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Creative Playtime + Process Video

Sometimes we forget to just play. To let our imagination take over and to let go of plans, sketches, etc. Today I'm sharing a project that embraces the idea of creative playtime.

This canvas is a project that truly was a spur of the moment idea. I intended to make a birthday card for my 8 year old niece but once I had all these fun and adorable die cuts on my desk I quickly changed gears. She's super into decorating her bedroom right now. She's also ALWAYS asking her mom to print new pictures for her. Bless her little heart...she's a scrapbooker in the making.

I put together this fun interchangeable frame for her room. She can change out the picture anytime she wants thanks to the 4x6 pocket.

Here are the steps I used in creating this fun project:

  1. Background prep - I used a very heavy piece of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock. It's really thick and was purchased by accident, but it comes in handy all the time. (I hope I can find more when this pack runs out.) I used Martha Stewart Gesso primer to cover much of the cardstock. I wanted texture so in some areas I applied more and in some areas I didn't add any. You get the idea.

  2. Paint - Next I added color. I used Studio Calico Color Theory acrylic paints in Lemon Zest, Glass Slipper and Blush Crush. I also spritzed on some Studio Calico Color Theory Mist in Lemon Zest. Finally I added black paint splatters.

  3. Photo Pocket - I cut out a 4x6 pocket from a 6x8 page protector as the sleeve to hold the photo. I also embellished with a pom pom frame from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection.

  4. Decorate - Here's where the real fun came in. I used a variety of die cuts to add lots of color and whimsical fun. I print and cut most of them using my silhouette. I am addicted to AC Digitals and love being able to purchase digital versions of all my favorite collections. I used an adhesive roller for most of the work with the exception of gluing the pieces to the plastic photos sleeve and glueing the plastic sleeve to the paper.

  5. Finishing - Once all the pieces were glued down and dry, I finished the project by hot glueing the entire paper piece to an 8x10 canvas. Because the 8.5x11 piece of paper sits over the canvas I didn't bother doing anything to the canvas, but you could paint around the edges if you wanted to make sure it had a finished edge.

Check out the process video to see how this project came together.

I hope you will find inspiration in this project and give yourself some creative playtime with a fun project of your own.

Take care!

xoxo - Kelli

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