See how I turned a huge gold leaf journal craftfail into three usable projects! Learn how to fix a fail instead of throwing it away.
Recently I had one of the biggest series of craftfails of my life. Let me explain. You see, I’m kind of obsessed with gold leaf lately, and I was getting bored with the standard issue surfaces like paper mache, clay and wood.
I decided that I wanted to try gold leafing on a different surface, so I went to Michaels and picked up a couple of journals – two denim and one cork. “Can you imagine how cool these will look gold leafed?” I thought to myself. “Right??”
I’ll spare you the gory details of my gold leaf fail and just show you the picture:
But then I realized how much I had spent on these journals and knew that I had to do something. Throwing them away wasn’t going to work.
SO I raided my stash.
That is the first step in fixing a craftfail. And yes, I realize that not all craftfails can be fixed – but some can.
And if they can, my suggestion is to use what you have. You won’t spend any more money on the project, and then it becomes a little bit of a challenge.
This is assuming you have some craft supplies on hand . . . I’m a serial crafter (and craft blogger) so I have all of the basics. Some of you might have to make an additional purchase to repair your fail.
Let’s start with the cork journal.
And now comes my second tip. One of the best things for covering a craftfail is PAINT! It’s also one of the cheapest. I had so much color in the journal (you can see the flecks above) that I decided to paint a stripe all the way around the journal at fail level. I had three supplies: painter’s tape, paint, and a spouncer.
So now let’s deal with the denim journals.
Because it’s cool. But I had to think it out. This is the third lesson of the craftfail! Think about what you did wrong the first time . . . and don’t make the same mistake again! Who wants two crappy projects? Then you just feel double-y horrible about yourself.
I realized what made the gold leafing crap out was the texture on the journals – and the denim was actually more textured than the cork. I figured that if I just put the tape down and painted, I’d get leaking under the tape, and my scallops would look horrible.
So I placed the scalloped tape down and smoothed, and then sealed the edge with Mod Podge Gloss. It’s an old trick so that your paint doesn’t seep under the tape.
The last challenge was the mini journal. And it was the biggest challenge, because I didn’t just want to paint it again. So I decided to glue something on top.
Your fourth craftfail lesson. If you can’t paint, glue something on top.
Here’s how I made a patch.
Fifth lesson of craftfail fixing – go for interesting shapes in the cover up. If you don’t have a Big Shot like I do, simply print some clip art from your computer and then use it to cut out your shape. It’s that easy.
Which brings me to the sixth and final lesson of cleaning up a craftfail. EMBELLISH! Keep the recipient from doing too much examination by adding a personalized touch – like a felt letter in my example.
Who is going to notice that you totally jacked up a project underneath when their initial is on top? No one!
Check out the final photos of my finished projects:
Would you have ever guessed that this were completely ruined projects? Me neither! I didn’t have to throw them away and now I even have cute gifts. Sure they didn’t turn out as I expected, but that’s kind of how life works, and it’s a good analogy.
What are your best tips for cleaning up a craftfail? I’d love to hear them!