Monday, October 4, 2010

Scrapbook Silhouette

So for my first project, I tried something really simple. Anyone and everyone can make it! All you need is scrapbook paper of your choice (preferably to go with your little one's room), a razor, a picture frame and a camera.
(Glue and pencil not included in the picture..oops!)

First take a side picture of your child(ren). Like so: It may take a few tries to get the right angle. Be sure you can clearly define their nose and lips. You can even add details such as the pony tail on a girl or spiky hair on a boy. Also try to take the picture in front of a plain wall or sheet so that you do not have any thing in the bac ground that may distract you or cut out the wrong parts.
Next you will have to get the picture developed or printed of the computer. It doesn't have to be a fancy, glossy picture since you will be cutting the picture anyway. My love, Chris, cut this out with his steady hand and did an amazing job. But anyone can do it. Just cut out the out line of his or her face. It doesn't have to be perfect. Can you imagine doing all the tiny hairs in her pony tail?! FYI-she was an awesome model! :)

And someone else was working hard on something else :)

Once this shape of the face is cut out, take your scrapbook paper and turn it over to the backside. Then trace the picture. You will want to do it on the opposite side so that you do no have any pen or pencil marks on the finished product. Be sure you know which way it will face when you turn it over, like a mirror effect. You can also get a piece of scrapbook paper big enough to try it a few times.

(Sorry, not a really good picture. I don't have the best camera in the world)

Next cut the second piece of scrapbook paper to fit the picture frame. Then past on the cut out piece of paper. You can center it, have it turned slightly, etc. You can get as creative as you like. You can even add different shaped objects such as trucks or hearts or stars, oh my! The great part about this silhouette picture is that it's not traditional so you can make it as crazy or as mellow as you would like.

And we can't forget Melania's beautiful artwork that she worked so hard on!

This is one of the funnest and simplest project ever. You can use an old frame around the house and left over scrapbook paper from another old project. Here is a break down of what it cost me to do this project.
  • Picture Frame: $4.00 at Wal-Mart
  • Printed Picture: $2.00 also at Wal-Mart
  • Scrapbook paper: $0.00 from my niece who has a ton of scrapbook stuff
  • Glue: $0.00 already had some from an older project but can be bought really cheap. I just used regular stick clue.
  • Razor Blade: $0.00 we have a some stored away from Chris' work. I, honestly wouldn't know how much this costs. :(
I hope everyone has the opportunity to make this cute little decoration for your kids. You could even give this as a gift for birthdays or anniversary. It may get a little tricky to get the kids to take a picture without the parents knowing but it is definitely worth the struggle. Enjoy!


  1. I love this idea Katie! Never thought to take a picture that simple and turn it into artwork! Great job, I think I'm gonna have to try it!

  2. Great idea and it is so easy! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! Always nice to see a new face. :)

  3. Thanks! It really is so easy! And thanks for having me!