Monday, April 18, 2011

Desk organizer: from "ewww" to "oooh!"

Yes, it's "Lovely Title Day" here at Pleased as Punch!

So, a while ago, I found some nice, sturdy magazine file boxes at Walmart on clearance for $1 each.  There were three left; I bought them all.  Just basic black, and they came as a desk set with some tacky, cheap pencil holders and envelope holders.  I really only wanted the magazine files.  I still intend to cover them with fabric or something, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I was going to throw the superfluous items away, but it just pains me to throw things away that could potentially be useful, so they sat in my sewing room for a couple months, serving as an eyesore.  It was nice.

I told you they were ugly!
So, one thing you should know: I love Mod Podge.  And hot glue.  Except, I don't like burning myself on hot glue.  That hurts.


Come with me, if you will, on a photographical journey: from crappy to cute...

hot gluing the things together...that bag clip was pretty worthless, though it seemed like a good idea

much more functional (and sturdy) than just one

Since this is going to be sitting out in full view, I decided it was worth my Amy Butler paper.  I don't use this for just anything, you know!

do we really need an explanation for this?  I'm tracing.  With one of my cute pencils.

Love that Mod Podg-y smell.

It's good to leave a tiny little space around what you're decoupaging on...that way the edges get sealed.

measuring the inside.  That little ruler/gauge is one of my "most-used" items in sewing/crafts - love it!  So handy!
gluing to the inside, to be mod podged later.  Don't you love using nouns as verbs? 
almost finished, just waiting to get sealed

Dang, that's cute!

And there you have it!  A perfectly presentable pencil holder, cute enough to sit out in full view.
Let's review:

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  1. That turned out so stinking cute!! I'm with you on the Modge Podge, it's the best invention EVER!

  2. Wow!!! This is so awesome!! LOVE your blog design too!! ;) Following you from Sure hope you can stop by sometime soon! ;)

  3. Wow , super project. I love Modge Podge too.
    Ahoj !

  4. Now that is impressive!!!! It looks fantastic!! :)

  5. great job! thanks for sharing. I love mod podge also, but haven't done too much with it yet.

  6. Such a great makeover! Didn't know Amy Butler did papers, they look great!

  7. I didn't either! I found that paper stack on clearance somewhere. I am very miserly with it because I don't know where to get more, and if I did, I'm sure it wouldn't be on clearance again. ;)

  8. Super cute! I didn't know Amy Butler made paper either! i love the patterns you picked! thanks for sharing!

  9. I love it! they are so personalized and adorable. nice work!