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How To’sday | Altered Clipboard by Lori Burton

How To’sday | Altered Clipboard by Lori Burton

There is something so satisfying about taking a basic object and turning it into art. Lori Burton did just that with today’s How To’sday tutorial, an altered clipboard.

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Altered Clipboard

Supplies/Tools needed:

  • Clipboard
  • Paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Patterned Paper
  • Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Note Pad (optional)
  • Adhesive (liquid or tape)

Instructions:

Step 1: Paint the top part of the clipboard. You only need to cover the area around the hardware down to just past where you want the paper to begin. Allow time to dry.

Step 2: Cut printed paper to the width of the clipboard and the length you want covered. You can use on paper, mix and match, or (as in the example) use two papers with a strip of paper covering where they meet. I used a corner rounder to cut the bottom piece to fit nicely with the rounded clipboard corners. I also used the same corner rounder (with guide removed) to create the scalloped border on the top and on the strip of paper.

Step 3: Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the papers and smooth them onto the clipboard. Be sure to gently push any air bubbles out so the paper doesn’t have any ripples. Allow time to dry. Use the same technique to apply any punched shapes or additional paper embellishment.

Step 4: After all of your papers are on the clipboard, apply a thin coat of mod podge to the entire front of the clipboard and let dry.  If you want, you can add more coats, just make sure to allow sufficient dry time between coats.

Step 5: For the butterfly on my example, I added some Distress Stickles to make the body of the butterfly. I also put a little of the same on the corners of the clipboard.

Step 6: To add the ribbon, cut 4–5″ pieces and tie them to the hole at the top of the clipboard. It might be a good idea to seal the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying. You can use a fray stop liquid, a lighter, or your iRock tool.

Step 7: If you want to include a note pad, you can coordinate it to the clipboard just by taking a piece of patterned paper (as wide as the note pad and thick enough to cover the front and fold over to the back side) and glue it down.  Make sure you use a strong adhesive so it doesn’t pop off.

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Lori, thank you so much for your tutorial on altering clipboards. I know I have a few clipboards hanging around here that could use some dressing up! Maybe I’ll even make a clipboard to hang my kids’ summer jobs on. It may make doing jobs just a little more fun.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!

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Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads

Instructions:

It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.

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Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial and would like to be featured on our blog then please send your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

How To’sday | Washer Pendant Necklace by Brittany Perry

How To’sday | Washer Pendant Necklace by Brittany Perry

We all have them — that staggering supply of paper scraps. Let Brittany Perry show you a fun way to not only dress up some of those overwhelming scraps, but dress up yourself!

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We all love our scrapbooking paper and we are certain to have scraps left over after doing a layout. One thing I like do with some of my favorite scraps is turn them into a necklace.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Large metal washer
  • Mod podge
  • sponge/brush
  • Pourable acrylic resin with a high gloss finish (found at most big craft stores)

Step 1: Trace the washer onto the back side of your paper, then cut the circle and it’s center out using small scissors.

Step 2: Apply mod podge to the washer and the back side of your cut out circle and adhere it to the washer. Then apply mod podge to the front of the paper. This helps seal the paper so that the next step doesn’t turn the paper transparent. Let the mod podge dry completely before moving on (15-20 minutes).

Step 3: Prepare the acrylic resin according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mine says to mix equal parts of the resin and hardener. You also want to make sure it is mixed well, otherwise it won’t set up correctly, and it will always remain sticky/tacky. To prepare it, mix it in a plastic cup and use a plastic spoon so that your can just throw them away when you’re done. This stuff doesn’t come off most surfaces easily, and it’s a pain to try to clean. Also, don’t mix it until right when you are going to use it, or else it could begin to harden before you are ready for it!

Step 4: After your acrylic resin is mixed well (it will probably be a little bubbly), use the plastic spoon and drizzle it over the paper/washer. I use the spoon to sort of nudge and guide it to the edges of my surface. If you put too much, it will spill over the edges, but once it dries and hardens, you should be able to remove it by sanding it down. You’ll want to do this step on an old pie tin or a cookie sheet. I cover mine with tin foil, again, so that I can just throw it away when I’m finished & I don’t have to worry about ruining any table tops or anything.

Step 5: Let the washer dry completely. It can take up to 12 hours. If it is still sticky after this amount of time, it probably means that it wasn’t well mixed enough, and in this case, it won’t ever set up! Once it is dried, it gives a hard, glass-looking, shiny finish!

Attach the pendant to a necklace/chain! You can find lots of options at most craft stores.

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Amazing tutorial Brittany! Thank you so much. I for one can’t wait to hit the craft store to pick up some supplies so I can get started on making some pendant necklaces for me and my girls. Be sure to check in next How To’sday for another amazing tutorial, this time from Melissa Dehne.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We want to keep your ideas coming.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo.

Fantastic Friday | So Sophie

I have a little confession to make. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but when I was taking photos of today’s steal, the My Minds Eye, So Sophie, Graceful and Savvy collections, my eyes got a little misty. Okay, a tear dropped…it was just one of those days. Yeah, that’s my excuse.

Why would I get so emotional about a scrapbook product? Simply put, it’s gorgeous. It has been a long time since a product has moved me so profoundly before even creating with it.

I went to the store looking for something fun to play with and $3.00 later I settled upon these wooden plaques to alter.

I picked out a few of my favorite sheets of papers and turned to my Silhouette for some fun shapes to cut out. I also had to use some of the amazing stickers and die cuts that come with the So Sophie collections and satisfied my Glimmer Mist addiction and with a little Old Lace to everything.

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I love how these turned out. Who knows, maybe I even shed a little tear of happiness because they were so fun to make—but that will forever be my secret.  ;)

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Monday Card Madness #13 – Let’s use SCRAPS!

Monday Card Madness #13 – Let’s use SCRAPS!

Hello everyone!  Surprise!  A little later than normal today, but here it is….Monday Card Madness!

I can’t believe that we’ve been going for 3 months strong now with the cards!  It’s wonderful to see all of the different interpretations of each sketch, and what is also equally as wonderful is to see you putting your scraps to use!

Scraps!  What a wonderful thing to have.  We all have them after creating a layout, so why not save a few bucks on buying a commercial card and put a little heartfelt love into our greetings!

For this weeks sketch I kept it very simple.

I turned to my scraps drawer and decided to try my hand at putting together a few prints from different manufacturers.

The first card I made I ended up mixing papers from 2 different manufacturers and actually used a piece of paper that I’ve had in my scraps stash for well over FOUR years!  I love it when I can finally justify having kept something ‘just in case’.  I also love how easy it is to mix up different embellishments that may not otherwise be used when it comes to making cards.  I don’t know about you, but I will often use a product line once, maybe twice, but then want something new to use in my creations, so I love having cards as an outlet to use up some of those products that would otherwise be unloved!

I then made a ‘hello’ card and used some white rubon letters that I have had in my stash for literally years, to rub on to the tops of the brads.

Last but not least I made a thank you card, again, using papers that have been in my scraps stash for years.

I love making use of the old so there is room for the new!

Remember to post your card creations to our Facebook fan page no later than next Sunday at midnight, then leave a comment with the link on the applicable blog posting so that it’s easy for all of us to see what you’ve created.  I will then draw a random winner to receive all of the cards that I’ve made this month…..who knows….I may even send along a nice stack of usable scraps so that you can keep the card making flowing.