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 :)

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!