Bloggie Bestie – Leslie of Leslie Marquez Designs

Hi there pretties!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie of Leslie Marquez Designs!
She has a fun DIY, crafty project for you dolls today!
Leave her some bloggie love below, then we’d love a visit at her place where I’m sharing a post today! 😉

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Hello!!! To start, I want to thank Kassi and Kayli for giving me the chance to be a bloggie bestie (love the title, despite my spell checker going nuts.) I have followed this site for a good while and love reading it.  

My name is Leslie, owner of Leslie Marquez Designs. I am a Wife to my best friend, Mother to my 4 minions (ages 6,5,3, and almost 2), a crafter, jewelry designer, photography wannabe, legal secretary, and asylum warden. Just writing all that made me tired, I need more coffee! I blog about life with the minions, craft tutorials, and anything else I find on the web. 

I have a lot of wood. My co-worker is remodeling her house and always has an abundance of extra materials that she wants to get rid of. I thought, oooo, project!!! I have seen lots of pins (I am obsessed!) about doing image transfers on wood. So naturally, I wanted to try it. So, she brought me lots of wood, I got the materials, and got to work.

Materials
Wood
Plates
Pictures (Printed on regular paper using a laser jet printer, make sure you reverse the picture too)
Artist Gel Medium
Mod Podge

First, the wood I got is a bunch of 2×6’s. So they needed to be bolted together. So I asked the hubby. I have to refer to my husband all the time on matters of hardware. Thanks babe!! Anyway, I started out using plates to connect three together to make a flat surface. You can buy these anywhere and they are relatively cheap, a couple of bucks.

Once they are all bolted together. Flip it over, and get your Gel Medium. Paint a really good coat of the gel medium and place your laser jet printout face down on the gel medium.Smooth out the paper really well, you don’t want any bubbles or missing spots in the picture!!

Then, let it sit overnight!!

Once it has set up overnight, grab a towel, a bowl of water and get ready to get wet. Take the water and wet the paper, and I mean SOAK it…

Then, when its wet enought, the paper should start rubbing off. If it doesn’t rub off easily, then its not wet enough!

Elena loves the picture with the frog!

Once all the paper has been rubbed off, and you really want to make sure you get it all off or you will have white paper spots, paint a think coat of mod podge to seal it.  Let it dry and Voila, You have an awesome very large wood piece with pictures.

 

This is one of my favorite things in my living room!! Aren’t the minions cute!! I am in the process of making a bunch, my husband wants one for his office, but a smaller version, and of course, I am making one for my co-worker. I figure I owe her for all the wood.
Thanks again for allowing me to take over for a bit. I hope to do this again. I am learning everyday about the wonders of blogging. I think my husband might scream if he hears the words “I could totally blog about that” or “I should make that and turn it into a post.” again, but I am enjoying every minute of it. Later, Peeps!
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We’ve all been there girl! My hubs is so over me turning something simple into a step by step blog post. haha!
Thanks so much to sweet Leslie for sharing with us today and for being the Bloggie Bestie at Truly Lovely this week!
Interested in sharing with our readers? Learn more on becoming a Bloggie Bestie here!
Have a lovely rest of your day dolls!
Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Comments

  1. This was SO cute! She totally had me at Mod Podge 🙂

  2. What an awesome idea!

  3. I liked very much this idea, thank you for the tutorial, it’s really nice. Family pictures look awesome now.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Leslie did an amazing job right?!! 🙂 Thanks for the visit Erika!