Monday, 13 May 2013

Many Many Thanks! A small Tutorial and giveaway.

I can't believe that over fifty very kind bloggers have elected to follow my funny offerings. I want to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone of you and for all the kind comments that you have left me since I started. I thought that I would try and post a small tutorial and offer a small giveaway as a sign of my appreciation to you all. So here goes:
Some years ago I tried a technique from Somerset Studio magazine, but I can't find the  article so I must have thrown it out. It was how to make a piece of mosaic paper using a paper shredder. As far as I remember it went like this:
First take an asssortment of papers up to about five different ones about the same weight. Put them through a paper shredder.

I had to bring it downstairs to the conservatory to get the right light, so here are a few of the strips. then you glue them in alternate layers on another piece of paper. I used glossy accents glue to make sure they were stuck down well.
I trimmed the edges and then when it was thoroughly dry I put it through the shredder again and stuck down the new strips onto another thin piece of paper.
When this is dry you can do what you want with it, die cut, trim etc. Here is a little note book I covered with wallpaper sample strips.
On this one I managed to alternate the strips to make a chevron pattern, then I used a monogram stamp onto some heated craft  foam that I coloured with pearlised gold powder. I added a wine glass charm of a Bottle, no no, because it starts with a B - honest! Well ok, I do enjoy an occasional glass of Boly darling! So as a thank you card for all of you out there I die cut my little sample into a heart and used it to decorate a small cover of a journal.
 So my small giveaway is a blank journal you can cover for yourself, perhaps using this shredding technique.
I will add some blank sketch book pages for the middle and will  random thingy number any one who leaves a comment by next Monday.
So, first tutorial out of the way, hope it was useful, if there are any tips out there for improvement I'd love to hear from you. Many thanks dear followers and commentors! Have a happy week. x


  1. Great tutorial Barb, I have seen it used before but never knew how to do it, now I do - thank you! The notebook and heart are beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Good job with the mosaic tutorial, Barbara! I like your applications for the technique too, especially the chevron pattern journal cover. I am honored to follow your blog and call you one of my blogging friends too. Here's a toast to 50 plus more bloggers. Blessings!

  3. What a brilliant tutorial Barbara, thank you. Now I just need a shredder! Hahaha. I do love that heart! :0) Mo

  4. oh wow, what a FAB idea... I LOVES it... thanks for taking time to share that Barb... amazebobs x

  5. Love popping by your blog to see what you are up to!....What a great tute Barb...the mosaics and your creations look the colour combos you have used as well :) x

  6. 50 followers! Well done, that's great! I always enjoy reading your posts, Barb. Thanks for that tutorial too, looks like a good technique.
    Your Tag Tuesday friend,
    Jane x

  7. Fab creation and tutorial Barb, thanks for sharing! Carole Z X

  8. Hi Barb thank you for the reminder for this bargello technique. Things go in and out like you said. I love what you did with it and what a great way to use up bits!

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  10. These are great ideas for recycling shredded paper! They make for great covers, or if you can weave them big enough, a tabletop display or a very unique gift wrapper. And these are just some that comes to mind offhandedly. :)

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