I love pretty much everything from Webster's Pages, but I have to be honest and tell you that when I saw this line I wasn't thrilled. Like everything else they make, I thought it was pretty but it didn't blow me away. Boy was I wrong! When I got my package this month I couldn't believe how wrong I had been! I wasn't really into fall this year. We didn't go to a pumpkin patch, we didn't rake a big pile of leaves. So I thought I didn't have anything to make with this line. I found that it really is great for all year! I ended up making two projects - a recipe box that will be used throughout the year, and a calendar which will also be displayed all year. These colors are gorgeous and rich, but classic and versatile. I am hoarding every scrap and plan to make a few more projects with them but I ran out of time for this reveal.
First the recipe box:
This project was inspired by one of the classes at the Webster's Pages Winter Wonderland event, but I changed it up quite a bit. The main thing that I took from the class was actually making a recipe box, and the semicircle on the top.
For my box, I used a pre-made recipe box that I got for $1 at Michaels. I used Mod Podge to adhere the Wonder fall papers to the box. Then I cut a half circle, the same width as the box, with a one inch tab at the bottom, from a sheet of dense cardboard (i.e. not corrugated) packing material. I covered that with more paper. This time I actually used the cover sheet from the collection pack because it had the great red circle print on the back and was thinner than the normal double-sided papers, so I wouldn't want to use it for most things, but glued onto cardboard it was fine. Then I scored between the circle and the one inch tab, folded it (back and forth a few times to get a good fold) and glued it to the top of the box with zip dry liquid adhesive. I set it back from the front of the box just about a quarter of an inch to provide a little lip to rest my chipboard skyline and bloomer ribbon on. It leaned forward a little bit, so I used the bloomer to hold it back by gluing it all along the front and then pulling it tight around the back and gluing it to the base rather than the flip side of the upright portion. I also used the dress form to hold the cardboard upright because it would be in the way if the circle wanted to fall down.
All of the chipboard pieces are from the same pink fabric covered American Crafts Thickers pack. They were the perfect theme for the recipe box, but obviously the bubblegum pink didn't match with the Wonder Fall papers, so I painted them in various hues that DID match. I painted with the grain of the fabric and it was super easy! After they were dry I lightly sprayed them with some brown glimmer mist to give them a bit of a distressed look. I also inked a few of them. For the Pink Paislee Artisan frame I inked the raised parts then sprayed gold glimmer mist to give a little color to the grooved parts.
For the 'dress' on the dress form, I actually added that last because it looked a little plain. It looked like a blank canvas. I used the Wonder Fall trims, and cut small pieces off starting with the lace skirt I used the sticker back of the chipboard to hold the trims in place until I got them all just right, then I glued them 'permanently' with fabritac liquid glue. (The adhesive on the chipboard would not hold the trims well enough, but served to stick them long enough to craft the dress.) The 'necklace' is a copper pearl surrounded by a small ring of stickles. Finally, I used two or three pieces of foam pop-up tape to stick the dress form to the circular back, because the circle was set back a little from the front of the box (where the stand of the dress form is glued).
For the recipe cards, I used the 3x5 Vintage Recipe Cards from freeprintablesonline.com that were recommended by the teacher of the Webster's class. then I added some of Webster's Pages' new digi motifs from the life's portrait line onto the digital cards. Finally I added a brown border and printed them out. Then I took some scraps of Wonder Fall papers that I had leftover after my projects and matted the cards on the papers with a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. I tied them with Jillibean soup twine (which I fairly unsuccessfully tried to dye a little brown for a distressed look) and voila! Done!
Now the hybrid calendar and fridge magnet:
I created this calendar as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. She doesn't really have space on her wall, or tables for a calendar so she always has a page on the fridge. I kept in mind space and weight concerns here - didn't want to take up the whole fridge, or pull the magnet off. The weight issue is why I didn't bind them together, this way she can put up one page at a time. The pages are 7.5 x 7 inches - big enough for her to read the numbers and even write a little if she wants, but small enough to not take up too much room on her fridge.
The month banners are my favorite part. I created them digitally. By performing a sepia action on the photos, cropping them to the appropriate size, then adding the letters, in a font, that I found on dafont.com called mkbats, that looks similar to the typewriter style font used on the WP Wonder Fall papers. The font was black and the letters were actually transparent, so I had to do a little bit of photoshop work to get them the right color brown and with a white background.
The calendars I created in Word using a template that I downloaded, then modified. I chose fonts that were pretty and matched the feel I wanted to create, but that would also be readable for my grandmother. I printed the calendars onto cardstock that I had already run through the printer once, to print a WP digital design on. For that background design I used one of the digital papers from the Life's Portrait collection. It was blue, but I changed the color to brown then lightened it up A LOT, so it gave just a slight design to the backgrounds of the calendars. For the background kraft cardstock, I chose three different designs from the Life's Portrait and Hollywood Vogue digital collections, changed the color to brown, lightened them up and printed them out on kraft cardstock. Then I alternated the three designs from month to month.
Next I cut out a TON of the floral edges from the Wonder Fall collection and started arranging them on the pages. At first I thought I was never going to have enough to do all 12 pages, but I realized that a lot of stuff was going to end up hidden under corners of the calendars and the titles, so I carefully cut those parts out before gluing down the edge. In that way, I stretched my floral designs to all 12 months! (I did have to end up piecing a couple of odds and ends together for the last page or two, but I don't think you will ever guess which pages those were because I didnt work in order and I dont think they look pieced together)
Next I went back and embellished. Since there was not a lot of room and I didn't want too much weight, I kept the embellishments minimal, but I used almost all of the stickers from the sticker sheet, some printed butterflies and birds from the Life's Portrait digital motifs, some punched borders, some trims and some bling.
I am not going to post all the pages here so check out the gallery page HERE to see them all.
For the magnet part, I wanted to keep it usable, so I couldn't put a lot of delicate things on it because it is a clip style and will have to be pressed on each time the month changes. I used a chipboard frame for the background backed with patterned paper and ribbon. I inked and painted and crackled the frame before filling it with glossy accents to both seal the paper and ribbon, give it an epoxy look and attach the butterfly. The butterfly is made from layers of chipboard and grungeboard. the large butterfly is tattered angels chipboard that I inked and glimmer misted. Then the blue butterfly is grungeboard that I couldn't get the right color so I ended up covering with patterned paper. (FYI - fabritac desoves alcohol ink. so when I put fabritac on the grungegboard to glue the paper on, because I had previously tried some alcohol ink markers, I ended up with a gooey red mess. Luckily I was able to clean it up.) Then the next layer was grungeboard which I painted and then glittered. Then I hand cut the top layer from patterend paper. Then I created another smaller butterfly by copying the previous one and making it smaller and hand cutting it.
The calendar is an awesome gift and the clip is gorgeous!! You did an awesome job!
Beautiful Meg - did your grandmother like it? If not, can I have the butterfly and calendar? lol!
Absolutely incredible work, Meg! Everything is just gorgeous!!!