Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something Pretty for My Desk!

I like pretty things. I cant help it. I am the only girl (first born) with four brothers. I had being girly all to myself.

Two weeks ago, I went with a co-worker to our campus surplus. This is an area that houses all the furniture and unwanted nick knacks go from other offices. You basically walk in and shop around. If it is large furniture items, the guys will deliver it to you, but if it is basic desk items you can take them yourself.

I work on the computer all day. My main function is working on websites. I like to print out changes and check off items on my list as I go through them. So on this trip I was in search of a copy holder. A copy holder is a stand, metal or plastic, that will hold the document you are working on at about eye level so that you can glance at your documents rather than looking up and down. I'm sure I have one somewhere, but It never hurts to look.

Well, I found one and it was in perfect condition. It was a creamy beige color. Now to make it pretty!

This is the copyholder. See how dull.

First I took some paper out of this stack called: the Mariposa stack. Some of the most beautiful paper I have ever seen. I measured the width of the copy holder and used a paper slicer to cut to size.

Next, I ran the paper through the Xyron. I love this baby!! It puts a sticky back on the paper and you do not have to mess with Modge Podge to adhere the paper.

I fit the paper over the front of the copyholder. I took some coordinating paper and used a punch to create the scallops and ran the strips of paper through my small xyron.

Once the paper was attached I made some brads. I took my newest toy, the ITOP Brad maker and used the same butterfly coordinating paper and made some brads. I have not found the brads with the magnetic backs so I used my e6000 glue to add magnets to the back.

Last, I took a round plastic fragment from the Tim Holtz collection and glued it to the butterfly paper. There was a hole already pre-drilled in the fragment so I added two flowers and attached them with a gold brad. I glued the fragment to a bow that I attached to a magnet that came with the copy holder.

I am linking up to,
Make it for Monday @ Cottage Instincts

There you have it! Something pretty that will be sitting on my desk tomorrow!



  1. That would make any desk proud. I love it all and I may have to try something like that when we get farther along in our homeschool room. Enjoy, the beautiful weather today.

    Cha Cha

  2. So pretty. You did a great job!

    I hope you'll drop by AtticMag this week to see my home on tour.

  3. Just Lovely! What a transformation!

    Blessings, Grace

  4. Thanks for the tips on using scrapbook stuff for decorating. Love it!

  5. Very pretty! I don't know if I'd be able to put something on it and cover up that beautiful paper!

  6. how lovely! i love the paper and all the little details you added. what a way to glam up a desk. thanks for sharing.

  7. Very nice! I also like the new background on your blog (at least I think it's new since I last visited).

    What is your job exactly, if you don't mind my asking?

  8. That will definitely spice up your workspace!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!