- Hobby Lobby or Michael’s (among others) has tons of adorable scrapbook paper in a wide variety of themes and patterns.
- The scrapbook aisle of these stores will also have other paper images you could incorporate and overlay with the paper. Flowers, birds, sports, etc. You don’t have to cover the surface completely, as I did, but rather you can simply lay a few things you like in strategic places.
- So how do you seal the paper to your surface? I recommend Mod Podge. A medium-sized bottle is about $5 and will be plenty for most projects. I prefer the matte variety (yellow bottle). I have seen homemade mod podge recipes online, but for all the effort it involves, I prefer to buy it.
- The Mod Podge website has tutorials and tips for how to use their products.
- You will need a paintbrush or foam brush (I prefer the latter) to spread the mod podge on the back of your paper. Then, carefully place the paper where you want it, and smooth it out with your hand, a book spine or a foam roller.
- While you do want to ensure adequate coverage, it is important that you do not put too much mod podge on the paper, or it will cause the paper to become soggy or to bubble too much. Bubbling is a common issue regardless, so you will want to smooth out the paper immediately following placement. Craft stores sell foam rollers (looks like a paint roller, but it’s about the size of your hand) and it is a huge help in smoothing out your paper to avoid bubbles. Avoiding bubbles is probably the biggest headache and learning curve where decoupage is concerned.
- Once you have applied all of your paper, using your paint brush (a fresh one if the other one has become too sticky) apply a coat of mod podge over the entire design. Just as if you were painting. You might choose to do another coat once the first has dried, but in the case of my project above, I didn’t feel that it was necessary.
- I highly recommend first practicing on a shoebox or another surface to get the hang of the sealer!
- For some projects, you may not need to paint the mod podge on the back of your paper, first. If you are just placing a few small paper scrapbook images onto a piece of furniture, for example, you could just place them where you want them, and carefully paint the sealer over them. In this case, I’m sure you will need more than one coat of the sealer. I find that placing the sealer on the reverse side helps it to stay in place while I’m sealing the finished product.
|Kelly Underwood TimeStyle Designs|