DIY: Chevron Scrapbook

It took me a while to hop on the chevron-patterned bandwagon. It may be “so five minutes ago,” but I was waiting for hipsters to stop liking it.

While packing up my classroom for the summer, I found an old scrapbook. Like many scrapbooks, it had a hideous cover…

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but it wasn’t anything a little paint couldn’t fix. I went with chevron because it is a simple, timeless pattern, and I decided to use a palette I’ve recently become obsessed with: gray-white-yellow.

Step 1: Bury the ugliness under a couple of coats of acrylic paint!

ImageHide the hideousness! Obviously, use a color from your predetermined palette for this first coat… I was very apprehensive and I decided I didn’t like this purple after I measured and penciled the pattern.

Step 2: Start measuring!

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I have no idea how to explain how I managed this. If you’re going to attempt to create your own chevron pattern, I recommend this tutorial: http://makesmeblush.blogspot.com/2010/10/chevron-tutorial.html

Step 3: Masking tape is your friend!

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I used masking tape to create a “stencil” for the first stripes I was going to paint. Painter’s tape is supposed to be the ideal choice but it’s pricey, so if you’re using masking tape, press down well for crisp lines and peel away carefully. Wait for the first stripes to be completely dry before you lay down masking tape over them to paint the next color.

Make sure to apply at least two coats using a foam brush if you have one!

Step 4: Seal the deal!

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To keep your paint from chipping, apply two coats of matte varnish. Love that stuff. :)

Done and done!

The scrapbook cover is now hip!

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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 :)

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.