After moving twice this past year, plus breaking my ankle last summer, it really put a crimp in my creativity! Now that the holidays are past, I am ready to move on. So let’s get busy!
Today I want to introduce you to the foundation pieces of a great idea that you can change out all year long to decorate for seasons and holidays! By themselves, you’re probably wondering why I think these are something I would should you how to make. Trust me, you understand as we go on.
Last week I met up with one of my sister scrapbookers from the Scrap Happy online group, and she introduced me to the cutest little local store, The Little Blue House. They have a great mix of scrapbooking and decorating craftiness in their store, and we had so much fun. Among the many projects they offer, is one they call Words for All Seasons. The concept uses a foundation of paper covered blocks to hang individual tags on, which spell out a word or phrase. They sell kits for making the most darling tag sets, as well as the block sets. I’ll link you there later in the post! I really debated just making my own blocks, but I knew I would never do it, so I purchased their blocks and was ready to get on with my project! Today, I’ll share the process of making the block foundation pieces.
These blocks are in four sizes. Thank goodness they were already cut and sanded. Would I have ever done this if I had to do that part myself? Probably not. You just have to know when you should pay somebody else for work they have already done!
Pages from an old dictionary are perfect for covering the blocks. The text is small and won’t leave a lot open space. Remember, a lot of this is going to be covered up with your tags.
I used a liquid matte medium to adhere the paper to the blocks. I opted to apply the medium to the block and then place the paper on, and smooth it out. I found that putting the medium on the paper first, made it too wet, and I had a hard time smoothing it out.
You can place pieces straight or at angles, or both. They are your blocks, do what makes you happy! I have several people in my life that hate the way I make things all crooked. In their opinion, everything should always be nicely squared in any arrangement.
Make sure that you always have your gluing product under and on top of your paper so that it sticks well.
When the paper is dry, trim any excess paper from the edges. I found that just using scissors was the easiest.
To cover the naked ends of each block, I used a bit of gesso. You could use paint, any color you want! However, remember that we are going to use these for the base of word tags for all year. However, if everything you do must include lime green and you feel that you must paint lime green ends, they are YOUR blocks.
Now you can add a bit more depth and interest to the blocks by sponging on a bit of color. I used Chocolate by Close To My Heart.
You will need a way to hang the tags on the blocks. Since the tacks will show, use something that you don’t mind seeing. Upholstery tacks are perfect! Tap them in near the top edge of each block.
Be sure to visit The Little Blue House online, so you can see the cute little tag sets they already have packaged up for you! Or better yet, visit their store in Keller, Texas. (This post was written with their permission.)
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