Monday, October 17, 2016

Artists Printer Trays

A Great Idea

My first project using the 7 Gypsies Printer Trays was
for my mother in law's 90th Birthday.
You can check out that project by following
I really fell in love with these trays because
of their versatility and you can add so much 
detail to them which provides a cute decor 
project to a shelf or cabinet in your home.

The year after my father passed away,
my mother planned a Christmas in the Smokey Mountains.
I am not one that likes being away from home
during the holidays, but my father always loved
the Smoky Mountains and this is what my mother 
wanted to do for the holidays so .....I went for her...
knowing that my entire family wasn't going to be able to go. 
I decided I would plan a project to give to every family that went.
I have three brothers and a sister, and my mom and of course I had to 
have one too! 
I thought that since this was for the holidays...there would be lots 
of pictures taken.....and you can put quite a few favorite photos in 
these that is how this idea came about...another tray project.
.......Times 6.....

 This project brought me so much joy.  I ended up
giving my tray to my nephew and his wife who ended up coming
to the mountains for a few days.  I had already made them a
"FAVORITES" mini book, but they both really loved the tray....
I can always make another one for myself...
(a project for another day).
The paper, bells, and ribbon and the small wreath all came
from the Paper Studio Collections at Hobby Lobby.
The small bear is just an image I got on line and
mounted on chipboard.  Everything else is either handmade
or a Tim Holtz or Sizzix die.  The snow on the embellishments
 is Ranger Adirondack Snow Cap acrylic paint.
 Here are a few close ups of the projects progress.
I began by making my embellishments.  I wanted to 
have everything made so all I would have to do is glue
the embellishments on when I was ready for them.

This Christmas Tray was a big hit!   Everyone loved their gift
and I feel so proud when I visit my sibilings homes and my mom's house
and see their trays sitting out with photos from that special Christmas.
And.....Yes, I ended up
adding pictures to my mom's tray for her.  

This next tray is not one of my designs, however,
I have to tell you that I am really TERRIBLE about
following directions on a project.......especially if I feel
as if it doesn't apply to me. Don't ever be afraid to change
a design if it doesn't work for you. 
As you look at the directions, you can see this project was designed
for a couple with one child...I have two boys...both grown,
so I changed it to fit my needs.  

   I went shopping at Archivers,
there use to be a store near me, with some
girlfriends and we found their tray project and of course 
purchased it.  
 Archivers Wall Art:
My completed tray:

( sorry for the glare in the middle of this)
Here are a few close up photos of my project:

If you look closely at the directions, you can 
see I didn't use all of the embellishments provided.
I will use them in another project some day in
the future.  LOL!!!!

There are many different sizes of trays available 
for purchase.  This tray is the one that came in my kit.
If you notice my photos didn't fit in the sections 
perfectly...they were too large.  I ended up measuring
them and then very carefully cut them to where 
they fit in the section right next to each other.
The most important fact to remember when doing
this is to not cut someone's face in half. 

I also used Tim's thinlits Shape Strip die (hearts).
This die is sooo versatile..I love all the little designs.
Perfect details for small places.

The paper provided in this project was by Simple
Stories, Documented.
I love this paper line and was so excited to realize I had some of it.
I actually needed to use some of it for the background.
One of the quotes I wanted to use was too large, soooo
I just made my own to fit my needs.
I love how this tray turned out and I have it
sitting on a cabinet in my kitchen where I can look at
 That is what this "SCRAPPY WORLD" of ours
is all about....Creating and Sharing our memories!

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  1. These are both amazing Mylissa. Great project!

    1. Hey Hey Hey Team Clark.....thank you so much for visiting and leaving some "Scrappy Love!"