DIY Scrapbook Paper Letters

I decided to take on some relatively easy wedding projects recently. If you recall, I was inspired by this image:

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Image via: Style Me Pretty / Photography by: Adria Peaden

I love the soft, romantic color palette and I thought the concept would work well in our Marie Antoinette inspired wedding. I dashed off to the craft store and returned with the supplies I needed to complete this project. I bought the letters, the scrapbook paper, and the spray adhesive at Michaels. I love their teacher discount! I bought the self-healing mat on Amazon.com. Click HERE for a link to the same product that I purchased. This project is super easy and would be great for a DIY beginner!

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  • wooden or papier mache letters (found at craft stores)
  • scrapbook paper
  • spray adhesive
  • X-Acto knife
  • self-healing mat

Step 1: Prep Your Letters

The letters I bought for the “LOVE” sign were already white. However, I bought a larger pair of letters that are black and which will need to be painted white before I can attach the scrapbook paper. The second set of letters are “E” and “G” to represent our initials. I’m not sure how we will use them yet, but I’m sure they will find a suitable place in our collection of wedding decor!

Step 2: Pick Out Your Papers

I chose to use a different paper design for each letter. I wanted to make sure the patterns looked cohesive together, so I played around with each paper before settling on my final choice. You can also make uniform letters in all the same color or design. Think about all the amazing glitter and metallic papers available these days! So many incredible options!

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Personal photo / My fiance is doing the work here!

Step 3: Spray Adhesive on Letter

Place your letters on some scrap cardboard or another safe work surface and spray on the adhesive. It only needs a light coat. If it is applied too thick it might take too long to dry. My fiance is holding the adhesive spray a little too close to the letters in the above photo.

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Personal photo / My fiance is doing the work here!

Step 4: Attach Letter to Paper

The scrapbook paper I used was double sided, so I made sure it was the back of the paper design I had chosen and gently laid the letter adhesive-side down onto the paper. Press gently to push out any air bubbles.

Step 5: Let the Adhesive Dry

I gave the letters about 15 minutes to set before moving on to the next step. If the adhesive is still wet, it could cause the paper to bunch up when you cut it with the X-Acto knife.

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Personal photo / My fiance is doing the work here!

Step 6: Cut Off Paper

Using a firm motion, trace around each letter with the X-Acto knife. Don’t be too hasty or press too hard or else it could tear the paper and ruin your project!

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Personal photo / The final product!

Step 7: Revel in Your Accomplishment!

And that’s it! This is such an easy and simple project. But please take your time and be careful using the X-Acto knife as they are very sharp! I am going to repeat these steps with our initial letters later. I’m still deciding whether or not I want to use the same approach with the different paper patterns or something entirely different. I have a map of Paris that I might use instead!

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Will you be incorporating letters like these on your big day?

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:54 am

    Awww I love those! And they will be a cute decoration for your home after the wedding too!

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 7:15 am

    Your personal photo looks like it should be in a magazine! Are those pieces in the background also part of your wedding decor?? :)

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    miss-care-bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:20 am

    They turned out even better than your inspiration pic! And they go great with your milkglass collection :)

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    jaykayel 84 posts, Worker bee @ 7:22 am

    So so so cute! I have a blank “e” on my wall at home (my initial) – I think I am going to spice it up with this.

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    anjanettethomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:28 am

    Love this project. I made a monogram for our bedroom like this but I used mod podge..Never thought about spray adhesive which I have in my arsenal of supplies..I also used ribbon to hang on wall..No drill to put holes..Great job!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:44 am

    These look beautiful!! Now I’m tempted to make them. ;)

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:44 am

    That looks SO good! I fought with yarn and glitter for ours — this would have been way easier. :)

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    Mrs. Gray Wolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:59 am

    perfect! what camera do you use? your pics look awesome…

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:00 am

    Love your finished project, they look amazing!

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:06 am

    I really like the colors, they look great.

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 10:21 am

    They’re great!

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    miss-pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 10:28 am

    Curious too…. what kind of camera and editing software do you use???
    Lovely DIY project!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:51 am

    I second @Miss Blue Whale – these look so professional and beautiful! I love them!

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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 12:55 pm

    @Miss Pez: & @Miss Gray Wolf: I use a Nikon D80. It’s an older DSLR I bought in 2008, but I love it. I process all my photos in Photoshop CS5. Thanks for the compliments though guys! :)

    @Miss Blue Whale: Thank you! And yes, that is only a tiny fraction of my milk glass collection. I have at least 85 pieces of milk glass stashed over our kitchen cabinets.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    Oh wow, I love these: they look great and you definitely do have a great camera/photography skills to capture them!

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    Mrs. Sparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:25 pm

    Whoa! That turned out so amazing! I seriously thought the final photo was a Martha Stewart picture or something :)

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    DustyRose 324 posts, Helper bee @ 9:14 pm

    These are lovely, I hope you don’t mind if I Pin your pic as my inspiration!

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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:50 pm

    @Mrs. Sparkler: Thank you!! I used my ombre/gradient dyed pink fabric sheet for a backdrop. Now I’m tempted to keep one instead of cut it up so I can always have a cool photo backdrop when needed!

    @dustyrose: I’m glad you liked them! Pin away!

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 3:38 am

    Those are so cute! I may make them.

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