An office makeover tutorial!

We recently tackled a home office makeover in my home!  Given that my hubby works from home, it was time that the space became something more than a dumping ground.  A new room in my house isn’t complete without a paper project (or two or three), so I decided to add a little paper and glue in here too!

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Essentially, I simply took some old wooden magazine holders that we had kicking around the house and gave them a facelift with some shiny embossed paper.  This paper is from DCWV and is currently available at Hobby Lobby.  Called Embossed Metallic, it is thick, shiny and perfect for decoupaging!

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Here’s how you can recreate the look:

Embossed Foil Magazine holders

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  1. Using your wooden or cardboard magazine holder as a template, trace one of the largest sides onto a sheet of 12×12 Embossed Foil paper. Make sure to center the holder in the middle of the paper so the edges will wrap around the front and back, and to line up the top of the holder with the top edge of the paper. Cut out.
  2. Repeat with the opposite side of the magazine holder. You should now have two pieces that cover the largest sides of your holder and warp around both the front and back of the holder.embossed foil 2
  3. On both pieces, use a scoring board to score a line at the front and back edges of the paper where the paper wraps around the holder.embossed foil 3
  4. Using decoupage paste, apply an even layer to your magazine holder and then to the wrong side of your paper. Place the paper onto the holder and smooth down gently with your hand. If you get some paste on the foil side of the paper, just take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe it off.embossed foil 5
  5. Once the sides have dried, use the front of the holder to trace a piece that will cover the small surface. Depending on the size of your magazine holder, you may be able to use scraps from step 1 for this piece. As you are cut, move in about 1/16” from the line you drew. This will ensure that the piece is about 1/8” smaller than the surface of the holder.
  6. Lining it up with the top edge of this side, decoupage the piece in place. Allow drying time before proceeding to the last side.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the back side of the magazine holder.embossed foil final 2
  8. Although the texture and foil finish to the paper provides great detail, you may want to embellish further by taking a different color from the foil pack and creating a 3D flower or other shape. Adhere to the holder with an adhesive dot.

These have found a little home on the shelf for packing and shipping materials and I have to say that I am pretty fond on them.  I need to find some other products to cover with this paper – it is pretty awesome! let me know if you have some ideas!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Pennant Flower Tutorial

Making Flowers with Banner Ribbon

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!  It’s tutorial time today, and I have a new flower for all your bloom lovers (and I know there are a few of you out there because flower tutorials are still the number one posts here at SCS).  Now, I know there are all sorts of creative companies out there that create beautiful flower embellishments, but I just love sitting down and using different materials to create my own.

When the new 1” Adhesive flag ribbon (A486-1) was released at May Arts, I was in heaven! I love this ribbon, not only because it is an easy way to add texture and color to a project, but because the size and shape make it perfect for creating flowers! Here’s a little video to show you how:

I have used these little flowers on cards (one of my favorites is the poinsettia-inspired bloom that found it’s way onto a Christmas card this year), headbands, scrapbook pages, witches hats and even on gift bags! I hope you are inspired to create a few blooms of your own!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Fun wrapping ideas with May Arts

Okay, I have to admit that I am not finished Christmas shopping yet, but it’s never to early to think about wrapping ideas, right?

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Today, we are looking forward to those last few minutes before Christmas when I will be madly wrapping goodies for under the tree!😉 I know you will be done long before I will be!

 

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For my wrapping idea, I decided to team up some of the beautiful black ribbons available at May Arts with some krafty paper for wrapping, some chalkboard paper for a tag, and some fun metallic stars to create a wreath.  The best part is that the tags are reusable – simply wipe clean and use them again.  Switch the little coloured bow out and you could use them for birthday presents or other occasions too!

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To create the wreath, I simply cut out a circle (no fancy cutting machines needed – just trace a circe and cut – mine is about 2″ in diameter), and then layer your stars.  I used hot glue to adhere each, but glue dots would work well too!

Ribbons used:

So, there you have it!  A simple wrapping idea for all you kraft paper lovers!  Make sure you check out what all of the ladies have for you in terms of inspiration if you haven’t already!

And make sure to leave some comments along the way because the Ribbon Lady is giving away 2 prize packs of 1 roll of Xmas ribbon (including the new releases) and 1 artful accent. It’s well worth the time to leave some love!  Oh, and make sure you go and check out May Arts new online retail store – the Ribbon Resource (although you might want to wait until after the Christmas bills are paid😉

Thanks for stopping by!

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