It's like an obsession.
This amazing need to save every little bit of everything left from a project...the scraps of paper, little tidbits of lace, small strands of ribbon, tiny pieces of fabric, strings and fibers...all stashed away, just in case!
Sound familiar? I'm guessing (with a little chuckle) that many of you reading this post can relate. We simply cannot part with that little bit...after all, what if we need a tiny piece of script paper in our next project? Or what about those cute little cards...little scrappy bits are perfect for them!
For some, saving bits and scraps is part of frugality. Those scraps really are used because the affordability isn't there to keep buying new stuff. For others, using scraps means there are more resources for something else. And for rest, it's just not being able to part with those delicious little goodies.
Since about September of last year, I've truly been in a creating frenzy. Typically, after I finish a project, I'll sort through the leftover parts and pieces and figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. While some of you may think I have a LOT of scraps, it's really not so. Because storage space for scraps is really limited, I'm pretty ruthless when it comes to my sorting and I don't really end up keeping a whole lot. But, back to the story. Because I went from one project to the next, there just wasn't time for me to sort and I ended up just shoving all of the pieces into a box...and again...and again.
So, last week, I opened up the box--resigned to the fact that I needed to sort and organize all of the kit parts, paper scraps, ribbons, and various and sundry things like mini tree branches, cardboard scraps, lunch baggies, etc. (yes, it really does sound like the box of a hoarder...grin). After dumping out everything, I realized something pretty awesome.
There were the makings of another project in that box!
I rubbed my hands together in glee...ooohhh, this was going to be fun. For, you see, I love creating in similar color palettes and neutral tones are totally my favorite...cream and ivory, white, black, brown, taupe, barn wood...all of those wonderful peaceful shades that are so easy to pair with color photos. Since the majority of scraps in that box fit that palette, I was totally in business.
The challenge I gave myself was that I wasn't going to use anything that started with the whole...a full sheet of paper, roll or pack of ribbon and lace, pack of embellishments, full fat quarter, etc....but would just use things that were left over from the project.
And, with the exception of the book pages and connectors used to hold the pages together, I met the challenge.
It was while I was creating the pile that I thought about building the project and offering it as a Workshop to Go. So, here we are, one Starting From Scraps project for me and a set of instructions...a Workshop to Go...for you.
If you're not familiar with my Workshops to Go, they are downloadable sets of instructions for a specific project. They aren't kits...no product is part of this. What I do is to walk you through each page that I've put together, give you the rundown of what I've used and offer substitutions. In this case, because you'll be pulling together scraps that are in your favorite color palettes, I'll show you the layering, the backgrounds and some of the fun techniques I used in putting my journal together.
There are lots of pictures in this Workshop to Go. Detailed photos of the backgrounds and some of the cool elements I designed from scraps. I even offer suggestions for how these little elements can be used in other projects. Plus, I've included templates for some of the shapes you'll be using on the pages.
And, what's really super cool about this project is that each of the eight pages that I designed are totally stand alone...they are so finely layered and detailed that each of them can actually be used as a cover for another book. Isn't that awesome?
There's a beautiful monochromatic but textured background that I'll teach you to put together...and because the materials are ones that we all use a lot in our studios, I'm going to guess that most of you will have what you need on hand.
I'm really excited about sharing the process of creating this book with you. The journal is organic in nature...not at all perfect, but perfectly shabby and wonderfully forgiving, especially in how it's put together. For the creative artists who really love fun journals that don't require perfection, you will love making this project.
This Workshop to Go is available for just $14...so many ideas included in that price, for sure. And, a wonderful way to dig into that scrap box and make great use of those little bits that you couldn't part with. So, a good deal all around...with a great project at the finish!
This is a perfect project for you to create in your studio...using your products, playing, adding fun embellishments and some of your own ideas...and a wonderful way to stay in the creative process when you have to spend a lot of time in the house because of the weather!
Here's how it works. You place your order for this instructional file by clicking on the Buy Now button below. When I get your order, I email you the downloadable file (and a template file, too, yay!). You can save the file to your computer and print out a back up copy for your files. Because it's just me in the studio, if you could give me 24-48 hours to respond that would be awesome. But, please, if you don't hear from me, let me know. I want to be sure you get your files so that you can get started creating!
As always, thanks for reading, for your orders and for your referrals to friends and family.
Happy "Starting From Scraps"!
From my studio to yours,