Thursday, October 17, 2013

Late Night Inspiration

So, It's after 11pm and I'm still awake. You may be thinking, ummm, it's not late. But if you know me, then you know that I'm usually tucked in by 9pm (unless it's Thursday night). I'm up thinking about the upcoming RSC Fall Crop & Retreat. Even though we have a plan in place, I'm still brainstorming. What's that all about? So I decided to work on an "I Can Alter That" activity.

So we start with the LifeWay VBS tote.  Supplies needed: Black Acrylic paint, Mod Podge, foam brushes, 3-5 sheets of 12x12 paper, a bone folder and embellishments.

Paint one side of the tote;  from the edges about 2 inches: wait about 20 minutes for side A to dry; turn the tote over and paint the side B. While waiting for the paint to dry, you can measure and cut your paper. Cut a half moon from your top ends of your 12x12 paper or use a wide corner punch. Cut the corners from 2 sheets of paper. Cut a 3rd sheet in thirds (3- 3x12 strips).

Prepare you paper and embellishments while you are waiting for the paint to dry. after you have cut your paper, fold the bottom of your paper, horizontally, 2 inches. This is to partially cover the bottom of the tote.

**unless you want to take the time to take the handle off; I suggest that you paint it. Paint  6 to 8 inches. Let dry for about 15-20 minutes.

Take this time to gather your embellishments, get some ice cream or call a friend.

Paint the outer edges of your tote and also the inner edges (all of the brown parts; not the white)

Paint Pod Podge onto the tote and then place your paper on top. once the paper is in place, you will need to smooth the paper from the inside out. use a credit card or or the mod podge smoothing tool. Turn the tote over and do the same with side B. Don't forget the bottom of the tote as well. 

Add your embellishments! You may use the remaining 12x12 sheets to cover the inside.  That's all for now. I'll work on it some more tomorrow.

Duces & Good Night!


  1. Love it and can't wait to do mine!!!

  2. Love it and can't wait to do mine !!!

  3. Hey sister. It was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be...thank God for youtube.