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collage nested in an old door

July 10, 2011

Last year while creating homemade package decorations and Christmas tree trimmings, I fell under the spell of making pretty crafty things with paper. I wanted to try something on a much much larger scale.

First, I made a small prototype.  Next I expanded the creative thinking with a nod to mosaic artistry and completed a project that I hope to continue producing, along with Cristybella under the label loveprints.

But now.  It is time.  Time for the collage that has been forming in my mind since the early moments of 2011.  So I procured a 2-panel wooden door from the architectural salvage shop.  Cut into two pieces, the larger panel serves as both canvas and frame for this project.  (Another project will emerge for the smaller panel, no worries there.)


an artful combination of paper stripes complete the collage.  sourced from my collection of road maps, reproduction cartographs and stamped paper.


together, they make a colorful collage that complements the architecturally historical canvas upon which it is composed.  the door itself, a well preserved hardwood piece, still has its original latching mechanism and the worn edges hint at its age.

combined with a few other pieces from the permanent Cristy & Diane collection, it adds character and dimension to the hallway space that now serves as an artful pathway leading into our home.  Not so long ago, this pretty hallway was empty.  What were we thinking?!


We needed to relocate the abaci from the guest room-office to accommodate an oversized photo pinboard now taking residence in that spot.  But happily, the 2 abacus pieces are charming in their new landing place.


Thank you for joining me on this little tour.   This particular collage project was thrilling to produce!  Hope you have had a wonderful weekend 🙂



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33 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 7:31 pm

    Oh yeah. I do love it. I saw a similar project done on a smaller scale with junk mail but this is just uber cool. I think it is worthy of a name. I am reading my mail and just got your previous post. I really am not a crazy stalker. 🙂

  2. July 11, 2011 1:07 am

    Yup…I do remember you sharing the prototype back in June.

    And can I just tell you how much I love your use of the door?? I have this thing about old doors and window frames – I LOVE EM’!

    Once again, Diane….you blow me away with your creativity.


    You’re hallway looks faaaaaabulous! Hope you ladies had a delightful weekend!

    X to you both!

  3. July 11, 2011 2:06 am

    How pretty! I’ll have to show this to DD2. It’s something she would like to do for her house.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I’ll hope you’ll come see the nursery I helped create for my first grandchild.


  4. July 11, 2011 2:28 am

    What an interesting piece for your awesome hall!

  5. July 11, 2011 2:31 am

    Diane, this is GORGEOUS…and such a clever way to use up those pretty and interesting scraps of paper! I am also loving the way they work with worn look of the frame. The grouping on the hallway wall looks lovely. You are an artist!
    P.S. Love the two abacus you hung in that grouping!!!

  6. July 11, 2011 2:38 am

    It is gorgeous! The entire wall is perfection. Your home is breathtaking.

  7. July 11, 2011 2:58 am

    This is an amazing project!! All the elements you used work so well together…it looks like a quilt. Your entire hallway is so charming with all the interesting pieces. Very nice job!!

  8. July 11, 2011 11:33 am

    What a beautiful entry! It is truly gorgeous.

  9. July 11, 2011 5:31 pm

    Oh, wow! You are a true artist! It would look at home in just about any space~modern, traditional or something more vintage. Great work, Diane!

  10. July 11, 2011 7:58 pm

    Wow that is incredible!! What a beautiful work of art and it looks so great in that space next to your other charming decor on the wall. You can tell you have a great eye for decorating and your home is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. July 12, 2011 3:53 am

    very nice

  12. July 12, 2011 2:00 pm

    Really beautiful! Love the look.

  13. July 12, 2011 2:18 pm

    This is gorgeous and a fab idea! I am going to try this with vintage music sheets!
    Visiting from Amaze Me Monday.

  14. July 12, 2011 4:31 pm

    You have a gorgeous entryway! I love the arrangement of your artwork on the walls and your hardwood floors are breath taking!!

  15. July 12, 2011 7:19 pm

    wow, that hallway looks amazing! love the gallery wall effect with the doors!

  16. July 12, 2011 8:53 pm

    This looks awesome!! So cool how you used old maps and stuff to make the collage – love the pops of color! I’m currently working on a door project too so seeing this is great! I’m sure you’ll do something awesome with the small half too! You have a gorgeous home!

  17. July 13, 2011 1:22 am

    Beautiful hallway! I love your combinations of color and pattern in this piece! I so envy your dark hardwood floors too. Now following you

  18. July 13, 2011 3:47 am

    I’m loving this idea! Since I love fabric, I’m thinking this would be a great fabric project as well as paper! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. July 13, 2011 6:11 am

    Amazing project. Love it!

  20. July 13, 2011 10:57 am

    I love the door! So clever and pretty. Your hallway is beautiful. What a gracious entry into your home.

    Have a great day.


  21. July 13, 2011 1:44 pm

    I can not wait to see what you do with the smaller panel! ! I would love to be a fly on your walls! The hallway looks absolutely lovely!

  22. July 14, 2011 9:18 pm

    first of all i’m still jealous of your hard wood floors!!!! so beautiful.

    that was an awesome idea. i love anything old and anything involving paper!

  23. July 15, 2011 12:23 pm

    This is such a cool project!! Love that old door!!

  24. July 15, 2011 7:13 pm

    That center hallway is to die for! The project is spot on and the abici are terrific.

  25. July 15, 2011 10:18 pm

    Love this, and I really love your hall, a beautiful entrance

  26. July 15, 2011 10:18 pm

    I really like this project…really. And, your hallway is very striking indeed.

  27. July 21, 2011 9:47 pm

    Love the piece and love the hall! I was just given three old window frames from a 1800s house here in Sweden. Two of them have glass, one doesn’t. Hmmm…thoughts are ticking!

  28. July 30, 2011 7:55 am

    I really love it! looks great i love the texture


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