Ideas for Scrapping on Canvas

Dana Hinders
A scrapbook page on canvas makes unique artwork for your home.

There are many ideas for scrapping on canvas that can be used to make affordable and unique wall art for your home. Instead of spending several hundred dollars on pricey home décor, use your creative talents to design something that's sure to earn rave reviews.

Fun Ideas for Scrapping on Canvas

Scrapbook pages created on canvas can be designed to work well with any style of home décor. Canvas scrapbook pages also make great personalized gifts for friends and family. Consider the following ideas for scrapping on canvas:

  • Scrapbook a picture of your children together to create wall art for their playroom.
  • Pair a photo of the plants in your garden with your family name to create a "Welcome" sign for the front of your home.
  • Combine a newborn's first photo with his/her birth stats to make a sweet decoration for the nursery.
  • Use a photo of your son in his favorite Halloween costume or your daughter opening up a special Christmas gift to make a unique holiday decoration.
  • Use a wedding photo to create a housewarming gift for a newly married couple.

How to Scrapbook on Canvas

If you're already an avid scrapbooker, you probably have most of the supplies you need to begin scrapping on canvas already in your stash. The only item you should need to purchase is a pre-stretched artist canvas, typically available from a craft store such as Hobby Lobby or Michael's Crafts. Canvases are available in sizes ranging from 5x5 to 36x36 or larger. However, larger sizes of canvas will be significantly more expensive. To stick to your budget, watch for sales and coupons before you start your project.

Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam paint brush
  • Copies of relevant photos
  • Acrylic paint
  • Patterned paper
  • Rub-ons or stickers
  • Flowers, buttons, chipboard, ribbon, or other dimensional scrapbook embellishments
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Use acrylic paint to create the background for your canvas. Let dry completely.
  2. Adhere photos and patterned paper with Mod Podge.
  3. Add rub-ons, stickers, or other flat embellishments.
  4. Coat the entire canvas with two or three layers of Mod Podge to seal and protect your work, allowing the canvas to dry for several hours between coats.
  5. When the canvas has completely dried, use the hot glue gun to attach chipboard, buttons, flowers, and other dimensional embellishments.

Tips for Creating Canvas Wall Art

The process for scrapping on canvas is basically like creating any other type of scrapbook layout. However, there are a few special points you may want to consider:

  • Choose one or two large photos for your project. While multi-photo layouts are fine for scrapbooking in your everyday family albums, canvas wall art needs to have more of a dramatic impact. A few 5x7 shots or an 8x10 surrounded by attractive embellishments will make more of an impression than several smaller photos.
  • Keep journaling to a minimum. Although an ordinary scrapbook layout usually tells the story behind the pictures, a page created as canvas wall art should be fairly self explanatory. A name, date, quote, or a few short descriptive words should be all you need for this project.
  • For color scheme ideas, look to your home décor or the latest interior design magazines. If the colors you want to use don't match your photos, simply use your favorite digital image editing software to convert the pictures to black and white or a sepia tone. If you're planning to group together a collection of smaller canvases, this is also a great way to give the collection a unified look.
  • Consider making a smaller version of your layout on regular cardstock to make sure you like the placement of your photos, journaling, and embellishments. This will save you from wasting time on a large project that doesn't turn out quite like you had hoped.

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Ideas for Scrapping on Canvas