Altering a mouse trap with Sandie Edwards!

My guest today is the super talented Sandie Edwards of Delightfully Crazy. I "met" Sandie when she was on the Zeus and Zoe team last term. Pay a visit to her blog and be prepared for jaw-dropping goodness in every single one of her creations. Seriously. If you love gorgeous blooms clustered to perfection, she is your go-to person. If you love classy and elegant vintage layouts, she rocks them too. And did I mention how sweet a person she is? Today she shares a fabulous tutorial that will help you get a headstart on your Christmas presents and is also hosting a challenge with a RAK for one lucky player! 

But first, let's get comfy in our chairs and check out her awesome projects, shall we?
Yvonne_Yam's Sandie Edwards gallery album on Photobucket

Hello Everyone,
It is lovely to be here as a guest designer for ‘Do More With Less’ this month. Thank you Yvonne for inviting me. A Little Bit About Me: I live in Geraldton, Western Australia with my partner who works in the mining industry our son Jesse (3), and 2 spoilt felines.  We are older parents, and also have grown up children, as well as Grandchildren. I am currently a stay at home Mother, with my previous employment being law enforcement. In 2011, I discovered Scrapbooking, and have enjoyed the journey over the last few years immensely.  Creating memories for future generations is very important to me, especially being an avid diary writer – now my words are included in scrapbook pages, mini albums and so forth. 

Today, I want to share with you a quick, and easy tutorial on how to create a note or photo holder fridge magnet, using a mouse trap. Now, I do not think I need to stress how important it is to use new mouse-traps (LOL).  Recycling is wonderful, but perhaps not with mouse-traps!  These little note holders would be perfect little gifts with Christmas around the corner, and are something unique and certainly an entertaining, conversation piece.

Altered Mouse Trap
Materials: Mouse Trap, Pliers, Paint, Misc. Paper Scraps, Quick Dry Adhesive, Lace Remnants, Silk Ribbon, Small Roses, Buds and Leaves, Distress Ink, Magnetic Strip, and Wording.

1. Remove wire catch with pliers.

Photograph 1

2. Paint trap white as in photograph 1.  I find it best to use spray paint, as this adheres to the metal elements of the trap perfectly, and gets into all grooves and crevices.
Photograph 2

3. Insert a small paper piece as shown in photograph 2. This eliminates a gap of white in the centre when completed. I find it best to use a quick dry adhesive rather than tape, as glue allows for manipulation to get the paper into the correct position.
Photograph 3

4. Measure and cut 2 pieces of pattern paper to fit both the top and bottom portion of the trap, as shown in photograph 3. Ink paper edges, and adhere into place on the trap.
5. Affix wording of some sort across the top part of the trap (part without latch across it).
Photograph 4

6. Arrange flowers, buds and leaves and adhere into place, around wording.  Use photograph 4 as a guide for placement.
7. Create a bow from ribbon, and adhere to middle trap mechanism.
Photograph 5

8. To complete, affix lace to outer edge, on back of trap, and adhere magnetic strip.  See photograph 5.

I do hope that my tutorial has been inspiring and an appealing idea to some of you to make simple, adorable gifts for Christmas.  My challenge for you, is to get creative with something unusual laying around the house.  Examples:  Coffee jars, boxes, containers, old tins, plant pot, paper towel cylinder, paint brush (all the rage at the moment), chipped tea cup, anything that you can revamp, that would normally end up in the bin.  Bring new life to the piece you have picked, create up a storm and give the item a new place in your home..... I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

I have a RAK of a Shadow Box from Imaginarium Designs, up for grabs.  You can see a completed version of the shadow box in the slideshow.
Ready to play along with Sandie's challenge? Please link your newly created projects via InLinkz [located at the end of the post] by Friday November 29, 11.55pm (GMT +8).
As always, please leave a little love for my guest Sandie. :)


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Anonymous said...

Such a fun magnetic holder!!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Beautiful work Sandie!

Lizzyc said...

I love Sandie's creations and this magnet is a fabulous idea!

Vijaylaxmi Siyal said...

wonderful alteraion....looking soo beautiful...thanks for sharing.

Suman Pandit said...

This is wonderful, Sandie !!

Unknown said...

I have been visiting Sandies blog for a while now. Here attention for detail is gorgeous. It was nice to read more about her here on your blog.


SD pooja said...

Altering a mouse rap..I was eager to see when I read the title and I am amazed to see the altering !!Thanks for the tut n Inspiration !

Lynn said...

At first I was turned off by the mouse trap, but the more I looked at the project the more I thought it would make a perfect gift for someone I know who is terrified of mice. Heeeheeeheee! A perfect Halloween gift! LOL! Thanks for the squeeky eeky idea.

Lizzy Hill said...

Love it! Such a clever idea & neat pressy.....really enjoyed the look see at your amazing scrappy creations, too, Sandie:):):)

Lynnda said...

WOW ... Really wow to upcycle the mouse trap!... Beautiful transformation indeed Sandie... Awesome... hugs...x

Audrey Pettit said...

What a unique and pretty project. I would never think to do that, but how fun. Sandie is sooo creative and talented!

sandi said...

Love Sandie's style! What a neat upcycle idea!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an AWESOME idea!! I loveeeeeeeeeee what you did with that trap!!!!! FABULOUS!!! I love to upcycle, so hopefully I can find time to play along!!!!!

Annette Allen said...

wow great post.. these are amazing and love that cool mouse trap idea..

Rose said...

wow! this is so awesome!! beautiful work :)

Tone-Lill said...

This is a super cool creation, Love it!! and it it such a great idea to make as a gift as well. The decoration is awesome :)

Karon said...

Such a fabulous creation and what a beautiful gift you have made! TFS

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fun way to alter a mouse trap! LOVE the soft white and paper choices!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! What a great upcycle of a mouse trap!! All of the papers and embellishments are fabulous!!

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Ella Swan said...

Such a totally adorable project! Sandie is one clever chicken!! Absolutely LOVE her idea here!!!

Chantalle said...

Now that is thinking outside the square!! Very cool idea, beautifully done Sandie

Sindhu said...

Brilliant idea and great outcome!!

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