After our framed fabric project HERE, I was eager to add some more wall art to our repertoire here at CasaCullen. Readers, did you know you've actually already spied one of our scrapbook paper art projects? Yep, in our laundry room right HERE. SO as the story goes, a few weekens ago I was racing through Michael's looking for some fake greenery for our new living room wall display HERE. Before I knew it, I was on the scrapbook aisle glancing at all the gorgeous paper. CC Hubby and Zola had dropped me off and then headed onto Home Depot so I knew my time was limited but I was completely transfixed on all the gorgeous paper options.
I'm not a scrapbooker but the colors, prints and textures totally impressed me. I thought to myself, 'screw my list' as I eagerly began rummaging through the masses of paper aisles. Low and behold, Michael's also had some great frames on sale. Score! I have to tell you when Hubby walked in and saw me (and my full cart) he immediately said, 'I thought you only needed some fake flowers?' I told him to just wait and see what I had in mind. He's now a firm believer in my inexpensive wall art creations and loves what I came up with. Step by step tutorial below...
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Here are the pages I chose for the laundry room wall art. I loved the water droplets and knew I wanted to use them right away. The other two prints were bright colors and really worked well with the pretty blue droplets too. These pages range in price from $.59 to $.99 per page.
Next up, I needed to cut a good size square in each piece of paper...sort of like cutting out the 'photo' that I wanted to frame. I measured the opening for the mat and just made sure my squares were a little bit larger.
Here you can see the cut out squares and I just taped them into place onto the picture backing. This is a fail proof option for making sure everything is in perfect order and framed well.
All the scrapbook squares are taped into place and I already love what I'm seeing...don't you?
Then I placed the mat on top of the squares to make sure there was no tape showing. I also just like to see the piece like this before I put the frame back on. It's a great way to make sure you like the feel of the art and you can do any tweaking before you put the frame back together at this point.
Using our Seventh Generation cleaner (we really try to use 99% all green cleaners) I cleaned the frame and the glass so that everything was spic-and-span and gorgeously clean. This is a good step to do before putting the art on the wall. My biggest pet peeve is a dirty mat or finger prints on some wall art...ugh!
Tah-dah! Here's the finished piece in all it's scrapbook wall art glory! What do ya think? We adore it!
And here's an idea again of where this piece of wall art ended up in our laundry room. I love how the colors play so nicely with the new blue paint and we can eventually mix and match additional accents to also accentuate the bright tones in the art. That'll be fun and I really just love how it turned out!
Here's the second project for new wall art for our tv room. These are the eight scrapbook pages I chose for our tv room. I knew I'd have nine openings to fill in three different frames, but I wanted one print to be duplicated so that's why I only purchased eight sheets.
Walking through the same steps as I walked you through above, I filled the three frames with cut out squares of scrapbook paper. I absolutely loved the soft blue, cream and yellow hues in all the pages I chose and knew the combo would be perfect for our tv room and kitchen area. These two rooms overlap and the space is very open, which we love...but it meant I had more colors to coordinate so I really had to think this choice through. I also have pictures of EVERY room in our house on my iPhone to reference when I'm out and about.
Just to give you an idea, here's one of the finished three frames with the awesome scrapbook paper all framed and looking gorgeous, indeed.
And there's those three frames hanging on the wall in our tv room/kitchen area. Aren't they amazing? I look at them all the time and smile because I really like the prints and they really do look like fancy tiles or great tiny art textiles.
Apologies for poor picture quality as I just took this with my iPhone this morning. But I had to give you a bigger idea of where the threesome is now sitting pretty in our home. Right above our backdoor entry bench is where they bask and I love how the woodgrain frames really accent the wood on the bench too.
So do share, what do you think? Would you have guessed it was scrapbook paper? Oh please say no, ha! Seriously, get ready to drop your jaw when you see the cost breakdown below for four pieces of wall art.
Cost Breakdown for This Easy Wall Art Project
Four Multiple Opening Frames - $23.96
11 Sheets of Scrapbook Paper - $10.08
Scissors - already owned
Scotch Tape - already owned
Glass Cleaner - already owned
Total for Four Pieces of Scrapbook Wall Art = $34.04Take a second and breeze through more of our DIY projects that we've featured recently. We can promise you one thing, they are all relatively easy: how to scrape ceiling popcorn, what to do with a broken mirror, how to paint a filing cabinet, add a chalkboard to your kitchen cabinet, easy wall art for your dog, stylishly display your children's artwork, re-purpose/re-paint a glass and wooden table lamp, how to repaint and reupholster stools, make your own butcher block island, easily frame fabric for chic wall art, frame your love letters, create an art wall background, paint your terra cotta pots or planters, framed black and white pictures for your kitchen and lastly...redesign your master bath with white paint and nickel hardware.
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