Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

Repurposed Tin Tile using GLITTER!

Hello, crafters!

It’s Rae with you today, sharing a repurposed tin ceiling (or backsplash) tile. I’ve had this tile for a while in my box of treasures to repurpose or alter. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it when I first got it, but when the December kit came in the mail, I knew this tin tile would be perfect to showcase the colors and glitter collection!

To get started, I pulled out some of my stuff from past Bad Girls Couture kits: the Prima Metallique Wax, and the Bad Girls Couture brand of Matte Gel Medium- OH MY WORD- this is high-quality stuff! I used this matte gel medium for a photo transfer about a month ago, and it works like a charm! It’s a very versatile medium, and in my opinion, one of the best ways to apply to glitter to your projects where it will REALLY STICK!

My first step was to give the dimension some shading using the Prima Metallique wax. I used a small amount with my finger to create this look:

The next step is quite simple, and I didn’t take any pictures, but I simply traced the lines of the patterns using a small brush and matte gel medium, and poured glitter over the matte gel medium. I focused on small sections, using one color at a time. I was fine if some of the glitter came off- I wanted this project to have a faded look to it.

Below is a close up that shows the impact of the Prima Metallique Wax on the whitewashed tile.

The glitter on the white/silver tile needed some added pops of color, and I really wanted to capture the essence of this bold kit, so I used some black glitter from my stash to the Thickers title, “Life is Beautiful” which was gold, but after applying the Thickers, I felt it needed more of a contrast.

I added purple butterflies from the Hambly Screen Prints transparency, which really made the purple colors of glitter used pop.

I added a Prima velvet flower from my stash to balance the “Life is Beautiful” and also because it matched perfectly with one of the blue glitter tubes.

Thanks for checking out the blog today! I hope this gives some ideas on how simple it is to use glitter on projects!

 

Make the Most of It!

I love using every single last bit of my supplies! And, it’s a great way to repurpose too. For this layout, I used the packaging that the Prima Stencil came in. I mean, really… it was too pretty not to!

It was so easy to do a bit of fussy cutting… for both the script word, “cherish,” and that awesome key…

I also cut out bits of the lacy black border. Once I had those pretties, and all of my pattern paper bits, I simply lined them up at the top of my page, and stitched across it all with black thread. Easy peasy!

Some messy gesso, applied with a palette knife and some watercolors really set off all the fun patterns. Oh, and the gorgeous foam embellishments from the Thickers included in this month’s kit are the perfect touch too!

I also added the cute pink flower from the kit, as well as some enamel dots, sequins and buttons from my stash.

Yes! This layout was capital FUN to put together!

I just love using up every last bit, even if it’s just packaging. I hope this has encouraged you to find some use in things you have lying around and to do some repurposing of your own too!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. See you soon!

Flip it and Reverse it…REPURPOSE!!

Time to remix and repurpose!  This is always a fun challenge for me, I love turning something intended for one thing or even intended for trash, into something wonderful and new!  Today I’m gonna share a fun flip frame with you that I created with the large resin Prima frame.

From the moment I got the kit I tinkered with this flip frame idea, I think the frames were my favorite part of the kit.  But in order to make it a proper functioning frame, it needed something to adhere it to and stand it up.  Once again I turned to my handy dandy scrap wood pile (have you guys started a scrap pile yet LOL).  I found this great old pallet board that was already nice and weathered and cut down to the perfect size and even had two holes at the top where the nails were.

I used those holes to pass a small piece of the lace from the kit and make a sweet little knot.   It needed a little embellishing and being that I’m a jewelry maker at heart I used those pearls in the kit to make some faux mini hat pins with some jewelry headpins from my jewelry stash (you can grab these on any hobby isle).  I just threaded them on and secured them with a little bead of hot glue.

Next I lined up where I wanted my frame and glued it in place.  I went to my junk drawer and gathered a couple of brass cup hooks (you can get these at the hardware store or the hardware isle) and just screwed them into the soft wood.  This is perfect for flip pages.   All that was left was the pages.

Just holding the paper up to the frame I measured how big the pages needed to be and made a template with where the holes needed to be.  Lining it all up was the hardest part but once my template was done I just punched all the holes at once with my crop a dile punch.  I did use a pair of pliers and slightly bend the hooks almost closed so the pages won’t easily come off completely.  For a finishing touch I rubbed a bit of the Prima silver metallique wax over the entire frame to add a bit more silver.

It was really an easy and fun project that you could use for lot of different uses, photos, a mini calendar, birthdays, quotes, scriptures, you name it!

#Freemoment

Good morning and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Before, I head out to moms to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner, I would like to share a layout with you. I did not realize how much of the November Kit I had left… I was in the mood to scrap so I pulled out my scraps and just started scrapping; for me… for fun! Edward was in school and I had off. It was wonderful! LOL He wanted to play hookie and stay home with mommy, I told him, “no, you got to GO!”

I love teal and yellow together… I know it’s a weird combination, but for the longest time, my scrap room included these colors. Anyway, here’s my layout. I wanted to make it a little funky so I added the Hambly Screen Print from the October kit! I save my scraps to re-use because you just never know when you’re gonna need them! Hence, don’t throw away your scraps.

I used different scraps of patterned paper to add to the funkiness of this layout. Then I fussy cut the flowers from the Prima Paper to use as part of my frame. Also, I tore a piece of cardboard from the flower pack to help save some trees!

Here is a closer look at my journaling at the bottom of the layout.

So, where are you eating today? Who’s cooking? Try not to stuff yourselves… LOL… I know, it’s very hard to do. Thanks for visiting today! Be safe!

Italy trip

All welcome! Today is Thursday, and this time for create art with your garbage and go green! We continue to create with an excellent October Main Subscription Kit: “Roadside Thrift Shoppe”.  This time I made a page about my daughter. She travels a lot and always smiles in the photo))) Thanks to my daughter I have many beautiful photos) This page about the trip to the Italian city of Sanremo.

I took the Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsie  Architextures™ 12×12 Paper – Floral Guideand and one more sheet from the set of October. I have a habit of immediately cutting strips from the whole sheet with the name of the collection and then I can not determine what kind of paper it is. Oh (((Now I do not know which sheet I took for the background, but you will definitely find the exact same here 

I always try to use packaging! This time, as a substrate, I used the packaging from Prima Marketing.This patterned turquoise cardboard was ideal for this project. His color nuances refreshed the layout of the layout.I tore off a few pieces from a cardboard package and put them in a puff cake from paper LOL…I cut an Italian-style building on the plotter … So I think LOL There is a lot of my design chipboard in the project. Yes, I’m doing a chipboard on my designs))) Chipboard “Smile” I tinted the ink in a beige pink color and then covered some of the places Crakle Paint.I often use Crackle paint in my projects, I like the effect of aging.

I slightly drowned the torn edges of the cardboard with turquoise inks.I love all the toning))) This helps to combine the elements in the work. Create a single whole!  I want to tell you an interesting trick! How do I make headlines))) I used a strip with the manufacturer’s logo and cut the letters. Then I composed my words from separate letters)) His is the same method I made the headline “Trip” and “Italy” It can be any clippings from magazines too.

 I hope you liked the result! Do it with us! How do you like Italy?  Do you love to travel?  Create pages with your photos from travel and share them in the gallery! Thank you for taking the time to look. Good Thursday and creative mood!

Irina was with you today.

Repurposing Your Extra Scraps with Michelle

Hello fellow crafters, Michelle here sharing how I repurposed a box to hold a special gift. Having been a crafty girl for 20 years I find that I have a lot of left over scrapbook paper. I have a drawer full of scraps, from paper, trim and flowers. I usually reach for my scraps when I need to make a quick card.

Here I had a small little kraft round box that held tiny little paperclips. I thought it would be a perfect project to use those leftovers and create a ring box for a present.

With  pencil and paper trimmer I got to work. Using my vintage floral paper from the Bag Girls Couture kit, I went through my other extras scraps and found this left over gem strand, and paper flowers. I used acrylic paint to paint a matching grey to outer edges of my box. After gluing my paper on, I added the finishing touches. I carefully adhered the gem strands around the outer edges, and using a leaf paper punch I created these beautiful leave elements from the same paper and tucked them underneath the flowers on the lid of ring box.

I still had some paper left to make a cute matching gift card using the white and kraft cardstock paper, and topped it off with this beautiful little bow from ribbon both from my kit.

Thanks for stopping by…….Always, Michelle

Recycling trash into a beautiful mini album

Hello everyone. I have a fun mini album to share with you today. I used Bad Girls Couture’s September kit to create this adorable mini. As soon as I saw the adorable Carnival patterned paper from Crate Paper and popcorn bag, I knew exactly what photos I’d use to create a cute little mini album. I took several photos last year at the fair and never really scrapped them. This is nothing new for me. Sometimes, I’ll hold onto certain photos until I have the right papers and embellishments to scrapbook them. I do not scrapbook in chronological order. I scrapbook photos that inspire me at that moment.
I am an avid re-cycler. I recycle anything I have at home so that it doesn’t need to go into the trash. It makes me feel like I am helping our community! My husband just shakes his head at me. Having said this, I hate throwing away pretty packaging. This month, I decided to re-cycle the packaging from the embellishments into a cute little mini album cover or insert. I used the packaging to trace onto the patterned papers to create my insert pages so they were the same size then cut them out using a pair of scissors.
I tore the Bingo Card in half to use with on a layout last month so that I could use it on more than one project. I like to stretch my embellishments as far as they will go.
I painted the Twinkling H20’s onto the paper by Prima Marketing Inc. using the Sea Spray and Playful Peony watercolor paints. This is such a pretty color combination. These paints look so vibrant once dry. I am thinking I am going to need lots more of these Twinkling H20’s.
Once I had my pages cut down, I punched a hole at the top of each page then used the ribbon from this month’s add-ons to bind the album together.
I used the tickets throughout the mini album to keep a nice balance between the pages.

 

I cut the puffy word sticker in pieces to stretch it out.
What do you think? Are you inspired to create a mini album of your own?
Thanks for visiting today!

 

Repurpose – Farmhouse Sign

Today we are talking about repurposing!!

For me, repurposing can come from anywhere.  And I do mean anywhere.  For this particular project, I used scrap pieces of our porch deck that was tossed in a scrap pile to make a farmhouse style sign for our house!

As I was pouring over this amazing kit I couldn’t help but just crush over the amazing “Market Signs” paper by 7 Gypsies.

With the fresh visions of all that I had just seen in this beautiful kit I walked to the yard to bring something to my husband and my eyes were drawn to our scrap wood pile.  Naturally my wheels began to turn on this repurpose challenge!!  I love all things vintage and I’m a big fan of a lot of the new farm house trends as well so making a sign like this was just a no brainer for me.  Annnddd it was super easy.

So I’m gonna break a few rules here…(you’ll learn I’m a rule breaker LOL)  and make this super quick and easy for ya!

One of the scrap pieces were already stained the color of our porch so that was easy.  The other two were still unfinished wood, which was good because I wanted to give all three pieces a different look.  So I watered down white paint and gave one a white washed look and I did the same with the other one but used a dark grey paint.  Once it was all dry I cut out the Market Sign words I liked from the 7 Gypsies papers and Mod Podged them down to the boards and sealed them over the front with an additional coat for extra gloss.

Then on the back I secured all three boards together with another scrap board and nailed them all together.

The longest part was waiting for the Mod Podge to dry!  It was an instant gratification project and classy enough for Christmas gifts!

Using Cardboard to Make a Mini Album

 

 

 

 

Hi, friends! It’s Rae here to share with you a mini album I made using recycled cardboard because I am a “girl with a re-purpose”! If you are anything like me, online shopping for everyday things is a way of life! And, the one thing you get every time you shop online is a cardboard box, which you must recycle. BUT, you don’t have to throw ALL of those boxes in the recycling bin- cardboard can be a scrapper’s source of free materials such as using it like a canvas, using it in lieu of pop dots, and making mini albums! It’s so easy to do, and the possibilities are endless with creating the different sizes and shapes you want, for FREE!

I decided to use the Crate Paper Carousel papers from the kit to make this mini album:

I thought it would be fun to make a circle album, and I wanted to get the most out of the three sheets of the Carousel papers, so I measured how big I would be able to make four circles out of each sheet, so I could get two pages out of each sheet. That ended up being about 5.5 inches in diameter.

I decided that I wanted 5 circles total for my mini album because I wanted to use the paper with the blue and pink lines one side and the advertisements on the other as little accents inside the album.

Tip: when you are cutting cardboard, use heavy-duty scissors. You don’t want to use the ones you use for fine cuts because they will get dull and may bend.

After cutting the cardboard, I cut the papers.

At this point, it’s time to prep the cardboard because the “Kraft” color is not the look I am going for- I want to make the edges flow and blend with the paper. White it’s the common color in all of the papers, so that’s the color I go with here.

I used heavy white gesso. And white paint will do, but I prefer gesso because it’s thick, so it will only take two coats and it dries fast.

I used a foam brush on the top where the cardboard will show, and a stippling brush that has coarse bristles to jab the gesso into the edges.

Once the gesso is dry, I add the papers to the cardboard. I like to use liquid glue for this, in particular, Zip Dry. This glue is great for spreading, which I do with a rub-on tool. A brayer or bone folder works just as well. If any on the glue comes out from underneath the paper, you can just rub the glue, and it will ball up and come off completely.

Once the glue had dried, I add the white gesso to the edges with a foam brush to give the edges a blended look.

Here’s a close up of how I applied the gesso. You can see it gives it a shabby, distressed look.

At this point, the mini album is ready to be embellished! I use a hole punch on each of the circles, paying attention to the direction of the design of the papers, and then bind them with a circle clip.

Here are some closeups of the completed mini album (without pictures, for now).

I added ribbon to the ring that binds the pages, and most of the blue Melissa Frances garland on each of the pages of the album. The flowers are from Prima Marketing. I made the flag stick from a dowel I had and added glue to the silver ribbon and twisted it. I cut the “Today at the Fair” from the paper that I didn’t use to cover the pages of the mini album.

 

 

 

In this spread, on the left there is room for one small picture on the white cardstock.

On the right, I added the silver ribbon in the middle of the page, but only added glue to the ends, so could slip in some of the tickets, and other mementos and pictures later for an interactive element to the mini album.

These pages both have spaces for one picture. The pictures will be placed where the white cardstock is, so all of the tickets will be poking out.

 

Thanks for letting me share my mini album using the Crate Paper Carousel products that came in the September kit!