Saturday, July 27, 2013

Back to school project

Now that it is back to school season, I decided to pick up some of these old fashioned composition notebooks at .25 each.  These black and white books have been around forever, so I decided that I would not only pick them up for the kids, but I would decorate them first. 

Supply List: Most of this is in my stash, the Duck tape is new.
Composition notebook
black card stock
Tim Holtz Ornamental Die
Avengers Duck Tape
Recollections photo frames
Recollections storm stickers
MLS alpha stickers
DCWV alpha stickers (christmas)
3M sanding block
ATG adhesive

For this project I covered the notebooks with strips of the Duck tape, used a piece of die cut black card stock, wrote the kids' name of the cover along with the storm stickers and used the photo frames to frame the kids' pictures.  After everything was adhered to the front, I used the sanding block to smooth out the edges and get rid of any excess sticky stuff. 

So that is all.  Now the kids have these personalized notebooks to use to journal, draw, do homework, or just to have so they always remember that they are loved by their aunt shell.  Until next time my friends, have a great day. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DIY craft project

DIY projects are not my forte, but I took a chance at it and stepped out of my comfort zone and thought I would give it a whirl.  I found this wood holder at my local goodwill and decided that I would try to paint it up and make it presentable.  Initially I thought I would use chalkboard paint on it, but was unsure of how the final project would come out.  I decided to use my basic acrylic paints and dazzle this up a bit.  Because this is my first project, I am sure I could have done this a ton of different ways, but I used what I had.  If I had to do it again, I think I would use spray paint next time.  Anyway, here it is, both before and after.  What do you think?

As you can see, it was initially a little dusty, and it was a horrible brown wood from the 80's, but I think it came out pretty good.  I placed it on my Expedit cube from IKEA and now it looks like it has been there all along.  $3.99 and now I have a perfect storage stand for my Stampin Up ink pads.  I think this will help me to use what I have since they are easily available and accessible.