Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three years in the making

Yes, this project took 3 years to finish. I started it while I was pregnant with Evie. I wanted to have it done for her nursery.

I bought the letters. Painted the sides of the letters. Picked the scrapbook papers, cut them out and glued them on. Selected some of the embellishments, and then I got stuck.
I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to finish them. Every birthday that rolled around I vowed to get them done. Well, this year, I had some time between Christmas and New Years, and finally decided how and what to do to finish them.
I asked my hubby to show me how to use his Dremel tool because I wanted to rough up / soften the edges of the letters. He put a sanding disc on the tool and I had at it one afternoon. After that I used my brown pan pastels to darken the edges and make them look old. This was the part that I was stuck on. I’d wanted to try to do this in white, but I just didn’t think it would look right.
More recently, I bought one of these 7 Gypsies small trays. They hold one 4x6 photo and has cubbies for other things. This was a small enough project that I thought I could get done in a short amount of time. Sure enough, perfect baby photo, some floral accents, her hospital baby bracelet and a large pink ‘E.’ Done.
The letters are hung by some pink ribbon and the tray rope is from one of her baby shower bags. Yes, I’ve cut up bits and pieces of the baby shower bags to use in scrapbooks, if I ever get caught up enough to work on one.

My calligraphy friends will probably notice the one little thing that will probably bug me forever, but I really didn't see it until I was almost finished. Can you find it? But, I felt a real sense of accomplishment finishing and hanging those darn letters.
Until next time.