Hey everyone – LuAnn here with your March Home Matters post.
When I brainstorm ideas for my projects, I often take a look at what I have stashed away in my hybrid supplies. I’m the type of person that will buy things in the clearance sections of stores and at yard sales with the intent of using them for a project. Sometimes I use them right away and other times I tuck them away for a rainy day. Even my kids will stop and ask, “Mom – can you use this for one of your projects?” before they throw something away. How’s that for training???
Anyway, while going through my supplies I realized that I have quite a few things that have been in my stash for a while now. It was at that point I decided that I was not going to buy ANYTHING for today’s project. I was only going to use stuff that I had already in my house.
So, the hunt was on…. What all did I have and what could I use to create a project?
Well, here’s what I came up with for today’s Home Matters post – I spent no money at all on this project!!! Everything used was found in my stash!
The frame was from a Stampin’ Up! project that I didn’t really like when we made them at the party a year ago but I loved the frame so I kept it! It originally came from the big box store that sounds like Mal-Wart and was only $3.
The chipboard letters are from 2 different, but same sized alphabets. The background was a left over piece of 12 x 12 neutral, canvas textured cardstock.
I even used a paper pack in my digital stash that I had downloaded before Christmas and never used! It is a paper pack by Inspirations from Day called Zen Garden.
Aren’t those papers swoon-worthy?
Additional supplies used: thin matte presentation paper, my Tombow adhesive tape runner, an exacto knife, a sanding block, ink for edges, scissors.
But again, use what you have! No adhesive tape runner? Use mod podge or even white glue or a craft stick.
Let’s get started on how I made my framed chipboard welcome sign.
1. First, I figured out what paper I wanted to use for each letter.
2. Since my letters are about 3 inches, I resized the papers 4 inch x 4 inch squares. I printed the squares on presentation paper using my printer’s best print option. Next, I cut apart my squares.
3. I didn’t want the gray sides of the chipboard letters showing in my project so I inked the edges of my letters with Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink. I used Q-tips for the hard to reach spots on the letters – like on the inner edge of the “c”
4. I applied my tape runner adhesive to the front of each letter and placed one face down on each of the backs of the printed squares of patterned paper.
5. Using an exacto knife, I carefully cut around each letter and in the center of the “e’s” and the “o”.
This is what all of the letters looked like covered with the papers:
They are very rough looking from being cut out with the exacto knife, but we’re going to take care of that next.
6. Using a sanding block, I sanded all the edges of the letters (you can also used a piece of fine grit sandpaper, a flat nail file or metal nail file). This not only removed any excess paper from where I didn’t trim close enough but it also smoothed and distressed the edges.
tip: always sand in a downward motion. If you sand up and down, you’ll pull the paper up from the letter.
7. I then used brown ink and a small piece of sponge to ink all of the edges of the letters and then set them off to the side to dry.
8. While my letters were drying, I measured the inside opening of the frame. It was 5 inches x 12 inches. I chose a light cream colored, canvas textured cardstock that went with the colors of the printed papers.
tip: if your frame opening is larger than 8.5 x 11, I recommend taking the finished chipboard letters, along with the frame you are going to use, to pick out a coordinating 12 x 12 background scrapbook paper. Most papers will run between $.59 and $1.99 a sheet but it will save you from having to try to paper piece your background.
9. I centered my letters on the background cardstock piece. After I was happy with the alignment and centering, I picked up one letter at a time, applied adhesive using my Tombow adhesive tape runner and replaced the letter on the background.
tip: you could use a ruler and lightly pencil a line across your background paper to assure your letters are on straight.
10. Insert in the frame behind the glass and there you go!
This project would make a perfect housewarming gift, wedding gift or Christmas gift! It’s never too early to start crafting those Christmas gifts!!!
There are many different ways you could re-create this project and make it your own:
- Use letters to spell out the recipient’s last name instead of “Welcome”.
- Add those trendy rolled roses in a cluster in a corner on the outside of the frame.
- Add a little bling to your letters with a few glued on crystals.
- Spell out a new baby’s name and use colors that coordinate with the nursery as a unique baby shower gift.
The possibilities are endless – you are only limited by your imagination!
I’d love to know what you think about my project! And if my project inspires you to create your own project, I’d LOVE to see it so please post a link in the comments section of this post!!!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!