As of Wednesday, I needed two more scrapbusters to finish out the month, but I had zip. nada. nothing. My brain felt sluggish and I really didn’t know if it would be capable of producing any good ideas. On top of that, I was at my desk at work and my mouse was acting up. It was driving me nuts! You see, I don’t have a mousepad... or rather, I DIDN’T have a mousepad! I went home and made my own and it’s a perfect scrapbuster.
I used craft foam as the base. You can buy a sheet of it at the craft store for $1.50. I kicked around the idea of using neoprene, but decided it was too expensive. The foam worked out just fine so I’m glad I went with it.
I am curious as to how well this will hold up over time, but the finished product seems to be as good as just about anything you can buy. It was so cheap and easy that even if it lasts a couple of months, it will have been worth the time to make it.
- 1 - 10 x 16 inch piece of craft foam (or 2 – 10 x 8 pieces)
- 1 - 10 x 8 inch fabric scrap
- Spray adhesive
- Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
- Large, heavy book
Step 1: Cut your 10 x 16 piece of foam in half so it measures 10 x 8 inches (I just folded mine in half, but this taught me that cutting it would be easier). Using a liberal amount of the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area (preferable outdoors because the stuff stinks), thoroughly spray one side of each piece of foam, then glue the two pieces together. Weight down with a heavy book and let glue dry.
Step 2: Once dry, spray the foam with a liberal amount of adhesive and carefully lay the fabric over the foam. Press out any bubbles or wrinkles using your hands (the messy way), a popsicle stick, or a brayer. Weight down with a heavy book and let glue dry.
|Foam glued together.|
|Foam is weighted down with a heavy book while drying.|
|Stretch the fabric over the gluey foam and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.|
|Cutting line is traced on and my new mousepad is ready to be cut out.|