Monday, January 13, 2014

Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board

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Remember that Silhouette group I've been apart of the last few months?  You might remember some of the things I have done like the Seattle Skyline picture that is also now my header, or the labels I made for my craft room and don't forget my super awesome Halloween banner.

Well this year, each month will be themed and this month's theme is Organization!  I was going to do some more labels, but well, I did that last month.  This month I wanted an excuse to finish Lucy's magnet board for her crafting area (that I will show to you guys one day).  

So using my Silhouette and vinyl I got from my startup kit, I busted out this amazing magnet board!

The frame was a left over piece from her rainbow birthday party last year.  I was really happy that I finally found a purpose for them.  Matt I was getting frustrated that there were these random frames in the garage not being used for anything.  

I went ahead and bought a piece of sheet metal from the local craft store for $8.  The only problem was it was two inches too short in width, but instead of freaking out, I just cut a yard stick I had to fit the sides.  It looks a little silly, but well, I like it.  Lucy doesn't seem to mind though.  

Anyway, this is how the board looked when I finished it.  But something was missing.  Also, do you know how hard and frustrating it is to have red walls?  That's the one part I hate about renting, is that we can't paint.  What I wouldn't give for white walls...

So I decided to decorate it a bit.  Lucy really loves butterflies, so I decided to pull out all the pink and purple shades of vinyl I had and decorate it with butterfly stickers, ombre style.

I never quite understood the purpose of transfer paper until recently.  I was doing a few other projects and was having a hard time transferring the vinyl to my work surface.  I decided to stop being a rebel and try the transfer paper and it was amazing.

It helps so much when trying to lay down projects without bubbles.

And here is the finished project.  I really love how it came out!  Lucy was super excited too, she seemed so shocked that I put butterflies on her board, "Mommy, how did you know that pink and purple butterflies are my favorite?"  It takes everything in me to say "well because you tell my 324324549802973257 times a day."

Of course, I figured I should share what our work space looked liked when I was done.  What can I say, I am a messy crafter.

But I took 10 minutes and put everything away and cleaned it up for her.  She was extremely happy with me for cleaning up her space...and promptly vacating it too.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! {Insert Photo Collage here.}
  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About


  1. So cute! I love that pink frame! And yes, transfer paper is a Silhouette user's best friend...don't know what I would do without it, haha. I love that your daughter has her own crafting space, that's so neat! I bet mother-daughter crafting time is so special!

    1. We have a lot of fun together. She is so artistic that I want to do whatever I can to give her a creative space :)

  2. Cute, cute, cute! I love the way you didn't let the size of the metal sheet stop you, I think your fix is great! And transfer paper is fantastic, isn't it? I reuse mine several times, it helps me feel better about using and tossing something.

    1. I didn't think about reusing it until recently haha, what a waste of half a roll haha

  3. Beautiful! I love it. How great that she has that physical reminder that you do listen to her because her favorite pink and purple butterflies are on her wall. :) Transfer paper is amazing. I just started working with vinyl and contact paper. Is so much fun!

    1. I've tried really hard to make her space "her" space :)

  4. So super cute! Love that creative space, btw!

  5. This is great and those butterflies finished it off beautifully! I love the craft space you've got going for Lucy. No doubt that she'll be creative like her Mum.

    1. I've got a few more details to work out but soon it will be finished! I am so glad she likes it too!

  6. I loved that you used the yard stick - gives it an eclectic look! Great job. Btw, I love her space!

    1. Thanks! Desperate times call for desperate measures haha

  7. This is so adorable! I'm drooling over how many shades of purple and pink vinyl you have! Wow!! I'd probably make so many more vinyl crafts if I had more than black, silver, and green. hahah looks like I need to bite the bullet!

    1. I bought a sample set from some deal on a million years ago and never once thought I would ever use it haha

  8. Wonderful job!!! I bet she flipped when she saw it!! So cute, I'm glad you linked it up!

  9. I love how you write about Lucy, she sounds so adorable! If you really want to get around the no painting issue, one thing you can do is starch some fabric to the walls. I've done that before. The starch acts like a glue, but it comes off nice and clean (though you might want to wash the wall when you're done). That way you can cover over the red that you despise and look at some clean white while still keeping the rental in good condition.

    1. This might be the best suggestion I have ever heard!!!! I might have to try this out very very soon!

  10. Such a cute project! You got me with butterflies! It looks so cute! And don't worry girl, I bet we all are messy crafters LOL At least I AM!!!! LOL Pinning!


    1. Thanks! And I think I am by far the messiest crafter ever hahahahaa

  11. I love anything pink so of course i LOVE this! I am going to save it for when I redo my daughters room in a few months, thanks for the great idea!

    1. I am so glad you like it! I bet your daughter will loooove it!

  12. Great project! I love the kids having their own space.

  13. I love this. My mom would love it even more. Maybe if she's lucky I'll do something similar for Mother's Day. But probably not...I already have something in mind. And if I just do all the crafts you post, I won't have anything original for my blog and I'll just be another Randi Groupie. Because you have tons other than me, right? Right? Yeah. That's what I thought.

  14. You are a groupie of one ;) Which means you are then my favorite :) hahaha


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