How to tackle all of your UFOs (un-finished projects)

How to tackle all of your UFOs (unfinished projects) | momentstolivefor.com

Last weekend I stumbled over an unfinished project, a white mug I wanted to paint for 6 months. Then another, a minialbum I haven’t finished yet for 8 month. And another… I started to see them everywhere, those little UFOs (un-finished objects). Thankfully we had just bought a big box, so I began to collect every UFO in it. The box filled up so very fast – in only ten minutes it was full to the brim and I still hadn’t dug deeper into the craft boxes, where some projects were still hidden.

Those mugs and plates and bags and wooden boxes and minialbums and… and… and… you know these crafty projects you see in the shop and know you want to do these too. All those little craft projects I buy on the go, because I simply fall for them and think, they would look lovely in our home.

You buy the tools and material, bring them home, maybe leave them on your workplace for a few days, but then other projects are back in focus and the new project is left alone on the shelf or in a box with the other 100 lonely projects. And that’s it. From time to time you come across them and think: ‚Oh yes, I wanted to do this sometime. But not now, maybe…“ And then it’s back in the box forgotten till you open it the next time. You know, what I mean, right? It’s time to bring these UFOs back to daylight, out in the open and finally finish them. Here’s what I did to organize my UFOs:

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Collect them in a big box or on the floor. Get every little project out in the open, so you can see it and have an overview about everything.

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Write a list or take a photo of every project like I did. And I mean every single one. Not just write down ‚paint mugs‘ but instead make it a point to document every single mug like ‚paint mug no.1‘. This way the points on the list are not too overwhelming, the steps are much smaller and can get checked off much faster. Therefore you will see the process more clearly and stay motivated to finish one UFO after another.

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Some projects will be just one step, like folding an origami bow. But others will consist of two or more steps to finish, like choosing a quote for a mug, sketch it onto the mug, paint it and then burn it in the oven. Or if you want to paint some wooden boxes with stain, you need to grind them first, before you can paint them. The action steps will make it easier to see, which steps you can summarize for different projects and therefore will be faster to do together. And if you style the action steps like a checklist, you can cross those steps off of several single projects at once and see your process, even when you don’t finish one project right away.

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Choose one project and simply finish it. Maybe you choose one project first, that’s fast to finish. Therefore you feel empowered and motivated to do more and don’t get stuck at the first project, because it will be so hard to get done.

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I took the time to take a photo of every UFO and made a collage to have all together. I was bumbed, when I counted all – there are 50 UFOs! Not to mention all the photos that wait to be put in minialbums and Project Life pages. It’s time to do something about this situation. Therefore I will print this photo collage of all UFOs and hang them next to my desk, so I will see everyday what I can work on and don’t forget about them. Another benefit is the consciousness, that I shouldn’t buy any new material and tools since I already have enough things at home to keep my hands and my creative mind busy. The plan is to cross every photo off the collage, when I finish it – like a to do list with pictures.

How many UFOs do you have? How do you tackle them?

books to read in 2015

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Don’t be distracted of the books on the photo. They are just some of my beloved books I already have at home. I have already read most of them. When I started to take photos of the book pile, it only took seconds till Finchen stole into the photo. But it’s so cute, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

When I started to make plans for 2015, set goals and planned countless projects, another idea crossed my mind. What if I set a list of books I want to read through the year? Would it be wise to set them at the beginning of a year or just go along and pick whatever I feel like at the moment? I decided to do the list. The reason is simply, I have lots of books I want to read for years and always forgot about them or had another book already, when I remembered them. So this little list isn’t something to stick to religiously, but will be an inspiration and help, if I look for a new book. It’s mostly novels and classics, but there are some book about creativity and lifestyle as well as craft and photography books to inspire me, to lern new crafts and get better at photography and other work related themes.

Novels & Classics:

Inspiration & Work:

Crafts & Photography:

Until now my favorite books of all time are The Nightcircus, The Hobbit, The Art of Non-Conformity, The Neverending Story and Rumo, to name just a few. Do you have any suggestions for me, that could suit my taste? What are you reading at the moment?

take time to read

minialbum: be grateful

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In November I had a low, thanks to the darkness and my thyroid problem. To get myself out of this low and focus on the good things in my life, I made this little minialbum or notebook. I put it on my nightstand and as soon as I would go to bed, I would write everything down, that made me feel good on this day. It helped getting me to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind and maybe even let me sleep a little better. After a month the pages were filled with positivity and good thoughts. I felt better thanks to the medicine and Christmas time, so I didn’t fill it up with new pages. But I really liked it. Maybe in time I will do it again.

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For the minialbum I used mostly Project Life cards from Stampin’Up and made some myself with stickers and washi tape. The minialbum is 4’’x4” and has around 30 pages.

Looking for more inspiration? Here you can find more minialbums.

a crafty year has started

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Around Christmas I cruised through my Pinterest boards for new craft ideas I definitely want to make this year. I even started a new board to collect those project ideas and suddenly I noticed, that I could collect without much effort 53 projects I really want to come to life. And within an instant the new project was born: 53 craft projects in 2015.

It’s 53 crafty projects because there are 53 weeks this year and one project per week will be definitely manageable. That doesn’t mean, I have to do one every week. I can do two or three a week, if I have the time and motivation to. Thus there can be weeks without one project finished, that will foreseeable be the case around Christmas for example.

It’s an addition to my #365craftingtime project, that is still running. I’m at the moment a little behind with posting, but the challenge is still on. And thanks to my catching up-rule, I haven’t lost one day since the start of the project. The main idea with the new project is to document the process. The documentation was the main reason to name it a project and choose concrete tasks. I want to focus on these little craft projects, because they are important to me. Some because I just need them to decorate our home or to progress with other projects like Project Life. Others are simply on the list to lern something new like sewing. Therefore I don’t have simply „lern to sew“ on my bucket list for this year, but a concrete project that has a start and end point. “Lern to sew” is on my list for years, so I hope this new project will do the trick.

On this page you find an overview about all 53 projects I want to do. As soon as I finish one, I exchange the text picture with a photo of the finished project like I did already with number #10 („Design a calendar“). I hope at the end of the year, this page will be all colorful instead of grey and white, filled with wonderful craft projects.


01 Make soap by hand 05 Paint mugs 06 Paint plates 07 Sew a pillow case 08 Cut a geometric wall art 09 Paint the bedroom cupboard 10 Paint mugs 11 Make soap by hand 12 Fold an origami butterfly 13 Cut a geometric wall art 14 Fold an origami fox 15 Paint mugs 16 Make soap by hand 17 Make an adventure fund box 18 Cut a geometric wall art 19 Paint the bedroom cupboard 20 Paint a tote 21 Make soap by hand 22 Sew a pillow case 23 Cut a geometric wall art 24 Paint the bedroom cupboard 25 Fold origami bows 26 Make soap by hand 27 Sew a pillow case 28 Design greeting cards 29 Style shelves with washi tape 30 Make washi tape feathers 31 Make soap by hand 32 Sew a pillow case 33 Make a garland 34 Paint the bedroom cupboard 35 Paint mugs 36 Make soap by hand 37 Sew a pillow case 38 Make a notebook 39 Paint the bedroom cupboard 40 Paint mugs 41 Make soap by hand 42 Sew a pillow case 43 Cut a geometric wall art 44 Paint the bedroom cupboard 45 Paint mugs 46 Make soap by hand 47 Sew a pillow case 48 Print some Project Life cards 49 Paint the bedroom cupboard 50 Paint mugs 51 Make soap by hand 52 Sew a pillow case 53 Cut a geometric wall art



Do you plan something similiar this year? Maybe we can motivate each other.

Let the crafting begin

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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have fun creating your own patterns for your memory game

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

DIY travel journal

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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.

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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.

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DIY travel journal page by momentstolivefor
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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.

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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

 

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DIY box for your sweet tooth

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Are you a sweet tooth like me? Our cupboard is so stuffed with sweets, that I don’t find anything, when I want something. Then on my last visit at our local craft store, I found this cardboard box and was instantly inspired to this little DIY.

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All you need is a cardboard box with a cutout word, some acrylic paint and one or two good brushes. I bought matt white, neon pink and gold glitter acrylic paint.

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DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

First I painted the box inside and outside with a matt white acrylic paint as a ground coat. I used the wider brush to be faster. Then I let it dry for a while, before I proceeded.

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Then I put the drawer inside the cover and traced the inside of the letters, to know exactly where to paint the word. It’s good to adjust the drawer in the middle of the cover and position the whole box with the opposite site on the table, so you have a resistance, when you trace the letters.

DIY box for your sweets - word with neon pink painted by momentstolivefor
DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

Afterwards I painted the letters in neon pink and a little wider to make sure the cutout word will be filled, even when the drawer isn’t exactly in the center of the cover.

To make the box a little special I used the gold glitter acrylic paint for the sides of the box and and the front. Here I tried to paint a gradient – with less glitter in the middle and increasing glitter to the edges. The paint is gorgeous, because it’s only glitter without any color paint. So you can use it on any other ground coat.

DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor
DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

 

If you have any questions on this DIY or any other post, please leave a comment.

have fun crafting

 

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what’s on my craft table?

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Hey everyone. I thought it was time for another peek at my craft table. The last two weeks I’ve been back to crafting regularly. Before that it was hard to find the time, because so much was going on, like newborn babys to visit, a wedding, some birthday parties to attend and some other stuff too. It was a fun time, but now I’m happy to be back on my craft table. It’s one of those things, that keeps me balanced and happy. My boyfriend loves, how I light up, when a package with new stamps arrives or when I show him some of my creations. Yes, this is my thing. Crafting.
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One thing that was on my craft table last week, was the summer manifesto minialbum. I loved, that I could use Amy Tangerine’s Alphabet stamp set to print the numbers and goals. I could have printed it with my computer instead, but I wanted to use my hands. And I just love stamping. I’m totally into it right now. There’s not one day, when I don’t stamp something.

That’s why I’m so happy, that the last order of Elise Blaha‘s stamps finally arrived yesterday. It totally made my day, when I opened our mail box and saw the big envelope with the ‘get exited’ stamp on the back. At home I immidiately started stamping with them. I made some filler cards for my new project life.
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Yes, I’m now a project life girl too. I considered for so long, if this was something I could follow along. But when my favorite craft online store Scrapbook Werkstatt in Germany announced, that they would sell project life products from now on, I was one of the first that ordered a starter kit. I choose the cinnamon edition album and the honey core kit. I must say, I was a little bit disappointed, when I discovered, that the album was brown instead of black, like the product photo shows. But I like it anyway, because of the words on the cover.
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I already filled the first pages with photos and cards and I’m so glad, that I decided to do this project. It’s such an easy, fast and beautiful way to display your photos, when you don’t have time to design a whole scrapbooking page or minialbum. I still need to figure out, how to add text without disturbing the page layout, but that’s only a matter of time.
happy crafting everyone

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).
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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.

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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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