MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

Are you looking for a gift for Mother’s day that is easy to make and customizable?  If so, then today’s DIY project is for you!

WITH JUST A FEW SUPPLIES AND IN UNDER AN HOUR, YOU CAN MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME FOR A SPECIAL MOM IN YOUR LIFE!

The best part is that you get to pick the colors, patterns, and pictures that will suit her taste, so you will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your special lady!

When I was at the craft store a couple of months ago, scrapbook paper was on sale 6 for $0.99!  I took a look to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  The papers that I chose were all near each other and complemented each other so nicely that I decided to pick them up.

I get inspiration for projects from all kinds of places.  Sometimes it’s Pinterest, sometimes magazines, but sometimes I get inspiration from just walking into a craft or home decor store and seeing what catches my eye. That was the case with this frame.

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

TO MAKE THIS PICTURE FRAME, YOU WILL NEED AN UNFINISHED WOODCRAFT FRAME, SCRAPBOOK PAPER IN THE COLORS AND PATTERNS OF YOUR CHOICE, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, A SPONGE BRUSH, A COORDINATING EMBELLISHMENT AND A PICTURE.

If you have never attempted to decoupage before, don’t fear!  It is relatively easy.  My 9-year-old daughter decoupaged this wood peace sign for her room while I was making the frame.

Because you are just ripping the paper and gluing it on as you go, there is no exact right way to do it.  A couple of times I touched the wet paper and got a hole, but I just passed down another piece over top of it.  If that happens to you, just go with it.  No one will ever know…I promise!

Start by ripping strips of paper for the frame. Once you have some paper ready, use a sponge brush to apply your decoupage medium to the area where you will be working.  It dries pretty fast, so applies it one section at a time. The decoupage medium is essentially glue, so after you apply it to the frame, apply a strip of paper.  Now apply another one, making sure they overlap and the frame doesn’t show through. After you’ve applied a few strips of paper, apply a coat of decoupage medium over top.  Dip your finger in water and smooth out any bubbles.

WORK QUICKLY BECAUSE THE DECOUPAGE GLUE DRIES PRETTY QUICKLY.  ALSO, IF YOU FUSS WITH THE PAPER TOO MUCH OR GET IT TOO WET, IT WILL TEAR.

Continue adding strips of paper until you have achieved your desired look.

Once you are finished applying the paper, smooth a layer of the decoupage medium evenly over the entire frame using the foam brush to seal it. Once it is dry, add your embellishment and your photo and you are done!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!  I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

My family and I are going to Disney soon!  This is a trip that my husband and I have always wanted to take with our family.  I went to Disney World when I was about seven and my husband went once when he was in college.  This will be the first time we will all go together.  It will also be our kids’ first times on an airplane.  We are all very excited!

We are leaving in less than two months, so we are watching all of our Disney movies and getting together little souvenirs and things for the trip.  When I was buying supplies for our scrapbooks, I came up with the idea of making this autograph book for my daughter to collect the character’s signatures.

To make one of your own, you will need a small spiral-bound sketchbook (mine is 3.5″ by 5″ and is from Hobby Lobby), white cardstock, Disney-themed scrapbook paper, Disney sticker(s), coordinating ribbon and a glue stick or glue dots. I like the sketchbook because it has nice thick, white pages that a Sharpie won’t bleed through.

I downloaded the Disney-looking font named “Walter” for FREE here and printed “Morgan’s Autographs” in a Word document and printed it on white cardstock.  Of course, you can personalize your project however you wish.  I used the font size 28 for my book.

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

The first thing I did was to trace the front cover (up to the holes for the binding) onto a piece of Disney-themed scrapbook paper that I bought at a JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. You could do the same thing for the back of the book, but the back of mine was plain so I just left it that way.

I then broke out a crafting blast from the past, my Coluzzle.  It is kind of like a swiveling X-Acto knife with stencils that cut shapes out of paper.  I have had it for a long time and don’t even know if you can still buy them.

You could use something similar or can just cut a shape out of your scrapbook paper so that your personalized wording shows through like this:
Glue the papers together, then glue them onto the front of the sketchbook.  Add a sticker or two if you’d like.

And then I added two different types of coordinating ribbon to the spirals.  I cut the ribbons on the diagonal and just tied them into knots along the spiral binding.  Do this until it is as full as you’d like.  Then seal the ends of the ribbon by carefully passing them through a flame to prevent fraying (as long as you’re an adult).  You can also use a glue-like product designed to prevent fraying, but I’m not a big fan of them.  In my experiences, they were messy, smelly and stained the ribbon.

And there you have it! One personalized Disney autograph book. The only thing left to do is to have fun collecting the autographs!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK 2

My daughter had a blast collecting autographs when we were there! It was the best vacation! I wish you many happy memories on your trip!