Sunday, November 9, 2014

Robbing The Scrapbook Graveyard

I'm not sure when scrapbooking became popular, and I'm equally unsure when it stopped. All I know is that I jumped on that bandwagon and rode it along with all the other ladies. And boy, was it an expensive trip! 

Where did it get me? For my efforts, I have a bunch of jazzed-up photo albums stored in plastic bins beneath my bed. 

I have hundreds, maybe thousands of sheets of 12 x 12 paper.

I've been trying to figure out what to do with that paper. It's clear I'll never use it for its intended purpose. When I go thrift store shopping, I see it packaged for sale, so obviously there are other ex-scrapbookers out there who made the decision to part with their paper by giving it to charity.

But the hoarder in me can't bear to give perfectly good supplies to a thrift store. After all, I still work with paper, only now I make my own paper. I paint paper. Thus, it dawned on me that I could use all that paper when doing Gelli prints--my current artistic obsession.

These are the texture plates I've made. They are basically cardboard shapes I glue onto another sturdy cardboard rectangle. I press them down into the paint on the Gelli plate and take positive and negative prints.

And here are some of the prints I've made lately:


  1. As a collage artist, I am sure you will find a way to incorporate those scrap booking papers into your artwork. I love your Gelli prints.

  2. This is a great idea for something most of us have in excess. Thanks for sharing it.