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Crafty, Scrappy, Happy: DIY: magnetic board and magnets

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DIY: magnetic board and magnets

I must preface this post by saying that I am up Nor'te en da UP of Michigan right now on rotation and so please please please forgive the strange photographs of my projects as I had to be a bit creative with my work space since I am staying at a tiny little motel!

Soooo I have been wanting to work on my magnetic board and magnets for a while now I just needed time and time is bountiful up here when there is nothing for me to do in this little motel room but craft with Becks (who is also on rotation with me!) 
---here is how they turned out!

And here is what my treasure started out looking like!

Best part was that it was on clearance---thank you tacky Valentines day decorations!

Pretty simple with a glue gun!

I wanted to give the back a finished look so I just put card stock weight scrapbook paper over the edges of the fabric.

And then had to hunt at the smallest JoAnne Fabric EVER (I shouldn't complain it is amazing that they have one here at all!!!) for some ribbon to hang my project.

Next----on to the magnets, my first attempt with Michigan scrapbook paper was a fail.  (Note the magnet on the back side showing right through the scrapbook paper)

So I took an evening break and in the mean time Becks and I went on a thrift store adventure and look what we found:

For all of you who are too young to remember a time before Wikipedia----its an encyclopedia!!!


First of all I think that these encyclopedias are a real find because they were only twenty five pennies!  Also they are from 1933 and have amazing browned worn pages and that wonderfully amazing (super stinky) old book smell....ahhhh I love my treasure books I am going to use the for TWO million crafts in the near future!!!!

Starting with my second attempt at magnets!

***Side note---Becks grabbed up the M volume and used the Marriage pages for scrap booking---HOW CUTE IS THAT?!?!?

My second attempt was much more successful here are my hints and tips:
-Mod Podge your glass stone (I got mine from the dollar store) right to the paper---GO LIGHT on the mod podge--trust me!
-Sand off the edges of the paper to get a worn/finished look that doesn't require measuring or special cutting

-Place a second layer of paper (thick-ish in weight) so you don't see the magnet or glue through your pretty image (this was my mistake from the first attempt).

-Sand again and then add your magnets, the stronger the magnet the better, next time I do this I will be going for something even stronger than these....I should have known that even though the package clams mine should have be super strong, when they were the cheapest in the aisle the really might not be :o)

-Use and strong but clear colored glue...I bought jewelry glue because I figured it would come in handy for other projects and it is both of the above, I am sure you could use anything though!

I think they are pretty cute annnnndddd I must note that there is a trend here:
Wasp, Watch, Water, (Watercolor) techniques, and Watertown

Yes I am guessing you figured it out, I bought the W vol. 
I found Watertown WI in my encyclopedia---- pretty cute since Cal's whole family grew up in Watertown---awhhh what are the chances?!? (wait it was a W encyclopedia)

And because my ideas just don't seem to stop I had the idea to use my Big Ten scrapbook paper to make team magnets so I could put them up for the football season----ahhh have I explained how much I love football?!?!?  LOVE!!!

What do you think?!  Are you inspired are you going to make some?!?  Do you wish you had an old smelly encyclopedia?  What would you do with it?  I would love to hear about your ideas!  

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Blogger Tabitha@InspiredByGiving said...

Love that fabric it's so pretty!! And your magnents turned out so cute!! I'm ALWAYS inspired by your wonderful, original crafty projects! Thanks for sharing! Miss you!

April 7, 2011 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Natalia Lynn said...

I love this, it looks great and te magnets are so cute! Thanks for sharing, i am your newest follower, can't wait to read along!

April 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Fishtail Cottage said...

fabulous! so cute....xoox, tracie

April 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Hi blog friends, thank you so so much for stopping by my blog, Natalia I am SOO excited you are following :o)

April 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Brandy J. said...

Super simple and cute. I totally need a Home Goods by my house!!!

April 8, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Too Much Time said...

These are so great! I really love how you found meaningful words and fun illustrations for each magnet! Good Work!


April 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Hi Brandy I LOVE home goods! I love everything about that place! And their clearance stuff...lets not even go there! The problem is, is that they are always getting new stuff so I feel like I would always like to go there and check it out!

April 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Very crafty and a cute idea!

Your new follower

April 8, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a sucker for vitage stuff. You should see my basement- my husband is being to call me a vintage hoarder- now I have a project to do with those old magazines! Come link it up to my party next wednesday goobyecityhellosuburbs

April 8, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Ooo, I wantt o make some of these--so much fun! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

April 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about making these into knobs? I've been thinking about doing something like this . . . . but if you like the thought . . . run with it, PLEASE! :)

July 23, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Byrd said...

Linked back to you today

August 28, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Job38 said...

I'm so happy that I found this particular post of yours. I have an old metal sign that is presently hanging out in my bathtub because I thought I was going to have to spend a long time peeling letters off of it and cleaning. Now, after seeing this post I will attempt to just clean it one more time and cover it with beautiful fabric. (I was going to spray paint and frame it.)

November 2, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

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