Many of our customers already know about this project & actually have inspired US with the idea, but for those of you who have not seen it before, or have not known how to get started, read on!!
This project idea can be used for so many different things: in a scrapbook, on the wall in a frame, and more. We’ve decided to name the project ‘THINGS WE LOVE’ collages.
For our dad’s 50th birthday, we made the one shown above, “50 Quirky Things About Dad”, and put it in a shadow-box frame.
A couple of years ago for Mother’s Day, we made this one (above) for our mom. We came up with over 100 things we love about her, and made this cute collage. We also put this one in a shadow box frame.
For my son’s scrapbook, I made up a collage of things describing him when he turned 2 (finished project shown above). I will walk you through the steps I took to create this collage.
1) Brainstorm as many things you can think of to include in the collage. Write these things up in as few words as possible & as creative, cute, funny…. as you want them to sound.
2) If you are creating a specific # of things, go through your list to make sure you have enough. If you have too many, eliminate some, or re-title your project, for example, if you were shooting for 100 things & you have more than that, rename it something like “Things we love most about you”.
3) Type up the list on your computer. This is totally optional, but it makes it fun to go through and pick a good font for each different word or phrase. You don’t need to have a different font for every single word or phrase, but mix it up a bit. Make sure that you resize the text when necessary so that the font is legible. (Also for a shorter list of words, the font can be a little bigger, but for a longer list, you don’t want the text size to get too big – otherwise you will run out of room for all of the strips of paper on the project.)
4) Before the next step, you will want to plan the look of your project. Pick the background paper(s), and the colors that coordinate with it. (We have created all of our projects on a sheet of 12×12 paper. You don’t need to create this size, but it’s a good size for fitting lots of words such as 50 or more.) When purchasing the solid paper that you will print the words on, plan to buy enough of every color that you want, as the number of pages that your document (of the list) is. Keep in mind that by the time the project is finished, the background paper will not be seen very much, so smaller prints on paper work better than larger prints on paper for this.
5) Now, to get even more creative, go through your list of words/phrases, and change the text color. Again, not every word/phrase needs to be a different color, but use as many colors as you want that coordinate with the background that you have selected.
6) Enter spaces between each word or phrase to allow room to cut.
7) As stated in #4, select as many solid paper colors as you want for your project, and have as many of each color as there are number of pages in your list of words document. This might sound wasteful, but I have found the easiest way to mix up the look of the word strips is to print the document on each color of solid paper that you want included on your project.
8) Let’s say you’ve chosen 4 different colors of solid paper to print on (like I did). You will now have 4 different sets of the document. Compare the 4 different sets to one another, and for every word or phrase, pick the best looking one (having a variety of fonts, text colors & paper colors creates a different & unique look for each word/phrase). After choosing the best looking word strip, draw a line through the rest of the word strips that say the same thing. This way you will make sure to use each word or phrase only once.
9) Now it’s time to cut out the word strips. Maybe you will want a few cut out in a shape other than a rectangle. If so, use whatever you have (punches, scissors…) to do this. Using a paper cutter is the easiest and best way for the rectangular word strips to look nice & straight. So cut them all out and separate the ones you will be using for your project, and then in another pile, your waste, which can become your scrap-paper.
10) The scrap-paper is great for matting the word-strips. Go ahead and mat them however you want, creating a variety of looks. For some word strips, you may have charms, brads, eyelets, or many other “scrapbooky” type gadgets. Attach whatever you have to your word strips to illustrate & personalize the project even more than what the words say.
11) Next, lay-out the project. This may take some time, especially with lots of word-strips. Lay your back-ground paper down & start placing the word-strips (don’t attach them in place just yet). At first it may seem that you don’t have room for everything, but as you play with it, you’ll realize that things can overlap a little bit and it looks just as good or better that way.
12) When all of your word strips are laid out as you want them, you’re ready to attach. We have used a variety of different adhesives, and most have worked fine. We’ve used a glue stick for some things, hot glue for other things, glue dots, double-sided tacky tape, staples, brads, eyelets, ribbon, pop dots, etc. BE CREATIVE!
13) Now all that’s left is to insert your project into the frame, scrapbook, or whatever you’re doing with it! If you’re framing it, we’ve used shadow box frames, and other regular frames too. The regular frames don’t allow for as much “bulky” items as the shadow box frames do, but both turn out looking really good! We will have new 12×12 frames for sell! Click here
to see them.
Here are 3 projects displayed in regular 12×12 frames. There are still some embellishments on these projects that are not completely flat, but they work fine inside the frames even though they are not shadow box frames. (Click on images to view larger pictures):