Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DIY: Scrapbook Collage Pendant

It's Spring Break here so I've got more time than usual to work on some fun little projects... hence, another DIY!  I happened upon this miracle product at Hobby Lobby last week:


YIPPEE!!!  I have been looking for this stuff forever... no clue what I was planning to DO with it, but it just looks like fun.  The trick to the MAGIC is it creates a thick, completely clear layer over your project that gives it dimension (hence, the name)... great for jewelry, etc.  As a practice I tried making some bottle cap magnets... first lesson learned, I needed to glue the fabric down to the bottom of the cap.  It still worked, but some of the fabric "floated" up a bit...

Did some research and found a project to make Collage Charms with Family Photos... oh, this got me thinking... and headed straight to the craft store.


The pendant was on the clearance rack (don't you just LOVE the clearance rack!) for $2.50.  It is mirrored, but the plan is to cover that up with some of that cool scrapbook paper, a pic of my kids and one or two of those stickers.  The stickers are those nifty raised plastic bubble type.  The key to the pendant is that it has a slightly raised edge, so when I cover it with the Dimensional Magic there will be a lip to keep it from overflowing.

Searched around on my computer until I found a couple of digital pics of my kiddos from the beach and printed them off in various sizes on a piece of card stock.  After a few trial and error attempts at cutting a circle to fit inside the pendant, I created this little scrapbook style collage...


The pic is from one of our beach photo sessions in which I torture my children to get that perfect Christmas card photo... SMILE, DON'T SQUINT, PUT YOUR ARM AROUND YOUR SISTER! Anyway... the "Joy" and flower stickers are from K&Company and I will use the rest of them in other projects.  I did tack the paper and photo down this time with a glue stick to avoid the floating issue.

Now comes the MAGIC... I didn't get a pic of this part, but here is one of a bottle cap after I filled it... wanted you to see it because it might freak you out when you pour it in the first time... TOTALLY cloudy and looks like you just ruined your project, but I PROMISE this stuff dries completely clear.


Now the hard part... set it someplace that your dog or cat or toddler (or husband who gets tired of your crafty messes) won't pick it up or bump it and leave it COMPLETELY alone for at least 24 hours.  This is torture for me because not only am I a messy crafter, I am ridiculously impatient.  When I did the bottle caps I was checking them and Dear Daughter yelled at me... MOM, it's only been TWENTY MINUTES.  Sometimes we have a serious case of role reversal...

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.


Ok... now, here is the thing about trying new craft projects.  TRIAL AND ERROR.  I didn't snap to the fact that the pendant had a crack between the frame and mirror for the Magic to seep through... so I didn't get quite the "bubble" I was hoping for over my collage, although it did end up with a nice coating.  Also, the pic smeared... which really bummed me out but Dear Daughter says she likes it that way, makes it look old and artsy.  Ok, I'll go with that... ha!   I'm going to try again now that I've learned a few lesssons.  Back to the craft store... I LOVE spring break!

16 comments:

Book Geekery said...

My Spring Break was last week. I'm jealous! I wish I could re-do it, didn't get as nearly as much done as I would have liked. I <3 Mod Podge, it's amazing how it dries so clear!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Looooooooove Mod Podge. So glad you discovered the magic!

TheForestFaery said...

Very cute pendant! Nice job- I know, it's hard to be patient with crafts. :D

RaeoLight said...

oh this is soo much fun. I used to work at Hobby Lobby and the sad part is I'm just now realizing all of the cool things that are there but since I no longer work there I can't use my discount on. Doesn't keep me from trying this bad boy out! thanks

Rachel

http://raeoflightphotos.blogspot.com/

welchva said...

Spring Break was last week here too.
Doesn't 'feel' like spring...yet!

My Hideaway said...

This looks like fun. I want to try it:)

MJ said...

That looks like a great, easy DIY. I'm all over it!

My Life Under the Bus said...

If you print anything off your computer you must seal it before coating with anything - including resin. That will stop your smearing! Such is the life of a crafter - it is very cute!

Tau said...

You should definitely try playing with epoxy resin. Its not hard to use and has some really fun effects. (Ive even done it over butterfly wings!)

To keep the bubbles away as it cures, just blow a hair dryer over the surface. :)

Re-Purpose History said...

You can use the very same product to seal your photo print first. Just paint on and let it dry then you are good to go with the same steps

OnePerfectDay said...

It's just great!
Where do you get this mod podge that I see all over the internet and how can I get my hands on some? We don't have it over here.

Orangies Attic said...
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Orangies Attic said...

OnePerfectDay... you can find most varieties of Mod Podge on www.amazon.com ... go crazy!

Lauren Kostantin said...

what an awesome project! gotta get me some Mod Podge!

Heather said...

Wow that's awesome! I didn't even know what mod podge was!! I didn't even know you could do this. How cool!

51 Vintage Circle and Friends said...

Oh hey! I just got a bottle of Mod Podge too but haven't tried it yet. I bought it to try to make 'fabric flowers'. Thanks for some other ideas to use it for!

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