Monday, May 5, 2014

Magnetic Photo Board

I have had the idea for this project for so long . . . I am so happy to finally share it with all of you.  But first I want to tell you how I found the product being used in this project.

In January my family attended CHA.  While I was working in the booth for The Buckle Boutique, my daughter and husband had a chance to walk the floor and check out some booths.  One booth they visited was the Master Magnet booth.  My daughter even did a blog post about it that you can read by clicking HERE.

Once we got back from CHA I started to think that it would be fun to print a photo on a magnetic surface, to create your own custom magnet board, so I reached out the the Master Magnet company.  It turns out they have a product called FlexIron, which is a magnetically receptive sheeting with an adhesive on it.  I HAD to try this out!  

Here is the finished project.  I used a photo of my children and my niece and turned it into a magnetic memo board for them to give to Grandma for Mother's Day.

Let's look at how I did this, step by step.  First I printed an 8" x 10" photo of the kids.  Next, I grabbed the FlexIron and cut that down to an 8" x 10" size.  I peeled the backing off just a little, and lined up the photo.

Now this way I could peel back about an inch of the backing and press the photo down just a little at a time.  This helps me keep things lined up.  Now I had a photo that magnets will stick to!

Once the photo was attached to the magnetic sheeting, I took a piece of printed cork from DCWV and measured out an 8" x 10" rectangle inside the full sheet.  I drew the lines on the back of the sheet so that I could easily cut the shape out and not leave lines on the front of the cork.

Once I cut out the rectangle I had a nice frame to set my magnetic photo into . . . and I can use the cork I cut out for another project.

I really like that the cork sheets from DCWV have adhesive already on the back.  Just peel the backing away and stick!.

For this project I simply stuck the cork to the cardboard piece that came inside of the frame I purchased.  It is a 12" x 12" frame.  I removed the glass so that the magnetic photo and cork would be exposed.

Then I place some double stick tape down in the open space and set the magnetic photo inside of it.

Well, my cutting of a 8" x 10" rectangle for the photo to set into was not perfect . . . there is a little gap.  Not a problem . . . let's just cover that gap up with some rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.

I love that I can use scissors to cut the rhinestone sticker sheets into any shape or size I need.  In a matter of seconds, I had a strip of rhinestones, three rows across . . . and since these rhinestone "gems" are actually a soft material I was able to cut THROUGH them and do a nice miter at the corner.  Just peel off the backing and stick.  What a quick and easy way to add some sparkle, and hide that little gap from not cutting things perfectly.

Here is what the corner looks like once I have placed the rhinestone stickers down.

Same corner, but after the entire piece was inserted into the frame.

OH!  And since the photo is now magnetic, my daughter and I found these cute little magnets that are round dots.  I placed those on the photo so that when the magnet board is not being used, the magnets look like added decoration on the board.

Also, my mother loves butterflies, so I cut a few butterflies using the Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge and scattered those around the image.  They are all cut from a beautiful gold paper from the Gilded Stack by DCWV.  I folded the wings back on this little one so it looks like he is flying right off the page.  This also helped to hide a VERY OLD family photo that was in the background . . . I was not really liking my 80's hair in the photo, so the butterfly covers that nicely.

And there it is . . . a custom magnetic memo board!  I have some other photos from vacations that we have taken that might be nice to turn into magnet board.  Or cover the FlexIron sheet with your favorite scrapbook paper . . . the possibilities are endless!

I have included links to the products used in this project for you below.  If you like these companies on Facebook, tell them Shawn sent you!

Master Magnets  Website // Facebook // YouTube

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Printed Cork and Gilded Stack from