My Article in Pages Magazine!


I thought I would share an article I have in the Summer issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages magazine.  For my book More Fabric Art CollageI created a technique which I call

Batting Tapestries.  It combines both quilt batting and lots of hand and machine embroidery. It is a fun way to use up batting scraps!   For Pages I used the technique to create journal covers.  I hope you will check it out!

What do you do with all of your batting scraps?

Page 18, Quilt Batting  Journal Covers

Page 18, Quilt Batting Journal Covers

Romantic Sea Shell Box

Each September, my husband and I spend our wedding anniversary in Florida at the beach.  It is a quiet time of year there and we enjoy a very relaxing week of not doing much.  One thing that is tradition, is my shell hunting, every year I come home with a bag of treasures.  You can imagine after years of collecting, I have quite a stash of beautiful ones.  I keep my shells in jars and bowls throughout my house but thought it would be nice to make a project using the shells as the focus.   I decided a wood box would be perfect and look terrific on my mantel.  I hope you too have shell treasures and can use my box idea to create your own remembrance.  If you do not have a large supply of shells, you can find equally beautiful ones at any craft store.

Romantic shell art box

Romantic shell art box

Romantic Shell Art Box


Walnut Hollow® Classic Box #3219

Round wood embellishment

Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®

Aleene’s Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Medium, Matte

Tissue gift papers (preferably with writing and natural colors)

Various shells

Other supplies:  disposable foam paintbrush

  1. Using Collage Pauge , apply tissue papers to box.  Tear and overlap tissue, creating a collage design.  Completely cover all side of the box.  Let dry.
  2. Using Tacky Glue, adhere round wood embellishment to the top center of box.
  3. Using the round wood embellishment’s design features as a guide, glue shells in place.  Glue the shells around and on top of the embellishment.Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  4. Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  5. Finish top box with one larger shell.

Note:  Wood embellishment and shells are available at craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby stores.

Other ideas:  sea glass is also a beautiful option to incorporate with the shells.  Use any of your collections from trips such as camping or hiking, with found wood pieces or rocks.

8-7-13 shell art box


How do you display your collections?

Be My Valentine Fabric Postcards

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