September 11, 2012

The Proof is in the Pin {Volume 1}

Good morning, and welcome to the first edition of The Proof is in the Pin! (Why do I sound like a game show host?) If you're not sure what this is all about, you can read more here. So my 3 pins for this month are nothing too crazy complicated, but - I completed/attempted them, and well, at times that in and of itself is complicated. I want to reiterate that you can share successes or flops, big or small, and really the only basic rule is you must have at least tried it (or read it if it's an article - you catch the drift). Oh, and link back to the original source because, well, that's just good manners. So now that we have that out of the way, let's get started!
Pin #1 - Monogram Printable iPhone Charger Wraps: I saw this on Pinterest one night and KNEW it was a must for me to make! Patrick is for.ev.errrr stealing my phone charger and claiming it as his. No longer my friends! For Chic Sake has a free download that you can customize with your monogram, and then it prints a full sheet of a variety of adorable designs. So now I can label some other stuff with them! Not sure what, but you know I'll find something to use it on. You can find their tutorial and printable here. One note: their tutorial says to print it on a label sheet but I didn't have any on hand. So I just printed it on regular copy paper, and used packing tape to wrap it around the charger, using a similar method as my water bottle label technique. This was a super easy and quick project. Definitely pleased with this pin!! :)

Pin #2 - Oversize Picture for Cheap: This pin lead to a tutorial that shared a great tip. I never knew you could have places like Office Depot print oversize prints for really cheap. You just request to have it printed as an Engineer's Print, which only can be done in black in white, but there's still plenty of cool things you can do with it. I believe the largest size is 36x48, but I did mine as a 24x36 and it cost $2.86 to have it printed. The tutorial shows how to mount it on foam that you buy at Home Depot or Lowe's. However, I went to buy it and it's HUGE and wouldn't fit in my car, and I didn't see a realistic way for me to get it without losing one of my kids in the process. So I ended up just picking up a poster frame from Wal-Mart and it works great. Not as cheap, but I think will be better in the long run for the person I made this for. (By the way, act surprised when I give it to you please - I think you know who you are!) You can find the full tutorial on how to mount it on foam here.

Pin #3 - Marriage Certificate Monogram: So I've seen this floating around for a little while. The caption says "Mod podge a copy of your marriage certificate on a wooden initial." I loved the idea, so it was one of those "quick pins" I did and just moved on. I thought this would be a fast and easy project so I picked up a wooden initial at Hobby Lobby the other day. When I came home, I pulled up the pin to read the tutorial, and I was less than thrilled to see it was a dead-end pin. All it did was take me to a picture of it - no tutorial. And upon closer inspection of the picture? If you look at the bottom right of the A, that appears to be a price tag. So I'm going to guess this was actually mass produced and for sale somewhere, and wasn't really the result of someone mod-podging their marriage certificate to a letter, but rather an idea to knock it off I suppose. It's the danger of Pinterest, and happens more times than I'd like. I know this is still totally doable, so thought maybe I would give it a shot myself. However, when I pulled my marriage certificate out? It's actually really plain with no decorative flair to it so it really wouldn't look that cool used for something like this. So yeah. Definitely could've been worse (reference: muffin pan cookie bowls) but it still didn't help me achieve a completed pin. I'll file this away for a "maybe someday" project as I have an idea of a direction I could take it. We'll see if that ever materializes though.

So that wraps it up for the first edition of The Proof is in the Pin! I hope you'll join me in this challenge to be a more productive pinner. If you shared any Pinterest projects you've done lately, please grab the button and link up below. Happy Tuesday! :)

I'm also linking up with AP for Project Pinterest!


  1. Okay, so I haven't had time to try to complete three pins yet. But, I did do one last weekend. And it was a fail! It was supposed to be a healthier version of the Velveeta/Rotel tailgating cheese dip fave. But it was watery and not very flavorful. I def wouldn't make it again. Here's the link - so anyone reading this doesn't make the same mistake I did by trying it:
    I will definitely link up next month for this! Since I only did one pin, I won't link up today. Loved hearing about yours though:) The labels are SUPER cute!

  2. i didn't know you were doing this!!! now that i know i am going to try an participate! looking forward to linking up next time!

  3. I love this link up! I shared a wreath DIY and a Halloween hand print canvas :)

  4. I love this idea! I linked up some lemon cookies I made last week.

    {Jessica} thank you for the tip! I was SO excited for that pin, now I know it's too good to be true.

  5. I love this series! And I love how the charger turned out, making one for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the three pins you chose!

    (I really need to get on the ball with my pinterest projects!)

  7. Love this!!! Can't wait to see what else you have done! I am just now starting to work on my pinterest stuff!

  8. I must say, when I saw the monogram with the the wedding certificate, I got upset! I saw the price tag right away and thought, "wait a minute! Sarah didn't craft that!" I'm glad to learn that wasn't your picture! I should have known better! :)

  9. Love this link-up idea since I'm a huge Pinterest fan. I look forward to getting ideas from others!

  10. Love this new link-up! I hope to take part next round:) Random question- on the engineer print, can you share your chevron pattern? I'm needing one for a diy map picture in my little one's nursery and want to make sure the resolution is enough for a large print! Thanks so much!!!


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