Polly Picks – ForeverJoy

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, Polly Picks

pollypicks-FJ You cannot help but feel a little joy when you cross paths with Renne of ForeverJoy Designs. She is such an amazing designer and quite an inspiration. I just adore her whimsical personality and I am sure that I am not alone in celebrating the excitement of her new home at The Lilypad. If you are new to ForeverJoy Designs now is the perfect time to try out her style, while it’s on sale! We asked Renne to tell us a little bit about her scrapping style and this is what she had to say:
“I would say that my style is to tell a story first- and usually I do that by focusing on one moment in time. A freeze frame of sorts. It’s like I push pause on one memory and zoom in. I don’t always do a lot of word journaling- but will use often a word art title or a series or pieces of word art to tell my story- and I always add a little bit of symbolism or word play that may not be apparent to anyone but me. I always try to be a minimalist because I love that look- but somehow -I can never focus on just one thing in my scrapping stash- and I often add a cluster of ellies and a bit of paints that take my layouts about 3 steps beyond minimal. And color! No way can I reign myself into a pallete of 3- I love out loud color- and even if I try and go neutral, I will always find myself looking to add a pop of an outrageous hue!”
Not only is this lady a fantastic designer, but look at how she scraps! This fabulous fall creation is filled with one stunning layer after another! You cannot help but fall head over heals for the precious photos. fj1   You cannot resist the charm of this little beauty. Check out the fun frames both in the background paper and as embellishments framing the adorable photos on the page. fj2   This fun page has me in stitches. I am captured by the bold title and word art on the page and can totally relate to the subject having been a handful of a teenager myself. fj3 Last but not least is this precious Halloween layout. I really love a blocked style page. Especially for events that include lots of photos. Renne really knocks this one out of the park in the way she has added lots of photos as well as embellishments yet the page does not seem too cluttered to see the focus.fj4 You can shop Renne’s style during the Polly Pick feature. Check out the weekly challenge forum for a brand new Polly Pick Challenge and the announcement of the last Polly Pick.    

How To: Vinyl Wall Art

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, General, New Products, Printable Projects -Hybrid, Tutorials

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I love changing the decor in my home to reflect the seasons and the holidays. I really like finding ways to use my stash to create fun, new, removable wall decals at home using decor vinyl and my silhouette portrait. After a little learning and some trial and error, I’ve come up with this tutorial to help you do the same, so here is ‘How To: Vinyl Wall Art!’

STEP 1: Choose and prepare your element!

01 - open image in PS

Decide which element you’d like to use to create your wall art piece. I decided on this fun Christmas Tree doodle from Little Butterfly Wings ‘Xmas Doodles‘ pack for DYD. I had a spot on my wall in mind right by our console table & shoe storage unit in the hallway and realised I didn’t need the lovely writing this time, so I cropped it out.

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Once I’d cropped the writing out, I was left with exactly what I wanted for my wall art (see above). Then I chose to ‘save for web’ as a PNG file with transparency. Once I had saved it somewhere that I could find it again, I opened it in Silhouette Studio.

STEP 2: Open and trace in Silhouette Studio!

03---open-in-ss-and-trace When you have your element opened up in Silhouette Studio, you’ll need to trace it so you get good smooth cut lines to create you decal. If you need help with tracing, there’s a huge amount of information available on the Silhouette website. When you’ve traced your design, you’ll need to set your machine up to cut vinyl. I get the feeling that this is trial and error, but for me (and with the vinyl I use), I use the cut settings above but with my blade ratcheted down to between 3 and 4.

STEP 3: Prepare Vinyl and make the Cut!

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In order to create wall art, you need two products and a cutting machine. Firstly, you need removable indoor decor vinyl, second you need transfer tape or transfer paper and of course a Silhouette or similar. The products I’ve used are just some of many options!

05---on-mat-and-starting-to-weed

Having prepared your image, then imported it to Silhouette Studio and traced it, you need to cut a piece of vinyl that will fit your cut file on to it and place it with the backing paper down on to the adhesive cutting mat. Once you’ve cut it out, you’ll need to remove the whole vinyl piece with backing paper from the mat and weed out every piece of vinyl that you do not want.

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When you’ve weeded out your wall decal, you will need to cover it with transfer paper or transfer tape so that when you eventually peel away the back you will have the exposed adhesive side of the vinyl sticking outwards and the adhesive side of the transfer paper also sticking outwards so you have one single item to stick to your wall.

07---transferred-and-peeling

When you’re ready to put your decal on the wall, start by making sure your patch of wall is clean and dry and that you have tested to make sure your brand of vinyl won’t damage your paint or papering. Then, peel a small section of the backing paper away and working in whatever direction feels comfortable to you, place your design (on the transfer paper) on the wall, and smooth down whilst gently removing the backing paper.

When you’ve finished removing the backing paper and your whole design is on the wall (still with transfer paper), take some time to firmly smooth over your whole decal to make sure the vinyl has adhered to your wall. Then, carefully and slowly start to peel away the transfer paper making sure that the vinyl stays on the wall.

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When your decal is in place, check that none of the edges are lifting and gently press them down with a patting motion to make sure none are lifting. And then the fun part, start dressing your home or shelves around your decal!

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You can use all sorts of elements and word art pieces to create wall art. Above I also used two pieces of word art from Just Jaimee‘s December 2014 Storyteller kit (releasing on Black Friday) to create this festive decal above our key tray. When choosing word art pieces or elements for wall art, be mindful of choosing pieces with strong lines and that will work well in a single colour silhouette to get the best results.

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This is our finished, festive console table (which also keeps our sneakers and shoes kinda hidden) – if you have any questions about how to do any step in the process I’ve set up a thread in the forum here, I’d love to know all your awesome tips on working with Vinyl!

JuliettePerkins