To celebrate Earth Day today at Let's Get Peachy I decided to recycle, or rather "upcycle" a pattern. You see, I went through a sewing phase years ago, I even sewed all the stuff for my son's nursery when I was pregnant and "nesting". But I did not love it. But I do love scrapbooking...so why not make some cute embellishments to use for that from these patterns I've had laying around for years (I think a lot of them were given to me). I've seen so many of these embellishments lately...so I did a little research and read a couple of tutorials, and came up with this version. First I pulled some of my flower punches. I kept the pattern folded...this will be trial and error for you as to how many layers to keep it, but the tissue is too thin as one layer to punch. I even saw one person that made a cardstock template and cut the tissue, but this worked well for me.
Then I layered them (you will see different ways I did them below). When I layered them, I would ink some of the layers with my Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), just here and there. I dabbed a tiny glue between each (if you use brads, you won't need to do that). Then, as the "center", I recycled again :) I have a lot of buttons that I've saved from clothes...some are the extras you get with new clothes, and the ones on the two in the second row (below), were actually cut from clothes I was throwing away - so I didn't have to sew through those!!! On the ones I did sew through, I even used my scrap pieces of thread....less trash, more recycling. The last two on the bottom row (below), were punched from the instruction paper in the pattern...and then I misted them with Tattered Angels spray and scrunched them.
Now I have some brand new embellies to use on my pages :)
Thanks so much for letting me share,
Distress Ink "Vintage Photo"
Fiskars flower punches
Tattered Angels "Chocolate Covered Cherries"