Like many Moms, I enjoy scrapbooking. I started after Bee was born, but my technique is much improved since then! I sometimes cringe when I look at my first albums, because I was still developing my personal style, and I had very limited skills and supplies. Nonetheless, I decided that I will not go back and redo those books, because they show the progress I’ve made as an artist. So far, I’ve stuck to that resolution, but it’s tough.
Last fall, I decided to make scrapbook pages as gifts for friends and family. At first, I looked into getting 12×12 page frames, but most of them seemed to be pretty cheaply made, and they weren’t very unique or interesting. While browsing at one of my favorite stores, Dick Blick Art Materials, I saw that they had pre-stretched canvasses in traditional scrapbook sizes, on sale for 30% off. I liked the idea of using the canvasses as scrapbook “paper,” because I could make them unique, and even 3 dimensional. I could use bulkier objects, like artificial flowers, that wouldn’t fit in regular scrapbook albums, and the canvasses could be easily hung on the wall.
I bought one 12×12, and one 8×8 canvas, with two specific occasions in mind–the birthday of a friend’s child, and my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. First, I painted the canvasses with two coats of acrylic craft paint. Then, I arranged my photos and embellishments on the canvasses, and adhered them with Modge Podge. When they were completely dry, I sprayed them with clear, matte finish craft sealant. I stapled coordinating craft ribbon to the backs of the canvasses, and tied the ends together in a bow for hanging.
This is the one I made for my in-laws (names have been blocked out, for privacy):
Both gifts were very well-received, and the recipients have since told me that they often receive compliments on them. They turned out so nice that I have since purchased more canvasses to make some for myself!
With the exception of the canvas, all necessary materials for this project can be purchased at Wal-Mart. If you’re a scrapbooker, I think you’ll find working on canvas to be easy and fun.