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.

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

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?

DIY bookmark with washi tape

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Bookmarks are something I never have around. For long times my boyfriend and I used paper scraps like bills to mark our reading process. Therefore I wanted to make bookmarks for us, to have something beautiful in hand while reading.

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For this bookmark I used three different kinds of washi tapes, all in red and white to be consistent, white cardboard, white ribbon and the beautiful little labels of Ormolu.

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I hand cut a paper card from the cardboard, taped three stripes of washi tape in the middle and two on the edge and taped the overlapping rest to the back. Then I cut one label out and used photo glue pads to attach it to the middle of the bookmark.

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bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com
bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

To secure the ribbon, I punched a hole into the upper end of the bookmark with my Crop-A-Dile Punch (from We R Memory Keepers). Then I pulled the closed end of the double layed ribbon through the little hole and afterwards the open ends through the loop and pulled till it was fixed. Later I tied a knot in the open end of the ribbon, so the ribbon doesn’t hang loose.

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As final step I rounded the corners of the bookmark with my Crop-A-Dile – Corner Chomper Tool (from We R Memory Keepers).

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bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

Hope, you are inspired to make a bookmark yourself. If you have any questions leave a comment.

creative outlet: idea notebook

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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.

DIY black & white Project Life cards

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

Inspired by these beautiful black & white Project Life cards and postcards, I designed my own set of PL cards. Last year I was in a Project Life hype. I loved the possibilities to capture our everyday so simple and fast in a PL album. And even more than that, I liked the idea of creating my own PL cards. You can see my first set of PL cards here. At the end of the year I got lots of new stamps from Elise Blaha-Cripe (no longer available), Bananafishstudio and I lowe Scrap. I treasure these stamps. And they are perfect for Project Life. So I started to make this card set.

 

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

As basis for the cards, I cut 3×4 in white cards from simple card stock. Then I used the lovely stamps and stamped on white and black cardboard with StazOn White and Black ink pad. With two different hole punchers (1” and 2’’) and some manual cutting with scissors I cut the circles. For the different backgrounds I used my beloved black & white washi tapes and black & white ink pens. The last step was to cut the corners with my corner rounder of We R Memory Keepers. And that’s it. It took me only one evening to finish the entire set.

 

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

I hope you are inspired to make your own set.

DIY black & white Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

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 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.

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

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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 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 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.

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DIY travel journal with sightseeing spots by momentstolivefor
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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

 

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

DIY summer garland with neon washi tape

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

DIY box for your sweets - acrylic paint and brushes by momentstolivefor

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.

DIY box for your sweets - ground coat matt white acrylic paint  by momentstolivefor
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

 

Looking for some more inspiration and DIYs? Then look over here:

DIY: wooden word art

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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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