Valentine’s Day Cards


I made these Valentine’s Day cards by carving thin lines into linoleum, rubbing ink into the groves and wiping off the excess.  I then ran them through my press to emboss and pick up the ink.  Fun and quick, I really should make more like this.


DIY Notepads


We have lots and lots of paper scraps in our house.  We jot lists on them (and promptly lose them!) and the Sage draws cars and practices writing on them but that doesn’t put a dent in our paper supply.  (Hello, my name is Salamander and I hoard paper.)  I love making these little notepads.  They can be made of repurposed/ upcycled materials.  All you need is a good glue (elmer’s school glue won’t cut it), paper and bulldog clips or something similar.  A stiff board (cereal box, back of a sketchbook, mat board) is a nice addition.  Knock the papers (and board if you’re using it) down so they are lined up.  Clip them together, spread a generous amount of glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue is what I use).  Stand it up between two jars so the glue won’t drip and  (this is the hard part) leave it alone until it’s dry.

These would make great stocking stuffers or make small ones to use in place of a card on the gift.  Here are several variations:

Matchbook Notebooks from Design*Sponge.

Notepads from Chocolate on my Cranium.  I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue (the brown bottle at any big box craft store) instead of the padding compound, so don’t hesitate to try this.

Notepads with photo covers  from Photojojo.

Upcycled Journals

I just got a bunch of miscut north Alabama topographical maps.  They have really interesting place names like Bugaboo Mountain and Looney Hollow as well as lovely green and brown patterns.  I try to balance aesthetics, functionality and environmental responsibility when making journals.  One of the lovely things about the topo paper is that when used as interior pages, you can still use both sides of the paper to write on.  Often, only half of the pages in upcycled journals are actually useable.  Very happy I was able to get these.  The fabric I’m using on some of these is also upcycled.  They are samples from a local fabric store.  Too small to be used for much, but great, high quality fabrics for covering books.