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I am in the process of relocating and setting up a new craft room. It's been time-consuming and fun and ....... costly !
So, to save myself a few pounds here and there I have been making do and DIYing.
I bought myself a glass surface protector for my admin desk, where I sit and create blog posts, deal with emails etc. I love the protector but needed a mouse pad too. Having looked online, I struggled to find one I liked. Most were huge and just not what I wanted, so I decided to make my own. It may only be a temporary one until I can the right one, or ..... you never know ....... I may well stick with it as I rather like how it turned out.
All I did was take a cereal bowl. The diameter of mine is 5-3/4 inches. Obviously if you require bigger, then you can customise. I drew around it on pretty decorative paper (this is from the Perfect Moments 12 x 12 inch paper pad by First Edition - I just love their papers). The pink is soft and compliments my glass decorative mat beautifully.
I also drew two more circles; one on plain white card stock and one on a sheet of cork. I cut out all three then used the lovely set of dies by Bright Rosa called Sweet Words. It contains the word "create" together with coordinating shadow die. So I die cut the shadow from the centre of my decorative paper, then I die cut a further white shadow and popped in place of the one I removed from the decorative paper. But, before doing so, I also die cut the the word "create" from the centre of the white shadow and die-cut it again from a piece of patterned paper, inserting it into the centre of my shadow die cut. The purpose of creating the all the inlays was so that the word sits flush within the paper and card and laminates well, without any lumps or bumps. I then popped the decorative circle on top of the white circle, placed them in a laminator sheet and ran them through my laminator.
I trimmed around the laminated circle, leaving a little clear lip all the way around.
Then I grabbed some super-glue and glued the cork circle to the reverse and voila !! I have a super cute DIY mouse pad which does not slip on the surface of my desk.
I am very pleased with my foray into the world of mouse-mat making - it saved me some unnecessary expenditure for now, and I love it so much that I was itching to share it with you here.
I do hope you like it too.
That's it from me for today - I still have much to do in my craft room. It's getting so well organised .... I can't find anything !! LOL !!
Thanks for visiting today and I do hope you will pop back again for a future visit.
Bye for now and ......................."happy crafting everybody!"