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Aug 13, 2009

Little Boys

It's time for my Say It With Letters project of the month! This month Deb sent me this adorable Snail shape!! It's so cute even plain I think, but wait until you see what a few of the other dt members did with it! It's exciting to see how different everyone's work turns out.

I kept thinking of that poem, "What are little Boys made of?" Several months ago I had purchased a few vintage books from ebay for the purpose of using the illustrations in cardmaking and other crafting projects. There is something about these vintage images that they just can't replicate today - and I love them! But . . . I just cannot seem to bring myself to cut them!! I mean really, isn't it a sin to cut a book?? :) I know, I'm weird!

One particular book of nursery rhythms had the perfect image - and even had the little boy poem on it!! The illustrations are by Eloise Wilkins - one of my absolute favorites!! So instead of cutting up my book, I scanned it into my computer. This was perfect because I was able to scale it down a bit so that the whole little boy and his pups would fit! I also erased the text from the page and retyped it in a bit larger of a font.

I kept the snail pretty plain so that the image & poem would stand out. I painted the edges of the snail a light blue and then covered the entire thing (using my favorite Zip Dry glue of course!) with a cute plaid paper from Crate Paper's Cowboy collection. I distressed the edges with Papertrey's Chai & Chamomile distressing inks and then added some light brown Fun Flock to his antenna.

In looking through my bag of brown buttons (also from Papertrey Ink) I found this wonderful button!! I left the shank on it and used a glue dot to adhere it so that it's a bit raised and dimensional - love it!

The only thing left to do was trim down my printed image, round the corners and do a bit of distressing before adhering it to the snail. I added a few more buttons for a bit more dimension but left it otherwise plain.

Wouldn't this be cute hanging in a little baby boy's room?? We did not find out the sex of our baby but I think I might keep this until it's born just in case! ;) Although this baby will have more of a "space" than a room - lol!

Thanks for visiting today! Be watching Deb's blog to see how the other DT members altered their shapes - snail & whales and ladybugs! FUN! Of course, all these fun shapes and lots more can be found in the Say It With Letters' Etsy store. Have a great day!

Patterned Paper: Roper (Cowboy collection, Crate Paper), Ink: Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey Ink), Accessories: Buttons, Twine (Papertrey Ink), Fun Flock (Stampendous), vintage image


  1. This is so cute...I love the vintage look of the page and hey, you aged the edges! ;-) Adorable project!

  2. Absolutely ADORABLE Jules - I totally can see why you love this illustrator!

  3. Julie -that image is the cutest ever.... nothing like the look from another time!!!! .... I would not want to cut the book either.... thank goodness for modern technology! ;) Adorable in a baby boy's room! :)

  4. This is super cute, love the retro/vintage look and what a fun shape for a card

  5. This is just SO sweet Julie! I love the snail and the great image from the Golden Book (it was a Golden Book wasn't it?!?! - it looks like it!) Perfect sentiment for the shape - you're inspiring me to get out the great Bird House one that I won at Stamping Around in NH!!

  6. OMGosh Julie~~~this is just so adorable. This must be the book you told me about. I would have cut it cause I am like that BUT you are brilliant to scan it. The best of both worlds.


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