I know what you’re thinking – isn’t Mother’s Day a while away? Well, you’re right! It’s about a month away and that does seem like more than enough time to make something special. So, why not start exploring right away? That way you get all the options, and can work on an idea that you would really enjoy making and your mum would enjoy receiving. That’s exactly what we were thinking off, when Hobby Ideas first came up with a scrapbooking paper craft. Take it away guys!
There is art and there are craft and the one thing which makes them come together is paper. Working with paper is fun. There are art and craft ideas galore when it comes to papers. From Origami, to kirigami, to paper sculpting, collage making, quilling and more crafters have been using paper as a means of expressing their creativity since long. Whether they are cut, folded, pasted or printed; paper crafts are so easy to make.
I have just the project for you. In this one, I have used some paper craft techniques like decoupage, collage making, quilling, paper punch, scrapbooking and card making to create an album for Mothers’ Day. Yes, Mothers’ day is next month and there is only this much time to create something special for her.
So, I started with a base of thick cardboard cut in the shape of the word ‘MOM’. Other than this we need quilling strips, quilling tool, card paper in various colours, punch – flowers and dragon fly, decoupage glue, decoupage papers, Fevicol, Fevicryl 3D outliners – rangoli, silver and gold, ribbons, lace, felt pen and scissors.
I decided to treat each layer or differently and here is my finished album.
So this requires a wee bit more of planning and then some patience for execution. For the first layer, the first ‘M’, I took a print out of a vintage design and had cut it as per the shape. Then it was pasted on the alphabet and after drying the borders were embellished with 3D outliners. The right hand edge has a cluster of flowers made with quilling strips.
I made leaves and fringed flowers with quilled coils. So take a piece of quilling paper and gently put the end into the slot in the tool. Make sure that only the tiniest bit of paper protrudes through to the other side of the slot. Then, holding the tool in your right hand and the paper between your other thumb and index finger, slowly turn the quilling tool so that the paper winds evenly around the tip. Try to keep the edges of the paper lined up. Keep some tension on the paper as you are turning the tool. Apply some glue at the edge of the paper when you get a coil of desired thickness. Pinch the sides of the coil to get a leaf shape. For fringed flowers make equidistant, vertical cuts on the quilling strip and then roll it. One done seal it with the glue and then gently spread the glued section to get a fluffy effect.
Start by inserting the strip of paper into the slotted quilling tool and roll it just a bit. Fold the strip of paper backwards at a 90 degree angle, pressing the fold firmly. Continue rolling the paper, but at an angle so that it flares on the top and the bottom corner of the folded triangle portion stays touching the quilling tool. When it has been rolled so that the folded triangle portion cannot be seen anymore it is time to fold the strip backwards again. Continue rolling. Continue folding the paper and rolling, making sure the top flares out while the bottom always stays close to the quilling tool. When finished, take it off of the tool. That is fine. Now it’s time to glue together the rose. Put a drop of glue on all the layers of the roses individually. Then gently push the layers back together into a rose shape.
Glue all the flowers in a cluster at the edge of the alphabet. I embellished the ‘M’ further with a few random butterflies.
Now for ‘O’ I took handwoven lime green paper and glued it to the cardboard. I embellished this layer with random punch craft flowers and dragon flies.
The third one has pink card paper as the base and the borders are enhanced with a lace. A few flowers and hearts glued randomly complete the look.
Now we come to the last and most important stage of the album, the pictures. For the picture I made small cards using card papers of various colours and cut them in different shapes. Each card has a small image of mother pasted in it. Then put all the layers together and voila!
Won’t this make a wonderful gift to the mothers on their special day? Get going, plan for a arbook or an album and it just requires a bit of creative thinking and you or your loved ones will have something to cherish forever.