Hi friends! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
We're back today with another amazing project from our Tiny Princess and Baby Saurus Guest Designer Laura Vegas! She's made the cutest little altered monogram letter and I'm going to show it to you in just a minute ...
...after a little more Q&A with Laura!
LYB: Are you a chronological or out of order scrapbooker?
Laura: Out of order. I tend to scrap with whatever photos are inspiring me at the moment, or what photos work with the colors and products I'm using. That might mean photos from this year, from 2 years ago, or even 10 years ago.
LYB: Are you an "events" or "moments" scrapbooker?
Laura: I do both. I think most of my layouts are about the "moments", using favorite photos to help tell the story. But I also love doing "event" layouts. There's something very rewarding about taking an entire event, working a ton of photos onto a layout, documenting the day, and knowing it's in the books and done.
LYB: Are you a sit down or stand up scrapbooker?
Laura: I've gone back and forth on this, as my scrap space has moved around in the house. Right now, I'm a sit down scrapper. But I am constantly standing up, the entire time I scrap, to dig around for supplies I want.
LYB: Do you have a favorite quote?
Laura: "It is what it is." I have lived by this quote for years now. Even when things aren't going my way, and life isn't what I might want it to be, "it is what it is." Accept it, and learn to make the most of it.
Great quote. And now - here's Laura!
Babysaurus Altered Monogram
I have seen these large paper mache letters so many times in the craft store, and finally decided to try altering one of them. I knew the adorable Baby Saurus collection would be perfect for making a monogram letter for a baby's nursery. I choose the letter "Z", for my daycare baby, Zachary. These letters are nice and chunky, and are almost 12 inches in height.
I started out by painting the edges of my letter with some acrylic paint. I made sure to get a little bit of paint overlapping onto the top edges. There's no reason to paint the entire front of the letter, since I was adhering patterned paper to the front. Once the paint was dry, I traced the letter onto a piece of pattern paper. Since the letters is almost 12 inches in height, one sheet of pattern paper will cover the letter entirely. When I cut out the letter from the paper, I cut it about 1/4 inch in from my traced lines. This made my paper letter a tad bit smaller than the actual paper mache letter, so that a little bit of the painted edge would show. I adhered the paper to the front of the letter, using some strong adhesive. You could always decopauge the paper, if you wanted an even better hold.
Then I had fun picking out embellishments to decorate my letter. I went with the lines on the "Z" shape, so i mainly added my embellishments to the top and bottom of the letter. I used some Chipboard Stickers, and Favorite Pieces stickers. I thought the trees and cute little dinosaurs would be cute in Zachary's nursery. I wanted to tie a few ribbons around the middle section of the "Z", and the ribbons from Little Yellow Bicycle's Pack Your Bags collection coordinated perfectly.
I'm in love with this little "Z" monogram! So cute. (I'm sure those day care parents love the little bonuses they get by having Laura as their day care provider.) Lucky Zachary! It will be adorable in his nursery!
I'll be back with a final post from Laura later in the week, and hey - guess what? Soon we'll be shipping Sweet Summertime! Get ready for more fun.
Meanwhile, be sure to check out Laura's Blog, and tell her how much you're loving these projects she has created for us!