My niece's 8th birthday is coming up in April - yes 3 months away - but I was reminded that it's almost here !! I figured I'd better get moving on her present and what better time to do this then at this past weekend's crop. I know I'm going to another crop in March - but that's two weeks before her birthday and that's just not enough time.
I actually ordered from Joann Fabric's a black 12 slot printer tray and received a white one - and I actually placed the order twice - thinking I should do one in black and one in white - but I ended up with 2 white trays, but it worked out fine.
I have a monthly kit from My Creative Scrapbook and I decided to use the papers from these collections as they are mostly Prima Marketing papers and some are just perfect for the theme I was going for.
I started with texturing the base of the printer tray with white acrylic paint and I mixed in basic sand until I had the consistency I wanted. Then began the 'layering' process. I used a sponge brush I purchased in the dollar store the began to 'slap' down the paint/sand mixture, once I did a layer I would use my heat gun and try to dry it as much as possible, then repeat the process until I found the texture 'puffy' enough or 'big' enough that it made a statement.
Each paper had to be cut to size 2 3/4 by 3 3/4 for each section. In this 1st printer tray I used the following papers for the background: Websters Pages - Adrienne Looman - A new Your, Do Your Best, Believe in Yourself and Shining Moment; Prima Marketing paper - Anna Marie Collection - Callico, Kaisercraft - On this Day Collection.
I ordered these from Gina's Designs and then I textured them with the same white paint / sand mixture then used my Tattered Angels spray on top for the look of a purple Eiffel Tower.
Here are some close ups of the individual trays. In this one I decided to make 2 of the slots actual pocket picture holders so she can change a few of the pics as this is her graduation picture from 1st grade...