Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Ruin Perfectly Good Notebooks ~ A Meek Moose Mis-Adventure with Mod Podge



It's another mostly disastrous Monday Made It- just to be upfront about it.  Read on to enjoy the train wreck and laugh at me.  Or skip to the end and hear about a whole lotta giveaways going down this week!

Our story must begin here- with Mod Podge.  I know for sure, that back in the 80's- I thought this was really difficult stuff to use. I know I got that impression from my mother.  I don't remember exactly what was happening, but there was some sort of conversation about "decoupage".  And this in my mind was something extremely difficult to do. And I'm not promising to have changed my mind on that- but I am willing to amend my thought that perhaps my Mother's qualm at the time was over the expense of Mod Podge, and not actually the use of it. Then we fast forward just slightly to the latter 90's where I saw Tori Spelling using it on some sort of craft show.  To frame this out completely- I was a bit busy wearing a lot of black and combat boots at the time, and therefore Tori Spelling using anything sort of became like, so, totally uncool. {Insert derisive lip curl here}.  So why the eff was I watching a craft show anyway?  Because I'm a total dork, that's why.  You think I carried off that look?  Gimme a break. Anyhow. This stuff here. Yarp.

It was once upon a time, circa 2012 that I first read a teacher blog to know they existed.  And began to use Pinterest.  Don't be gasping- refer to the above paragraph where I said "Because I'm a total dork, that's why."  Anyway- I was caught up like Jeff  Bridges in the original Tron movie into a whole new world.  A world of polka dots and sugar shocked owls and Mod Podge.  Everything down to a person's shorts was being mod podged.  So, obviously, after two years of creeping on the crafting, I figured, "How hard could that be?" (FYI- it's in quotes because I say things out loud to myself. #itsnotweird #totallynormal)

So here we are- today.  I've got eight big 3 inch binder like notebooks that all have different ugly fronts, and some adorable scrapbook paper. Clearly, they are perfect for each other.







Obviously, all I need to do is mod podge this.  I look wicked cool with my dollar store sponge brush. I'm digging the smell of the mod podge.  Painting is fun! And then this happens: 


I'd be cool with this if I were still 12 and hanging out in the upstairs bathroom trying to make android skin out of caladryl lotion and Elmer's glue.  In fact, in that light- you suck Elmer! (sorry, dude) Mod podge would have so made that android skin! Dang.  But I am not making android skin. (today)- Today I am trying to cover these notebooks so I can make student assessment record keeper things that I supposedly need now to keep track of paper work that philistines don't want to see on the computer.

I want the paper to lay flat and look pretty.  like it does when it's inside the scrapbook package.  But there's bubbling and tearing and holy Baby Moses I'm gluing myself to my bed I think. 


Super bad words, a lot!!!  And the paper started flat and then add mod podge and it's wrinkly.  I do not want wrinkly notebooks.  I want flat paper notebooks.  I don't want notebooks that look like my 3 year old did them.  Although I'm going to tell people he did.


There. I made six eight, dang it.  Why can't I count?  I suppose I'll find some way to cover up the flaws.  But I KNOW they are there! Bah!

Be sure to link up with Tara with your SUCCESSFUL Monday Made It, and tell her she should probably ban me. I suck this much.

I'm great with chickens though.  I'm not a total loss. Just sayin'.  I just won't be mod podeging them anything anytime soon.

As promised- FOUR different giveaways you need to go check out.  Not only because they are super duper all on their own- but also because each of them will be offering a Meek Moose pack at some point during the week! Click the pictures to go straight to the winnin'.

First up:  Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog



Carla at Comprehension Connections


Rachel at Mrs.O Knows



 and last but never least:

Sarah at Beyond the Gradebook



Good luck one and all, and careful with that Mod Podge, kittens!

p.s. I just realized I've been calling it the wrong name my entire life. Mod not Modge. Dear God I am hopeless. Anyway, I edited it all up so you won't know until you get to the end that I'm even more of a train wreck than you first thought.  And I even spelled the title wrong.  I am awesome at 12:42 am I tell you.


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18 comments:

  1. Haha I loved reading this post, I laughed so hard. Thanks for sharing with honesty. Mod Podge and I aren't best friends either!!!

    -Caitlyn
    Fourth Grade Lemonade

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    1. Bless you, Caitlyn. As long as I'm not alone...

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  2. You shine glossier than any satin finish mod podge. Keep posting! You're a gem!!

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  3. OMG...you can even make Mod Podge funny! I could totally relate. I used Mod Podge and scrapbook paper to decoupage my clipboards. Alas...wrinkles and rips...urgh! Thanks for sharing the giveaways, and be sure to enter!!

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    1. And I had plans to Mod Podge clipboards. Now I'm not so sure...

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  4. I feel your pain on the Mod Podge. I finally gave in a couple years ago and any Mod Podging done for my room is done by my teenage daughter. She is so much better at it than I am!

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    1. I will wrangle up myself an on call Mod Podger post haste!

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  5. I also have called this "Modge Podge" and would've still been calling it that if not for this post! I'm not sure about this Mod Podge. I don't think I'm ready to get that crafty yet!

    Here's an example of how un-craffty I am: When I was observed during my first student teaching stint, I did a guided reading lesson. Guess what word was in the book that I read ahead of time and decided to pronounce as I saw fit? Decoupage! Imagine the look on my face when she told me that it was not pronounced dee-cow-page! Yes, this a really true, really embarrassing story that I would only share with you and all of your blog readers.

    Thanks for another hilarious story! I adore your blog posts!

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    1. I only realized it said Mod after Caitlyn commented. My sister wonders why I am an idiot... "It's right there on the jar!" She says. Like I thought I needed to read it when I felt like I already knew what it was? Do I read the box of Quaker Oats? No- it's called "environmental print". Sheesh.

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  6. You're hysterical!! And I'm so glad I'm not the only one who isn't so crafty. I'm okay copying other people sometimes, but mod podge scares me...and now my fears are justified!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

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    1. Take the risk if you're interested in making android skin...I'm still peeling this stuff off.

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  7. I don't even really know what Mod Podge is besides the fact that I keep seeing it on Pinterest all the time. After reading this post, I'll be sure to stay away from it :D
    By the way, the notebooks don't look THAT bad from the "group" picture.
    And you'll probably never see me linking up with Monday Made it!

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    1. My sister also came home and told me they didn't look as bad as she was imagining. She said she was just shocked that I actually mod podged them like I said I was going to. Oh- I'm sure you can make something! You cook! Post that!

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  8. Oh man I'm sitting here laughing my you-know-what off:))
    It's NOT "modge" ?? I thought it was, too!

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    1. Barbara- I think they just need to change their labels. Perhaps a strongly worded letter? *snarf*

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  9. Thank you for your honesty; I am cracking up because I've had SO many Pinterest disasters!! "This is not what the pictures look like?!" Maybe I should do a whole post on that because I just know that others can relate!! (I always have good Martha Stewart intentions. . . ) Go ahead and tell people your 3-year old made the binders; they looked cute & unwrinkled in the picture :) Ummm. . . and Modge rhymes with Podge, not MOD!! Lol!!

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    1. Ah, Martha Stewart. Before becoming a mother I had BIG PLANS that I would be just as crafty as Martha. Things did not turn out this way... We should probably all band together to have a regular post linky about Pinterest Disasters. "The Day of the Pinterest Apocolypse; the Bell Tolls for Thee".

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