Adding nail varnish to water Adding white card on top of nail varnish removing card from nail varnish Finished prducted Using my cards for Project Life

Saying I was going to post my weekly Create 52 projects on Sunday was a ridiculous idea. Sometimes I won’t get a free bit of time to make things until Sunday and then it puts pressure on me to edit the pictures and write the post the same day. So I’ve decided it’s more realistic to post them the following Wednesday. Let’s see how this goes.

Last week I had a lot on so I didn’t get around to any crafting until Sunday. I’ve wanted to try this marbling effect on paper for ages so I decided to try it on 6×4 and 3×4 white card so I can use them in my Project Life album. I really wanted to use Christmas colours like red and gold but unfortunately I didn’t have those colours. I’ll definitely pick up some cheap red and gold nail varnishes soon and try it again.

All you need is:

  • A container (preferably a disposable one because it may get some nail varnish on it)
  • Water
  • Nail varnish (whatever colours you like but glitter in a clear varnish doesn’t really work too well)
  • Card (or what ever you want to add the marble effect to)
  • A wooden skewer or something to mix your nail varnish
  • A tweezers

It’s a really simple process:

  1. Add the water to the container until its 3/4 full.
  2. have your card ready as the nail varnish sets quickly.
  3. pour a couple of small drops of nail varnish onto the water. It should sit on the water rather than sinking (if it sinks, you may have added too much).
  4. Swirl the nail varnish around with the skewer immediately to mix colours or change the design.
  5. Using the tweezers, gently place the card onto the nail varnish, which should be sitting on the water.
  6. Leave it for a few seconds.
  7. Again. using your tweezers, lift the card from the container and leave it somewhere to dry. It should be dry and ready to use within a few minutes.

I hope you try this technique. It’s quick, easy and fun. Next I’m going to try marbling a plate to use as a ring plate and I’m also hoping to make some marbled Christmas cards to use in my Project Life album.

Have you tried this marbling technique before?

Craft room

The box room of our house has been my office/walk-in wardrobe/craft room for years now but I really wasn’t using it the way I could have been. The room wasn’t the way I wanted it and wasn’t at all organised. If I’m completely honest, it was a waste of a room. Last October I tidied it up a bit and freshened up the paint (who am I kidding? Scratch that, my Mam kindly offered to freshen up the paint). The room was fine and you can see some pictures from that update here but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

Towards the end of this summer the room got a big overhaul  and now I love spending time in there. It was painted again (guess who by? She’s a diamond, that mother of mine). We went with white this time. Its in the front of the house and doesn’t have the best natural light so white was the best we option. I also added a high wattage bulb and got rid of the light shade. I added a narrow vanity unit I already had as a type of desk which I plan to replace with a white Ikea desk at some point. The other big edition to the room was an Alex unit from Ikea. I am not lying when I tell you I’m obsessed with them. You can check them out here. I use it to store my 12×12 paper, stamps, inks, pens and scissors. I’ve arranged the new (to this room) vanity unit so that when I’m facing it in my chair I have my bureau open behind me with more desk space and some of stickers and other materials for working on my Project Life album. I still use my Ikea Raskog cart to store my Project Life kits. I also replaced the coloured storage boxes in the wooden unit with black and white ones. There was no reason for this other than I think they’re prettier. I’m also happy that I’ve made the best use of space, I have my Canon Selphy, my tripod and all of my wrapping paper (in an Ikea platic bag storage container) hanging on a coat rack on the back of the door. 

I mostly use my craft room for blogging, Project Life, some other little projects and now I intend to use it for sewing projects too. Do you have any tips for maximising the use of your craft space?

Before Craft knife and pins Before the paint Yellow ceramic paint Finished product

I bought a notice board so that I could try to make plans for each month for craft projects and blog posts. I don’t know about anyone else but this girl could always do with being a bit more organised. I put it on the wall and straight away I felt like it was a bit boring. So I got to work straight away with my plans to make it a bit more interesting, after all, a boring old notice board isn’t going to inspire you to come up with wonderful craft and blog ideas.

I got some material from IKEA in black and off-white. I’m kind of obsessed with black at white at the minute. I covered the noticed board with the material and pinned it into place. I then used a craft knife to cut the material around the inside of the frame of notice board. I wasn’t too worried about it turning out perfect, but it worked pretty well. Next I used superglue to stick the material to the board. It didn’t really matter if the glue showed through because of the design on the material but if you were using a block colour you might need to test the glue out first.

I liked it at that point but I still felt there was something missing so I decided to paint the wood my other favourite colour right now – yellow. I used a sponge and yellow ceramic paint. I had lots of it left over, but that’s a different story for another day. I’m delighted with how it turned out. It’s yellow but you can still see the wood grain through the paint.

I definitely think it’s going to help to inspire me to come up with great craft ideas. It also brightens up my craft room which is an added bonus. How do you keep track of lists and plans? 

Bathroom rack (before)

Craft rack detailsCompleted craft rack

1) The rust on the rack before I cleaned it up,  2) Craft rack sprayed gold,  3) Finished craft rack in between albums and books

Re-purposing is the new brand new, am I right? At the end of the Summer when we were filling the skip with stuff from the boxroom (more about that here) I told my Dad to throw any bits he wanted to get rid of onto the skip. He put a steel bathroom rack on as it was getting rusty and he was planning to replace it with something else. Straight away I noticed it and thought it would be perfect for crafting materials. I took it off the skip and spent a bit of time cleaning off the rust. I used tin foil (aluminum foil) and vinegar to clean it and if you can stand the feeling of the foil on the steel it works a treat. Next to decide what colour I wanted to change it to. I found cheap spray paint in black, white, silver and gold. I decided to go with the gold. It turned out perfect and I’m delighted with the finished product. I’ve sprayed a couple of things since and I’m kind of addicted. Keep an eye out for more resprays popping up.

Lady & Chief Storage boxes Dog bed Lantern Re-purposed bathroom racl Storage box labelsPaperCraft room

1) Lady and Chief will be frequent visitors,  2) Storage boxes,  3) A  place for me to relax and a place for the dogs to relax,  4) IKEA lanterns match the storage boxes perfectly,  5)  Scrapbooks, re-purposed bathroom rack & books,  6) I added the labels to the storage boxes to help me keep track when I was organising but I liked them so I decided to keep them,  7) Lots of paper,  8) Craft room, I love having the bureau so it can be folded away when I don’t need the table. It makes good use of the limited space.

 During the summer I ordered a skip and had a massive clear out of work stuff and organised what I needed to keep and bring to work. This left loads of space for the spare room to be used as a craft room (yes, I’m sure we’re thinking the same thing – when in the heck do I get time to craft?). I spent a couple of weeks with a lot of help from my mam organising it so that everything had a place. This meant that the copious boxes of craft materials could come out from under the bed and have an actual home. More space for shoes -bonus! It still needs a few finishing touches but I’m really happy with how the room turned out. 

It wasn’t supposed to be a big job so there was no painting or new furniture with the exception of a new white chair I can fold and put away to save space. It’s so organised and perfect, I’m actually a little afraid to mess it up. Look out for some scrapbooking and craft projects coming soon.