I’m a note-aholic. I have a collection of notebooks in different sizes, materials and thickness. Sometimes I feel guilty when I buy yet another notebook or notepad. But just like a shopaholic, I couldn’t stop. The weird thing is sometimes I don’t really use them. When I’m feeling like everything around me is so bland and boring, I like to look through my pile of notebooks and notepads. They make me feel happy.
My favourite type of notebook is the pocket book. They are cute and easy to bring around. I made three printable pocket book covers for your own D.I.Y Pocket Book. It’s very easy!
All you need is to download and print the pocketbook covers on thick carton paper (200 gsm and above preferred), plain or lined paper cut into 20.5 x 13.8 cm size for the insert and some twine or staplers. You can find the download link at the end of this post.
They will also make an awesome gift!
Recently, it seems like I have caught the Day of the Dead fever. It seems like Halloween is out, and Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, is in. Even here in Canberra, there are a few Day of the Dead themed parties going on this weekend, which is very exciting.
Then I remember Lorna Love created this paper skull printable template last year. So I printed a few of them and decorated the skulls with Day of the Dead (-ish) patterns.
Thanks Lorna Love for creating this awesome printable!
Click here to download the template from Lorna’s website.
If you’re not sure of what to draw on them, go to pinterest for some ideas. I noticed that they use lots of hearts, florals, wreath, swirls, leaves, scalloped edges, dots and most important thing: be colourful!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love easy DIYs. My criteria of a great DIY: doesn’t require too much money, finished in less than an hour, doesn’t require advanced crafting skills, cute and fun, and most of them are created using paper. My DIYs are basically the lazy people guide to DIY (oooh, wouldn’t that be a great book title?).
So here’s another easy one: DIY Washi Birds Print
You can download the birds pattern at the end of this post. I bought those colourful Washi tapes from Rabbit and the Duck. Shannon, the owner of the shop, who is also a blogger, has a huge selection of Washi tapes.
The thick card stock is going to be the base for the birds if you’re going to frame them. I used a 250 gsm smooth white paper. But you can use any paper you like, as long as they are thick enough to be framed.
Turn the pattern sheet around and start “Washi-taping” the back of the pattern. You can definitely still see the pattern from the back so you won’t miss a spot. Use different colours for the birds and the wings!
When you’re done Washi-taping, turn the paper around and start cutting the pattern according to the lines.
Ta-da! Well, not yet. But it’s looking cute already! This is how your birds should look like after cutting.
Glue / double-tape the birds on the thick card stock. They could be a nursery print too.
When I went to Markit@FedSquare in Melbourne, I bought a set of blank Matryoshka Dolls from Blank Goods. If you’re into simple and fun art and craft projects, you should check out Blank. They sell a lot of blank basic goods that you can customise on your own.
Don’t you think they will make a perfect personalised gift for someone? If you’d like to do it on your own, here’s what you need
I used Copic markers because they are the only markers I have in different colours. I wouldn’t say they are the best markers to use for this project. According to the Blank Goods stallholder I talked to at the market, the best way is to use acrylic paints. They also have tried using Stabilo neon markers. Just bear in mind that due to the wood material, the markers will tend to bleed. Oh, and I draw the finelines using Artline fineliners. I forgot to include it in the picture!
Get creative with your Matryoshka dolls!