Saturday, April 19, 2014

Personalized Vinyl Tumblers Tutorial

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Hello, Wall Quotes™ decals fans! Today, we're sharing a fun and easy vinyl project that is perfect for Summer! These vinyl acrylic tumblers would also make a perfect end-of-the-year thank you gift for your child's teacher...just fill with a gift card or single serve Crystal Light packets, tie with a ribbon, and you have an amazing gift that anyone would love!

Here's the how-to:
Step 1: All you need for this project are the decal kits from Belvedere Designs (click here for the Single Monogram Tumbler Decal Kit, and here for the Triple Monogram Decal Kit) and plain acrylic tumblers (I used these from Amazon).
 
First time working with vinyl decals? Don't be nervous. Belvedere Designs includes a handy instruction enclosure to help you through the process, plus, an application squeegee to ensure your vinyl creations turn out perfectly.
 
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Gather your supplies, and get ready to begin....

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Step 2: Let's begin! We'll be doing this in two parts. We'll first apply the initial decal and then we'll apply the polka dot decals. First, place the initial on the cup, and, using the tape as a hinge, flip up decals and peel off backing. Lay decal back down carefully. Starting from the center, squeegee the vinyl decals firmly. Carefully peel back the transfer tape. To do this, start at a corner and peel the transfer tape off at a 180 degree angle-back and down rather than up and away. If necessary, use your fingers to press down on the letters as you peel back the tape.

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Step 3: Using the same technique, apply each of your polka dots onto your tumblers.

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And that's it! I made two for my son's preschool teachers and filled with them single serve drink packets. I kept the third tumbler for myself :)

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I don't know anyone who wouldn't love one of these.

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Head over to Belvedere Designs to pick up this, or one of their many other, vinyl decals!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

March Monthly Photo Contest Winner

Is it April already? Hard to believe, but it's true, and that means we need to choose a March Monthly Photo Contest Winner!
 

Congratulations goes to Adah, who sent in this wonderful photo! You can use our design center to create a similar design (or email us and we'll be glad to help!), or check out this whimsical "let your dreams set sail" Wall Quotes™ decal!

Remember to send in your customer photos for a chance to win a $50 shop credit!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meet the Team - Raelene

We've been introducing the great guys and gals of our behind-the-scenes-team at Belvedere Designs over the last couple of months.  Today's installment features one of our co-founders who, though trained in political philosophy and an English teacher at heart, is also our creative director who helps ensure our entire team's continued commitment to excellent design.
Raelene

Birthday? August 3rd

Favorite Color? Right now, it's some variation of teal/turquoise.  But I'm pretty flexible.  Color pairings are my favorite: teal & red, yellow & grey, yellow & navy.

Favorite Food? Vegetables.  Weird, I know.  I'm also a pretty big fan of ice cream.

Favorite Book?  So hard to choose just one.  But if I did, it would be The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (who also wrote the Anne of Green Gables books).

Favorite Quote? "It always seems impossible until it's done." Story of my life.

Favorite Sports Team? I'm not a huge sports fan, but since my husband is, I at least have to have a favorite team.  The Red Sox are it for me - especially my man Pedroia.

Favorite Wall Quotes™ decal? This is a hard question to answer - especially since I have a hand in almost all of the designs we feature.  I love so many for different reasons, but right now, I'm really digging "Do what you love and do it often" (find it here).

Why? a) I love the sentiment.  It's such a great reminder to focus on what brings me joy - be it creating, mothering, teaching, traveling, and even occasionally - cleaning house (ha!). And I totally love the little embellishments in the letters.

What are you in charge of at Belvedere Designs? Technically, my title is Creative Director.  This means a lot of things - from creating designs and Wall Quotes™ decals to sourcing new colors, typefaces, and great designers to join our team.  I also dabble in marketing/advertising, product development, and - much to my chagrin - paperwork.

What's your favorite thing about working here?  The creativity.  I love to create new designs, discover new fonts, put together elements to make something cool and fresh.  And I love to see our customers respond so positively to new designs and use them in their own homes.

What do you do when you're not making crazy awesome Wall Quotes™ decals at Belvedere Designs? Well, I've got two little boys to wrangle.  And occasionally I make time to do un-exciting things like laundry and dishes (sigh).  I love to read and always have a pile 6 or 7 books deep on my nightstand.  I'm trying to be a cyclist (oof!).  And I love to travel; my husband and I always seem to be planning "the next adventure."

Final thoughts? I sometimes forget that I'm a working mom - Belvedere Designs is just such a part of my life and sometimes it's just so darn fun that it doesn't always feel like work.  This may have a lot to do with my schedule.  Because I have little ones at home, I work in snatches (at nap time, while the kids play outside, etc.).  Sometimes my real day doesn't begin until after bedtime.  But in the end, it's so rewarding to create and to help others be inspired by powerful words.

Wall Quotes™ Decals At Home {Sharing YOUR Photos!}

We consider ourselves so very, very fortunate here at Belvedere Designs to have such creative customers who use our Wall Quotes™ decals in so many neat ways. Today's blog post turns the spotlight on YOU, our amazing customers, as we share some of our favorite customer photos from the past few months...


Jen shared our Family Rules Wall Quotes™ decal that she displayed in her kitchen!
What a perfect way to constantly remind yourself of what is most important in life.


We LOVE how Rebecca displayed her Wall Quotes™ decal-the black and white photos complement the decal beautifully! Have a quote you love? Head over to our Design Center where you can custom pick the size, color and fonts of your special saying or verse!


Edie used one of our Wall Quotes™ decals to create this lovely and feminine wall display. We adore the sentiment of this decal; what priceless advice for the young women in our lives.

Thank you to ALL of you who have been sending in pictures! Don't forget-you could win a $50 shop credit for submitting your customer photos. A winner is drawn each month!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wall Quotes™ Decals in the Laundry Room (Three Great Ideas!)


Hello, Wall Quotes™ fans! Today, I'm sharing TWO fun ways to upgrade some of your most-used, hardest-working appliances in your home--your washer and dryer! The laundry room is a veritable workhouse as far as your home goes, isn't it time to pretty it up and show it some love? And these hexagon decals are not only fun and on-trend, but you can customize their colors to match your space! Let's get started with the how-to...

Step 1: All you need for this project are these decals from Belvedere Designs and some painters tape. Here's what my decals looked like when they arrived...
 
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First time working with vinyl decals? Don't be nervous. Belvedere Designs includes a handy instruction enclosure to help you through the process, plus, an application squeegee to ensure your vinyl creations turn out perfectly.
 
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Gather your supplies, and get ready to begin.... Step 1: Take your decals and cut out each hexagon. Using the painters tape, tape each hexagon to your washer and dryer, rearranging your shapes until you are happy with the design. You'll have to step back from your design every now and then to make sure each hexagon is straight and level. Once you are satisfied with the design, it's time to start applying the decals.

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Step 2: Now it's time for the fun part! Take your first hexagon, and, using the tape as a hinge, flip up decal and peel off backing. Lay decal back down carefully and starting from the center, squeegee the vinyl decal firmly. Next, carefully peel back the transfer tape. To do this, start at a corner and peel the transfer tape off at a 180 degree angle-back and down rather than up and away. If necessary, use your fingers to press down on the hexagon as you peel back the tape.

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Repeat for the rest of your hexagons.

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And that's it! I also took some slightly larger hexagons and created a fun pattern on my laundry room wall! Using the same process as with the washer and dryer, just cut out your shapes, tape to the wall...

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 ...and apply your decals!





Please forgive the lighting...even with new fancy-schmancy daylight bulbs installed, it still was a trial getting decent pictures in this room. Ugh. But wait! Is that polka dots you see?

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Why, yes! It is! I mean, really, who doesn't love the polka dot trend out there? If hexagons aren't your thing, you can easily gussy up your laundry space with these polka dot decals from Belvedere Designs.

Choose your color, and apply in the same way as you would the hexagons. Easy peasy.

Head over to Belvedere Designs to pick up this, or one of their many other, vinyl decals! Also, be sure to check out our Tutorials Page where we have lots of DIY projects and crafts to inspire you!