February 28, 2009

A Wall Album

This is an awesome project for scrapbookers.

I made this video quite some time ago and kept saying I'd share it eventually... well finally I am.

This is super easy, and SO satisfying for years to come. If you have a "doing room", "scrap room", or even a plain old "office" :D this is a great way to dress up one of the walls and swap it out as often as you like. In this video, I made a small version for a small wall too.

If you aren't a scrapbooker, this is still a great idea for displaying children's artwork, photos, or just a collection of anything flat. Don't forget, although I used 12x12 page protectors, you could use 8.5x11, 8x8, or whatever.... No doubt you'll make it your own.

I divided the video into 3 parts to be courteous of time. Maybe if you can't sit and watch the whole thing in one go, you can come back and watch the rest.

TFL!



If you end up making one for your room, please comment with a link :)

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February 13, 2009

Another idea for storing Jewelry

I decided it would be great if I could hang my bracelets next to my earrings. (2 posts down is an Earring Frame)
Kristy Plessman used some S hooks on her chicken wire to hang bracelets and necklaces in a version 2 of her earring frame. Which is a great idea, and I have another one. I’ll call it a Bracelet Tree.

This is a super fast idea, that you can adapt to your space and it’s super customizable.


This is one 9” length of 1x1, and two lengths of hand railing (18 & 21”)
I screwed both pieces of hand railing at their centers to the 1x1 from behind. (Always good to drill holes first for ease.)

Hand railing is round with a flat side to accommodate the rail brackets. This flat side is perfect for this idea. (Feeling super proud of myself for finally recycling that crappy hand rail I replaced over a year ago.)
Then I drilled two holes in the 1x1 beneath each of the attached branches. (slightly hard to see)
Then I spray painted the whole thing.
Now all I have to do is nail two nails into the wall at the point of my drilled holes and hang it up. I have not actually hung it up yet because I am not finished plastering the wall where it’s going to live. (I’ve ripped a small wall out and I’m making myself a vanity where I put all my hair/make-up/jewelry jazz that stops my bathroom from always looking messy. It will now all live in my vanity area of the bathroom which won’t be the first thing you see when you walk in. Just another way to help me feel tidy…. Sorry; tangent.) When I hang it, I might make the holes in the new plaster, then use large nails and nail through the front of the bracelet tree into a stud. This way I can use nails with heads that will sit flush against the wood, and stop if from being able to be pulled off the wall on accident.

The 1x1 holds the main branches of this tree away from the wall so the bracelets & necklaces will slide on and off easily without coming in contact with the wall.

I say this is customizable for good reason…. If you have space that is long and narrow, cut a long piece of 1x1, and shorter lengths of hand railing. Add as many branches as you wish. I have a space that is wide and not long, so I made my branches longer. This means that for my stretchy bracelets, I will have to remove the ones on the ends to get to the ones in the middle. So…. A long narrow one with multiple branches is a great idea because then there are less bracelets living on each “branch”. All you need to be sure to do is hang it by more than one nail so that it won’t hang crooked with an uneven weight of bracelets on it. The longer it is, the further the distance you can put between the two holes for the nails.

I don’t care for necklaces, so I only have a few, but they will hang from my bottom branch. This maximizes the space, w/o me having to make more branches. If you have a lot of necklaces, consider the bottom branch to be where yours hang too. Also consider how far your branches need to be spaced based on the size of what you will hang on them. Leave yourself room between branches making it easier to remove and add bracelets without running into the jewelry hung above it.

Simple idea, all you need is a patch of space on the wall. Preferably near your earring frame :)

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February 9, 2009

Scrapbook paper inspiration

This is a project I did quite a while ago, before I started my blog, so many people haven't seen it unless you've been to my house.

Remember KI Memories Color theory line?

http://www.kimemories.com/fullimage.cfm?IID=1718

http://www.kimemories.com/fullimage.cfm?IID=1742

remember that paper?

Well I loved this design from the moment I first saw it, and I reproduced it in my own colors for my house!


I made the canvas from a 36" door. Cut it to 54" in length. Covered it in fabric (duck cloth to be exact) and then painted it white for a blank canvas. Since it's the width of a door it stands proud from the wall, and I continued the design over the edges of it. which looks real nice.

I used a drywall ruler and a large colander for my lines and circles.

Then I decided there had to be rules for which color landed in which spot... I won't go deeply into it cause it sounds confusing to explain even though it is fairly straight forward. but.... it went kinda like this:

*If a diagonal line intersected a wide vertical line the color would be: X. *If a diagonal line intersected a narrow vertical line the color would be: Y. *A Wide vertical line not intersecting anything would be: Z.

And so on :)

It took a long time to paint (used acrylics) but the end result is really the focal point for the room it hangs in, and it dictates the overall feel in the room. Which I love.

Tip: When using inexpensive acrylic paints, it is easy for the paint to dry in the brush strokes you used. Try to keep your brush strokes moving in all directions for an added effect that doesn't look strange. You will see what I mean when the light catches it.

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