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.
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.
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.
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.
As final step I rounded the corners of the bookmark with my Crop-A-Dile – Corner Chomper Tool (from We R Memory Keepers).
Hope, you are inspired to make a bookmark yourself. If you have any questions leave a comment.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. 🙂
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.
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.
Afterwards I stamped three cameras on the white area and painted two of them black and golden.
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? 🙂
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:
A while ago I’ve got this big cardboard box from a friend and it stood there in my livingroom untouched by me but loved by my cats as a big den. The box looked very shabby, that’s why I decided to turn it into a house for my cats and make it suitable for a room to look at like this one
, which inspired me.
First I taped the top of the box like a roof and cut the left and right part as a triangle fitted to the taped top shape. Then I cut windows, doors and the cat shaped hole with a cutter free hand.
After that Toni and Fine couldn’t wait any longer. They had been sitting beside me the whole time, watching in anticipation of what I’m doing to their beloved cave.
After a close inspection and the favor of both I took the house outside, painted the door and window frames as well as the roof white, left it outside to dry and later, while watching some movie, set the last accents with a black permanent marker.
Toni cuddled onto the blanket and slept in their new house right away. Do you like it, too? 😉
You can find my other DIYs here.
For weeks I had my fall wreath on my door and everytime I came home, it looked at me and asked: “When will you take me down and exchange me for a season suitable one?”
Tuesday was this day. An idea stroke, so I took action. I gathered tape, felt butterflies, cardboard and news papers and started crafting.
After I cut the ring out of cardboard with help of two plates, I took one piece of crumbled news paper after the other, put it on the ring and taped around it. I taped the ring twice to make sure, that no holes were to be seen. Then I used one of my favorite washi tapes to color it and a few feathers, whos quills I stuffed under the tape.
Finally I glued three felt butterflies to the wreath and used a fabric band in the same color for hanging.
I love this wreath. It’s so sunny and gives me a feeling of spring and summer at the same time. 🙂