Soooo tonight I was inspired to up-cycle an old frame sitting around the house…funny how people told Cal and I that we wouldn’t display our engagement and wedding pictures and we didn’t believe them…. Needless to say this is a frame that is not being used so I decided to recycle it.
My original idea was to create a memo board with muslin fabric as the background as I am OBSESSED with the unfinished vintage look…
Butttt when I had it all together I didn’t love it…. insert CitraSolv….the most difficult solvent to find in the greater Ann Arbor area. (a word to the wise if you have ANY desire to do a project like this save yourself the time and effort and just order online!) I searched whole foods, trader joe’s, and a couple of novel organic type stores in Ann Arbor and finally started calling to find a location that carried this magical solvent…. needless to say I finally found it.
And I needed a little practice obviously because I neglected to think about flipping my image before trying to add a fun graphic fairy number onto my current favorite table decor…darn!
buttt when I flip the placemat upside down it looks super cool…right?!?!??! Noooo but hey I can pretend right?!?!?
Sooo onto the real project: picking my favorite graphic fairy images—I love them all so that is harder than you might think.
In this case I wanted to make a bit of a collage so I got to pick quite a few!!!!
**note you have to print onto an laser printer or make copies onto a laser copier (I guess most are) in order for this to work (I really took this part for granted as I own an old college laser printer that my undergrad university auctioned off—check with your local university to see if they do auctions like this—-newer stuff for VERY cheap!!)
This picture also shows how you have to tape or pin down your images before applying citra solv
next apply citra solv—it doesn’t take much! Then add some muscle to a spoon or other braying type object!
I chose to iron on my images after applying them…. this step sounds like it is optional according to the citra solv web page but I liked how it dried the solvent.
****I should also note that at this point in the night I was overwhelmed by the smell of orange (the citra solv sent) sooo we turned off the heat and aired out the house (granted that only lasted about 10 minutes—-I mean really—look at that snow!!!) this might suggest that you should do this out doors!
Anyhow here is my somewhat final product aren’t you just in love?!? I am!
I added a cute quote and put it back into the frame—fun and easy and fast and cheap—all things I love and DID I MENTION EASY?!
A close up on the quote I picked.
And I have to mention that I was somewhat inspired by this splurge pillow cover I bought from the local pottery barn outlet last week.
I should also note that I did successfully make a placemat—what do you think?!?
And lastly since I was soooo inspired by my citra solv transferring abilities I made my house guest, sister and best-est buddy a little something (Linds also happened to be my photographer for these!).
We picked a fun scrapbook paper to use as a matte and pressed along the original matte in the ikea frame that I wasn’t using-and-was-laying-around-my-house for a guide
I used an exact-o knife to cut out the frame.
Next I got out my trusty sandpaper (I use this for every craft project) and smoothed along the inside edges to make the corners more perfect looking (noting I make is perfect but this REALLY helps).
Next I added a bit of brown ink (the second thing I ALWAYS use in craft projects) with a sponge to the edges to give a bit of a distressed and vintage look.
wooohooo final project is a very excited Linds with a little dachshund art work that she loves….! Woohoo