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One Step at a Time: Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media in Journaling

2020-01-28
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Most of you probably know mixed media better than me, but as I have had so many questions, enquiries, and kind pleas to share how I use mixed media in my (art) journaling, I decided to do it in a very simple way. One step at a time, I will introduce my favourite media to you, and show how I use them.  For you already mastering the art of mixed media, this is no news for you, but for those who has only a vague knowledge what it is (something messy, something too laborious or hard, something to be afraid of), this series of tutorials is for you. We are going to tame the idea of using mixed...
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"Magic Is Something You Create"

2019-10-14
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Greetings from the Paper Garden!   It’s time to tell you the story of Paper Garden, unique and different from others, as all stories are. During the four years of Paper Garden Tero has been The Boss, and me, Emilia, has been there hanging around and causing as much trouble and inspiration as possible. However, even if I have tried always to stress the fact that Varalusikka and its Paper Garden are Tero’s, customers have found it difficult to understand. It is an easy mistake to make, as it’s me who spend her time in the social media and upload pretty photos on Instagram. But there’s much...
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Varalusikka's Favourite Printables

2019-04-12
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Greetings from the Paper Garden!So many of our dear customers have asked during the years, if we could sell the beautiful prints we use in our junk journals, monthly boxes, everywhere. We have often thought about it, collecting pdf printables or prints, but somehow it has never felt quite right. You see, lots of the images we use are from Pinterest. Naturally, most are from our own private collections, but there are more documents and like, not that many botanical prints etc. But the ones most beautiful are usually from Pinterest, free to use, when just dig deep enough to find them. So, we...
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Welcome to the Paper Garden of and by Varalusikka!

2018-06-13
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This blog has been on the making for a long time, but now seemed to be just as good a moment as any to begin. If you have found this blog, then you probably know us already (us meaning Varalusikka and the people behind it, Tero and Emilia), but if by some miracle you have found this blog without never ever having heard of Varalusikka, we’ll tell you a short story.  Varalusikka means an extra spoon in Finnish. You know the Spoon Theory? Chronically ill people use it to explain their restricted life to someone who has no disabilities. Chronically ill people need to think how they use their...
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