Friday, May 6, 2011

* Tinkerlab Cardboard Box Challenge: Paste Paper Cereal Box Scrapbooks

My bloggy friend Rachelle from Tinkerlab 
invited me to help celebrate her 1-year Blogiversary! 

By participating in the Tinkerlab Cardboard Challenge
with a bunch of my other favorite crafty bloggers!

The Challenge:
Make something with a cardboard box, 
and any other material/s of your choice.  

So that's just what we did.

We used cereal boxes from our ever-growing recycling pile!

First we opened them up by cutting open one side
and laid them flat on my art studio table. 

We tried a "paste paper" technique to make the boxes 
more "artsy"

First I drizzle a little bit of white gesso on each box
and spread the white gesso paint out on the shiny (printed) side 
of each cereal box with a foam craft brush. 

Then we drizzled 2-3 washable acrylic craft paint colors
on top of the wet gesso. 

For the box above you'll see we used 
Red, Pink, and Orange. 

On this one we used lime green and turquoise.

Mix the paint colors by loosely spreading the paint around 
with a foam craft brush. 
(work quickly and it's okay if it mixes with the gesso!) 
"C" really liked this part!

Then, for the fun part: time to make 
patterns and textures!

You can use a plastic gift card, comb, or pieces of cut cardboard
to "scratch" designs in the wet paint and gesso mixture. 

For this box, we just painted the lid blue and lavender, 
then we stamped the yellow/orange paint with the 
end of the paintbrush handle to make the cute little polka-dots!

Painted cereal boxes drying on my art studio floor. 

After everything dried, I trimmed off the flaps and 
got to work making "book covers" for 
homemade journals 
and sketch books!

I played with a hole punch and my nifty little 
(favorite book-making tool)  
circle hole punch tool

to cut holes in the cardboard and trimmed white office paper

to go inside of each little book. 

"C"helped me pick color combinations.
It was fun to mix and match patterns and colors. 

It was also fun to play around with some
un-painted boxes as journal covers too! 
(The girls really liked these)

The finished sketchbooks! 

Want to join the fun? 

Go check out the other fun projects at the other blogs
who participated in the challenge!

Happy Re-Cycled Crafting!

pink and green mama


Michelle Willow said...

I have forwarded two blog awards to your blog as I find it both really inspiring and fabulous: http://willowatsquidoo.blogspot.com/2011/05/couple-awards-to-share-fabulous.html

PS. great work with boxes! ;)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Michelle!
That's really sweet of you! : )

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Love this idea! Love how you scratched with credit cards/combs into the paints! Beautiful results!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anna @ The Imagination Tree said...

Beautiful results! And I love how you turned them into something that could be kept and treasured. Loving all these ideas from amongst the group!

ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma said...

Wonderful idea!! Love how you made the beautiful patterns. Thanks for sharing...

Michelle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVe the idea of journals!

Deborah said...

The journals are wonderful. I just love the different painting techniques you all explored. I could just do that all day!

jen @ paintcutpaste.com said...

another fabulous cardboard creation - what a fun challenge this was! these are beautiful, marylea! and who couldn't use a handmade journal? love it!

Messy Kids said...

I love the looks and textures that were created. Beautiful journals!

rachelle | tinkerlab said...

You have such great ideas! I wasn't sure where you girls were heading, and love that you ended up with journals. It's been a long time since I've made paste paper. You've reminded me how much I enjoyed the process of making those textures, and the slick surface of the cereal box seems like the perfect substrate for the process. We'll have to try this soon. Thanks for joining the cardboard challenge!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

They are wonderful. Now I am just wondering we have time to make one for my Mum for Mothers Day tomorrow! :)

Jill @ A Mom With a Lesson Plan said...

I saw an idea for a nature journal and I have been putting off doing it until I have the perfect journal. Once I figure out what gesso is we are making these! Which is good because the pile of stuff we want to research is growing quickly.

Alicia said...

hi :) i'm a new follower and i'm totally diggin' your blog! i love all your e-books...i've been kicking around the idea of writing my own...you've inspired me :) now i need to decide which one of your i want!

RedTedArt said...

Oh my these made me say "aaaahhhhhhhh" how very very sweet!!! They turned out wonderful and I love scrapbooks - such a great way to store kids art!! Love your blog and all your wonderful craftiness!

Would LOVE for you to come and link up to Kids Get Crafty - every Wednesday with and for children - http://www.redtedart.com/2011/05/04/kids-get-crafty-loo-roll-monsters/ Old posts welcome!

Hope to see you there!


Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

Genial este blog.
Me he encontrado hoy con él... voy a darme una vueltecilla.
Fotos geniales.

Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) said...

Genial este blog.
Me he encontrado hoy con él... voy a darme una vueltecilla.
Fotos geniales.

Jackie H. said...

These are adorable. What blossoming writer wouldn't want to fill one of these up? Such a great invitation to continue creating.

Carolyn said...

So much fun painting..... I think we often stop our children from making too much mess. It is part of their learning and development. Great post.

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