Monday, November 10, 2014

A DIY Stenciled Inspiration Board

    We look for inspiration everyday, in many places. I have read about achieving your goals, by placing them on a board, and looking at it daily. A place to organize your thoughts, where, what & how will you get to your next goal. The far off future goals too. Now you can see where the idea for the DIY stenciled inspiration board came for this post. In my Fall Mod Podge Pumpkin post I mentioned buying two carts of goodies at +Michaels Stores. I bought several framed cork boards that were on a great clearance sale.
To be honest I struggled with what would be the best approach to make this board inspiring. Then in a series of unrelated life circumstances, I was in Pompano Beach, FL. looking for document boxes with Prince Charming.The Office Depot was having a clearance sale because, they were moving. I found what I needed at the store 30% off and Gelio Gel pens for 50% off. Hmm. This would work on the cork board but, now what should I stencil?
Silhouette Cameo Phrase Design, Flourish Design, Screen shot, Insipration
I chose the inspirational phrase by Kolette Hall and +Silhouette America Flourish design.  
Stencil Design by D&LP, Silhouette Cameo Screen Shot, Tutorial 1
 First I ungrouped the phrase, sectioned them into the words I wanted together. Then I grouped them together again. as you see below. Next I ungrouped the Be.You.Tiful Link PartyWhen I grouped each set of words and the flourish pieces they welded together.
Stencil Tutorial, Stencil Design by D&LP, Silhouette ScreenShot,
I used vintage contact paper I found while cleaning our neighbors flooded basement.  I used the Silhouette vinyl setting for the blade setting and double cut. This was my first time cutting vinyl so I was very nervous. I did not cut the word into sections with the Cameo. I just used scissors because, I was not sure where I wanted to separate them on the board. 
DIY Stenciled Inspiration Board, Design by Dragonfly & Lily Pads, Gift
I weeded out the words and placed the Glad Press and Seal over the stencils. Then I used a scraper to adhere the Press and Seal. Once it was on I carefully removed the backing to the contact paper and pressed to on the cork board. I used the scraper again to assure the stencil was placed securely and peeled back the Press & Seal.
The gel pen gave me a deep rich color with no bleeding or leaking under the stencil. I did use a scrap of wrap between my hand and the board to keep the color from smearing. It was only in the side of my hand a tiny bit but, not on the board at all.
November Silhouette DIY Gift Challenge, Design by Dragonfly & Lily Pads Tutorial
Here is a list of materials I used to create this DIY gift.
A DIY Stenciled Inspiration Board Designed by Dragonfly & LilyPads, Photographed by Karen Marie Kedzuch
Well it certainly inspired me because, I am giving myself one week to organize, and complete my craft room. I had to stage this vignette since my craft room is a disaster. Shhhh! It was my little secret until I started #OperationCraftySpaceRevolution on Instagram. Now! It is not a secret anymore. Would like to join the fun? Post your before, or during picture on Instagram with the hashtag above, and virtually support each other while we prepare our craft rooms for the holiday rush. What goal would you put on your Inspiration Board? Please answer the question in the comment section. I would love to know what you dream for the future. 

~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance ~
Until next time,
Karen Marie

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