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Monday
Oct242011

A Few Weekend Finds

Hi everyone!  It's a new week and I have a whole new list of projects and goals to get through.  I have a couple of things in the works, including sending out little goodies to all of my giveaway winners from last week.  Not to mention all of my Twelve by 2012 goals that I need to start working on.  What is on your to-do list this week?  A busy summer is moving into a busy fall.  I, for one, am ready and excited to start accomplishing some tasks this afternoon.  I had a relaxing weekend filled with lots of sleep since I am still getting over this cold that has attacked me.  After feeling miserable for a few days, I am slowly getting better but my cough and congestion still linger.  On Friday I got an unexpected package from a friend and that really made my weekend.  Sweet surprises in the mail really can't be beat.  This encourages me to write out letters more but for whatever reason that always gets put on the back-burner.  Is it the same for you?  I hate that.  I must send out snail mail more!  And this morning I chatted for a long time with my friend in Brooklyn which was a great start to the morning because I haven't heard from him in awhile (his busy job usually prevents him from talking too long).  

On Friday after work I rummaged around in our sale section and picked out a few goodies that I couldn't live without.  I do love Anthropologie clothes, but their home goods and paper products may truly have my heart.  I can't get enough.

I couldn't pass up our ever-popular latte bowls and mini latte bowls.  This teal color must be getting retired because it was on clearance.  The mini bowls were $0.95!  Probably the cheapest thing at Anthropologie ever.  I scooped up a handful at that price because how could you not, they're basically free.  I also got this 2012 calendar which I've had my eye on for awhile.

It is a letterpress calendar with beautiful watercolor drawings for each month.  It comes all packaged together in this wood box which doubles as a display easel.  Really clever!  Sadly, I don't see an artist's name on it so I'm not quite sure who is responsible for the artwork.  Does anyone know?  It might be something Anthropologie's in-house design team put together.  

I was so glad to finally pick this up, especially on sale.  Looking forward to January now when I can put this up.  This is my first 2012 calendar.  Do you have any yet?  I plan on getting a few more before the year is up.  There are so many pretty calendars out there.

Have a great week everyone!  If you haven't entered already be sure to check out my Whisker Graphics Giveaway...it's going on until this Wednesday.

Thursday
Oct202011

Whisker Graphics October DIY + A Giveaway

It's the middle of October and that means I get to share my October Whisker Graphics DIY with you today.  Plus I get to announce another giveaway!  Yep, that's right, another giveaway especially for my readers.  October is sure turning into one fun month here on the blog.  But first, lets take a look at the project I came up with and get creative.

I am a big fan of the Bitty Bags and Little Bitty Bags that Whisker Graphics offers.  The prints are really fun and perfect for party favors.  And for those of us who like to keep it simple, there is a whole new line of plain kraft and glassine bags.  Basically Whisker Graphics has created packaging heaven!  I knew I wanted to highlight the Bitty Bags in my project this month but I had already done a treat bag DIY.  I wanted to do something different and rethink how to use a typical bag.  I have seen people make cards out of paper lunch sacks before and so I worked that idea into making a mini notebook from this red polka dot bag.

I am a collector of little notebooks and have a stash of them in my desk.  I carry them around constantly and find them useful to jot down inspirations and ideas when I come up with something on the go.  This DIY would be perfect for just that, an easy way to make your own little book of inspiration.  Or if you have kids, have it as a doodle pad for when they get bored.  This is an easy and inexpensive little option for those of you who can't get enough paper goods like me.

Another great thing about using the Bitty Bags as notebook covers, you get a built in little pocket where you can stash pictures or pens or paper keepsakes.  Moleskine notebooks have pockets built in and I absolutely love that feature.  It was a happy accident that my version turned out to have them as well.  

If you want to see more pictures and the supplies I used to make this project, head over to the Whisker Graphics blog.

And now that we've had our daily dose of crafty, we can get to the giveaway!  Whisker Graphics is offering a $15 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers.  This is good for anything in their shop, Divine Twine, Bitty Bags, stickers, calendars, etc.  The hard part will be deciding what to buy but I think you guys are up to the challenge.

Enter the giveaway by following Whisker Graphics on their blog or by liking them on Facebook.  After following them, let me know by leaving a comment on this post.  You can enter the giveaway starting today (10/20) and ending next Wednesday (10/26).  I will pick a winner Thursday morning and announce it that day.  I'll then get in touch with the winner through email so be sure to leave me an email where I can reach you.  Good luck everyone!

Wednesday
Sep072011

Renegade Finds: Sass & Peril Screenprinting

Happy Wednesday blog world!  I wanted to share another artist with you that I discovered at Renegade this summer...see, slowly but surely I am getting around to featuring all the cool artists that I found (see the first feature on Shannon Gerard).  Today I want to introduce the lovely work of Shannon Kennedy (another talented Shannon) and her shop Sass & Peril.  Sass & Peril specializes in screenprinted paper and textiles, all unique and handmade.  Her booth definitely caught my eye at the fair because of her use of bold colors and geometric shapes.  Her work definitely has a youthful spirit to it and as she says on her website, she designs for "both kids and kids at heart."  I must be a kid at heart then because Shannon's booth was a favorite of mine at the fair.  It was hard for me to choose a single print but I ultimately settled on this "Love Above All" design:

The font lover in me was super happy with this choice.  What I love about this print is the simple design, great colors, and the strong message.  Artwork at its best!  

Along with a bunch of prints (some printed on paper, others printed on wood), the Sass & Peril shop sells screenprinted cards, journals, pillows, totes, and baby onesies.  Here are a few of my favorite designs:

The animal prints would be so perfect as baby shower gifts.  And or gifts for myself...that yellow lion tote is awesome.  The heart print reminds me of the snowflake craft you learn in elementary school.  The one where you fold paper a couple times, cut out some shapes in the middle, and when you open it up it looks like a snowflake.  Do we all remember doing those in school?!

Screenprinting is a really fascinating art to me, one which I don't know much about yet.  I would love to learn more eventually and try my hand at it.  If you are interested in the process like me, I think you will enjoy this photo series on Shannon's Flickr, showing the various steps in the screenprinting process.  See the full set here.  

I love when artists share the process that goes on behind the scenes.  It reminds me just how special my print is...how it is completely unique and that Shannon put a lot of time and love into each piece.  This is the reason for shopping handmade.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Sass & Peril's fabulous work today.  Please visit their site and blog to see more.

Sass & Peril :: blog :: shop :: Facebook :: Twitter

I adore my new piece of artwork.  I really need to work on hanging all my stuff.  I have so many pieces propped up around my room, waiting patiently to get a spot on my wall.  Am I alone in this?  Why does it take forever to hang stuff?  

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Thursday
Jul142011

Bridesmaid Booklets DIY Tutorial

Some of you may remember these booklets I shared earlier in the year that I created for all the bridesmaids in my friend’s upcoming wedding.  All of the girls loved them and thanks to all your sweet comments, they were a big hit on the blog as well.  Since that post, I have been meaning to write up a tutorial, sharing the process I took to put these together. 

Just recently I was contacted by a bride who loved the idea of the booklets and wanted some advice so she could make them for her DIY wedding.  Instead of writing everything out in an email just for her, I decided to post a tutorial and share it with everyone.  So here is my tutorial for the bridesmaid booklets (long post to follow).  Not interested in making bridesmaid booklets?  Use this same process to make programs, cards, or little notebooks…anything that you want to bind paper together.  For this example, I sized it 4"x5" but follow the same steps for any sized booklet.  My original booklets were about 5 ½” x 8 ½”.  

What you’ll need:

◦ posterboard

◦ metal-edge ruler & x-acto knife

◦ bookcloth – I got mine from Paper Source, they have many different color options

◦ pencil

PVA glue

◦ sponge brush

◦ bone folder

◦ decorative paper, for example Paper Source’s Japanese Yuzen paper

◦ cardstock to print the booklet pages out on

◦ heavy duty thread – I used button & carpet thread

◦ needle

◦ scissors

Cut down two pieces of posterboard to the desired size of your booklet, my two pieces are 4” x 5”.

I used white bookcloth that I found from Paper Source.  Cut the bookcloth down to size.  I left a ½” border around the posterboard pieces.  I also left an ⅛” gap in the middle of the posterboard (to provide space for the pages you’ll insert later).  So my bookcloth was cut down to about 9 ⅛” x 6”.  Use pencil to mark where the posterboard will be placed (I showed these guidelines in blue).

I bought this special bookbinding glue from Paper Source.  Apply it with a sponge brush.  If you keep this glue in a dark place it should keep for months and you can use it for all kinds of paper projects later.  

Crop the corners of the bookcloth at a 45 degree angle.  Using the pencil marks as a guideline, fold over the flaps on all four sides.  Use a bone folder to create crisp edges.

Dab PVA glue onto one of the posterboard pieces.  Place the posterboard onto the bookcloth.  Apply pressure with your hands.  Glue the other posterboard piece and place on the bookcloth as well.

Run your bone folder over the bookcloth to help bind the posterboard and bookcloth together and to smooth out the surface.  Place this underneath a few heavy books for awhile to let dry.

Apply glue to the flaps.  Fold the flaps over and hold in place, applying even pressure with your hands.  Also use the bone folder to smooth out the surface.  

Find some kind of decorative paper to use as an inner liner for the booklets.  Paper Source has a huge selection of Yuzen fine papers that work perfectly for this.  The paper I used was the White Swirls on Blue Paper.

Cut the decorative paper down to size.  It will need to be slightly smaller than the bookcloth/posterboard cover.  For example, mine was about 7 ⅞” x 4 ¾”.  Dab the back of the paper with glue.  Dab it carefully because the paper is delicate.  Apply it to the back of the booklet cover (covering up the posterboard).  Smooth it out with the bone folder.  Run the bone folder in the center (between the posterboard pieces) to create the crease.

Print out your pages onto cardstock (my cardstock was left white for this example).  Cut them down to size if need be and fold them in half.  Place them inside of each other.

For sewing the cardstock into the cover, I used heavy-duty thread that I got at a local fabric store.  I used Coats & Clark Button and Carpet thread.

Place your pages inside of the cover.  Cut a long length of thread and thread it through a needle.  Do not tie a knot at the end of the thread.

On the front of the bookcloth cover, at the seam, mark three dots with pencil.  One mark should lie in the center and the other two should be ½” away from the edges (shown in blue).  

From the outside, insert the needle at the center dot.  The paper is thick but you should be able to push it through with your fingers.  Pull the needle up from the inside but don’t pull the thread all the way through.  Leave a tail of it for tying off later.  

Bring the needle down through the top dot (shown as #1).  Then bring the needle back up through the middle dot again (#2).  Then bring the needle down through the bottom dot (#3).  

Once again you’ll want to insert the needle back through that center dot from the outside.  I did these steps twice so that the binding would hold the book together.

Come up through the middle (#1) and back down at the bottom dot (#2).  Come straight up the middle again (#3) and then thread through at the top dot (#4).

You’ll come up through the middle one more time.  Thread the needle underneath the binding and push the needle back out the center dot.

Tie the two thread ends into a double knot and then tie into a bow.  Fold the booklet up.  It may be a little stiff and want to stay open but leave it under some books overnight to keep it closed.

And there you have it!  You can make your own little booklets now, whether it is for your bridesmaids, your wedding, or just for yourself.  Did all of that make sense?  The threading the needle part may have been a bit confusing.  Feel free to ask me about any parts that were unclear.  

I know this was a long post but hopefully this will help some of you in crafting booklets in the future.  The process really isn’t too difficult and if you are making multiples, you will get in a rhythm after one or two.  Good luck and feel free to share your results with me if you make your own booklets!  Happy Thursday!                 

Wednesday
Apr272011

Featured: The Knotty Bride DIY : Matchbook Save the Date

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I loved reading all of your feedback about Pinterest yesterday.  Clearly I am not the only one that is in love with this new blogging tool and I'm happy to see so many readers using the platform.  Being able to follow some of my favorite artists and see what is personally inspiring them is fun and almost like having your own window into their world.  So happy pinning!

I hope we're all in a crafty mood because today I am sharing some DIY save the date inspiration.  Awhile ago I created this project for The Knotty Bride and just haven't gotten a chance to share about it here on the blog.  So today I am sharing my matchbook save the dates.  A lot of my projects incorporate vintage elements or give new materials that vintage-feel but this project is modern, with clean lines and bold colors.  Design-wise, it was a nice change for me because I appreciate working on all kinds of styles.  But if you're wanting something vintage, this DIY could be altered to satisfy any wedding colors or theme.  

One of the reasons why I love this project so much is because it incorporates a few of my favorite crafting techniques, all which involve a sewing machine.  Although it has been done before, I have just discovered the beauty of stitching paper and I must admit, I want to stitch everything now.  I'm a bit obsessed but in my defense, it is an easy way to add a simple detail.  And it has a bit of a 'wow' factor!

Recognize the blue dot paper?  I used some leftover scraps from the bridesmaid booklets I made for my friend's wedding.  The paper is from Paper Source and it is this gorgeous Japanese decorative paper.  Paper Source sells a whole bunch of them.  It is a little pricey but the colors and patterns are so gorgeous and I definitely recommend them for wedding invitations, envelope liners, and book making.

The card rips out like a ticket stub so guests can pin them to bulletin boards or refrigerators as reminders.  I used the sewing machine to create the perforated tear-line.  See the tutorial for tips on how to do this and I'll plan to post a how-to about that specific technique sometime in the near future.  Because it's an awesome technique!

See the full post, with the tutorial and all the pictures at The Knotty Bride.

Happy mid-week friends!  I hope you enjoyed this DIY today.  I have more fun DIYs to share in the near future so stay tuned.