Wednesday, 1 April 2009

recycled toast

I expect I wasn't the only blogger to receive a Toast mini catalogue in the post yesterday. It's arrival coincided with a cup of coffee and a wee pause, while I savoured the images and the wonderful kind of 'posh rustic' lifestyle on offer.

And then my fingers started twitching, thinking about my scalpel blade and cutting mat, and how it's been a while since I've made any cards or chopped up some paper. So I quickly got to work and made some postcards. I used some blanks that were lying around, played with the crop and then mounted them, using my corner cutter to finish them off.


Sometimes my crop is a little 'off', but they were so quick to make - so satisfying for a half-hour diversion from my to-do list.


They make a lovely little bundle piled together, along with some glassine envelopes. I have a bit of a 'thing' for glassine envelopes, by the way.

17 comments:

Simone said...

The pictures look so smooth Diana. May I ask what you stuck them down with? You are very creative. I like the rounded corners and the glassine envelopes too. Tney look very special.

Lisa said...

How clever of you to put such pretty pictures to a practical and eyecatching use.
Lisa

cocoa and blankets said...

what a fab idea...i will get mine out of the re cycle bin...its in there cause it makes me sad as I no longer fit their clothers and can no longer afford them...where do you get your envelopes they are lovely...hugglets from H

Diane said...

After the recycled wooden spoons, I wondered what on earth you were going to do with old toast!!! I just throw mine to the birds! What are Glassine envelopes?

Karen said...

Hello Diana, The Toast brochure was lovely to look at and I cut out the verse [one of my favourites) and stuck it on the pinboard in our kitchen. Not as creative as you! Hope spring has arrived in Cornwall. Karenx

kristina said...

The postcards are beautiful. I feel so uncreative putting my mini-catalogue in the recycling basket now...I love glassine envelopes too! K x

French Knots said...

What a great idea, I was flicking through mine in bed last night wishing I was richer and thinner! I shall copy your idea if you don't mind and get snipping.

The Gossamer Woman said...

Leave it to you to think of something totally creative like that. Hurray for you. Wish I was as clever. I must try this one day. Did you just use ordinary glue?

Ali said...

I adore glassine envelopes too - bought some back from NY last year. Can you get them here?
And I also need to pick your brains over bubblefree glueing. I feel it is a skill I should have mastered, but clearly haven't. Think you need to write us a tutorial!

sweetmyrtle said...

i thought this was going to ba a culinary post at first...what a great idea.. they look fab.
Happy weekend to you Diana. xxx

Pipany said...

I love 'em! Well done Diana. Isn't this sunshine just gorgeous? Will needd to email you later for help with my Addi needles which I can't seem to use!!! xx

Sally Anne said...

They are lovely...clever you !
The corner cutter thingy sounds great..I suppose you could buy that at a scrapbooking sort of shop?

silverpebble said...

These are wonderful Diana - I adore the Toast catalogue, but I do tend to look rather than buy. This is a wonderful way to recycle those gorgeous aspirational images.

I have never heard of glassine envelopes - I presume they're slightly transparent. Mysterious.

Gina said...

What a fantastic idea Diana. They look lovely.

Frances said...

Hello from New York,

I have found your site via the very creative Pipany.

Your clever re-cycling results are delightful! I am again reminded that I keep meaning to buy a cutting mat to make lots of projects easier, than continuing to just put the paper I'm cutting over a bit of old cardboard.

Gosh ... now I am wondering if buying a mat would conflict with the whole idea of re-cycling. Don't really think it will!

Cheers!

Jackie said...

I love that glassine paper. It reminds me of rooting through a chest of drawers when I was little. Its just brought it back to me. I think they had negatives in.
I don't get TOAST but I do know they have a basket in the latest exactly like the one I paid less than £5 for in Marrakech. I feel smug!

vanessa said...

What a great idea to recycle the toast catalogue! Brilliant infact. I love their catalogues, the photos are always beautiful. I always wondered what those envelopes were made of, I think they're gorgeous too. Gorgeous photos by-the-way.
Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)