Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

T&T featured in Design*Sponge at Home!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Image via Anthropologie
I am so happy to finally share some exciting news! A tutorial that I submitted to Design*Sponge, nearly three years ago, has been included in Grace Bonney’s book, Design*Sponge at Home! I haven’t been able to share it until now but I can say it was definitely worth the wait to be part of such a great project.
If you haven’t seen the book already, you must check it out! It’s a fantastic collection of home tours, DIY projects and step-by-step tutorials. My project is featured in the exclusive Anthropologie version amongst the 16 additional pages of bonus content.

Below are the complete instructions for how to create your own Japanese Masking Tape Book Covers. I was looking to make my home bookshelves a little more appealing and some of my older books needed a good face-lift. With the help of craft paper and simple masking tape, my books were transformed! Hope you enjoy!

1. Masking Tape (I used this Lime Sparkle collection by mt)
2. Craft Paper
3. Parchment Paper
4. Scissors
5. X-acto Knife

1. Create a pattern with tape on a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure that once trimmed it will cover the spine of your book as well as at least an inch to wrap around on either side.
2. Once your design is complete, trim out using a ruler and x-acto knife. The parchment paper will act as a sticker backing that you will peel off.
3. Pre-cut and fold your craft paper to wrap around your book. Crease the spine edges – they will help you place your tape.
4. Once you’ve determined where to place the design slowly peel back the parchment paper from the back of the tape and put into place on the craft paper. Take your time with this part. The tape may shift some so you may need to tweak as you go. Work your way down the whole spine. Fold and crease the edges again to get a crisp look.  Taa-Daa! Now you have a new and refreshed book that looks great on any shelf!

Maggie Makes Bunny Tutorial

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I’m just head over heels for this charming bunny doll by Karen of Maggie Makes! Lucky for us she has a completely stellar tutorial on her blog. The instructions are super detailed and you’ll be up to your ears with dolls in no time!

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention this but I have been wanting to do this craft for months! In July, Kristen of Paper Crave, shared her tutorial for how to make a cupcake liner flower tree. Hers was originally inspired by a stunning sugar flower cake seen on the cover of the Martha Stewart Weddings. Kristen made hers in white but suggested that a black one for Halloween would be just as spectacular.

I ended up making one to use as a prop for my BHG pumpkin candle holders project but sadly ended up not using any of the shots. However, this little tree is still one of my favorite crafts I’ve done in a while and it was super simple to do. It now sits prominently on our mantle and I love that it will last for the duration of the fall.

I imagine that one of these in any color would be amazing and instantly add a pop of festivity to any event! How cute would it be if the cupcake wrappers were polka-dots, stripes or gradated from one color to another… oh the possibilities!

Kristen’s got some amazing shots of how to put it all together so be sure to check out her full post for all the details and instructions. Thanks for the fantastic inspiration Kristen!

DIY Personal Library Kit

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I am so excited to share my latest project with all of you! This Personal Library Kit would be the perfect gift for a mom on Mother’s Day, as a favor at a book themed bridal shower or a nice treat for yourself. Never lose a book again and keep track of who’s borrowing them. All you need to do is print, cut, staple and you’ve got a nice gift set for any book enthusiast!

The set includes Pockets and Check-out cards for your books, Tabs to keeps the cards organized in a filing system, a Book Jornal to keep track of your favorites, a Band to wrap around the set and lastly a bookmark that doubles as a gift tag! See below to download and get the instructions.

Clear Box or Wooden Recipe Box
Colored Cardstock
Color Printer
Craft Knife
Bone Folder
Mini Pencil

Part I of the Personal Library Kit. PDF contains the Checkout Cards, Pockets and Band to wrap around the box. Follow directions within the template on how to cut and construct. The file contains only brown ink so you could really print this onto any color paper that you like. Would look great in black and white too!

Download Part II of the Personal Library Kit. PDF contains the Book Journal, Bookmark and Dividers. Follow directions within the template on how to cut and construct.

Once you have all the pieces constructed, place inside box with coordinating mini pencil and wrap with the band. I purchased the clear box from the Container Store (not available online) but you can also purchase it online through Amazon. Adorn box with bookmark and voilá, you’ve got a sweet little book-lovers gift! Hope you enjoy!

Postage Stamp Perforations How To

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I have a bit of a blog crush going on today for Just Something I made. Cathe Holden’s incredible blog features some super creative craft projects ranging from paper goods to leather crafts. Located in California, Cathe’s got her hands full as a graphic designer, mom and blogger.

I’d only just begun perusing Cathe’s site when I came across her tutorial for how to make perforations useing a sewing machine. This was actually the look I wanted all along when I designed the Coat Check Tags for our wedding but  a custom die-cut wasn’t within our budget. I ended up using my Fiskars dashed perforating blade instead. Anyway, I can not wait to give this a try! Off to go brainstorm a perforated project but first I must finish devouring JSIM!