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I was so excited to play with this amazing line called “Plus One” by Amy Tangerine! There are so many goodies. I had a hard time narrowing my project down because the ideas kept flowing. The “Plus One” collection was the top-selling signature line this past winter and it’s sold out in most stores and online. Good thing we have a way to help you get your hands on these goodies!
My inspiration came from my office decor, or lack there-of. I’ve been wanting to redo my office but haven’t been able to figure out what to do, or even a color scheme! When I saw the fun colors in this line, I found my inspiration. This project is going front and center on my desk, a daily dose of fun and creativity. It’s a daily desk calendar with a fun twist-it also acts as a white board! I can write fun little messages anywhere I want to. And the months easily change too. Here’s how I did it. But first, here’ a glimpse at some of the fun that comes in this line:
I really needed a calendar for my office anyway and I’ve had this wood canvas box sitting my closet for some time. It was crying out to be used! You could use any type of wood for this. I liked the box because it’s free-standing, but you could easily use a small easel if your wood of choice doesn’t stand on its own.
Because I was covering the front, I only needed to paint the sides and the back (because I hate having things feel unfinished). I used a metallic gray and just did one coat so the grain showed a little. That way, the paint job mirrored the fun messiness of this kit.
Next, I created the base layer with the papers. I traced the box onto the back of one of the 12×12 papers and then used some of the rubons in different places on the page. I also cut a strip of paper to act as the backing layer for the names of the months (the black paper you see in the picture). I used the embroidery kit to add stitches to the top and bottom of the strip for added texture.
This is after I added the rubons and the paper strip with stitching.
At this point, I whipped out my lamination machine and put this page through it with a light laminating sheets. I wanted to be able to protect the papers and utilize it as a white board. Plus, I needed a way to change the months without damaging anything. To adhere the background, I used my trusty old wood glue. I love this stuff! I always use a sponge brush to spread it out evenly and then smooth it out with my fingers to get any bubbles out. I did need to add some double-sided tape to the edges for extra adherence.
With that finished, I put in the screw hooks. The main part was finished!
Now, to the real fun! The embroidery kit is really cute and I loved the stencils. They made it easy to create the numbers and I was able to whip them up while watching a movie. For the left side of the hook, I needed numbers 0-3 and for the right, 0-9. When they were finished, I also laminated them and added some of the flair to some of the numbers to spice them up. Why the laminating on these? Because I know my children and I want these to last!
Next, I created the month labels with more of the paper, cutting them into strips to fit the black paper layer on the background. The stickers were perfect for this and used some of the thin washi tape in the kit for the edges. The months I also laminated so that I could easily add them with tape or any other sticky substance without damage.
The final touches were some more added flair and putting up the first numbers. I love that I can add fun messages to my calendar for birthdays, reminders, and holidays.
I seriously love how bright and happy it is.
Thanks to this amazingly cute kit, I have this fun project for display and some others in the works, including in my Project Life Album. This kit is so versatile, it could fit so many themes in your scrapbooking from playing outside with your kids to a favorite picture of your sweetie. Now, I mentioned that it is sold out most places but there is a way that you can get your hands on these kits. Starting Monday, March 24, HSN will be featuring five bundles of the “Plus One” collection including a basic kit, an embroidery kit, an embellishment kit and a stamping kit for $20 each! And if you’re a Project Life lover like me, they will have a mini kit available as well. I don’t know about you, but I will be waiting to snag these kits next week!