Happy Friday, people! Am I excited for the weekend - we are going to the lake! Woohoo! It's supposed to be all of 60 degrees today but hey, lake time is lake time is lake time. :)
Today I am up on the Lone Wolf Designs blog - I was so excited to try out Lawn Fawn's Lawn Cuts! These are 100% steel dies, made in the USA, and they coordinate perfectly with several of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets! If you've been to my blog before, you know I love Lawn Fawn. I met Kelly Marie at Scrapfest last year (at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN). She is the sweetest and her class was SUPER fun! Needless to say it didn't take much to entice me to expand my Lawn Fawn 'collection'... :)
Recently Kris asked for feedback and some posters suggested they'd like to see more altered items, so I decided to use my new Lawn Fawn stuff to decorate an old clipboard.
|St. Vincent de Paul, 80 cents. Yup, 80 cents. This is rural Wisconsin.|
Then I chose some pretty Lawn Fawn papers. These are actually holiday papers. Go figure, right??
|Lawn Fawn fa la la papers, perfect for more than just holidays!|
Once I cut the sizes, I rounded the edges with my trusty corner chomper. LOVE that tool.
|We R Memories corner chomper|
Then I had to decide what to do with that ugly clip on top. I thought the gunked-up part would come off, but it was some sort of funky glued mess that I could NOT scrape off. So, paint to the rescue!
|Raided the kid's craft drawer. Yes, yes I did. I bought it!|
I know, the first coat is never that pretty. You just have to keep going. :)
|Holding on to the faith that it will look prettier in a couple of coats.|
While it dried, I thought of ideas to further camouflage the ick. Ribbon flower to the rescue! Confession: I haven't bought glue dots. Like, EVER. I make my own using parchment paper and Aileen's tack it over and over glue. I even made a little book for them that you can see here. :)
|Don't use waxed paper. Trust me. PARCHMENT.|
I didn't have any large dots left, so I pulled out the large sheet from my glue dot book and poured the glue. The advantage of making your own is making them any size you desire! FYI, you want the glue evenly spread - no holes, but also not super thick unless you don't mind a longer drying time.
|lovely glue dots|
Since I had the glue out I checked my glue dots book and realized I needed a few more medium sized ones. It may be hard to tell in the photo, but there's one dry glue dot on the page - top right hand corner. :)
|make sure you put these to dry where kids and pets can't get at them. Or else you will have delighted children and/or very irritated pets. :)|
Then while I was waiting for everything to dry, I found the stamps I wanted to use. Aren't those hot air balloons adorable??? It's too bad that I am
terrible at allergic to coloring, but a few My Mind's Eye scraps and I was in business.
|Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set|
Choosing how to align the patterns is the most fun!
|I think so. :) This is the larger of the 2 balloon stamps.|
Then I got busy with the little banner stamp. I love that stamp!!
|Washi tape is a prefect low-tack way to adhere your dies to your image to make sure it|
doesn't move. Just use the tapes that are not your favorites. :)
These are the coordinating Blue Skies Lawn Cuts.
The Lawn Cuts are super easy to use. Just stamp the image, line up the die along your stamped edge, tack it down so it doesn't shift, and run it through your machine!
|Super easy to line up!|
Meanwhile, the board was shaping up...
|Pink twine for extra contrast.|
I went to town on the clouds. It never hurts to cut extra; I'm sure I will use them!
|So many cute little lawn cuts...|
And the next day....
The glue dots had dried. I checked them about 22 hours in and they were dry, so they may have been done sooner. Drying time depends on the weather as well; I've noticed high humidity means they will take longer to dry. You know when they are done because they turn clear.
|Ready for use!|
Time to start the ribbon flower! Knot the end of your ribbon and trim off most of the excess - not all of it. Leave a tiny tail.
|You can knot the end as many times as you want. It depends on how thick you want your flower middle.|
Smoosh that tail right down in the middle of the glue dot. You don't want to see it!
|Just smoosh it. Trust me.|
Then start winding and twisting. Tack the ribbon down into the glue every little bit; you can twist as much or as little as you like. You can make a puffy flower if you leave it looser; mine generally turn out fairly flat because I like them twisted a lot.
Once you have most of the glue dot covered, cut a tiny tail. Tuck it behind the glue dot and then run your fingers around the glue dot, smooshing it behind your ribbon. It's sticky, yes, but not crazy so.
|See how pretty that is? And super duper easy! 3 minutes start to finish, seriously.|
Once you have your ribbon flower adhered, you can use your nail or a bone folder to poke ribbon over any exposed glue.
|Kind of a shabby chic vibe, no?|
I decided to outline the clipboard in twine. A) because it's pretty and b) because I cut the one side slightly short and I didn't like seeing the exposed edge. I'm one of those "fudge! I have to fix my mistakes and I'm not throwing this one out!" crafters. Sorry, people.
Voila! I sparkled up the clouds and used adhesive tape on some of the clouds. I think this may end up as a gift for my oldest daughter with a cute little notepad (a shorter one) tucked under the clip. :)
|What do you think?|
Altering item ideas:
- Look anywhere and everywhere for items you can alter, not just in stores. Look around your home - I bet you could find a box, a pail, an old candy tin that you could alter. How about a notebook?
- If you're new to altering items, go for easy and inexpensive to try first. Once you see how easy it is - and FUN - then go shopping for shadowboxes and frames.
- Consider non-traditional items, as well - how about empty containers? I've seen great things on pinterest with old jars, empty tea bottles, etc. Just remove the labels and get creative!
- Dollar stores and the dollar section at Target are great places to browse for inexpensive ideas. Thrift stores are also good options; if you don't thrift, odds are you know someone who does. Ask that person to keep an eye out for you - but a) be specific in what you are looking for, b) note your budget and c) only ask someone you trust NOT to buy you a whole bag of stuff or who might just keep 'finding you things' once you've said "uncle." :)
- Altered items can be a great mix of crafting tools - use whatever you have in your arsenal (stamps, inks, paper, ribbon/trims, beads, paint, sprays, 3D items, etc).
- Don't scrimp on quality adhesives - you don't want to put something together only to have it fall apart!
- Altered items make fantastic gifts! Spread the love with a personalized frame or a trinket box.
Thanks for visiting me today - have an amazing weekend! I'm going to take my leftover cloud Lawn Cuts and go make some pretty cards while everyone else fishes. :)