Lately I’ve been in kind of a creative funk. But today’s project, my DIY to-do board, has finally gotten me out of that funk. I made it in a couple of hours and now all I want to do is come up with other fun projects using the rest of the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection.
There are three things that inspire me to be crafty – bright colors, bold patterns, and fun textures. The Amy Tangerine Plus One collection has all three.
I’ve spent the past week thinking about ways that I could use the collection and it finally hit me this morning in bed. I could make a to-do board. I need a new one since I accidentally destroyed my chalkboard one and knew this would be perfect. I literally grabbed my sketch book and started drawing out my idea while still in bed. I’m pretty sure my husband really appreciated my talking to myself about which buttons to use where. I may be creative but drawing is definitely not my forte. It’s a good thing I’m the only who needed to translate this picture.
After I’d sketched out my project, I just had to actually make it happen. Piece of cake right? The first step, picking out the perfect paper for my background, was honestly one of the hardest. I kept finding papers that I loved and going back and forth between them. I could definitely tell why the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection was the top selling signature line in 2014 and sold out online and in most stores. And I’m guessing it’ll probably sell out again when the paper craft collection goes on sale on HSN on March 24th.
Once I picked out my paper, the real fun began – hand embroidering the to-do at the top of my canvas using the embroidery kit included in the collection. I am not the pro that Sarah and Lindsay are so please excuse my not so perfect letters. A little decorative washi tape always helps right?
After I’d finished embroidering the top of my paper, I glued the paper to my canvas using Fabri-Tac fabric glue. I was a little nervous about it coming off since I’ve never glued paper to canvas before so I piled the books on and let it rest for an hour or two. It probably only needs a few minutes but K woke up from his nap while it was drying so it turned into an hour or two.
After the glue was dry, I moved on to making the rest of my to-do board. The entire top section of the board is dedicated to the my perpetual daily tasks, the things I should be doing every day that just aren’t worth writing down and checking off over and over again. To create this section, I simply cut out white rectangles with my tasks written in the Amy Tangerine letters. Then I glued the white paper to my to-do board using an Elmer’s Gluestick. I specifically decided to use the white paper rather than putting the words directly on the to-do board so that if something changes in the future, I can just switch out the white paper. I then hot glued the cute little buttons from the collection next to each to make it seem like doing dishes and cleaning will be fun.
For the bottom section of my to-do board, I created a section for the things that are actual tasks that will be completed. I hot glued four of the mini paperclips to the to-do board and glued a weekly calendar card from the paper collection to the left, leaving the top section unglued to hold blank papers. I purposely only included four paperclips so that I can focus on the most important things that have to get done that day. Once something is done, I can replace it with a new card (or flip it over and write on the back.) Or I can just leave them all empty as I finish my projects for the day and fill it up at night with projects for the next day.
And last but not least, I attached a Ziploc bag with a pen and extra blank papers to the back of the canvas.
I absolutely love how this project turned out and am really motivated to use it with my new schedule to help keep me focused and on track.