Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A desperate post

The time has come. I go back to work tomorrow. The state of Michigan starts after Labor Day (we need every dollar from summer tourism we can get), so that means I've been busy doing last minute errands (haircuts, trying on work clothes that don't fit, etc.). As a result, my blog addiction has suffered immensely. I was up until 1:30 last night just trying to comment on people's blogs so they wouldn't think I had completely abandoned them. Please consider yourself forewarned that "Just a Girl" as you know it may suffer a bit until I get the whole work/play thing worked out.

Having said that, I DO have a little project to share. Key word: little. I spotted these at the dollar section in Target a couple of weeks ago.


Like my Christmas crafting pad? Every day is Christmas around here! Anyway, they're meant to be acrylic stamping blocks, but I turned them into these.

It's so easy, I feel stupid even telling you about them. But there's someone out there that hasn't thought of this, right? I used Sobo glue because Martha Stewart told me to, but I'm sure there are other kinds. Glue the block, stick onto some favorite scrapbooking paper, and let dry.


After you trim the paper around the block, it'll look like this. The glue dries clear.

Then, you add a strong little magnet using the same glue. Let dry and voila! An adorable magnet.
They only had one large acrylic block, and I turned that into a paperweight for my desk at school. Wouldn't these make great teacher gifts or secretary gifts at Christmas?

Well, this project was all about what I can do for myself, so no gifts this time. However, keep your eyes open for some cheap blocks. I bought every single one of them at my Target, so look elsewhere. :)
Like I said--"little" tutorial. I AM still working on my bathroom cabinets. My goal is to have those done before school starts. Bwa ha ha ha ha hooo hooo he he he! We'll see how that goes.

40 comments:

Layla said...

SUCH a good idea! Thanks for sharing!
Hope things settle down for you over the next couple of weeks.
DYING to see the cabinets. :-)

Layla

Momma to Bug said...

Very cute magnets and paperweight! Thanks for sharing. I like quick and easy projects ideas anytime.
Desiree

Angie said...

I love the magnets and am going to try and make some. No, I have never thought of doing this so I am so glad you shared the idea!

Kristy said...

Such a great idea! I love Target's dollar section, but tend to pass over the scrapbooking stuff because I don't scrapbook, and only use scrapbook supplies for very specific projects. But I've been thinking that I wanted some magnets for my refrigerator to coordinate with my kitchen colors - this would be a great way to accomplish it.

AJ said...

Well I could totally do that! I like things that I can actually do instead of buying all of the stuff, getting overwhelmed and then saying the heck with it! Those would make cute gifts! Thanks for the idea!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Many of us can relate to the lack of blogging thing with school starting. I am NOT ready for it to start, nor any of the millions of activities that go along with the fall. Don't worry, we would not abandon you. :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow.......do you know how expensive those acyrlic blocks can be for stamping? Pretty expensive. I will have to keep my eyes peeled. If they were the larger size they would make cool coasters too. YOU amaze me with your little project....I love it and if I can find some will be ohhhhh so doing this project. cherry

~ Jamie ~ said...

Way cute idea! I, too, have had a hard time keeping up on blogland with school starting next week. We start after Labor Day also. I thought we were the only ones in the country who started that late. I'm glad for the company.

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

I love those magnets! What a fabulous idea. Simply fabulous. Thanks for sharing, girly!

Jeni said...

This is a wonderful idea. I love making magnets as housewarming gifts, and this is just another amazing way to do so. Thank you for sharing!!

Caren said...

Super cute! I love that idea! I'll be trying that one someday for sure.

Marie said...

What an awesome idea! I wish I'd seen this post before I went to Target yesterday! :o) I'm stealing this idea for Christmas gifts. I have a lot of sisters and brothers so it gets pricey otherwise. :o)

Kim's Treasures said...

OHHH!!! Great project! I think I am going to try these!

I'm from Michigan too! My daughter is graduating with her elementary teacher degree in May...hope she finds a job here! Good luck getting back to the daily work/play thing!

Kim

Nikki said...

Great idea!

a day in the life of bella said...

Those are really cute! Where did the "C" come from....is there really scrapbook paper with letters on them?

I posted a candy dish project today on my blog, inspired by the ever so talented Joy, come see it between haircuts and coats of paint on your cabinets...I am busy taking wallpaper down myself...arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Bella :)
PS: I love that school starts after Labor Day, how about you? There were those few years in there with the late Aug start...hated it!

Ashley said...

Such a wonderful idea. I've never seen these but then again I've never looked. I'll keep my eyes pealed now. Wonderful gift idea, too!

Ashley said...

Such a wonderful idea. I've never seen these but then again I've never looked. I'll keep my eyes pealed now. Wonderful gift idea, too!

Kris said...

What happened to my comment? Did you delete ME? I said something very funny and witty and now you will never know....(cute idea though!) :)

Scrapping My 2 Precious Gems said...

What a cute idea! Love it! Now if I can only find the time to get some done.....

countrygirl3031 said...

What a great idea..I'll have to check out Target! Hope things calm down for you in the next couple of weeks!

Hugz,
Michele

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Good luck! The beginning of school (I used to be a teacher too) is so stressful and busy and exhausting and exciting too! I love the magnets...great gift ideas, like you said!
-Carrie

Moi said...

Really cute idea! I will have to give it a try. my fridge could def use a break from our 25 save the dates left over from our wedding that we stuck all over it. Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn said...

Wow - these are the cutest!!! Now I've gotta go find some of these!! Good luck on going back to work - hope you have a fabulous first day back - don't forget about your blog though - I absolutely have to have my "fix" - your humor always cracks me up!! Have a great day girl!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Great idea! My fridge is desperately in need of some pretty magnets instead of those free ones with advertisements on them ;-)

The larger paper-weight is really pretty with your monogram.

Blarney said...

Those ROCK!
Sept 2nd can't come soon enough ... I'll be with the Mom's in the parking lot doing the happy dance!

restyled home said...

I love your project, but what I love even more is your great sense of humour. Yours is always such a great place to visit!

Thanks for the anniversary wishes you sent our way!

Linda

Sandy Toes said...

Love this idea! You could do so much with these magnets..great idea to do with kids! Hope going back to work goes well for you!

Screaming Meme said...

I love those!!! You are awesome!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Very cute and so are you, that's why I featured you today on Today's Creative Blog!
Email me for your secret button code.

Laura said...

Love this idea - and congrats on being the featured at Creative Blog today! Your ideas rock!

Ashley said...

Yay! Congratulations on your TCB feature!!

Kasi said...

I just read through all your posts and I am so inspired! Gotta get those projects done that have been sitting on my craft table for weeks and weeks!

Kendra said...

Great idea! I had never thought to use those acryllic blocks for anything other than stamping! I'll have to steal that idea.

Just say Julie said...

So going to do this for my teaching team! I love giving them little gifts, but I have no money when school starts and even less time :) Thanks for the idea!

Josh & Katie said...

oh my! thank you for sharing! This craft idea has never crossed my mind and probably never would- I love it!

Our Babies said...

BRILLIANT! I am so making the coasters for xmas gifts for all! Love your blog, just found it and just started my own, I have lots to work on, working on a decorting for Fall post right now. Hope you'll visit soon. www.amanda-babymakes5@blogspot.com.
AHJ

The Scotts said...

Adorable! I'm going to Target. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that?" things.

Abbie said...

As Oprah said to the girl who could really sing, "Who ARE you????" You are amazing. This was such a silly yet INGENIOUS idea. I'm running out to Target right now..... (Thanks!)

Momma to Bug said...

These are cute! I'll have to try this. I like the idea of using initials too. Can't wait to see the new magnet posting :-) Thanks!

-Desiree

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Thanks for the great idea. I looked everywhere for those square stamping blocks but only found huge 4x6 thick ones wherever I looked. I've yet to make them, but I found some bigger flat clear marbles to make some w/my girls pictures on for Mother's Day. What better thing than having the grandkids staring off the fridge at g-ma!? Love your blog.

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