Monday, October 22, 2012

[make] Scrapbook Letter Art

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend, I finally was able to fit some crafting/sewing/new recipe-ing (?) into my schedule! That is my idea of a happy weekend.

Here is my crafty contribution from my weekend. Nate and I had these shadow boxes in our bedroom... nothing exciting at ALL. They actually started as sea-themed art for our guest bathroom... But I covered those pictures up with scrapbook paper (which silly me didn't even pay attention to the direction of the scrapbook paper... I am fully aware that the two papers are different directions, I'm just trying to not let my OCD self notice it)...

Before... and after, neither are too exciting.

The long shot of the back wall in our bedroom... Nothing too exciting (and yes, we have a new bed frame! still need to take updated pictures of that).

So on my journey to Hobby Lobby on Friday, I picked up two paper mache craft letters (a "C" for me and an "N" for Nate, of course), scrapbook paper that picked up some colors from our bedspread, along with a few other colors... just for fun :) And also some supplies I had on hand: Mod Podge, an Exacto knife, and foam brush.

Lay your letter right side up on the scrapbook paper...

Hold your letter firmly and cut the perimeter of it with your Exacto knife, carefullyyyy (those things are sharp!)

Pop out your letter...

Beautifully cut letters, perfectly sized for the paper mache letters!

Use Mod Podge on top of the paper mache letters: this will be the glue that adheres your scrapbook paper to your paper mache letter.

Apply the scrapbook paper letter, and then flip the entire thing over and trim any scrapbook paper peeking over the edge.

Apply Mod Podge to the front... this will add a glossy coating to your letter.

I used the little wooden stick that comes in bags of stuffing (that's supposed to shove the stuffing into the corners of pillows and whatnot) to smooth my scrapbook paper (with Mod Podge) and eliminate any bubbling.

I then used my Exacto knife to roughen up edges and take away any additional scrapbook paper tears, etc. You can also use sand paper but my Exacto knife was closer :)

Ta da! I used hot glue (of course) to add these to my shadow boxes in our bedroom. Just a colorful touch in an already-patterned shadow box. I asked Nate if it was too girly for him, but he said it was fine. Gotta love a husband who doesn't mind crafty projects!

Adds a fun pop of color; just a little something, doesn't it? It doesn't steal all the focus in the bedroom, but you do see that it is there. Much better than the before, don't you think?

Again, here's the before...

And after!


Who else crafts with paper mache letters from Hob Lob? There were also extra large wooden letters that I had my eye on... Anything with a C, N, or J is a-okay in my book! Love personalized touches and monograms!

I hope you all had a lovely Monday!

"He also says, 'In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.'" Hebrews 1: 10-12

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  1. OH MY GOSH! SO stinkin' cute. I love this! really. I'm a sucker for scrapbook letters. I've made them for numerous things. They are such a cute fun personal way to jazz something up!

  2. i love those!! what cute paper for the letters!

  3. Seriously can you be any more crafty?! I love this!!

  4. SO cute, Chrissy! Wish I had done some of these for the nursery. I love the scrapbook paper you chose, too!

  5. Love this!!!!!!

  6. Love the scrapbook paper you picked. Plus it pops so nice to frame it too.


  7. Loving the mix of the scrapbook paper patterns! What a neat idea to put the initials in the picture frame:) What would we ever do without Mod Podge? It's the best!!!

  8. Love the paper! I had wondered if this was the way to get paper to fit a paper mache letter! Thanks for sharing!


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