DIY: Library Card Book Plates

One day I hope to have a personal library to rival Belle’s (you know… the beauty from Beauty and the Beast). Walls covered in literature, stacks of novels and biographies. Ahh, just thinking of it makes my heart happy. As any book nerd knows, it is important to claim ownership of your beloved books. I was on the search for book plates (think name tags for books) to put on the inside cover of my books. I was unable to find a variety I was happy with (that didn’t cost an arm and a leg), so I dug through my bag of crafty tricks and came up with this little project.

I was so pleased with how these turned out, I made a bunch for some friends of mine as gifts. These are super easy to make and cost nearly nothing if you’ve already built your own craft supply arsenal as I have.

There are two ways to tackle this project. I went for the technology route and added my name using an image editing program. However, the low-tech method is just as easy!

Library Card Book Plates

Materials:

Blank library card template – You may use mine :) librarycardblank

(You can find many via Google, I found mine years ago and edited it for my liking.Unfortunately, I no longer know where the original was posted, but I have edited it quite a bit to make it my own. Please contact me if you recognize this as your own, I will gladly give credit)

Cardstock

Alphabet stamps/ink

Tacky Glue

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Print the template onto heavy cardstock – Use fun colors! White works, but why not go crazy with colors?! In Windows, you can print the image multiple times on one sheet. Here’s how I did it:

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Cut out each book plate. I have a paper cutter that cuts straight lines… I LOVE IT. Aside from my bone folder and X-acto knife, it’s my favorite craft tool.

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Using your alphabet stamps, simply stamp out the owner’s name in the space provided.

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Bundle up the finished product, and done! To secure these into your books, Tacky Glue works, as does double-sided tape.

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Alternatively, you can go for the high-tech method. Using your image editing software (I use Paintshop Pro), open the template and create a new text layer. Simply type in the owner’s name and print. Voila! Done-zo. The font I use is called Traveling Typewriter. Google it, it’s easy to find.

Write whatever you’d like in the space below the owner’s name. If these are for your books, keep track of who has borrowed them; record when you’ve read and reread the book; make mention of when and where you purchased the book. If these are for a gift, write a message to the person who will be receiving them. You can even give a book with one of these cute bookplates already affixed inside!

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The best part about this project is that you can make TONS of these cards quickly! If you have as many books as I do, that will be a life saver. Enjoy!

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Make Today: Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, Makers!

Regardless of your current marital status, I promise there are tons of people you love who need some appreciation today. Family, Friends, Pets, etc. There are also tons of different ways to express your appreciation for those wonderful folks! If you’re like me, you’ve been eyeing up printables and other DIY Valentine’s projects… Remember our printable mailbox from last year?

This year I’ve once more taken to making my own Valentines. A little more two-dimensional, but still pretty awesome. I was inspired by the easy to follow tutorial from the Jones Design Company blog and set to work creating my own fake calligraphy. This card was made using some kraft cardstock and a pen and ink set.

outside: “Romeo & Juliet…”

Even someone with the most atrocious penmanship (ahem, me.) can dress up their handwriting. A steady hand and patience is key, trust me.

inside: “Are a couple of punks compare to my Mom & Dad”

My parents got a good chuckle out of this one ;)

I know it’s been a little quiet on the misc*makers front lately – but that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy little bees. Keep your eyes peeled for more easy projects to tackle.

Enjoy :)

Roses are Pink

I hope all of you makers out there had a fabulous Valentine’s Day yesterday!

While I didn’t have a Valentine of my own, I did snap a photo of the pretty pink roses my Dad brought home for my Mom. So sweet :)

Seeing these lovely roses and then stumbling upon a box of crepe paper has given me a goal for this week:

Rose Kissing Ball

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(photo from heart-hands-home)

 

I plan to make two, one pink and one white. Normally something like this would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, but personally I think these are adorable all year long! Photos of my attempt will be coming soon, I just gotta go out and get some Styrofoam!

Print: Cupcake Sweeties Valentines

I love cupcakes. I love Valentine’s Day. I love sharing.

Three reasons I hope you love the lil’ printable I have for you today, makers!

All around the internet you can find free printable paper Valentines to hand out to your loved ones. Just to give you one more option, I’ve put together a printable sheet with three different cupcake designs. CLICK!

When you print, I suggest going with “borderless” and keeping the size the same. Just cut them out and pass them along!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Make: Pocket Full of Stars

What’s a better way to say “I Love You” than a pocket full of stars.  Called either lucky stars or love stars, these little creations are very easy to make with very few supplies needed. Be careful not to crush them! They say you’ll be quite “UN-lucky” with love if you do! (=P)

Here’s how to do it in ten easy steps.

Supplies Needed:

1) Paper Ribbon

(Found in many asian craft stores, usually in round rolls. Thin colorful paper strips or origami paper are good alternatives).

2) Scissors

3) CLEAR Empty Jar or Container (Be creative!)

Optional: Stickers, ribbons, jewels, etc.

(Anything to decorate the jar, but these are so pretty on their own too!)

Method

(Sorry, it’s the science major in me hahah).

1) Cut the ribbon into strips 5-6inches in length.  (However many is your choice).

2) Take one end of the ribbon, and holding the design part on the outside, make a loop just as you would when tying a knot – Be sure to leave a small tail on the left end! (See Picture)

3) Tighten the knot just enough that you create a nice pentagon shape.

4) Fold over the left short end and then tuck into the pentagon. (The crease you made when you folded the left end should creates one of the edges of the pentagon!)

5) Flip the pentagon over so that the long end of the strip is face down and to the left of the pentagon. Then, fold the long end over the pentagon. (Use the edges as a guide. The folds should be diagonal to maintain the pentagon shape).

6) Following the shape of the pentagon, continue to fold the tail over each edge. The end result should be the pentagon with a now short tail.

7) Tuck in the short tail. NOTE: If the short tail only goes halfway or less across the pentagon, go back one step so that the tail is slightly longer. Measure across the pentagon, fold in the excess edge, and then tuck in.

8) Using your thumb and index, pinch any two adjacent edges together to start forming the points of the star. Then, pinch in all corners.

 

9) Fill stars into jar and decorate jar if desired!

10) Give to someone you love with a hug or a kiss! <3

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Any questions, feel free to ask.

I would love to see pictures of your creations. Please send them my way!

Cheers Misc. Makers!

 

Scrapbooking: Intro!

So, you look at that pile of photos, movie ticket stubs, dried flowers and think:

“I really want to make a scrapbook, but how do I get started.

What kind of materials and supplies do I need for scrapbooking?”

Is this how you feel? If I didn’t have someone to show me how to get started I would have been in the same boat. Well, for all of you who ask this, I can be that help for you. This blog will tell you the tools and supplies you will need, where you can purchase them, and other creative ways to show off and catalog your most memorable photos.

Luckily, almost everything you would need for a basic can be found at Michaels orA.C. Moore craft stores. The first thing you need is a scrapbook. Most scrapbooks come in two sizes: 12×12 inches, or 8×8 inches. If you have a lot of pictures to document, you will need to get a page refill. (Note: Make sure the refills match the scrapbook you purchase.)

Most times the scrapbook comes with white pages however, that can get boring. You can purchase pages (we suggest 12×12, you’ll be able to fit more on a page!) that are different colors and designs. If I was scrapbooking Christmas, there are many Christmas pages that I could choose from. Construction paper is another useful supply. You can border pictures with the paper to make you page more colorful and creative.

Next step, scissors. Besides regular scissors, specialty scissors will be beneficial. There are many to choose from since they cut the paper or picture different ways- wavy or jagged, ect. These help specialty scissors give the pages of your scrapbook some diversity.

A paper cutter is a very helpful tool also if you have a hard time cutting a straight line. This comes in handy for tons of other projects, too!

Another must-have is glue. The best type to use are glue sticks because they are not messy and they dry clear. I typically use Elmer’s or Craft Bond glue sticks.

Stickers are a big part of scrapbooking. Well in my case it is! There are many to choose from for any occasion, whether you are documenting Christmas, a vacation, a birth, a wedding, ect. You can pretty much bet there are stickers for almost anything! Alphabet stickers make a great addition. You can purchase different colors, sizes, and fonts. It makes a great touch to add a word or a phrase. For example, on a birthday page you can put “Happy Birthday Mom.” There are also stickers that have quotes and thought bubbles with prewritten messages.

Now that you have a few supplies and tools, you can begin your new craft of scrapbooking. These are the basics I recommend for a good start. As you begin getting these supplies and actually start making the pages, you will find yourself incorporating other tools and ways to scrapbook your pictures. It will take some time and practice to get the look you want. When I look at my first scrapbook compared to my latest one, I can tell how I’ve gotten so much better and way more creative! I love this craft because it is a wonderful way to save your most treasured memories. Keep an eye out for future post that will go into more depth on ideas for different occassions you are scrapbooking.

 

Make: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Love is in the air, my fellow makers! Valentine’s Day is coming fast and today we have for you a neat little printable/tutorial/how to! What’s cuter on Valentine’s Day than a little bitty mailbox, all dolled-up and ready to stuff with lace hearts and chocolate? Here we go!

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies.

* Pick your favorite hole punch. I have a star :)

* Tacky Glue or some similar fast-drying craft glue

* Your most trusted pair of scissors

* A bone folder. If you don’t have one of these – GET ONE. For anyone who enjoys paper crafts, a bone folder will most definitely be the best investment you’ve ever made. Life + Bone Folder = Better.

* A ruler or another straight edge. I don’t need to take a picture of that, right? Right?! K.

* One plain sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock

* One patterned sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock – I chose a sheet of scrapbook paper and then cut it to size.

* You’ll also need this template I’ve put together – ValentinesMailbox– Be sure not to adjust any of the sizing. You’ll want this to print at 100%. You’ll be printing this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock.

Now that we have all of our tools in order, let’s begin.

Before you cut out any of your template pieces, take your bone folder and your straight edge and score lines where the template tells you do. Scoring before cutting out the pieces is just a little way to make your life easier.

Next, go ahead and cut out all of your template pieces. For this template, just cut out anything that’s pink. You’ll have FIVE pieces. The mailbox door, back, base, outer shell, and flag. Fold along all of your pre-scored lines.

Take note that since we’ve printed this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock, you’ll be folding IN. You want all pink template pieces to be inside the mailbox.

Grab your hole punch and, well, punch! The little dot on the mailbox door is a perfect place to cut out a cute little shape.

Let’s start gluing. The mailbox door and back need to be glued to the base. Remember to keep all of your pink template pieces together. The lines you scored earlier provide you with little tabs for attaching everything. I’ve glued the door and back on top of the base – this way, the bottom will be nice and flat when you’re finished.

Now here’s where it gets a little tricky. Take the outer skin and make sure all of your tabs are folded in. Have the five little tabs facing the BACK of the mailbox. Glue one of the long bottom tabs to the base of the mailbox. Again, you’ll want to glue the tab on top of the base so your bottom stays flat.

Wait a little bit for your glue to dry before moving on to the next step. Once that first bottom tab is secure, bring the outer shell around so that you have, well, a mailbox. Carefully line up the bottom tab on the opposite side and glue it down. Take it slow and be sure to line up all of your edges.

Woo! We’re almost done! Remember those little tabs on the back? Add a little dab of glue to each and CAREFULLY attach them to the back of the mailbox. This will be a little tricky. I suggest gluing the two bottom tabs first, the two middle tabs next, and the top center tab last.

If all goes according to plan, you should now have a little mailbox sitting in front of you and an accomplished feeling in your heart. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to trim the back and door a little bit to make everything perfect. I’m sure there’s a scientific, mathematical way to formulate these template pieces so that everything lines up perfectly, but I haven’t found it. This template came together through trial and a lot of error. So yeah, the back and door need a tiny bit of trimming.

Lastly, attach your little mailbox flag and… TA DA!! Your Valentine’s Day Mailbox is all ready and set to decorate ’til your heart’s content!

With a little bit of patterned tape, some stamps and a few buttons, here is my completed mailbox. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial, and PLEASE – if you make one of these mailboxes, we’d love to see it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, makers!

Enjoy!

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