Scrapbook Flowers – How to Make Your Own Rose Embellishments

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There are some gorgeous scrapbook flower embellishments available on the market today. But at $3.99 for a set of 6 flowers, your scrapbook project can get quite pricey. Here you will learn how to create your own flowers. Today, we’ll make a simple rose, and you can vary the colors, sizes and materials used for infinite possibilities.

Supply list:

  • 1” circle punch
  • cardstock or patterned paper
  • adhesive (glossy accents by Ranger)
  • brads, buttons, etc. (for flower center)
  • glimmer mists, powered pearls, glitter glue (optional)

Step 1: Punch Circles

Punch 15 one inch circles. You might want to try turning your punch upside-down, so you can better see where you’re punching.

Step 2:  Roll Circles

Roll each circle. We used a Qtip, but you can use any found object. This step seems tedious, but actually can be done fairly quickly. Simply roll and slide off.

Step 3: Pinch each Circle.

Pinch one side of the circle to form a petal. There really isn’t an exact science to this step.

You should now have 15 petals.


Step 4: Apply Adhesive to Circle Base

We love Glossy Accents by Ranger because it is strong and dries rather quickly. Apply liberally all around circle base. We used a 1 1/2” circle.


Step 5: Adhere Pinched Circles to Base

Adhere the flatter part of the petal to the base.

Continue to add petals around the base.

We ended up with 6 petals as my bottom layer.

Step 6: Adhere Petals for Second Layer

For the second layer, we added 6 petals again, placing the points between the points of the first layer. You will also notice in the photo below, we flattened the petals a bit on my bottom layer.


Continue adding petals.

Step 7: Adhere Petals for Third Layer

We added 3 petals for the third layer. You may need to apply more adhesive.

Step 8: Embellish Center

We had extra adhesive in the center and decided to add some mini beads.  You can use any type of embellishment for the center of your flower.

At this point you could be done with your flower, or…

Step 9: Add Designer Touches

A few ideas to enhance your flower include misting with Glimmer Mist to add a sparkle.  You can also add shine with various other products you have in your craft arsenol like powdered pearls, inks, chalks, glitter, etc.

We used Glimmer Mist and added glitter glue to the edges.

The finished flower…

With adult supervision (and some modifications in the supplies list), this can be a kid-friendly craft, too. Your little princesses will love making these papercrafted flowers to decorate their homemade tiaras.  Just use Elmer’s glue instead of Ranger adhesive.

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Handmade Paper – How to Make Your Own Homemade Paper From Recycled Paper

Handmade paper has such a beautiful feel to it. You can use it for papercrafts, cards, and more. But did you know that you can make your own homemade using the paper in your recycling bin?

Any paper that doesn’t have a shiny coating will work. In fact, newspaper works the best, so raid that paper recycling bin and let’s get started!

You’ll need:

- Recyclable paper

- Small Screens. Any flat screening will work, so you can use an old window screen or simply nylon hosiery stretched over a frame. You’ll probably want two screens, so you can work in batches.

-  A pan or tub, which your screen will need to fit into. (A rubber dish tub is ideal.)

- Water

- Blender

-White Glue

-Towels

-Iron

How to Make Your Handmade Paper

1. Tear the paper into strips. (You’ll want to tear the strips – instead of cutting – because you want to expose more surface area.

2. Place the paper strips into your rubber tub. You’ll want it about 2/3 full of strips.

3. Pour water over the strips until they are just submerged.

4. Stir the water-paper mixture with your hands.

5. Soak the paper strips. If you used cold water, you’ll need to soak for several hours. If you used hot water, they’ll be ready for step 6 in about 30 minutes. Different water temperatures and soaking times will achieve different results.

6. When the paper is soft and pulpy, mix it thoroughly with your hands again.

7. Blend the pulp and water mixture in a blender. Do it in batches if necessary, but do not put the blended pulp back into the tub.

8. When all the paper pulp is blended, pour a few inches of water into the dish tub. Stir in a tablespoon of white glue.

9. Set the screen down into the water in the tub.

10. Pour about 1 cup of the blended pulp onto the submerged screen. Using your hands, spread it thoroughly over the screen, making sure to incorporate the water and glue.

11. Lift the screen from the water, and set it where it can drain well.

12. Invert the screen onto a towel. Lift the screen off; there should be damp pulp sitting on the towel.

13. Lay another towel over the pulp.

14. Once the pulp is between the two towels, run a hot clothes iron over the top towel to steam out the moisture and smooth the paper.

15. Leave your pulp to dry for about 24 hours.

16. Cut into sheets and cards.

Enjoy your new handmade paper!