Christmas Crafts…take 3

First of all, I just want to say it is so good to be back!  I too have been quite busy here in Vancouver as I am just finishing up my first semester as a student teacher.  Let me tell ya…teaching is hard work!!  I have a new found respect for all of the teachers in my life – You.Are.Amazing.

So now that I am finding more spare time here and there, I decided to do some christmas crafts.  As you all know by now I love getting crafty and I get some great inspiration and ideas from Pinterest.  I decided to embark on some pins that had been lingering around my boards for awhile that I had yet to try.  I’ll be really honest here, I had two epic fails and one craft that turned out rather cute.  So I’ll start the Christmas season off with these…I hope you like…and I hope you try!!

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I made these gift tags with 3 every day ingredients.  Here is the recipe:

* 2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 cup salt

* 3/4 cup water

Mix these three ingredients together, slowly adding the water until you have a workable dough. Roll it out, cookie-cutter it out, and bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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Simply. Easy. Cute.

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I then got out my stamps and sharpie and went to work decorating.  I loved the simplicity of a letter on the small tags to represent family members.

These little birdies turned out to be my favourite…

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 Make sure when you are punching out your shapes that you take a straw or toothpick (for the small circles) and punch out a hole to thread your string through.

Add them to a gift, or even hang them on your tree.  Other ideas to jazz them up would be to add sparkles to your dough before you bake it, or a little dab of food colouring.  How fun!

So far this season: Christmas Crafts – 2 … Jillian – 1

But sometimes it takes a few funny fails to get an outcome you truly love.

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xo

Jillian Marie

ps.  Rebecca and I are re-united in 7 DAYS!!!!

I’m on a horse

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This Old Spice commercial is still one of my favourites, I can’t help but smile as I remember the randomness that made it so funny.  This week, we are venturing into the world of stamping!!  I tried on a pair of ‘horse’ jeans a few weeks back at urban outfitters.  I didn’t love the fit, but fell in love with the print and how hipster it made me feel.  You see, I am a wanna-be hipster.  Living in Vancouver has encouraged me in this direction, and I really want to think I can pull it off, but somehow feel slightly awkward as I stroll down the street with my fake glasses and horses.  If people glance over I just know they are giggling inside at my attempt.  But attempt I will, because there is nothing wrong with trying out new styles and looks…right?

So instead of buying the jeans, I found a way to create my own horse pattern, and for really almost no cost!  I ventured to Michael’s to buy stamps.  I wanted a Fleur de Lis stamp for another project, and was excited to find the perfect one at Michaels.  Then my eyes gazed down to the price of this little, simple stamp and I think I yelped, right in the middle of the store.  It was over $20.  For one stamp.  Crazy right?  So I decided to make my own – and I highly recommend you do as well.  It was so easy, and so cheap!  Remember my pantsformation?  Well I have washed and dried these pants and the fabric paint hasn’t budged, which is another inspiration to just stamp it on!!

Here is what you will need:

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– fabric paint

– craft foam ($0.99)

– small paint brush

– exacto knife

– plain t-shirt or scarf or really anything you want to jazz up a little (t-shirt is not pictured)

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1) I googled the two images that I wanted to turn into stamps and put them into Word and then printed them out.

2)  Next, I traced the horse onto the craft foam.

3)  I then carefully cut using my exacto knife around the horse.

4)  Here is what your stamp should look like (this picture was taken post stamping, hence the black color)

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Next, paint on the stamp with your paintbrush, and press down on the fabric.  Here you see me working with the fleur de lis that I stamped onto a scarf.  Be careful as you do this, as you can get paint on your fingers, and it is easy to accidentally touch the fabric.  I kept a wet rag with me and washed my fingers regularly.

And there you have it.  A homemade stamp that just saved you heaps of $$$ and the option of unlimited shapes!  Imagine hearts, or polka dots, or moustaches….

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//t-shirt – H&M //pants – H&M // boots – Spring //watch – Fossil //necklace and earrings – gifted //glasses – Charlotte Russe

So as I was stamping and editing last night, my husband was busy watching football.  I glanced up and noticed that the New Orleans Saint’s logo is the Fleur de Lis!  I had no idea as I am not a big football fan (except for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers bought me my dinner at the Olive Garden once – true story), so I just thought, “huh, how random!”  Then I glanced up a few minutes later to see they were playing the Denver Bronco’s, whose logo is a horse!!  C-R-A-Z-Y coincidence or what?!  I felt like I was a REAL football fan without even knowing it!  And then I panicked that I wasn’t even being hipster, rather channelling my sporty side…sigh…

xo

Jillian Marie

DIY circle scarf

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Fall is officially here!  In Vancouver we can tell because our gorgeous sunshine has turned to endless rain.  It has been raining here since Friday – straight – well almost without a break.  Fall can be dreary but there are a few things I can’t help but love and welcome with open arms, or hands, like a grande, extra hot, sugar free Pumpkin Spice Latte (with whip of course), shopping for new boots, leg warmers and scarves, and soaking in a hot bath without sweating (TMI?? sorry).  There is just something so cozy about this time of year which makes it easier to transition from summer.  This weeks DIY is an affordable and versatile way to layer your look for fall.  You have probably seen these around, possibly at your local Lulu Lemon store for a ridiculous amount of mula.  I am excited to share how easy and cheap this circle scarf is, and you don’t even need to be crafty!  I promise!!

All you need is:

  • One metre of fabric (check the bargain section…I buy fabric for $3-$4/m)
  • Scissors
  • Thread that matches your fabric
  • Needle

When the lady cuts your fabric at the store, the fabric is doubled, so all you need to do is bring it home, lay it out like I did below, and sew a hem along the hem line like in the picture (if you have a sewing machine this is a breeze, but if you don’t, like me, it takes about 15 minutes to hand sew it).

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Once you have sewn the hem, open the fabric up and you will have a long circle scarf like the one on the left, and then double it up for the final look!

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Now honestly, wasn’t that easy!?  Think of the endless colors, styles, fabric..and my favorite – patterns!  You might remember my striped one from this post.  I have gotten so much wear out of it!   Image

I hope you all have a fantastic week…happy crafting.

xo

Jillian Marie

The draw…

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I am pleased to announce the winner of our first giveaway!  YAY Carling!

Thank-you to all who participated and if you are interested in purchasing a cell phone cozy…email me at: mariejanelleblog@gmail.com for the details.

xo

Jillian Marie

Giveaway !!

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Happy Monday ya’ll !  I am so excited to host the first giveaway on our blog!  Now, most of you who follow other blogs know that either well known companies or up and coming companies team up with bloggers for advertising and host giveaways for their readers.  Well, we are still building our blog, and we are hoping our following does expand to host legit giveaways…but until then…the giveaways will be made by…well…me!!

Call me a grandma, but last Christmas I had some very trendy and fun girlfriends teach me how to crochet.  I have loved creating things like scarves, headbands, and my favourite design yet is the cell phone cozy.  I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from Pinterest and other blogs, but I am pleased to say that this idea is all me.  One evening while watching a show with my hubby I started crocheting away and came up with this slick little pocket to protect my much loved iphone.  I didn’t realize how much I would love this new invention, but now I can’t live without it.  I have dropped my phone so many times only to have it saved by this little cozy, and when I am fishing around in my not-so-neat-purse, all I have to do is feel for my fuzzy cozy and I have quickly found my phone!  I have gotten lots of comments, and compliments, and even some people asking if I sell these.  So I decided to start with a giveaway!!

All you have to do is:

  1. Share our blog on your Facebook. (If you click on the comment bubble, and scroll to the bottom you will see a Facebook share option)
  2. Comment below that you have done so, and which colour you like best.
  3. On Friday I will do a draw, and the lucky winner will have this snazzy little cell phone cozy delivered to their mailbox! (This giveaway is open to ALL of our readers from all over the world)

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Good Luck !
xo
Jillian Marie

maxi to maxi

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Summer is slowly winding down here in Vancouver and fall mornings are starting to get crisp.  I have been wanting to try one last clothing DIY and I think it can transition from the summer to the fall quite nicely.  I had this floral print maxi dress that I bought at H&M last summer, which might have been thrown into the dryer a few too many times.  It is such a comfortable cotton and got a lot of wear as a maxi dress, but, it was starting to inch up my ankles and become a really awkward length.  It clicked that a great solution to this problem would be to make this maxi dress into a maxi skirt – a trend that I absolutely LOVE.  The black maxi dress is one I picked up at a local thrift shop, with the intention of making it a skirt from the start.

So here is some serious hand on hip action and the two dresses before they became skirts:

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I wanted to make sure the skirts would be nice and long, and so cut just below the armpit hole, leaving me with 2  training bras and the beginning of beautiful skirts like you see below.

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Next, depending on what size of elastic you buy (mine was approx. 1.5 inches wide) you want to turn your skirt inside out and  fold the material at the top, leaving enough room for the elastic, and the seam allowance and pin, like so:

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I made sure to do this project at my mom’s house because I have access to her sewing machine while I am there.  A sewing machine is at the top of my wish list, I am still working on finding room and convincing the hubby to give up some more real estate in our little apartment.

So with your pins in place, sew around the whole skirt while leaving yourself a 2 inch gap for the elastic to thread through.

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Next, measure the elastic around your waist and cut to size.  I wanted my skirts to be worn a little high waisted, so that is where I measured the elastic.  Once you have your elastic cut to size, I will let you in on a little secret.  Now this might be widespread knowledge by now, but it is something I learned back in Home Ec class many many years ago (Important side note: I just got the invite for my 10 year high school reunion – CRAZY!!!)  Simply add a safety pin to the end of the elastic to make it easy to shimmy through the elastic opening and around the skirt.

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Sew the elastic together once it is fished through, close up the 2 inch gap you left for the elastic, and TA-DA!! You just made a maxi skirt.  Nicely done.

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// top-Urban Behavior // belt-Zara // bangles-Urban Outfitters //

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// blazer-Zara // necklace-Forever21 // tank-Wet Seal // boots-Ross //

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// blouse-Becki’s closet //

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// jean jacket-gap //

I miss Rebecca like crazy, but what makes it easier is that we talk everyday in some capacity.  It is usually a voice message on Voxer (if you don’t have this app you have to get it – turns your phone into a walkie talkie and lets you talk to people all over the world) or we Skype.  Before Matt took these pictures for me Becki and I had a Skype date and she helped me style my new maxi skirts.  We had so much fun trying things out and figuring out what works.  I’d have to say the ideas she gives me are ones I would never think of, but every time they are my favorite.  She’s good.

If you want to check out our lives in between ze blog – why not follow us on Instagram !

rebecca_jay and  jillian_marie_t

xo

Jillian Marie

An epic pantsformation

This year I have loved following all the new trends in denim.  From pastels to tight and bright, and from floral to tribal patterns…it would seem denim is the canvas for fashionistas this year.  With this in mind, I wanted to take on the challenge of styling my own denim and, luckily, had the perfect pair to experiment with on-hand.

My research on the topic of denim bleaching brought me to some pretty important do’s and don’ts.  One site really got me giggling – a nervous giggle that is.  They explained how important it is to not use ‘cheap’ jeans, too much bleach and an aluminum bin.  This was the outcome:

Imagepinstrosity – check out this website – cracks me up every time.

I was a little freaked out to try after seeing the results above as my jeans were… well…how can I put it…cheap…like cheap cheap…like I probably spent $15.00 on them.  But, I went ahead anyways.  My cheap jeans travelled with me to Kelowna, where I had access to a large bin, bleach, and a backyard for dyeing.  My mom, and partner in this pantsformation, helped me document some of the stages the jeans went through, and a glimpse of me at 7am in my pj’s dyeing my jeans blue.

Before we get started though, here is where I got my inspiration for my final product.  My wonderful friend Michelle Gadd over at elasticpantcity posted a DIY she did after she spotted this Marc Jacobs ad.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2012 collection

Once I laid my eyes on these polka dot beauties I knew we were meant to be…no matter how hard the battle.  Without further ado…here is my pantsformation…

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Steps:

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#1 – I ended up bleaching my jeans like I follow recipes.  A little water, a little bleach…maybe a little more bleach…and a pinch of water.  That being said, I don’t have measurements.  All I would say is that I found I had to use A LOT of bleach to get the color to budge.  Check out this tutorial for measurements.

#2 – I would hang them to dry, and then bleach them again.  I bleached these suckers about 5 times. It was a process.  After the final bleach, I washed them and dried them.

#3 – Next I used fabric dye and began dyeing them blue.  The blue I purchased was a sky blue, but I knew I wanted more of an ice blue, so they could be as marc jacobs as possible.  Therefore, instead of the 15 minute soak, I had them in the dye for approximately 2 minutes.  They look quite dark in the picture, but once they were hosed down (literally with the garden hose) they came out the perfect icy blue that you see in the finished product.

#4 – Finally, with some fabric paint (I picked mine up at Michaels), a keychain ring and a paintbrush, the final step was easy.  I just spaced out my dots traced the keyring with fabric paint, and filled the circles in.

I am so thrilled with the outcome, and am glad that my uber cheap jeans held up to the challenge!

This weekend I styled them and although they are more a summer denim, I thought matched with the black blazer and heels they can transition into the fall.  After all the sun is still a shinin’ in Vancouver!

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Imageblazer – Zara // blouse – urban planet // sunglasses – Jennifer Lopez // shoes – target // earrings – charlotte russe // necklace – gifted Imagetank top – h&m // sandals – Becki’s closet // scarf – DIY coming soon // glasses – charlotte russe // earrings – charlotte russe // bangles – urban outfitters

I did pull out my hipster glasses for the ‘dressed down’ shots…and my hair is in such a glorious high ponytail because of the help of clip in extensions…don’t judge…

xo

Jillian Marie

Pop Your Collar

Good Morning friends,

Have I got a treat for YOU! But before we get started, in regards to my title, let me just say that “popping your collar” is SO not ok. Boys who are still doing this…for the love of pete please stop! Anywho, I’ve been obsessed with bedazzled collars this season as I’ve seen them everywhere, however when I saw that someone came out with the idea to make detachable collars my heart must have skipped 3 beats! What a wardrobe-changing idea! I looked EVERYWHERE for these detachable collars….I mean everywhere. I saw a few in the stores around town but they were out of my price range. I also saw them online in the states (for much less) and thought…maybe? But since my last shipping disaster, I decided against it and put it out of my mind.

One day while I was blog-stocking, I came across a DIY detachable collar tutorial on a few different blogs, and the thought consumed me until I couldn’t take it anymore. I got my little hands dirty and crafted my own! My attempt at being Jillian Marie, Crafter-Extraordinaire, for a brief wonderful moment was riveting and rewarding. 8 collars later…this girl’s got herself a new wardrobe!!

Here’s how I did it:

1. Salvation Army – 2 men’s collared shirts for $5 – it was meant to be. I used men’s shirts because they are more structured and a little more sturdy when gluing on the glitz.

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2. I picked up some very inexpensive fabric glue, and stock piled on any little jewels I thought would best suit the collars.

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3. Then I detached the collar from the shirt using my scissors to cut around the base.

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This is what your collars will look like when you detach them from the shirts.

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Then for the fun part, time to add your own personal flavor.

4. Decorate your collars! Use the fabric glue to paste whatever jewels your heart desires to the outside of the collars.

Here are some examples below…

I got the idea for this red beaded collar from The Chriselle Factor blog.

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I’ve been really into h-core studs lately. I picked up this cheap tube top at the Salvation Army for $2 and picked off the studs and pasted them onto my white collar to make it look a little more edgy.

You may have noticed that I only showed pictures of 7 pre-decorated collars, but you are about to see 8. This is because I had a collar breakthrough a few days ago! I had an extra black collar that I wasn’t planning on using, and so many extra studs from that really ugly tube top that I couldn’t let go to waste. I didn’t want to use the same embellishments twice, so I busted out my metallic gold nail polish to glam the studs up a little more and give it a different feel. (I didn’t show pictures of me putting the nail polish on but you should notice the difference in the finished product).

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I bought a few dog collars at a Dollar Store close by and cut the spikes off to add to this denim collar.

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And here are the results!

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A happy girl with some spicy new accessories to make her outfits a little more exciting!

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XOXO

Rebecca Janelle

PS I love you

So as Rebecca is heading into fall in Australia, over here in Canada we are heading into our summer season (I know you would never guess with the June weather we have been having?!?!)  I feel extremely blessed to have had the chance to kick start my summer vacation (and tan) with a Turton family vacation to Palm Springs.  My husband and I had been anticipating the trip for quite some time, and let me tell you, Palm Springs did not hesitate to deliver.  Two weeks with not a cloud in the sky, a gorgeous house, pool, cocktails, outlet shopping!!!!!! and an amazing time with the family.

So for this blog entry, I wanted to add some fun and EASY summer DIY’s, as well as a few photo’s from a photoshoot my sister-in-law Chantelle and I did. (You see, when Rebecca and I married Matthew and Jordan, we not only got amazing husbands, but a new fabulous and fun sister as well!!)

The photographer was my hunky husband and he was such a great sport.

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Meet Chantelle Turton.  She was the perfect model for my first DIY with her gorgeous long dark hair.  The headband you see above, is simply made from the piece of fabric you see below:

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All you need is a thin piece of polyester, or t-shirt fabric with some stretch, and cut a long strip.  I used some material from a DIY scarf that I will feature in the future.  From your chosen material just cut approximately one meter long and 8 cm wide.

I start by wrapping the fabric from the front of her head to the back, crossing it at the back, and wrapping it around the front again, only this time tying a simple knot.  Then I fanned the two tails of fabric into this adorable bow!  It stays perfectly in place and looks adorable with your hair either up or down!  Such a great way to keep hair out of your eyes when you are tanning, or adding a slight nautical feel to any outfit with this fabric in particular.

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Next up we have the add-some-lace-to-your-jean-shorts DIY.  I did this the day before we left for PS and was thrilled with the cute accent it added to my favourite jean shorts.  I just measured the lace (at Dressew in Vancouver I bought one meter of this lace for $0.99) cut it to size and hand sewed it into place! So easy! You could SEW do this!!

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And now to some fun photoshoot pics…both Chantelle and I are students (or were students as she just graduated University this year! Woot!) and are on a limited budget.  So as we strolled through the outlet mall, with Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, and Versace right at our finger tips, we casually window shopped until we scored some major deals at Charlotte Russe.  It is seriously the best store for stylish, fun and flirty clothes on a budget.  Here is what we found on our day out at the outlets:

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I couldn’t pass up this Peplum dress from Charlotte Russe, once I zipped the zip I knew it had to cross the border with me. My shoes and chunky necklace are from Forever21 (another fave).

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White jeans are all the rage in the summer and Chantelle totally rocked these!  She picked them up at Joe’s, her hip highlighter top and necklace is from Charlotte Russe and her adorable ruffle shoes she found at Nine West.

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Rebecca this shoe picture is for YOU!!

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My next outfit is one I wore in Palm Springs on a number of occasions. The FUN thing about it is that I got it from a little sale Rebecca did out of her closet before her and Jordan moved to Australia.  It’s a silky romper from Kensie and I just love it.  My shoes are from Browns here in Vancouver, the bracelet is one I wore at Rebecca’s wedding and my necklace was made by the very talented Kelsey over at Kelsoristo.com (check her out, she’s good!!!)

Chantelle’s whole outfit (including amazing black heels) are all from Charlotte Russe!

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This last little grouping is perfect for a date night.  I absolutely love date nights with the hubby (I know you would never guess by looking at my face in the left picture – but I cherish each and every one).  It was on a crazy sale, is crazy tight but the pattern was just too much fun to pass up!  I think the red blazer is a needed add, especially for this ‘summer’ weather we are getting in Vancouver.  The dress, blazer, and earrings are all from Charlotte Russe, and my watch is Fossil.

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When it was all over we laughed…we laughed and we laughed at how much fun the evening was.  I am thankful for a patient hubby who waited during outfit changes and didn’t complain once while shooting our pics.

PS I will be back

PS. Rebecca and Jordan you were missed

PS I love you

xo

Jillian Marie

I wood…

I am working on a random collage in my living room with different pieces that I have made (I will post the wall and various DIY’s when it is complete !!).  I had this one gaping hole and really needed something unique and fun to fill it with.  My good friend and former roommate over at domestic ingenuity is who brought this amazing picture transfer to my attention! As soon as she showed me the video on how to do it I knew it would be the perfect project to fill in the hole.  So this is my tutorial on how to transfer a normal, everyday, printed-from-your-inkjet-computer picture onto a piece of WOOD!!!! It is scary easy and the results are so vintage and fun!

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So here is what you need:

– A piece of wood. I bought mine at Michaels for about $2.99.  You want to make sure that you pick the smoothest piece you can find, as the ink does not really soak into any crevasses.

– A picture printed off of your computer.  I have only tried black and white and they have worked gloriously.

Note:  The only word of advice is if you are trying to cut the cost of printing (ahem, like some husbands I know) and switch the printing to ‘greyscale’ rather than using black and white ink, your picture will not turn out as bold and frankly, just won’t really work.  So edit the pics to black and white and then print.

– Gel Medium.  Because I am not an artist in the least, this product was foreign to me.  You can find it at your local Michaels for around $20.00.  Seems steep I know, but two things. 1) Michaels ALWAYS has a 40% off coupon and 2) You can make A LOT of woody pictures from this one little tub.  So share with your friends, or make a mural, all for only 20 bucks!

– A paintbrush

– Mod Podge (I just realized as I wrote this out that it is called MOD podge, not MODGE podge, which i have been calling it for years…anyone else with me on that one?!)

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First I traced around my picture to the size of the wood.  I ended up using the back of the wood because I wasn’t really into the beveled edge on the front.

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This is a pic from our engagement shoot in 2008.  Such a great memory and I am so excited to have it displayed in my house in such a unique way!

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Ok back to the project…You will take your paintbrush and dip it generously into the gel medium.  Cover the surface spreading it evenly.  My $0.99 brush was a little broken which is why I am holding it so funny…gotta love the last minute bin buys at Michaels!!

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Next you are going to place your picture on the wood face down and smooth it onto the wood.  Try to eliminate any bubbles that might occur and just slowly and gently press the paper down.

Then go to bed.

For real.

You need to leave it to dry for one night and then we are ready to move on to the next step.  So easy right?!?

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The next morning, after a good coffee and some Good Morning America, wet down a rag or dishcloth.  You will rub the rag over the picture until the paper starts to soften from the moisture.

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Next, if you can get past how freakishly long my fingers look in the picture above, take your fingers and start to do some circular motions over the picture, the paper will begin to slowly but surely rub off like you can see above.  Rub it and keep adding water if you find it is drying out until all of the paper is removed.

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The last and final step is to take your MOD podge and seal the picture. I chose a Matte finish and am SO happy with the results.

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Voila!!  A picture of us kissing on wood.  I can just imagine the possibilities and ways to use up the rest of my Gel Medium.  You should give it a try!!  I wood.

xo

Jillian Marie