Monday, February 20, 2012

gift card phone stand

Phone Stand made from Recycled Gift Card

In this tutorial, I will show you how to take an old gift card and turn it into something fun and useful. This isn’t my idea – I found a photo someone else had posted online, but I cannot remember where I found it… It is my idea, however, to use the larger gift cards rather than the smaller, regular sized cards. There’s just more room to let your inner creative genius out!

First, make sure your card has no value left on it. You never know, someone might just be so excited to craft, they might forget & use one that still has money on it! I so could see myself doing that… Then, bend your card into shape. I used a metal ruler to help me with that. You only need a little bit of a lip to hold your phone, so bend that first, then halfway between the little lip & the other end, bend the opposite direction. You should end up with a shape like the ones pictured above.

Next, lightly sand all sides. It helps the mod podge stick better. I actually think sanding FIRST, then bending might work better, but sometimes I tend to do things backwards. If any of you decide to do the sanding first, let me know how it turns out! Another helpful little hint is to do your sanding over a damp paper towel, then use that to wipe the card when you’re finished.

Now, cut two pieces of paper slightly larger than your card. Leave yourself ¼” or so of room on all sides, so you can have some wiggle room when you’re gluing the paper down. It’s a bit easier to mold the paper to the card BEFORE mod podging, so you know which piece goes where.

Use mod podge to glue your papers down. I used matte, but you could use glossy or even sparkly! Once dry (give yourself an hour or so), trim close to the edges with scissors. Then you can sand the edges to remove any excess paper.

Decorate as desired. I used rub ons and coordinating papers.

To ensure it lasts a while, add a coat or two of mod podge once you’ve decorated the stand. As a finishing touch, I added a bit of sparkle…

Let dry completely for a day, then start using (or gifting, as I did here) your stand!

Thanks for looking, and happy crafting!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

february 2012 scrappy chics stuffs!

january was a CRAZY busy month for me. we took a family vacation to maui - it was lovely and warm and sunny... here at home, the temps were hitting -30ยบ but while we were in hawaii, it was in the mid 80's. when we got back to anchorage (late at night), we took the shuttle to the parking lot where we left our truck. it was frozen solid - we had to get the battery jump-started. brr. the next morning, i realized my camera case was nowhere to be found. i was immediately in tears. my husband had faith the camera would turn up, though. thank goodness someone was being positive. usually that someone is me, but i was too distraught over losing my camera. i called the airline, the airport in anchorage, the parking lot in anchorage, the airport in maui and finally the rental car agency in maui... yep. i'd left it in the car. whew!

anyway, long story short - the pictures for this month's kit are not great - i took the photos with my phone. :) AND i did my projects after we got back from vacation!

please, go to scrappy chics and sign up to get your kits! melinda has the most incredible variety - i'm ALWAYS excited to open my melinda mail!

here's what i did:

smile kind of a shabby chic thing going on here

she is 42 ugh. really? how the heck did that happen?! lol

beautiful reasons i found this little doohickey at the thrift store for 50 cents. i knew i could use it for something. the photos are held in by ribbon strips - so i can change out the pictures and put up new ones!

here's the "before" of the tray. i guess it's a tray.
thanks for looking - what a crazy month! hope your new year started out stress free...