Wednesday 10 September 2014

Ribbon Picture

Hello Lovelies!
I do hope you are all having a fantastic week?
I'm back into work mode but still feeling nicely refreshed and motivated from my holiday. I'm try to hold onto that feeling for as long as possible :-)

This morning before I made my way into work I had a spare hour so I thought I'd have a little bit of crafty time and make a mess at home.

Just a simple little project of filling up a blank picture frame that was sat in my bedroom. I was inspired to finally do something with it as I was lying in bed staring at it, all blank and unused.

As soon as I got myself out of bed I made myself a smooth milky coffee and pulled out the crafting supplies. As I was sifting through my boxes finding my crafting essentials, I realised it has been a long time since I've done this. Sure I've been crocheting lots, but getting the scissors, glue and having the buzz of making something spontaneous hasn't been my approach over the past months. I realised I'd missed doing this, I missed the mess I always make and quite simply I felt as happy as a pig in the mud! :-)
Anyway enough about my feelings (Sorry... I was having a Bridget Jones moment) Back to my project!

I was hoping to keep a neutral feel to my picture, so I raided my ribbon collection to find the brown and beige ribbons that were lurking amongst the bright and bold colours.

Armed with my sketch pad (I decided to use this as the paper is thicker, more like cardboard), scissors and glue I started cutting strips of ribbon.

I arranged my strips of ribbon onto the cardboard to make sure I was happy with the combination and arrangement.

Once I was happy with how things were looking,  I glued my ribbon onto the cardboard. I used crafting glue (PVA glue), but a glue stick would also work just fine. 

With the help of my laptop I found myself a picture of a heart and printed it out onto a piece of paper. (Drawing a shape by hand would also be a great option!)

I cut out the heart as carefully and as neatly as I could.

I thought whilst I was at it,  I would try some other shapes and also decided to print and cut out a nice big star.

I placed my cut-out/ stencil over the top of my ribbon picture and suddenly I had a rather neat looking ribbon silhouette, ready to pop into my blank frame. 

An easy make! That took me all of 15 minutes, but brought me great satisfaction. 
The picture looks perfectly at home in my bedroom tucked away on the drawers.
What I like is that I can change the cut-out/ stencil whenever I feel and it will look like a totally different picture. I wonder what other shapes I'll come up with? maybe I'll get a little more inventive next time! 

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!!

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  1. Hi Matt...Love your creativity...Perhaps you can write some inspirational quotes around the star and heart cut outs (I bet you have calligraphy skills)...Would be wonderful to wake up to some inspiration in the mornings. And you could maybe outline the whole cut out with some bright colored ribbons to match your beautiful granny square blanket..Keep the blog posts coming...Luv ya..TC

  2. Your room is gorgeous with your blanket! And your new picture too! Bravo! Have a nice day!
    Lucie (Qu├ębec, Canada)

  3. Love it!
    FYI. You have a typo. You want wonder instead of wander.

  4. Not sure my comment posted so I will write it again.

    I love that project! I have some fabric that will look great inside a heart. Thank you for the fantastic idea! Love your blog!

  5. What a fantastic neat quick make. might do this with my children for Christmas presents, we always get the children to make for all the family and this might just be thicket this year. Thanks for sharing Matt, really appreciated

  6. Lovely project! I dearly love the look of your bedroom. It is so simply, yet so full of character. Glad you and Dennis had a nice, short holiday. And I adored your postcards! What a clever way to write! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  7. Well.....this is bloody brilliant!!!!!! Love it!!!

  8. Easy and perfect! By the way I love your bedroom <3

  9. Genius! So glad you got back in touch with your spontaneous creative side again...keep up the great work! ;)

  10. Simply brilliant! Just bought some London themed ribbons so I will definitely create something similar. Thanks Matt!

  11. I admire your creativity, Matt!
    It has been beautiful and elegant decorative!
    Have a happy day!

  12. Looks great Matt, and I am sooooooo jealous, you have the Ikea lampshade I want!


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