Thursday, 10 September 2015

Box of Shame Finish - Christmas Quacker

Hello all,

Following on from my previous post and your positive comments, I took the plunge and can reveal that I have already finished a finish from my Box of Shame!

I decided to work on Christmas Quacker first, featuring Souffle the Duck from the Popcorn and Friends range. Here's a reminder of how he looked all stitched up:

All I had to do was work out how I was going to "scrap" him.

I started off by choosing the background card. That bit was easy:

Then I went through my boxes of glitter and bling to find some potential matches, includng shimmer dots and sparkle fibres:

Next came the ribbon choices, lots of oranges and yellows:

And finally the lettering and other potential embellishments:

I had a lot of options to work with so it was just a case of whittling everything down as the page progressed. I usually like to keep my pages fairly simple so that the eye is drawn towards the photographs, with the embellishments complimenting rather than overwhelming the page.

Framing Souffle was the easy part:

Then came the tricky bit about what to add or not add. I decided to keep the page really simple, especially by not using the sparkle fibres I had originally intended to sprinkle over the orange card to mimic the glitter in the fabric.

So Souffle's finished page looks like this:

What do you think? Not bad for a couple of hour's work and I'm happy! I don't mind if you say you don't like it and it looks really tacky. I fully appreciate it's not everybody's cup of tea.

For now the page is safely tucked away in my album but I have had yet another idea! I already have a 12"x12" shadow box which hangs on the wall and in which I display and rotate my scrapbook pages. So why not do the same with an 8"x8" shadow box? I can choose which piece I want to display and alter it when I feel like a change. Perfect! I don't know why I didn't think of that before.

Hopefully my next completed page will not be as "simple" as this one. It all depends on what goes with the finished piece.

Oh, and I won't be blogging my picking and choosing process again - I just did it this time to show you the steps I go through.

Until next time then,
Rachel x


Mii Stitch said...

Well, it looks fantastic!! I personally think it's a great idea to "finish off" your cross stitch projects :)
So cute!!

craftingpaws said...

I think it is adorable!
I really love the idea of combining scrapbooking and cross stitch.

Sarah said...

It looks adorable. And the shadow box us a great idea for rotating your finished pages. I've been scrapping for about 15 years (stitching for almost 40 years) and have from time to time scrapped my smalls. Welcome to Scrap-Stitching!

Leigh said...

This looks unbelievably cute!!

Tina said...

This is beautiful, I love it! What a great way to showcase your finishes instead of your "box of shame"- which I still think should be renamed lol. I can't wait to see more photos when you complete them like this. You have certainly inspired me, Rachel!

Heather said...

He looks great! I'm interested to see how the photos work with it. Good idea on the shadow box I can't believe I never thought of that!

Kate said...

Awesome finish, Rachel!! I love the idea of scrapbooking your finishes; I've seen other bloggers do and will probably be trying it in the future. I have lots of scrapbook stuff. He's so cute in his little snowball :-)

Pull the other thread said...

Love it, so cute!! Great way to use those small pieces and combine two crafts.

Unknown said...

I love it !!!

Justine said...

From the Box of Shame to a Box of Fame! Great idea to display your work. I love how you finished your Quacker and I enjoyed reading about your selection methods.