Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Wall Panels

When I moved into my new apartment in October 2014, I bought everything brand new. It cost more than I care to admit, but I wanted a fresh start. That being said, I decided to DIY as many home decor pieces as I could.

A while back, I posted the picture below on Instagram. I think it was the first DIY project I had in my apartment. Several people have asked me about it and I decided to show you how I did it. It's very easy and inexpensive (depending on your choice of fabric).

Since then, I've had some questions on how I made them. To be honest, it's very simple! Here's a quick run down on it.

- Fabric
- Foam Boards (4)
- Spray Adhesive
- Scissors
- Screws or command strips (to hand on the wall)

To give you and idea on what I was working with, I have a 42'' TV. I did end up cutting my boards down to 26''x18'' in order to fit what I had in mind.

Remember to iron out the fabric to remove any wrinkles or creases. 

Next, lay out one panel of fabric that measures about 1'' longer on each side. Mine turned out to be 28''x20''. Lay the front of fabric laying face down and spray the adhesive on the fabric. (It is probably a good idea to do this outside, I may or may not have done that...) I'm actually taking pictures after the fact, but you get the idea.

Place the foam board on the fabric and press down. I recommend smoothing out the front of the panel after placing it down to make sure it looks okay. Then, you can cut the corners at a diagonal to make folding the fabric down to the back of the board easier. You might need more adhesive for this part.

Once you have all four panels, you can hang them on the wall! My TV was already up and I was able to use the wall mount as a guide on where to place the panels. I did use screws to mount the panels as I couldn't get the command strips to work on the wall. If you use screws, punching holes through the foam and fabric before screwing it is highly recommended! Also, an extra pair of hands is very helpful. :)

Here's what it looks like now. I used fabric, but you can totally make it with gift wrap or anything else. My mind is on gift wrap as I just used it to cover a wall (post coming soon!)

If you decide to make this, please leave a comment below or leave a comment on my Instagram (@InterrobangDesigns) so I can see it!

PS: I don't always have a drill on my shelf. That's just leftover from another project...

Thanks for stopping by! What kind of projects are you working on?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Etsy Prelaunch Giveaway!!!

I'm getting ready to reopen my Etsy shop after a long time away. As a prelaunch celebration, I'm hosting a giveaway!!! 

Anyone interested in winning some planner goodies? Head on over to my Instagram account @interrobangDesigns and ceck it out!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

DIY Planner Supply Storage

So that planner craze... I've totally jumped on that bandwagon.  I've always been obsessed with planners, but with all the pictures all over Pinterest and Instagram, my obsession renewed itself. 

I've sense purchased several supplies to decorate my planner to make it both cute and functional. With new supplies created a storage problem. I wanted something big enough to accommodate my growing supply, but open enough for me to see everything. The problem was that I didn't want to spend a small fortune on storage after spending so much on my planner supplies.

That's where thought to use some foam board to make my own storage. Take a look below!

You can use this method to make any size you want, but I made mine pretty large with several dividers so I can keep everything organized without much effort. It's pretty simple. All you need is:
  1. Foam board - I used 2 boards with some extra for another project. Here are the measurements I used below. Remember, you can easily modify this for your own needs.
    a. Sides x 4 (7 5/8'' bottom, 2'' front and 6'' back. Draw a line to the the slanted side)
    b. Bottom (30''x8'')
    c. Back (30''x6'')
    d. Front (30''x2'')
    e. Middle (30''x4'')
    f. Small Dividers (4''x2'')
  2. Craft Knife
  3. Writing Utensil
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Ruler 

Then you'll need to take the pieces for the back, sides, bottom and front. You'll need to use the hot glue gone to connect the pieces. Sorry I don't have photos for this. It kind of takes up both hands. 

I found that it's easier to concentrate on connecting them one piece at a time. I started with the back to the bottom, then the sides, and last the front. Because you're working with hot glue, you'll need to work fast. However once you're finished, you'll get the result below. Even if it's only hot glue, it's actually pretty sturdy.

I decided to have two compartments that are the depth of the storage unit. This is for the larger items. You'll be putting these two pieces on next.

From there, I put the long piece that goes right down the center of the storage unit. And then goes the the smaller pieces for the front. 

You can keep going and put more dividers in the back if you would like, but I like it open. I can put things in as needed without having to worry about size. For me, this is where I'm done. All I did then was put some of the supplies in it.

My intention is to use this to keep a specific type of planner supplies.

I have a complete craft/planner supply storage and organization project in the works. I'll post it once it's complete.

Thanks for stopping by even though it's been forever since I posted anything.

You'll see me again soon!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pinterest Love: Its all about me!

I find the humor section on Pinterest has a bunch of pins that describe me and my personality. Seriously. Take a look.

pretty much sums up my thought process
All. The. Time!
so true
Why I'm anti social. 

Lol! Love it! It's all so true!

Do you have a pin that describes you? Please share it with me! 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Paper Quilt

It's been a really long time since I've blogged... sorry! Life (and laziness) got in the way!

Anyway, I've been very interested in quilting. I'm definitely going to try it in the near future. In the meantime, I've been working on this paper quilt. I used a canvas that I had laying around.

Sorry in advance for my bad pictures...

I had quite a bit of the Trendsetter collection from Fancy Pants Designs left over and because I love it so much decided it would perfect as a permanent fixture on my walls. :) Take a quick peek at it!

The process involved a lot of circle cutting. Because I don't have a big enough circle punch or a diecutting machine of any kind, this process was all done by hand with my circle cutter. It was quite a long process, but I got it done without much trouble. Finding the proper measurements to fold them at was a little tricky, but as soon as I figured that out, I just used my score pal and the whole thing was pretty easy.

Then, I had to get them down on the canvas. I tried to glue them down with all kinds of things, but it wasn't working. Eventually, I decided to sew them on the canvas. That took a little longer than I wanted...

 Then, I used a stencil to add some detail to the boarder of the paper quilt. I just used a Faber Castell marker, although I originally planned on using paint. I think I just didn't want to make a mess. Lol!

 Next, came the title of the quilt. I had thought to put some pictures in it, but because I wanted to hang it in my office at work, I decided against it. Instead, I decided on putting some inspiring words onto the it.

 I hand-wrote all the little messages on little squares. I had a lot of trouble with it because my handwriting wasn't making me very happy. In the end, I decided to just deal with it because I was being too picky.

 I added quite a few more elements like the Trendsetter embellishments, wooden hearts, lace and anything less that came to mind.

I modified the title a couple of time to make the words stand out. Originally, I really liked the white on white, but I actually want people to read it without much trouble. I busted out my iRock and went to town. All of the flaps from the circles weren't staying down like I wanted. I ended up gluing them down, but if any of them spring up in the future, that's totally fine with me.


It was a long journey! I spent a lot of time just staring at it, trying to figure out what else was missing. This might be something that I will always go back to in order to add little elements or change the way something is positioned, but I like it right now!

Oh! I'm also using this paper quilt for one of my sister's 100 Themes Challenge! This is for #44: Lessons. Click on the image to see what else I've done for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully it won't take me so long next time!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Two Of A Kind

I've been pretty swamped lately... really swamped. I've barely had time to do anything other than work, but I've made time this morning to create a quick layout.

I'm using this layout for Scrap Your Story's stitching challenge. I LOVE hand-stitching, so this was right up my alley. Here are some detail pics of the layout.

I found those paper straws at Michael's. Love! I cut a few of them up and layered them. I want to get more paper straws in a bunch of different colors.

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully, it won't take me so long to update next time.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pinterest Love: Bento Boxes

I'm terrible at making my own lunches. When I'm at work, I tend to each out or grab something from the vending machine. It's my goal to eat healthier AND save money.

So, this week on Pinterest Love, I'm talking about bento boxes. If you don't know what they are, basically they're Japanese lunch boxes. Some of them are adorable, targeted for children... and I have to be honest, I love them! Some people are really creative with them!

Take a look...

Cute, right? I absolutely love them!!! I probably won't take the time to create a lunch that cute every morning/night before. Yes, I'm 25, but I still want my lunch to be freakin' adorable! You should see my desk... 

Anyway, I do want to create something simple, yet healthy.  Like this...

That's totally right up my alley!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mini Golf in Frankenmuth

It's been a really long, difficult week for me and I have another coming up. Luckily, I made time to scrapbook... between all my sleeping...

Here's the layout I have to share with you.

This is from one of the many times we went to Frankenmuth. Love it! Most of the time we just go shopping, but my brothers wanted to go golfing. I think we were lucky because they just opened. I used a PageMaps sketch for this layout.

 Here's a closeup...

I used Fancy Pants Designs Trendsetter collection. LOVE IT! I especially love the corrugated paper.

And of course, I had to do my hand-stitching and beads! My layouts usually aren't complete without it.

I'm also using this layout for Scrap Your Story's theme challenge: Spring. This entire outing was in the Spring, afterall!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pinterest Love: Vintage Suitcases

Last week, on Pinterest Love... I shared this pin.

Source: viaVanessa on Pinterest

I absolutely love vintage suitcases... the train cases are my favorite. I don't know why, but a while ago, maybe last year, I started buying a bunch of them. Now I have a ton of vintage suitcases/train cases and I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I was going to restore them and I will, but I found some great ideas for them on Pinterest.

Source: viaVanessa on Pinterest

I love them all! Unfortunately, I don't have that many suitcases, but they are great ideas!!! My favorite is probably that chair. It's such a wonderful idea and I might have one that would work for that project... we'll see!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Calendar

Okay. It's the last day of the month... That means it's time for my calendar posting!

If you don't know what I'm talking about...

I decided to record everything that I do on a monthly calendar. It includes everything that I can remember... Sometimes I don't fill it in for an entire week and I have the difficult task of thinking back. It's a lot harder then you think!

Anyway, it started out as a way to track my goals for the year and now I'm just having fun with it. It's nothing too fancy or elaborate; just a quick way for me to remember the month.

Here it is!