Do you have a favorite spot in your home? Mine is definitely my craftroom. I live with my husband, son and male kitty, so the rest of the house reflects our male dominated culture here. But, my scraproom is my 'girl cave'. It's aqua, has a very feminine feel to it and makes me happy. I enjoy creating shabby creations to hang there. (They don't fit in anywhere else in my home.) This week, I decided to alter a little shelf to create an inspiration board. I love how it turned out.
I had gotten the shelf a while back at a thrift/antique store, but I've seen them in other shops, too. I thought it would be fun to hold little treasures that I find to inspire my crafting.
I knew that the Style Board collection would be perfect for this project. I began by selecting paper for the background. I knew I wanted something neutral so that the design elements would stand out. I selected the ledger paper. It wasn't long enough to cover the entire back, so I adhered two pieces together, laid the shelf onto it and traced where it would need to be cut, then trimmed off the excess. To adhere it, I ran hot glue along the back of the shelf, and laid the paper right on it.
I knew that I wanted to have clothespins integrated into the design so that they could hold the bits and bobs that I would be collecting on the board, but I didn't want to leave them plain. As a decorative touch, I traced and cut-out patterned paper for each clothespin. I then adhered the paper to the front and sanded the edges.
The little badges made for a perfect embellishment on top the clothepins.
Here is a set of them. (I ended up making two additional pins for the board.) Another thing to do with them would be to add magnetic tape to the backs. They could then be wrapped up in a sweet gift tin for a friend or placed on the fridge. But, I digress...
My next step was to decide how and where the clothespins would be used. I thought about attaching them to the wire shelf, but decided against that. Then, my eyes fell upon the chipboard frames. I decided to create several embellished frames to adhere to the board and have the clips attached to these. I pulled out the chipboard elements and began to arrange them onto the frames, adding the clothespins, too. This gold frame was the first one I made. I LOVE the glitter on it and wanted to use gold as a highlight color for this project.
I chose elements that I thought were pretty or that reflected the soft shabby feel that I was trying to create in my room. The flowers, birds, butterflies and award ribbons all fit the bill!
And of course I had to use the gold pinwheel Standout Sticker. It coordinated so well with the gold frame and added a fun, whimsical feel to the project.
I arranged the frames onto the background paper and adhered them so that the clothespins were near the top. Now, when I clip my inspiration pieces to them, there will be enough room for them to hang down. I used some of the Standout Stickers and added them right to the wire frame for even more embellishing.
Two more clothespins were added to the smaller frames and adhered to the top shelves.
My inspiration board is now hanging in my scraproom, just waiting for beautiful things to be added to it.
After I finished my inspiration board/shelf, I decided to use the Style Board collection to create a layout about some of the supplies I keep in my scraproom. Aside from making layouts, cards and PL spreads, I also decorate my Filofax inserts each week. I love being able to open my planner and find pretty pages that I can write my plans in. Part of the fun of decorating is collecting supplies to use in it. I keep some of them in my Ikea Raskog Cart. I also have a thread spool holder on which I keep my washi tape.
I wanted to keep the feel of the layout the same as my inspiration board - a bit shabby, a bit vintage and light & airy - like the feel of my room. Here is how it turned out.
I began by creating the watercolored background. To do this, I pulled out my Gelatos and a transparency. I selected colors that were highlighted in my photos (pinks, red, aqua and gold). I colored them onto the transparency. Then, I spritzed water on top of them. I manipulated the transparency until the wet colors bled together, then laid them onto the cardstock. When I lifted it off, I blotted the excess color with a tissue. I continued layering the colors until I got the right look.
Then, I got out my mists and started spritzing. I used pink, aqua and gold. I even dropped some larger drops onto the paper.
Once the paper was dry, I flattened it with an iron. Then, I began selecting my papers and embellishments. I knew I wanted to use the "I Love This" paper, but I didn't want to cover up too much of my watercolored background, so I added a strip to the center of the page.
I love using clusters on my pages, so it's not a surprise that I chose this design for my layout. I opted for two pictures along with the LOVE journaling card and laid them out in a triangular shape. As I was thinking about where to place my embellishments, I balanced out the photos/card by adding another visual triangle. I added small clusters of stickers, chipboard, vellum and badges.
I finished off by creating my title using the LOVE journaling card. I used Thickers to spell 'decorate'. Then, I found the chipboard banner pieces to spell 'to'. I didn't want to use the cork side, so I flipped them over, removed the adhesive backing and added glitter to them. The little gold heart was perfect for topping it off and the stitching added some fun texture.
I hope you enjoyed my creations using the Style Board line, today. The shabby/vintage feel was most ideal for my creations given their display location, as well as for my layout about my crafting supplies. Thanks for stopping by!