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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Flea Market Project – Key Necklace

I am a big fan of flea markets. What red-blooded craft junkie isn’t?! I am a pretty lucky duck in that I live in the same town as a very neat flea market. Each Saturday and Sunday the flea market is buzzing with shoppers and vendors. Some vendors sell mass-produced low quality clothing or questionable electronics. Other vendors are people who have cleaned out their basement and are looking to get rid of a bit of what they consider to be trash. This is where the treasure is…

A few weeks ago, I walked the flea market with my mom with a goal in mind. I wanted to find some keys. I’ve been seeing skeleton keys all over Etsy and Pinterest – but most of them were replicas made in some far off nation looking to recapture the elegance that once was function. When I see a skeleton key, I think of the ring of keys my Grandma has in her Victorian home. For her, these keys have been collected over years of garage sale hunting and antique shop adventuring. Her keys are used to open doors and curio cabinets that were locked for decades. If a key didn’t fit, it would be added to the key ring and filed away and the hunt for the right key would continue. Now it’s my turn to start collecting.

Mom and I walked up and down the aisles at the flea market; it was a beautiful day and I knew I’d find at least one vendor would have a couple loose keys to sell. I found some other neat things along the way, but keys were hard to find. Finally, we happened upon an older gentleman with a table filled with old bits and pieces. A small plastic bowl held what I had been searching for – KEYS!

There were big keys, small keys, rusted keys, keys that still held a little shine, keys that were ornate, and keys that looked like they came right out of a dungeon. I talked to him for a little while and he told me that he had collected the keys over the years and most of them were probably older than he was. He even had one key – a large, rusted, utilitarian style key – that had come from an old jail cell. Made in America, he said! The real deal! Just what I had been looking for. He told me the smaller keys were usually from cabinets, desks, and other pieces of furniture, while the larger keys were to doors. Good to know! I fished through the dish and picked out about a dozen keys to take home.

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What a score! I am so happy with my find! Fiddling with these keys, examining their unique bits of rust and wear, you can really appreciate how old they are and it’s hard not to wonder what doors and locked drawers they’ve been separated from for so long. A few keys will make their way into some crafty projects – but I feel that some will end up on my own key ring – you never know when there will be a door that needs opening!

Skeleton Key Jewelry by FrostedTreats

Keys with a new life

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 :)

Pin’d: After the Vino is Finished

I’ve recently fallen in love with the online inspiration boards over at Pinterest. Check back here often (or follow FrostedTreats on Pinterest) to see what’s inspiring me!

Pinboard: After the Vino is Finished

For some reason I’m drawn to projects that give new life to empty wine corks and bottles. Have a look!

(Click images to go to Pin and Source)

How to Make Wine Cork Magnets

How to make Cork Handled Cheese Knives

Wine Cork Monogram

Wine Cork Keychains

Happy Pinning!

-Jessica

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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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!

ReUse: Sweater into Mittens

It’s no secret that crafters love to reuse materials from everyday items to bring a creation to life. Repurposing outdated, torn, or just plain blah clothing into new, usable items is a great way to live a little greener and save a few dollars on supplies.

Recently, I saw a simple step-by-step on the Etsy blog, The Storque on how to use an old sweater to make new mittens. [LINK!]

(image from The Storque)

I have the pleasure of babysitting my niece after school on weekdays and she is the most crafty Kindergartener in the world. She loves to make things with Aunt Jessie and Aunt Jessie loves to chance to teach her something new.

Last week we decided it was time to do some sewing. Kay*, my niece, chose the decorations and helped with the tracing. Aunt Jessie did the cutting and sewing. I dug through my clothes and found a sweater that had been sitting unloved at the bottom of a pile. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but here are the results!

Her mittens – Buttons and lace were the decorations of the day!

My mittens!

 

You’ll be seeing more of this grey (gray?) sweater soon, makers! I was able to do a little more scavenging with the remaining material. So far, I’d say this sweater has already had a great second life!

 

We’d love to see your repurposing projects! Post in the comments section :)

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!