Ann's latest challenge for the DT at The Scrapbook Garden is to go off the page. She sent each of us a different paper collection (I got the gorgeous Authentique 'Gathering' papers) and a few coordinating bits, and said 'no layouts!' Well, after the fun I've been having with my Hallowe'en projects I was more than happy to comply :D
I knew I wanted to do a home decor project, so I went into The Range last week to pick up this photo frame ... and came out with a sewing machine as well! I've been wanting one for ages, but didn't want to spend too much as I knew I'd only be using it on paper projects, so when I saw one reduced from £50 to £20 I just couldn't resist! And I'm so glad I got it, I love the effect on this project, it really adds a bit of something extra to it. I definitely need to practise sewing in a straight line though!
I started by taking the glass out of the frame, and then cut a piece of Bazzill in Bitter Chocolate to fit. I chose four patterns from the Authentique papers and cut 4 butterflies from each using my Cuttlebug. I layered one of each pattern together, making sure that each pile of butterflies had a different pattern on top. I then sewed each of the four piles of butterflies together using a burnt orange thread (that came with the sewing machine - see? it was meant to be...). I also sewed around the edge of the Bazzill background. I adhered the four butterflies to the Bazzill and separated the layers to give some dimension to the finished piece. Finally, I adhered one of the sentiments from the Authentique 'Excerpts' sheet underneath the butterflies.
I think these would make great handmade gifts - the possibilities for variations in the design are endless, and they could be completely personalised for the recipient. Right, that's me off to The Range to buy some more photo frames - look out distant relatives!
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