Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Cut and Paste

A couple of months ago I took to reading almost all of the posts on the Our Creative Spaces page every week, each time marvelling at how talented and crafty bloggers can be as well as how brave they are to share what they make.  I'm what you'd call a quiet crafter, not tending to blog too much about what I make, but having slipped into a bit of a rut I thought the odd update as to what I'm doing/making might give me a kick!

Lucy from Being of Sound Mind recently tweeted about the rubbish mail that had landed on her doormat, I sympathised, far too many envelopes with plastic windows (bills, bills, bills) and pointless wodges of junk.  Taking inspiration from Sophie of Her Library Adventures, who sent out gorgeous handmade collage postcards to lots of bloggers as part of her Postcards in June project, I told Lucy I'd send her a postcard.  That spawned the cuttin' an' a stickin' and I haven't been able to stop since!


My family were always big on recycling growing up, woe betide if we chucked used cans, plastics or cardboard into the bin rather than washing and/or squashing for the recycling collection.  I blame my Dad for making me keen on re-using things for crafty purposes; scraps of wrapping paper, out of date road atlases, takeaway menus, used stamps, pages from books beyond repair. 


There's a bit of a theme emerging with the quotes/words I've picked to use on these cards i.e. getting your act together and believing in yourself, allowing yourself to dream and actually DOING what you love.  Now if I can just take my own advice I might be onto a winner ;-)


So that's it - my first (and slightly nervous) offering for Our Creative Spaces, would recommend you take a peek if you're craftily inclined!  Retro look images courtesy of Instagram, which I'd also recommend if you have an iPhone!

34 comments:

  1. I must say, the beautiful postcard I received today really touched me.
    I have already framed it, and I will use it as inspiration.
    Little things like this mean so much more than unwrapping a generic '2 for 1' present.

    Jem's timing was perfect.

    Lucy x

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  2. I vote for more posts like this Jem!I remember those paper flowers you posted about moons ago and they were so pretty and well made.More craft related stuff!!!!not that I dont love the vintage&thrifting posts of course,they make my week!
    Poppy x

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  3. Sweet! I love your postcards! Make more & hand them out. Make more, go for a walk & pop into peoples letterboxes - people that you don't know - it will give them a treat!

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  4. HI! welcome to creative spaces!!! Its an awesome concept and a great way to showcase new and interesting things!
    I LOVE your postcards, and your blog name is perfect!!! Wish I had thought of it!!!!! There is loads of bits and pieces cluttering up all the nooks and crannys in my house.. and its all beautiful stuff!!
    Thank you for being brave and sharing your beautiful clutter with me!
    Claire x

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  5. PS.... am now following your page and looking forward to more inspiring things!

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  6. These are beautiful Jem. What a fabulous crafty make and i love the wording. Scarlett x

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  7. It's great to see the old fashioned way of "cut and paste". VERY creative and inspiring!

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  8. Nice work! A brilliant use of old atlases and boos beyond repair. I do like the little inspirational sayings too.

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  9. They look great Jem. There's nothing I like more than seeing what people make with just a pair of scissors a pot of glue and a pile of paper. Looking forward to seeing more of your creative efforts x

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  10. Love it, all your makes are inspiring. I've been feeling crafty again recently, must be the season x

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  11. I truly love these creations, the choice of quotes, the paper and the process itself.

    Thank you for sharing with the other Creative Players because it has meant that I could 'find' you.

    Happy day Lovely,
    xx Felicity

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  12. It's a great idea and I love how you've gone about it. Your choice of words are just fabulous :) Kx

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  13. I wouldn't be nervous about sharing those lovely post cards if I'd been clever enough to make them...they're lovely Jem. I'd be thrilled to find one in my mail box any day of the week...hint hint.
    I love the quotes too x

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  14. I love your collages :) They're great and really inspiring!
    nadiine-x

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  15. Your 'cut and pastes' are just gorgeous. Please share more so that we can be inspired. I love to use recycled scraps also. I think they look so much better than the purchased scrapbooking stuff. They often have a great story behind them also.

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  16. welcome to creative spaces! gorgeous first post, love your collaged postcard.
    I must send one to Sophie, have been a little behind with that.

    happy creating to you Jem ♥

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  17. Wow, these are gorgeous - both looking and the words.

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  18. Oh Wow, that's great Jem, so glad you decided to join in! : ) These pretty postcards are such a gorgeous thought. What a lovely way to lift someones day.

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  19. love the postcards! so sweet and inspiring, you're inspiring me to do the same, Jem! i just might check my recycle stuff and use them! totally and absolutely beautiful! love the words and how you arrange them! wish i had an iphone, always drooling for instagram effect hahahaha...xx susan

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  20. Your postcards are so lovely Jem! Bravo!! and I'm all for recycling paper and...everything in fact :D

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  21. I spotted your image on Creative Spaces and just had to pop across as I also use up junk mail, old books, maps etc. I like what I see and have added you to my blog reader! Keep posting!

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  22. These are gorgeous! I love handmade postcards and getting something other than jumk or bills in the mail! I also got a postcard from Sophie! It has inspired me to send knitted christmas cards to fellow bloggers! Thanks for sharing! (p.s. I'm a new follower!)

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  23. gorgeous postcards but I'm slightly pouting that you've never made me one ;p

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  24. This is just LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So happy to see you dip your toe into the creative spaces! :)
    Me thinks you'll be very good at it if you keep doing it! :)
    I get excited when I see recycled items put to creative use! :D

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  25. These are lovely! Show us more in future! :)

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  26. Cool!! I have delved in papercraft for ever, although i will now be looking at my throw aways with a more critical eye!! And yes i have been looking into instagram...love the pics...groovy day x

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  27. Ah your collage project is lovely! It's a wonderful idea, think i might go and make some for my friends. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  28. I absolutely heart what you have done! Beautiful, ecclectic, wonderful. You have braved showing us some of your creativity - I hope you will show us more. :)

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  29. Well you've definitely inpired me - beautiful makes!

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  30. Love the thoughts on your postcards - I need a huge poster of the second one somewhere I'll see it when I wake up!!

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  31. Fab crafting Jem! They are wonderful.

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