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New Year Button Journal Cover

Close-up of Laura Bray's Button Journal

Close-up of Laura Bray's Button Journal

I can’t believe another year is winding down.  Time to make your resolutions for the new year!  It’s always easier to do it if you have a cute journal to work in.  Why not make a little felt cover, embroidered with a cute design and embellished with buttons?

Supplies:

  • 5″ X 7″ Journal
  • 5″ x 7″ piece of white felt
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Buttons (the ones I used are from the Citrus Splash collection)
  • 1″ x 7″ piece of pink felt
  • Scallop rotary cutter
  • Craft glue

Instructions:

  1. With a pencil, lightly draw your design onto a piece of felt.
  2. Embroider over your pencil lines and stitch buttons onto your design.
  3. Using scallop rotary cutters, cut a “binding” strip from the pink felt.
  4. Glue your embroidered and embellished piece of white felt onto the cover of your journal.
  5. Glue the scalloped binding strip along the edge of the journal cover.
  6. Start writing your resolutions!

 

Button Journal by Laura Bray

 

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Start Up’s for Mixed Media Projects

Mixed media bracelet tag

Mixed media bracelet tag

 

I cannot help myself when I am given anything flat and white. It’s like a blank canvas to me and I have to doodle! This was so so so much fun to make. I started with the Start Up’s Large Rectangle Slider piece. This would be great on a card, scrapbook page or a mixed media piece. I made this one a ballet style bracelet.

 

 

I love the finished piece on my daughter’s tiny wrist! So, to begin, you want to sand the surface of the Start Up piece just to rough it up a bit and take off the shinny coating. Dust is off and start to doodle.

I used a Faber Castel PITT pen and doodled some different size pumpkins. The coloring was done by using just colored pencils.

Let it dry for a few hours before you coat it. I coated the top with DG3 from Judikins and spinkled in a bit of Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter and went to bed. This is important. The DG3 takes about 4 or 5 hours and I always want to touch it before it’s totally dry. So going to bed helps! I added a two toned piece of satin ribbon and it was all ready to wear.

 

 

The tall pumpkin pendant was done the same way. I used a Large Tag Start Up for my blank canvas on this one. I used some beading cord and a few beads on the ends to finish it off. I am having a great time playing with the new Start Ups… you will too!

 

 

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Fabulous Fall Clipboard from Spellbinders

Fabulous Fall Clipboard from Spellbinders

Fabulous Fall Clipboard from Spellbinders

The gals over on the Spellbinders blog have been making some very cute projects with Buttons Galore and More buttons.

Please visit the Spellbinders blog to see the instructions.

Oh! There are lots of cream and brown colored buttons for this project in our Confection button jar.

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Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Canvas Corp button art

Canvas Corp button art

I spy with my little eye… BUTTONS! Buttons seemed to be everywhere at the CHA Summer Show. I even saw plenty of things that didn’t have buttons that might have been made just a tiny bit better if they had buttons on them. But I won’t show you THOSE photos. ;)

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Faber-Castell

Several of the CHA designers got into the act when they created their Crafty Couture gowns.

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Marisa Pawelko

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Jen Goode, Carla Schauer, Theresa Cifali, Suzann Sladcik-Wilson

Jen Goode and Carla Schauer are members of our own design team AND this dress won an award! :)

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Cards at the Buttons Galore and More Booth

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Buttons Galore and More Booth Display

That one bookshelf alone has more button inspiration than most of use would ever know what to do with!

Do YOU have button craft photos from CHA? Care to share a few with our readers? Send them to buttonsgaloreteam (at) yahoo (dot) com and I’ll get some of them up to share with fellow button crafters/lovers! :)

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Mixed Media- Encaustic Art

Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

I wanted to share a piece of Encaustic Art that I made (using beeswax medium, both in natural and pigmented red.) If you’ve ever wondered if you can use three dimensional objects with beeswax collage, I’m here to show you that you can! And buttons make nice embellishments.

I used a kit to make this piece along with some Buttons Galore and More buttons, (you can read more about that on the Craft Test Dummies blog).  I found out that if you want to add heavy bits-like the buttons- you’ll want to build a base of wax where you want them to go, and then keep it warm with a heat tool. Then place your buttons and immediately drop some hot wax on top, so that it drips through the holes and bonds with the wax underneath. Let it cool completely- it’s hard not to keep fussing with it!

Bottom line: don’t be afraid to add your favorite buttons to Encaustic art- they add a wonderful texture and dimension.

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