Saturday, August 18, 2012

Faux Book Hidey Hole



today I have done a quick little project and turned a box in to a faux book.  I will use to hide small valuables in


I started with this box which is just perfect,  as it has a slide out drawer, but any strong (book size) box could be used



The book spine graphic is from The Graphics Fairy

I placed  the graphic in the centre of the page so I had enough to fold around the front and back of the box. You can find the front and back covers of the original book on the same site but I  used the spine only


I then stuck the paper around the box (any paper glue would do) and it now sits under a small pile of books on a dresser


If you are storing any silver jewellery it is a good idea to store it in a ziplock bag and place an anti-tarnish tab in with it. I get mine at a really reasonable price from Palmers Metals , the ziploc bag can then be stored in the faux book box.

Although it looks very faded it really does look like an old dusty book and would, I hope,  not catch the eye of any intruders - hopefully we won't have any! If we do I hope they are not avid readers!

I hope I remember where I have hidden this stuff and don't throw it out or give it to a charity shop!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Laminated luggage tags


we are off on holiday soon and are faced with the age old problem of how to identify our luggage. 



You know how it is..........you wait patiently for the carousel to come round (slowly it seems) with everyone jostling for the space nearest to the black hole in the wall. Then the belt starts to move and, suddenly, there is a sea of arms reaching out for what they think is their luggage!

 You rush round only to find a sea of suitcases the same colour as yours.   It soon becomes clear that there does not seem to be a great choice of luggage tags available on the market and, for that reason, not only are there lots of cases similar to yours but also lots of tags.

so........ I decided to make personalised tags with a funny twist so that, hopefully, we will recognise our luggage the minute it snakes it's way around the carousel. I added our names to both sides of the tags but you could add a contact phone number or address to one side - of course your phone number would suffice as you don't want any baddies looking over your shoulder to know your house is empty lol

the images are from  The Graphics Fairy


I chose this  cute dog with sign for my tags and......

 this - vintage man with trunk  for my husband's

 this project would have been easy peasy if only printed on one side, but, of course, I wanted it on both sides. and that is where it got more difficult!   I had to play around reversing images and text until it all came together ie printed on both sides and placed so that when I cut the tags the front and back images were placed directly on top of each other

I found that it isn't enough just to reverse the image as that meant the script would face the wrong way round and this is what I found worked  out really well

1) Select the images and save in your pictures

2) import the images to a document (I rotated the images to make the next step easier)




Side 1
3) add the text  - you may  have to rotate the text box and/or  image and adjust the size to fit 

6) print




Side 2

5) open the document

4) Reverse the text only and drag in to place on the graphics (or delete the text and add your contact phone number on the reverse in case your luggage gets lost (hope it doesn't but the statistics aren't too good!)

5) insert the card in to your printer drawer with the side you have already printed face up

8) go in to printer settings and click on reverse image

9) print





Laminate & cut, leaving a small border

 Punch holes for ties - this can be quite difficult through laminate so it is best to practice on a blank section first. Don't place the holes too near the edge or the tag may tear with use 

 Add a tie (I used leather cord) and tie on to your luggage

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I haven't explained properly and, if I can help, I will.




now all you need is the sun - enjoy your holiday!

just a thought....this would be a good option for adding labels to childrens' sports bags or other items. the laminate and leather cord are both strong


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Monday, August 6, 2012

I Believe in Angels

my favourite quote is
"be not  inhospitable to strangers - they may be angels in disguise"



I love angels, I think most women do - maybe because of those little scraps we used to have as children. We kept ours slotted in between the pages of books; they weren't glued in because sometimes we would swap with each others. The most prized, I thought,  one was the large version of the one below




This week I made a sweet little linen pillow with ribbon roses and an angel I found on
The Graphics Fairy website. It is such a good resource for graphics for use on wood, card or fabric. It amazes me  how many different creations Karen's followers can make from the same graphic

I transferred the angel image using Dylon Image Transfer and layered it on 2 pieces of linen

I had already dyed some seam binding in green and satin ribbon in pink ombre to make the roses



I sewed them on the cushion and added 3 mother of pearl heart shaped buttons at each visible corner




then made a "pillow" cushion - folded over  at the back so no zip required
and........it is finished




Today I received 3 rolls of silk ribbon from US eBay and the next project will be bridal

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