Warm Welcomes! Hope you had a nice and relaxing Labor Day weekend. The Hayslip household actually had a pretty calm and quiet long weekend. I puttered around the house, BBQ, played with the kids, visit with friends and family, and during my downtime I played in the studio, and Vivi played dress up. Her new favorite book is "Fancy Nancy" and in Nancy's world everything is just OVER THE TOP & FABULOUS!!!!
Dressed her in high heels, satin pink gloves, Aerial sunglasses, and costume earrings Vivi is feeling glamourous!
My long time best friend Kristie who lives in Dallas is sooo incredibly sweet to send me a huge boxes of her childrens hand me down clothes. They are always nice and in mint condition, so I thought as a thank you I would make something special for her daughter Caroline's bedroom.
Caroline just celebrated her 3rd birthday, and the theme was pink elephants! SOOO PRECIOUS!!! I thought it would be fun to make a picture collage with itty bitty sweet bits adorned to the frame.
I know many of you seasoned artist are experts at making collages, but for those that are newbies and would like to make one for your home, child, or friend I thought I would share some quick easy steps, some cool tricks, and shopping sources.
If you dont mind having a round frame I have the PERFECT thing to use and it comes in several sizes!!! Cheap and lightweight! WHOO-HOO!
You can find these at Michaels in the decorative cake section or Walmart. They are thick and sturdy enough to use, and super easy to work with!
– Cover the round cake circle with vintage wallpaper, wrapping paper, ledger, music sheet…whatever you heart desires! I like to use Zip Dry. LOVE this stuff!
– Next I put a light coat of Mod Podge sealer and glue on top. The wrapping paper I use is vintage and very thin, so I try not to use too much otherwise it will tear easily.
– Next I find the center focal point and using paper flowers and E6000 glue I make my frame.
– Add a bow, and your photo…and TA-DA….the major part is finished.
Beautiful little Caroline…aka Kiki.
– After that I add trim around the frame. I was thinking this at first.
But opted for this trim. Very girly, soft and pretty.
– Now the really fun part…..adding your fun bits and pieces! All of which I've collected or has been gifted to me. :)
I am a big fan of this yummy colored tape. My friend Andrea sells them in her shop One Hundred Wishes.
I used them to secure the pom pom trim and birthday candles.
Add a few mini glass vile containers filled with candy sprinkles for a fun and festive touch.
A little bling….
My absolute favorite piece of the entire collage frame is the pink elephant. DARLING!!!!
Glue some pretty trim to the back of the round frame and now Caroline's whimsy, pretty, and festive collage is now ready to hang!
I had so much fun making this collage for Kris and Caroline, that I went ahead and made two more collages that are now available in my shop.
Both collages I made are very different from one another. This DARLING ooey gooey cute collage is perfect for the bunny lover at heart. Titled "Bunny Celebration".
Sweet bunny in her party hat and pink tutu sitting atop a glittery cupcake. Cuteness overload!!!!
The tags came from Cavallini & Co "Sweet Treats" gift tags. I though they would dress up the collage nicely.
EEEK that face and bunny nose!!!
The other collage I made I just LOOOOVE how it turned out!!! Very Marie Antoinette theme (something I've never really done before) but of course with a touch of whimsy.
"Marie's Sweet Decadence"
Very dreamy in ivory, gold, and bright colors.
The collage is adorned with gilded gold carousel horses and butterflies.
The gorgeous Marie Antoinette image came from the lovely Cassandra's Etsy shop. Her shop is full of the most beautiful digital images.
I love the horses!
*SIGH* I just LOVE the rich colors. You can find it available here.
If you end up taking my advice and using one of the cake rounds to make a decorative collage PLEASE email me pics! I wanna see!!!
Thanks so much sweet friends for stopping by, and as Vivi is saying here….."Bye DAAAAAAHLINGS!".