July 08, 2014

Mon Paris

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Artist and designer, Joel Henriques, has devoted himself to making arts and crafts both accessible and meaningful. His website, Made by Joel, encourages everyone, regardless of economic means, skill level or age to participate in the collective, creative process.

When he created Paper City of Paris, I knew I had to make something--I found it irresistible!

And since the Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp is start from scratch, it was just the push I needed.

I started with a 4.5" x 8.25" basswood tray found in the clearance aisle at my local crafts store. I used an online image of an old Paris postcard that I cropped and printed to fit the tray. I cut-out Joel's paper city (the travel-size version) and used craft foam on the back of a few pieces to give it dimension. The garland, bird and border were cut from scrapbook papers.

I encourage you to visit Joel's website (especially if you have young children). If you use this paper city, there's a Facebook page where you can post your creation. Other cities are also available including Sidney and he has future plans for London and Barcelona.