1.24.2010

vintage scrap happy art



There's just something about God's creative energy alive within me-- spinning, weaving, dreaming and designing life into being.  It compels me to create.  It persuades me to dream.  And I am embracing this blissful distraction!  There's nothing I love more than a "blank slate" of a room and the challenge to make it beautiful from pennies in a bucket.

My freshly painted goodwill frames were begging to be filled.  My mother (bless her dear heart) sent me dozens of vintage children's books from the ranch.  The ones that had the most wear and tear became instant art work.
Scrapbook pages that I always intend to use but never find the time, were pulled out of storage.  I drew pictures, traced them onto the patterned paper, cut them out and then glued them to white cardstock.
So simple.
And yet it makes me feel like I've accomplished something to inspire my little tots.  Astair loves to reach out of her crib and name the framed animals  (ok, so maybe I'm the only one that could ever understand what she's saying, but I'm sure I heard her say "kitty").  Boston says "Oooohhh, pretty."  every time he walks in the room.  And Thaddeus, ever the encourager, told me I was the "yummiest mommy".
That makes it all more than worth it.


You are probably so over seeing pictures of this room, but I have more coming!  Tomorrow I'm posting the as-close-as-it-will-ever-be-to-completed room : )

**I'm linking this post to the wonderful It's So Very Cheri , Make Your Monday@ Twice Remembered, Just Something I Whipped Up Monday@The Girl Creative, and Making The World Cuter Mondays

28 comments:

Widge said...

These are great!! such a cool idea and so effective

PaisleyJade said...

Love them so much!!! The fabric is amazing too... you are so clever.

I love that creative drive that God gives us... and seeing how it blesses our little ones and others around us.

Catherine Anne said...

Im doing this. Going in the girls room this week. Love it

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

Super talented!! I've got a TON of patterned scrapbook paper lying around begging to be used. And boy do I have a blank wall.

Don't stop sharing about the room. I love to see what other people do at their houses. Gives me inspiration.

Many blessings,
Allison

Carrie said...

I LOVE it Joye! There's something so special about having those things from your own childhood or handed down from your family...and making it your own again! The frames are beautiful and love how you displayed them! The cutouts are so cute! Can't wait to see the whole room together!

3 Blessings said...

Those are just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing.
Blessings,
Amy

Stephanie said...

The yummiest mommy - too cute! I love the pictures. They all look awesome!

Andrea said...

WOW! You are very creative. I love them.
Blessings, andrea

Elle said...

Love the idea of cutting shapes out with unused scrapbook pages... and whatever story book the picture of the three kittens came from, I'm pretty sure I had growing up, that picture brought back a bunch of memories for me!

I love it even more that your kids love it so much, what a great idea!

Kristin said...

yummiest mommy....LOVE it!!

I am in love with that birdie picture....they all look awesome! You are so creative! I love the vintage art too. I can't wait to see the room!

Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

classic cool, Joye!

Barbara Jean said...

Great way to use what you have on hand!! and so cute!

blessings

barbara jean

Miss Anne said...

i drooled over those papers!!!
i love what you've done with it all!

:)

Lei said...

Darling!!!

Kathryn said...

They look great!

Mich said...

these are too cute!!!

I love them!!!

Wylie said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love them!!! Great job!
Wylie

Michela said...

Please keep the pictures coming! It's really fun to see the room transform...

I love the collection of pictures and frames. The yellow frames are so pretty with the creamy white.

Dani Joy said...

Incredible art! What heart in them too! I love the Yummy mommy compliment! that´s sooo soooo precious!

Jayme said...

I love your art work! This weekend my husband and I copied your chalk board frames to use in our office. I haven't hung them yet but they look so cute! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Darlene said...

definitely NOT tired of seeing your room and your great ideas!!!!!! I just am enjoying your blog so much.

christy rose said...

Wow! Those are all so cute! Look at you go! I would say way beyond nesting! :)

Simply Dawn said...

These are amazing! I got a box full of books about a year ago. You have inspired me! I can't wait to see the rest of your pics!
Lovies,DJ

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

What a great project! I love the vintage feel and the composition is great! Great way to recycle!

Snippets of Sarah said...

So I don't know if this has been said yet but Matt said that if your bird was flipped and you hung it up bird, pear, then tree it would almost look like it says JOY (bird is J, pear is O and tree is Y)

Its So Very Cheri said...

That is a great project. So cute.

FYI--I have a fun give-a-way starting tonight.

Cheri

Leigh said...

the wall looks amazing!

Heather said...

Now I'm torn! I have a few old books, from when when my husband and I were kids, that desperately need to be repaired. But now I'm thinking I may do this! I just don't know!!!

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