Monday, November 11, 2013

A Blog Hop Featuring StencilGirl and Foam Board Express

 Today I'm participating in a blog hop with StencilGirl and Foam Board Express.

I've been meaning to come up with an organizer for all of my pens, pencils, scissors, etc. that I want to keep easily accessible on my desk so I designed one using foam core board, decorated with Terri Stegmiller's  Waves stencil.

Since I didn't have a sharp blade for my utility knife, I decided to try cutting the foam board with my paper cutter (guillotine). Although it did slightly crush the edge (not visible in the finished project), it gave me a good clean cut and made it fast and easy to get the pieces the size I wanted. 
I cut 2 pieces for the sides (11" X 4.5"), 1 piece slightly narrower but the same length (11" X 3.5") for the bottom, and then 5 pieces (4.5" X 3.25") for the sides and inner dividers.



Using a metallic turquoise acrylic paint and a make-up sponge, I stencilled part of the waves stencil onto the front, back and side pieces. I used a 0.8 Micron pen to outline the stencilling and to add some text to the front.




One the decorating was done, it was time to assemble the pieces.  I used PVA glue and regular straight pins to put it together.  The glue holds it long term, while the pins hold it until the glue dries and then give it a bit more stability (think mini rebar)



I glued the bottom edge of the front piece and then attached it to the edge of the bottom piece so that the side sat flush with the edge of the base.  The pins are stuck in through the the base and into the foam of the front piece (be careful to push them in straight so they don't poke through the paper layers).  I pin about every inch along the entire edge.






Apply glue to the bottom and front edge of one of the sides.  Place flush with the bottom and front pieces, and again pin to secure.  If any glue shows, wipe excess away before it dries, to avoid clear lumps of glue (especially on the outside).
You now need to do some measuring and draw a few pencil lines so you'll know where to put the pins for the inner dividers.  I made a mark along the edge at 5.5" to mark the centre, and then 2.75" from that centre line, to mark the quarter line.  You need to mark these lines on the inside of all three 11" pieces, and on the outside of the base and back pieces.

Draw in the pencil lines along the base, both inside and out, and the inside of the front piece.  These lines will allow you to position the dividers accurately, as well as figure out where to put in the pins.  Note, I didn't want pins all along the edges in front, so I only pinned the top and bottom and relied on the glue to hold the rest.  I did pin from the back all along the edge though since it didn't have the text decorating it.

Once all of the dividers are in and pinned from the bottom as well as anchored at the top and bottom edge of the front, it's time to add the final piece.
Put a bead of glue all along the top and side edges of the dividers and side pieces, as well as along the bottom edge of the back piece. Place it so that it sits on top of the edge of the base and tight against all of the dividers and sides.  Making sure that the sides and dividers are covering the lines you drew so that you know they're in the correct position, and then go ahead and pin to secure it all.  Once the glue dries it will be good and solid!




And here's what it looks like filled up and in place at the corner of my desk.



After organizing that area of my desk, I decided to make a little divider for one of the cubbies in this shelf.  Now instead of a 13" cube, I've got some shelves within it to organize some of the smaller bins and things.  Notice I left enough space at the side so the ATC display case can still stand at the side of that space. It was constructed in the same way, using glue and straight pins.  By adding a back, although not really necessary, you get that much more stability.

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After
And now, check out these great prizes...

INCREDIBLE PRIZE PACKAGE:

Foam Board Express is giving away:
Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5) of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colours chosen by the winner.  Colour choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink. 

and 

StencilGirl is giving away:
Mary Beth's new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal 


All comments on all blogs eligible. Combined prize going to one winner.


You can check out Foam Board Express on their website and their FaceBook page and they've also launched a Pinterest site.



Don't forget to hop on over to the next stop on the blog hop and leave a comment!  

Linda Kittmer-You Are Here
Leslie Tucker Jenison-Your next stop on the HOP

GIVEAWAY (ends Thursday November 14th @ 11:59PM Central Time

117 comments:

  1. Cool creations! I'd love to win some of this foam board stuff :).
    Stay inspired!

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  2. Loved your penholder, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I'll certainly keep my desk organized!

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  3. Ah, foam board is so versatile. I love the way you put your text on it.

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  4. I love the idea of sculpting with the foam board. I usually think of it as a 2d media. Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Thank you. I find it great for this sort of use. And I'm thinking custom gift boxes for special gifts at Christmas too.

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  5. I love your pen and pencil pot - I could do with one too!
    Thanks!

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  6. Just found your blog. Great ideas...always looking for inspiration for storage, using stencils/journalling, new techniques etc. Would love to win. Thanks

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    1. So glad you found my blog. Enjoy the hop and good luck in the draw!

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  7. That's some serious boxage there, Linda. What a great project. Love it.

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    1. Thanks Judy. This should help keep my desk organized!

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  8. You are right- great minds do think alike! Love how it turned out- and the stenciling on the front is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I may have to add some washi tape to the corners or something to 'fancy it up' after seeing your beautiful creation!

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  9. I luv boxes.This is a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Corinne. I learned a lot of great lettering tips from Joanne Sharpe!

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  11. This is way too cute. I love what you created.

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  12. a great creative way to organize-love it!

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  13. Love your organizer - and the pins as "mini rebar". Thanks
    Dianne West

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  14. What a great use for foamboard!

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  15. Perfect organising. Love that foamboard.

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    1. Thanks Jo. Foamboard is really great for this sort of thing...inexpensive and easy to work with!

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  16. I hadn't thought about using pins as rebar for foam core. That's a great idea. Lovely project. And why doesn't someone invent the perfect foam board knife - never needs the blade changed. Or did I just miss that tool?

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    1. Thanks Linda. I love your idea for a perfect foam board knife!

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  17. First things first! I have been meaning to tell you how much I love your blog header!!! So pretty!!!
    Secondly, I LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE your pencil holder. The way you wrote your words inside the waves is cool! I love making organizers and MUST HAVE this foam board!!!! TFS!

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara, for all the love! Good luck with the draw!

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  18. I love your pencil/pen/marker/everything holder - great idea! Really like your decoration too! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Heidi. It's really working to keep me better organized!

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  19. This is exactly what I need for my many sets of Markers! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks. Although, this is just for a few things I keep on hand. All the Tombows, Paint Pens, etc., etc. have other organization. There's just too much 'stuff' to keep it all right there on the desk. LOL

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  20. thank you so much for your awesome creation, i loved it. and sure would love to try to make it. i have stuff all over the place that sure do need organizing. thanks for the idea and the chance to win. xoxo

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad I could inspire you. Good luck in the draw.

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  21. This is a great project! I just might have to give this a try!
    ...Raine

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    1. Thanks Raine. Good luck in the draw...you just might win the supplies you need to get started.

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  22. More and more good ideas coming from
    this hop! Nice colors,too!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I always love hopping to all the stops to see what everyone else has done too!

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  23. Never would have thought to use foam core in this way... And I live the stencil too!

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    1. Glad to have given you another idea for using the foam core.

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  24. Felicidades por tu creatividad. Me encanta ese uso de los dos productos. Un éxito!

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  25. Great organizing ideas. and the pins as "rebar" is very cool. This is great hop. So many different ideas and talents.

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  26. awesome- love your finished product!

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  27. Another great use for the Foam board.

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  28. I especially love the metallic acrylic paint!

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    1. Thanks. It's one of the Martha Stewart craft paints.

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  29. Oh love these ideas! And that stencil, so awesome!

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  30. I love the organizer! Great idea.

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    1. Thanks Holly. One step closer to better organization in my studio!

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  31. Wow! Just like that, you have an awesome new organizer!! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. And yes, it was a pretty quick and easy project.

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  32. What a sweet organizer for your art tools, Linda!
    Fabulous!
    And of course I LOVE that metallic turquoise! :)

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    1. Thanks Mary. The paint is one of Martha Stewart's craft paints. I picked it up on sale at WalMart.

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  33. Awesome organizer, Linda! That stencil is perfect!

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  34. Great project! Thank you for the detailed step outs. Love the turquoise and your lettering is awesome too.

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  35. Great storage container and shelf idea. I love the doodle work on the storage container. Great work and thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  36. great idea -and I like that it has a bottom!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. Yes, with the bottom I can pick it up and move it easily.

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  37. Straight pins! LOVE it!!! and the shelves!

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    1. Thanks Maria. This has inspired me to make even more organizational dividers for a couple of the other sections in that shelving unit.

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  38. Great organizational idea...and that paint...so yummy. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks Rita. I'm glad you like it. Good luck in the draw.

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  39. What a marvelous idea!!!! I bought a silverware caddy to hold some of my pens and love it, however haven't found another one like it. Now, it doesn't matter because I am going to make one of foam board!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Thanks Randell. I'm glad you like the idea. Have fun making yours.

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  40. Love suggestions for ways to organize my stuff!

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  41. WOW, great project! I could use a holder like that! Great instructions, thanks. Now I just need to win that fabulous prize so I can make a few of those holders for my pens and paintbrushes:)

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    1. Thank you. Have fun making some of your own...and good luck in the draw.

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  42. Love it! Need to get some foam board to attempt one of these!

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    1. Thanks Nydia. Maybe you'll be the lucky winner in the draw.

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  43. This is too cute! Love the design! Could use an organizer like this!

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  44. Cute doesn't even begin to cover this! It's SUPER brilliant and well designed and executed. Thank you SO much for sharing.

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  45. Made a unit to hold my stamp pads and stamps......used hot glue. It has held together well and is very strong structurally. Like your pen holder (this may replace the water pipes that currently hold my pencils and brushes.). Love the artwork❤️

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    1. Thanks Robin. I'm thinking I need to make a few more too!

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  46. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

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    1. Thanks Diana. I'm so glad you're enjoying the hop!

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  47. I really love your pencil holder - and the stencil is great!!

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    1. Thanks Sandy. Terri's Waves stencil is great for writing on wavy lines!

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  48. I really like your blog, and the project was very cute! I'd LOVE to win the package of foam boards!!!

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    1. Thank you Peggy. I'm glad you found me. Good luck in the draw.

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  49. Great project! Just thinking about using the cutter was inspiring. I love when we get hints that help us. I think the cutter is faster and the crushed sides didn't matter in the end.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. And yes, depending on what you're planning to do with the foam board, the cutter is perfect. If you try this, just remember to cut with the same side up each time so the slightly crushed edge is always on the same side. It actually springs back up for the most part anyway.

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  50. Linda, such a cool idea for a container! I love it! love that turquoise pen too!

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    1. Thank you Jackie. It's actually Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint, not a turquoise pen at all. However, I'd love to have a paint pen in that colour!

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  51. What a cool project! Great use for the foam board and the stenciling looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with how it turned out and it does keep my desk tidier!

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  52. This is a GREAT organizer. I can see making/using one next to my sewing machine to keep my tools together. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks Lynne. Have fun making yours!

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    2. Love Love Love your work! Thanks for sharing

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  53. what a fantastic idea, thanks for showing how to do!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you liked the post and the hop.

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  54. Wonderful storage bin and so easy to customize. Thanks for sharing!

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