“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a songbird will come.” –Chinese proverb
At The Creative Connection Event in St. Paul, I took a class from Tiffany Threadgould who just published a unique and thoroughly inspirational book published by Sterling called ReMake It! So, this post is part book-review, and part show-and-tell. In her class, Tiffany taught us how to do several of the simple crafts from her book, and we had a blast whipping up paper beads, envelopes, gift bows and coasters. All of the crafts were “green,” but they were much more than that…. they were cool! They had a hip graphic vibe and could be tailored to fit into any person’s design style. Personally, I am in love with words, letters, and anything that has to do with books. As a result, this book, and Tiffany’s ideas, really appeal to me, as many of them were made out of old magazines and book pages. I also have plans to try making a button bracelet, a case for my cell phone from a men’s necktie, and a t-shirt skirt – SO CUTE! Her book is full of great pictures and easy templates to follow, so many of these projects can be as sophisticated or a simple as you want them to be. I would definitely recommend picking up this book to use with children for school art activities or craft time!
So, after I returned from the Event, I decided to turn my inspiration from her class into my own unique art. I went to the local library’s book sale where they were selling thousands of used, donated books to raise money for the Friends of the Library group. (I brought home a LOT of books, which I have just decided is a sickness I will have to live with.) I took graphic images from these books, mostly used children’s stories, and cut them out to create note-cards. Then I went out to my stash of old Saturday Evening Post magazines in the garage (once again, thanks Grandma) and used some of the pages to create envelopes for the note-cards. (Both of these ideas are outlined in Tiffany’s book.) Together, the cards and envelopes are a visual delight of vintage images, type, words, and graphics. I’m going to fill them out and get them in the mail. I hope the recipients enjoy receiving them as much as I enjoyed making them!