Saturday, 18 August 2012

Making


It's a very simple thing, playing with paper, but it is amazing how much it can make me smile. Lately I've been setting aside some time to experiment and with the birthday of one of my favourite people yesterday I got chance to make a card personal to her. Sara is a fellow bookworm, snail mail appreciator and a fancier of Scots men, so I cheekily wrapped one of her pressies in part of a Scottish map. On a totally different note I thought up a robot card for T's godson Harry - I figured robots were a relatively safe bet for a little boy - and had plenty of fun doing it. 

I like reusing materials I already have to hand when the mood to make strikes rather than buying pre made kits or papers for a specific project, I blame my Dad for my crafty conscience - he's an avid recycler and I grew up doing the wash and squash. He was quick to notice my bulging bin bags when he and Mum stopped by for a visit on Tuesday 'You don't do much recycling anymore then' he said. True enough, I've fallen out of the habit since we have lived in our present house - need to get on that!

20 comments:

  1. Just found your blog and it's lovely, it's blogs like this that make me feel so guilty for not sticking with it and making things! Love your creations! x

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  2. youve been quiet on the blog front this week was looking forward to a post! your friend is so lucky with such thoughtful making on her behalf! you have a creative soul jem! x

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  3. I'm going to a birthday party tonight, this has just left me completely inspired to make my friend a card, amazing ideas! xxx

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  4. Wow! Every time I visit, I get so inspired!xo

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  5. I clicked through to beautiful clutter via the Cosmo Blog Awards and will now be voting for you!!!! really like this post!

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  6. Jem I love this post! Beautiful cards. Great photos too!

    Rachael x

    madeupoflittlethings.com

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  7. Those cards and wrapped gifts look absolutely gorgeous!! I bet your friend will love them :) Very creative and beautiful xxx

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  8. Brilliant! Love your cards - they are fabby fab! So creative.

    I like playing with paper too - just need to make more time to do it.

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  9. I'm just getting back into working with paper again, your blog always gives me ideas, thank you :)

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  10. it's my birthday in 20 minutes and this post made me so happy!!! xxx

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  11. Sara is a lucky girl. I like how you re-used the old card Gem. For some reason (a silly one!) I wouldn't have thought of doing that yet it makes perfect sense. I will no longer chuck out cards I don't really like (is that horrible?) but give them a lovely makeover like yours and send them off to someone else. I need four thank you cards at the mo and now, I'm not buying them from the shops!

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  12. I had to pin your map wrapping paper. Just the cutest idea yet. I love playing with paper as well. I bound my own book the other day...I'll do a post on it soon.

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  13. I like this. A lot :) Glynis (librariangirl.co.uk) x

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  14. This is all very lovely Jem! I should really get more creative too.. I love the idea of using maps like this <3 xxx

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  15. What a great idea. I used to be more crafty, not so much these days, I have a pending reunion with all my art supplies and crafts materials I keep putting off, so sad. This post made me want to reach for my scissors and start cutting shapes! LOL

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  16. These are beautiful! I love creative things like this, lovely!!! xxxx


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  17. You are always so inspiring! I'd never come up with ideas like these! The cards look lovely and are so personal!

    XXX

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  18. Oh Jem! This post was so inspirational for me! I haven't been in a creative mood for ages! But today I'm making something! I love how you always use maps! And those vintage badges are amazing :)

    Have a wonderful weekend! (And yes, it's pretty nice to be back! :))

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  19. wow!!! i really adore your creativeness!! your blog and your photos are just beyond words and inspiring!! :D i'm so glad i came across your blog!! i'm your new follower from bloglovin' starting today!! :D

    the photos are just amazing!!! :D love it~~
    have a fantastic weekend!!

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  20. Some lovely wrapping ideas :) definitely inspired me for Christmas!

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