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Good morning CP fans! Lexi here with you today with a fun take on a Random mini. One of my favorite things about the new Random collection is, well, it's random..meaning anything goes! There is a cute little polka dot chipboard birdie in the collection which reminded me of a bird shaped mini I had. A 25 cent thrift store pillowcase purchase sealed the deal on my new mini idea too.
Not bad for a quarter, huh? So I took this pillowcase and laid down my chipboard bird to trace. Make the outline a little larger so you have some wiggle room in case you make a mistake, which in my case, is every time I make something :)
I wanted my bird to be more dimensional so I found some interfacing and, using multiple layers, traced out the bird again. Cotton batting would have worked lovely, but I didn't have any on hand.
Once the interfacing is attached (I am a fan of hot glue) I worked on making the pillowcase front a little more “random”. I machine stitched around the edges to help with fraying and then took a fun pink colored thread to add a simple stitch around the edges.
For the interior pages, I choose different patterns for each side of the bird and just traced and glued down.
Something I had been wanting to try on a project was gold leafing. Did you know you can buy it in tube form? Anyway, I took an old plastic card and used the side to add some to my pages. I am not sure if you can tell, but it gives a cool, old looking gold sheen.
To finish off the front I added one of my favorite Crate Paper products, buttons, for the eye. It's hard to have a bird mini without a feather so I threw one of those on too. The pillowcase shape is attached with, you guessed it, hot glue!
The inside of the mini houses words for me to remember on a daily basis...when the laundry is piling up, when the boys are fighting, when dinner still needs to be made...I can't be the only one, right?
Each page of the mini has the edges machine sewn. Yes, I use my machine to sew chipboard and so far it still likes me ;) Each bird also has a funky button eye, as well as different stickers and chipboard
pieces as accents.
I REALLY need to work on the next one ;) Loved how the lace sticker paired with the denim paper.
Here, my sewing machine ran out of thread, but I kept stitching. I kinda like the look, and since it's a “Random” mini, it's ok!
This might be one of my favorite patterned papers. You can NEVER go wrong with chevron in my book!
And the back...
So there you have it! A Random mini, filled with words to live by and made possible by a 25 cent thriftstore pillowcase. It's always fun to think outside the box when creating! We can't WAIT to see what you do with the new Random collection! Have a wonderful day!