Cheri Peoples

I followed the Tute and learned how to do project using the Graphic Fairy

by CHERI on March 25, 2010

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I followed the Tute and learned how to make some really cool projects using The Graphics Fairy.

If you have a Tute you would like me to consider please e-mail me at

Kathy and I have been blog friends for awhile.  I love the friendships I have made with so many great gals.  I learn from each of you.

Kathy has a fun blog Creative Home Expressions and she is an interior decorator. She does some great creative projects.
I asked her to show you how to use the Graphics Fairy site and show you some projects you can do.

If you have somehow missed out on visiting be sure to go over today.

The floor is yours, my friend.

I’m thrilled and delighted that Cheri has asked me to provide a tutorial on using graphics and images that Karen at The Graphics Fairy offers, for use in just about any creative project you can come up with.  Here are just a few of the different things I’ve made using some of these images.  I’ve included links to the posts for each of these so you can get the “how to” for each one.

The first and simplest project I did was taking this graphic and simply framing it with scrapbook paper.

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For Christmas, I made a menu for my Christmas Eve buffet.

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While I don’t really do any decorating for Valentine’s Day, I made a few decorative tags using graphics like these.

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I’ve also printed out some of the images on transfer paper to use on pillows that I made for my living room.

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Most recently, I altered some mini-notebooks using a few images, with this one being my favorite.

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You are only limited by your imagination!

Karen has categories set up along the right side of her blog to help you in the search for what you may be looking for.  You want to save the graphics to “Pictures” on your computer

  • click on the graphic within Karen’s post and it will enlarge;
  • use your right click on your mouse or laptop keyboard and it will come up with a menu of tasks;
  • you want to “Save Picture”.  I have a file set up in my “Pictures” just for these graphics so that’s where I save it to.

When you want to print out the graphic

  • go to your “Pictures” and find the file you saved it to.
  • open it and double click on the graphic.  It will open up a new window where you will see a “Print” option.
  • click on “Print” and choose your paper and size of choice.

When using Mod Podge on the graphics I found that using my HP photo paper {because that’s what I already have in the house} in my color printer rather than regular printer/copy paper worked best.  I’ve also varied matte photo paper and glossy photo paper depending on the project.

Today I’m going to show you my most recent project using one of Karen’s graphics.  I found this old Moth bookplate and liked the colors and aged look of it.

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I bought a couple of these plaque pictures at the dollar store.

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I took some scrapbook paper that I already had and traced the plaque on the back side of the paper and cut it out.  I used regular craft glue on the top of the plaque and put the scrapbook paper on it.

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I printed the Moth graphic out in a 4 x 6 size on HP semi-glossy photo paper and, centering it on the plaque, glued that in place, too {after the scrapbook paper step dried}.  Once that was dry I applied a coat of matte Mod Podge over the top of the whole thing.

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Feeling like it was lacking something, I found this package of label holders at Michaels and printed out a Latin word for moth {in Lucida Calligraphy} on regular paper in my regular printer.  I needed to age the paper so it would work with the graphic.  I soaked it in some tea for a few minutes and added this for a finishing touch.

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Done!  A decorative piece for your home {or to give as a gift} and it only cost me about $4.00 for the plaque and embellishments.

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The whole thing has a lovely aged look to it!

Thank you so much Kathy.  I love the moth project so much I may just have to make one.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TammyM March 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

Just beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

2 Tracey March 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

Awesome tute! I just spent some time over at The Graphics Fairy and have lots of ideas running through my head!

3 Margaret Bouwmeester March 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Kathy, it looks great, you really make it look easy.
Margaret B

4 Morgan March 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

These are so great I love them!!

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5 Tammy@InStitches March 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Kathy is the Queen of Graphics Fairy Projects ! I’ve gotten lots of great ideas from her.

6 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thanks for letting me guest post today, Cheri! Also, thanks to everyone for their lovely comments!

7 Norma Lee Good March 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I love Kathy! Thanks for asking her to guest post! These tutorials are great and I love the ideas!

8 Southern Fried Gal March 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Love all the ideas! Great guest post, Kathy! Have a blessed weekend!

9 Karen - The Graphics Fairy March 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

What a wonderful project and tutorial Kathy!! You definitely have a decorators eye, always pulling just the right colors and elements together, to create something wonderful! Thanks so much to you and Cheri for featuring my blog!
Hugs to both of you,

10 CMOMProductions March 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Awesome! The label holder adds so much to the piece too.

11 Heather March 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

i love all those graphics but haven’t found a way to use them yet. i love the way all those pieces came together to make a great project.

12 Holly L March 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

That is a great project. I do love The Graphics Fairy…such wonderful images. You put them together so nicely. I have a ton of wooden plaques calling for a project.

13 Mod Podge Amy March 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Graphics Fairy rocks and so do you!

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