what’s on my craft table?

What's on my craft table? Project Life notebook | momentstolivefor

It’s been almost half a year since my last What’s on my craft table?-post, so I thought it was time for a new one. Although I don’t have much time for crafting at the moment because of our move, from time to time there’s a little bit craftiness around. Like my new notebook for my Project Life ideas or some new and really pretty MT tapes.

From my last Berlin trip I brought two wonderful, inspiring magazines back home: Uppercase & flow. I had my eyes on both for a long while now, but never ordered one because of the high shipping rates. But thanks to Lonneke of Bubblemint I found a store in Berlin, who sells these magazines (“Do you read me?!“, Auguststr. 28). Now I’m a happy and ready to sit down with a good cup of tea and read.

What's on my craft table? photo notebook | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? a huge pile of photos | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? Uppercase & flow magazine | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? new MT tapes | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? my own set of black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor

What's on my craft table? Finchen is watching me | momentstolivefor

Finchen, my little cat, is always watching me, while I work on something, like my new set of black & white Project Life cards or some gifts for my friends I leave behind, when I move. For the gifts I ordered a huge pile of photos. As soon as the box with the photos was empty, Finchen sat inside. Cats and boxes… I will never understand their passion. 😉

DIY little violet notebook

DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor

Time for a new notebook. My notebooks for my daily notes last about three months, then I need a new one. I make it a sport to create a one-of-a-kind notebook every time, like my travel journal and my favorite notebook with washi tape dots. Therefore I take a regular Moleskine notebook and make it my own by using stamps, washi tapes and other crafty things.

So here is my newest creation and the one I’m using at the moment: my little violet notebook.

DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor

For the cover I used a Moleskine Cahier Journal in light violet (official Persian Lilac), silver lined washi tape, some stamps, a white stamp pad and a silver gel pen.

DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor

I stamped the whole cover and tried to align them from left to right but not down. At the bottom I had too few space left to stamp it again with the first stamp. So I chose two other and used them as an eye-catcher. All three stamps belong to the rubber stamp set ‘Capture Life‘ by I lowe Scrap.

I draw drop down shadows on one of the stamps in the center of the front cover with the silver gel pen and on the two stamps at the bottom too. Then I used the silver lined washi tape to secure the edges and make the notebook look a little more classy.

Because I need a lot of to do lists, I prepared them for about three months and put them on the first pages, so I have a better overview and can put things down, that are not due until four or six weeks later. So I stamped the Go & Do stamp by Blinks of Life (sadly no longer available) on all pages, added the week and embellished the page with a stripe of washi tape.

DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor
DIY little violet notebook | momentstolivefor

I love to work with this little notebook everyday, so shiny and colorful. If you are interested in more DIYs look over here.

have fun creating your own notebook

DIY box for memory game

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
Like I promised last week, here is the DIY to make a simple and pretty box for the memory cards. It’s really simple and you can manage to make this box in under 30 minutes.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
You need a cardboard (DINA3), the box of the blank memory cards (better are two – I will tell you later why), a pencil, a ruler, a cutter, some embellishments and pretty alphabete stickers.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
The first step is to disassemble the old box, that came with the blank memory cards. Do this by loosening the old glued parts really carefully. You need the whole cardboard as a pattern. So it should be as it was, before it was glued together for the first time.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
Then you take the disassembled box pattern, apply it to your new cardboard, draw around it and then cut it out. Be really exact with corners and angles. Otherwise you will have problems to piece them together later. Be sure to cut not too deep into the corners, because that way it will be more difficult to get the fold lines straight.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
Now you should use your ruler and your cutter to help you fold the side parts up like your pattern. You can do this by applying the ruler parallel to the fold line and draw with the edgeless side of the cutter along. This way you don’t really cut the paper in two, but impress the fold line, so it will be a lot easier to fold. Use your pattern as a model, to look for the parts that must be folded.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
When you are finished with folding, try to repdroduce the steps to assemble the
box by looking at the second, still complete box and to reconstruct which flap goes underneath and which above the other. When you rebuilt your new box, you can glue the parts together. Again, look how it was done on your model box.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
All you have to do then, is to embellish this little memory card box and then you’re done. With your memory cards you have now a pretty little gift for Christmas or a new colorful game for a rainy family afternoon.

DIY box for memory game | momentstolivefor
Last week I posted, how to make those pretty memory cards with washi tapes. And here you can find more ideas for crafts, if you are a lover of washi tapes like me.

get crafty

DIY memory game with washi tape

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor

Time to do some crafting. Maybe this is something you can make as a gift for Christmas or prepare it for a lazy game Sunday with the family. It is not only fun to play this game, but to make up your own patterns with all of your pretty washi tapes.

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor
All you need is a box full of plain memory cards, should be available in every bigger craft store and a whole lot of different washi tapes with pretty colors and patterns.

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor
DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor

Always take two plain cards and tape the same pattern on them. My cards were almost the perfect size, so that four stripes of tape fitted almost completely on the card. Cut the ends really close at the edges, so nothing overlaps.

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor

If you want to make this game a little harder, choose patterns that differ only in slight color shades or for example stripes, that are straight and cross in the same color. Thus it’s harder to tell the cards apart, when they are turned seperately. And you will most likely find it harder getting the right pair.

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor
DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor
I will show you next week, how to make this pretty box for your memory cards. It’s very easy and quick.

DIY memory game with washi tape | momentstolivefor

 

have fun creating your own patterns for your memory game

Here you can find my other crafty ideas with washi tapes.

DIY travel journal

DIY travel journal cover by momentstolivefor

When we planned our vacation from Munich to Vienna and Prague, I knew, I wanted to document it. Because I didn’t just wanted to write a travel journal the regular way on empty, boring pages, I prepared a Moleskine notebook with my beloved stamps and washi tapes. This way I was forced to think about little things too, like what I liked about a city most, that otherwise would have been forgotten.

For the cover I took many different washi tapes, stuck them over each other in different angles and cut the word ‘vacation!’ out. I saw this technique over at Whimseybox created by Alicia Dirago. Loved her typographic washi tape art so much, so I thought, it would be fun to make something similar for this little notebook.

DIY travel journal first page by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal with favorite things about the city by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal page by momentstolivefor

On our last day in Prague, we sat in a beer garden and discussed the pros and cons of our way of traveling and what we loved and hated about the cities in particular. It was fun to see the different opinions.

DIY travel journal page by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal page by momentstolivefor
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DIY travel journal page by momentstoliveforDIY travel journal page by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal with meal list by momentstolivefor

Furthermore I prepared some pages with To do-lists for gifts, sightseeing spots and some photo projects, to keep track of all the ideas. It was very helpful to have this notebook at hand and filled it, whenever I had the time.

DIY travel journal with photo project list by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal with sightseeing spots by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal to do list by momentstolivefor
DIY travel journal back by momentstolivefor

For this travel notebook I used the lovely stamps of Elise Blaha, Evalicious, Bananafishstudio, Amanda Rose, Amy Tangerine, I lowe Scrap and Blinks of Life along with some washi tapes. And if you’re wondering… yes, I have a really big collection of wooden mounted rubber stamps. It was so much fun, to use them for this little project.

have fun creating your own travel journal

 

Are you interested in more craft ideas? Then look over here:

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

This summer I’m totally in love with neon. In America this isn’t a new trend, it’s alreay a little older, but in Germany this year was the year of neon. I think these colors are perfect for summerly decoration. So I used them within these tapes to create a summer garland for my craft space. I tried to make it as simple and fast as possible, because I’m really short on time at the moment. So here’s what I did:

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

The supplies: three types of tape – I used pink, orange and green neon washi tapes, white DINA4 paper, glue, a white ribbon, a set square und a pencil. That’s it.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

1. At first you fold the paper lengthwise a little bit over the half. Then you take the little rest and fold it over again and glue it to the back of the folded paper. This way you get two closed sites. Turn the paper around, so the unglued side is up.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

2. Then you draw triangles on the side without the little folded edge. With help of a set square you get triangles of the same size and width. I used the angle 75°, this way I got four triangles.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

3. After you drew the lines, you can simply tape three washi tape stripes parallel to the long side of the paper. A little tip: If you tape the outer two washi tape stripes first, it’s easier to find the perfect middle position for the last tape.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

4. The next step is to cut out the triangles. Repeat the steps 1.-4. at least two times so you get 12 triangles, better more often, so the garland will be longer. It depends on how long you want your final garland to be.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

5. When you have enough triangles, you take the white ribbon, position it inside the triangles and then glue the triangles close. If you want to know, how this step works more closely, look over here.

And that’s it. The garland is finished and can immediately be used as decoration. Have fun creating your garland in your own style. It’s perfect for different tape combinations.

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor
DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor
DIY summer garland with neon washi tape by momentstolivefor

 

And here you can find my other DIYs:
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DIY: wooden word art

DIY wooden word art by momentstolivefor
This is, as always, a very easy and fast DIY to create a beautiful wooden word art as decoration. All you need are a wooden word, some acrylic paint, a good brush and a cute washi tape. I used white and gold acrylic paint and the cute washi tape from the Masking-Tape Christmas (Set C).
DIY wooden word art by momentstoliveforDIY wooden word art by momentstoliveforDIY wooden word art by momentstolivefor

First I applied a ground coat of white to the wooden word twice, to make sure nothing of the wood was to be seen anymore.

DIY wooden word art by momentstoliveforDIY wooden word art by momentstolivefor

Then I painted the upper site gold. Make sure not to paint over the edges.

DIY wooden word art by momentstolivefor

Finally I applied three stripes of washi tape to the word at the straight letter parts. For the dot on the ‘i’ I arranged the tape that way, that the borderline of the tape from one pattern to the next represented the borderline of the dot to the rest of the letter.

DIY wooden word art by momentstolivefor

Hope you enjoyed this little DIY. If your are interested in my other craft tutorials, then look over here:
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DIY: colorful dot notebook

DIY: dot notebook with washi tape by momentstolivefor

This little DIY is pretty simple and fast and oh so pretty, don’t you think? All you need are some cute washi tapes with different colors and patterns, that fit well together. Some wax papers, so the washi tape is easy to peel off. A new notebook with a blank cover and a 1 inch circle punch.

DIY: dot notebook with washi tape - what you need by momentstoliveforDIY: dot notebook with washi tape - hole puncher closeup by momentstolivefor

All you have to do is, choose two tapes and adhere them next to each other on the wax paper. Then use the circle punch that way, that both tapes fill half the circle. In this way you get a whole bunch of pretty circles with two different tapes, that you can stick easily onto your notebook cover. Just fold the circle between the both tapes, so you can grab a corner of a half circle. Have fun!
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Look over here for my other DIYs:

minialbum: where am I going?

While browsing Elise Blaha‘s inspiring blog, I found this pretty mini. When I had a craft flash and no photos around to make a minialbum, I came back to this idea, just a minialbum to answer this question. Additional I made it a challenge to use only scraps left from other projects.

It was a simple and fast project, and fun to create. Moreover it was interesting, what I came up with for the pages. Do you ever start something, let your mind run wild and at the end something totally different as you imagined first is the result. It doesn’t mean, something bad or ugly. Just different. It always amazes me, where my mind goes, when I let it run wild with just a start point and no concrete goal.

Do you want to see more minialbum inspiration? Then look over here:

100 posts and a giveaway

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Wow, amazing. This is my 100th post on this blog. The time went by so fast since I wrote my first blog post half a year ago. It is totally fun writing every week and creating new “stuff” for my blog and I’m so thankful for you, my beloved readers. Thank you for being here! 🙂

As a thank you I have a giveaway for you! Some lovely washi tapes, scrapbook tags and some colorful stickers. If you want to win this package full of fun things, leave a comment here until Oct. 24. Winner will be announced shortly after on this post.

good luck to you and a good start into the new week

Sabine 🙂

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