DIY Gifts #4

I’m back as promised and have a DIY gift to share. I made it for my friends on Valentines’ Day this year and thought there might be a few points that I could share to those of you who like this idea. So for this gift, the tutorial is over at Crème de la Craft and she provides a step-by-step guide on how to create it.

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Her guide is pretty comprehensive, and the gift is relatively easy to do especially since the materials are easily available. This is a really sweet gift cause it is filled with so much wonderful memories! Some points that I could share would be as follows:

  1. So the printer I have at home doesn’t exactly print out well and so I went to get my photos printed at the shop, in 4R. So for those who are going to get them printed in 4R size, your pictures would be at 4″ by 4″ and your cardstock should be 8″ by 4″. It’s still a good size and
  2. For the chipboard, you’ll be wrapping it up anyways, so it can be any cardboard. I used cereal boxes and cut them at 4.5″ by 4.5″.
  3. Something to keep in mind when wrapping the chipboard is that the edges have to be presentable too. So you might want to take note the overlapping wrapping paper.
  4. When measuring the length of the string, make sure it is done when the book is closed. If not, the string might be too short!
  5. When pasting the chipboard onto the book, you might want to note that if you place it right in the center, opening the book could be a bit of a problem cause the spine would overlap. Therefore, pasting it a bit more outwards might be better.

That’s about all I have to share for this lovely momento. If you have any questions or something to share, please feel free to! ((:

Card making session #5

Hey guys! I know I’ve MIA-ed for a very long time and I’m really sorry about it. The past months have been exceptionally eventful and I haven’t had the time to update! I’ve got a couple of posts prepared that should be up within the coming month! And hopefully it will inspire you! ((:

For today, I’ll share 2 cards that I made at the beginning of May. The ideas actually came from 9th Letter Press, so they are not exactly original… HEE! You guys should click on the link and check out the various cards that they have. Some of them are really cute and inspiring!

So the first card was made for my mother and here it is!

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I’m sure if you head down to the website, you’ll be able to spot whichever card I’ve chosen to remake pretty quickly! When I first saw that card, it struck me as a really lovely and meaningful card and I was inspired to recreate it!

I chose a yellow background mainly cause that is my mom’s favorite color! It took awhile to find the right patterned paper though as the repetition of shapes was crucial in the original card. If you’ve seen the one on the website, the words are – Mom, you’re one of a kind. I’ve changed the words in here, cause my sister commented that I might sound too sarcastic with those words and I liked these anyways! And… I’m rambling.

So anyways, the words were written on a white cardstock in a red marker and highlighted to make the words pop! Then it was pasted on the red scalloped edge paper before going onto the main base. It’s pretty straightforward if you wish to recreate it and my mom loved it. One great plus about making the card is that by tweaking the wording, it can be made for anyone! ((:

Moving on to the next card, it’s intended to go to my father and I’m sure you can guess why.

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This card was a little more tedious. I tried to be lazy and went straight into the coloring without measuring… All I can say is DON’T. HAHA!

On a white cardstock, measure out the boxes with the measurement of 0.75 inch x 0.75 inch, and an estimated 3mm in between to mark out 6 squares across and 3 down. Then colore and cut out the size of the paper accordingly. For the black diagonal lines, try not to use a pen/marker that is too thin. Those 0.5 markers will do just fine.

So these are the cards that I’ve got to share today. Hope you liked it!! ((: And I’ll try to post more consistently!

 

 

Christmas Cards 2013 #6

Hi! I’m finally back! So sorry for MIA-ing the whole of November. It was the exams period and I was trying to keep away from all forms of distraction. Anyways, I’m back now and I’ve got some more Christmas cards to share! I got these cards idea from made by hand. When I first saw it, I felt that the card was really nice cause of the simplicity and so, I attempted it!

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The circles were cut out from papers that I’ve collected over the years and I used something circular available as a stencil to ensure a full circle. Before pasting the circles on, I did some bordering as it seemed pretty plain without. The main challenge for this card was how to place the circles. There was a lot of trial and error, considering how to overlap and place them to create the desired effect. I finally decided on the 2 above! ((: The letters on both cards are the same, they are from Petaloo Dazzlers series in blue.

The cards could be considered one of the more economical cards that I’ve made. The materials are just paper and some letter stickers with colored/glittered pen for the borders. You can definitely do without the studs, depending on your taste and preferences. 

So yeah! Hope you got some inspiration from this post! ((:

SURPRISE – 21st birthday

So, my sister just celebrated her 21st birthday some time in mid September! I wanted to do a guest book/scrapbook kind of thing for her initially since I’ve done it for most of my close pals on their 21st. However she decided to have a small intimate dinner with the family and I thought it would be better if what I did could include her friends. So, when I stumbled upon this blog post from Oh Happy Day!, I knew I had to do it!

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I contacted her friends about a month before, hoping to get sufficient response. I wanted it to be a surprise, but was worried it would slip out (which has happened tons of times previously), so I was really glad that she had no clue about it! ((: Though there were some hiccups with the balloons, I would say, overall, it would be considered a successful surprise and have to thank all her friends who participate and contributed to it!

Some tips that I have:

  1. It wasn’t easy to find small envelops that were sold individually, so it might be more convenient to just make them yourself.
  2. Buying envelops/balloons individually isn’t cheap at all. I’m going to reuse the envelops for my Christmas cards! HAHA! As for the balloons, well, if you aren’t so picky about the colors, it would save you some money to simply buy a multi color packet and use it.
  3. Rather than going straight onto the wall to paste the envelops, it helped immensely to plan it out on the floor and take a picture of it as a guide.

And what is a birthday without a cake!

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We got the cake customised by Ristorante Da Valentino. Check out their Facebook for more of their pretty cake creations!

Hope this post has given you some inspiration for what you can do for someone’s birthday! ((:

Simply Luving It #11: Wiring

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I’m sure many of us have encountered problems trying to untangle our wires, figure out which belongs to which equipment, or even having trouble to conceal them (which can be really annoying especially in a beautifully designed place)! So for this post, I have 3 ideas (on the left) for organising the wires and the rest is for ‘concealing’ them!

Maiko NagaoApartment Therapy and Landee See, Landee Do has some pretty smart ideas using cheap and easy-to-find materials.

Maisie Broadhead came up with these brilliant cable drawings that helps camouflage/enhance the appearance of the wiring. For something more direct and ‘do-able’, Brit + Co. has consolidated 11 ways to cover the wires. To add on, I found this DIY holder from Make It and Love It that pretty much conceals the wires too.

These are some of the ideas that I’ve found and loved. If you are experiencing trouble with your wires, try them out! ((:

Simply Luving It #10

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The first thing I would like to share in this post is something that I’ve discovered awhile ago. It’s the Whimseybox and Umba Box. It’s such a pity that it is not available in Singapore as I would love to subscribe to it and get into the crafty box! For those who have yet to hear of it, it’s the craft version of Birchbox. So basically, you subscribe for it, pay a fee and you will get a box of goodies delivered to you monthly!  Won’t it be such an exciting moment whenever you receive the box?!

Largely due to my love for elephants, this elephant garland really caught my attention. If I can figure out where to hang it in my home, I would definitely purchase it from the etsy store!

I have 2 more so-called wall decors for this post. Firstly, it’s the Kraft Paper grocery list idea. Well, it is something like a whiteboard/chalkboard that you hang on the wall. However, since it’s paper, we can just use whatever pens we have on hand. Furthermore, the house won’t get dusty with all the chalk and the users won’t get exposed to too much chemical smell from the markers.

And lastly! DESIGNLOVEFEST posted this pretty backdrop and I couldn’t resist, and have to share! It’s so colorful and the use of the shapes and cuts are pretty interesting.

Hope you really enjoyed the post! ((:

Simply Luving It #9: Washi Tape

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The wonders of washi tape – to transform something simple to something beautiful! When I was first exposed to washi tape, I didn’t truly understand what it can do for me! But after reading The King of Masking Tape, you can say, I’m transformed. I’m now more willing to try them out and reap the benefits of these simple looking tapes!

They can really do wonders to almost everything. Creature Comforts shows how washi tape can brighten up a simple wrapping, oh, hello friend gave us a sample on how to change the appearance of a notebook, while Creme de la Craft transformed a clear poly envelope to a colorful, fashionable clutch.

It’s uses for decoration does not just stop here. Etsy blog shared a tutorial by Nina on creating the wonderful mural as seen in the picture. Furthermore, Brit + Co. has had tons of articles to display the uses of washi tape. 2 that I would like to share would be the ones on decorating the dining table and on remodeling of your workspace. I’ve also found a couple of washi tape tutorials done by Lia Griffith. One is for monograms while the other is for notebook and pencils!

I recently stumbled on this shop, cute tape that has tons of washi tape with different designs, and they ship internationally! ((: If you need ideas on how to store all these tape, Craft & Creativity might be able to provide you with some inspiration!

So that’s all I’ve got to share! Do you have any brilliant uses of washi tape that you would like to share? Fell free to leave a comment if you do!