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How to Decorate {For the DIY'er} Series - Home Stories A to Z

How to Decorate {For the DIY'er} Series - Home Stories A to Z
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Jot it down { handmade notebooks } Like many other creative people, I have developed a curious obsession with colourful notebooks. Not only does the cover appeal to me, but the pages inside must also have something special to it. Either the slight off-white coloured type of page or something with a delicate texture or a thin, smooth page with an almost transparent effect.We all love Moleskine notebooks, no doubt, but at the rate that I am going through these notebooks, buying a new one every time I run out of pages (although, I do waste a lot) will cost me quite a penny. Therefore, I present you with today’s DIY: how to make your own notebook that will still have a pretty cover and some nice paper inside. These little notebooks might not replace the lovely Moleskines, but it will definitely be a fun little book to jot down your inspirations and notes. They also make great gifts!

Cleaning Products Keith and I have had our couch and arm chair for over eight years. To be honest, we bought these because we liked the way they looked. We didn't realize how durable microfiber is. This one cushion is Rocky's favorite place to sleep! I ws so excited when I stumbled onto Chris and Robin's Nest. You will need: * 99% Isopropyl Alcohol - I used 2 - 16 oz bottles* a clean, dry, spray bottle* new scrub sponges - one half a scouring pad and the other side a sponge. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area. First pour the alcohol into your spray bottle. Look how much dirt came off!!! Let the couch completely dry! Now for my results: This was Rocky's favorite gross!!! This was Rocky's favorite spot after washing!!! This was one of the seat cushions. After, the watermarks look better, but they are not completely gone. The arms were also really dirty from everyones hands toughing them. Ta-da! No sooner had I put the couch back together, when Rocky was right back in his favorite spot!

How to Design the Perfect Business Card In this post, we’ll discuss how a thoughtful, well-designed business card can help your company give a good first impression and send the right message. We’ll look at elements to include in your design and the different approaches to take. We often hear of the importance of first impressions in both our professional and personal lives. In business, the first impression we make on potential clients and other professionals can affect how much business we get. If we fail to dazzle in the first meeting, we might not be attending the follow-up meeting in which we could raise the bar. Also, we tend to forget that first impressions often begin with a business card. Blink Airbrushing Business Card by Katerina Vourgos Business cards convey the potential of all branded professionals-especially designers-and you should remember that when designing them. Personal Identity Package by Jordan Puopolo Now, what does that mean exactly: the “perfect” design? The Professional Elements to Include Colors to Use

blue roof cabin guest blogger Here's another DIY project from our sweet friend, Sasha - from the The Gilded Bee. Be sure to check out her awesome shop full of handmade packaging lovelies. Thanks for being here with us Sasha! I'm delighted to share my book tutorial with you today: Supplies you’ll need to make this project: • One—8.5 x 5.5 sheet of cardstock • One---1/2 x 3 inch piece of cardstock or paper • Two---2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch pieces of cardboard, chipboard or matboard (not corrugated) • Hot glue gun and glue sticks • 25---3 x 5 inch ruled or blank index cards • Two---3 x 5 inch sheets cardstock • 2 rubber bands • Pencil • ¼ inch wide Ribbon: One-6 inch piece, plus two-1 inch pieces To make the page block: * 1. * 2. * 3. * 4. * 5. * 6. To make the cover: * 1. Make a little mark at the center of each side of your paper (4.25 inches on center). On each side of those center marks, draw three lines paralleling each other (6 lines total): 5/16”, 5/8”, 13/16” inch from the center mark. * 3. * 4. * 5. * 6. * 8. * 9. * 10.

The Quick Fix Fabric on Walls - Using fabric Instead of Wallpaper. If you want to add life to your white walls, try wallpapering your walls with fabric! Placing fabric on your walls is a simple process, as a matter of fact, it is just like wallpapering except you are using fabric and starch which allow you to easily remove and reuse as needed. Before we begin, decide which walls you would like to "fabric". If being budget conscious is necessary for you, understand that fabric prices vary and could actually run into quite a bit of money depending on your tastes - this can be easily remedied by discount fabric stores and clearance sales. The good news is when you remove the fabric from the wall, all you will need to do is wash it. Keeping all that in mind - let's get busy. Materials: LINIT® Starch OR LINIT® Starch-n-Crafts™ Stiffener Fabric Clean sponge or paint roller PanProcess: Wash the wall to remove any dirt or film.Lightweight fabrics, such as polished cottons, ginghams, and chintzes, are easiest to use.

DIY Envelope Liners Stationery has long been one of my truest and deepest loves. I’m pretty sure you all know that by now. But what you may not know is that I am straight up coocoo for Cocoa Puffs over great envelope liners. Supplies - Envelopes (in the color/size/shape to match your stationery)Patterned paper (gift wrap and scrapbook paper both work well)Metal straight edgeCutting mat or other cutting surfacePencilXyron adhesive and/or double-stick tapeCraft knife First up, carefully disassemble one of your envelopes along the glued seams. What you’re left with is the perfect template for your envelope liners! The final step in this simple little process is to take your Xyron (or double-stick tape) and run a line of adhesive along the underside edge of your liner. {Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G.

The Borrowed Abode - Apartment decorating ideas and small space organizing projects. 15 Chalkboard Inspired Products This post showcases creative and unusual chalkboard inspired products. Chalkboard Beverage Coasters Perfect for marking names of guests and beverages at parties. Chalkboard Kitchen Clock Features space to fill in your own numbers, messages, or drawings. Chalkboard Desk Workspace for making (then erasing) plans, doodles, and to-do lists. Chalkboard Helmet Cool helmet created by Tom Darracott for bikers who like to draw. Chalkboard Skateboard Unique skateboard decks made by Steve Olson and Harry Jumonji. Chalkboard Wall Calendar This amazing reusable calendar was made using chalkboard paint. Chalkboard iPad Case Write quick notes and doodle to change the look of your iPad case. Chalkboard Candles Awesome candles covered in chalkboard inspired writable surface. Chalkboard Ping Pong Table This unique ping pong table was designed by aruliden for PUMA. Chalkboard Globe Make changes to the world map. Chalkboard iPhone Case iBlackBoard lets you write messages on the back of your phone. Chalkboard Door

Starched fabric wall decal experiment I've been wanting to stick some fabric on my walls ever since I saw this project using starch. I figured I should start simple and keep it small in case something went haywire, so here's my experimental door decoration. I started by sketching out my plan. And then I ignored it when I cut out and assembled my pieces, apparently. I used a disappearing fabric marker to sketch out the shapes on fabric, then cut them out. After cutting out pieces, I laid them out to make sure they looked okay together. Somewhere in the middle of the cutting, it occurred to me I should be mixing up the starch and letting it cool off so it's not boiling hot when I want to use it. Stir 1/4 cup corn starch into 1/2 cup cold water. That produces a ridiculously huge bowl of starch for what I was doing, I learned. I painted the starch onto the back of the fabric pieces, soaking them thoroughly. When you want to take the design off, just peel off the pieces and wipe off any leftover starch with a damp cloth.

Stay-at-Home Artist: stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee)... Yes, I am a nerd. I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum!" However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil. I learned about the joys of freezer paper back in my early college days. Basically, freezer paper is backed with a plastic coating that will stick to soft surfaces when ironed, but it peels off cleanly and easily. To make a sweet t-shirt you will need: paper & pencil a t-shirt an iron a piece of cardboard or poster board fabric paint & brush Start by drawing your design on some regular old paper. My design kept getting bigger, so I taped two sheets together. Next, place your design underneath a sheet of freezer paper and trace it neatly with a sharpie. The marker gives your lines greater width making it easier to cut them out and paint them in later. Now place a piece of cardboard under your freezer paper to protect your table while you cut. Important: Set these shapes aside.

DIY: Colored Mason Jars | Nine Space If you’re a big Pinner or have tried your hand at pretty much anything DIY, you probably already know that mason jars are your best friends. Both cute and functional, they can be re-purposed so many ways (even an air freshener)! Thanks to Lilyshop, we can add some color to our mason jar obsession! What You Need: - Mod Podge - Food coloring or food coloring gels - Mason jar - A popsicle stick or something to mix with - Paper plate or newspaper to let the jars dry on How-to Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Pretty simple and good to know: if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it, you can peel the glue off and try again! For extra tips and visuals, check out this DIY here. *Note: Since you are using glue to make the color, you should not eat or put food in them.

The Gunny Sack: {Everything} In A Jar - Handmade Gifts With just a little over 10 weeks until Christmas, it is already time to start thinking about gifts! The more gifts that can be taken care of ahead of time, the easier the holiday season will be. I came up with a really fun idea that can be customized to pretty much any person or occasion called: {Everything} In A Jar Today, I am going to show you the ones I made for teachers! {energy} in a jar Peanuts White Chocolate Hot Drink Mix Suisse Mocha Latte Mix White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bar Milk Chocolate Truffles {pampering} in a jar Cozy Socks Sunshine Daisy Lotion Sunshine Daisy Fragrance Spray Moisture Rich Hand Creme Soothing Massage Bar Soap Eye Treatment Cream Facial Scrub Lip Balm {refreshment} in a jar Facial Cleaning Towelettes Wrinkle Release Spray Disposable Mini Toothbrushes Tide To Go Mini Pen Peppermint Gum Peppermint Altoids Mini Brush and Mirror Combo The first step for assembly is to stuff the goodies into the jars. I designed some labels to print off and put on the jars. Beef Jerky Nuts