This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 19th (3 days away!). Since this is such a last minute printable, I thought I’ll keep it neutral so that you can use this all year round. Plus, you may learn something cool if you don’t know how to do it yet – your own DIY scratchie cards.
Making your own scratchies, or scratch-off cards is actually really simple. First, you need to print out your cards (download link is at the end of this post), and write your fortune/wishes/message on it.
These cards would be very cool as a pre-surprise message (i.e, write “you will get your dream car” just before you reveal that you’re actually getting someone a car. Woot!), or just to wish them luck on something they’ve been working on.
And then, prepare your mixture of two parts acrylic paint for every one part dish washing detergent. You may use any acrylic paint colour. But since we’re on the Chinese New Year luck & fortune theme, I decided to go with my gold acrylic paint.
Mix them slowly until well combined. Don’t stir too vigorously as you don’t want them to get lots of air bubbles.
Cover the area where you write your message with clear packing tape.
Paint on the coin/message area using thin and even layer, allowing to dry between coats. Continue painting until they are all covered. Make sure they are really dry. I actually left them overnight.
When your scratchie fortune cards are ready, put them inside red packets or mini envelopes, such as these printable CNY Red Packets I did for 2013, or the pretty Shabby Chic CNY packets I did for 2014.
Maneki Neko and Daruma are two symbols of good luck. Maneki Neko (Beckoning cats) is a very popular fortune and good luck symbol in Chinese and Japanese tradition, while the Daruma is a symbol of perseverance and good luck. So even if you’re not celebrating Chinese New Year, you can always give them out to someone who’s in need for some encouragement.
Here’s the link to download your DIY Scratchie Fortune Cards
If you like this printable, why don’t you check out this post as well: Printable Shabby Chic CNY Packets
In case you don’t know, today we are celebrating Umbrella Day. Even though I am not sure why we need to dedicate a special day for Umbrellas, but I am grateful for their existence. Without them, what is going to cover us from horrible weather? And also, umbrellas make our drinks more pretty.
I have created these umbrella drink stirrers for A Subtle Revelry, a popular printable and DIY website based in the U.S.
If you’ve been following me on instagram, you’ll notice that lately I have a new obsession: personalised planners. I am so late in discovering this amazing world of planner community. Now that I have, I regret not doing it sooner. I love stationery and planning – so personalised planners are perfect!
If you’re a #planneraddict, you’ll love the fact that I’m going to share planner printables that I’m going to design for my own planner. I have created “Be Free” notepaper that would be perfect for your personal planner last week. This time, I have designed for you a double-sided planner calendar 2015. The A5 size is perfect for Kikki K leather personal planner which I am using.
Since I am still a newbie in the personalised planner community, I hope you guys will tell me in the comment section what sort of planner printables that you’d like to see on Design is Yay in 2015.
If you like this post, don’t forget to check out “Year of Colour” Printable 2015 Calendar.
Have you had one of those days when you’re so full of big ideas and your mind jump from one task to another? I find that it helps to write them all down so that I spend less energy in trying to remember those ideas and the tasks. Let your mind be free by writing it all down on this printable notepaper I’ve created for you to download. The grid style paper also allows you to draw your ideas instead of writing them down.
By the way, those lavender are from my own garden, which I never knew existed. When my mum came to visit in September, she saw this patch of dried plant and she gave it a good trim. Come summer, voilà.… they bloom and smell so good.
These notecards are A5 size (14.8 x 10.5 cm or 5.8 x 8.3″), so they are also perfect for personal planners as well. I’m using them for my Kikki K personal planner, I can’t tell you enough how much I love it.
So what do you think, does writing your ideas and tasks down help you to be more focused? Let me know in the comment section!
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I love the idea of stocking stuffers. They may not be as meaningful and expensive as your main gift, but they still bring little bits of cheer to the christmas morning gift-unwrapping ritual. Or if you’re short on the gift budget this year, these 5 printable stocking stuffers won’t cost you any money (except maybe paper and printer ink), and they are a lot of fun!
1. Reindeer Colouring Cards
This would be perfect for the little ones. It can also be an activity to do after your christmas feast!
2. Instagram Photo Gift Box
If your friend is an insta-addict, he/she is going to appreciate having their instagram photos printed and packaged in this cute instagram-inspired gift box. Printing instagram photos are easier than you think! You can also set a theme: wedding photos, he and she photos, pet photos, children photos, food photos, and many more.
3. Matryoshka Memory Game
They are so cheerful and fun, makes these matryoshka cards the perfect stocking stuffer!
4. Pocket Books
With three covers to print, all you need is some paper for the insert and stapler or just tie them up with twine to bind, just like what I did.
5. Retro Recipe Cards
For the cooks with a lot of secret recipes, they can finally write them down and have them as keepsake.
I like to get creative with my gift packaging, especially for christmas. Who wouldn’t love gift boxes that can be used as decorations afterwards? I have for you here three printable house boxes, and one of them is a christmas theme! Use them to wrap up stocking stuffers and candies, or simply hang them on your christmas tree! Download them after the jump, as well as folding and adhering points.