my scrap philosophy

I scrap for me. I would love to do every page and look at it saying "wow, I'm proud of that"...but sometimes pages get done and are just okay.....that's okay! I don't have perfect days everyday, I'm not a perfect mom all the time, and perfect wife...LOL, let's just say I'm no June Cleaver ;) And those last 10 pounds I lost keep finding their way isn't perfect, and neither is every scrapbook page :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Celebrating National Craft Month!

March is National Craft Month, so in celebration of this awesome month, I decided to alter the word "CREATE" for my scraproom :)  I found these letters in the dollar bin at Michael's a little while ago, and was so happy to find the right ones to spell it...I think I got the last two "E's" LOL!  I started by picking out the paper I wanted to use (this is always the hardest part for me), I used We R Memory Keeper's "White Out" the pretty bright colors:

Next I just played with the letters on the paper to decide where to cut before I did it:

now, I placed each letter reversed on the back side of the paper and traced it:

Then I cut them out:

The next step is to Mod Podge (I used hard coat this time) on the back of the paper and place them onto the letters....I used a new Mod Podge brayer I bought myself:

Here they are all glued on:

Now, when I cut them from the paper, they weren't a perfect match to the wood letters, so I filed the excess paper down:

after filing, I noticed that some of the white paint on the wood came off...I kind of didn't mind, it gave them a distressed look, but to finish it off a little I used some watered down Kaiser white acrylic paint (which I thought would go well with the distressed whiteness of this paper):

In the next step I had to decide which embellishments I was going to use on each letter, and which ones I was going to Mod Podge over--I do this to seal things on, and for items like this, that I am going to hang, it makes for easier cleaning.  You can see the on the first "E" and on the "T" I didn't add the embellishments yet, because I didn't want to Mod Podge over the Butterfly (from my stash), or the charm and hemp (from my stash).  The "C" I used rhinestones from my stash, the "R" I cut a piece from my Bazzill "Just the Edge" cardstock strips and sewed through the top to make a banner, on the "A" I used a couple of raffle tickets and a metal turn and a pearl from my stash, and the last "E" various buttons from my stash...all which I want to Mod Podge over:

and then I put two coats of Mod Podge on top (note that on the one with the rhinestones, I did wipe it off the very top of the rhinestones so they can still sparkle):

Then I added the embellishments to the last two letters and ended up with this:

This project was done as my design team project at Let's Get Peachy as the lead Altered DT :)  Thanks for looking!!!!


Anonymous said...

Love it Love it Love it!!!! I think I will do letter for my boys!!!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh this is soooooooooooooo cool!! LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with this!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Carolina said...

Love it! I'm having a hard time finding that kind of cheap materials to alter here. Tried to buy a simple wooden frame today but it was 25 dollars!!!

Scrapcollectr said...

Love, love, love it! What a happy sight everyday....

Court said...

This is fantastic! I am working on letters with modge podge right now! I just set them to dry last night and will be embellishing them today! I LOVE the added hooks though! SO cleaver and cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Imaginisce blog today and leaving a comment! Don't be afraid of your Cricut! It's so much fun! I never scrap without it! Keep coming back to the IMaginisce blog as every project I do has Cricut in it and you can check out my personal blog too! Aphra is amazing with the Cricut as well and Pinky has a more home decor style (their blogs are on the sidebar of the Imaginisce blog home page). Let me know if you have any questions and I am glad to help!


Joanna said...

So cute! Love it!

kate blue said...

Lucky you, you're right, normally, all the A's and E's are gone! I so love doing altered letters and love the papers you used! Bright & cheery!

Gretchen said...

what??!! it is National Craft Month?? how am I just now finding this out!!??
love the letters!!
(and thanks for the info!)

Unknown said...

great project!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Such a wonderful idea for home decor / organizing. love the way you used different papers on the alphas.