Hello friends! Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a project with you today that I made simply for the joy of creating. I didn’t worry about supply lists or product availability, or step-out photos. I simply created for the sheer joy of creating and to celebrate my love of paper.
How perfect that I got the opportunity to join in a really fun blog hop today that is all about the love of paper. As part of the hop, they asked us to share about our love paper, what it is that we love about it.
For me that was easy, paper is my canvas. No matter what I create, paper is always my canvas. It doesn’t matter to me if it is vintage or new, craft paper or stationary, it is a canvas. It is a canvas for art or for a written note. What ever is in my heart, I express it on paper. I remember even as a child having joy in a new sketchbook or stack of construction paper. If I could dream it in my mind, I could put it on paper.
Be sure to check the links to all of the other blog hoppers at the very bottom of this posts. Also don’t forget to check out the blog hop sponsor Paperphilia.
This project seems perfect to share today as part of the hop. It combines both old and new paper in a celebration of vintage. I hope you enjoy it!
The base of my project is a 12×12 Tim Holtz Burlap Panel. I sewed a 12×12 piece of Tim Holtz Wallflowers pattern paper to a piece of cream cotton batting. I trimmed the batting with pinking shears. You know how I love my pinking shears! I inked the edges of the paper using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also added lots of curls and tears to the edges.
The birds on this paper were just too pretty to cover so I made them dimensional elements in the design.
To do this, I simply used a craft knife to cut around the birds up to the point where they would overlap with the vintage ledger paper.
I added a strip of vintage trim across the front of the canvas. I placed it behind the areas of the birds that were cut out. I added a few adhesive foam squares to keep the birds lifted off of the canvas to keep them dimensional.
Behind the ribbon I slipped a piece of vintage ledger paper. Before adding it to the canvas, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also added a bit of stenciling using the Tim Holtz Rays, Clockwork, and Speckles Layering Stencils with Broken China, Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
I dug into my secret hoard of French General embellishments by Jolees/EK Success (discontinued, click on “paper” in the top menu and Jolees from the dropdown) and combined them with vintage millinery flowers, vintage handmade lace, and Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon to embellish the left side of the canvas. I slipped some elements under the blue vintage trim and layered some on top. I love the light spring time feel the assembled pieces create.
I used my vintage typewriter to type “vintage love” on a scrap of paper to create a small tiny title for the piece. I folded a tag in half and hung over the blue trim and then added the small word strip.
I wish I had more detail shots to share, especially of this embellishment cluster section, my camera died. Like, really, really died. Blue screen of death kind of died. Looks like I will be camera shopping this week. ugh.
At the top, I added a couple more pieces of French General embellishments. I love this piece that looks like a clip. I wish you could still get them! It is such perfect element to ground these pieces to the canvas. I added a few Remnant Rub rub-ons by Tim Holtz on the canvas and on the ephemera for an extra touch.
I decided when I created my Love You Shadowbox that I was going to include a sentiment or symbol of love in the bottom corner of all home decor pieces. To do that I added a Remnant Rub sentiment by Tim Holtz. I love this little touch! I really think that any art we create, especially art to fill our homes should include a piece of your heart in them. Adding a little sentiment saying so is a sweet little touch I think.
There you have it, my little art celebration of my love of vintage and paper! Don’ t forget to check out the other links below from the other blog hoppers to see what they have to share about their love of paper!
The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.
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