My newest creation!

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Made this as a baby gift for some good friends! I’m so excited with how it turned out!! For the how to check out my wedding art present.

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How To: Personalized Wedding Art Gift

I made this artwork for several engagement presents and bridal showers. Of course, they are the perfect wedding present too! You can personalize the initials (or use the couple’s last name) and even use their wedding colors if you want.

If you look closely, the artwork, letters, etc. are made from tiny dots. The heart is 3-D so it sticks off the paper a little. Believe me, you can do it too! To make something similar….

Here’s what you’ll need:

*frame- I used a square frame with a matt opening of 9X9in (there are a lot of 8X8in too)

*computer & printer

*nice colored pencils (I use PrismaColors)

*decent quality ink pen, or even a thin sharpie (see picture below for the pen I used)

*drawing paper

*blue painters tape

*cricut, or a heart punch (or you can even just cut the heart old school)

*red paper

*ruler

*paper cutter/scrapbook cutter (or use a ruler and scissors)

Here’s what you do:

1. Birds-Find a picture of two birds kissing (or other animals) on the internet. I don’t use the EXACT picture, just the outline. I actually used a picture of a piece of jewelry with birds. The birds were on a very long branch and they didn’t have the little wings; I simply added these details when I was drawing. So use your imagination when selecting something. Before you print, you might have to adjust the scale to get it right (I adjust the scale by changing the percentage on the print page- from 100% to smaller sizes until I see it fits in the frame well). **Consider the frame/mat size when estimating the size!!

2. Letters– Open a word document and pick a font you like and type the couple’s name and wedding date. Use a large enough size and thick enough letter to be able to trace and color in the letters. You might need to play with the size of the font/bird picture to make sure they look good together. ***Again, consider the size of your frame/mat!!!

3. Tape– Tape the bird picture/letters to your drawing paper. You’re going to be tracing, so the image should be taped down, against the drawing paper. Make sure they are spaced correctly and that you use either blue painter’s tape.  If you use scotch tape I usually press it against some fabric (like my jeans) so that it loses some of it’s stickiness before it goes on the paper to avoid ripping.

4. Trace– Trace the OUTLINE of the birds and letters onto your drawing paper. I use my back door because the window brings in a lot of light. You can do it up against a window too. Just lightly sketch a basic overview of the lines. When I trace it, I also tape it to the window so it won’t budge. OR if you’re awesome you can free hand it.

5. Dots- Take off your tape and printed “cheat sheets”. Then start by making medium sized black ink dots along your traced lines. I made the outline a with larger dots so they are more pronounced. Try to make them even in size and take your time. I make the outline dots larger and then go to smaller pin-point sized dots inward. This is the time consuming part! It takes a while to get all those dots on there, be patient!

6. Fill In– After you have outlined all your words, start making small dots slightly inside the border. Your dots should be heavier around the edges then fade to light as they go into your letters. I also put some smaller dots on the outside of the letters. On the inside of the birds and letters I have almost no dots, as they will be filled with color anyway.

7. Erase– When you have enough dots and you’re happy with the overall look of it, erase any pencil marks. But make sure the ink is completely dry or you will smear it.

8. Border- I used a ruler to create a square border around the birds/letters. Remember to take your frame and mat size in to consideration when creating a border. Again, I outlined the pencil marked with dots. I used larger to small dots and I concentrated more dots in the corners.

9. Color- Using sharpened color pencils make small light circular motions. Be sure to create light marks using a uniform circle. This helps the color apply evenly. I also used a light grey/silver color around the border and in the corners to add more detail. I used heavier color where the darker/heavier dots were.

10. Heart – To make the heart I used my Cricut, but you could easily use a heart punch from a craft store. Or go old school and fold a small piece of red paper and cut it into the shape of a heart. I used a raised double-sided sticky foam square to give the heart a three-dimensional quality.

11. Frame– Frame the artwork using a mat to class-it up.

Here is another example of one I created….

I plan to do something similar for some expecting mothers. I want to try a baby elephant or cute animal and the new baby’s name and birthdate. I’ll post pictures when I get to it!

It’s about time! Wedding Shadow Box

After 8 months, I finally got around to making our wedding shadow box. I had a lot of things from the wedding I wanted to put in a scrapbook, but were too big to fit in the book. I also like the idea that if I ever want to wear the locket or hairpiece I can take them out. (They are attached using pins.)

Also included:

*I put in some lace from my mom’s wedding dress that I had around my bouquet.

*My bustle broke on my dress and popped some of the buttons off! I put one of the buttons in.

*I included  a few small dried roses from my bouquet and the sixpence I had in my shoe! I also glued in a matchbook from the reception.

*The 7.2.11 sign was something I made for the wedding day. I made the sign using a plain brown sign from PaperSource (I think it was a dollar!) I painted it champagne, and wrapped lace around it. The white numbers are scrapbooking stickers.

How’d I make it? 

*I bought the shadow box from my local craft store. It’s not very big, maybe the size of a regular piece of paper and about 2 inches deep.

*The background was a grey fabric, which didn’t match my color scheme. So I took some ivory card stock measured and fitted it to the box.

*I used floral pins (with the little fake pearls on the end) to attach the locket, and hair pin.

*Some things I hot glue gunned down (like the matchbook and the 7.2.11 sign), others like the picture/invitation I just used scrapbook tape.

How To: Make your Own Fork, Knife, Spoon Menu Cards

You’ll need:

-background paper- I used 8.5X11 black cardstock purchased from my local craft store. You can do any color of course!

How much will you need? I made 3 menu cards from 1 page.

-corner punch- you can find cheap ones on Amazon (they have tons of crafting supplies for relatively cheap!) or at a craft store like Michael’s.

-Fork, Knife, Spoon Stamp & ink pad- I got mine at Paper Source. But I’ve seen them other places.

-Card stock or printer paper for the text- I ordered this 8.5 X 11 in. metallic champagne paper from Paper and More.  Again 1 paper= 3 menu cards

-printer/computer

-scrapbook adhesive/paper cutter

How To:

1. Black Background: For the black background cardstock I used my paper cutter to cut it into 3 parts. You need to turn the paper so it’s “landscape” (aka the 11inch side), so that each paper will make three 3.6in menu cards.

2. The Text: I  typed up the Menu on my computer. I was able to format the document to “landscape” so I could fit 3 menus across. On Word I selected “3 Columns” so the text would be spaced properly.I used different fonts for the food and for the titles like “Starter”, “Dinner”, “Dessert”, etc. I also had to do a few trial and errors to see how much room to leave for the stamp.

Of course if you do three on a page they will need to be cut down, because if not it’ll be the same size as the border. So I also formatted it a 1/4 inch to one side so when I was cutting I just cut 1/4inch more. You also need to account for this on the top (and you need to account for the stamp!). Just print one @ a time and play around before you print them all! Once you have it correct, print them, and cut them out.

3. Stamping: Finally, use black ink to stamp the fork,knife,spoon stamp on the champagne paper. (other colored ink would be awesome too!). Remember when stamping:

** Always clean the stamp before and after you use it. If the ink is not adhering correctly, I’ve heard of a little tip to use a regular pencil eraser on the stamp. I guess rubbing the eraser on it helps clean and prep the surface for ink.

** Before you start make sure the stamp is completely covered in ink.

** When pressing the stamp down, do not “roll it”. Simply press it straight down and press firmly.

** If you need it, use a “guide” like a book or some other object that you can make sure is straight to help anchor your stamp. Once the guide is in place it can ensure your stamp is in the right spot on the paper and straight. Just practice a few times to make sure it’s where you need it. I always have a ton of “practice” papers at the end!

**Make sure the ink is dry before doing the next steps or before stacking them onto each other!

4. Corner Punch: Then you punch all four corners with your corner punch design. Do it over the trash because little pieces fly!

5. Attach it!!: I used scrapbooking tape to glue the champagne paper with the text onto the border. I didn’t agonize over each corner. I simply put one strip of adhesive down the back.

It is somewhat time consuming, but once you are done formatting the document if you get 1-2 people to help out you can pound it out in a few hours. And there you have it!

Vintage Book Pages as Table Runner

I stole this idea from an amazing picture from Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest. Old Book Pages as a table runner! Genius. And unlike most of the things I pin, I actually attempted to make this one!

My Inspiration: 

Vintage Book Page Table Runner- Better Homes and Gardens

What you’ll need:

– vintage or old books. I got mine from Goodwill. I use them as decoration.

-exacto-knife or a utility knife

-invisible tape

-paper punch. The one I used is Martha Stewart

 

Step 1:

Cut the pages from the book using an exacto or utility knife.  Choose pages that have interesting text and a nice arrangement. You don’t want to use a story with a werid title or very little text on the page. You may want to spread out the cuts, so you don’t have a huge chunk of paper missing.Then, make the cut as close to the center of the book as you can. You’ll need to apply some pressure to the knife as you cut. You may also want to use a ruler to guide your knife, so that it is straight. My plan was to cut with the knife then use a paper cutter to get a straight line. But, because of the old paper (or a dull blade) the paper ripped, so I just used the cuts I had.

How many pages do you need to cut? 

It depends on the size of your table. I used 6 long and 2 wide for my little end table. However, if you have a very long or wide table you may need a lot more. And as usual with my DIY projects, I ruined or messed up on about 3-4 pages. So plan accordingly!

Step 2:

Tape the pages together. Put the tape on the side you DON’T want to show, so the nice side is facing down. I started by making the “width”, so I taped two pages together making pairs. I slightly overlapped the pages as to avoid noticeable gaps. However, be careful that all pages have a similar amount of overlap or the edges won’t match up when you chain them together.

Step 3/4:

This is where you make a choice: 1. you tape all the pairs together and make the table runner and then punch the edges.  OR 2. you punch the edges and then tape them all together.

The problem with the first choice is you might mess up on the punches and you’ll be forced to pull apart your pages, risking ripped paper. The problem with #2 is that if you punch them all separately the punches might not line up when you attach them.

I did number one. Of course, I messed up, but luckily the tape didn’t rip the paper so I was able to detach the messed up pages and replace them.

When I attached all the pairs together I arranged the pages in different directions. I thought it was more interesting to have the pages all mismatched. Again, make sure the tape is on the same side!

Using a paper punch is TRICKY! If you haven’t used one you might want to practice on another sheet of paper. The problem is lining up the paper so that the punch is straight and so that the punches are spaced correctly.

See below: I always take my time and carefully line up the previous holes to the template on the bottom of the punch. On this punch, the metallic template shows you where to line up your previous cuts. However, if you pull it out too much you might mess up spacing. I usually error on the side of caution and only move the paper a small amount, probably re-cutting the same holes, but that’s better than missing a spot.

Step 5: You might need to bend the pages down a bit on the edges so it falls off the table alright. OR you can just make it so that there’s a page break and it will fall perfectly.

And there you have it!!

How To: Make Cute Signage and Organize

The hubs and I wanted a simple way to help organize our ever growing piles of mail, bills, paystubs etc. Previously we just sorta stacked it everywhere, hoped we paid the bills on time, and eventually when I couldn’t take it anymore filed the hell outta the mess. So I decided it had to change. Well that and I got a cricut for Xmas and need more excuses to use it. …

Before: 

Behold My Cute Signage: 

How To: 

Bought the grey trays @ Target. I think $5 each. Then I used my Cricut, Accent Essentials cartridge , to cut out the sign in two different colors (FYI: This cute shape is accent 48).They are about 1/4 inch different in size. You might be able to find similar dye-cuts at your local craft store. I also used the Cricut for the letters (cartridge: Plantin SchoolBook). Again, just use sticker letters if you don’t have a Cricut!

Gluing Tip: Sometimes when I cut small letters or detailed graphics from my Cricut, I struggle to glue them down with regular scrapbooking tape. I found this glue pen where I can dap on small dots of glue without a mess.

I bought a pack of clothespins for 97 cents. Painted them white using a foam brush and regular craft paint. It was tricky to paint them; I tried clipping them to something and painting, but still had to wait for one side to dry before doing the others.

Then, I glue-gunned the sign to the clothespin and pinned it on! Just make sure you glue the sign to the top of the pin!

These cute little signs could be used for ANYTHING.

Some ideas come to mind:

* labeling food at a party

*cute signage for weddings with the wedding date or couple’s initials

*baby showers or other parties

*on top of jars or bins, labeling the contents

*organizing crafts, closets, pantries, garages

-S

How To: Make Baby Bows with a Fork

For my wedding I  learned how to make these baby bows myself (well I used our good ole friend, YouTube). It’s super easy. They are a cute touch on invitations, programs, decorations, etc. Come to think of it they’d also be cute for baby showers too… hmmm…

fork bow

You’ll need:

1. a fork

2. ribbon in your color choice. Cut to about 9 inches or so.*

3. Glue gun . The glue gun is not for making the bow, it’s just the best way I’ve found to attach the bows to whatever it is that you’re making.

* For the ribbon it’s best that it be relatively thin (1/4 or 1/8 inch ). The thicker I tried the harder it gets OR the longer prongs/bigger fork you’ll need. However, if it’s really thin like string it’s also a little hard to get it perfect, but you can do it.

I though it might be easier if I just post the YouTube video I learned from (thanks pinkscrapper!). Another good video is by nbean73. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it you can make them so quickly.