Sunday, March 11, 2012

12 Months of Christmas Project-February-Personalized Soap Dispenser

Ok, I really had a catastrophic DIY weekend.  I was so excited for the weekend too. I had 3 DIY tutorials lined up and each and every one of them was a complete disaster.  Yup folks, on this blog you will see the good, the bad and the ugly.  Everything I touched either broke, tore or just plain sucked when it was done.
I have caused a paper jam in my printer that will take the jaws of life to fix.

The weekend started with a long awaited trip to a stockist for Anne Sloan chalk paint.  The drive was an hour away, I was so excited I could hardly contain myself!  We get there (hero man took me, he's nice like that) and guess what?!  The damn place was closed on a Saturday!  They were evidently closed due to a convention for Anne Sloan paint!  Unfortunately no one thought to put this on their website.  I almost cried, it was touch and go for a few minutes.

On that note, it is now March 11th and I am finally posting my February project for the 12 Months of Christmas Project Challenge......  gotta problem with that?  In case you missed January's project, you can check it out here. (I hold my head up high with that month's project because it rocks)

So I am putting on my big girl panties and going to attempt to put this post together without breaking the internet.

I saw this pic on Pinterest...

Pinned Image

...and was intrigued because it looked like a great personalized gift that could be given for so many different occasions.  The one I put together for this post is for the holidays so I could put it into the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge.

Here is mine

Looks like part of the 'm' is cut off but it isn't.  It's just because everything is fighting me today, including photos.
What's so cool is the label is on the inside!

So I think it is adorable, I would have preferred my image to be clear like the inspiration photo but more on that in a bit.  Think of the possibilities...

                                                           Give Thanks

                                    Welcome to the Neighborhood


                                                Queen of the Kitchen

So here's what ya do!
1. pick up some inexpensive hand soap dispensers filled with clear soap, be sure they have labels that can be removed (most of them do)
2. remove the labels with goo gone decide what you will be printing for your personalized label and print it onto transparency paper using a laser printer (otherwise the ink will run off)
4.once your image is printed, cut the transparency paper to just a little bit bigger than the image itself (I left about 3/4 of an inch border of clear transparency
5. now roll it length wise so the image/words are on the outside
6. insert the role into the bottle and use the straw of the dispenser to open it up and push against the front of the bottle.  Viola!  You are done.

Ok, now for the not so pretty printer did not get along with the transparency paper and no amount of coaching would get that sucker to feed the paper through properly.  I improvised because I am very stubborn and was going to finish this damn project if it killed me.  I printed my image onto some vellum and then cut a piece of transparency to put behind it once the image was cut from the vellum (that is why mine is white rather than completey clear).  You really do need the transparency because the weight of it holds the image against the side of the bottle.  I am sure if I brought the transparency to a copy center they could have done it for me, but seeing as I had smoke coming out of my ears at the time, I didn't think it was appropriate to go out into public.

So once again, here it I can go to sleep and feel I've been somewhat productive.  (still haven't told the Mr. I paralyzed the printer)

That damn 'm'!

The first person to spot Lillie and leave a comment (comments are just below) will receive a gift of congratulations!!!!!

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  1. Wow. What a weekend. I feel for you. I think we have all experienced "the good, the bad, and the ugly". Lucky for you I think good prevailed! Very cute idea.

  2. Sounds like a crazy weekend, so I hope it doesn't make you feel bad when I say you gave me a good laugh with your sense of humor. I can't wait to see the chalk paint project you have planned (when you finally get the paint of course). I see Lillie peeking out from behind the soap dispenser, but where is Ralph? And what is Lillie and Ralph's last name? It wouldn't happen to be Smith?

    1. And the winner is...Michele! CONGRATULATIONS for spotting Lillie and kuddos for noticing Ralph is MIA. He's actually behind the soap. I think he may have lost a few pounds.
      Smith just seemed like a good common name (no offense to any Smith's--want some soap?).
      And no you did not offend me while laughing at my expense. My post was meant to be fun because heck, where else could I go but up?!
      Thanks Michele :-)

  3. Oh heck, girl-- I would be so mad about the store being closed after a ONE hour drive! Yeah I'm not very patient with stuff like that.

    Project turned out great! Go you!! I'm thinking this 12 months of Christmas is rather intriguing.

  4. what a great idea........never too late for the 12 months site

  5. What a fun idea, thanks! Yep never too late! Hope your next projects go better (been there).

    Happy Creating,

    Aileen's Musings

  6. I think this is a great idea. Anyone would love getting this for a gift...and you know they would use it too. Good luck on your paint project. I just used my chalk paint for the green March project. LOVE the paint.

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