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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Turn fabric into paper!

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a sneak peek of a project I had started working on.  It was in my "Will it Ever Stop?" post on January 12th.  See?  I had this pile of fabrics and I was doing something with them.

Well... I got my projects done, at least some of them.

I was on a roll that day, scanning some of my Valentine's Day scrapbook papers onto my computer, so that I could reuse the papers and print them out over and over again. (I'm frugal that way). I always forget to do that. I loved this paper and it was getting used up, so I thought, why not?

Those papers were pretty traditional... not shabby or cottage colors that I normally like, and I wanted to make a "shabby" Valentine's Day card... so I thought...hum.m.m.m. maybe I could scan in some of my pretty Valentine's Day and "love" fabrics and print them out as paper. This idea was not new to me or "invented" by me. I've seen people on YouTube scanning in napkins to use as paper, and I've actually taken pictures of some of my different small quilted wall hangings, to use as paper. 

So it began..... I was obsessed with scanning every piece of pretty cottage style or Valentine's fabric I had....... and I spent several hours scanning my fabric from that pile! I had gathered together all of my pretties that spoke to me of love, "cottage", Valentines and "shabby" and got started. I must admit, it was kind of a slow process, but well worth it.

Here are a few of the digital "papers", and I love them all! But don't stop here.. I did make some things too!

This fabric is at least 35  years old! I've had it in my stash forever.

I tore this paper into a strip for the front of a card - a really neat effect.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this one (below)! I've been hoarding this little fat quarter for years!

I cut out the little hearts and tags for the front of the card.

Another hoarded one (below)... I could not bear to cut it up and use it for something, but I think I've decided to make a pillowcase out of it for my "cottage style" bedroom. But so glad I made some "paper" first!  If you're not a fabric collector and hoarder, you probably wonder what in the world I'm talking about, right? Treating a piece of fabric like a cherished friend? yup.. that's what we do!

Alot of these, I even "faded out" so that I have some papers that are much softer looking.
What I love about my fabric "paper" is that it actually looks like a REAL piece of fabric glued to the front of the card! Here's what I made.  I put the piece of fabric that I scanned, in front of the card just for fun.

Look close... can you see the actual fibers in the fabric? although this is just paper that I printed out! The scanner did a great job.

I tore strips for the inside, that look like pieces of fabric.

My ALL TIME favorite.... just LOVE this fabric/paper! Swoon.n.n.n.n....... it made the prettiest little cottage shabby card.

Lots of glitter added to my handmade flower.

Each card got a special handmade envelope too.

I had more fun with these and hope to make more.  These three cards are for sale in my Etsy shop, here for the lavender and blue onehere for the "Sweet You" card, and here for my shabby cottage one.

Stay tuned for more projects. I've been on a roll!!!

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  1. Marilyn, first I want to thank you for your visit. I love my kitchen and I am so happy when others do too. I especially appreciate you and your visits. You notice every little thing and are always so nice to comment on them. I love your cards (so much that I just ordered one) to send to my daughter. She is a very special "Sweet You". I can't believe how much like fabric your papers look. What a great idea. The papers that we buy are really expensive when you start making something so this is such a fantastic idea. Thank you..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

    1. Judy.... yes I do LOVE your kitchen! Wow is all I can say. Thank you for loving my cards and thank you for ordering. It makes me feel so good to know someone loves something I made.. and I love sharing it all right here! I do love this technique and you'll see that when you get the card, the front does look like fabric! Take care... Marilyn

  2. Oh. My. Gawd. I love love LOVE all of this post! What a neat idea! The cards are so beautiful. You definitely have a talent for this. I can't tell you enough how much I love it all. I wish I was more creative like this. I'm best at seeing what other people do and copying it, and then sometimes it still doesn't work out. But that's okay. I enjoy trying something new sometimes. Hope you get some sunshine there soon! I think we're hogging it all up here.

    1. Pam.. thank you so much! Glad you love them too. I do love this technique and want to make more. I always say: let the paper speak for itself (or the fabric) when it's so beautiful. YOU my dear friend, are VERY talented too! No sunshine yet here.. just more snow and gray days. Hugs.. Marilyn

  3. This is really neat Marilyn. What a fabulous idea and your cards are beautiful. Happy Thursday.

    1. Thank you so much Kris! I do love this technique. Hugs.. Marilyn

  4. Just when I think you've outdone yourself, you take it up a notch! These fabric quarters are soooo pretty and feminine. (I think my favorite is the same as yours.) Great technique too!!