Monday, November 12, 2012
Magazine Paper Pockets...
Here is an easy little project for anyone who needs to sit still and recuperate. I know how difficult it is to just sit so this is perfect for doing as little as possible yet getting wonderful results in the end. I began with a magazine of exceptional quality paper and photos. Next I tear out the pages I wish to use which have a photo that would still look good after being folded. Tip: I use the other pages as my foundation to glue upon. Supplies needed: magazine or calendar, scissors, glue stick, optional bone folder.
Here is a sample of the shape you want after tearing out the page and folding it in thirds with a slight overlap along the back seam. Next you fold up the bottom and then I trim the sides off for less bulk. This step is not necessary but I like the finished result much better. Now all you do is glue the back seam with the overlap. Next you glue the bottom "flap" (in this photo it is the white strip with the printing on it) and fold it up over the back seam.
Now you have a lovely little paper pocket. I like to tear off the very top edge just to give it a fun flair. You could also use those decorative scissors we all love. I really like to use my paper calendars which I get from numerous charity donations. They usually have wonderful photos with no text. Book pages would be fine also. These are fun to fill with paper ephemera or little gifts that are fairly flat. Easy to package and mail in an envelope. So now I can feel like I am accomplishing something instead of just sitting doing nothing...which I don't do very well!
Our latest rain storm was just that. It did not produce any snow other than lots of flurries which never stuck or accumulated. We did get down to 23 degrees at night so it was very cold...this is California after all!
Today is sunny and cold. Somehow the sunshine makes it all bearable. I will just bundle up with an extra layer of warm clothes and a cozy scarf around my neck.
It appears the holidays are upon us in full steam. Lots of boutiques happening and stores with conflicting displays...Thanksgiving/Fall/Harvest vs. Christmas and all the variations of it...Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etcetera.
I am making my list and beginning to check it twice. As fast as this entire year has flown by it will now be in turbo boost until New Year's. So much to do and so little time is what we are conditioned to feel. This year I shall try my best to breathe and keep a slower pace so I can enjoy every moment of the wonder of the season. I am keeping up with my little gratitude tag journal and it is so rewarding to be thankful for even the smallest blessing each day.
Continuing prayers for all who have no power, lack of warm clothes, nourishing meals or a home to live in.