Tuesday, December 7, 2010

photo ornaments by lauren bergold

every year, when i see the $1 plain papier mache holiday ornaments at michaels, i think, "wouldn't it be cool to make photo ornaments for the nieces and nephews?!" and then i get overwhelmed and have save the idea for the future. but this year, by virtue of having the november and december pixie dust paperie kits delivered right to my house in plenty of time to make holiday projects, i was able to do it! (YAY!)

i think they came out pretty well, too! but then, when you start with "supermodels" half the work is already done, right?!

i mostly chose nice close-up photos of the kids' faces. and then i went "old-skool" and silhouetted the pics. (ok, ok, i know this technique was over-used in the early days of scrapbooking; but in my defense, for a project like this, it really makes their sweet faces STAND OUT!)

to prepare the ornament shapes, i used a permanent red marker on the edges, (so i wouldn't have to fit teeny strips of paper!) and traced the heart and star shapes onto patterned papers from the december pixie dust kit.

when hand-cutting, i always hold several layers of paper together, to save work; it's really no more effort than doing them one at a time! when i had all my hearts and stars cut out, i inked the edges and adhered them to the ornaments with my adhesive runner.

then came the FUN PART: placing a photo of each kid on an ornament and embellishing!

i diecut some hearts and stars..and layered up some of the fab embellies from the december kit: my mind's eye buttons, prima paper & crochet flowers, and those gorgeous sparkly red gems.

the only problem is, i think i'm going to have to make ANOTHER set, because i'm not sure i can bear to give these away! ♥

Kirsty's note -
Wow, your nieces and nephews are no doubt the cutest kid in town, I would keep the ornaments for myself if I were you!

Here's what you are waiting for, the lucky winner for our GIVEAWAY is


Denise said...
What a gorgeous house. I love how you included photographs :) I'd love to alter a house! I'm big on home decor right now.
Denise, please send Kirsty an email (kirsty@pixiedustpaperie.com) and we will get that fabulous prize out to you!

December Kit

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  1. a-dorable ornaments Lauren....love how you fussy cut out the b&w photos...they pop on all that wonderful patterned paper!

  2. So cute! Those kids are adorable. Great ornaments!

  3. GREAT ornaments -- what a wonderful idea!

    Congrats to the lucky winner. I hope Denise will post a photo of her altered house. :)

  4. GORGEOUS! You rock home decor, Miss L :) You have great papers and lovely models (pics) to work with to make stunning projects each and every time.