that you spread over paper to give it a glass-like or shiny finish. I took some stamps I liked and attached decorative scrap paper to the back. Punched a hole in the top, then spread the glaze on one side, let dry and did the other side. Two or three coats should do the trick. I looped the chain through it to create the charms. you could also make necklaces, hang these in your car, etc.

United Nations stamp
Netherlands stamp
the backs

July 11, 2010

photo ATC's

 A few new artist trading cards, using my photographs, along with other things I like.

July 6, 2010

recycle paper plate

So, I saw someone use a paper plate for a cool art project and thought I'd give it a go. I love things like old books, cameras, maps, stamps, recipes, butterflies, cats, quotes, and recycling, here's what I came up with.

July 5, 2010

recipe storage

Another thing that I "collect" are recipes. From family, friends, or the ones I make up. One way that I keep them are in half page size albums, using scrap paper, stickers, ribbon, or photos to create the different pages. Some are typed, some handwritten by me or the creator of the recipe. Here are a few ideas I came up with so far. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. We will call this part one, as these ideas are from only two of the cookbooks I've made or am working on.

Here is a cover to one of the books.
Here are examples of subject pages.
Here are examples of typed, handwritten, and using the items mentioned above.
These are the outside covers sitting on a shelf.

July 1, 2010