Scrapbook Paper Wreath

Here is a fun and simple craft using scrapbook paper and hot glue. The base is a circle of cardboard. 


Just sitting here....feeling crafty and contemplating my costume for this Halloween.

It all started with the sandwich costume my parents made me in third grade. Then there was the huge turtle costume my dad built out of chicken wire and paper mache. Halloween has been a big deal to me since I can remember.  It is the one time of year it is socially acceptable to be as weird as I choose.

Looking back, I've had some fun costumes with my kids over the years. The boys don't play along so much these day, but I know they still appreciate how much I get into it.

 It has been a long time since I wore something pretty, glittery and sparkly, so maybe its time... maybe not...we shall see.

This December I turn 50.  I've spent a lot of time over the years, caring about what other people think of me, and frankly it has really been quite a waste of my time and creativity.  I've told both my boys that I will only getting more weird as I age and they don't doubt it.

Here are just a few of my favorites over the years. Tune in soon for this year's creations.
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Upcycled Sheet Music

 Sheet music is such a lovely item to craft with. I know many people wonder how I could chop up  a perfectly good book of music. I'm sure some are of value as is but its fun to find the beat up weird ones to redesign. As I was organizing my photos I realized I had created quite a few things with sheet music over the years. Here are a few of my favorites:

The faded and creamy hue of most old music is perfect for upcyled projects. The cool artwork on the covers are sometimes frame worthy, but hard to find in great condition. I love how the old beat up clipboard above turned out.

 Here is a good tutorial on how to make the paper roses you see in my wreath below. You can create several variations by cutting the edges with pinking sheers or dipping the edges in glitter and glue.

I love taking old stuff I hoard in my garage and turning it into something new. The canvas above was a painting project that went astray when I really messed up the paint and punched a hole in it by accident. I figured a little decoupage would cover that right up.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I turned an old frame to the right into a door hanger for Valentine's Day.

I've made dozens of wreaths over the years but this is my favorite. You can find a lovely tutorial for making one similar to the wreath above here.  flowers.

This was another project I created with an thrifted vine wreath($1.00) and some burlap ribbon.

I designed this chess table from an old 70's end table and decoupaged sheet music squares to create the board. There are so many cook things you can design.