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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Meet My Friend...Lois from Auntie LoLo Crafts

Hi! My name is Lois but you might know me by "Auntie Lolo". I started my blog Auntie Lolo Crafts about a year ago to post all the fun craft ideas I see on the web and projects I do as well. I am so excited to be guest posting for Wendy while she is gone! I just love her blog and always find the greatest ideas on it.
We always have at least 3 socks that don't end up having matches after doing the laundry. It drives my husband crazy. He was thrilled when I decided to make a "home" for these lost socks until they find their mate.
For this tutorial I am going to do something a little different, I am going to feature TIPS! along the way so that your project turns out better/easier than mine did. :)
First I started out with a little board I got at Hobby Lobby for a little over a $1.00, it's about 12 by 6 inches. (This was before I knew about Habitat for Humanity Stores where wood is 50 cents or less)
I thought at first I would paint it....
But then I thought it needed something else. Oh and please know the yellow wasn't that bright but I cannot figure out my camera settings to save my life, keep this in mind throughout all the other photos...
So I modge podged my favorite paper onto the board,
right over the paint. It's called Bo Bunny Double Dot Paper, Sunflower. You may not be able to see, but there are cute little dots on the paper.
How to Modge Podge:
  1. Apply a medium amount of modge podge with a brush (i use those super cheap foam ones) to the board. Make sure that the board is COMPLETELY covered. But don't take so long that the modge podge starts to dry.
  2. Put paper on top of modge podge. Use an old credit card or bone folder to smooth down all of the paper. You may have some modge podge come out on the sides, that's okay, just wipe down with a paper towel. Keep smoothing until there are no bubbles.
  3. Let dry for approx. 10 minutes. Then you can put vinyl on top of the paper.
  4. If you are going to "ink" the edges, this is the time to do so.
  5. After applying the vinyl, put a very thin layer of modge podge on top of the vinyl
  6. Let dry 15 minutes before handling again.
I "inked" my edges with Tim Holtz' brown ink. All you do is hold the ink pad at an angle and go along the sides of your sign. You will get a thin layer of brown on the edges. Depending on how you tilt the ink pad, you can get more or less ink around the edges. If you don't have an ink pad, you can use a brown marker!
I used the program SCAL and my Cricut to cut the brown vinyl. Click HERE if you would like to download my SCAL file to use for your own sign.
After modge podging, inking and putting the vinyl on the sign, I whipped out my hot glue gun to attach the clothespins.
TIP! Measure the distance between clothespins before you hot glue them so you don't end up with some being closer than others and being super annoyed.
While you have your hot glue gun out, use it to attach the picture hanger to the back of your piece of wood.
TIP! Do not use the little nails they give you on this thin of a board, they will go through the board.
(btw, this is the real coloring of the sign and my laundry room walls)
Your done! Now go collect your lost socks and give them a new home. They (and your husband) will be thrilled!
(see the difference in coloring? crazy camera!)
Thanks again Wendy for letting me guest post for you. I hope you will all stop by and say hi on Auntie Lolo Crafts and for all the latest craft ideas, feel free to follow me on facebook!

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Lois!!! I need like 10 of these! Lost socks are a specialty at my house. Thanks for such a super fun and easy idea, those are my favorite kind of projects.
Happy Crafting!

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