Now for me, a little bit of French Toile print goes a long way because it's so very busy, so I'm just using a little bit.
I don't buy very much pretty paper from the craft stores, in fact, I almost never do. I have another awesome source for paper and I'm sharing my secret with you today. Are you ready to hear it?.......
I pick up old wall paper sample books from the wall paper stores. Really...they throw them away and most of them will be happy to give them to you. I have 3 huge sample books and between them, I have an infinite supply of all kinds of paper, textured, solids, prints, paintable, etc. It's an amazing source and I use them in most of my projects that call for pretty paper, like this one here today. The design in the heart is a piece of French Toile wall paper sample. The paper surrounding it is from a sample of coordinating wall paper. Wall paper sample books usually have matching papers side-by-side.
Here are the supplies I used to make this cute little frame.....
The little MDF heart frame set me back a whole $1.39 at Hobby Lobby when they had 30% off of all Valentine's crafts and decor. I like it because it's a stand up frame. It comes with a little peg that fits in the back that allows it to stand.
Using just a small amount, I painted the wooden edges that would be exposed.
I cut a little template from the heart and selected a piece of that beautiful toile paper that I liked to cover it with. I chose the little hot air balloon because I've never been in one, but I want to! (Wouldn't that be the most romantic Valentine's Day....a picnic, a bottle of wine...the French countryside?)
I used Mod Podge like a glue to attach the paper to both the frame and the heart template. (A bonus to using wall paper...it's a little thicker than regular paper and doesn't bubble up when using the Mod Podge!) I put the heart piece on the back of the frame which has little clips just like a photo frame to hold it in. Almost done!
My favorite part of any project is the embellishment and since this was a French themed frame, I opted for opulence. I used some thick brocade ribbon, pearl bead trim, some tiny silk ribbon and a silk bow. All attached with some Alene's Tacky Glue... my favorite go-to adhesive. (hello Alene's I plug you enough...send me some!)
I thought maybe I was done, but being a Valentine's project and all, I just couldn't resist throwing in a couple of hearts that I made using this teeny tiny heart punch.
And then I stopped....because less is more, even with French opulence!
C'est très beau n'est-ce pas? (Oh yes...crafting with French Toile wall paper makes you speak French!!) Since I had everything to make this, the only cost was the frame at $1.39. Yay!