How to Make a Minimalistic Instax-Inspired Mixed Media Banner
After years of working with mixed media I’ve finally come to realize — I think — how I best like it.
(To see how to make your own, scroll on down!)
The thing about mixed media art and scrapbooking in general is the plethora of materials you use to create a piece. And I love to use just about anything that I can get my hands on.
However, I’ve spent endless periods just scanning through my material with only a semblance of an idea and no fresh inspiration. I love the tremendous amount of designs available in the stores, and I can’t help but grab as many as I can (within my budget) when there’s a good sale, but I struggle to find a satisfactory idea.
What I’ve suddenly come to realize is that I really seem to like the simplistic approach.
Some of the patterns are just too noisy to inspire me. With all of that already on it, what more can I add. It’s like my job is already done. I’m not complaining because as I said, I love all of that. But I just can’t get inspired to do anything with it at times.
With this conclusion bubbling around in my brain I had an idea that started with mixed media style postcards. It evolved into a banner and then was inspired by a lot of the creative things people do with their Instax photos on Pinterest.
So here is my own Minimalistic Instax-Inspired Mixed Media banner!
As usual, I selected some of the material I thought would work and laid out multiple piles representing different themes. I had a floral theme, a vintage theme, a beach theme, a gold theme (obviously) and etc.
Next was what to put on them.
I knew I wanted to focus on meaningful verses from the Bible. I also liked the idea of having one verse and words to go along with it as opposed to five different verses. Since I have been studying 1 Corinthians 13 lately I suddenly realized that verse 13 and the three qualities it lists would be perfect.
Now… to write.
I absolutely love to write. When I was younger, I used to record story ideas left and right, and when I didn’t have one, I would write about the ones I already had. It was so relaxing to just write.
BUT. This isn’t to say that I like my handwriting.
When it comes to using it in my craft projects I usually print, (or get my sister whose had experience in calligraphy). But I really didn’t want to struggle with the printer this time. I wanted it to be really hands on. So I approached an idea that has been whispering through my head for a while, seeing if possibly, just maybe, I could, perhaps, learn to do some of the more simpler hand-lettering techniques out there.
I found Amy Latta’s tutorials on her blog, Amy Latta’s Creations, and sat down last Thursday to give it a go. It really is simple to wrap your head around, though I am far from accomplished. This is going to take some practice and more learning. But I really did like what I was able to do.
Unfortunately, I was unable to share this post Friday like I had hoped because I overdid it Thursday. The arm I bashed up is still recovering and it can’t take much. Sigh. (See post — A Lot of Firsts: Rolling Over, Cat Scans, and Kind Acts for more on why I am injured).
But I am so glad I can share this with you today!
So if you want to make your own Instax-inspired cards to hang up, here’s a few easy and quick instructions.
How to Make Your Own Minimalistic Instax-Inspired Banner
Choose five different cardstock paper designs that complement each other.
Create a template by measuring a rectangle 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″ on regular paper. Use this template to cut out a rectangle of each of the scrapbook papers you’ve chosen.
Now create another template the same way measuring 2 3/4″ square. Cut out five squares of white cardstock paper.
For the hand-lettering, check out Amy Latta’s tutorials and get creative writing whatever you want!
When you are satisfied, glue the small cards to the upper half of each rectangle to resemble an Instax photo.
Hang your cards from a string with binder clips or mini clothespins!
And that’s it! It’s as simple as that.
I hope you have enjoyed this DIY post! Hopefully soon I will be able to get back into work full swing. But in the meantime, check out some of these other similar posts.