Today we have some fun and creative altered projects to share with you. I love seeing our altered project designers take ordinary items and turn them into something unique and cool using their favorite Bella products!
Altered Wooden Stool, by Jennifer Edwardson.
All my work surfaces in my office are quite high so I use a 'bar stool' to sit on while I work. I like to prop my feet on something so I decided to create my own little custom stool just for me! I found this square one at a local craft store and the height of it was perfect. I love the look of patchwork/quilting so I decided this would be a great way to incorporate some fun Bella color into my space on a truly usable piece!
For this square wooden stool I started by lightly sanding the rough edges before spraying it with white paint.
Once it was dry, I added a strip of designer tape along each of the 4 edges and covered it with Mod Podge.
Then I cut patterned paper into 1 1/2" squares and adhered them on top and I covered the entire top with Mod Podge.
I love that Stephanie created fabric to go with so many of the paper designs. I created a ruffle to go with the paper on top and adhered it around the edge using my hot glue gun. This was such a fun project to create and I love how it looks in my office.
Sand & Surf: Paradise, Borders, Surf's Up, GPS; Love and Marriage: Ester Flemming Floral; Designer Tape: Ice Stripe; Licensed Bella Blvd Fabric
Altered Wooded Crate, by Jennifer Edwardson.
I've wanted to use one of these great wooden 'milk' crates for some time now but wasn't sure how I was going to fit it into my scrap space. I've been wanting to do some re-organizing of my Bella paper and bits and found that this crate was the perfect size.
I immediately got out all my Designer Tapes and started covering the slats. For the grey and gulf on the top I added a layer of Mod Podge as this will be a pretty high traffic area. Once I had all the slats front and back covered I traced the ends using some freestyle sophisticates and adhered them to each end and on the inside as well.
I covered over this with a layer of Mod Podge as well. To make sure that my paper envelopes didn't fall through the openings in the bottom of the crate and cut 2" wide strips of more sophisticates and adhered them vertically inside to create a real base to sit my paper packs on top of.
I had some leftover Bella fabric ruffles from my stool project so I adhered this to the front using my hot glue gun. I tied twine through some wooden buttons and adhered them onto some Blooms a Bella and put them on the left to cover the seam of my fabric ruffle. See if I didn't tell you, I bet you wouldn't have noticed.
Then I sorted all my Bella Blvd by collection into plastic envelopes. I have always kept it flat in paper trays so it was already organized but I added the Just Write Journaling Stickers and the Alpha+Bits as well as the coordinating miniatures and Chip Shapes too. I used my label maker to title each package with the collection/collections that are inside. This way I can easily find a full line and just have to turn to my embellishment storage for the flags, buttons, tapes, etc. EASY and I LOVE how it came together.
Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron, Pickle Juice Dot, Grey Dot, Ice Stripe, Pickle Juice Stripe, Hot Pink Dot, Gulf Dot; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Gulf, Freestyle Saltwater; Blooms a Bella: Sole; Baby Blooms a Bella: Azzini, Rossini; Button Market: Masculine Mix
Beach Plaque, Wendy Antenucci.
I saw this saying on the Creating Keepsakes blog from the Latest Find and loved it, it was perfect to dress up our new FL home! I grabbed an 8x10 canvas and began to lay out my words and designs.
I decided my canvas needed a little bit of dressing up before adding my elements so I grabbed some of my favorite mists and set to work creating a beachy background. After the mists dried I glued my words down and began to embellish my plaque with some beach elements. I love all the inspiration you can find online, but even more I love to dress up the printables into something that is unique for my family!
Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pony, Ice; Sand & Surf: Alpha+Bits Stickers, Cute Cuts; High Five Alpha Stickers: Yellow
Sunshine Mirror, Wendy Antenucci.
I've seen many wreaths made of clothespins and they always look so neat. I decided when I saw the great Sand & Surf collection that it was time for me to make one of these wreaths.
I began by covering my clothespins with paper strips (about 75 clothespins). I then cut a circle out of heavy cardboard and lined my clothespins up around the circle. This was a little floppy and although the effect was great, I wanted to step it up a notch, so off to the local craft store to pick up a mirror which fit perfectly inside my circle and made the wreath much sturdier.
I adorned my wreath with various summery items for the finishing touch. I have left my clothespins unglued so that I can tuck pictures around my mirror as desired.
Sand & Surf: Borders, Cute Cuts; Ciao Chip Elements: Clouds