As much as I love buying new art supplies, and trust me I do, I also firmly believe in using things I have around the house and up cycling as much as possible. So an old piece of mail might become background in a piece of art.
One thing you will see sold quite a bit in scrapbook stores are chipboard and scrapbook embellishments at a hefty price (compared to the cost of actual materials). I decided to turn some food boxes (or water boxes) into some quick, cute embellishments ~ ready to go!
First take your old box. I have used soda boxes, cereal boxes, etc.
Cut out the larger parts for bigger pieces or bookmarks.
I painted all my pieces with gesso because I wasn't sure how I would dress them up.
Some I used washi tape on…. like this one below.
Here are some bookmark samples. I punched a hole in the top and added ribbon (not sure where THAT photo is) :)
Then I used Michelle Ward's Sphere Small stencil (from StencilGirl Products) and dabbed orange paint through. Cute, huh?
On these below, I used some of my stencils, wash tape and twine. I tried to create varieties for a different feel and some dimension.
I found them to be GREAT add-ons for my Project Life scrapbook cards.
Whatever you decide to do with them, you are probably more likely to take chances since it cost you nothing except for a bit of your time…so go PLAY!!
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