The metal portion of my medals started out as mini tart tins that I found at a thrift store. I smashed them flat (which did pain me a smidge, I will admit) and used that as my starting point.
The paper centers of my medals were punched with a 2" circle punch. The bird is from patterned paper (the Painted Passport collection), while the typewriter is from a vintage kid's book and the travel girl is from Bo Bunny's Calendar Girl collection.
I made the ribbons on my medals from all sorts of different patterned paper, which I cut and outlined with a black Sharpie pen. I used my Crop-A-Dile tool to cut holes in my paper, then set eyelets within the holes. I threaded wire through the eyelets.
I stuck the wires to the backs of my medals with strong glue, then I connected more wire to the top and looped it around safety pins to mimic the pin element of traditional medals.
Lastly, I added the medal titles (Bird Babe, Writer and Adventurer), which I printed in Word. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as my cute little niece would say!
These medals were a lot of fun to make and were a great way to use up some of my patterned paper scraps. Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:
I know we all have tons o' patterned paper, so I can't wait to see how you use it this week for our challenge! Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!