2.22.2011

paper trees

maybe it's something about the two feet of snow we've received in the last three weeks, or that the cold weather forces everything indoors, but i've been really drawn to incorporating life into my crafty projects. while a fresh coat of white snow makes everything look clean and pretty, i'm eagerly awaiting the return of green grass, leaves on trees, the sun and that newly spring smell in the air. for now, i'm getting by through letting the outside in:


1. i'm currently keeping six houseplants alive. a new record.

2. i found some ways to keep working natural materials into our home decor...i'm a big fan of grasses, twigs and sticks. this past weekend, my project was to overhaul our home office in an attempt to make the room feel a little warmer and less like the room where everything is dumped. i had a couple of simple, white oblong vases that needed something. twigs were it.

the office

3. finally, in my attempt to add little things here and there around the house, i had another project: the powder room. i picked up a small ledge at Target and needed a small accent. a candle was one, the second was handmade paper art.

a little how to...

the paper tree art started with a simple, 4" x 6" white frame, along with plain white and yellow scrapbook paper.


i pulled out my cricut expression (a really fun tool for papercrafting) and found a simple tree on the cindy loo cartridge.



the cricut

once the tree was cut, i trimmed down the yellow stock to frame size, and centered the delicate tree on the yellow background. a helpful glue pen allows for thin placements of adhesive with small cuts of paper.


tree cutout on cricut cutting mat

trimming down the yellow scrapbook paper to size

trimmed out tree

once the glue was dry, the new paper art was ready for its frame...an easy, unique piece with a personalized touch to give a little life and sunshine to our powder room.
paper tree art
here's to hanging on until springtime arrives, and to finding ways to be a little creative everyday.

ashley

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