Back in October I pinned a beautiful book page garland from Gina at Shabby Creek Cottage…
Isn’t hers lovely? I was working on my Christmas mantel and it was needing a garland of some sort.
So I got out my trusty Norton for some wonderful book pages and followed Gina’s directions. I didn’t do a very good job, though, because it was looking ugly. Maybe my pages were too thin, or there was some crispness lacking since I didn’t die my pages in coffee or tea.
But not one to give up, I cut my pages in half and started over.
The ruffle/fans were coming together very nicely.
I made some lovely puffs. But the garland-ness that Gina did so wonderfully was just.not.happening.
Finally, after two hours and just this bit of a mess to show for it (my original full page garland is in the back), I gave up. Plus, when I put my attempt of a garland on the mantel, the look was so wrong. Book page-ness so did not match the decorations already in play. So guess where this all went? Um yeah. The trash. It felt kind of good to just label it a fail and not feel the need to fix it in any way.
If you have the perfect spot for a book page garland, try Gina’s tutorial and follower her directions well. I think you really will end up loving it. Or, go my direction, and turn those puffs into a wreath. I think that would look amazing. I just didn’t have the time or desire to do more.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t be afraid to label a project a fail and just move on!