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Back to School Magnet Board & Tutorial

Hi Everyone I have another Little Yellow Bicycle post to share today. This time a Magnet Board but first let’s take a look at how I made the magnets. Magnets Tutorial These are so quick to make and a great way to use up paper scraps you have lying around. When I make these I love to look at all the tiny details that the designers have put into the paper – it’s amazing what you can find! Here is a quick and easy way to make custom magnets from any paper…   Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome  Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side of magnet  When dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the other side o the paper (outside)  Using a super-strong craft glue, stick a magnet to the underside and leave to dry   Magnets Board The magnet board started life as a really ugly magnetic calendar – so I sprayed the outside edges with some tile paint, glued on some patterned paper and when the glue was dry – I applied […]

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Spring Drawers – Dear Lizzy Collection

Hi Everyone and if you are on the Paper Issues blog-hop – you should be visiting from Sabrina’s fabulous blog. [The contest previously published here has now closed. The randomly chosen winner was Leonie] I have a fun project to share today – it’s a Storage Unit from Kaisercraft and I have used the American Crafts Dear Lizzy range along with a few American Crafts extras to decorate. Like all the Kasiercraft BTP projects I complete I have sanded all the edges and painted with acrylic paint before starting. I then pre-cut paper to fit all the visible sides, glued the drawers together, attached the paper and started to decorate them. All the drawers are fully lined with paper too. This fabulous collection is not new but I only just managed to lay my hands on it here in New Zealand!  It’s so pretty and I actually added the name of a little girl I knew who was having a birthday onto the side and gave it as a gift! Here are a few extra close up pictures of the details Next on the hop is Kim Castillon and I guarantee she has something amazing to show you. Lowri 🙂

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Guest Designing for Little Yellow Bicycle!

Hi Everyone I am Guest Designing this month for Little Yellow Bicycle – and can I just say I am a LITTLE excited!! I have four posts coming up to share using one of their latest released collections – “Head of the Class“. I have always been a fan of the Little Yellow Bicycle products and here are my projects from my first guest post. Pencil Box This box started out flat packed as 6 raw wood pieces. I sanded and painted the edges red and then used an old graph paper stamp I had to decorate with white ink and mirror the grid pattern on some of the papers. I then measured, cut and glued pieces of paper to cover all the panels before assembly.  I have mainly used the Ruler paper as it is such a fun print and reminded me of the old fashioned slide top ruler pencil boxes.  I have used the Back to School paper to decorate the top which again has some lovely ruler detail and also picks up some of the other primary colours used throughout the collection. The stars on the sides just add a little texture and detail to the sides.  […]

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Deployment / Patriotic Mini Album

Hi Everyone I made these recently for the lady who won my giveaway on the Whipperberry blog.  She actually won a custom made cardset and when she said her son was joining the marines later in the year, I offered to make her a frame and album in a patriotic theme.   Fold Out Photo Albums  I had seen this “Liberty” Bo Bunny Collection online and knew it would be perfect for this project. I could only get a few of the bits and pieces but I am really pleased with how these turned out.. I made a little fold out album and left the pages blank as Jodi wanted to add pictures when she received it.  I thought it be fun to package the albums in these tins as it would protect them and any other little bits and pieces if they wanted to take them on their travels. (Read on to see why I made two!) I added my own little personal note on the back – it is just a simple Thank-You. Photo Frame This is a Dusty Attic frame and they are so easy to put together. Just grab some scraps of paper, a few embellishments and […]

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Mini “Album in a Tin” for Father’s Day

Hi Everyone  Another quick project to share today as part of my Father’s Day posts. I have already shown my Tag Box and Mini Magnets in a Tin. I am re-using another old tobacco/cigarette tin (seen above) and this time it makes the perfect home for this little square album. This album is made from a single sheet of 12 inch cardstock paper and makes a great keepsake. I used the Hunt and Gather “Watch” paper which has a wonderfully neutral background, perfect for showcasing some small black and white pictures of the kids.  I love this little print from the paper pad which I have added to with a couple of stamps. The mini chipboard dragonfly is from Dusty Attic. I love using black and white photos for mini albums as I feel the photos have a lovely simple feel to them – especially when you are printing them this small and they are mounted on quite a neutral background. I have a few more handmade journals and albums to show using this range – but I wanted to focus on this little book which started out as a 79c notebook from the grocery store. I covered  it in […]

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“Upcycled” Cosmo Magnets & Tutorial

Hi Everyone.  It’s the end of the school holidays here and it has been a fun but COLD two weeks off.  I have a fun tutorial to share today. I have seen several variations of this idea on-line but here is my version. I have used the Cosmo Cricket “Upcyle” Collection which is perfect with it’s bright colors and fun themes.  I also decided I needed somewhere to put the magnets – so I made this fun board too! These magnets are so much fun to make and you really only need a few basic supplies. Now – I know you can probably buy these glass domes but I couldn’t find anywhere here in New Zealand to get them, so I have “upcycled” these ones from The Warehouse. Preparing the Glass Domes Buy some cheap magnets Carefully remove backing (definitely adults only) Scrape away most of the glue with a sharp craft knife Use a pot scourer to remove remaining glue Making the Magnets Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side […]

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