Originally, my plan was to buy an actual shadow box. However, Hobby Lobby did not have the size or the price I was really wanting to spend. My mom, L, and I were shopping in the scrapbooking area and I ran across this frame. It actually was perfect. It does not have as much room between the glass and the backing as a shadow box does but I was not going to need that much since most of the items I would be using were pretty flat. Plus, this frame was 50% off- score!! The next day I gathered all the things I wanted to put in- L's first hat and socks, his footprints from the hospital, his bracelet & card, and his newborn announcement. I arranged them all on cardstock, adhered each piece (used a pin for the socks and hat), and added some stickers from The Paper Studio. I adore it now and it will be hanging in L's room very soon!
My other project was inspired from this post. Her canvas ended up a lot cleaner than mine, but I did do mine around 11 pm one night after L went down and I needed some "me time." I underestimated just how long it would take! A hour and 15 minutes later I was done! I didn't want to stop because I was using mixed paint and didn't want to have to replicate the colors the next day. But 4 am came wayyyy too fast that night! :) Here was the beginning:
I used a canvas from Hobby Lobby and acrylic paints.
I found that Q-tips made the circles very easy to make. Paintbrushes- not so much. The blogger in the original post used her fingers, which would have been a great idea too! I mixed the paint and then started making a lot of circles in various colors and sizes!
(Like my makeshift paint tray?!)
And the finished product:
My whole purpose in this canvas was to encourage L to turn his head to the left while he is on the changing table (he loves his right side and is constantly facing that way). It was a success! He loves looking at it and often tries to bat his hands and touch the dots. Love it!
Thank you for enduring my anxiety-ridden beginning and not judging too harshly. :) I hope this is a great week for you, and send some good thoughts my way so maybe the transition won't be so hard for me.