New K & Company Line at Lasting Memories.
All the fun embellishments!
Right of the bat I want to apologize for the sub par photos. Usually my husband Tim takes all my pictures with his amazing equipment but today he was so busy with other things I didn't want to bother him with this so I got out my trustee Nikon Coolpix and shot my own using only my flash and room lighting (it was a cloudy day as well, snow even) Like I said, Tim would usually take out all his studio lighting, fancy lenses and so forth not to mention his photographic knowledge and expertise and take amazing shots, today you will have to suffer through these. Like I said I was at Lasting Memories (my favorite scrap booking store) a few weeks ago looking at what cool things they had gotten in since CHA and I stumbled upon the new Cut and Paste line from K & Company. It is so playful and retro in feel. It does not scream spring like some of the other papers I saw but I like that about it. The colors made me feel warm inside: the way I used to feel on warm spring days in California as I ran down the ice cream man waving a quarter. Yes, I am that old! I picked up a four different 12X12 pattered papers from the line along with a bag filled with laser cut images that complimented it. This was the best deal in the house $5.95. There must be over 100 laser cuts from tiny buttons to jumbo bingo cards, I will be using these for a long time. I had picked up some lettering there a few months ago in the bargain area (Lasting Memories has a great bargain area and they are always updating it) I loved it so much I picked it up in several colors, I used the green ones here. When I got home I laid out all the supplies I had purchased and then started looking around my craft room for fun embellishments. I love to add dimension to all I do, layers of things and I am not afraid to go big. I had seen a banner recently where they added lots of crepe paper and naturally loving all crepe paper I took out my scraps.
1. Start by laying all your supplies out and taking inventory, then map out the way you want your banner to look. You don't want to over embellish one flag and leave the next without. See what you have to use and decide where you will use it
2. I started out by embellishing each letter with a little glitter glue to make it pop. While you let that dry start laying out each flag. I made a patter for the flag out of tag board and then cut out 6 more for the SPRING banner. These flags are pretty small about 7 X 5 inches. You can also use the die cut machine at Lasting Memories to cut these out of tag board, I just didn't get back to do it in time.
3. Using your flag piece as a pattern cut out the paper to fit on top and glue them to the tag board using a thin layer of Elmer's glue.
4. I made crepe paper circles to add dimension to my letters, I also decided to go with one color for every flag to create continuity but you can do whatever you like. I taught you how to make these in February for the Valentines Cone project so you can refer back to that tutorial. Then the fun begins! Start layering, adding color and fun embellishments. Keep in mind balance as well. Youwant to be somewhat symmetrical when it comes to balance. In other words don't put a whole lot of embellishments on the last few cards and just a little on the others. Try out things and when you have each letter just the way you want it start gluing. I used a lot of hot glue and dimensional.
The bird is pretty big and not the exact color blue but it works!
Each letter has a little something in the center. This one has a raspberry flower.
The bicycle is a laser cut and the pin wheel is a leftover party pick.
Fun Fringe at the bottom and crafting flowers add charm. The border at the top is trim from the fabric store.
My favorite, a 5 cent fuzzy chick and paper umbrella from a drink remind us that Spring can sometimes still be quite wet. What a "Cootie Patootie"
More fun fringe and fabric store trim.
At the end I punched very small holes on either side of each flag and ran a 7 foot piece of pink seam binding through them to string my banner together. Do not make the holes too big, just big enough to get the seam binding through with a little difficulty. You don't want it to slide too much. I hung mine across my fireplace on the hooks we use for Christmas Stockings, again - forgive the images.
There you have it - a fun SPRING banner you can make in one afternoon. This paper line is so much fun and so detailed I found myself having to do little more to it. Remember, let you imagination fly and you will be surprised what will happen. I never would have thought the chick and umbrella would work but once I put it together I loved it and it became my favorite part of the banner. Have Fun and I would love to hear your comments on this.