You may have noticed that there hasn't been much in terms of layouts round here recently. But that’s not because I've stopped scrapping. I know, you were all terrified then for a moment? No? Oh.
No, it’s because I’m busy working on pages and ideas for my new class Telling Tales. But I've started to notice that I’m doing a couple of techniques and motifs over and over again. I LOVE camera themed items with a passion and I still can’t get enough of Polaroids. This is a bit odd, as I don’t have a Polaroid camera. Nor have I ever had one. But there’s something about those funny-shaped frames that makes me think craft+photos+vintage all at once. That’s the kind of maths that everyone loves.
So while I’m busy working on pages for class, I wanted to share a slightly different project here.
Enter: The Pretty Polaroid Project
Each week, I’m going to bring you a tutorial featuring little Polaroid frame that has got its craft on. (I’m so down with the kids I’m practically lying on the floor. Really) And I don't mean complicated, expensive, product-fueled Polaroids with fancy die-cut bits in trendy colours. Those are cool, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t have any lying about. What I do have is some white cardstock, some patterned paper scraps, the odd embellishment and AMBITION.
When you read the word ‘AMBITION’ you have to do it while imagining yourself saying it in a large hall with an echoey effect. And your tone of voice should be hushed and yet ring with importance. Altogether?
Are you on board? Sometimes I find it hard to tell when the boat of sanity has tipped so far over that people are starting to slide off the deck. Some people call it crazy, I prefer to think of it as a Miss Smith moment. It’s all good.
Anyway, I'm going to take my bits and pieces, my buttons and brads, my ribbons and punches, and I'm going to combine them with Polaroid frames to make a series of pretty embellishments. Then I'll share a tutorial here each week for each Polaroid. At the end of the series of tutorials, I'll be sharing a project that will put them all to good use.
If you want to join me, you'd be very welcome! Use your own odds and ends, do your own thing and let adorable photographic frames be your guide. And whether your use them on projects, or save them for a rainy day, it would be lovely to see what you craft :D
Anyway, I'm starting by making a few frames from a Polaroid-shaped template I've made. I've cut it out of stiff card and I'm tracing round it onto white cardstock, before hand-cutting the frames to use in future. Perfect TV scrapping.
So look out for the first tutorial at the weekend. And while you're welcome to use any frames or supplies or ideas you like, if you do want to follow along with the tutorial, I can send you a copy of the template I'm using for the Polaroid shape. I made it myself. No, no, no, your applause is just to much. You're embarrassing me.
But in all seriousness, if you'd like a pdf of the template, I'll hook you up. Simply send me an email to
journalofcuriousthings at gmail dot com
P.S. Never fear! Now that my voice is heading back towards it’s usual pitch, I hope to do the next podcast episode this weekend – thank you for your patience!