Friday, February 16, 2018

Carousel Storage For Every Season!

Deflecto has so many storage options for containing and storing a huge variety of supplies!  I have used my carousels for many different things.  This one I decorated for the space I am placing it in.  I love that I have so many options with all of the beautiful memory papers and embellishments that are available.  Read on and I will show you how I did it!

You will need:

Deflecto:  9-Bin Rotating Carousel Organizer, #3901CR
cardstock:  12" coordinating colors and prints, 6 
wood:  1-1/4" ball knobs; 6; dowels or chopsticks to use as a handle for painting
acrylic paint:  six colors to match patterned papers
paper trimmer
water bucket
paper towel


1.  Cut a 5-1/2" x 12" rectangle using the paper trimmer.  Insert in one 6" tall bin.  Adjust so that the short edges come together in the V of the bin.  Repeat for the other 6" tall bins.

2.  Cut one 2-3/4" x 12" rectangle. Insert in one 3" tall bin as for the 6" tall bin.  Cut a contrasting paper and repeat for another bin.  Repeat for each bin, inserting your chosen patterned paper.

3.  Choose the paints to pair with the patterned papers.  Insert a wooden dowel in one ball knob. I use wooden disposable chopsticks.  Use as a handle and paint the wooden knob.  Place upright to dry.  Repeat for each knob.

4.  Decorate the lid:  Lay one lid top down on the wrong side of the cardstock.  Use the pencil to outline the shape.  Cut out inside the pencil lines and make it fit inside the lid edges. (About 1/4") Adhere to the lid.  Repeat for each of the lids as shown in the photo given below.

5.  Adhere the painted ball knobs to the tops of the bins as shown below.  I used a stronger glue for this step.  Tacky glue will work too.

Isn't this fun?  There are so many design options for decorating these bins.  I am using these for my small wood turnings and shapes.  Let your imagination be your guide!

Take the time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Organizing A Small Bathroom With Rotating Carousel

When you have a small bathroom, you need to utilize the most of every square inch of your space. By using the rotating carousel with 9 bins, I got our kids’ bathroom organized with plenty of space left for other bathroom necessities.

·      Deflecto Rotating Carousel with 9 bins
·      Colored Card Stock
·      Banner Die Cut and Die Cutter
·      Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker
·      Fine Tip Marker

1.     Start by sorting all the hair ties by colors. For my daughter, she has them in every color. I used the small bins to store the different colored hair ties so she can find them to match her outfit for the day.
2.     Use the large bins to store Q-Tips, lotions, band aids, brushes, or any other item that takes up space on the counter.

3.     Each bin will get a label using the banner die cut. I used rainbow colors for the hair ties. Cut out each color of hair tie with the matching color card stock. For the large bins, use white or decorative paper.
4.     Run each banner die cut-out through the Xyron sticker maker.
5.     Adhere each banner to the coordinating bin.
6.     Write what is on each bin label banner.
7.     Set on counter or under sink and enjoy being organized!!

By using the rotating carousel either on the counter or under the sink, you are gaining much more space as the smaller bins stack and the larger bins hold a lot of supplies! Plus, it’s always fun to spin.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Celebrate Love with Deflecto

The month in which we celebrate "LOVE" is here.
I think this pink frame is a stand-out for the month of February.  It is perfect for Breast Cancer Prevention signage, but also for framing pictures and signs that pertain to Valentine's Day!

You will need:

Deflecto:  8-1/2" x 11" pink frame #69771
cardstock:  Valentine themes with contrasting colors:  12 x 12" red, beige and off white with red print
cardstock die-cut:  2-1/2" red heart, 2" red print
photo:  4" x 6"
paper trimmer
punches or die-cut machine (for hearts)


1.  Cut the papers as shown in the photo above.

2.  Layer the photo over the larger rectangle and adhere.

3.  Lay-out the page as shown and adhere.

4.  Place the page between the panels of the frame. 

  Enjoy & celebrate the month of love!  


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine's Day Craft Frame Insert

Hi everyone, it's Josefine, and I'm super happy to be guest designing for Deflecto again. February's topic is Valentine's Day, and I created a very pink insert for the Craft Frame in pink.

I started by preparing my mixed media paper with white Gesso. I was messy on purpose to create the first layer of texture. My idea was to have color spreading away from a heart shape in the middle of the paper. So I outlined the heart shape that I cut out later. I added more texture using different types of tape. Then I added a few color sprays and acrylic paints and spread them in all directions.

When I was done, I let it dry overnight. The next day I cut out the heart and aligned some negatives behind the heart. I found those in an Antique shop. They are all images from Rome, one of my favorite cities. I also added a little more dimension to the image by water coloring with a black Faber Castell Gelato around the border of the heart.

After I was done, I put the insert into the pink Craft Frame. Because the negatives are perfect to add some light to it, I put a candle behind the frame. You could also use a string light or one of these flickering LED lights. You can also see my process in this video:

I hope you enjoyed my Valentine's Day insert and feel inspired to create your own love-themed piece.

Come back later to see more Valentine's Day projects from the Design Team. Josefine

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