Tag Archives: Paper

The Countdown Begins!

16 Jul

Emma’s birthday is just around the corner and this weekend we made her a paper chain so she could see just how many days away it is!

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Ignore the goofy faces throughout if you can! Emma was in a weird goofy mood 😛 So I pulled out paper, scissors, scrapbooking glue, and I didn’t really need anything else 😉 The pen was to entertain Emma if she got bored.

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I folded it in half (hot dog way 😉 haha)

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And again just to make the guided lines. These in no way shape or form need to be pretty since your child is just going to rip them up each day.
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After unfolding it I just cut each strip out to how many days I needed.

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I like to use multiple colors so it’s easy to see which is the next chain.

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Take the scrapbook glue and run it along one side folding it into a circle and pushing it so it sticks.

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Slide the next piece in the ring and repat until you’ve used all your pieces!

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Emma was excited as I explained it to her. We counted how many rings and jumped up and down at the excitement that it’s not too far away!!

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Each morning we are going to wake up and rip off one more!

Do you remember doing this when you were a kid? I am pretty sure I made a million of these chains for all different occasions!

 

 

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Satisfaction Guaranteed!

25 Jan

When you follow your heart and do things that really want to do – there’s some seriously awesome rewards to it! I finally put the money into taking classes again and I can’t even explain how happy it’s made me!

Artschool

I searched and searched and finally found this amazing place! It’s not at a college or University but it’s just what I needed to get my foot back in the door. I’m taking the adult class which gives you the opportunity to bring in whatever you are working on and the teacher will help you bring your work to the next level!

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I brought this picture in my art class and showed my teacher how I was taught to draw things. He gave me some great pointers and got to know me and what I like to do!

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The next day at art class he asked me to try another one of my pictures without using the grid system. This is a great way to test your brain and use things around you to measure instead of the grid. He said that I might have been using the grid as a crutch but my work is even better without it! Just the confidence boost I needed 😉 I will admit my brain did a lot more work and it was much harder than I thought it would be!
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One thing we talked about was paper quality, since i just use cheap drawing paper and sketch paper he thought it might be worth giving other types of paper a try. Since different paper has different white quality and texture it can really change the appearance of my drawing. Once I get a chance to play with them I’ll be able to decide which paper I want for certain projects.

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He also suggested colored pencils. I have a pet peeve with watercolor and oil painting. It’s never been a quality that I have and since that’s how you add color to a picture I’ve avoided color. He’s now teaching me to use my colored pencils to bring my drawings a different perspective.

This class has been such an inspiration and made me get out of my comfort zone a little and try new things. It’s exactly what I needed!

Have you done anything new and exciting these days?

Love Always,

J

Book Wall Art

7 Sep

I saw on pinterest that someone took a mat, a book page, and a letter and made wall art out of it. Well of course I’m going to change it up a little and make it more like me 😉 Since my mom and sister are the bookworms and I’m more into magazines – I decided to take a magazine page and add a letter to it.

 

Since I had all the materials laying around the house – this cost me absolutely nothing 🙂 Nothing makes me happier than free projects! So I got my black vinyl paper for the cricut, my mat board, and a sheet from a magazine for the background.

 

I put some adhesive on the back of the mat board and placed the paper and let it dry while I cut out my letter on my cricut machine.

 

Then I put peeled the vinyl off and placed on the magazine sheet. Simple as that and now I have one more crafty thing to hang in my studio room 🙂 I plan on doing the same thing for the book people in my family! Can anyone say budget friendly Christmas presents?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

 

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I did it again – Framing It Up!

16 Aug

Another one of Saturday’s projects: Frames!

I started out by picking out what paint and paper I wanted for each one:

I always pick out the paint and paper first so that I know if I have the right color to match. I have about six other sheets I wanted to try but I’ll be running to the store today to pick out the perfect paint colors!

Then it was prime time! To make the paint colors really pop the exact color they are shown always use a primer white paint or the tan of the wood will change the shade of the paint.

I decided to focus on these while the others dried. I picked two neutral and a bright blue!

This gray needs another top coat layer – some paint colors need more coats in than others.

I picked some gray paper that had pops of color. I think I want to use this same paper again and do one of the pop colors as the frame!

This white one is my favorite one so far! I loooove how vibrant the green is and how the white frame pops out the white pattern.

A close up of the awesome pattern!

And last but not least the blue set! I can just picture this in a little boys room 🙂

This paper also has a couple options for color choices!

Which one was your favorite?

Next week I’ll have some more frames with some new colors to share! These frames will also be on etsy by tomorrow so if you are interested in one of them let me know – I can reserve it for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Bring On The Boy!

25 Jul

Hey everyone! I’ve been switching up my crafts from Pink to Blue! Now that Emma’s Birthday crafts are done I’m doing a project for a friend of my dads:

So let’s Bring on the Boy crafts! I’m making frames like I did for Emma’s name and decided to pick a gray pattern for the background color. I think the really dark blue goes great with a gray and for the initials I’ll be using a lighter blue to go with the theme of the little boys room.

The great thing about these frames is you can easily switch out the paper in the back if you are ever trying to change a rooms color theme. Because I use vinyl for the letters you can peel them off and switch the paper out in minutes! Say in a few years this little boy is getting bigger and they choose yellow walls instead of light blue – add a pattern with a yellow color in the paper and it sticks with the color scheme!

Along with the frames I’m also making a list of other things but yesterday I started working on the burp cloths and activity blanket. I don’t know what it is about this fabric but I think it’s perfect for little boys!

I’ll be adding more posts of what I’m making – along with the grand finale of the finished gift basket so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by.

Love Always,

J

Pink Puff Preview!

12 Jul

Part one of doing Emma’s Third Birthday party a DIY adventure I am making tissue paper puff’s to hang on the ceiling as well as a centerpiece here and there! I scoped out online the cheapest places to buy tissue paper but was having trouble finding a place that had all three colors. Looking back on it, all three places had free shipping so I’m a dummy and now I’m going to go order the rest online for cheaper 😉

But any who! You can get a pack of 20 sheets of tissue paper for $1.99 at Party City. Most places that show these tutorials say to use 8 sheets of tissue paper. But since mine come in backs of 20 – I used ten. I also think it gives it a “fuller” affect. So if you want to easily calculate how much these suckers are going to cost you – expect about $1.00 a puff! That’s some cheap decorating, especially since these things come out to be about a foot in diameter!

As you can see – instead of making mine completely round – I left the bottom of it a little flat so that it again would make the rest of the fuller as well as sit on a table easily. I still don’t think I’d make them completely round for hanging them unless you want to hang them really low. Mine are going to be pretty close to the ceiling since we have a lot of 6″ tall people and this is a basement apartment!

If you want to see a slideshow tutorial on how to make these – I did a smaller size tutorial a long time ago here: Paper Flower Power

or you can just search on YouTube – Tissue Paper Puff.

If you are interested in DIY decorations, I’ll be posting more as I get them done for Emma’s Birthday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

DIY: Beaded Monogram Wall Art!

12 Sep

For those of you who saw my last post (or didn’t) here is how I made the Beaded Monogram Wall Art! It’s super easy, fun, and addicting! It makes me want to go buy a whole slew of buttons!! Here are the materials you are going to need:

Art Canvas is what I used – you can almost use anything as long as it can handle a staple gun!

Fabric of your choice

Beads!!!!!! It took me a few seconds to fall in love with these – but it took me a lot longer to not buy more!!


You’ll also need tacky glue or a hot glue gun – whichever you prefer.

And here’s what I did!

First of all – if your fabric is wrinkly it might be a good idea to iron it out! This will make lining it up and pulling it tight around the canvas MUCH easier and the end result will look a lot better.

Then wrap your fabric around the canvas. I used tape to lay it in place so that I had the fabric lined up where I wanted it before I tried to staple gun it down.

It’s a lot like wrapping presents!

Then if you are like me – you get a strong man to staple gun all the fabric down for you – because I’m a wimp 😛 or you can do it yourself!

The end result! Fabric on canvas!

Next step:

Lay out your beads how you want them to look once you glue them down. Make sure it’s in the center and don’t worry if you have to move the beads ten times – I did!!!

Then glue one at a time! After a while you start to get in a rhythm and before you know it – tada – you are done!

      

      

I love the way it turned out but once the glue dries (and it will dry clear) I am going to add a few things to spice it up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Home Sweet Home

5 Dec

I started off with a board from the craft store that cost me $1.99

Sprayed the front with adhesive and placed it on construction paper

Picked out paper for the letters

The letters I picked out from the craft store $.99 for two letters in each packet = total of about $8.00

Decided to spruce up my plain paper a little

Layer number one

Layer number two .. i know it looks childish now but wait until you see the outcome!

Use the X-acto knife to cut the excess paper

Use adhesive on the letters

Place letters on paper and let them dry

Cut excess paper off letters

And the finished product .. although knowing me I’ll be changing it up somehow 😀

Onto other news! I have been working on E’s crocheted jacket and here’s what I’ve got so far:

I feel like it’s really coming along now!! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I am on to the next book! The last one of my list of books until the 2011 book challenge!

I have a feeling this one is going to be a good read.

Well that’s all for today!

Love Always,

J

Wrapping it Up ;)

25 Nov

Aren’t those block letters you find at craft stores just addicting!? I also want to go in and buy initials or someones name (especially mine) to decorate just for fun! Well my Mom and Dad bought me E’s letters and I found this piece of wood lying around the house that wasn’t being used for anything and I got a brilliant idea! Wrapping paper so easy to use for decorating things like picture frames, wood letters, really anything!

What you need:

I originally used Elmer’s glue (wet) for this and it made the wrapping paper bubble up so I ripped it off and used the adhesive spray instead. It works SO MUCH BETTER!

A box to put whatever you spraying adhesive on into so you don’t get glue everywhere!

Wrapping paper of your choice

Scissors

X-acto knife comes in handy here! (and a rubber mat if you are using a knife)

How to:

Cut the wrapping paper so that there are leftover edges along the letter.

Spray adhesive to the wooden letter.

Lay the wooden letter adhesive side down on top of the wrapping paper and place a heavy object on it to keep it firm and to push it down.

Let it dry for 3-5 minutes.

Take the heavy object off and use the scissors to cut along the letter but not too close that it’s hard to x-acto later.

Take the x-acto knife and with the wooden letter facing upside down so that the paper is on top of the mat, use the knife to drag across the edges of the wooden letter. Flip over and if there are any places that were too tight to get into or didn’t cut all the way carefully use the knife to edge across it and take off the extra paper. Tada!!! All done!

Of course I did the other letters of the name but you all know her as E so this is the finished product for you 😉

Have fun!!

Love Always,

J

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