Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Holidays

Yup, that's right- Happy Holidays!

That is to say I've been happily crafting away and the holidays (all of them, not to mention each season too) came around in the same week here at my house.

It's kind of funny to work on a whole year's worth of holidays and seasons at the same time. Like some sort of crafty year-in-review or time travel project.

I'm close to being finished and then I'll be able to show you what I've been up to.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mod Podge vs. Meg

In this corner we have a glue, sealer and finish loved by crafters far and wide. Invented in the 60's by interior design shop owner Jan Wetstone.

And in this corner we have an avid crafter who enjoys using a variety of materials, which often includes the aforementioned Mod Podge.

Sometimes it's the simplest things that give you the most trouble. So from time to time I think taking a refresher on the basics is a good idea.

All last week I was covering frames using Mod Podge. Now I have been podging for longer than I can remember so if you asked me last Monday whether or not covering a few frames would have been difficult I'd have said (emphatically) "no way"!

But from the start I was having the dreaded "wrinkle problem". You poders know what I mean- the fabric or paper goes on straight and smooth but soon starts to wrinkle, bubble or lift.

After a little tweaking I was able to fix my problem. It had to do with the weight of the paper (heavier paper worked better for what I was doing) and needing to use a little more podge than I normally do, to account for the extremely hot and dry temps outside right now (I think).

But it got me wondering- are there podge tips out there that would have helped me?

A quick search on the internet gave me fantastic results. And a few new techniques I can't wait to try!

So if you are having some podge problems or simply want a quick refresher- here are some great tips on perfecting your podge.

And here's a tip of my own- if you don't have a brayer (which makes a huge difference in how flat a piece will turn out) try using an old rolling pin- it works great! Just don't use it for food again after you've crafted with it. Sometimes you can even buy a small rolling pin for cheaper than you can get a brayer.

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