Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DIY: Laminated Pet Food Mat

Hello Everyone!

Every-so-often, Xyron will challenge it design team members to use a certain Xyron product to create a project. Well today, Xyron challenged its design team member to create a project using their two-sided laminate cartridge. Last year, when we did this challenge, I created some DIY Laminated Paper Boxes. Based on my experience last year, I liked the idea of using the two-sided laminate cartridge in a practical, customizable, and useful way. So, this year, I thought it would be fun to create some Laminated Pet Food Mats!

Now, if your furry four-legged friend cannot keep food in their bowl and is always making a mess (like my little pup), then a laminated pet food mat can be a lifesaver. Simply because you can wipe the laminated mat clean or simple pick up the mat and dump most of the food crumbs in the trash. Also, it’s a great way to protect your floor if your furry four-legged friend is a really messy eater.

When coming up with this project, I didn’t want to do a ''normal square placemat'' type of DIY. I wanted you guys to see how creative you could get by using the two-sided laminate cartridge and your Xyron® 9'' Creative Station. By using both of these products, you can really create a wide variety of pet food mats in different shapes and styles. As usual, I have talked about the laminated cartridges and Creative Station before, so if you want to learn more about them, click here (for the two-sided laminate cartridges) and click here (for the Xyron 9'' Creative Station).

So, if you want to learn how to make your own Laminated Pet Food Mat, then keep reading below!

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Fabric Glue / Craft Glue / Fray Glue (optional / not pictured)
Trim, Felt Letters, etc (optional / not pictured)

Step 1:  Grab your fabric and cut out the shape that you want your pet mat to be. For my main pet mat, I cut out a large bone.

When cutting out your shape, make sure that the width is not bigger than 9 inches. This is because the width of the Xyron Creative Station is 9 inches. However, you can make the length of your pet mat as long as you desire.

Step 2: Now, depending on how you want to design your pet mat, this step might be a little different for everyone. For example, if you are just cutting a shape out of your fabric and are doing no more decorating, then you will want to iron your fabric.

However, if you want to decorate your pet mat with fabric letters, trim, or other layers of fabric, you will want to glue those on at this time. For example, I cut out two green felt circles and glued on some white felt trim, to create two small tennis ball pet mats.

Finally, if you are worry about your fabric fraying, this would be the time to add fray check or fray glue. 

Step 3: Grab your fabric pieces and slide them through your Xyron Creative Station machine. While doing this, make sure that your fabric is completely flat and free of any creases, while you are feeding it through your machine.

Step 4: After your fabric pieces have been run through the Xyron Creation Station, cut around each piece leaving about a quarter of an inch of laminate on each side.

Once you have cut around your fabric pieces, you are now ready to use your brand new Laminated Pet Food Mat!

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I love how this Laminated Pet Food Mat turned out! It ended up being the perfect size for my dog Niblet and he really seemed to like it.

As an actual pet food mat, the two-side laminate has held up really nicely. For example, the mat can be wiped clean and does not slip or slide on the floor.

Overall, I think making Laminated Pet Food Mats is a great beginner's project if you haven't used Xyron's two-sided laminate before. My only tip when making this project, would be to stick with cotton fabrics (as your base) and to use other fabrics (like lace, velvet, etc.) as decoration on top of your main cotton fabric base.

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this Laminated Pet Food Mat?

xo Katie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: DIY Flower Button Brooches for Fall Fashion Cheer!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my latest DIY project that I created for the  Buttons Galore & More Design Team!

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Buttons Galore & More is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Buttons Galore & More blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project.

The project that I made for Buttons Galore & More this month was Flower Button Brooches! Now, I know making a project like Flower Button Brooches sounds a bit weird in September. However, there are those folks who just love spring and summer. Due to that, I thought it would be fun to create a project which had a spring/summer vibe but could carry over into the Fall season. In this case, that would be creating some Flower Button Brooches and wearing them on those warm cardigans!

For my Flower Button Brooches, I used only one type of ''button pack''. That ''button pack'' was Buttons Galore & More ''Floral Value Pack'' 3D Buttons. This value pack contained a wide variety of flower buttons which ranged in size and color. Most of the flower buttons in the value pack looked traditional, however, there were a few buttons which had a vintage or retro vibe to them (which I personally liked). With that being said, only a handful of the buttons had a autumn feel to them. So, if you are wanting to make this project but don’t want that spring/summer vibe, then I would recommend checking out Buttons Galore & More’s ''Sunflowers'' or ''Autumn Blossoms'' 3D button packs.

To get the full DIY on how to make your own Flower Button Brooches, click here!

xo Katie

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

6 Unique Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

Hello Everyone!

I don't know about you, but as I get older I LOVE the Fall season more and more! It is so nice to go into the stores now and see pumpkin spice items or pumpkin-themed items in general.

Since ''the pumpkin'' and pumpkin decorating is now on the forefront of everyone's mind, I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of 6 Unique Ways to Decorate Pumpkins. Now, I will say that these pumpkin ideas are definitely unique in style, color, and supplies being used. Personally, my goal this year is to create pumpkin/Halloween projects in a lighter color palette, which is why I chose these 6 pumpkin ideas.

Keep scrolling down below to see all the projects and click on the links under each picture to see the original tutorial! 

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Dans Le LakeHouse : Pyrex Inspired Painted Pumpkins
Aww Sam : DIY Birthday Cake Pumpkins
Lines Across : DIY Watercolor Pumpkins
Studio DIY : DIY Pun-kins!
A Joyful Riot : Pool Float Pumpkins for Halloween
A Bubbly Life : DIY Retro Label Maker Pumpkins

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Out of all of these pumpkin decorating ideas, my inner organizer is really in love with the label maker pumpkins!

What is your favorite way to decorate pumpkins? Also, which one of these unique pumpkin ideas would you like to make?

xo Katie


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