Do it Yourself

D.I.Y Pocket Book with Printable Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

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!

D.I.Y Pocket Book with Printable Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

D.I.Y Pocket Book with Printable Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

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.

D.I.Y Pocket Book with Printable Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

They will also make an awesome gift!

 

D.I.Y Pocket Book with Printable Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

DIY Pocket Book with Printable covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

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DIY Day of the Dead Skulls Decorations by Design is Yay!

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.

DIY Day of the Dead Skulls Decorations by Design is Yay!DIY Day of the Dead Skulls Decorations by Design is Yay!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!

DIY Day of the Dead Skulls Decorations by Design is Yay!

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

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?).

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

So here’s another easy one: DIY Washi Birds Print

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

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.

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

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!

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

When you’re done Washi-taping, turn the paper around and start cutting the pattern according to the lines.

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!

Ta-da! Well, not yet. But it’s looking cute already! This is how your birds should look like after cutting.

DIY washi prints birds pattern by design is yay!Glue / double-tape the birds on the thick card stock. They could be a nursery print too.

Happy Washi-Taping!

download-pattern-link

 

DIY Matryoshka Doll by Design is Yay!

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.

DIY Matryoshka Doll by Design is Yay!

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

DIY Matryoshka Doll by Design is Yay!

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!

DIY Matryoshka Doll by Design is Yay!

Get creative with your Matryoshka dolls!

DIY Matryoshka Doll by Design is Yay!

 

 

I recently transformed one of our extra room at home into my home office. I figure since there’s a very small chance of me working elsewhere, I might as well make myself comfortable when I’m blogging and doing my freelance jobs.
I’m still not ready to give you a tour of my office just yet, but today I’m going to show you how I tweaked my IKEA Mini Chest of Drawers.

Tweak Your Mini Chest of Drawers by Design is Yay!

Here’s the Mini Chest of Drawers in subject. I bought it from IKEA Australia a couple of weeks ago. I forgot how much it cost, and unfortunately I have a difficulty in finding the item on the Australian website. I found the same one on their UK website, and it’s called Moppe Drawer.

Tweak Your Mini Chest of Drawers by Design is Yay!I also bought these cute wrapping papers by Love Mae, an Australian company selling lovely products for homes and parties. The ones I have here are Pink Posies and Charcoal Stripes.

Tweak Your Mini Chest of Drawers by Design is Yay!

Trace the shape of the drawer (the drawers are detachable, makes it easier for you to detach and trace them) on the wrapping papers, and cut them according to the shapes. Carefully paste them using double-sided tape on the front side of the drawers.

Tweak Your Mini Chest of Drawers by Design is Yay!

TA-DA! Instant Loveliness on my floating shelf! You can do the same with your own favorite wrapping paper pattern!

DIY Colorful Push Pins by Design is Yay!

I’m so happy I’m able to do another DIY post. To be honest, I’m not a DIY person. I hate sewing, I hate cutting small objects, I’m impatient and messy. I love art and design, but unfortunately I hate crafts. However, I like certain DIY crafts which involve drawing or painting. So as long as there are not much sewing and cutting detailed objects, I’m cool with it!

I recently transformed one of my extra bedroom into my personal home office. I’m going to post about it when it’s ready. At the moment it’s still looking kind of plain. I put up this big and beautiful vision board by Kikki.K, and some push pins to pin stuff on it. However, I don’t like the boring office look of the push pins. So I decided to color them pretty. If you would like to do this for yourself, let me show you how!

DIY Colorful Push Pins by Design is Yay!

DIY Colorful Push Pins by Design is Yay!

So basically, the purpose of the unused box is to hold the pins so that they are facing up. You will get some paints on the box, so make sure it’s not a precious box you would want to keep.

You can also use nail polish instead of acrylic paints. I, however, am not a big nail polish user. I only use navy blue or black polishes, therefore I don’t have many color to choose from. The acrylic paint I’m using is Chromacyrl Students’ Acrylic, which only cost me AUD 3.25 for each 75 ml tube.

I painted the base all white. You might need to do 3-4 coats to get solid color (or probably because I’m using cheap paint? Idk), and it’s better to do one way stroke painting (from left to right only or vice versa) than to do free strokes. I hope you get what I mean? Haha… Can anyone tell me the better way to explain that in english?

Also, for the black color, I used Black Copic Marker (you can also use Sharpie) because I don’t have black acrylic paints, and I think Markers are easier to draw with.

DIY Colorful Push Pins by Design is Yay!

TA-DA! Instant cuteness on my vision board :) Hope you like what I’ve shown you!

DIY Colorful Push Pins by Design is Yay!