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Name Cutout Scrapbook

8 Sep

I love scrapbooking, but don’t make a lot of time for it. I don’t have a lot of room to keep my supplies out all of the time, and I feel like it is a hassle to get everything out, make a few pages, and then put it all back. That being said, sometimes I just get the urge to do it anyway.

The other day I had the urge, and decided to make a little decorative scrapbook with our name cut out. I just kind of made it up as I went, and what ended up happening was that I cut the letters out of cardboard and covered them in scrapbook paper. I then glued them on the edges of chipboard that was all cut the same width. Once the letters were glued on, I cut down the length of the chipboard pages so that they lined up on the left side, and the letters overlapped a little on the right.

Now all I need to do is add some pics of our little fam, which consists of me and my husband. Then I’ll probably display it on our coffee table for awhile.

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Elephant Map Art Tutorial Phase 2

7 Sep

Ok, yesterday we tackled the map portion. So this is what you should have:

Next we need to make the elephant silhouettes.

What you need to do is go online and find a silhouette of something you want. I can me any animal, thing, person, whatever. Just find a picture and print it out the size you want your silhouette to be.

Once you print it out, cut it out.

After it is cut out, trace it on whatever you want your silhouette to be on. I just used some simple card stock. You could use a cardboard or a thin wood if you wanted to use the jigsaw to cut it out. The dimension either of those would give you would be pretty cool. I went the easy route and just did card stock though. Whatever you use, make sure you can paint on it though, so I wouldn’t suggest using plain old typing paper.

Once you have your silhouette traced, cut out the silhouette again. Be careful this time though because this is the final product.

Once you get both of your elephants or all of your silhouettes cut out, paint them with some brown or black paint. I chose brown since my map was so brown. I liked the brush strokes in mine, so I didn’t try to make them perfect. I figured it went well with the distressed, aged look of the map. At this point, they might want to curl up a bit since it’s just card stock. Find your nearest graduate student and borrow all their books for the semester and leave your elephant silhouettes to press for a couple of hours or over night like I did. Caution, make sure your paint is dry. If you get paint on their books, they will come after you. Trust me, these are my text books for this semester and if someone got paint on them, I would go nuts. But I like books too…..

After your silhouettes are dried and pressed just use some double stick tape to put them on your map. And you are done with your changeable piece of art!!!

I hope you are as happy with yours as I am with mine!! Now go hang it up. I’ll show you a grand reveal of my bedroom soon!

Elephant Map Art Tutorial

6 Sep

Ok, here is the tutorial I promised. I am super excited about this. It was really easy to make and I love how it turned out. Plus I made it to where the elephants are just stuck on with some double sided tape because I thought the map turned out so great.

What you need for the map part:

(Please ignore that paint pen)

Canvas in whatever size you want. Mine is 15 in by 30 in

Map of some sort. I got mine off Amazon for pretty cheap. You could look at bookstores or maybe if your kids school is getting rid of those old roller ones, that would make for an awesome giant one. *note if you ever find one of those, I will pay for you to ship it to me

Mod Podge

A paint/sponge brush

Distress Ink

possibly a ruler or smoothing tool thingy

Step 1: If you want a smooth finish, use the brush to apply the Mod Podge to a small portion of your canvas. If you want a crinkly finish with giant bubbles and creases, apply the Mod Podge to the entire canvas.

Step 2: Stick your map down to the portion that is Mod Podged. If you are doing the smooth version, smooth all the bubbles out and continue repeating step 1 and 2 until your entire map is stuck to the canvas. If you are doing the rough, I want this to look all old and authentic version (or the I don’t have time and patients to deal with doing this slow and steady route) then just stick the map down to the entire canvas and smooth out until you like the ridges and bubbles.

Step 3: Now that you have the map like you want it, you have to do something with all that hang over. You have two options. You can just cut around the canvas and paint the edges or you can wrap the map around the canvas. I chose the wrapping part. To do that part what you do next is cut a diagonal line from each corner to the edge of your map.

After you have the lines cut, use the brush to paint Mod Podge onto the canvas on the side you want to wrap first. Make sure you get the edges as well as the back so the map with stick really well when it is wrapped.

Next you are going to want to cut off that little triangle of map that overlaps the canvas on the side like this:

Then do the same thing to the opposite side. After you have the top and bottom done (or the left and right side depending on where you started) do the left and right side (or top and bottom). So you should have a map that is wrapped around your canvas.

Step 4: After you have the map the way you want it, I took the distress ink and aged the creases and bubbles. My map had a shiny surface so I would put the ink on and then rub the ink the opposite direction. So I would swipe the ink from the left to the right and rub the ink in up and down. I was really happy with the way it turned out:

I originally was going to paint my elephants right on to the map, but I liked it so much that I decided to make it where you could take the elephants off. This way I can change the silhouette when my decor changes. Tomorrow I’ll post the next phase of making the elephants!!