Then why not turn those beautiful pieces of scrapbook paper you find in the Arts and Crafts store into a beautiful wall hanging? Finding art that matches authentic to your home may be a simple task for rooms such as the dinning room, living room or even the master bedroom. But, what about your child’s rooms? Today and in generations in the past, posturing up the walls with the ‘in celebrities’, the ‘hot throb crushes’ or simply a child’s favorite singer is on some parent’s no-no list. Whether it be due to taping up and ruining the paint on the walls or just the matter of “dad said no.”
I myself often find scrapbook paper too nice to be hidden away in a book, taken out just for times and trips down memory lane. In this activity, I have pieced together a way to combine the art and imagination of the scrapbook paper makers with the imagination of children, or even adults, to craft together a decorative wall hanging.
The materials are simple to do and the activity itself can be therapeutic and time consuming. Perfect for a raining afternoon or a lazy Sunday.
Pastel crayons work best. The blending nature of such can provide rich and iridescent color. Also, Glue and colored sand works well with this project as well. And of course, you’ll need scrapbook paper. The trip alone to the crafts store can be considered an activity all in its own, a day trip if you will.
In the examples I have posted in the slide show while trying out the activity, I used different techniques to create a decorative wall hanging a parent would embrace seeing on the walls rather then the ‘in the now celeb.’
The first example is a simple piece of scrapbook paper that had room for quotes, poems, pictures, etc. But, the scrapbook paper also had a circular design of a white color. I went ahead and colored in with pastel crayons in a tri-colored pattern and well-ah. The outcome, a picture I wouldn’t mind seeing hung on my daughters wall while I’m in there straighten up.
The second example struck me as a little odd piece of scrapbook paper. I thought so because it had white outlines which didn’t seem to make up any design at all. What I did to make a nice wall hanging, I outlined the design in pastel crayons and then colored the inside designs with glue. I then mixed two different colors of sand together and covered over the glue. Once the left over sand was washed away, again it was another wall hanging I wouldn’t mind seeing on my child’s wall.
The third example, and I’m not one for drawing, was a simple piece of scrapbook paper. One you’d find and your heart might go ragged looking for ways to piece together sentimental memories of your life. What I saw however, was the shape of faces, and so, I went with the outskirts of a face. I tried to add hair and dressing as well and even on one angel wings. The outcome of this piece of scrapbook paper, a wall hanging I might actually adore looking at in my own bedroom.
The fourth example I had my daughter help me with. She did the out-of-the-lines green outlying which once was yellow. The scrapbook paper itself was simple rectangles and squares of different colors but I saw a bigger picture to it. This is where the blending of pastels became fun and the colors spoke out to me. I simply picked a square, tried to remember the warm and cool colors from my high school arts class and colored over, only to color over again and in some of the shapes, color a third color over again. This technique is wonderful for children who like to get messy when they do arts and crafts. Blending the colors together and seeing what color they may magically make was just as much fun as finger painting must be to a preschooler, and this is me saying this as an adult! I wouldn’t per-say hang this example on a wall in my home, but it sure is one I’d keep in a box for a keepsake or even a start to a real scrapbook I may piece together in the future.
The last example was a mess load of designs and shapes. I didn’t know where to begin to color it in. This is where the therapeutic part of the activity really came into play. The detail in this piece of scrapbook paper made me wonder if this particular piece of paper was ever intended to be covered up with mementos of life. I used the glue and sand technique for the bar codes and for the rest, I simply used the pastel crayons to make something I’d consider beautiful. If I had more of an artistic side to me, who knows what could have been done with this particular piece of scrapbook paper. If you tried it out yourself, I’m sure you’d like the wall hanging a bit more than the one I created.
This activity is designed to be fun and uplift the spirits of the creator while partaking. The outcome of the activity itself is also uplifting if you chose to use your scrapbook decoration as a wall hanging. I hope you do give the activity a try and see what you can design yourself. Who knows? Maybe you’ll wallpaper your dinning room with pastel, sanded scrapbook paper, doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea.