Sketchbook Project 2012

Create & Capture - cover | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

In 2012 I stumbled upon the Sketchbook Project. If you haven’t heared about it, it’s a collection of sketchbooks all in one library and made by you. To be exact, you order an official sketchbook on their website and when it arrives, you fill it up with your sketches, collages or whatever comes into your mind. When you are done, you send it back and it will be catalogued and can be viewed by anyone visiting the library on the internet, if you choose the digital version too. The little library of The Sketchbook Project is mobile and travels through the USA and sometimes even around the world.

When I ordered a sketchbook of my own, I was simply curious, what I would come up with. Since you don’t have a set theme to work around, you are free to choose whatever you want. You can even rip it apart and stitch it together, if you want to. It took me a long time to choose a theme, but when I found it (“Create & Capture”), I finshed the sketchbook within two weeks. And I came up with totally new ideas and styles of collages for me. It was like a journey to know myself better. I posted every page in 2012 on the blog, but since the pages look like an art journal and the photos are way too small, I thought it would be fun to share them again with you in a single post, all together.

Create & Capture this moment | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

The Big C | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Try again | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Sing your song | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Logic & Imagination | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Life is short | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Photography | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create, don't be afraid | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

A wow moment | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

I see something beautiful | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Enjoy the little things | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

No wrong, no right | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create something new | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create something, something bold | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

If you are interested to participate in the Sketchbook Project yourself, you can order your sketchbook here.

travel art journal

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

When we finally started into our vacation this summer, I wanted to be able to do a bit of art journaling. The problem was, I didn’t want to take a whole lot of crafty stash with me. Mainly because we were traveling on bike and I had no space in my bike bags for anything else than the necessary. The only option was a notebook, because it was small enough.

Therefore I started to collect title snippets from magazines, that spoke to me and put them into the lovely notebook ‘More ideas than time’ by SODAlicious. Here you can see the mess, I made on our bed. I used the washi tape to support the colors of the text scraps and get something like a design on the pages. All I took with me on our vacation, was this travel art journal, some pens (black sharpie, thin black pen and neon sharpies) and two roles of washi tape, just in case. I never missed anything. All I needed was my travel art journal and a pen to keep me going. I even journaled on the beach.

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travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

You can see some of the filled pages here and here. If you have any questions, leave a comment or write
an email to blog (a) momentstolivefor.com.

minialbum: photo booth fun

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

My newest mini album creation. It is one of those projects I started over a year ago but only finished now. Last year I had the idea to use neon in a minialbum and created pages in 4×6 size from grey cardboard for it. Then I used neon tapes (in orange, pink and green) and neon markers to draw patterns on the pages. Sometimes messy, sometimes almost ordered. Because I hadn’t any specific photos in mind to fill in, I created a whole bunch of pages, not knowing how much I would need.

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

The pages sat almost a year in my backlog until I stumbled about the photos of my 31th birthday party with the photo booth. Perfect for this fun kind of mini. Additionally I found this beautiful neon rainbow string to bind the mini with the japanese stab binding. Although I changed the traditional way up and did it with five holes. I knotted the long loose ends of the string along the book spine with simple knots. Everytime I met a string crossing the spine I integrated it into the knot, therefore the knot string is fixed at the spine. Really treasure this little fun minialbum.

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

minialbum: photo booth fun | momentstolivefor.com

Do you have any questions? Tell me in the comments. Here you can find more minialbums.

 

DIY bookmark with washi tape

bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

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.

bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

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.

bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

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.

bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com
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.

bookmark with washi tape | momentstolivefor.com

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.