Fact: I’m not very good at paper crafts.
I remember receiving a paper doll when I was little. She had nice dresses, hats, bags, and even shoes. Super cute. All I had to do was tear the doll and the clothes out of a sheet of board, and I could start playing.
It was supposed to be easy, after all it was a kid’s toy. It had those tear-away sides, the ones that are punched with little holes so you can easily pull the pieces apart.
I ended up tearing off a few tabs on a few pieces, so some accessories couldn’t be secured properly onto the doll. I think I also ripped one of the bag handles. Scotch tape to the rescue!
Years later, my mom tried to get my brother and I interested in origami. While Boyong was making paper cranes in no time, all I ever made was a paper wallet and half a box. Half lang because it took me forever to finish just that. Lol!
So, there, paper isn’t really my friend. So truthfully, I wasn’t all that interested in decoupage at the beginning when my partner in Crafternooning, Michelle, first asked if I wanted to try it out.
Then I figured I should give it a shot. I did my research and eventually got excited about it. It’s a good thing that I did because I actually made something nice during our intimate session with Ingrid of Heisl Paper Napkin Creations.
Isn’t it so pretty? It’s the perfect going away gift, too, for my sister who is off to NYC in just a few days. I gave this to her a few days after the class, and she loved it!
There are three fantastic things I learned about decoupage from my experience that day.
First, decoupage is so relaxing. There were several moments during our afternoon session when the room became completely quiet. It was completely serene. I think that the rhythmic brush movements and seeing the project come together under my fingertips was what did it for me.
Second, with decoupage, there’s room for mistakes. Thank goodness for that. First step pa lang, I made a mistake already. I cut my napkin wrong! Told you I’m no good with paper. Fortunately, Ingrid showed me how I could still save my napkin, and my project. The finish product will tell you that it was a success.
Third, it’s hard not to make something pretty with decoupage. Really. This means that it’s good for the crafting-challenged, like me! The possibilities are endless. I’ve even seen some advanced decoupage projects on Pinterest where people make collages out of the paper that they use. So nice!
The nice thing about working with Ingrid is that she has these amazing napkin designs, so you have so much to choose from for your project. It actually took us quite a while to decide on our final napkin designs before getting started.
Mish and I enjoyed the class and working with her so much that we’ve decided to put together another class. This time it will be open to anyone who wants to join us.
Our next Decoupage Crafternoon with Heisl is scheduled on August 26, 11AM at Draft in Molito, Alabang. Fill out to form below to sign up, and then wait for us to email you the payment instructions so you can secure your slot. Workshop fee is PHP2,000, and includes a workshop kit and lunch.
Hope I see you guys there!