Category Archives: DIY

DIY – Waterslide Easter Eggs

More often than not, I get so caught up in work that I forget about all of the 100million projects I want to do.  Build a raised garden, plant more flowers in & outside of the house, paint & decorate the guestroom… you get the point.

With Easter near, I always try to do something fun for the kids at my moms house.  Last year I made these sorted jelly bean mason jars (see pic below!) and while the kids loved them, they were a bit impractical.  I mean – do kids really care about mason jars?  & what are they supposed to do with them when they’re done??

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So I went with something just as fun but much more practical this year – decorated Easter Eggs w/ Waterslide material!  Directions below the fold:

You’ll need:- Waterslide paper (inkjet or laser is fine, just make sure you cure it as instructed) – in my case I have inkjet so I’ll make my directions according to my own use
– Any kind of clear adhesive spray (I used Krylon Clear Acrylic spray paint) *this is only needed if you’re using inkjet waterslide material
– 1 dozen boiled eggs
– Small dish of warm water

I made & printed these designs below to be used on my eggs.  I’ll attach the artwork below if anyone wants to use the same!

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To use the waterslide material using an inkjet, you’ll want to open the design and print on highest resolution, glossy paper.  Once printed, you’ll coat the paper at least 3 times with the Krylon spray.  This just locks in the ink.  Let dry for at least 20 minutes!

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Once this is done, cut out your images with as little white surrounding as possible.  But – this isn’t all that important since it becomes clear anyway.  You can see how I cut mine below.

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Now comes the fun part!  All you do now is put in a piece of the waterslide material (that’s already been cut) into a warm bowl of water.  Wait about 30 seconds and then bring it directly to the egg, with the white backing still in tact.  Once you have it on the egg, hold onto the top of the waterslide material & slide the backing off.  Now simply adjust and press out all air —— & you have a decorated egg!  The waterslide material is totally transparent & adjustable, so get out all the air bubbles.

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Literally, easy freakin’ peasy.

Happy Egg-making! <3

DIY Notebooks

Home from Hawaii… and it’s back to the grind.

As I am seeing loads and loads of photos from #NYNOW, I thought it would be fun to do a post dedicated to notebooks.  I am an unapologetic notebook hoarder.  I literally mean that – everytime and anytime I see a beautiful notebook, I purchase it.  I’m not really sure for what anymore these days since I have so many…

Anyway, my favorite type of notebooks are roughly 8.5 x 5.5.  They’re generally the standard sized notebooks for anything work/ note taking related, but I also love jotters.  Jotters are anywhere from 4×5.5 to 3×4 in size.  They’re perfect for little notes, recipes, grocery shopping, etc.

But – who wants to pay for these tiny little itty bitty notebooks that you fill up in less than a week?  I know I don’t.  I’d rather save my money for the larger notebooks, haha.

That said, I thought it would be fun to make some notebooks for my bff’s 30th bday, which I’m hosting at my home this weekend (busy busy!).  There will be LOTS of sneak peaks regarding her party, and this is the first.

I’ll be doing something with these notebooks that tie everything decor-related together.  She’s a youtube cook (link here: eatnowcrylater) so it’s all kind of perfect.

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These were all designed, printed, & packaged in my home office – and they were crazy easy.  I’ll post a tutorial sometime next week!

For now, I must finish filling a crazy amount of shop orders and of course, unpacking. :)

National Handwriting Day + Tutorial

Today is a *very* special day for every letterer out there – it’s National Handwriting Day, yay!  I always look forward to looking at all the hashtags, whether on twitter or instagram.  People have some serious skills… seriously.  Join the fun and look up some of the more popular tags, such as: #handwritingday and #nhd (though this one seems to be used for other tags as well).

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Given all of this handwriting talk, I thought it might be fun to do a tutorial featuring handwriting from yours truly.

See below for the final piece, including all the instructions! (Don’t mind that I didn’t have time or care to iron the canvas bag)

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Yes, a TOTE.  A beautifully handwritten painted tote, that is.  This is perfect for those who grocery shop, go to the post office on a daily basis (ie: me), or just love carrying around a tote (whether for yourself or as a gift).  I’ve included all the files you need for this project.

First, the materials:

  • Canvas tote (you can get these anywhere – including Michael’s for only $2 piece)
  • Clear sticker sheet (any kind of transparency sheet will work so long as it’s adhesive)
  • Contact paper
  • Paint sponge (these were $.07 cents at Michael’s)
  • Wood stick (for contact paper)
  • Hook tool
  • Paint – any color
  • Love.studio file or .svgz file (use this anyway you need to – whether in Silhouette or if you are planning to hand cut, print and cut as needed).  File is downloadable here: LoveTote-GoldTinsel

First, I want to note that I will be using a Silhouette Cameo for this project.  This is ABSOLUTELY NOT necessary for you to get the same effect – I just happen to have all the materials laying around and it’s easier than using an exacto knife or scissors.

Open the love.studio file in your Silhouette program.  You’ll notice that in my particular file, I outlined the entire text.  Adjust as you need – my file the artwork is at 8.5″ width.  Go larger or smaller depending on how you want the tote to look.  Go ahead and cut from here (I didn’t use a mat, just loaded my media directly but you can do it either way).  My cut settings are as follows:

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Once you have your art cut, remove the positive (NOT THE NEGATIVE!).  If you’re not sure what this means, it means peel away the actual letters and leave everything else.  From there, you’ll want to place your contact paper over your stencil and then peel both away from the stencil backing.

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Once you have your stencil on your contact paper, you’ll want to lay this directly onto your canvas tote.  From there, you’ll peel away the contact paper (so all that’s left is your stencil).  *BE SURE NOT TO LOSE THE LETTER REMAINS*.  Also, once you start adding paint to the stencil, don’t forget to insert some paper into your canvas tote.  The last thing you want is for paint to seep through to the backside :)

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After the paint has dried, simply remove your stencil and you’ve got yourself a handwritten ‘love’ in-scripted tote.  Simple and beautiful!  And don’t you love it hanging next to my Rifle Paper Co. calendar??

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Please note the handwritten file is for personal use only.  All rights are reserved.

Happy Thursday! <3

Secret Santa Scratch-Off’s + Printable

Last year I made Secret Santa scratch-off’s for my family, and turns out they were quite a hit (both offline and online).  I pinned them some time ago (see link here), and I keep getting questions as to how they were made.  That said – here is a very simple, diy tutorial.

photo 1First things first – you will need:
1) Printable pdf (yay!) – print as many as you need.  I did them in variating colors of red, green and silver. Download them here: secretsantacards-outlined
2) Marker of some sort
3) Scratch off stickers (I buy mine in CRAZY BULK, but there are lots and lots of tutorials on how to make these – more on that later)
4) List of all the names who will be participating in your secret santa

photo 2Once you’ve downloaded the printable pdf, cut them down to size.  You’ll notice that each card has a faint square grid toward the bottom of the card.  Make sure you write the names of those participating within that box only – otherwise the sticker/ scratch-offs won’t cover it completely.

photo 3And as simple as cutting down the cards to size, you will simply finish by placing a sticker directly over the names.  Once they’re on, you can test one out by scratching it with a coin.  You’ll notice that the sticker itself is clear, just with some type of paint over top.  Super easy, right??

photo 4You can pick up some of the stickers here (in the 1×1.5 inch size), or you can learn to make the scratch-off material here by Miss Martha herself. :)

Happy Holidays!

** Printable available for download here: secretsantacards-outlined