Wednesday, March 2, 2011

From Trash to Treasure with Tammy Tutterow

I have shared many times how I love to take clearance aisle home decor items and give them new life with papercrafting products.  After I finish a piece and blog about it, I always think that I should have remembered to capture a quick before photo to show for a before and after comparison.  Finally today, I remembered to do just that!
This wooden hanging heart didn't start off too bad.  I found it after Valentines Day a couple of years ago for only a few dollars.  I love hearts and good deals so I snatched up several of them.  I like to stockpile good alterable items so that when the right inspiration hits I have several pieces on hand to work with.
After I peeled off the decorative sticker fromt he front of the heart, I decoupaged new paper cut to fit onto it.  After the decoupage medium was dry, I sanded and inked the edges of the paper to help blend them smoothly onto the surface of the heart.
I layered several different Glitz Love Nest Cardstock Stickers and What Nots onto each other on the face of the heart.  I sanded, and inked each piece to give them a distressed look.  I added a bit of brown Glitz Tulle and tucked in a few Glitzers stickers for an added touch.
I adhered each layer with foam squares to create extra depth and dimension.
I found this tray at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $2.80.  It was originally marked at $13.99!  The decoration in the bottom was just a piece of printed paper that was only partially glued down.  I removed as much of it as I could easily and left the rest to be covered.
This re-do is very simple.  I cut a new piece of paper for the bottom, inked the edges and then adhered it with decoupage glue.  I cut strips for the inside sides to add a second pattern and a bit more visual interest.  I inked the edges after cutting them to fit and then adhered them in place with decoupage glue.
I think a nice thing about this piece is that it helps illustrate that re-making pieces of home decor using your scrapbook supplies doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive.  To create this piece I used the bargain tray, two pieces of patterned paper, ink, and decoupage glue, that is truly under $5!  I think this tray is really attractive as it is now without adding any embellishments at all.  Going simple lets this lovely patterened paper be the focus of the project.  It is the perfect showcase for that favorite pattern that you love to much to use so it stays in your paper stash forever.  A decorative use like this one lets you enjoy it!

patterened paper: Glitz Desgin Love Nest- heart: Block; tray: Stripe and Floral

stickers: Glitz Design Love Nest Glitzers, Glitz Design Love Nest Titles cardstock stickers, Glitz Designs Love Nest Journaling cardstock stickers

elements: Glitz Designs Love Nest Whatnots

embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Pin and Mini Paper Clip

ribbon: Glitz Design Tulle, hand dyed crinkled seam binding

adhesive: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi Medium, Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Foam Squares, and Helmar 450 Quick Dry


Kristen Jo Ann said...

Very nice! I love both the projects, they got a total upgrade. Thanks for posting the how-to

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FashionablyFit said...

i love fixing up items like this ~ it's always fun to buy random home items cheap & "glam" them up. the most recent piece i did was a filing cabinet.