Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dress Up Your Stuff With Vinyl!

Hello Hello my crafty brothers and sisters!  Do you ever feel the need to dress something up a little?  To use your crafty magic to turn the bland into the fantastic?  Maybe it is a boring agenda book cover or a plain looking light switch.  Well my friends, I have one simple word for you: Vinyl.

Using vinyl to dress up an item is a quick and easy way to personalize anything you own.  Both my mama and I have been in the vinyl mood lately.  Come check out what we made:

I. love. planning.  I love writing things down in my agenda book and looking ahead towards the week (like I am actually going to follow it).  There is also a particular format that I like the pages to be.  This means that I can't go find a beautifully made cover because odds are, it doesn't have the inside that I want.  That also means that I get to personalize my new agenda book however I want!  Isn't it darling?

Just choose a design, cut it out in vinyl and stick it to your book.  It's that easy!

I used to hate vinyl.  My mom would always suggest I use it for something but I could never seem to get it to work.  It was more frustrating than the craft was worth.  That was until I found transfer paper!

{The shape design is called "Lady with Ribbon Silhouette" and can be found in the Silhouette Store.  I added a double line circle around her to finish off the design you see here}

If you are new to vinyl or having trouble getting your images from the paper to your project, I HIGHLY recommend transfer paper.  Just follow the instructions on the package to make your life one hundred times easier.  I do not exaggerate- I love this stuff!

Onto My Mama's Project:
My mom just repainted her dining room.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but the whole room is a sort of light cocoa color with splashes of white and other colors.  It is stunning!  The first thing I did when I walked into the house was to (literally) gasp out loud!  I absolutely love it.  Anyways, during her renovation she searched for a light switch cover that matched the new room... to no avail.  So, as any crafty woman would do:  she made one herself.

All she did was paint a blank cover the same color as the wall (see, I told you the picture doesn't look like the right color!) let dry, and covered it with her vinyl design.

She used Design 2503 called "frame: flourish" from the Silhouette Store.
After measuring the size of the light switch, she enlarged the design to fit.  The inside frame was the perfect size to fit around the switch and screws.  It was meant to be!

What a pretty pattern.  Much better than anything we could find in the store!

{Your Turn}
What do you have lying around the house that could use a little "dressing up"?  Had you ever thought of using one of the frame shapes as a light switch cover?  Seeing these shapes being used in new ways is a surefire way to get the creative juices flowing.  I would love to hear what you are up to so feel free to share!
Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann

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  1. How are you cutting it or getting your designs?

    1. I used a Silhouette cutting machine, but you could use a Cricut or if you don't own one of them, I am sure that even a big punch would work... as long as you kept the paper on the sticky backing until after you punched it out. Not sure about that one, but it would be worth a try!

      Kelsie Ann

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