More Paper Hardware and Free Digital Downloads

One of my favorite super-simple projects has come back around, this time in Country Living magazine. It’s paper hardware, crafted from actual photographed hardware.

You can find full instructions on my previous post, or in the November 2012 issue of Country Living (and on the CL website any day now with free paper hardware download,) for adding them to painted wooden boxes.

Special thanks to Ray of Ray’s Trading in Sebastopol, CA for resourcing the perfect padlock hardware for the Country Living project!

You can add paper hardware to virtually anything, but it would be super fun to add to furniture pieces. Check out this beautiful distressed piece I found at Sienna Antiques in Petaluma- gorgeous color inspiration with brass pulls and escutcheons (aka: key holes) that are perfect for dolling up a more moderately priced tallboy.

And here are more examples (created digitally for inspiration) using hardware I photographed at Sienna and other local antique stores. If creating your own hardware image files, always be sure you get the shopkeeper’s permission before snapping images of their goods. And remember, you probably have some cool hardware on a few of your own pieces!Here are a load of free printables to get you started on your own paper hardware projects! Click on an image for a larger file to download and print-to-fit letter-size paper (or full sheet label stock) or size to best fit your project. Trim out hardware, use a neutral color marker around the edges of the trimmed piece to erase the white edge of the paper, and add to furniture, journals, collages, boxes…anything! Feel free to use these also in your digital projects.

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Collection, Obsession, Storage: Washi Tape

I have a collection obsession with Washi Tape. I define it as an obsession because I collect it more than I use it. Washi tape, also known as rice paper tape, is a thin masking tape of sorts with a re-positionable adhesive that comes in a multitude of colors, patterns and designs. Also in my collection are other similar decorative paper tapes, tissue tapes, one or two cloth tapes and other similar non-Washi tapes in various widths. Very recently Michaels has been stocking dozens of similar craft tapes in their Recollections line. For true Washi tape, I’ve found that the biggest selection is online. There are sellers on Ebay and Etsy that ship from the US and China, so if buying from the latter, you’ll have to be a little more patient for your shipment for the best price. I received a nice fat parcel yesterday that puffed up my selection of tapes considerably, making my first Washi tape storage solution a bit obsolete, sans the perforation blade.

I have this funky flea market wire Tintex dye box display that I’ve used in the past in my little studio to hold jars of bits and bobbles.

Paired up with a stack of wooden berry baskets that I picked up at an antique store it had even greater potential as a tape organizer.

Now with my Washi tape organized by color in each basket, the wire display is even more spectacular!What to make with all this Washi tape? Start with Washi Tape Flowers. Or, in lieu of crafting with manufactured Washi tape, you could always make your own paper tape from wrapping paper!

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Western Railroad Imagery

Jeff and I just spent a wonderful weekend away with friends that finished with a visit to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun, California. There we rode a streetcar and an interurban electric train along the railway. I took loads of photos with my iPhone, most throughout the car house filled with historic electric-powered rail vehicles. My favorite images were close-up shots of sections of the trains. Some of these photos will make great digital collage backgrounds as well as backdrops for quotes and other text. These would also make great wall decor in the form of wood block mounted photos or canvas prints. So, next time you’re out and about with a camera, even one built into your phone, close in and snap some interesting compositions to create a library of beautiful imagery for your own projects!

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