DIY Scroll



Today’s project is a DIY Scroll that is wrapped in a soft, colorful tassel tie and housed in a wooden box. I created this for a friend who was looking for a custom-printed scroll that was larger than what was available on the market for wedding invitations.  The finished scroll is about 12-1/2″ from tip to tip and the paper is a standard 8-1/2″ wide. Since I used art paper, the length of the unrolled scroll is almost 20″.

The finished product is the only picture I have. I put the detailed ingredient list below in case you want to make your own scroll.  If you have any questions, let me know.    

Thanks for looking!


Scroll Bar
• 1/2” Wood dowel
• Curtain finials
(I found these at Jo-Ann’s on clearance. I found nice ones on Amazon too. Look for 1/2″ to 5/8” curtain rods or tiebacks with resin finials)
• Double-ended wood screws (to replace blunt screws that come with finial)
• Paint (Folk Art Metallic Antique Copper & American Lamp Black)
• Varnish (DecoArt DuraClear in Satin)

Scroll Paper
• Canson Mi Teintes art paper cut to 8-1/2 wide (Egg Shell)
• Microsoft Word (set custom page size to 8-1/2” x 25” I left about a 3” margin on the top and bottom of the paper)
• Wrights single fold bias tape (to help anchor the paper to the dowel)
• Staple gun

Scroll Tie
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn braided to about 10” (#135 Spice) and tied off with floss
• Coconut buckle by Sew-ology (Hobby Lobby)
• DMC Floss for tassels in coordinating colors (400,783, 838 & 920)
• Cord caps by Bead Landing (Michael’s)
• Jewelry glue

Scroll Box
• Unfinished wood box (Hobby Lobby)
• Espresso stain
• DuraClear Satin varnish
• Lining is a polyester suede-like print (Hobby Lobby)
• Cardboard cut to fit box bottom
• Craft batting cut to fit cardboard
• Glue gun


Dare You to Move

Today’s post is a canvas panel I did for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song.


The challenge was a great jump start to my MIA mojo. I decided to mostly play, but have a deadline in order to actually stop thinking about the project and actually stick with the whole process.

My favorite song from Switchfoot called Dare You to Move is fitting because it is a reminder to keep going.

Every once in a while when I get a bit discouraged, I turn on this song and make myself sing screech it out loud. It instantly reminds me that I can make the choice to take a step forward and that there is always hope:


What if redemption has stories to tell? 

What if forgiveness is right where you fell?

Where can you run to escape from yourself?

Where are you gonna go? Where are you gonna go?

Salvation is here.


The panel is 8 x 10 and features Tim Holtz distress stains and paints over Melange tissue paper with a bit of stenciling and found objects. Stamps include the circle/oval from Simon Says Stamp, alphabets from Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts. The die cut letters “Dare to” are from my Silhouette and the die cut word “you” is from Simon Says Stamp.

Official Switchfoot DYTM Video @ YouTube

Thanks for stopping by!


Back with a Non-Card Project to Organize Your Craft Space

Hello out there!

I’ve been away too long! With 2 moves in the last few months, I’m finally getting unpacked and settled in my new place. I am still trying to sort out my craft space and it led to a project. A project led to photos (to make sure my tubes/couplers were correctly placed). Photos led to a blog post. So here we are…


A bunch of YouTube videos show how to use PVC pipe couplers to store Stickles glitter glue. Since PVC couplers aren’t sold at Michael’s, I had to go to a hardware store. Gathering my courage as I walked longingly past shiny new appliances, I headed into the plumbing department. A seasoned salesguy could smell a non-home-improvement-type entering his territory and came out of nowhere to help me out. 

Apparently PVC pipe couplers only come in round (Yes, I asked for round PVC connector thingies) and there are lots of types and sizes. Salesguy was very helpful and I purchased 10 bucks (How was I supposed to know how many of what size I needed?) worth of PVC couplers to make my own craft desk organizer.

Below are photos from the concept (left) and final (right) stages of the projects. I used PVC couplers from the hardware store, wood slat and Martha Stewart glossy paint from the craft store and indoor adhesive vinyl (Oracal 631) from ExpressionsVinyl.Com. To ensure straight lines, I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut rectangles out of silver vinyl.


Here are some sizes: Ranger Mini-Misters fit perfectly in 1/2″ couplers. Tombow Mono-Multi glue fits in a 1″ tube.  The Tombow Tape runner balances on a 1-1/4″ tube, but will also fit on a 1″ tube. Not in the final project (yes, I goofed) is a bottle of Stickles glitter glue. It fits on top of a 1/2″ coupler, but fits inside a 3/4″ coupler.

Here are some alternates I considered before choosing the aqua and silver scheme. (Washi tape for home decor!) What do you think?



Thank you for coming by my blog!  Please stay tuned, in the next day or two I will have a card up. Stephanie