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08, 2011

Forget M e Not (John Deri an Inspi red) Remi nder Tray


You might remember this little mail & display center I added to our hallw ay last year but I still needed some kind of tray or dish to catch those items that I am alw ays misplacing! So w hen I stumbled onto some gorgeous decoupaged plates from John Derian w hile shopping and thought I should giv e my ow n v ersion a try to serv e that purpose.
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This is hardly a new idea but this particular project w as one of the easiest DI Y projects I 'v e ev er done so I just had to share. I 'm tempted to make an entire w all of them or make some v ariations as gifts but this v ersion w ill do for now .

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I f there is one thing that I 'm not, its organized. So if I can w ork in some reminders for myself into decor, that is alw ays a w elcome addition. I designed the plate w ith an image of the brain from Gray's Anatomy and got to w ork.

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After w atering dow n my modpodge (2 parts glue, 1 part w ater), I spread it on the back of my plate. Then a v ery quick dunk in a w ater bath for the image, before turnning it face dow n on the back of the glass.

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U sing w et hands, push all of the airbubbles out of the paper. The objectiv e is to get the paper and glass in complete contact. You'll probably hav e a few imperfections in terms of paper creases but don't w orry about it. Perfection isn't the goal. Then let air dry.

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I thought I w ould need a coat of paint on the bottom of the plate but that doesn't really seem necessary. I may add a layer of shellac or sealer at some point but its pretty w ell glued on there now .

Voila! I also made one w ith a laser printed black and w hite image (a paris opera house postcard from the Graphics Fairy) just so you can compare the crispness of the laser to the inkjet. W hat do you think? Hav e you decoupaged w ith good results? I f you'd like to see my other tutorials, click ov er to the DI Y. You might also like:

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missy sanchez that is so cool. I may have to try that.
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Amanda Looks great! Any pictures of it in the space?


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Mrs. Limestone No sorry. I photographed it late in the day as it dried on my kitchen counter.
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DeeAnna Soicher Where did you find the glass plates?


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Mrs. Limestone Ordered online from Behrenbergglass.com


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DeeAnna Soicher I was wondering where you found the glass plates?
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Mrs. Limestone http://behrenbergglass.com/


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Ahiggins82 Sorry if this was already mentioned in your post but what did you print the photos on... regular paper? card stock? Love this project!
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Mrs. Limestone I used regular copy paper. The thinner the paper, the better.
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Elisa @ What the Vita This is beautiful!!! I'm with the other commenters - where did you get the glass plates? Craft store? I plan to decoupage a couple of glass jars for the kitchen... we'll see if that turns out well!
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amandacaroleck ok now this is just too cool! Off to find something fun at the GF! Thanks!
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Pamela Alexis Magana-Britton Looks gorgeous! Thank you for the detailed instructions! and like others have mentioned, where did you get the glass plate? And not sure if it's just me but the plate looks flat in the first picture but in the completed pictures it looks like it curves at the ends?
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Mrs. Limestone Plate is from http://behrenbergglass.com/. The edges are a bit upturned makes for a nice place to hold keys and the like. Exactly like the ones John Derian uses.
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Alandval2011 I love it! I don't know that I feel I fully understand the DIY to make it but I love it!
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Mrs. Limestone Do you have a question about one of the steps? Happy to clarify. Its really easy.
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Alandval2011 I think after re-reading it, I have an understanding now. I just need to find the right glass tray and then just go for it! Thank you for the tutorial!!
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Bucki04 where ever did you find such a perfecly shaped glass tray???
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Rach This is genius! I must buy some of this modpodge stuff I keep reading blogs about it!
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Mrs. Limestone You can use plain old elmers if you don't have mod podge.
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Laura@Journeychic I had no idea that watering down the paper was part of the process - I hadn't tried that before. I'm a bit of a Mod Podge novice, but this looks so easy! Love how it turned out.
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missy sanchez that is so cool. I may have to try that.


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Amanda Looks great! Any pictures of it in the space?


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DeeAnna Soicher Where did you find the glass plates?


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DeeAnna Soicher I was wondering where you found the glass plates?
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Ahiggins82 Sorry if this was already mentioned in your post but what did you print the photos on... regular paper? card stock? Love this project!
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Heidi @ Show Some Decor Such a cool project! I haven't decoupaged anything in a while-- makes me want to break out the mod podge! :)
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MrsLimestone Ordered online from Behrenbergglass.com


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MrsLimestone I used regular copy paper. The thinner the paper, the better.
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Elisa @ What the Vita This is beautiful!!! I'm with the other commenters - where did you get the glass plates? Craft store? I plan to decoupage a couple of glass jars for the kitchen... we'll see if that turns out well!
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MrsLimestone No sorry. I photographed it late in the day as it dried on my kitchen counter.


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Holly Absolutely snazzy. I love it.


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amandacaroleck ok now this is just too cool! Off to find something fun at the GF! Thanks!
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Catherine Thank you for the great project idea! Do you think this would work with an old ticket -- I have a few that I have been holding on to . . . Many thanks from a fellow Brooklyn-ite! Catherine www.completelycatherine.com
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Mrs. Limestone Thanks Catherine. If the paper is thin, it would work. Anything on cardstock or heavier paper would be harder to work with.
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Pamela Alexis Magana-Britton Looks gorgeous! Thank you for the detailed instructions! and like others have mentioned, where did you get the glass plate? And not sure if it's just me but the plate looks flat in the first picture but in the completed pictures it looks like it curves at the ends?
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Alandval2011 I love it! I don't know that I feel I fully understand the DIY to make it but I love it!

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nicolarandolph Thank you so much for this! I love John Derian, but not his prices and had been thinking I could make a similar product. Thanks for the how-to!
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Bucki04 where ever did you find such a perfecly shaped glass tray???
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Rach This is genius! I must buy some of this modpodge stuff I keep reading blogs about it!
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MrsLimestone http://behrenbergglass.com/
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MrsLimestone Plate is from http://behrenbergglass.com/. The edges are a bit upturned - makes for a nice place to hold keys and the like. Exactly like the ones John Derian uses.
1 year ago Like Reply

MrsLimestone Do you have a question about one of the steps? Happy to clarify. Its really easy.
1 year ago Like Reply

MrsLimestone You can use plain old elmers if you don't have mod podge.
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Laura@Journeychic I had no idea that watering down the paper was part of the process - I hadn't tried that before. I'm a bit of a Mod Podge novice, but this looks so easy! Love how it turned out.
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Alandval2011 I think after re-reading it, I have an understanding now. I just need to find the right glass tray and then just go for it! Thank you for the tutorial!!
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Shanna Oh! I love this! I have a console table in my den that is begging for a beautiful tray.

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Thanks for the DIY!


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Heidi @ Show Some Decor Such a cool project! I haven't decoupaged anything in a while-- makes me want to break out the mod podge! :)
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Holly Absolutely snazzy. I love it.


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Catherine Thank you for the great project idea! Do you think this would work with an old ticket -- I have a few that I have been holding on to . . . Many thanks from a fellow Brooklyn-ite! Catherine www.completelycatherine.com
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nicolarandolph Thank you so much for this! I love John Derian, but not his prices and had been thinking I could make a similar product. Thanks for the how-to!
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MrsLimestone Thanks Catherine. If the paper is thin, it would work. Anything on cardstock or heavier paper would be harder to work with.
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Terri Love it Stef. Brilliant. John Derian's prices are insane for what one is getting, although I do love his designs! xo Terri
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Shanna Oh! I love this! I have a console table in my den that is begging for a beautiful tray. Thanks for the DIY!
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Terri Love it Stef. Brilliant. John Derian's prices are insane for what one is getting, although I do love his designs! xo Terri
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Janette@the2seasons.com I did a great decoupage project last week and will be posting a blog about it soon. Your plates look great, and my fave is the Paris Opera House, of course.
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Eileen Cassidy amazing! I will have to steal this idea--one day. Maybe when my kids get back to school...
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Janette@the2seasons.com I did a great decoupage project last week and will be posting a blog about it soon. Your plates look great, and my fave is the Paris Opera House, of course.
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It is very beautiful!!
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Eileen Cassidy amazing! I will have to steal this idea--one day. Maybe when my kids get back to school...
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It is very beautiful!!
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Ricki DiCola I love this idea. I just recently received an beautiful wedding invitation. Since it is on cardstock, do you think it would work better if I scanned it or just copied it on regular paper?
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Mrs. Limestone Yes, I think so. Thick cardstock would be hard to smooth down to the glass. You could try but it's easier on thin paper.
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Deemas Thank you so very much for sharing step-by-step instructions and source of trays! Do I push the limits if I ask if you would be willing to share your template for the Remember tray? I would so very much love to re-create that! Apologies if in ask too much. Love your blog and your unending creativity! Ciao, Dee
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Mrs. Limestone Sure. Email me and I'll send you the file.
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Wendy - www.oldtownhome.com Wow! Fantastic job. I'll definitely have to give this a try as a personalized Christmas gift for friends.
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nicolarandolph Can you tell me where you found the glass tray? I am finding simple glass tray surprisingly hard to find!
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Mrs. Limestone http://behrenbergglass.com/


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nicolarandolph Thank you soo much!


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Ricki DiCola I love this idea. I just recently received an beautiful wedding invitation. Since it is on cardstock, do you think it would work better if I scanned it or just copied it on regular paper?
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MrsLimestone Yes, I think so. Thick cardstock would be hard to smooth down to the glass. You could try but it's easier on thin paper.
1 year ago Like Reply

Deemas Thank you so very much for sharing step-by-step instructions and source of trays! Do I push the limits if I ask if you would be willing to share your template for the Remember tray? I would so very much love to re-create that! Apologies if in ask too much. Love your blog and your unending creativity! Ciao, Dee
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Wendy - www.oldtownhome.com Wow! Fantastic job. I'll definitely have to give this a try as a personalized Christmas gift for friends.
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Can you tell me where you found the glass tray? I am finding simple glass tray surprisingly hard to find!
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MrsLimestone Sure. Email me and I'll send you the file.


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MrsLimestone http://behrenbergglass.com/
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nicolarandolph Thank you soo much!


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ralph what font did you use for the plate?


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ralph what font did you use for the plate?


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Nanz I have tried and tried to do this but I keep getting shiny spots - am I doing something wrong? I have looked at some plates on sites and they too have the shiny spots, but Deria does not. Does he do something special to keep from getting them? I have used modge podge, liquitex, tried more glue, less glue, fingers, sponge brush, thin paper, rag paper and every combination you can imagine. Maybe I am a perfectionist - but I think the shiny spots look bad. HELP!!! Thanks - and by the way great tutioral!!
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Mrs. Limestone Not sure if I know what you mean. Shiny spots where? Are you using plain copy paper and regular glue? Is your page sticking completely to the glass when it dries? For me the whole thing is shiny because the glass is but the image behind it is not.
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