Friday, July 30, 2010

New Tote

Friday, July 30, 2010
My neighbor asked me to make a tote for her daughter to give as a gift. She brought me the fabric she wanted me to use- I LOVE IT! I think I might have to go buy some for myself.
I love having the black on the bottom to keep the white background from showing too much dirt. And I love the hot pink inside!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paper Covered Clipboard Tutorial

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Covering a clipboard with paper is pretty easy, but I have found out a few tricks (after making dozens of these) that might come in handy.
This is my first tutorial, so any feedback would be great.

First you'll need a clipboard, paper, mod podge, old credit card (or something to smooth out the paper, craft knife, emery board or sand paper, paint (optional) and ribbon (also optional)

If you decide you want to paint the clipboard (so the edges aren't the kraft color, and if you don't want the back plain) you will want to do that first and allow it to dry. On this one I liked the natural look of the MDF without the paint.

Next you'll cut out the paper to fit the clipboard. It's a good idea to make a template out of copy paper before you cut into your scrapbook paper, it will help with the adjustments for the "clip" part. A regular 12X12 piece of paper will be just short for a standard clipboard, so I like to use a coordinating piece to fill in the gap- at the top or the bottom, instead of trying to "piece" together a repeat in the pattern. I also cut the paper just a "smidge" (very technical) larger than the clipboard, it's nice to have some "fudge" room when gluing the paper down. Do a test run with the paper to make sure you're happy with the fit.
Cover the clipboard with a thin layer of Mod Podge and place your paper on top. This is where the credit card comes in handy to help smooth all the air bubbles out.

Let dry.
When it's dry I like to take a craft knife around the edges and trim up the paper, it's easier than trying to perfectly line up the edges from the beginning.

After the big pieces are cut off, go back with an emery board and file off any rough edges.
Put a coat of Mod Podge over the top, making sure to seal all the edges on the board. * if you get bubbles at this point DO NOT PANIC! they will go away, just allow it to dry for 24 hours. You will be tempted to mess with it, and mess with it, DON'T. Just trust me 99% of the time they dry out!
Take small 3-4 inch sections of coordinating ribbon and tie on the bar of the clipboard and you are done!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coming Soon

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
A tutorial on How to Make your own customized clipboard. Look for it later this week.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Calendar Re-do

Monday, July 12, 2010
I wasn't happy with the way the numbers looked, and I was kind of over the colors in my earlier version of the calendar, so I decided to re-do the magnets to lighten it up a little bit.
I found these awesome glass tiles on etsy (I don't remember where, but if you really want me to find out I'm sure I can.)
(sorry about the pics, it's hard to get rid of the glare on the metal)
I love how much more open and crisp the tiles look since they are uniform. It's also a lot easier to see the numbers since I tried to choose lighter papers this time.

This is the finished calendar. I screwed some cup hooks in the side and bottom to hold the clipboards/ event calendar (which doubles as a month marker). I plan on re-doing the event calendar to look like the clipboard below, which I made for my mom's birthday.
She has it sitting on a shelf with a small easel and it looks great. I need to get going on mine so everything will go together.
(the papers I used on the calendar are American Crafts Blue Skies, the Happy Birthday paper is from Joann's)

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