Monday, September 24, 2012

DIYs Lately

In the past few weeks I've been working on a few little projects here and there for my home and in the hustle of uploading wedding pictures I've not really shared any of them. So today I've got a whirlwind DIY post for you.

First up some card making with the help of the CriCut machine. Have you guys used that tool before? Seriously, I am amazed! My little has it, currently borrowed from her sister, and we've just been having a blast with it. My girlfriends and I have enjoyed snail mail over the years so I thought I'd whip up some cute sweet cards and send them with the post man.




One of my friends loves little birds so I went for that theme on her card, and my other friend (who wrote a guest post Friday for yall)  is looking to be a teacher one day so I used some cute apple patterned paper on her card.


Couldn't help myself, had to give the envelope some love on the front
and back...
Secondly, I loved the idea of holding onto our wedding cards. They're pretty, and precious and many include sweet notes inside, I couldn't just get rid of them. Then I stumbled upon Something Turquoise's card album via pinterest and I was sold.

I love how ours turned out but I will say I highly underestimated the number of cards we were given.

I used some leftover paper from the purse project my mom made for the first wedding shower, some ribbon/stickers/etc  in my scrapbook collection, and some cardboard from a package we'd recently received. I don't own a single hole punch but my 3-hole punch worked just as well. I simplified the process from the Something Turquoise step-by-step process but overall theirs is real informative so if you're interested in making your own, I'd check their page out.


I did have to use a small necklace chain instead of a binder ring like in the tutorial...way too many cards. My book doesn't sit up by istelf too well either but at least all the cards are together now and we can flip through them nicely. And looking forward, how fun would this be to make for all events: Christmas, birthday, etc?



Finally, I have had this wood carved piece for a little while now and have been trying to decide what to do with it. Then I came up with this little DIY that could easily be done with just a small piece of painted wood too. It added the perfect little personalization to our front door.
Before
After
I grabbed some acrylic paint I already had, mixed some colors and got to work free-handing the lettering. The crackle cream base already had a protective coat on it, making it easy to wipe away mistakes and try again. I wrapped a thin border around the edge to pull more color in and also used the blue on the floral applique' to give it just a hint of the color and tie it all together. After it dried, I then used a clear coat spray paint to protect the acrylic.


Added some ribbon that I'd picked up from Hobby Lobby a while ago, with some hot glue, let it dry and hung it up outside. I'm just loving the way it turned out and finally feel like our front door is looking a little more homey.



Pearls:
- On the CriCut don't be afraid to play with scale a little bit. If you cut some out that are too big or small, keep them for another project in the future, You never know what you might be able to use them on.
- I left my cards simple to leave room for a hand written note. Homemade cards don't have to be all glitz and glam, remember that your receive will appreciate your card for your kind words over the card itself.
- Using recycled cardboard on the wedding card project worked pretty well but I back the front and the inside with card stock scrap-booking paper to make it even firmer. You may want to try a thicker piece of cardboard if you have a lot of cards like me.
- When freehand lettering, use a pencil to first mark out, scale, where the lettering will go. And don't be afraid to use lettering on the computer for inspiration or to mimic, you can probably script better than you think just from looking at another font.


DIY overload post over. I know I teased yall yesterday with some Fall projects I worked on this past weekend. I'll be sharing those projects some time soon. 

What are some DIYs yall have worked on?

I've joined in on the Yolo Mondays Link-Up today!
Question for today was, what's your favorite tv show this fall?
Easy answer: Modern Family!
Though I will say I'm curious to see Nashville....
oh and I do enjoy New Girl! 

6 comments:

  1. I did that wedding card album project a while ago--I ended up using two big binder rings and just made two albums, since we had so many! :P Your cards are so cool! I've never got to use a cricut, but I'd like to someday, because I really like papercrafting.

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  2. What a lovely blog you have - I love your sidebar buttons! Also, such a lovely idea for your wedding cards too.

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. these are so cute! and can i just say how jealous i am of your handwriting?
    and i love what you did with the plaque outside your door. very creative!

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  4. Oh I do so heart handmade!

    Aloha,
    Following ya now and forever from the GFC Hop. If you'd please... I'd love it if you'd join me for the ride at localsugarhawaii.com.

    xo,
    Nicole

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  5. Hi there! I'm a new follower from the blog hop and would love a follow back at www.sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com Don't forget to follow me on twitter & Pinterest. I follow back all of my twitter & Pinterest followers :)

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  6. Super cute DIYs! You can never have too many in one post! I am so jealous of the CriCut...I would love to have one!

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