Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mod Podge Mania...I can't resist

I hope no one faints...I'm going to post back to back. I saw this button on this blog and was forced to take a look. Anyone who knows me know I love Mod Podge, although I love calling it Modge Podge and have even (in a typ0) called it Modbe Podge. So I quickly gathered up a few years back of super easy projects using the crafty stuff and clicked away with the camera this a.m...

First off, the clipboard. I love putting these together to take to my Modbe Boutiques for orders. This particular year I added a flower and glass button which turned out to be a mistake since you can't really write with a big glass blob behind the order form, but it also acted like another catalog at my Boutiques.

In 2006 (Modbe's first year of swim) I made my first box to store swim liners for trying on swim bottoms at Modbe Boutiques. Each suit was numbered in the catalogs so customers could order by the number. #3 was the first suit sold out that year. It was the Olive Diagonal with the HOT yellow floral bottom. I still smile to look at that gorgeous fabric/color combo.

In 2007 I carried on the tradition but found a round box. These are just those simple brown paper mache boxes you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Roberts, Jo-Ann's, and even some dollar stores. This box is much bigger in order to fit a much large swim line.

So, in 2008, I "HAD" to make another box. With each year, Modbe's swim lines got even bigger so this box ended up showcasing just one color in each style of suit. I love the story of this "Trunk;" It's one of my favorites. I won the metal trunk/lunch box at a scrapbook store. It had been a display so it was a bit beaten up and decorated with travel stickers. Not really my style. While I loved the case, I knew it wouldn't be used to store post cards. I left on the straps and rearranged/added letters on the circle (It once said "Post cards) and of course mod podged on photos of Modbe's 2008 swim line from the catalog. It acts like an extra catalog at boutitques and stores business cards, change, liners, and pens.

And then last year....My friend Lara and I made thiese cuties. Basic wooden letters with scrap paper Mod Podged on, and ribbons, and tags, and buckles, and flowers. When I say that Modbe is my girly outlet I'm so not kidding. Boys don't really care too much for all the cute stuff in life. Although, my almost four year old was the inspiration for my next/last project.

I was at the computer getting some things ready to join him by the T.V. He found my bag with some paints and brushes and went running upstairs telling me he was going to go paint some wood.
I'm thinking to myself: "oh cute. he's going to get his watercolors..."
About 3 or 4 minutes later it occurs to me that the paints he's referring to are the craft paints with my stuff in there by the T.V.
I go BOOKING it up the strairs and find this board from the garage on a nicely laid out piece of newpaper and already totally brown. I am amazed that no clothes are ruined. I (of course) thank him for staying clean and remind him in my super calm mother voice that we always paint with mommy paints with Mommy!
Of course you can't throw away the board so as I use the excess paint to help him get the sides and back we think about what we can do. We go to the pictures and find a great family photo. The wording is from a recent primary song he is learning. The whole thing was done in less than 30 minutes. I have a feeling I'll be doing a few more of these with a group for Mother's day in the next month.

You can't tell me you don't already want someone to craft you up one for Mother's day, too!


  1. I love all your projects. What a perfect use for your son's atristry!!

    Thanks for joining the fun...I'll be back to see what you're up to soon!


  2. SOOO cute! Love your projects!!!

    Have a great day!


  3. Great projects! I forgot about Mod Podging a clipboard. Love that!! (And, don't worry I have called it Modge Podge forever until just recently realized it was MOD...I think Modge Podge sounds better! ;)

  4. Okay I won't tell you I don't want to make myself one, cause I so do! Thanks for the idea and love the cute story behind it. Love all the different variations you made of the boxes too and the SWIM letters are very elegant.

  5. I absolutely love the board that Carter and you crafted. It's really cute. You've always been so crafty! We've just started another IVF cycle and hope to have news in time for Mother's day. Talk to you soon.

  6. Totally cute project(s)!! I want one too, but it'll be a bit before we have our babies in pics!