RECLAIMED LUMBER FRAME AND HOLIDAY REINDEER DIY
It's been a week since my Flip-Pal© Mobile Scanner arrived and I've been putting it to the test. After a few field trips with traveling"pal" and some in-studio challenges, I'm happy to share with you a couple of fun DIY's.
Flip-Pal© Mobile Scanner's most valuable feature to me, is the portability. It runs on four AAA batteries, which allowed me to take it everywhere, ready to scan when something caught my eye. I was also pleasantly surprised how well the image stitching software handled the unusual subjects of my oversized scans, which you will see further in this post. The removable cover allows for direct scanning of images by placing the face of the unit against your image source, which opens the door to all kinds of scanning possibilities.
To introduce the first DIY, using the Flip-Pal know that I specialize in designing and creating products for kid's rooms and children's spaces in addition to my work as a published artist. I wanted to create something for use in a child's room, utilizing scans of "reclaimed" lumber, which is a hot material in design right now! I placed the word reclaimed in quotes because some of the lumber didn't have to be reclaimed, I actually scanned it in place, by holding the scanner up against an old warehouse wall and a couple old garages in our Portland's 1920's bungalow neighborhood. Following the scanner's instructions I made multiple scans, overlapping them to enable the stitching software to assemble one larger image. This photo frame project is an easy one, perfect for crafting with your kids. It requires basic craft materials and abilities.
Having enjoyed putting together the reclaimed wood frame, I decided to add a second project and create a holiday reindeer wall hanging utilizing the same technique, to follow. I'm a big fan of vintage decor, so I catered the design to have a retro appeal. This second DIY requires use of power tools and a few specialty craft mediums.
DIY- RECLAIMED LUMBER LOOK FRAME
|A decorative frame with a reclaimed lumber look. It's a perfect accessory for a boys room. Personalization would be easy to add and the color scheme could be tailored to suite your needs.|
Simple pine frame blank, available at most craft stores $5.00 and under.
Matte decoupage medium
Raw umber acrylic craft paint
Chipboard or matte board
Brush, cutting blade knife, fine sandpaper and scissors
Flip-Pal© mobile scanner
|Remove the Flip-Pal scanner cover to utilize it's direct to surface scanning capability. Assemble your supplies.|
DIY- RECLAIMED LUMBER, RETRO LOOK HOLIDAY REINDEER WALL HANGING
In addition to the items listed for the frame add:
Small glass ornaments to match
Small pine cones
Alcohol Inks- dark brown and black
Alcohol blending solution
Old soft hair brush
1/4 or 3/8's inch thick Mdf (medium density fiber board)
Drill and small bit
Jigsaw or table top reciprocating saw
Image of Deer-
|Download a larger PDF file of this silhouette here.|
|If you'd like the antiqued glitter look brush the edges with the alcohol stain. Let dry. Hot glue the NOEL in its final position.|
|You could choose to not add the NOEL for a simpler look.|
|The NOEL adds that retro feel with it's flowing cursive font.|
While I'm obviously in the honeymoon phase of my Flip-Pal© relationship and am truly in love with it for all the right reasons, my fellow Men Scan Too scanners and I will post each Thursday during December to reveal creations and blog about this little gem in review. Immediately, I'd like to encourage a power adapter option for those times when the scanner's size and convenience keep it indoors with an outlet close by. Otherwise I'm truly impressed, let's see how this baby handles what I have in store for next week....
Be sure to check in with my scan happy partners in blogging the talented Suede Baum - Fashion designer and TV personality from the Project Runway, Ken Oliver - The Accidental Crafter, Martin Amado - Interior designer and HGTV design host, and Mark Montano - Author of The Big Ass Book of Crafts.
Thanks for hopping with me, I'd appreciate your comments and feedback. Happy Holidays to you and your love ones!
I'm excited to be able to offer you a coupon code for a discount on the Flip-Pal© if this little charmer is on your holiday shopping list. Coupon codes are valid on their website until December 22, 2011.
To receive $15 off the purchase of a Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner use coupon code MS2FP11.
To receive $20 off the purchase of a Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner with Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD use coupon codeMS2CS11.
Join my fellow Flip Pal bloggers of Men Scan 2
Suede Baum - http://suedesays.com/blog
Ken Oliver - http://kensworldinprogress.blogspot.com/
Martin Amado - http://www.martinamado.com/Mark Montano - http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/
Now, much like a superpower, with great power comes great responsibility. I choose to be a Man Scanner of virtue, only scanning, non-copyrighted source materials. It would be very easy to take the power of the scanner to the dark-side and be an arch villain of copyright. As an artist that has been the victim of copyright theft I therefore ask that you please do the right thing and respect copyrighted works.
In full disclosure, I was provided a complimentary Flip-Pal© Mobile Scanner to use and review. Even though I've received this item for free, I will give you my honest opinion about it regardless, that's how I roll. I'd encourage you to explore the product's capabilities and features on your own to form your own opinion. I've been invited to participate in their affiliate program. By clicking through the links I've provided and making a purchase I may receive a small commission. Monies raised by affiliate programs are used to fund postage and offset costs related to our free give-a-ways and contests.