Live in the Moment - Tablet cover upcyle project

I've been playing around and upcyling this tablet cover. It fits the Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet, the iPad Mini and  the Kindle Fire HD (7in) and is now in my Etsy shop. SOLD

I've adapted the idea of painting on fabric, collaging onto this tablet cover, from an online class I took: Toni Burt - Wrapped In Vintage. Toni actually sews her cover, whereas I've used an existing hardcover faux leather one.

The front:
It's a really nice quality of faux leather, so well worth messing around with. The inner core is stiff board, so I knew it would take plenty of embellishments.

The fastening:
The outer edges of the tablet and the tabbed loop are all collaged with vintage lace. The collaged elements are rice paper which is really strong (has cotton fibers embedded in it) and goes transparent when you add glue underneath and on top. I've also used some vintage scrapbook images, tickets, bubutterflies etc.

The base is muslin (thin cotton fabric) stuck directly to the faux leather using fabric glue. I then added vintage dictionary paper and vintage sheet music, then added everything else on top!

The back:
The roses are acrylic, where I've added dots of pink and white, then swirled the colours together with the end of a paintbrush. The words are rub-ons. I've added a little glitter, then used a waterproof spray over everything so the cover is wipeable. I also drew back into the iamges to add more detail.

Front and back with tablet opened out flat:

The inside:

Elasticated corners hold the tablet in place:
The little butterflies are collaged undernath the elastic, so nothing interferes with the tablet itself.

This was a fun project - something a bit more girly than a lot of the tablet covers I see around (some are just too techie) and just that little bit different... Find it here in my Etsy shop. SOLD

Hope you like it!

Ribbon Storage No 2 - kitchen roll or loo roll inner tubes

It's an emergency - you need ribbon or lace storage in a hurry, but don't have anything to use for those odd little bits that always end up tangled and creased. Make a quick cardboard winder from kitchen roll or loo roll tubes!

Personally, I don't like the idea of bare cardboard (card liners, ubes, cereal packets etc are made from a cheap grade of card, obviously) so it really needs sealing in some way. I'm using craft acrylics, but you could easily glue scrapbook papers etc (use PVA - white - glue).

 I've used the inner tube from a kitchen roll here.

Flatten the roll - use a bone folder if possible.

If using a really long roll, you might want to cut it in half...

Cut in about 1cm down from the top and bottom edges, and cut in about the same amount (you don't need to be exact re measurements). Roughly half an inch-ish. Then cut away the little chunks, giving you this spool shape.

Either cover with scrapbook papers (I use PVA glue) in which case you might want to cover the roll before making your cuts - it's much easier. Or use craft acrylic, chalk paints etc, to paint the tube on both sides. 

You might like to stamp on top - I used white craft acrylic and an old foam stamp I had in my stash. Big bold designs are best as you really aren't going to see much of the design (it will be covered with ribbon or lace).

You'll be wondering why I've left the slits on the sides open - this is so you can tuck in the ends of the ribbon when you start to roll up (helps to grip it) and then you only need to use a pin to secure to finish.

Quick and easy, maybe this won't last forever, but good enough to use in a pinch - and stops all your odd bits of ribbon and lace from tangling. You could also punch a hole at the top if you want to hang them up.

Provided you've stuck in a pin (or piece of tape) to secure the wound ribbons, you can thrown these into a shoe box with confidence. There, all tidy!

Ribbon storage No 1

I've been been really busy reorganising my craft room and all my storage - so busy, I haven't posted for ages! So big apologies.

I've been organising some of my ribbon stash ...

The stand and hangers are MDF, by StampsAway

I've used a base colour of Rustoleum Chalky Matt Furniture paint in 'Chalk White' on both sides of the hangers (allowing one side to dry before painting the other side). It's worth being patient and allowing the paint to dry naturally, as MDF absorbs paint, so you can see if you need to apply a second coat.

I then stamped a text design over the top (again allowing to dry before stamping the other side) using a calligraphy mat from The Artistic Stamper (no affil) It's mediaeval and Italian, no idea what it says, but it looks wonderful. The paint is Americana Decor Chalky Finish in 'Primitive', a really subtle griege.

The outer case has the same antique white as a base coat, then crackle glaze topped with matt finish pale sage green acrylic (PaperArtsy in 'Guacamole'). I decided to keep this fairly plain, as it's up on a shelf and against a wall, so you don't really see it - although I did paint the back as well. If you're going to do it, do it properly.

Yes, I also painted the inside as well using the same Rustoleum Chalky Matt Furniture paint in 'Chalk White' on the raw MDF - it only needed one coat. 

You can buy a pack of 14 hangers if you don't want the entire kit (stand with 28 hangers) or you need even more hangers.

Now all my ribbons and lace are on show, so I actually know what I have! Genius or what?

This was as much fun to decorate as it was to get some of my vast ribbon stash finally sorted out.