For the Bride-to-be

One of my dearest friends is getting married in 16 days! This is a bridal shower gift I made for her recently – an idea inspired by an Etsy find that I just knew I could make myself! I found a pack of pretty scrapbook paper at Joann’s for 50% off and the shadow-box frame at Micheal’s – also on sale! It’s just the perfect shimmery silver gray for her new little apartment!  I used a cookie cutter as a template for the hearts – traced it onto a piece of vellum and used that as a pattern. Then began the tedious (but still fun) task of tracing and cutting out the hearts… all 86 of them! I also hand-cut the numbers for her anniversary date at the bottom. They turned out great – but I did have quite a cramp in my hand when they were all done.

After that, I arranged the hearts in the (random) order I wanted them and stuck each of the first layer hearts to a 12×12 piece with that amazing double-sided tape that rolls off of a dispenser (LOVE those things!). Then I aligned the top layer hearts and stitched in a straight line down the centers using my sewing machine. This allowed me to fold the hearts a bit to give it a 3-dimensional look. – Sorry I don’t have any “in process” photos – I forgot to pull out my camera while I was making this!

Since the frame was bigger than 12×12 I used a partial piece of scrapbook paper at the bottom to be the backdrop for their anniversary date. – And it turned out great! She really likes it : )
 Just 16 more days! Hang in there Megan! : )

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