Monday, August 22, 2011

sign redo

This sign has been hanging above our TV in our family room, since we moved in 2 years ago...
 I'm trying to BRIGHTEN UP this room a bit & take out the red & add greens & blues, so I gave my "Live, Laugh, Love" sign a makeover with a quick coat of spray paint, some green craft paint & a new vinyl saying, that was a little more personalized for our fam...
PS. I have a secret!
I was OUT of white vinyl, but had an entire roll of WHITE CONTACT PAPER & decided to see if I could cut it with my cricut & if it would transfer properly???

It worked PERFECT & is muchhhhh cheaper than vinyl!
***Blade at 3, Pressure & Speed at Low

I think I will be using it more often. I don't know about durability? But I think contact paper is pretty durable, so I don't see it being a problem...especially since this sign is hanging INDOORS.
Has anyone used contact paper before as "vinyl"???
Is this a common thing already going on, that I just didn't know about??

Just googled "patterned contact paper" for fun and check out THIS cute find for only $6.57 for 8 yards at Amazon! Oh & THIS one! I can't wait to search around some more & experiment with it!!!

Am I the last to know about patterned contact paper & the ability to cut it like vinyl? Or is this news to you too!?!


TisforTonya said...

it's news to me... but since I have a few rolls of contact paper I might just have to pull out my Cricut and give it a try... what to cut, what to cut...?

gail said...

I use (hideous) contact paper (on clearance) for stencils and yes, I have used an entire roll of white. (silhouette) I cut the whole roll down the middle so I actually got two rolls out of it.
I also use clear contact paper as transfer paper. LOVE it!
I did buy one roll of tan/cream contact paper that did NOT work at all. I wasn't even able to use it as transfer.
I'm glad you discovered this cheap alternative.

The Standrings said...

oh stace i need you here and i need your creative brain. i am trying to change the colors in my front room too. i just don't have ideas like you do. oh- iwas thinking that i was going to try to teach myself to sew. is that totally crazy?? not to sew anything fancy, but i thought if i learn how to sew, i can sew some pillow case covers for the pillows on my couch instead of buying to new pillows. do you have any suggestions on a good first-time sewing maching? said...

He he, I couldn't tell you I don't have a cricut, BUT I have seen several tutorials on cutting contact paper out and creating shapes, and decorating with it. So I guess it clearly should work fine. Besides the proof is in the pudding girl, Your sign looks GREAT, and WOO HOO on the price, lol. I'm so there with ya, IF i EVER get a cricut!!

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Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

You're a genious! :) I'll have to try it out. :)

Nik said...

thanks for sharing. i have heard of using contact paper as a stencil or transfer paper, but never as vinyl. your sign turn out awesome! a much better look.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, that is so cute. You are so clever. I am totally going to go cut up some of my white contact paper now. I have TONS!!!

just jayma said...

I've used it before, it works great most of the time. I have used clear contact paper for transfer paper too.

Oh, I got 6 feet by 18" of dry erase contact paper for $2 at Home Depot. Just think of all the things you can do with that stuff!

Jilly said...

I have heard of using contact paper as a stencil or transfer paper, but never as vinyl. your sign turn out awesome and much better look.
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Kate said...

I have gotten several rolls of contact paper at the dollar tree. They aren't very long... maybe 24-36". But when they are only a $1 you can't resist!

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Terry said...

What a luck to find your blog post. That is so cute. You are so clever. I am totally going to go cut up some of my white contact paper now.
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