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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hi everyone!

I had a heap of old CDs from when my husband used to by PC User magazine. They are all out-of-date, but being the hoarder I am I saved them for 'later'. Glad I did, this wall hanging was SUPER EASY and SUPER FAST! I had some papers from Basic Grey (Sugared) that I was saving for something. I love shabby chic, so this paper suited perfectly! I used sand paper to lightly sand the entire CD, then painted the back side with white paint (you can cover with paper, which I think would finish it off better). I then used my Fiskars shape cutting tool to 'cut' around the CDs with the paper under the CD with the 'wrong' side up. It worked beautifully and took just seconds!

I stuck the paper to the CD with my ATG gun (use any strong glue/tape). I then used my cropodile to punch holes in the CDs for the wire (or ribbon would also look great!) to connect the CDs. Then I sanded the edges to bond the paper to the CDs a bit more. I painted the edges (rather than inking) with white acrylic paint. After this dries, it's time for the fun bit of decorating each CD as you wish. You can use photos, magazine clippings that you have matted onto cardstock- anything! It all depends on what theme you have chosen to do.

Here, I chose to do a 'title' CD (or page if it were a mini-album) and embellished with really pretty crystals that were picked up from Spotlight in the Florist section. I stamped the title 'OUR FAMILY' on to some very old music paper ( I love the natural colour and texture) and then sealed it with Jo Sonya Satin Varnish, just to stop the brittle paper from aging any more. I 'antiqued' a decorative chipboard flourish with paint, crackle medium and Dimentional Magic to seal it then added some bling. The crystal ribbon was brought from my local cheapie shop (like a $2 shop).

Continue to embellish the other CDs (as many as you like). I used old brass picture hanging wire (to coincide with the shabby chic/antique look), with a heart earring base (?) (from Spotlight jewellery section) in the middle of each piece. To finish off, I tied some pink ribbon to the top and base of each CD (as shown). I used a large paper clip and hot-glued this to the back of the 'title' CD at the top.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!!

* Thanks to Leah Fung for the paper clip/hot glue idea!!

Thanks for looking.
Bye for now,

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