Monday, September 3, 2012

Graphic 45 and Labor Day Weekend

Summer seems to be coming to an end.  Labor Day Weekend has always meant to me the last good 3 day summer weekend and then we move into the fall and winter.  I wanted to spend the weekend doing something I love.  CREATING.   I wanted to do this with no schedule in mine, no project or deadline in mind.  Just something for me.   If it turned out, YEAH.  It is ended up being a bomb, no biggie, it was for me and my use and no body would see it.   Best way to go at something, no expectations.

I found this wall shelf at Pole Barn Primitives (my fav place to snoop) and knew I wanted to do something really cool with it.  I took it home and stared at it for a while and then started looking at the paper I had and it came together. 

I have this supply of music note paper (for sale at The Hens' Den) and thought it would make a great foundation paper for the shelves and the inside walls of the shelf.  Using Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Matt medium, it was a messy job  but so FUN!!!. I love getting gooey.

Next, came the edges and I knew what I wanted to do...I had the perfect paper.  Graphic 45's Curtain Call paper line.   Love this line!!!   You can do so much with it.

This paper is the perfect balance with the music notes paper.
I really needed to do something with the front.  Adding flowers or ribbon would have made it look heavy and gaudy.   I found in my personal stash the last piece of half pearl ribbon (word used loosely).  There was not enough to do anything major with it but sticking with the "less is more" theory",   I cut it into equal parts and centered in the middle of each shelf rim.  The final result was rich and simple.  So far, I am liking what I have going!!!!

  Now onto the sides. Again, my fav Graphic 45's Curtain Call line.  Using one of the papers from the line, it became my base and then I started layering up from there.  I spent a bit amount of time fussy cutting out some of the other pieces and the results are below.

I am so excited about this being on my wall.  I am trying not to hurry with the pictures.  I am not good at taking them anyway, so this part is hard.  "SLOWING DOWN"....LOL.  Not a part of my style.

At this point, I think I am OK with posting this as my personal project.  I love the results.  It is so rich looking, at least to me.

It holds so much of my "stuff".  I am so Happy and it really looks good on my wall.  Everything is at each reach and is easy to see.   LOVE LOVE LOVE .   I was asked how long this took me. Well, this is how I measured the time:  I watched The Hunger Games and then all 4 episodes of the Twighlight Series.....lolololololo

I wish the glare was not there. I tried taking so many pictures but without the overhead lighting and my flash, you would be looking at a very dark picture.  Oh Well.   

Take time to nurture your inner spirit.  It does wonders for removing stress and setting your mind at ease.   This project cleaned up my desk area so much, I have an even happier place to play now.   I moved onto other project for a very big event that The Hens' Den Design Team will be working on during the month of September for October debut.  We will be playing with Graphic 45's Happy Haunting Collection.   Be sure to stay tuned and watch our blog (The Hens' Den Team) and our Facebook page, The Hens' Den.  Our October news letter will be a must have.  Email us at and give us your email and we will make sure you get a copy. You will see so many wonderful projects using this wonderful line!!!.

Have a safe and grand day!!!

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