Paradise Beach Bookends (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone
I have an altered project up on the Echo Park Blog today. These bookend drawers using the fabulously colorful Paradise Beach Collection are sure to brighten up any child’s bedroom (or your own desk if you can’t bear to part with them..)
I painted and assembled the drawers, but decided the plain blue color was too bold so I took a paint dauber and some white paint and just softened the stark color a little. It actually looks like surf too which was an added bonus! Each drawer is decorated with a few handmade embellishments – and you can see below just how I made these.  

Many of the Echo Park Collections consist of papers and stickers – which leaves plenty of room for incorporating other tools you might have in your scrap-stash. I bet heaps of you have got Cuttlebug dies lying around and might not use them much now, especially if you have a digital die-cut machine, but I love them as they can cut quite thick material such as cardboard. Here is how to make your own glossy chipboard embellishments.

  1. Cut two layers of cardboard and one of paper from your chosen shape
  2. Glue the 2 layers of card together and then glue the paper on top
  3. Using Versamark, cover the paper side of your chipboard piece (with larger pieces I find it easy to push the piece onto the pad carefully and move it around to get a good coverage)
  4. Sprinkle Clear Embossing powder over the image, shake off excess and return to pot BEFORE next step!
  5. Using a heat gun, melt the embossing power until it is evenly glossy all over

These little embellishments are great for cards and a good way to use up cereal boxes! I usually cut and glue 3 layers for those to ensure a sturdy piece. Check out these other examples!

Hope you have enjoyed these – please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.
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  • Reply HawaiianLibrarian June 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    OMGosh, this is the best summer project ever! If I made this altered bookend I wouldn't be able to give it away; if I rec'd this dazzling drawer unit I would treasure it on my desk! Mahalo for sharing a fabulous project.

  • Reply lisa808 June 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Awesome summer/beach themed project!

  • Reply Debra Kapellakis June 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    WOW! That or those are gorgeous.

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