Donna Salazar has recently released her own product line through Product Performers and I am really excited to be her DT Coordinator–woohoo! That means I get to work with the really fun products and make samples all day–what a job! ;) After spending a day with Donna I got alot more insight as to why she released the products and designed them the way she did and that got lots of gears turning in my head. One of her newest products was developed in response to a need she experienced as a crafter — the need for flower friendly dictionary paper or newsprint.

Donna's signature style includes her fabulous “dictionary” flowers, made from scalloped circles punched from dictionary pages. The problem with creating flowers from dictionary pages is that the paper is not acid-free and you never know what words will end up on your flower (if you know what I mean). To solve this problem, Donna created the “Crafty Chronicle”, a crafty newspaper style newsletter created just for you to craft with!

I created these flowers using Donna's Crafty Chronicle by punching several scalloped circles. Here's how:

Gather these supplies:

  • Eyelets, brads or rivets (eyelet setter if using rivets or eyelets)
  • Scalloped Circle punches in 3 different sizes.
  • Donna Salazar's “Crafty Chronicle”or pages from an old dictionary
  • Olive Pastel Colorbox Chalk Ink

Stack the punched scalloped circles on top of each other, largest on the bottom and punch a hole in the center of the stack with a Crop A Dile or eyelet setting tool.

Set an eyelet or rivet in the hole or use a brad to secure all the layers together.

Ink the edges of the layers using a Colorbox Chalk Cat eye or other soft ink application.


Starting with the center (smallest) layer, crumple each layer to form a rose-like flower.



Fan out the layers as needed to create a more flower-like shape. Then add to your page!

Here's the finished page I created using these flowers:


And that's another use for all those 4000 piece eyelet sets we all had to buy at Scrapbook Expo a few years back ;) Hope you enjoyed this post and to reward you if you're still reading…post a comment here about what you'd do with a Crafty Chronicle and I will randomly select one person to win one!! Winner will be selected and posted on April 15, 2010.

Happy Scrapping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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9 thoughts on “Crafting with the Chronicle

  1. Love it! Where can i find this dictionary paper?

    Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm
  2. Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm
  3. congrats on being DT coordinator! Such fun!

    Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:19 am
  4. Great idea! I bought some antique-looking printed paper at my LSS last year and I think I will try this idea with it tomorrow. It will also give me a chance to use the Croc-a-dile I bought a couple of weeks ago.

    Posted on April 7, 2010 at 4:12 am
  5. very nice, gonna have to try this!!

    Posted on April 7, 2010 at 4:57 am
  6. Cute flower!! Ok so if I actually had the paper… I would be jumping for joy that I didn’t have to take an old book apart to make great flowers like yours!!! I hope we get this line here in Utah soon!

    Posted on April 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm
  7. Cheryl, Ask your store to order it. They probably already have an account through Product Performers so it should be really easy for them to order it. And join our Facebook Group for Donna–you can updates there as well ;)

    Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:18 am
  8. Thankd Jennifer! This would be so great to use for the flowers in Tim Holtz new book!

    Posted on April 8, 2010 at 2:11 am
  9. pretty flowers and pretty layout!

    Posted on April 9, 2010 at 5:56 am