Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Little Project for the Refrigerator

So when you were touring Haven's kitchen yesterday did you wonder what this was all about? The blank cardboard on the refrigerator that is?

It's a former day calendar that ran out of paper. It still is a nice piece of cardboard with an even better magnet strip. Therefore, in the interest of repurposing and experimenting...

I've recently learned how to use photomerge in photoshop so I have been playing with backgrounds and images. We have so many blogging buddies who very generously give us free images: The Feathered Nest, Down Abbie's Road, and Quill Cottage for starters.

Here's a little bookmark image I found at Abbie's The Vintage Moth.

It's important to remember what's up and I'm sure you can guess why!

Oops! I forgot a step.

The dreaded Distress Ink. I can never, and I mean never, get this to look right as you'll soon see.

The finished project...

As it happens, I was visiting blogs last evening long after this post was in the can. I found something that would've been so perfect for a fridge *here,* fourth image down. (ETA: the link is no longer valid. It showed a vintage ad featuring food.) Okay, the next time I have a day calendar that's run out of pages...

You have a wonderful day!

20 comments:

  1. I love your project.
    It is very sweet.

    Becky K.

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  2. This is lovely, Vee. I bought Photo Shop a year ago and am still trying to learn. I had no idea that I might be able to learn something this clever!

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  3. Wow wow wow! I had no idea you were sooo crafty! I love it - you did a great job and ehat a cool re-use project!

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  4. What a wonderful way to repurpose an old calendar. It looks great.

    Enjoy your day.

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  5. what a terrific idea! you recycled
    beautifully! such talent!!!

    being a complete non-artist though,
    my favorite part was the alcott quote,
    which i am going to put on my face
    book page!

    love it.

    have a lovely day,
    lea

    ps. if you ever feel the urge to blog
    about parenting adult children, i could
    REALLY use it. :)

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  6. Hi Vee!! I love it!!!! I love the way you layered all of the images...and I think you did a wonderful job with the distress ink. I love using make up sponges to gently add color around the edges. I love that you used the back of the calendar too!! I hope you're doing wonderful Vee ~ hugs and love, Dawn

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  7. Good job, Vee! Photoshop is amazing...but a bit of work to learn...and so it remains mostly unused over here.

    And NO...I never noticed the blank cardboard in yesterday's tour. Not too obeservant over here!

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  8. Oh that is sooooooo cute! You are so clever! I don't have any idea what you're talking about, with doing all of that. But the results are lovely!

    Here in my kitchen, I only have room little calendars, on the frig. One year I found one, with one of those super magnetic strips holding it up. Since then, I've used that same magnetic strip, to hold up my next little calendar. :-)

    See, for me, THAT is being creative! LOL!

    Oh and please read my entry of today. I'm looking for Courage. Looking for people to hold my hand. In regard to what I show, in my house. -giggles-

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  9. Hi Vee,
    I love your kitchen, its wonderful and use-able, I like that, I also think your kitchen is very charming!
    You were so creative with your refrigerator project.
    Take care and enjoy your day,
    Hugs, Elizabeth

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  10. Cool, Vee! I need to get me a Photo Shop program. There's so many things you can do with it! Just look how artistic and creative you are!

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  11. Beautiful Vee! I love the vintage images and the designs you made within the collage.

    I don't dare buy photoshop as it would be one more thing that would keep me on the computer all day ..lol

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  12. I love it! Photomerge...I must look into that.

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  13. Hey, you did great! Love the 3 dimensional quality too. Aren't those vintage images sooooo sweet? One easy way to apply the distress ink is to rub a cottonball on the pad and then rub around on your project. Much more control that way!

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  14. That is gorgeous Vee. (I am still trying to make friends with photoshop myself.) And such a clever idea.

    By the way I think your kitchen is wonderful and sweet and you did a beautiful job with the distress ink so tell that inner critic to shush. :)


    ♥ Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

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  15. Vee,

    This is brilliant!!! I love it and I love that you are learning something new with the Photoshop, maybe you can give us a class some time! I so wish I know how to do digi art but am hopeless with technical stuff.

    Thank you for the sweet mention and I just love how your rain bent on this one ;c)

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  16. Hi Vee

    I'm so behind in my visits, so I apologize. I love the real look around you kitchen. We do tend to show a lot of the best things around the house rather than all of it. I love the yellow cupboards with all the red - very 50's. So warm and sunny. And what a great idea to re-purpose the calendar remnant. I think it turned out great!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Leann

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  17. What a lovely project! What fun to try new things.

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  18. I love it that you recycled the cardboard into something very sweet and useful! Great job - love the lace at the bottom, too.

    Your crockery bowls below are fabulous!!

    xoxo
    becky

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  19. Cute idea! Photo Shop seems so intimidating, but then I see adorable projects like this and want to invest in it.

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