Make these 4 project ideas from one collage created from vintage ingredients from the Retro Christmas kit and Vintage Victorian Christmas kit.
Illustrated book paper (Retro Christmas kit)
Sheet music/book paper (Victorian Christmas kit)
Antique silver glitter
Corrugated cardboard pieces
White acrylic paint
ribbons, extra embellishments
Carefully arrange sheet music and book paper on the 12×12 sheet of cardboard. Once you have the desired arrangement, adhere each piece to the cardboard using Mod Podge and a foam brush. Trim out images and arrange across sheet music and book paper. As you are arranging, pay careful attention to placement of the images, and consider how the collage will be cut to create the projects.
Once the images have been arranged, adhere to the paper using Mod Podge. Then, add a layer of Mod Podge across the top of the entire collage. Allow to dry, then repeat 2-3 times, at least, or more if desired, allowing each layer to dry for a few minutes in between applications. Please note, that the paper will buckle, but once the Mod Podge is dry, will lay flat. After applying the last application of Mod Podge, sprinkle glitter lightly across the top. The glitter will remain in the Mod Podge when dry, and will keep the sparkle.
Once the Mod Podge is entirely dry, paint the edges of the collage with a very small amount of white acrylic paint using a fan brush. Allow the paint to dry.
Cut down the collage to create the fronts of your projects. From this collage, I was able to create a mini album, flip notebook, giftcard postcard, and gift pocket.
To create gift pocket:
Trim out the area of the collage that will be the front of the pocket. Be sure to use a ruler when measuring and mark cut marks using a pencil (which can easily be erased). It is important to cut the collage as precisely as possible.
Once the front is cut, measure the same size from a piece of corrugated cardboard (this will be the back of the pocket). Decorate the back of the cardboard if desired:
Either using a stapler, or a glue gun, adhere the sides together. Be sure not to glue the top, as this will be the pocket. With a Crop-a-dile, punch holes at each side, and create a hanger (this example uses the holly from the Victorian Christmas kit). Further embellish if desired. This is a great pocket to hold a CD, or a new pair of mittens!
To create giftcard postcard:
Trim out postcard from collage, and embellish front with ribbon. I also stamped a greeting on this one. On the back of the card, cover the exposed cardboard.
To create flip notebook:
Cut notebook cover from collage. This sample is about 4×7 inches. From corrugated cardboard, cut the back of the notebook. Fill the notebook with plain cardstock, trimmed to be slightly smaller in size then the covers. Using a binding machine, punch holes in the top of each piece and thread onto a spiral. This notebook was further embellished with ribbon and a charm. Create the charm using a jewelry frame with a glass insert. Using the glass insert as a guide, cut down a solid piece of cardstock and adhere a vintage Christmas label to the center of the cardstock. Assemble the frame. Attach frame to notebook using ribbon.
Cut album cover from collage. From corrugated cardboard, cut out a back cover. Fill the mini album with plain cardstock, trimmed to be slightly smaller in size then the covers. Using a binding machine, punch holes in the top of each piece and thread onto a spiral. This album was further embellished with metal corners, ribbon, and a “header” tab visible at the top with a title.
In all, creating the collage took about 30 minutes of time, not including drying. It just depends on how elaborate or layered you want your collage to be. What a great way to create several unique gifts at one time!