Thursday Thoughts: My Goodbye Stranger crafts project!
I realize it's Friday (not the ideal time for Thursday Thoughts), but this is when I could get this post put together, so here it is! Also, I think it bears noting that this is likely my last regular Thursday Thoughts post until December—I'm going to be frantically busy once again with college classes starting this Monday.
So what do I have for today? Well, a few weeks ago when I reviewed Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead for the third (yes, third) time, I realized that, even if I couldn't re-read the book all the time, I wanted a way to re-experience some of the passages from the book whenever I wanted. Thus began my crafts project, in which the aim was to create a display for my copy of Goodbye Stranger that would showcase some of my favorite quotes from the book AND match the aesthetic of the book's beautiful cover!
(Please note: The quotes on my display contain SPOILERS, so I recommend not reading them within the images if you can help it.)
Step 1: Think about the design!
Before you buy supplies, you'll need to decide what color scheme you think will best complement your book's cover. I decided to use the yellow accent color from the cover (shown below) as the main background color for contrast. I originally planned to use the orange accent color prominently on the project as well, but you'll see that blue became the primary accent color and orange played a very minor role.
The project also uses a canvas, and you'll want to think about if you need a stand for the canvas, and if you do, what size stand you need to hold both the canvas AND the book in front of it. (It helps to bring the book with you to your crafts store of choice—and while you're at it, considering the endlessly problematic nature of Hobby Lobby, try shopping at Michaels or Joann!)
Step 2: Get your supplies!
I made a trip to Michaels for most of my supplies, and then I picked up some additional items at Walmart as my plans changed. Here's the gist of what you'll need:
- The book you want to feature
- A canvas
- I used the Artist's Loft Back-Stapled Traditional Canvas, 16 x 20 in., from Michaels.
- A stand for the canvas
- This is optional—I purchased one previously, but I ended up just propping the canvas up on my shelf, as you'll see.
- I planned to use the Recollections Citrus Cardstock Paper, 8.5 x 11 in., from Michaels, but I also ended up using Colorbök Pastel Cardstock, 8.5 x 11 in., that I already owned.
- Paint for the canvas
- I used FolkArt Glossy Acrylic Paint in 11820 Sunlight from Michaels.
- Decoupage glue
- I used Mod Podge Gloss, 16 fl oz., from Michaels.
- Brushes for the paint and decoupage
- I used the Craft Smart Combo Foam Brush Set from Michaels.
- Decorations of choice
- I used Go Create! Adhesive Gemstones and Offray Mini Sheer Ribbon Flowers in Turquoise, both from Walmart.
- And things you probably already own, like:
- Elmer's Glue
(Note the sneak preview of the book I'm reviewing tomorrow!)
That's it! Now I have a display for my favorite book of all time that's not only cute, but also lets me re-read some of my favorite quotes from the book whenever I want to.
Now it's your turn—if this project sounds good to you, try it out! And if you post a photo of it on your blog or social media page, post a link in the comments below—I'd love to see what you come up with!
Thursday Thoughts will be mostly going on hiatus after this post, but rest assured that my Monday reviews will remain as frequent and ramble-y as ever—I'll see you then!