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Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

Guest Project — Create a His/Her Office and PB-Inspired Calendar Wall!!

11 May
 
Hey there tatertots!
My name is Karly Barker and I come to you from The Married Life.
I like to call myself a make do crafter and party planner.
I am no perfectionist but love to create a fun space, party, and even a little organization.
Like many of you my husband and I are newlyweds and just set up our first apartment.
And this very task required us to learn how to compromise for the first time.
(Boy are we getting used to that now)
 
 One of our first challenges was our second bedroom.
At the time we were both wrapping up our college degrees at BYU 
and my husband was planning to spend the next year studying for the CPA test.
So our second bedroom was turned into our office.
Only one problem…
I like color and a messy creative set up – while my husband prefers the structured life.
I set out to create a space where we could both work – a His and Hers office!
A room nearly split in half.
His personality on one end – mine on the other.

 

I decided to create a knock off pottery barn calendar and pinboard to help us stay on the same page.
  The cork board allows us to pin up wedding invitations on the correct dates
or even bills when they are due.
So without further to do –
here is a simple and affordable way to make a giant calendar.
 

Step #1: Tools

Most of the tools you will have right at home.
1. Giant slab of white board.  You can pick this up at home depot. Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 squares. They will do this for free and its far cheaper than buying pre-cut squares. One slab will do the trick for a month calendar.
2. Next pick up three packages of 12 x 12 cork board squares.  These can also be found at home depot wal mart etc. You will need about 12 of these squares.  So proximately 3 or 4 packages depending.
3. Sharpie marker
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissors
6. 30 velcro squares.
7. 31 circles/squares/scallops for numbering
8. 7 large circles/squares/scallops for labeling the days
9. Ruler 
10. Push pins
 Step #2
Using the ruler draw straight lines 1 1/2 inches apart on the cork board squares.
Step #3
Cut the cork board.
From each square you should get 7 cork board strips.
You will need 73 total.
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project.
So grab a good movie a start cutting!
Step #4
Gluing!
Line the edge of the cork board with a strip of hot glue.
Hold directly to the side of the white board.
Here is when math gets involved.
You are going to need:
18 white board squares that are lined with 2 cork board strips.
3 white board squares that are lined with 3 cork board strips
and 7 white board squares that are lined with 4 cork board strips.
Totaling 28 squares and 73 strips.
Following?
Just trust me.
It works!
 Step # 5
Place the velcro on the back of each square.
I found that if you place them at the top of the white board it holds well.
Step #6
Start velcroing to the wall.
Start with the top left square.
Place a square with two of the cork board strips there.
If you work from left to right through each week you will find that you will use the 
two sided squares until the 7th day.
On the 7th day you will use the 3 sided square.
Once you get to the 4th week you will use the 4th sided squares for the entire week.
As you go along this will make sense.
Step #7
The numbers and days.
You will notice the holes in between each of the squares.
This is where your number circles/squares come in.
Use your pins to pin the numbers right over the holes.
This not only hides the holes 
but also allows you to easily switch the numbers to the proper days each month.
Attach the labels for the days of the week using your velcro.
Voila!
It is a great way for this newlywed couple to stay on the same schedule.
And for more party ideas, crafts, 
and mostly newlywed laughs head on over to The Married Life.

Thanks Karly!!!

Isn’t she the cutest??? 
I just love her PB-inspired board and her blog!!

Be sure to check out her blog and say hi at  The Married Life.

xxoxo

Guest Project — Create a Festive Candy Cane Holiday Sign!

19 Nov
Hi Tatertots and Jello Readers!! I’m so excited to be here today.

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

Flamingo Toes is my place to share sewing, crafting, and jewelry tutorials – as well as pretty much anything that pops into my head.

Some of my favorite things to do are knockoffs – and that is what we are doing today!

I have a fun Christmas Sign tutorial for you – 
my Candy Cane Kitchen Sign!

Isn’t it fun and vintage-y?

I got the inspiration for this sign from this super cute plate I found at Pier 1.

https://i1.wp.com/media.pier1.com/img/pier1com/productimages/2470880.jpg

I just fell in love with the design but I decided I needed it on a bigger, grander scale.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• 1 – 1×6 piece of wood, cut into three 16″ pieces

• Glue

• Craft Paints & a variety of brushes

• Base Color Spray Paint

• Freezer Paper

• Exacta Knife and Cutting Board

• Sandpaper

• Iron

• Design Patterns – Click Here to Download

I started off by recreating the design on my computer. Then I took each segment and made a separate paper pattern for each. You can skip that and use the Design Patterns I created if you want.

Glue the three sections of wood together, along the long sides, so you make one large square. Clamp the wood together while it dries.

You can skip this next step if you want, it’s your call.

Go out to the garage and check your wood – and realize you’ve glued it to the concrete.

Say some fake swear words and pry it up with the hugest screwdriver you can find. Nice.

Consider setting your boards on something else, or upright, while they glue.

Once your boards are glued together, spray paint the front with your base color.

I used a Burgundy but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so I did three coats, one Burgundy, one Black, and the last Burgundy. That gave me the nice dark red color I was looking for, with the added benefit of another layer of color that will show when it is distressed.

I believe you could do several of these next steps with a Silhouette or other cutting machine. I do not have a magical machine so we’ll be doing this old school.

Cut out all your pattern pieces. You will need to tape several of the large pieces together since they are too big to print out on one sheet of paper. On the “Cane” Pages, I’ve left the outline of the word “Candy” so you will know how close together to place the words.

Layout everything on the boards to check your placement.

Trace the designs onto Freezer Paper. Leave enough room around the designs so that when you paint, there is plenty of Freezer paper around the stencil.

Paint your base colors on the sign with your craft paint. I used a light turquoise, a dark red, and a dark blue.

Cut out your stencils. I used an exacto knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

You don’t need to worry about the little snow marks or the windows. You can add those details back in by hand later.

Lay the tree stencil at the top of the board so that the bottoms of the trees just barely overlap into the red section.

Lightly iron on the stencil.

Here are some tips for ironing onto wood.

• You don’t want the iron super hot. It will cause the paint to bubble excessively. We want a little of this, because it will help with distressing, but not too much.

• Be careful to keep the iron on the freezer paper. Use the tip and sides if you need to. Paint WILL come off the wood and onto your iron. If this happens use a balled up damp paper towel and wipe it off while the iron is hot.

Once the stencil is in place, paint the trees and house red.

While that is drying you can do the same thing with the Kitchen and Bakery stencil. I did the little stars by hand, and I used the same light turquoise paint that was at the top.

For the letters that had pieces inside (B, E, and A) I cut those little pieces out separately and then placed them in position before I ironed it on.

After you paint in the designs, lift the stencil. You could have some base paint come off, because of the ironing. This is fine. Saves work later.

There is a chance that the paint will leak under the stencil just a bit. Once the paint dries, just go over the edges a bit and paint over those little sections with a tiny brush. This will clean everything up.

In this picture you can see the stars, the snow on the trees, and the windows of the house. You can also see where some paint came up with my stencil. Cool huh?

Next steps are the large green circle, the candy cane, and the snowflake on the top right.

For the candy cane, I stenciled in a lighter red than the base red, and then painted the white stripes by hand. You could make two stencils if you don’t want to free hand it, and then stencil the white once the red has dried.

Once the green circle has dried, stencil on the other snowflake.

Last stencil – the Candy Cane lettering!

That looks pretty awesome, but it’s way too “new” looking. Time to distress! Or in other words – scrape off some of your previous hard work. 😉

For the distressing, I sanded all four edges. I used smallish pieces of freezer paper at different parts on the sides and ironed them on, then pulled the paint off.

Then I sanded some of the lettering and shadows. I finished with a light sanding in both directions over the whole sign.

Here are some close ups of the distressing.

And we’re all done!! So much more fun than a little plate right?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!!


I’d love for you to come say “hi” at Flamingo Toes
Here are some of my other favorite knockoff projects . .

Anthro Paisley Rebirth Necklace

Thanks so much Jen for having me over – it was pretty much the highlight of my month. 😉
Beverly – that sign is so awesome. 
What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!  
Be sure to check out Flamingo Toes!! 
 And here are a few other fabulous tutorials from Beverly that I love: 
https://i0.wp.com/www.flamingotoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/P1019884.jpg
Thanks again Beverly! 
And, check out My Chihuahua Bites today — Andrea is starting a new series, Ask a Mom, with a different mom each week answering questions. It’s going to be a fun series – hopefully we can all learn from each other. And guess what?? I’m the mom this week! I am spilling all about my crazy life!

PS — It’s Friday! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on!!

xoxo

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Guest Project — Create a Festive Candy Cane Holiday Sign!

19 Nov
Hi Tatertots and Jello Readers!! I’m so excited to be here today.

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

Flamingo Toes is my place to share sewing, crafting, and jewelry tutorials – as well as pretty much anything that pops into my head.

Some of my favorite things to do are knockoffs – and that is what we are doing today!

I have a fun Christmas Sign tutorial for you – 
my Candy Cane Kitchen Sign!

Isn’t it fun and vintage-y?

I got the inspiration for this sign from this super cute plate I found at Pier 1.

https://i1.wp.com/media.pier1.com/img/pier1com/productimages/2470880.jpg

I just fell in love with the design but I decided I needed it on a bigger, grander scale.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• 1 – 1×6 piece of wood, cut into three 16″ pieces

• Glue

• Craft Paints & a variety of brushes

• Base Color Spray Paint

• Freezer Paper

• Exacta Knife and Cutting Board

• Sandpaper

• Iron

• Design Patterns – Click Here to Download

I started off by recreating the design on my computer. Then I took each segment and made a separate paper pattern for each. You can skip that and use the Design Patterns I created if you want.

Glue the three sections of wood together, along the long sides, so you make one large square. Clamp the wood together while it dries.

You can skip this next step if you want, it’s your call.

Go out to the garage and check your wood – and realize you’ve glued it to the concrete.

Say some fake swear words and pry it up with the hugest screwdriver you can find. Nice.

Consider setting your boards on something else, or upright, while they glue.

Once your boards are glued together, spray paint the front with your base color.

I used a Burgundy but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so I did three coats, one Burgundy, one Black, and the last Burgundy. That gave me the nice dark red color I was looking for, with the added benefit of another layer of color that will show when it is distressed.

I believe you could do several of these next steps with a Silhouette or other cutting machine. I do not have a magical machine so we’ll be doing this old school.

Cut out all your pattern pieces. You will need to tape several of the large pieces together since they are too big to print out on one sheet of paper. On the “Cane” Pages, I’ve left the outline of the word “Candy” so you will know how close together to place the words.

Layout everything on the boards to check your placement.

Trace the designs onto Freezer Paper. Leave enough room around the designs so that when you paint, there is plenty of Freezer paper around the stencil.

Paint your base colors on the sign with your craft paint. I used a light turquoise, a dark red, and a dark blue.

Cut out your stencils. I used an exacto knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

You don’t need to worry about the little snow marks or the windows. You can add those details back in by hand later.

Lay the tree stencil at the top of the board so that the bottoms of the trees just barely overlap into the red section.

Lightly iron on the stencil.

Here are some tips for ironing onto wood.

• You don’t want the iron super hot. It will cause the paint to bubble excessively. We want a little of this, because it will help with distressing, but not too much.

• Be careful to keep the iron on the freezer paper. Use the tip and sides if you need to. Paint WILL come off the wood and onto your iron. If this happens use a balled up damp paper towel and wipe it off while the iron is hot.

Once the stencil is in place, paint the trees and house red.

While that is drying you can do the same thing with the Kitchen and Bakery stencil. I did the little stars by hand, and I used the same light turquoise paint that was at the top.

For the letters that had pieces inside (B, E, and A) I cut those little pieces out separately and then placed them in position before I ironed it on.

After you paint in the designs, lift the stencil. You could have some base paint come off, because of the ironing. This is fine. Saves work later.

There is a chance that the paint will leak under the stencil just a bit. Once the paint dries, just go over the edges a bit and paint over those little sections with a tiny brush. This will clean everything up.

In this picture you can see the stars, the snow on the trees, and the windows of the house. You can also see where some paint came up with my stencil. Cool huh?

Next steps are the large green circle, the candy cane, and the snowflake on the top right.

For the candy cane, I stenciled in a lighter red than the base red, and then painted the white stripes by hand. You could make two stencils if you don’t want to free hand it, and then stencil the white once the red has dried.

Once the green circle has dried, stencil on the other snowflake.

Last stencil – the Candy Cane lettering!

That looks pretty awesome, but it’s way too “new” looking. Time to distress! Or in other words – scrape off some of your previous hard work. 😉

For the distressing, I sanded all four edges. I used smallish pieces of freezer paper at different parts on the sides and ironed them on, then pulled the paint off.

Then I sanded some of the lettering and shadows. I finished with a light sanding in both directions over the whole sign.

Here are some close ups of the distressing.

And we’re all done!! So much more fun than a little plate right?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!!


I’d love for you to come say “hi” at Flamingo Toes
Here are some of my other favorite knockoff projects . .

Anthro Paisley Rebirth Necklace

Thanks so much Jen for having me over – it was pretty much the highlight of my month. 😉
Beverly – that sign is so awesome. 
What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!  
Be sure to check out Flamingo Toes!! 
 And here are a few other fabulous tutorials from Beverly that I love: 
https://i0.wp.com/www.flamingotoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/P1019884.jpg
Thanks again Beverly! 
And, check out My Chihuahua Bites today — Andrea is starting a new series, Ask a Mom, with a different mom each week answering questions. It’s going to be a fun series – hopefully we can all learn from each other. And guess what?? I’m the mom this week! I am spilling all about my crazy life!

PS — It’s Friday! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on!!

xoxo

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