DIY Comic Book Tiles

February 26, 2012

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Way back when I first saw my grandma’s old desk and wanted to refurbish it, I knew I wanted to make some sort of tiles out of comic books to go along the border. I’ve had this idea and the supplies for a while now, but just recently got to creating them.

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Here’s the general idea of what I'm going for [only obviously continued on all sides].

They didn't turn out quite like I had imagined, but I still think they look pretty cool. Here’s how I did it:

  • Comic Books
  • Scissors
  • Thick Cardboard
  • ModPodge or a Good Glue Stick
  • Black Sharpie
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Pencil

Before I started anything I measured my desk and calculated the dimensions and number of tiles I would need for each side. [If you’re not using the tiles for anything specific, then you wont need to measure anything and you can move right on to step 1.]

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 I only need to cover the front and one side of the desk because there is a dresser that will be going right next to the desk once it’s finished.

You’ll also need a good supply of comic books that you don’t mind cutting up.

Comic Book Tiles | allonsykimberly.comI got mine at a garage sale last summer.

Okay, lets get started!

Step 1: I created stencils for the tiles. I used a notecard for mine, but I would highly recommend using something much sturdier if you’re going to try this out.

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I wanted my tiles to have a small black border, so I made sure to include that in my stencils so I could see what  it would look like before cutting.

Step 2: I chose the pictures I wanted and traced the border around them then carefully cut them out.

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 I used painters tape to keep my stencil form moving as I traced the border.

And here they all are!

Since my borders were kind of flimsy [and to be honest I kind of did a crap job of cutting them out] my tracings ended up being a little wonky so I had to re-measure them before I cut them out. If I hadn’t wanted to see what my tiles would look like with the borders beforehand I probably would have done this from the start.
Here’s a helpful hint when measuring: I used a transparent quilting ruler [Christmas present from my MIL] and marked the dimensions with a dry erase marker.
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This way you can easily line up and mark your dimensions on the paper by being able to see the image underneath.

Oh! And check out this ad I found in one of my comics.
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A Doctor Who Convention! Neat.

Anyway, back to the tutorial…

Step 3: I cut out the backing for the tiles. I originally wanted to use something thicker, but it was too hard to cut out and the tiles looked uneven and sloppy so I switched to a piece of cardboard.

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 They still didn’t end up being as nice and even as I wanted, but at that point I just decided to shrug it off and make do with what I had.

Step 4: Using a black Sharpie, I colored a border around the cardboard and along the edges.

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[The borders don’t need to be perfect, because once the picture is glued on you’ll only see a small amount of it anyway.]

Step 5: I glued the comic cut out onto the center of the cardboard making sure to leave a small border.

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Step 6: I could have left them like this, but I wanted to protect them from scratches, spills, and kitty claws so I covered the whole thing with clear contact paper.

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And there it is! This is a fairly simple project but sooo time consuming. I went through the whole first season of NY Ink and half a season of Doctor Who and that was just cutting out the comics and cardboard. So make sure you have a good amount of free time on your hands if you decide to attempt this project. And if you do make something similar send the pictures! I’d love to see what you all come up with!

Friday Favorites: Mustaches

February 24, 2012

Like a lot of people these days, I’m totally obsessed with mustaches.  And there is no shortage of them around the web. Here are five of my favorite uses of le moustache!

1. Bonjour Welcome Mat from UO
I adore this rug! The minute I saw it on UO’s site I knew I had to order it. Now it sits in front of our door and we get complements on it all the time!

2. Chipster Clip Set from ModCloth
chipster clips
Adorable and useful!

3. Octopus Plushies with Mustaches from cheek and stitch on Etsy
octopus plushies
Squee! So. Stinkin. Cute! Can I have one in each color, please?

4. Mustache Nursery via Pinterest
mustache nursery
Now, I’m definitely not planning on having babies anytime soon, but if I were I would probably consider copying this nursery.

5. Harry Potter Staches
hp mustaches

How about you? Have you given in to the mustache trend?

Friday Favorites: Orange

February 17, 2012

Today I’d like to talk a bit about the color orange. It’s quickly becoming my favorite color. It’s so bright and happy and can be paired with lots of other colors to make a variety of beautiful palettes. That’s why this week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to this vibrant hue. I’ll be sharing five orange products that I’m currently swooning over, starting with…

This orange and white chevron rug from Urban Outfitters.
Doesn’t it look stunning with the grey sofa and blue end table?

Next up is this gorgeous skirt from ModCloth.
Reminds me a lot of the Maritime Maxi Dress I was drooling over a few weeks ago.

And how about this super cute cat dish from Ruche?
I think Hugo would love this! Or maybe he really couldn’t care less and I just think it would look cute in our kitchen…

I have a serious soft spot for wingback chairs.
[ from Anthropology ]

And last, but not least, I’m totally smitten with this French canister set on Etsy.
More cute things to dream about having in my kitchen one day…

So what’s your favorite color?

Book Review: Ready Player One

February 16, 2012

Ready-Player-One-cover-by-Ernest-ClineOne of my goals for the year is to read at least one new book each month. Last month I chose to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

It’s set about 30 or so years into the future when the world is falling apart and everyone seems to be miserable unless they’re plugged into this virtual reality called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS passes away he leaves behind a scavenger hunt that focuses primarily on 80s nostalgia and trivia for people to participate in in hopes of finding his vast fortune. The main character, Wade, becomes obsessed with this contest and the story pretty much follows him throughout his quest to solve all of the puzzles and find the prize. You can read the full synopsis here.

So what did I think of it? It was… okay. It sounded so fun and interesting, but after reading the first few chapters I thought for sure I was going to hate it. It’s terribly slow and the dialogue between Wade and his friend was painful for me to read most of the time. I’m not sure if it got better, or I just got used to it, but about a third of the way into the story I started getting into it. And I was really enjoying the story and wanting to know what was going to happen next and where he was going to find the next clue and so on, but it seemed like as soon the story really got rollin’ it stopped again for some dry explanation of an obscure 80’s video game or anime series. Seriously, sometimes I felt like I was reading an encyclopedia.

Now, I didn’t grow up in the 80’s so I certainly didn’t get most of the references, and I didn’t expect to, so it was nice that the author took the time to explain things, but I felt like it took soooo long to explain some of it and then it ended up not even being that important. Basically I felt like I was wasting my time reading some things and just wanted to get back to the main story.

That being said, the story itself was very entertaining, and there was even a bit of a love story which was kinda cute. I wouldn’t mind seeing it made into a movie, but I don’t think I would read it again.

So, that’s what I thought. A good story, but a bit hard to read at times. If you like video games, 70’s and 80’s nostalgia, and adventure stories then I would definitely recommend this book to you, but if not, then you might find it more annoying than entertaining.

Friday Favorites: Chevron

February 10, 2012

If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve decided to do themes for my “Friday Favorites” posts. It’s easier that way. This week I chose to focus on one of my favorite patterns – Chevron!

1. Chevron Nail Tutorial by Elycia and Kaylah.
naiiiCan’t wait to try this myself! Click here or here for the tutorial!

2. Chevron Dresser
What a nice way to bring some chevron into the room!

3. Chevron Kitchen Art
I would love to have these hanging in my kitchen. They seem pretty easy to DIY too!

4. Chevron Quilt
I love the idea of mixing patterns for the chevron stripes. You can bet that once I learn to quilt I’ll be making something similar to this.

5. Chevron Dress
Of course I had to include a gorgeous chevron dress! Love all the bright colors! Makes me think of the circus.

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites: Web Video Edition

February 03, 2012

1. Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown

Her reaction is just so adorable. And the picture of her afterwards just admiring the sloth is so funny. I could not stop laughing when I watched this.

2. The New Hunger Games Trailer

I’m starting to get pretty stoked for this movie. I wasn’t at first, I mean I really liked the book series, but I was trying not to get my hopes too high [I learned my lesson with The Half Blood Prince].

3 & 4. The Cast of Harry Potter Trying to Speak with American Accents

These videos are old, but they make me laugh every time I watch them. I  get pretty giggly when I see Tom Felton anyway, but hearing him try to say “The Olive Garden” just cracks me up.

5. German Woman Builds a TARDIS

Have you seen this video yet? If not then you should, and if you have you should watch it again. This woman is so funny and talented. She's my hero. I want to be her best friend and have her build me a collapsible TARDIS too… [ WARNING: there is a bit of language in this video so don’t watch it while you’re at work or near impressionable or easily offended ears ]

Hope you enjoyed the videos and happy Friday to you all!