Love the Little Things Shadowbox – Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and Linky Challenge

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

Love the Little Things in life

Hello, and happy August everyone!  Another month has flown by, and it’s time for the August Linky Challenge at Crafty Secrets!  This month the design team was challenged to create a mixed media project for your inspiration, so I created a shadowbox bursting with flowers and butterflies.  Take a look:

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I began with 4 images from the digital Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, which I sized in Microsoft Word and printed on plain white cardstock.  Then, I printed some of the gorgeous papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection (designed by our very own DT member Sheila!)  and set about distressing edges and layering.

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I cut out the frame and butterflies using my Silhouette Portrait; the frame was a Silhouette design, but the butterflies were actually a digital stamp from the Sunflower Set.  I used the trace function, a process I detailed in this post a few months back!

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

After agonizing for way too long over the position of each individual flower, I finally got up the nerve to actually glue them down.  I ran cream ribbon around the edges of the frame and then sat there staring for a while, wondering what was missing, until it occurred to me — glitter!  It’s really amazing what a little sparkle can do to pull a design together.

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

Creating the Scroll

Creating a Scroll embellishment

1. Print your image

2. Cut your image, leaving plenty of space at each end

3. Roll the ends and glue.  I chose to roll one end forward and the other backward.

4. Shape the scroll, then use foam squares to help it keep its shape when adhering it to your project

That’s it – hope you enjoyed!  Have a lovely day 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Love the Little Things Shadowbox – Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and Linky Challenge

  1. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    This is shabbylicious! I love the soft vintage color palette, the gorgeous cascade of flowers and the beautiful layers. The glitter is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for another fabulous Linky Challenge Project! xo

  2. brosmother says:

    That is just so PRETTY! I rarely use that word to describe something hand-crafted, but by golly, it IS pretty! What are the outside dimensions?

  3. Joan says:

    Thanks so much for inspiring me to do a shadow box! I’m always afraid to start! The whole design is so soft and feminine! I want to make one as a tribute to my mother who is no longer with me. I think I can do it now!

    • papermelodys says:

      Oh, that sounds like a lovely tribute! I’m glad you were inspired — and YES, you can do it! My best advice would be to not glue anything down until you’re sure. Take pictures along the way when things look the way you want so you have a visual reminder 🙂 Good luck!

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