When I think of simple elegance, the image of Audrey Hepburn often springs to mind. The little black dress, a simple strand of pearls, the perfect shade of lipstick.
She was always impeccable.
I also think of one of her most iconic characters - Holly Golightly. To chase away the "mean reds," all Holly needed to do was jump into a taxi and head straight to Tiffany's. I'm not going to lie - that would certainly lift my spirits, too!
Recently I had ordered one of the Scraps by the Pound packs from Canvas Corp. It's a wonderful way to receive an introduction to their products -- but, in many cases, it is items that are being phased out. Nevertheless, it's a great creative adventure, because you never know what treasures await you and beckon for you to transform them into something amazing.
I was thrilled to discover that among the treats in my recent pack was a card with one of Audrey's memorable quotes, "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
That was my springboard.
I knew I wanted to create something that was a bit of a mashup of Audrey and Holly - playing up my favorite qualities of both women.
This is what I came up with - a tag and mini composition book. The tag uses the card from the pack, as well as a few other pieces of paper that were both decadent and evocative of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Next, I punched out a few small snowflakes, and edged them. They are finished off with a flat-back adhesive gem.
The mini composition book uses a piece of gorgeous flocked paper from the scrap pack - and get a load of that blue! I knew I'd need to find a way to match it. I used a length of my ivory satin ribbon (I typically order ribbon in bulk on a spool in ivory, then custom dye it to match my project). In this case, to make the ribbon blue, I combined two colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Mallard, and Agate Bien. I accented the binding of the book with two rows of gemstone trim, and used a leftover Christmas crystal to use as the charm on the front. Inside the front cover is a small image of the lovely Miss Hepburn herself.
The end result isn't too over-the-top Christmas-y -- in fact, you could use the tag well into January or even as part of a Valentine gift (here in the Midwest, we often have snow well into March).
So, the next time you find yourself having a case of the "mean reds," you may want to consider snapping up one of these scrap packages for yourself. It's a lot more economical than a trip to Tiffany's, and with a bit of time and creativity, you can create your own masterpiece.