craft challenge

Craft challenge | momentstolivefor.com

It all began a week ago, when I started to sort through my Project Life cards and saw many that I didn’t like as much as others and that just don’t work for me. So I gathered these cards and put them aside. Then I stumbled about the new e-course of A Beautiful Mess and Elise BlahaUse your stash“. It’s about not just collecting beautiful crafty papers and embellishments and being too afraid to use them, but think of ways to really use them up in craft projects. And more than that get rid of those things, that don’t work for you.

Perfect timing. Because of this course and the drive to reduce my stuff, I sorted through all my crafty stuff and just kept those papers, stickers, stamps and tapes, that speak to me and make me think of new layouts and ideas. The rest sits in a box and awaits my judgement, what I will do with it. I gave half of it to a friend, who crafts as well and will make good use of it. The other things still wait.

On this weekend the mentioned friend and her family visited. We had a fun time doing sightseeing in Berlin. And at the end my friend and I went to two scrapbooking shops in Berlin. When I saw all the beautiful scrapbooking things, I couldn’t resist. I bought and bought,… because both shops had so many things, that I wanted to buy online anyway. So why not now? When I came home and unpacked I was overwhelmed by the amount of things. This was definitely not my plan, to buy as much as I just had sorted out.

When I read this post from Sandra and her challenge to scrapbook 50 layouts before she will craft shop again, I knew this would be my challenge too. Not in the exact same way, because I don’t do full size layouts. But there are enough things I can think of, that will be a challenge for me in the same way. So this is my crafty challenge for the next time. I don’t know how long it will take to complete it, but that’s even more exciting, isn’t it?

So here is my craft challenge. I can do craft shopping again, when I…

… made three mini albums.

… did 50 Project Life pages.

… painted all wooden boxes for my workspace with stain.

… made 5 art pieces for our home.

… finished three running craft projects (f.e. mini albums).

So, get the craft party started.

creative outlet: idea notebook

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

Just something I made the other day, when I looked for a notebook to collect my ideas offline. I treasure the Moleskine notebooks. They are the best. But I didn’t like the color of the cover. So I went through my scrapbook papers and stumbled about these pretty ones, from the collection “Hello again” from Carta Bella. The paper is very thick and heavy and feels like watercolor paper. And that’s how the patterns look too, like painted with watercolors. This is definitely my favorite scrapbook collection, with this color combination and the lovely patterns.

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

notebook cover with Hello Again | momentstolivefor

Here are some of my other notebooks: triangle notebook, travel journal, little violet notebook and colorful dot notebook.

what’s on my craft table?

what's on my craft table? - text stamp addiction - momentstolivefor.com

After these text heavy posts, I thought it was time for another photo post. So here are some shots from my craft table. Tables I have to say, because this time I used our large kitchen table too, to paint all of my wooden boxes with a dark walnut-brown stain.

At a local do-it-yourself store I found wooden boxes in different sizes, which fit perfectly into my Ivar shelves to organize my crafty things. I just have to paint them with stain, so they look more beautiful. But that’s only a matter of time, although there are seven big and eight middle sized boxes waiting to be painted. Yikes! But until then I’ve already tested, if all of my stamps and washi tapes fit in there. And they do, perfectly. Although I was a little shocked seeing how much stamps and tapes I’ve got! Is it already an addiction?

Sadly, I can’t get anymore stamps from Elise Blaha. The package arrived of her last sale in her shop. Really, really sorry, that there will be no more. Loved her style on stamps. And truthfully, she started this obsession with text stamps. It’s a good thing, there is no more room in this box for more.

In the meantime I bought two amazing magazines. Wanted to just pick up the new Uppercase magazine and stumpled about Frankie. Such a lovely, creative, beautiful magazine. I’m amazed, that I’ve never heard of it before. And I started a logbook, thanks to Austin Kleon’s book “Steal like an Artist“. It’s a motivating and helpful little book. Read it, it’s fun!

what's on my craft table? - inspiring magazines: Uppercase and Frankie - momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? - washi tape addiction - momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? - paint wooden boxes with walnut stain - momentstolivefor.com

Wwhat's on my craft table? - logbook - momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? - last stamps from Elise Blaha - momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? - nosy cat - momentstolivefor.com

And that’s how it looks, when I try to make a photo for the blog. Finchen is instantly in the picture. Nosy little cat.

what’s on my craft table?

what's on my craft table? | my new notebook with washi tape triangles | momentstolivefor.com

Although the last weeks were mostly filled with putting up new furnitures and working at my new job, I managed to craft almost every day a little bit. Here you can see some of the things that wandered through my hands the last weeks.

I used the chance to organize my craft table new, so I had more space to work and for example get an overview of all the missing pens. My cats love the empty space on my desk and sit most of the time next to me, watching carefully what I’m doing. As long as they don’t run over the still wet surfaces of something painted or glued, I love to have them by my side.

Although I love my iPhone and find it more than useful for many, many things, I still need a physical notebook to write my thoughts and ideas down. I love the feeling of a pen and paper and therefore I always carry at least one with me. The covers of these two notebooks I decorated with washi tape. One is my private everyday notebook, the one with the triangles, the other is for my notes at the office. Moleskine notebooks are my absolute favorites, perfect size and not too many pages. I don’t like to write into one for too long. I just need a change of scenery from time to time.

Two weeks ago I decided to try one of those DIY’s of my ever growing collection on Pinterest in the sense of ‘stop pinnning, start making’! The ‘decorative power cord‘ idea is from the inspirational Bri from Designlovefest. I had this DIY on my mind for some time. Sadly after only two days the ends of the tape didn’t stick anymore. If you have an idea, how to fix this, please write to me. The power cord of my iPhone is so pretty, I want that it stays this way.

what's on my craft table? | my new organized craft table | momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? | sorting my Stabilo pens | momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? | decorative iPhone power cord | momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? | my new work notebook | momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? | my cats are at my side while I'm crafting | momentstolivefor.com

what's on my craft table? | a goodbye minialbum for friends | momentstolivefor.com

This is a minialbum I crafted for friends I left behind in Bremen. It contains 1000 little beautiful moments I had with them in the last four years, recorded on 1000 photos. It was such a fun time with them… really miss them.

And what are you crafting at the moment?

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 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 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 garland for reading corner

DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

This little garland should remind me to read more everyday. It hangs above my reading armchair next to my book shelf. Until now I only read in bed, till my eyelids drop. But since I reorganized my books and my reading space, I read every day for a little while between appointments or tasks from my to do-list. Love this new place.

DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

The garland is very easy and fast to make.

1.You take an old book you won’t read anymore and tear out some pages, foremost pages with text only and no heading or pictures. Then you fold them always on the same line of text. It’s the easiest way to get the same length for all pages.

2.-4. Draw 3D-letters on the pages with a black marker. This way you make sure, that the text isn’t visible under it.

5. Choose a ribbon, place it on the inner fold and glue the short end of the page.

6. Then fold it over and run over it, to ensure that the two parts of the page stick together.

And now you are already disposed to hang the garland. Easy, isn’t it? 🙂

 

DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor
DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

Want some more inspiration? Look over here:

DIY ‘i love photography’ – picture

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
Like I promised last week, here comes the tutorial for the second picture I made for my livingroom wall. It’s very simple, but takes more time because of the paint. So lets get started. 🙂
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

You need a little canvas, some paint – I used varnish – in different colors, a stamp, washi tape that matches your chosen colors and some scrapbooking letters.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

At first you paint a background with different colors. I used one color for each layer, let everything dry for at least half an hour and went to the next layer. I used black as the first one, so it wouldn’t pop up so much. The accents I set in gold and finally white. I had in mind, that I wanted to use the white area for stamping and writing, so I filled this part entirely.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

Afterwards I stamped three cameras on the white area and painted two of them black and golden.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

For the final effect I used one of my favorite washi tapes with matching colors to add some accents and those lovely letters from Bella Boulevard – Sophisticates. And that’s it. Easy, isn’t it? 🙂

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

If you feel inspired by this, I would be very interested in what you came up with. So please send me an email or leave a comment with a link to your picture. 🙂
You find the mini-tutorial for the other picture here.

If your are interested in more DIYs, you can find them here: