Mother's Day Gift Idea!

Mother's Day Gift Idea!
Spoil your Mum (or yourself!) with a colourful resin bangle with a sparkly magnetic clasp. Wear one on it's own, wear a stack of monochromatic bangles or really let her personality show and wear a stack of different colours together. Peronalised sizing available so no matter what size wrist she has, there is a bangle to fit! Available at the Mill Lane Studio Resin Jewellery Shop

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Use Up Your Paper Stash - A Study in Black and White

One thing every cardmaker and scrapbooker has in common is the mountains of paper scraps we can't seem to part with. This black and white floral paper (Floriade 9-up) was left over from a cardmaking project from years ago but as a hoarder, I still had it in my stash. During my recent studio de-clutter,  the time had come to make a decision; "De-stash" or "Use it". It occurred to me that these images would look great as framed art for my studio so I chose "Use it" and suddenly, a new studio decor project was born. All I needed were some frames with a 10cm (4") opening.

I found a sleek, modern black and white frame and a pair of elegant silver and pearl frames at a local homewares shop that would suit my decor perfectly.

This is the simplest of projects: just slip out the printed paper template from the frame, place it on top of the image or photo you want to use and mark the four corners with a pencil.

Remove the template and trim the image with your preferred paper cutting system. For me, that's my trusty ruler and craft knife!

Place the image in the frame and you're done. (Tip: Place the template behind the image for safe keeping. Then it will be handy for when you want to change up your images if you tire of them).


Wow.... what impact the black and white imagery has! I just love the elegant simplicity. These particular images are no longer available but there are other floral images available from Dark Room Door which would work really well in this project.

So, this project used up one third of a sheet of paper.... it's not exactly stash busting stuff, but it is great to see some of it get used!

'Til next time......




Friday, March 20, 2015

M is for.......An easy Monogrammed Mirror!

In recent weeks, I've been giving my studio a complete over haul: declutter, destash, relocate and reorganise. It was long overdue - it's been five years since I moved into it and whilst this is not the first reorganisation it's gone through, it is by far the biggest and the most ruthless I have been in deciding what stays and what goes.

And now that all that hard work is done, it's time to inject my style and personality into the studio. This chic black and white monogram mirror has such a timeless and elegant feel. And it's easy to do too - you can complete it in less than two hours!
White resin framed mirror with black monogrammed letter "M" on the mirror, decorated with crystal and pearl borders.

Here's a shopping list of the products you'll need to complete the project. (I try to keep it up to date, but sometimes these items are no longer available... sorry!)
Preparing to paint the wooden letter with Folk Art black acrylic paint.

Before you paint the front of the letter, paint all the sides, making sure you get into all the corners. Allow that to dry and then paint the front of the letter.
Applying the first coat of Folk Art Licorice acrylic paint to the wooden "M" with a stiff paintbrush

I only needed one coat of paint but if yours is looking a little patchy, allow the first coat to dry and apply a second coat.
Wooden "M" has been painted with two coats of Folk Art Licorice paint

Check that the unpainted back isn't showing. Once the letter has dried, place the letter on the mirror to see how it looks. I'm so glad I did this because the reflection showed the unpainted back. No problems...... just paint all around the edge on the back of the letter too.
Painted "M" placed on the mirror shows the reflection of the unpainted back of the letter.

Now it's time to go to town with the bling. Before you remove any of the borders from the plastic carrier, cut the carrier into strips and begin experimenting with the placement of the strips. Once you're happy with the look, peel the carrier away and position the border on the letter.
Positioning the crystal and pearl border strips along the outlines of the "M"

Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the back of the letter. Don't place it too closely to the edge or it will ooze out onto the mirror and be visible from the front. Place the letter on the mirror and leave overnight to dry. If you do have a little bit showing, use a toothpick to scoop away the excess whilst it's still wet and then clean up the residue with a cotton bud (Q-tip) dipped in acetone or methylated spirits. Hang with 3M Command strips.
Applying Beacon Glass, Metal & More adhesive to the back of the wooden letter.

I love all the contrasts in this piece: the bling against the black letter; the black letter against the mirror; and the mirror against the white resin frame - it all just works!

And now I have a personalised decorator piece hanging proudly on the wall alongside my computer.
Office corner decorated with purple orchid and DIY decorative mirror with white frame and "M" painted black and decorated with crystal and pearl borders.

Decorator pieces don't need to be substantial to have impact. This one just ties the other elements on my desk together making it a much more inviting place to work.

'Til next time.....








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