back to school message center

Back to School Message Center

I have been sitting on this tutorial for a couple of weeks now and I am so excited that I finally get to share it with you all!

Why have I been withholding it from you?? Well because this was my audition piece for Season 17 of So You Think You’re Crafty!!!

And guess what y’all….. I MADE IT INTO THE TOP 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yup, this little (well not really little, it is a pretty good size) message board scored me a spot in Season 17! I am thrilled! I just hope I don’t get sent home in the first week! In all honesty, I am kind of intimidated but I think this is a great opportunity for me to take a chance and challenge myself.

But enough of the mush, let’s get to the tutorial!

It all started when I spotted this dry erase vinyl in the teacher section of the craft store, the roll was only $5! I had a piece of wood in the garage that was just a couple of inches wider than the vinyl and it was perfect. I just took off the backing and applied it to the cleaned surface.

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Next, I needed a frame of some sort. I had molding in the garage and cut it down to size and with 45 degree angles and then spray painted them back.

message board two

Now, if I had my nail gun hooked up, I would have totally used that to apply the molding, but the compressor we have is not working so it was not an option. Plan ‘b’ which may be a great choice for the rest of us without nail guns, is hot glue and E6000. Here me out, really the E6000 is what does the work,, I just add the hot glue with it to hold it in place until the E6000 dries. It works quite well for me and since I made this board a few weeks ago, I am comfortable in saying it is doing great!

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At this point, I had a very nice, simple, white board. But that was not going to get me a place in any competition! I had to do something to it and that is when I remembered all the fun notebook paper sheets and comforters that were around blog- land last year. That gave me the idea to grab the sharpies and a ruler and start making lines. I loved how it came out! All that was left was some vinyl lettering with the Cricut!

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Ok, and I couldn’t resist a washi tape bunting. Can you blame me?

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Season 17 starts soon, I hope you follow along!! Wish me luck!


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4 Responses to Back to School Message Center

  1. Vera Lima August 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Great Tutorial !!

    Brilliant Ideas !!

  2. Randi August 15, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Congrats on making it into the competition! I didn’t make it this time, but there is always next season right?

    I would love it if you linked up with my link up party this week!!

  3. Elise August 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Congrats for getting on the show!!! Super cute message center. I can’t wait to catch the show!

  4. Kara August 19, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Love it!!! Congrats girl!!