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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Our First Handmade Paper! :)

Ok. I purchased this FABULOUS paper-making kit at a garage sale about, oh, I dunno...... 18 months ago. Ahem.....well, yesterday my son and I needed a project to work on. We rummaged around for 2 1/2 hours trying to FIND my fabulous kit. Sheesh......... finally found it.
TODAY, my son and I needed a project to work on. Whipped out the fabulous paper-making kit. Now, some of you know how "instructionally challenged" I am. I'm a totally visual person and following written instructions is NOT my strong point. (Luckily there were pictures! :) Now we are the proud owners of 2 WHOLE PIECES OF HANDMADE PAPER! Yeee ha! (and, once you make it through the first piece, it is really easy! LOL!!!)

For this piece, we used text weight white copy paper. We added 2 drops of Baby Blue dye re-inker in the mix. (can't really see it......) Then, Kyle came up with the brilliant idea of adding Cinnamon!! I think it looks and smells wonderful!!! :)

For this piece we tore up a brown grocery bag. We added about 10 drops of Crimson re-inker and the contents of 1 tea bag. I like the look of the paper, but it isn't nearly as great smelling! :) (I think it is the brown bag as much as the tea)
Tomorrow, we may try some textured papers and maybe some with dried flowers!! :)
If you happen to have a paper-making kit around..... somewhere..... I highly recommend that you dig it out and have a go!!! :)


  1. That is so cool! I would have thought the tea paper smelled really good, but then again, LOL!

  2. I make paper out of old mail and used paper of any type. YOu can do so many things--use up your old spices that you cant remember when you bought them. The paper will smell great and make a great background on a card. Then you get fresh spices for cooking (if you do that!!) and you have accomplished in less time and you have fun. Have fun. You are off to a great start. Polly

  3. That looks interesting AND nice and messy!


  4. I just Love your instructionally challenged description. I SO resemble that remark. Your papers look wonderful. How fun to do that with your youngin :) adding the reinkers is brilliant too!