Thursday, December 22, 2011

Memory Blocks by Design Team Member Michelle Wofford

Hi there, Michelle Wofford here, from the Craft Warehouse Design Team. 

Today I'd like to share with you a simple gift I made for my Grandmother, using wood blocks, paint, scrapbook paper, alphabet stickers, and a bit of adhesive. 
To make this home decor item I started with small unfinished wood blocks purchased from my local Craft Warehouse store.  There are several sizes of blocks available so choose the size that is right for what you are creating. 

Paint each block on all sides, I used two coats.  Make sure to let the paint to dry between coats. 

Then  measure the block to get the size that you want to cut your paper to.  For this project I used the 6 x 6 pad from Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl line, you may still be able to find these papers but any patterned papers will work and the 6 x 6 pads are great for smaller areas like this since they have smaller patterns on them. 

I chose 6 different papers to cut 6 squares from and covered each side of the squares with a different pattern. 

Once you've decided on your papers trim and adhere them to the blocks, I like the Beacon's 3 in 1 glue or Pioneer's embellishment glue stick.  I made all my blocks the same but you can easliy mix it up and have a great look too. 

While your adhesive is drying you can get started on your alphabet stickers.  I started with basic chipboard letters and painted them white for the base.  Then I used a glimmer paint to add a bit of color and glimmer.  I recommend using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to acheive the same look.  

Once your letters are dry adhere them to the blocks.  Because the blocks I used were small I chose not to add any other embellishments and kept it simple.  Additional embellishments can be used such as ribbon, buttons or bling to add personal touches.

Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting ~ Michelle


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