Friday, February 1, 2013

Kiwi Lane Blog Hop - photo box


Thanks for joining in on the Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop, if you didn't come here from Melissa's page, head back to the start.

I was excited when Kristy asked me to join the February Blog Hop. I've been a closet follower for a while - but I mostly have accessories so it's not always crystal clear when I've used them.

Needless to say, when she asked me I jumped at the chance to play with some 12 in borders - Clara Lane. I just love the soft curves of this template set! But I have to admit, that after only using the accessories for so long, it was a bit of a learning curve for me. (Read, there's a couple of "failed" projects around my house right now.)

I started my projects by redecorating a white photo box. After I'd framed one side of the box, and cut out the papers for it I realized that it's pristine white was a poor match for my Authentique papers. So I inked up the box, much of the ink rubbed right back off but enough stayed on it to make me happy.

I used 1A, 2A, 3A, and 3B.

Then, I started piecing together the base layer. My typical adhesive (ATG) wasn't going to hold up on this project - there's a shiny coating that I had to gently sand in order for even the Quick-dry Liquid Adhesive to stick.

See how this one section had to be pieced? Yep, I'm pretty proud of that part.

And the finished product! A cute little box to hold my ever-growing stamp collection.





The next thing I did with my Clara Lane templates (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B) was draw lines onto a corkboard and start painting it in bright colors that match my craft space. I also used my Scallops mini 1A. After all the horizontal layers had dried I used my 1/2 in Strips minis to mask off spaces to paint vertical lines. When all of it was dry I edged all the lines and added some pen work and stamping for interest.



I made the board to hang some cards that other crafters have sent AND to hold my templates. Sadly, I'd already made all the holes when I realized I have to many templates for this baby. It'll work this way until I buy more ("more" is pretty inevitable).



As a random but potentially useful aside, I got paint on my templates.  I was bummed that the acryllics had dried to fast thus leaving the templates stained. Quite accidentally, I spilled some non-acetone nail polish remover on one. Voila! So much cleaner. There's still a faint hint of pinks and purples on some, but they are much more transparent now. 




Now, don't forget that a random winner from ONE of the 13 blogs (including Kiwi Lane), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, just for leaving a comment by Sunday, February 3 at 11:59 MST. Winners will be posted on the Kiwi Lane blog the following Wednesday.
So go soak up some inspiration! Next up is Charissa.



69 comments:

  1. I love when discoveries are made by accident!

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  2. love all your stuff :)
    Hopping on, Have a great day!

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  3. A little paint on the templates just means they are loved (and used). Great idea to hang them!

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  4. Totally loving your creations girl! Thank you SO much for participating!!!

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  5. Oh what a great idea! I loved the box! :o)

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  6. I love the wallboard ! Kiwi Lane is the best!

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  7. I love that you did something other than a card or layout to showcase what the templates can do! Love them.

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  8. Very clever storage solution for your templates Jessica.

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  9. I love that you used the templates to create some beauty in your home. Love your projects!

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  10. Thanks for being part of the hop. I love learning new techniques

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  11. I really like seeing new techniques to apply to the templates besides page layouts. You have given me some crazy inspiration. Thanks!!

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  12. Lovin' the cork board! (wouldn't really work for my "collection" of templates, but I can see using it for lots of other things... )

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  13. Jessica I love your storage. NICE board.

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  14. Liked your 3-D project and the way you store your templates

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  15. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wow! I never would have thought of using the templates that way.

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  17. great job! never thought to use the templates in 3d projects,

    Darlene
    desucier at bellsouth dot net

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  18. Beautiful!I jsut lover your projects!

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  19. What FUN projects. Great idea using the card strips!

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  20. LOVE that box!! and what a great idea with the board!

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  21. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Your projects are amazing! The template holder is my fav. I have such a hard time trying to find a good place to store all of mine. Unfortunately, I'm not as talented as you are.......but I'll give it a try!

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  23. LOVE that board to hold all your templates!!! Such a smart and useful idea.....and so beautiful at the same time!!!! So happy to be following your blog Jessica!!

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  24. Fabulous, what a wonderful idea!! Love your work and thanks for sharing.

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  25. Your projects are awesome !! You have such talent !1

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  26. Never thought about using my templates 3D. Great idea!

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  27. Really like new ideas! and dirty templates are the best templates!

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  28. I enjoyed the use of the template on the box. Its very cool. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Never thought of that....very creative.

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  30. What an adorable project! I too am finding that I need more hooks for my KL templates!
    Blessings,
    Valerie

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  31. Loved how you used the templates for storage decorating.

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  32. Wow, you have some great ideas...I love the photo box idea, i never would have thought to use templates when designing on a box. Thanks for that one...and you lucky woman, all those kiwi templates, I am drooling!!!! Hope you have a super fun weekend getting all your lovely comments...
    Maybe you might hop over to my blog and follow me, www.awowrkofheart.blogspot.ca, I would love to have you!!

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  33. I'm loving your cute honest stories about your errant mis-steps that turn into very happy accidents. Love the box!! Gotta try that at home.

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  34. I love how you used the templates on a box!!! Fantastic!

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  35. I would never have thought to use the templates on a box or cute board! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  36. Awesome use of templates on your photo box - I'm looking for one right now!!!

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  37. Great idea on storing your templetes, Im always looking for more tips on organizing. Thanks!

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  38. Great ideas. Love your little message board and great tip for cleaning the templates.

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  39. love that you used your scrapbooking stuff for other craft project. thanks

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  40. so much useful info here.....how you cleaned your templates, how you hung them to be used, how you altered instead of scrapped. I'm impressed with the clever use of templates. thanks for sharing

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  41. Love your little board, what a neat idea! I'm ordering my first templates next week. Excited!

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  42. Cute ideas, maybe I can use some on my grandkids Valentine's boxes

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  43. I love the hanger and great tip for cleaning the templates.

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  44. I love how you store them! That is such a good idea.

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  45. I love decorating boxes, yours looks fantastic!!

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  46. Love the board...I'll leave you my address so you can send it to me! :) and thanks for the tip on how to clean the templates. I've been wondering. Mine are far from transparent these day.

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  47. I like the "outside the page" ideas.

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  48. Love your creativity! I think I'll use your idea to hang my many KLD templates. I really need something to put them in to travel, however. I'll be thinking of something! I am now a follower of your blog.

    Thanks for the idea!

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  49. Great thinking outside the box😉

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  50. Love how you decorated that box. So creative. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  51. So creative! I love the storage idea for your templates! Luann Sines

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  52. Love the box you did1 It is so gorgeous! I have been loving seeing all your Kiwi Lane us lately. It is so fantastic! I Have to laugh that we both used the same collection for our blog hop projects. I guess great minds think alike. :)

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  53. Love how you altered that storage box. Looks great.

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  54. Fantastic projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. A beautiful way to keep your templates organized and easily accessible. :-)

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  56. Love your "out of the box" ideas. And you've given me inspiration for how to store my new templates too....

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  57. cool way to store the KLDT. I have your problem too my collection has grown and more to come I'm sure...lol

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  58. Wow...love your ideas! I thought the templates were just for layouts and cards!! Thanks for proving me wrong! Love the storage idea although I only have a few templates. I'm looking forward to learning to use them and buying more!!

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  59. Great ideas on how to use the templates and what a great way to store your templates. Thanks for sharing!

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