First of all, I'd like to thank you for all the nice comments on my last couple of posts.
Secondly, as usual I have a LOT to say, so let's forget secondly and get started.
None of the stuff I'm posting is rocket science. And I'm sure the bulk of it is not ground breaking, cutting edge stuff for most of you talented people, so maybe we can look at it as a little reminder.
A reminder of, "Hey, I don't have to spend millions of dollars or a ton of hours blinging out the crib (too much? I thought so...let's replace bling with spruce and crib with home and never speak of this again).
So I went through my house and took pictures of all the things that I've made with scrapbook stuff, my computer and some of the dozens of frames I have hidden deep in the closet and thought I would share them with a few notes on each.
Let's start in my bedroom, shall we?
Another great use for a cupboard door, I scored this little beauty that was already painted cream and distressed for $3 at a salvage shop. The rub-ons are Heidi Swapp from many many years ago but vinyl or stickers would work just as well.
That little framed piece is a canvas that sits within a frame. I just cut a piece of patterned paper to size and slapped it right onto the canvas with a bit of adhesive. Then I took my emery board and sanded the edges slightly just to take that sharp cut edge off them.
(Oh and that's Steve in the bowl above, we're going to talk about him and alternate usage of embossing powder, but you have to wait until Friday for that!)
Someone is too cheap to go out and buy money on decor to match.
Someone has a whole bunch of frames hidden in a closet and a big pile of patterned paper.
Someone is kinda handy with scissors and sticky tape.
Someone decided no, just do it.
So you see, I had this big expanse of white space over the toilet (which, yes, is in front of the window, which obviously wasn't thought out too clearly) that I really wanted to fill. My favourite thing is when my non-scrapbooking friends ask where I got the "art" in my washroom (the scrapbooky friends say, "Hey! Is that My Mind's Eye paper? Where'd you get it?")
These two sit in the mudroom, the first one is made with traditional scrapbook supplies, the second was done digitally.
(*note: the ribbon and stickers on the first one are actually glued right on to the glass.)
(products: digital kit-A Very, Very, Very Fine House/Libby Weifenbach)
(note*I also stole the quote unabashedly from the name of Libby's kit, thus saving even MORE time. I am shameless.)
More cupboard door fun that hangs in my scrapbook room.
(products: All Making Memories)
Notes: The bottom part has a metal sheet (pilfered from my husband's workshop, but also available at any building supply store, usually if I pilfer it I count it as free) under the paper, then there is a piece of transparency paper over the green cardstock making it into a dry erase board.
The magnets are chipboard pieces and little Making Memories clips that I glued earth magnets to. I usually use Crystal Lacquer for magnets because it is much stronger than regular white glue.
Here's a close up of the top. I made each of the squares separately and then cut thick chipboard to fit snugly in the opening to make sure they didn't fall out.
Using one of the three R's.
We are looking at re-using junk, or what silly people THOUGHT was junk, and sent to the thrift store not knowing what treasures they had in their possession.
For example, this is a frame (originally) from a frame shop I found at Value Village for ONE dollar and 99 cents.
You can paint mats.
See how, in the photo above, the mat has a white bevel? I wanted it black.
So I introduced it to my bff Black Spray Paint and look what we came up with together:
Here's another example:
Out came Black Spray Paint's southern cousin, Country White and we toned it down together.
I haven't found a use for it yet, but I'm sure that will come.
Now for the layout segment.
Well, I didn't actually get a layout done. So I am going to distract you with this link to something I am SO going to do and challenge you to give it a try as well.
This little tutorial from Photojojo
If you have any questions at all about how I did any of the projects I shared, leave me a comment and I'll answer the best I can!
Join Marnie tomorrow for a FABULOUS giveaway and I'll see you Friday with some Halloween decor!