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« on: April 21, 2006 10:35:02 PM »

Okay - so after participating in the very fun Pimp My Switchplate Swap - I got inspired to use some of my lovely paper collection and cover a planet of switchplates! (I'm a paper whore and - can't stockpile enough of it and can't ever throw out even scraps - this was a fun way to use some of the odds and ends pieces). Some will end up being sold, and some will end up as gifts. Its was super easy and fun - and a great way to doll up something boring and utilitarian. Enjoy!

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006 10:38:01 PM »

wow you have been busy... i love the retro ones

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006 11:27:50 PM »

eep! those are great! i dont know how to do the paper thing, but they make me want to paint mine!

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2006 12:14:15 AM »

I love em all!
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2006 12:56:20 PM »

Did you just decoupage the paper on?

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2006 12:30:41 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Yep - just a bit of modpodge and your favorite paper what have you... its scary simple to do! Its a simple way to recycle giftwrap too! 

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2006 12:40:48 PM »

those are gorgeous!!!  wasn't that swap awesome?  I am going to do the rest of the ones in my house now!  why have plain switchplates?!

those will make fabulous gifts. 
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2006 04:47:00 AM »

These are absolutley fabulous. The colours are great, I thought you'd painted them then I  realised it was paper but wow  that is funky paper.

You could even use small pieces from magazines. I saw some great 'background" mosaics in one magazine and the size was perfect to just cut out and use and there was no writing on it either......perfect. Plus I have seen some in old wallpaper sample books.......not the wallpaper itself as that'd probably be too thick but a 'foto' of the wallpaper if you get what I mean Huh

God I've got soo many ideas now that i feel the need to rush off and MAKE something.

Just one question what on earth is MOD PODGE is that an American product cos here in Holland I've never heard of it.

« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2006 11:00:46 AM »

Thanks arabella (awesome swap partner, btw)!

Jodilee = great ideas about magazines and whatnot - anything will do. Just note that some magazines will tend to bleed a little. For the switchplate swap I actually used cardstock and then painted and collaged over the top - the whole process is very forgiving and you really can incorporate anything. I'm thinking lighterweight fabric would work too! Some of the super talented gals blinged out with trim and rhinestones and all kinds of pretty!

Modpodge is a brand name for a glue designed for collaging paper - it acts as both a glue and a sealer and comes in both gloss and matte finishes. I have also used matte and gloss medium (polymer mediums used with acrylic paints) to collage with excellent results.

If you get inspired - post! I'd love to see what you come up with! Also I've heard tell of a possible round two for the pimp my switchplate swap...

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2006 11:34:10 AM »

Round two is going on now! sign ups that is!  let me know if you want to join us, ive got lots of room yet

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