Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Remnants of remnants ...

I'm excited to share with you a new design that's been added to my Etsy shop, Simple Joys Paperie.
If you remember, I make my paper wreaths and other paper art from vintage papers and books that are damaged in one way or another. I do purchase them, but they are usually books that no one else wants and therefore are left on the shelves after all the good ones are chosen.

After I made the wreaths, I had lots of book covers remaining, and I just couldn't bring myself to throw them out.

A few weeks ago, while looking through some remnants, I saw one of the book spines and thought what a shame for it to go to waste and began thinking what I could do with it ... make something from the remnants of remnants, if you will.

Then I thought of a cuff! They are not for everyone, I suppose, but I just love them!

I use a metal bracelet blank, then choose a book spine and coordinating fabrics to create each unique piece of jewelry. The themes are endless! I have cuffs for brides, mothers, lovers of all things French, someone named Susan, a math teacher, a reading teacher, etc.

Some are whimsical, some are a bit worn and distressed, and some are mod and trendy.
I have listed a few in my Etsy shop and I will be listing more over the next few days.
Two of them have already sold today!
Thank you! :)

So you see, something can be made from the remnants of remnants.


I just signed up with Kim at Everything Etsy for an I Made It Thursday Blog Party.
Be sure to visit and see all the other participating blogs.


Thanks for dropping by!
Take Care and God Bless,


  1. love these....brilliant i hope you have some for xmas in future

  2. This is, as Chris already said, a brilliant idea!

  3. What a neat idea. Very green. You are the queen of repurposing. Besides that they are stunning.


  4. Creativity at it finest! That is really neat... Hmmmm, I have a linen black skirt with a turqouise(sp) embroidery design, that is done for, but I can't throw it away becasue I know SOMEONE (not me) could figure out something to do with it - this post just reinforced it :)

  5. These are really beautiful. I love that you used every piece you could of your salvaged book pieces. Truly lovely, Stan

  6. Sooo creative! Thanks for joining us! :)


  7. oh, those are Wonderful!!!

  8. wow! such a cool idea. i think you got a winner.

  9. Lana, please visit my blog, I have a surprise for you! Susan

  10. Lana,
    so thankful for your visits...I am in love with your art and the cuffs are great! wish I had thought of that :)

    I will have to spend much more time over here picking up on what next piece you will create or blog :)

    Visit often love your company :)

  11. Lana these are so incredible! I love your work