I’m still working with the “pile of sticks” but, as usual, I’ve been distracted by another project. I was replacing all the old brochures in the hotel office with new ones and I ended up with a pile of colorful, glossy paper to throw in the recycling bin.
Looking at the pile, that same old nagging thought kicked in…”These must be useful for something. I can’t just throw them away”. The gears start slowly churning and, of course, whatever I’m doing at the time gets pushed to the side while I ponder this newest problem.
I’ve made notecards with recycled paper before, but this paper was of a heavier stock.
I finally found my trusty paper shredder, pushed some of the brochures through it and they were transformed into 1/4″ wide strips. Some of the brochures had old sepia toned photos and colorful landscapes. When shredded, the original image is unrecognizable and you’re left with pure colors and tones.
I used a glue stick to adhere the paper to some blank notecards and the strips created nice contrasting vertical stripes. After they dried, I used a mixture of white glue and water to add a translucent layer of recycled tissue paper on top that gives the cards a matte finish and beautiful texture.
I printed out four different ornate letter “O”s on some recycled paper and mounted them on brown craft paper that came as padding in a package I received.
I glued the mounted letter to the card. When I finish the rest of them to the other note cards I’ll have a set of four completely unique note cards.
Here’s a photo of some letter “T” cards I made with the sepia toned photos in the brochures. Click on the photo to see the listing in my shop. When I finish the “O” cards I’ll post those as well.