Ribbon Picture 10.09.2014

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

Ribbon Picture

Hello Lovelies!
I do hope you are all having a fantastic week?
I'm back into work mode but still feeling nicely refreshed and motivated from my holiday. I'm try to hold onto that feeling for as long as possible :-)
This morning before I made my way into work I had a spare hour so I thought I'd have a little bit of crafty time and make a mess at home.
Just a simple little project of filling up a blank picture frame that was sat in my bedroom. I was inspired to finally do something with it as I was lying in bed staring at it, all blank and unused.
As soon as I got myself out of bed I made myself a smooth milky coffee and pulled out the crafting supplies. As I was sifting through my boxes finding my crafting essentials, I realised it has been a long time since I've done this. Sure I've been crocheting lots, but getting the scissors, glue and having the buzz of making something spontaneous hasn't been my approach over the past months. I realised I'd missed doing this, I missed the mess I always make and quite simply I felt as happy as a pig in the mud! :-)
Anyway enough about my feelings (Sorry... I was having a Bridget Jones moment) Back to my project!
I was hoping to keep a neutral feel to my picture, so I raided my ribbon collection to find the brown and beige ribbons that were lurking amongst the bright and bold colours.

Armed with my sketch pad (I decided to use this as the paper is thicker, more like cardboard), scissors and glue I started cutting strips of ribbon.

I arranged my strips of ribbon onto the cardboard to make sure I was happy with the combination and arrangement.

Once I was happy with how things were looking, I glued my ribbon onto the cardboard. I used crafting glue (PVA glue), but a glue stick would also work just fine.

With the help of my laptop I found myself a picture of a heart and printed it out onto a piece of paper. (Drawing a shape by hand would also be a great option!)

 cut out the heart as carefully and as neatly as I could.

I thought whilst I was at it, I would try some other shapes and also decided to print and cut out a nice big star.

I placed my cut-out/ stencil over the top of my ribbon picture and suddenly I had a rather neat looking ribbon silhouette, ready to pop into my blank frame.

An easy make! That took me all of 15 minutes, but brought me great satisfaction.
The picture looks perfectly at home in my bedroom tucked away on the drawers.
What I like is that I can change the cut-out/ stencil whenever I feel and it will look like a totally different picture. I wonder what other shapes I'll come up with? maybe I'll get a little more inventive next time!
Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!!

This post was originally posted on 10th September 2014.
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