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Monday, March 8, 2010

DIY Day! Get the Message!

I had a super-fantabulous project planned to share today...but as with most of my projects, I was finishing it up late at night...and something was missing...yes, not quite right. So, I had to walk away, and plan to visit the hardware store tomorrow for that missing element. In the meantime, I give you this...

Get the Message
I like my stuff...it is a problem...not a problem like "Hoarders" will be knocking on my door next week problem, but a problem, nonetheless. I am working on it...I am trying very hard to clear the clutter...other than the toys in the house and the fact that managing my paper work is beyond me, most of the clutter is in the garage and most of it is crafty supplies and treasures I have found thrifting and such.
 {Circular labels and Spring card graphics from The Graphics Fairy

Anyway, I have had this message board sitting in there...looking at me...haunting me, and I cannot give it away...I just can't {yeah, that is part of the problem for most of my stuff...we will not even talk about the designer skirt I have from my freshman year of high school}! It's style doesn't necessarily fit my decor anymore, but it was given to me by some very dear friends on my birthday. I am attached to this cute little board because this was a special birthday. On this particular birthday, my hubby had just moved away up to Central California {that day!}...I would soon be joining him, but my friends knew that I - born and bred L.A. girl - was devastated, so they gave me an extra special birthday that year.
Well, it hit me! Take it out of "that" pile and put it in the "DIY" pile...and that is what I did this weekend {last night}...I DIY'ed me a new message board. There is nothing wrong with the current one at all...it just doesn't fit in with this house's decor. This is what the board looked like pre-DIY makeover.
DIY! Instructions
I used something I already had, this would be a super easy project for anyone with a few easy steps. {sorry, no photos...it has been a long weekend!}

-Wooden plaque {or frame with wood insert} - hey are pretty inexpensive...I actually picked up some wooden plaques at the craft store - they already had messages painted on them...but they were on clearance for 99cents!
-Scrapbook paper {or other favorite paper...like book pages}
-Mod Podge
-Paint brush and/or foam brush
-Ink pad

1. Paint plaque, let dry {optional - I chose to paint the board and frame just in case any of the wood showed through...you do not really have to paint}
2. Tear or cut paper strips 
3. Layout your paper strips in your desired design
4. Apply layer of Mod Podge to plaque, let dry slightly
5. Apply second layer of Mod Podge 
6. Begin applying strips of paper covering the plaque, smoothing out wrinkles until plaque is covered. *
7. Apply 1 coat of Mod Podge over plaque, let dry
If you are not doing the ink pad step {see right below} apply 1-3 coats of Mod Podge and let dry.
8. Use ink pad to distress/age plaque, paying attention to the corners and creases. Optional.
9. Apply final coat of Mod Podge to seal ink.
10. Layout clothespins and mark placement.
11. Glue clothespins down - I used Mod Podge...but wood glue or hot glue would work.
12. If your plaque has room for this, screw in some hooks at the bottom edge for hanging keys etc. - I will be adding some hooks asap.
*NOTE: I added some beautiful vintage graphics from The Graphics Fairy to add a little something-something to my design. Add them just before Step 7 if you do that too.
Happy Messaging!
Joining the party at... 
Blue Cricket Design


Punkin Seed Productions


  1. You are so totally creative. I am impressed.

  2. Nicely done.

    My old memory items seem to always disappear--I best start the investigation with the Mrs.

  3. Very nice!! I hope you will consider linking this one up today on my blog!
    Holly, I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I'll be bragging about you today! I'm featuring your fabulous frame on my "Brag Monday" post.


  4. Holly -- I love what it became, how cute!! I keep all my crafty stuff in the garage too, as well as the trash pickin treasures awaiting some magic. I've really got to clear it out, it's taking over! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday!

  5. My gosh, you're good!!!! That's really cute!

  6. As always very nice! You are so gifted with inspiration and ideas. Have a great day.

  7. Great message center...quite creative!

  8. first - I may slow on noticing - but LOVE the new picture up on top :o)

    second - I wish I had the gumption you do dear. I have sooo many to do piles & lists that I keep adding to. I am about to take the rest of my day off and clear out one room of "stuff"

    third - that message board ROCKS!
    Happy Monday :o)

  9. Oooh, I love it! I'm obsessed with organizers of any kind, plus I fancy myself a DIYer, so this is perfect for me. Now, if only I had the time to make something like this...you don't know of any place that sells spare time, do you? ;)

  10. I love what you did with it, very cute.

  11. Oooh, I love it. It is so cute.

    I decided to do some crafts this week since the kids are home for the spring break maybe I can get them involved and little more occupied.

  12. I always enjoy your crafts. My son is home from preschool for a 2-week spring break so we're heading out to try some crafts...and baking. This should be interesting!

  13. You have found a great way to make something that was special to you even better! Crafy mama!

  14. You are awesome! I love this so much, I've emailed it to my daughter-in-law. Like you, she's very crafty.

  15. This is super cute!!!

  16. I just bought my first Mod Podge in years...I'm going to start playing with it this afternoon! Your project turned out great!

  17. As usual, very creative and super cute! And how very green of you to "recycle" something you already had! Bravo!


  18. Oh, I so want one-you should do giveaways with all of your amazing stuff!

    P.S Cannot believe someone said that to you-I am getting inspired to do a tall blog now too!

  19. So sute ! you are so crafty and i am too but not like this thanks for the inspiration :)

  20. I am in awe (and a little envious of) your crafty powers!!! ;)

  21. So THIS is why I keep everything at my house! I should probably look through my attic and see what gems I've got stashed up there :)

    Confessions From A Working Mom

  22. Um- are you kidding me? That is FANTASTIC!!! Love it!

  23. Those boards are gorgeous! I'm going to have to give that a try.

  24. At least your garage has crafty stuff in it, mine is boxes. and not in an orderly fashion! I love yourr message board makeover!

  25. Too Cool!! That sounds like something even I could do :)

  26. I wish I could be this creative!

  27. That is an amazing transformation! I love the new look!

    I feel like such a slacker. I have so many half finished projects collecting dust. I need to have you come over and get them done for me!

  28. Great job! It'd hard for me to discard something I started working on or that I plan to work on.

  29. Those are too cute Holly! You are a nifty thrifty gal!!~ Thanks for sharing!!~ Have a great day!

  30. love these! how creative!

  31. SO cute Holly. And this:

    I like my stuff...it is a problem...not a problem like "Hoarders" will be knocking on my door next week problem, but a problem, nonetheless

    was SO funny.

  32. What an awesome project!

  33. That is SO cute Holly!!! I love the message board with the clips. You are so creative!

  34. I am LOVING the new look Holly!! And the message board is adorable too!

  35. I LOVE what you did with it! You are so creative! I really love turning old junk into a work of art. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. So adorable...now go take a nap my friend. Great work. Holly

  37. that is super cute and funcitonal, i'm a fan!

  38. Holly, i really like this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  39. it came out great,you are so creative,send me some of your creativity please.

  40. You are truly a whiz with Mod Podge!!

  41. very cute. I don't know how you think of this stuff!

  42. Ooooh nice!! So glad to have found your blog through Kendall's feature! Can't wait to see all your great projects!

  43. What a great project, well done!

    I like your blog! Gonna follow.

  44. Great makeover...WOW.

  45. I love the makeover! It had great "bones" like the clothespin and the handy spot to stash things. But it looks a lot better after you tinkered with it. Great job!

  46. New follower here! Found you through TGC, your site is wonderful!

  47. Visiting from TGC, nice to meet you!

  48. Great message center...quite creative!

    Work From Home

  49. Too cute!! I love it! You are so creative to turn it into that. Impressive!

    Thanks for linking up at the Spring has Sprung Party at Fun to Craft.

  50. So pretty and much more sophisticated! What a transformation from what it was before! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

  51. And now you will still think of your friends every time you look at it--great job.

    Did you ever contact the lumies gal about your wedding site. I let her know you might be getting in touch with her. She was thrilled.

    Thanks for posting to the party.

    My favs will be up this evening.

    Cheri www.itssoverycheri.com

    Have you re-signed up to follow me at the new site. If not you won;t get my updates. Blame Google not me-I don't know why they want to keeo my followers-like what are they going to do with them--REALLY.

  52. great project! well done! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at TGC. I enjoyed my visit and am inviting you to drop in at my place sometime this week! until later...

  53. This is so gorgeous... and useful!! I love love it!! Thanks for sharing!


  54. Wow - this turned out great!!!! Thanks for planting your creative seed at Punkin Seed Productions. Don't forget to come back on Friday and plant another creative seed!

    Punkin Seed Productions

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