I can't claim this as an original idea as I was definitely inspired by something I stumbled upon when I was clicking around in different blogs. The inspiration piece was for Christmas and I ought to have pinned it to save it so I could give credit to the original artist, but I didn't so here we are with nobody to credit with the idea.
I needed a few supplies from the craft store.
- Scrapbook paper (4 sheets at $0.20 - $0.60/ea)
- Backer cardstock (2 sheets at $0.60)
- Frame ($7.00)
- Glue sticks (already had)
- Scissors (already had)
- Ruler (already had)
Measure and cut your squares (or if you want to get fancy, choose another shape - hexagons?) I made a bunch of 1.25 inch squares for this project. I used plain old scissors here, but if you're a scrapbooker you probably have all kinds of fancy-schmancy cutting tools that would make this faster and much more precise.
Cut out your heart shape. I did this by taking a spare piece of random paper, folding it in half, and cutting out a perfectly symmetrical heart. I then traced it onto the good cardstock (so we wouldn't have a crease) and cut that out.
Draw a few guidelines. Using my ruler I drew a guideline lightly in pencil so I'd be able to easily center my squares down the middle of the heart then I started placing my squares. I let the squares flap over the edges since the plan was to trim them once we were finished.
Since the plan was to frame this up, I didn't worry too much about heavy duty gluing. I used a glue stick, but you can also use glue dots or even double sided tape.
Once I had all my squares in place I let it sit a few minutes to make sure that nothing would come loose, then I flipped the heart over and trimmed the excess squares.
I then took the second piece of white cardstock centered the completed heart and tacked it down with the glue stick. Popped it into the frame and TADA!!!
A simple and inexpensive project to make your house a little more Valentiney :)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Note: Sorry for the weird lighting in the pictures - this is what happens when you do crafts in the evening at our house.