Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recycled Scraps and Clothing Tags - Book Marks

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This weekend as I looked at my work table it screamed back at me to clean it up. I keep all my scrap papers and little bits of unused images scattered about on several trays. I decided this was a good place to start. I also keep all those thick clothing tags and several cards you get from stores about sales and upcoming local events they tend to stuff your bag with these days.


Starting with these tags as a base for my collage I decided to make some bookmarks. With summer just days around the corner it is always nice to have a few extra for summer reading. I then took my scrap papers and glued them to these tags. I stamped the word read or cut the word read out from some dictionary pages. Added a few images. The ones with holes I added some ribbon or fiber to. Viola! some new bookmarks. The scrap pile is smaller and I have some lovely bookmarks to give away or use for my summer reading.
p.s. I forgot to mention the girls are paper whimsey images.

15 comments:

Jeanne Nelson said...

Great way to recycle scraps; love these bookmarks!

Elizabeth said...

Wonderful idea and a great little giftee!!!My table has gotten hoarse from screaming at me, I need to do something soon or it will pack up and leave!!!!

Debby said...

They are gorgeous, love the pw images.
debby

Pan's daughter said...

What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. I am inspired...

Bea said...

I love to make bookmarks. Yours are just lovely. When I see a book that I think a friend might really enjoy or I think they SHOULD read I mail it off to them and stick a arted bookmark in it. Haven't had any returned yet! lol :)Bea

Nancy said...

Little bits on your work table? Yes, I can relate to that! But what you've done with them... wonderful!

Janet Ghio said...

Great idea! The backgrounds on your tags are wonderful and I love the one with the bird and the letter E on its side!!

Terri Kahrs said...

What a clever way to use bits and bobs of stuff! Hugs, Terri xoxo

linda said...

These are so pretty. I recycle those very annoying cards that come in magazines into bookmarks and take them to the library and leave them in random books on the new books rack.
I love finding surprizes in books!

And, as I remember, you do too.

indybev said...

I love visiting your blog, Elizabeth! I always come away with a gift of your generosity -- either inspiration or a lovely freebie. Thanks so much. And Linda (above), what a great idea to place arty bookmarks randomly to give someone a pleasant surprise. I'll remember that tip!

Anneke said...

Beautiful bookmarks, awesome backgrounds!!

Robin said...

I love the idea of using those leftovers to make bookmarks! Yours are absolutely beautiful mini works of art Elizabeth!

Andrea said...

These are wonderful!!

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Beautiful art..and very useful too!

happy day!

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

Beautiful bookmarks! Now, can you give me the name of a beautiful book? I'm overdue for a good read.