Because I've been admiring Yvonne's lacy photo canvases ( her blog is Do More With Less) for awhile, I decided to try one but in my style and with the purpose of making an earring holder. I started by covering a canvas purchase at Ben Franklin Crafts. I simply glued the lace (from my ancient stash) over the edges of the canvas. I let some of the lace hang over the bottom edge because I liked the scalloped effect. The whole scene started because I had leftover die cut eggs and a chocolate bunny that I really appealed to me. (See previous posts to learn the info on the products used.) To further fill out the scene I used a die cut dress form, thread spool and button which were made using a Tim Holtz die. I used Tim Holtz crackle paint to distress the dress form and spool. I further embellished the die cut cardboard pieces with Viva cream paints. The printed paper dress forms were cut from a 12x12 Bo Bunny card stock.
Ribbon and flowers were added to a corner of the lace covered canvas. After trying out the earring holder, I decided that the space left for the earrings was too small to hold many earrings and the result was too busy anyway. Next I thought maybe this decorated canvas could be used to hold memos or photos. I purposely did not glue down the diagonal edge of the striped paper and the top edges of the dress forms so that I could stick papers behind them. I also made some butterfly stick pins to aid in securing memorabilia.
However, after adding some papers into the pocket and behing the dress forms I still felt the whole piece was again too busy and would be even worse with photos. I really like the overall look of the original lacy canvas but now I need another purpose for it.