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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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The Kraft Journal Challenge 91 "Recycle/Reuse"

Hey there!  Back again with another project for The Kraft Journal.  This week's theme is "Recycle/Reuse" and my 'inspiration' was a stack of chipboard coasters at a local Outback Steak house a few weeks ago!  Yes, that's what I used as the base of the pages in the mini album that I made as a birthday gift to my husband.  Here are the coasters that I used ....

And here are all the things I gathered together to make the album ...

I went through my stash of older things, and things I had set aside for just such an occasion.  If you look at the stack of trims, the strip of denim fabric is from an old hat that I no longer have, the white ketchup cup on the top left came from a local fast food restaurant, and I used that for the sunflower on front of the album.  And the patterned paper (top right corner) is a DCWV stack that is 70% recycled contents.  And that's just the beginning!  Here is the mini album that I made ...

The title is simply the letter 'U' from chipboard that I inked and then heat embossed with green embossing powder.  The ketchup cup is inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in 'Mustard Seed'.  Here are the other pictures ... most taken on our travels over the years, and please, don't laugh!  Some of them are so funny!

Left photo is one of our first dates ... I already knew he was 'the 1'!  Photo on right is one of hubby at an open air concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta.

Left - Hiking near Signal Mountain, TN Right - Sitting in the sun on the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta

Left - Autumn Leaves Special train ride from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Right - near Aspen, CO

Left - In front of Margaritaville in New Orleans, LA, Right - A garden somewhere in LA

Left - Our first trip to Pike's Peak in CO, Right - a glacier somewhere in Alaska ... hubby fell on the ice!

Back Cover

And here are all of the details ...


  • Cover and corrugated leaves - C-Flute Corrugated Kraft Paper
  • Canvas mushroom on cover - Canvas Rectangle (separated and cut out)
  • Patterned Paper - Die Cuts With a View "The Green Stack - Woodland" (8 x 8" stack)
  • Felt center of flower - Hobby Lobby
  • Yellow Ink - Ranger Tim Holtz 'Mustard Seed' Distress Ink Pad
  • Brown Ink - Stampabilities
  • Embossing Powder - Ranger 'Forest Green'
  • Burlap - scraps from my stash
  • Ribbons and trims - all bits and pieces from my stash
  • Cardstock - various, all were just bits and pieces from my scrap drawer
  • Binder rings - who knows!  I've had them forever!
  • Kraft letters on first picture - Pebbles, Inc.

As you can see, I used a LOT of scraps and bits and pieces and things I have had for a while.  For this project I took the philosophy of  'use up the old stuff'!

  • Scissors, ruler, kraft knife
  •  EK Success 'medium' corner rounding punch
  • We R Memory Keepers "The Cinch" for punching holes in coasters and cardboard

That's it!  The album would have come together really quickly, but I spent lots of time looking through old pictures!  And the best part ... my husband really LOVED the album!   Thanks for visiting, and come back soon!  Now that we are back from our 2 week trip to the beach, I should be posting more things soon.  Blessings,

1 comment:

~Tammy~ said...

Becky, this turned out darling! I need to do this more often. We were at a local eatery a few years back and I wouldn't let our friends put their drinks on the coasters they looked at me like I was nuts...I made them hand them to me. Then the server thought she was nuts because she swore she put them out, and I was going to fess up, but she walked away shaking her head before I could tell her...:-)

Your project turned out way better than mine did. I should work on one again sometime! :-) Have a great week!