Springtime Paper Crafts with Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

Hello crafty peeps! (Speaking of peeps, I really want to buy some of those candy peeps just to squish them before I eat them. You know, relive a childhood memory and whatnot!) But I digress.

Do you want a fun way to infuse your paper crafts with a Springtime look and feel?

Yes?

That’s what I thought you’d say!

Check out the new Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts, designed by creative blogger Liz Kartchner.

This is an image-heavy post as I have lots to show you. 🙂

The 5th and Frolic papers feature crisp blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals with hints of gold. Here’s a selection of their 12 x 12 papers:

Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts
Front side of the 5th and Frolic 12 x 12 papers… 
Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts
Back side of the same 5th and Frolic 12 x 12 papers…

This paper line has such gorgeous colors and patterns – so fresh for Spring – that mix and match effortlessly! One drawback? It’s hard to choose which side to use!

Here’s a mini paper bunting garland that can be used in so many craft projects:

Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts
How does it work? You simply take a hold of the strings at the end, and gently pull up (while holding the page down with your other hand) and out pops the garland! Easy!
Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts
The 5th and Frolic line also has an array of whimsical embellishments that will add the perfect finishing touch to your projects. Here’s just a small sampling:
Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line from American Crafts
The buttons are actually decorative brads, and next to them are smaller brads that are covered with fine glitter. The feather embellishments are so pretty up close, as one of the leaves in each pair is made out of burlap. I love the mix of rustic and bling with the colored rhinestones!
What to make, what to make.
I actually started a few different projects, as I had so many ideas. First, I decided to make a large paper medallion using 4 of the 12 x 12 papers, and that’s what I’m going to show you how to make today. Usually I make small paper medallions that can be attached to greeting cards or tags. Today I’m making a large (12-inch diameter) medallion.
The basic premise is to take each sheet of paper and fold it back and forth (think accordian pleats) into a paper fan, like the type most of us made as kids somewhere along the way. I chose 2 of the yellow-gold papers and two of the pale-aqua ones. To make my folds even, I used my trusty bone folder and metal ruler (with the awesome cork no-slip backing).
Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles
 I scored lines in one-inch increments all the way down each piece of paper, like this:
Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

After I folded the paper back and forth, I used my bone folder to smooth down the folds (a) and then made a crease in the middle (b) to make it easy to fold in half.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

To join the two halves together, simply apply some heavy duty craft glue down one of the sides (c), and push the sides together (d). Hold them for about 30 seconds, which might be overkill, to make sure they stick together. Repeat these steps for the 3 remaining papers that will make up the medallion.

Next, glue each of the four sections together using a heavy duty craft glue of your choice. Here’s what the medallion looks like so far:

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

No worries that the center looks a bit wonky, because we will be covering that up with some gorgeous pale aqua glitter paper. You can see I already cut out a circle, in the lower right-hand part of the photo above, to glue on top of the medallion. The glitter paper is also part of the collection from American Crafts and is a good weight for a glitter paper. Some glitter papers I’ve used have been too stiff, others have been way too flimsy, making them hard to work with. This one was very flexible and easy to cut, but also kept it’s shape.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

For the back of the medallion, cut a piece of cardboard, apply your craft glue, and attach this to the center back. To help keep it in place while it dries, gently place a thick book on top. Don’t worry, this paper is sturdy enough to handle it. (And by the way – check out the pretty backsides of the papers I chose. See what I mean about wanting to use both sides of each sheet? Really pretty designs!)

Now it’s time to attach the circle to the front, which is done the same way. First, I take a small scrap of cardboard and glue it to the glitter paper circle. I used a piece from a box of tissues. You know those boxes where you have to tear off a piece of the cardboard to open the tissue area? I keep those. They come in handy for lots of projects. No, I’m not a hoarder. Hah!

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

The glitter paper circle looks almost silver in these images, so I tried to get a closeup (below) so you could see A) how lovely the glitter paper looks; and B) the sweet pale aqua color of the paper.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

You know how scrapbook paper comes with an end piece that you cut off at the bottom? What I love about  the 5th and Frolic line is that these aren’t pieces to then toss or recycle. They are usable pieces, such as this sentiment that I attached to the paper circle. I simple cut it off the bottom of one of the 12 x 12 papers, made ribbon “edges” with scissors, applied some adhesive with a tape runner, and stuck it on!

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

To hang up my paper medallion, I punched two holes at the top of the medallion and then used some matching string (my own) to hang it up in our breakfast room window. I used the paper garland embellishment not only as decoration but as a way to hang my Easter eggs up.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

I show you how I painted these Easter eggs in a separate post. The adhesive-backed letters are also embellishments from the 5th and Frolic line. I love that the letters are raised up on foam, and that the glitter doesn’t come off on your hands.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

Ta-daaaaahh! (That’s me singing!)

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

What I love about this display is that I can  remove the eggs after Easter, and still have a pretty Springtime decoration!

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line is available right now at all Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores – but – it’s only available for a limited time, so you’ll want to take a trip to Jo-Ann’s soon to make sure you don’t miss out.  (Not that you need an excuse for another trip to Jo-Ann’s, am I right?)

You can view the entire 5th and Frolic product line by clicking on this link:  http://tinyurl.com/Fifth-Frolic

And you can get more information on this line and all the other lines that American Crafts produces by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Large Paper Medallion DIY from The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

Stay tuned in the coming days, as I have a few more projects to share that include elements from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line. I definitely couldn’t stop at just one project, which is all you need to know to understand how pleased I am with these products!

~Laura

Disclosure: I was provided with a selection of papers and embellishments from American Crafts to try out and review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are definitely my own!


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Comments

  1. says

    I’m obsessed with those itty bitty pennants! Must have NOW! What fun products for an equally fun creation 🙂

    Amy*

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