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Playing with ScanNCut2

One of my favorite things I got to do this past year was go to the Brother's USA offices for a craft day to check out the new ScanNCut2 machine!

Brother USA

 

Messy craft desk

The ScanNCut2 has some great new upgrades...

  • Enhanced scanning - RGB Color recognition makes it easier to scan low contrasting color patterns and you are now able to scan up to 24"
  • Larger LCD display screen - it's 30% larger than prior models at 4.85" wide
  • Computer Connectivity - has two USB ports 
  • Wireless Network Ready - (my favorite upgrade!!) You can now transfer cut files wirelessly
  • and more!

 

After getting walked through all the new updates and changes on the new machine we got to work playing with them. I was really excited to try out the new Stamp Kit and see how the improved scanner worked.

Brother Designer's Craft Together
   Photo credit: Tina Zhen             

Ok, so for my project, I broke out my Plaid Fabric Creations Wood Block Printing Stamps, stamped each of the images I was going to use onto white paper and then scanned them into the machine and then had it cut out each of the designs so that I'd have a background stamp to use under the block print stamps.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

Next I used a sponge to pounce the fabric paint onto the background stamp I created and stamped it onto my fabric.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

After it dried I used the block printing stamp to stamp over the background stamp...I just eyeballed it and wasn't too concerned if it didn't line up exactly perfect.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps 

I kept going until the whole thing was complete. DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

I'm totally loving this project!
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

And my colorful trash.  ;)
colorful trash

And, if you're wondering what the end of the day looks like at Brother...
Brother Mugs

 

Did you get a new ScanNCut2 for the holidays? How's it going? What have you made?

 

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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How To Make A Personalized iPad Sleeve Cover

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The holidays are approaching...do you need a great personalized gift for your favorite tech person? How about making them (or yourself!) a new iPad sleeve to protect one of their favorite toys?

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch the step by step video to show you how to create your very own cover for your tablet:

 

To create the sleeve...

1.  Flip your placemat onto the backside and place an ipad on it so that it is about a half inch down from the top edge of the placemat. This will give the top of your iPad protection from getting scuffed up.

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2.  Fold up the bottom of the placemat about a half an inch away from the bottom of the iPad. This will allow you to have enough room to tuck in the edges and anchor it closed.
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3.  Cut about a half an inch away from the fold line.
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4. Fold in raw edges of placemat on both sides and iron.

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5.  Determine where to place your ribbon so that you can sew (or glue) it into place to be a closure for the sleeve and then sew (or glue) it into place.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

6.  Sew (or glue) the two sides of the placemat together to create the backside of the sleeve and use the ribbon to cover the seem. Sew (or glue) the bottom edge of the sleeve together as well.

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To create the monogram... 

7. Open ScanNCutCanvas and open a new project. Then click on the "image tracing" icon.

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8. Select the image you want to use. Change the tracing options to "color" and then click "ok".
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9. Once it's finished tracing it your image will be on your mat. Select the center, which will be the rhinestone part, and move it to the right side of the mat. Right-click on it and choose "Rhinestone Wizard".

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10. In the Rhinestone Wizard you have the options on how you want your rhinestones to be placed on the template your creating. Select your desired settings and then hit "ok".
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11.  The Rhinestone Wizard will do all the work for you!
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12. Next, you need to transfer your finished designs over to your ScanNCut2. This is one of my favorite features because it's such a time saver! With the original ScanNCut I would use a USB stick to do this same task.   I'd first title my project, click "download" and then insert the USB drive into my computer and save the .fcm file to it and then take it to the original ScanNCut and retrieve the file to use it there. 

But now I can just type in my file name and click the download button...
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and then it will ask me how I want to transfer the file to my ScanNCut2...I do it wirelessly.
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And that's it! 
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On my ScanNCut2 I just click on the wireless transfer button and there's my image!
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13. Once you've cut out your images take them off  your mat and over to your desk. The best way to easily separate the rhinestone template you just made from the backing is to quickly pull it off of the backing. Most of the holes should remain on the backing and you can poke out any remaining stragglers.
Title - iPad Sleeve
Title - iPad Sleeve

14. Next, place your template onto the backing sheet in the box lid and pour on the rhinestones. Use the included brush to swirl the rhinestones around. The will automatically flip over and get into those holes!
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15.  Next use a transfer sheet to gently lift off the rhinestones so you can iron them onto your project.
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16. Figure out the placement for your iron-on vinyl letter outline and the rhinestone letter and iron them both on one at a time.
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And you're done!
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Such an inexpensive, easy, and cute gift to make!
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sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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What To Do With Leftover Jewelry Resin?

So if you caught my blog post the other day, you saw I created a necklace pendant with Ice Resin...and if you watched the tutorial video closely you saw that I had leftover resin. Boo! Now if I wasn't making a tutorial I would have made up some other pendants or jewelry pieces with it, but time was ticking so I just made resin paper with it instead, and I didn't really plan on making a blog post out of it so you'll have to forgive my lack of step by step photos, but here's video of what I did:

Resin paper is just what it sounds like....paper coated with resin. In the past I've coated old ephemera letters, bookkeeper logs, sheet music, etc. and they come out really cool. This time I just grabbed what was on the top of my mixed media paper stash and it was modern tissue paper. 

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And because someone (or 100 someones will email me), yes my ScanNCut2 cut through it.  The paper is still very flexible, not thick or hard (I put the resin on sparingly). I would not recommend trying it on thicker coated papers since you could damage your blade or machine...when in doubt, don't! I did use the same settings on my ScanNCut2 to cut through the cardstock and the resin tissue paper.

I'm loving how transparent it turned out! And this is just with one side coated in resin...if I wanted to I could coat the other side as well now that it's dry...if I was feeling particularly patient. Which I almost never am when crafting LOL!

  Resin Tissue Paper - Christmas Card 1

Now to make this quick card I just cut out the built in Christmas tree design that's on my ScanNCut2 on a sheet of 8.5" x 5.5" white cardstock.

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Then I selected the image on my machine and clicked on the seam allowance/outline button so that it would add a border around the design before cutting it out.

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I then put my resin paper onto the mat, scanned it to make sure my design was cutting where I wanted it to and then cut out the tree on the resin paper using the same blade depth as I did with the cardstock (which was 3.5 for me).

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I then put tiny dots of glue around the tree on the inside of the card and then placed my resin paper tree onto it....now it's like a window on the front of my card.

Resin Tissue Paper - Christmas Card 4

 I finished it off by stamping a sentiment onto it.

Resin Tissue Paper - Christmas Card 2

sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

 

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Handmade Holidays - DIY Winter Necklace

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Welcome Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Visitors!

Jewelry is such a great gift to give as a gift and handmade jewelry is treasured even more since you put your heart into it! Giving a piece that's seasonal is fun too since every year they will be reminded of your love year after year.

For this project you need:

CreativitE - Winter Necklace

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I like using Ice Resin for projects like this because it's a jeweler's grade resin, so it's dries clear, is naturally doming, self-leveling, and there's NO BUBBLES...that's HUGE my crafty friends!!! Now while they sell this two part resin in individual contains that you can mix (which is great if you're making a bunch of jewelry for all your friends), I strongly recommend getting the one that has a pump so you can accurately squeeze out the exact amount you need of each part, it' makes it sooooo much easier if you're just making a few pieces! Oh, and you can just use the amount you need and place the cap back on to use it later. -Love that!

 

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Ok, here's a video tutorial on how to create your very own necklace to keep to give as a gift:

 

 

Giveaway!!!

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Thank you

And a big "thank you" shout out to the sponsors of this blog hop:

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS SPONSORS

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Personalized Acrylic Clipboard

It's back to school time!

Make this fun clipboard for yourself or kiss up to your new teacher by making them one!

My favorite thing about using clear acrylic clipboard is that you can create a design on the back side of them so the front side is smooth & usable!

Clipboard Title

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

If you're a visual learner, I made this video just for you!

 

  1. Use your photo editing program and any font you desire to create the text you want on your clipboard...save it as a .jpg. Open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the Image Tracing function to import and trace your text. Add other designs if desired and then save as an .fcm file onto your USB stick.

ScanNCut

  1. Pop your USB stick into your ScanNCut and retrieve your design. Flip the text so that when you apply it to the back side of your clipboard it will be readable. Cut out the design using vinyl.

  2. Weed out the vinyl to remove the negative area. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl onto the BACK side of your clipboard.

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  1. In a well ventilated area spray paint the backside of the clipboard making sure to be careful not to get any paint on the front side. Allow to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.

Spray paint clip board

  1. Remove the vinyl and allow to cure overnight.

Clipboard 2

  1. Decoupage mixed media papers (I used deli papers that I had created with my gelli plate) or patterned scrapbook paper, etc onto the back side of the clipboard. Allow to dry overnight.

Mixed media deli papers
Mixed media deli papers

  1. Tie a coordinating ribbon onto the clip.

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This clipboard is so fun to make and is long lasting so it will really hold up to being used daily!

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sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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Tie-Dye Family T-shirts

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Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

Supplies:
ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Instructions:

Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.


1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

Cousins dot fcm cut file



2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

Step 2 - cut circle

 

3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

Step 3


4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

Step 4 - block dye from seeping through
5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

Step 5
Step 5


6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

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7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

Step 8

9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

Step 9

10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

Step 10 -test cut

 

11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

Step 11

 

12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

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And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

Tshirt1 - flock
Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

  Tshirt2 - glitter
Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

  Tshirt3 - hologram
Tshirt3 - hologram

 

 

sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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Watercolor Play

I've continued to play around with my watercolors without really having an end goal, but since I was using stamps on these I think I'll turn them into cards or something.  These aren't finished cards yet, but you get the idea.  ;)

Watercolor Birthday Card 1

And like many of you I struggle to do masculine cards, so here's my go at one...I'm liking the gold embossing powder on here, but this just kinda of boring...maybe I'll add some washi tape or other embellishment under the sentiment to jazz it up some.

Masculine Watercolor Birthday Card 1

A tip for you

 

When creating a background wash of watercolors tape down your paper with low-tack adhesive (ie: washi tape) so your paper will stay put until it dries. Bonus, you get a nice frame around your page!

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ScanNCut Father's Day Gift Idea

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Father's Day is approaching and it's time to rack your brain for a great gift idea that will show Dad how much you care.  Here's your step by step tutorial on how to create this great wooden photo mat using your ScanNCut.  Once it's finished you can just pop in some great photos of you and that special man in your life.

See the video of how to create this HERE:

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Open up your photo editing program and type out the word "Dad" using Chunk Five EX font (or a font of your choice) on a 5" x 7" background.  Save your design as a .jpg.

Creating Design Step 1

Open up ScanNCutCanvas and click on "new" to open up a new project.  Next click on the leaf icon which opens up the Image Tracing screen.  Choose the file you just created and then click on "color" and "ok".  You can then add a 5"x7" rectangle around your word and then save your design as an .fcm file.

!ScanNCut - Creating Design Step 2

Step 2 - Insert the USB flash drive into your ScanNCut and then click on "Patterns," "Saved Data," and then the USB symbol.  Find your .fcm file and then click "ok". You can now attach your paper thin wood veneer to your mat, load it into your machine, and then cut out your design. 

The settings I used were: Blade = 5; Speed = 1; Pressure = 0....but you may need to use different settings.

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Step 3 - Select and print the photos you'd like to use in the frame and then figure out how you want them placed.
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I used a pencil to mark on my photos where I needed to trim them. 

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And then I cut just slightly inside that line so the mark didn't show and then adhered it to the wood mat with some archival adhesive.  You don't need a lot of adhesive since your photo will be sandwiched in the frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 4 - Insert your wood mat into the frame so that it's centered.  You may want to place a little bit of adhesive on the back of the mat to hold it in place.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 5 - Reassemble your mat, glass, and frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And you're done! Dad is going to love it!
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2

 

Sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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DIY Jewelry Earring Holder

After moving (over a year ago) my jewelry became quite a mess.  Necklaces tangled. Earrings and rings awry. Day after day I just delt with it since I didn't have time to fix it. 

DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Today that stops, or I'm going to lose my mind.

While I was purging my studio/office I found a 12"x12" sheet of punched metal that was giving to me at a trade show and although I loved it & wanted to use it I just never got around to it until now. So while I was at my local craft & hobby store I picked up one of those adjustable shadow boxes that you have the ability to layer stuff in, and crossed my fingers that the metal sheet would fit into it. (It did, just barely.)
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2The way I ended up sandwiching this whole thing together was by flipping the frame upside down and removing the glass.  Then I added two of the frame inserts, adding the metal sheet, adding another frame insert, added the glass, added a white piece of cardstock (I tried different patterned papers but it was just too busy and I wanted my earrings to be easily chosen without distraction.), and then I finally added the frame backing on.
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Then I started the arduous task of sorting through my earring pile. Not fun...but I'm making headway...and I've discovered I have a lot of earrings.  ;)  Time to purge & make second earring holder!
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2

 

This is NOT a sponsored post...but it does contain affiliate links for products I use & love.

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