Monday, April 23, 2012

Altered Mini-Chipboard Wall Hanging

Here is a super cute tutorial for ya, and in plenty of time for Mother's Day! 
Of course, you can easily adapt to any holiday, occasion or home decor. Enjoy!'

Mini Chipboard Coasters or any chipboard
Paint- you can use spray paint like I did or your preference
Patterned paper & Cardstock
Adhesive & 3D Foam squares
Mod Podge
Scissors, Craft knife or Trimmer
Straight edge- gift card, Credit card or brayer for smoothing
Sandpaper or sanding block

First Gather up all your Supplies. I'm just showing what all I gathered up. I didn't end up using everything, but I wanted to collect a few coordinating supplies and work from that pile. 

Grab your sanding block or sandpaper and sand down the shiny or patterned size of the coaster. This will rough up the surface and will make the paint and Mod Podge adhere better. If you are using naked chipboard you won't need to do this step.

I don't have a picture of this step, but it's pretty easy... 
Paint your chipboard the desired color and let it completely dry before moving on to the next step.  ( I usually paint all sides: the front, back and edges.)

Once painted, trace around the coaster onto patterned paper or cardstock then cut out. 

You are now going to apply your Mod Podge to the chipboard then add your paper. 
Be sure to use a straight edge to work out any air bubbles. 

Trim you mat down to 3.5"x 3.5". Distress edges with distresser or sandpaper. 
Then ink edges of mat and adhere to coaster. I used 3D foam squares to add some dimension. 

Mark where your ribbon will go (at the 1" and 3" markings). 
Figure out where and how you want to place all your embellishments. It's best to do this before you actually punch holes so you allow room for everything and so you don't end up punching holes in your embellishments or photo later. 

Punch holes, add embellishments, and ribbon for hanging 
(I used about 10 inches to have enough to hang and tie off.) 

Eureka! Look how it all came together and so cute!!!

You can display this easily on a little easel. I got mine at Michaels. 

Or you can use it as a wall hanging. 

No matter how you chose to display it, I'm sure it will look super cute! 

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to know what you think!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Scrapbook Challenge Throwdown: Day Five

Here is another layout from the Throwdown. Let me just say, I'm so glad I was able to go on a Scrapbook retreat a while back, or I would have had a hard time getting any of these layouts done! I think it might be time for another one! Oh honey..... :-)  LOL

Anyhow, Day Five Challenge was using handmade embellishments. I love this! As someone who has a never ending stash of "old" supplies, I try to make new embellishments whenever I can. Die-cutting machines such as the Cricut or Silhouette and even punches or decorative scissors can make this task super easy and cute! 

So here is my layout for Day Five. 

My Sweet baby boy. He was so tiny and new! It just melts my heart seeing him so small.

Title, stars, and moon all cut with the Create a Critter Cartridge Cricut Cartridge.
Machine Stitching with blue thread.  

And here is my Handmade Embellishment. I thought it turned out super cute! 
The orange ticket was cut using the Summer Vacation Seasonal Cartridge

One more little handmade embellishment. Super easy to make. Orange circle is from a punch, stars in two different sizes cut from the Cricut, orange button, and blue ribbon threaded through button hole. 

I would love to know if and how you make your own embellishments?

Supplies: Paper: Green: K & Company, Yellow Swirls: discontinued, Blue Dot Cardstock: Bazzil, Red Border: scraps; Rub-on & Stickers : K&Company;  Circle Punch: Creative Memories; buttons, ribbon, thread, sewing machine

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Scrapbook Challenge Throwdown: Day Four

Here is a layout from Day Four of  the Scrapbook Throwdown with Latrice Murphy. 

Day Four's Challenge was 6+ photos. I know I always have a ton of pictures and it can be hard to narrow them down. So this is what I came up with. 

10 photos total. 
All photos are 4x6 or cropped from 4x6 photo's. Very Easy to adapt. 

Page One: 1 horizontal 4x6 the others have been cropped down.

Cluster of embellishments. 

Kraft tag stamped with a background stamp to add a little color. 
Back of tag is used for journaling and slides in pocket. 

Page Two: Two vertical 4x6 photos, others cropped from 4x6. 

Letters cut from Alpha Sheet. Love the butterflies. 
Thanks to my crafty BFF for letting me use her punch! It is now on my need Wish List!

More clustered embellishments. I saw these butterflies on clearance at Michaels, not sure if they still have them, but I Love them!

What size of photo's do you use and do you usually use a lot of photos?

Supplies: Butterflies: Recollections, Striped Paper: DCWV The Green Stack; Background papers: Misc. Scraps; Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart; Metal Tag: Making Memories;  Journaling tags: K&Company; Rub-on: Daisy Hill; Alpha: Hot Of The Press

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