Monday, December 9, 2013

Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame

 I'm a scrap hoarder. I'll admit it. No shame!  I have scraps of fabric, scraps of wood, scraps of name it, I've probably got a scrap of it.  But my scrap pile adds up.  I have a small bin full of scrap vinyl.  So today I decided to scrap bust.  The wood is scrap too!

So recently I've been working on my family's meal planning.  Rewriting all of our recipe cards.  Getting the recipes off Pinterest and transferring them to my new's slow and a lot of work, but it's an attempt to organize. And of course I used my cameo to sketch the new recipe cards.

Okay, so lets get started.

I make these really cute wood frames with a clothes pin and a cute quote.  Well when I went and got wood cut the last time, this was the end of the board. He threw it in the scrap bucket and I was like, "Hey! I want that."  Well I didn't really have a use for it.  Until now. So it measures about 5.5x7 inches or so.  I painted it with Delta Ceramcoat Light Foliage Green. It matches my dining room and dishes.
I wanted to give it a little patina. So I put a little of my accent color on a piece of paper (I got way too much, but I wanted you all to see the color).  You really only need about a dime size dot. I used this little dauber brush, dip it in the paint and dab all the excess off.  You want it to be pretty "dry"
That one little drop did the whole front of my board.  I brush it along the edges first because that is where I want it the darkest and then the front.  It blends a little better if you do it when the base color is still damp.

Now for the vinyl.  I want to show you all reverse weeding because this has saved me from a lot of tears and wasted vinyl.  These pictures are a little hard to see, but I'm going to talk you through it the best I can.

 Don't weed away the extra. Keep it all in tact.  Place your transfer paper over the entire thing and rub it so when you peel it away from the backing, it will all come with the transfer paper.

 This is a picture of the entire thing transferred to the transfer paper.  Now you can weed out the middles of your letters and pull away the extra.  What should be left is this:
So now your word or words are on the transfer paper and ready to go onto your project. 
I love this close up.  I love the beat up wood and the texture!
So here is my recipe holder.  But I knew I didn't want to have that displayed all the time.  I mean a lot of stuff I can cook from memory but others I can't. So I wanted something I could display full time. 
So on the back side, I did this.  Then as I'm getting ready to blog and finish up pictures I realized I don't have a recent family picture.  This is from my sister's wedding in February.

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  1. Such a neat idea! And so versatile! These would be great (and easy!) Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I didn't even think about using them as Christmas gifts! I don't know many cookers in my family though. Had to get another board cut today though and I have another scrap, so someone might be getting one!

  2. What a great way to get rid of some scraps. And I dig the reversibility. Meredith is right, these would be amazing Christmas presents to make!

    1. I thought the reversibility was pretty clever :) It's is very useful too. I didn't know just how much I'd love it until I used it.

  3. Awesome project! Anyone would love one of these.

  4. I think this would make a great gift for the cooks in our lives! Might just have my youngest daughter's name on it for a Chrsitmas gift! Thanks for inspiring me to get busy~

    1. Thank you and you're welcome! I know if I didn't make it, I would love to get it.

  5. I love that it's pretty on one side but functional on the other. Great job!!

  6. What a fantastic idea. I love this!

  7. Oh, I love this, especially as a recipe card holder! I'm a sucker for those mini clothespins! So cute!

  8. Wonderful idea and I love that it does double duty!

  9. Great idea for stash busting! Your project turned out wonderfully!

  10. So smart to utilize BOTH sides of that wood block. And now you've inspired me to get our old menu planner system back up and running! (It needed a fix with some glue and of course, I threw it in the closet and promptly forget about it.) Anyway, I agree with the comments above, that this would make a wonderful gift!

    Thanks for participating in our December Challenge!