I have been so very busy this past weekend working on several projects. After finishing one of them that is when I thought this might be something good to share in the form of a short tutorial because I think that this quick and easy project might be of help to some of you to organize your laces and ribbons and ... it looks nice too!
I am sure you all agree that storing lace in different objects like old tins or jars looks amazing but ... when it comes to finding the right lace or ribbon to work with ... how many of you ~ just as I have been ~ were confronted with this hug ball of tangled lace? And this is what had happened to me over the weekend. I was working on my ballet slippers and I needed some lace which is stored in an old box and I ended up with almost all of it as one big ball in my hand and that is why I made this little tutorial. I didn't have to go out especially to buy anythingfor this project and I am sure many of you have everything you need right there at home already. It's a really good way to recycle as well because you can use almost any cardboard and container. I have also made two sizes of the lace cards so if you have less or more of a lace/ribbon you will have the right size card.
My lace before ...
... all tangled up in a box!
This is how I solved my problem ...
These are the pattern sheets ~ please print (template sheet onto paper, label sheet onto stock card)
Here is the new lable sheet for your ribbon!!
To all you lovely bloggers that have printed this off before 11am eastern time on Feb.9th.
Unfortunatly I made a mistake when I looked up the French word for 'lace', because there is more than one of them (which I didn't know). I have corrected the label sheet now with the right wording. Lacet means lace when you are talking about shoe laces which I was told by a sweet blogger named Christa. So, it is up to you now, you can either replace the word 'lacet' with the word 'dentelle' or you can leave it if you like. If any of you have already started with the 'wrong' word ~ I am so sorry!! I always check my work over and over but I think I was just so excited to share my new tutorial on my blog and I didn't check it good enough. I will try to make sure that this will not happen again in the future.
You will need the following:
~ A box to store your lace cards in
(if you would like to do so ~ mine is a photo box from Michaels,
you could use an old tin or anything you like)
~ Cardboard (I used all sorts, from frozen pizza boxes to cereal boxes)
~ Printed out patterns (provided above)
~ Scalpel or paper knife
~ Glue (I used Liquitex but you can also use Modge Podge if you prefer)
~ Paper to cover your lace cards with (music sheets, scrap booking paper, old book pages etc.)
~ Distress Ink/small cloth (if you wish to ink your edges for an aged look)
And this is how it's done ...
1. Print out the pattern and make a template by gluing the pattern onto a piece of card and cutting it out.
2. Place your template onto your cardboard and draw around it (a pizza box will give you two large, and two small cards)
3. Cut your cards out now ~ a scalpel and ruler will come in useful when cutting the card on the inside of the pattern.
4. Now glue your card to a decorative piece of paper of your choice and then place it on the side to dry for a little while. If you lay a heavy book on top of it, the card won't bend too much whilst drying. I used double sided scrap booking paper that I got on sale at Michaels. Until now I didn't have much use for it so it was perfect (and pretty!!!) for me to use on this project. You could use book pages or old music sheets too. Once dry, cut off the excess paper.
5. ~ Turn you card over and repeat step 4 again.
6. The next step was using my Distress Ink pad and I inked the edges of the lace card. If you wish to do so make sure your ink is dry before winding your lace onto it!
7. The last thing I did was to make small labels with the word 'lace' printed on it in. Cut the label out, age the edges with your ink pad and glue it to the top of your card. I thought it would be nice to use different languages for the word 'lace' ~ I chose English, French and German ~ you could always find more or you could skip this step altogether. And that's how it's done!
And this is my lace now ...
All you have to do now is to wind all your lovely lace or ribbon onto your cards and to hold it in place you could make a few of my 'neat pins' and use them! Now just place your cards into your box (or other storage container) and there, you have a useful and pretty addition to your studio/craft room!!!
If you like you could even make them as a gift for someone and personalize them with their name ~ that would be rather nice!
I know this was a very easy tutorial and a simple idea but I do hope you have enjoyed it and that it will prove to be useful for you one day.
I hope you are all well and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day,