41 posts categorized "Stationery + Paper Goods"

May 1, 2016

DIY: Dresser Makeover

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When it comes to your baby’s room, it may seem to be the easiest room to decorate. There are, after all few design opinions coming from the tiny occupant, and as the parent, you get to design the room to your exact specifications. While for many, this ensures a no-brainer, done-deal project, there are those who need more information about the occupant in order to personalize their space.

I am in the latter group. For three years, Zoe’s room sat bare with the only décor being a coat of paint, a hand-me-down crib, a pink-and-white area rug and a ubiquitous white 6-drawer dresser. From the start, I was hesitant to impose my personal decorating ideas and essentially force her to live in a room that may not suit her personality.

After a handful of years, I know her much better and despite the fact she hasn’t exhibited any of her own color preferences, I can no longer starve her - or myself - of the visual delights of decorating.

First up, heading to Spoonflower for one-of-a-kind selection of wallpaper. Be forewarned, there are thousands of patterns and colors to choose from. The best strategy: find a favorite designer and stick with them.

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(Above) I chose Holli Zollinger and ordered five samples. Choose from smooth or woven texture, and water-activated or peel-and-stick. I ordered the samples in all the forms to feel the weight of the paper, and to determine which would be easier to apply.

DIY Dresser C

(Above) Holli Zollinger’s “Atrium Veranda Garden” woven wallpaper, #3856775 from Spoonflower. It comes in 2’ x 12’ rolls. The dresser was less than 5’ tall but you’ll need wiggle room for correct placement and any mistakes. The materials: cutting mat, Exacto knife, pencil, ruler and measuring tape. The roll comes with a squeegee to push out any air bubbles as you apply the paper.

DIY Dresser D

(Above) I chose the woven texture peel-and-stick. The paper has a heavier hand, rougher surface and is repositionable.

DIY Dresser E

(Above) Here, half the dresser is completed. Wipe down the dresser face and remove knobs. Measure the face of the dresser face down on the paper underside. I left an extra inch on the top and bottom because it’s better to cut too long than too short. Trim off the extra or curve it under the drawer.

DIY Dresser F

(Above) A 2’ width roll will get you only half way across the dresser front. Now begins the lining up and meticulous matching up of the seams. Once you’ve identified the general area of the perfect seaming, leave about 2” extra to begin slicing off thin strips until your pattern matches up.

DIY Dresser G

(Above) Here: tiny slice by tiny slice until it’s a perfect seam.

DIY Dresser H

(Above) Perfect!

DIY Dresser I

(Above) We’re on our way!

DIY Dresser J

(Above) After all the paper was applied, the next step was to give the dresser a finish worthy of an antique-y look. Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is a decorative paint that is applied without the need to sand or prime the surface. A little goes a long way. I painted the top, sides and front frame in two coats with this sample pot. I bought her brush and clear wax finish. The wax was suppose to dry clear but it dried slightly darker, so I stopped because that wasn’t what I wanted.

DIY Dresser K

(Above) The sides of the drawers also got a little lipstick. The material was raw wood, however so I applied a coat of shellac first. Here, Annie Sloan’s Scandinavian Pink.

DIY Dresser L

(Above) The Distorted Faceted clear knobs from Anthropologie were the finishing touch!

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February 22, 2015

Ikea's Paper Shop Collection

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If you haven’t been to Ikea lately, you must see their new Paper Shop collection.  Just when you didn't think Ikea could best themselves any more than they have, they've done it again.  I am a paper girl (read: Filofax, pencils and stickies are my thing), and I’m obsessed with their range of wrapping paper, pens, notepads and paper décor to hang from the ceiling.  My faves are the cubes of note paper, and I think I'll use their gift boxes to keep my desk at work organized.  After you take a look at the photos here, drive fast to your nearest Ikea but take care not to speed!

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June 18, 2014

A Gift for Father's Day

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When days are hectic and you’re living under the daily strain of keeping it all together, sometimes not enough thank-yous are said in our household.  Since Zoe can say ‘Welcome’ or ‘come’ but not ‘thank you’ yet, I guess I’m the one who’s being deficient in the appreciation-expression department!

So for Father’s Day, I culled together 12 photos of my husband and Zoe together, and made a calendar through Artifact Uprising.  The calendar begins in June and runs through May 2015.  After I compiled the images I wanted to use, it took me less than an hour to upload, edit and place my order.  Paper stock is thick and sturdy at 130 pounds.  I particularly liked its eggshell sheen, which gives the images a very subtle softness.  Twelve months come on reclaimed pine fashioned as a clipboard to either lie on a surface or to hang with the magnetic hardware that’s included.  

I imagine my husband will lay the calendar on his desk, and I know it’ll be something he’ll take great joy in seeing every day and every month of the year.  And then, I hope, he’ll be reminded that we are thankful everyday. 

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June 17, 2014

Get ready, set, printables!

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How great are printables?  From labels to gift tags to frameable prints, you can have product in your hands in an instant, straight from your own printer.  Many are free to download, which to me is generous and community-building.  The time and effort it takes to create graphics, and then to give it away for free is indeed a kind act.  Arm yourself with good thick printer paper, and you can end up with nice quality, functional products that are very useful.  Most projects can be printed from your home printer, while others require larger pieces of paper and a visit to your local copy center.  If you move the download file to a portable flashdrive, the copy center will get the job done!

Here are some of my favorite printables right now:

{ } Send a little note ~  tuck a written note in a floral printable that folds into a mini envelope

{ } Calendar ~ download June and visit again for the next month

{ } Proper placemat ~ outlines placement of plate, cup, fork on the left, knife on the right…

{ } Plastic utensil paper bag ~ tuck away unsightly plastic cutlery at your next picnic

{ } Pantry labels ~ give your pantry a coordinated and organized look

{ } Recipe cards ~ vintage-looking recipe cards.  Choose to handwrite the recipe or type it out in Adobe Acrobat

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February 12, 2014

Paper Dolls, Dollhouses, Fashion Sketches

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Fashion Plates, remember those?!  Oh, man, I can remember that creative burn pretending I was a “fashion designer” as a pre-teen.  I bought Zoe a sticker book that features the cool teen and all of her groovy “Betty and Veronica” outfits.  I haven’t let her touch it yet though…I just want to savor it a little longer.  I indulged my paper doll, dollhouse and fashion designer diva with this post, and I hope it does the same for you!  This particular toy from Mattel doesn't exist any longer but rejoice!  Melissa & Doug makes the closest to the nostalgic Fashion Plates that I’ve found, right HERE!!

{Photo via PopSugar}

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The perfect dollhouse!  Six interior rooms fold out for play, and store away flat for clean up designed by Smollhouse.  Form and function; so clever!  AND you must check out these ridiculously cute Minifolk, who inhabit the foldaway home.  Detailed instructions on how to dress them are included, not to mention drawing in their happy faces.  Fret not, you don’t need to be Picasso!  All available at Caravan.

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Download London and her BFF, Brooklyn as free printable paper dolls at Sweet Paul, and then color them in with watercolor paints, colored pencils or crayons.

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Flip Fashion is an illustrated mix-n-match fashion lookbook with styles ranging from disco queen to street style.

{Top photo via Jenna Park}

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I found these sweet illustrated, low-maintenance dollhouse rooms from Eudeline Moutarde.  Visit her website, click on the images to print, cut out and play.

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February 4, 2014

ALT Summit SLC...Growing the network

I’m digging myself out from the ALT Summit bloggers’conference spectacular!  Before I left for Salt Lake, I had read all about the “biz card exchange” culture at these events.  And indeed, many opportunities present themselves to meet so many new bloggers.  As one speaker said, “Your network is your net worth.” 

Calling cards were pretty creative as would be expected at a creative bloggers’ event.  I not only saw great shapes and typography but there were a few that came with glitter accents, packets of tea, chocolate, candy, jewelry and DIY projects as a way to stand out.

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MelissaPaul | Craft Lake City | The Fox and She | Suburban Bitches | Oh So Antsy | Leap Design | Moorea Seal | Eat Boutique! | A Storied Style

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Perpetually Chic | Carol Vanderkloot | Bella the Blog | A Thousand Threads |  Snowdrop and Company | Harlem Love Birds | Jacqueline Cote | Roundhouse Designs, | One

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FancyEwe | Holly Hickey Moore | Constellation Etc | Princesachula | Katelyn Brooke Designs | Oh So Beautiful Paper | Sarah Hearts | Ashley & Malone | Prink & Preen | One Charming Party

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Exchanges take place at sessions you choose to attend {read: introduce yourself to everyone sitting near you}, at lunch time {read: make friends with those sitting at your table}, at rooms set up by sponsors who set up small events or a food buffet inside.  There were also huge magnetic bulletin boards where everyone places their cards to see and be seen.  

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I chose to put mine in a small glassine envelope I purchased from Etsy.  Then I asked myself what could I include in it that might be helpful to people who are at a conference, and decided that stickies could be fun and useful, also from Etsy. 

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January 9, 2014

May I present my card?

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You know how there are certain words that get so overused that they’ve lost impact?  That is how I feel about the word, “business card.”  So, I searched for an expression that made me feel something, and remembered an old, obsolete lexicon that did just that: calling card. 

Why?  ALT Salt Lake City!

There were two reasons why I redesigned my cards: I redesigned my blog, and needed my cards to reflect my spanking new branding.  The other is because I purchased a last minute ticket to the biggest lifestyle bloggers conference, ALT Salt Lake City!  More on this in a separate post.  I’ve been reading a lot of reviews on past ALT SLC summits by other bloggers who’ve attended, and a common theme ran in all: networking, community, building confidence in yourself, business card exchange practices, fashion (as in, carefully pack and orchestrate your outfits to “see-and-be-seen”), and some sort of PDF worksheet attached for either a to-do check-off list or questions that you should be prepared to answer about yourself and your blog.  It is all so helpful in giving me a visual idea of what to expect.  

Calling cards: useful or obsolete?

One blogger commented how outdated and irrelevant business cards were.  I agree to a certain degree.  Résumés and jobs are being found via the Internet, interviews conducted by Skype, communication transported through Twitter and email.  However, I don’t know a better way to exchange information, if I were in an in-person business scenario, to visually present my brand.  If I were to meet 200 people at the conference, I cannot imagine pulling out my phone each time to tap in their information.  Not to mention it would take forever, and I’m positive I’ll make typos. 

Who?  Moo!

I chose to work with Moo, who are renown for their affordable mini cards.  I opted for their Luxe version, which compresses four layers of Mohawk Superfine paper together making a nice thick card.  You could choose to color the edge in red, blue or plain white.  I chose white, since blue or red didn’t match my colorways.  The heft feels great and the color reproduction matches exactly.

I love my calling cards.  Are you a card collector or do you think they’re past their usefulness?

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December 20, 2013

Holiday wrap with love

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If there’s ever a time for your craft diva to emerge, holiday gift wrapping is that time.  Here’s what you need: brown kraft paper, tissue paper, ribbon, dressmaker trim, miniature toys, stamp & pad, twine, parchment paper, dress pattern paper, foliage, needle & thread, label maker, craft scissors…in other words, anything goes!  There’s freedom in that, craft mavens.  It can be as simple as fastening a package with masking tape to sewing kraft paper in decorative shapes.  Here’s some inspiration!

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{Photo credits: RobAndKrisCampbell, Fi-end, Odessa May, Stil Inspiration, Hello Naomi, Little Empty Room, Mrs Amber Apple, Chez Larsson, LauraTJ, The Penny Paper Co, The Party Studio, Pia Jane Bijkerk, The Sweetest Occasion}

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December 9, 2013

Advent calendars

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I didn’t have Advent calendars during my childhood but I love how creative making one allows you to be.  The calendar is used to count down the days in anticipation to Christmas.  So, whether you’re counting 24 days or 30 days before, some kind of window or packet gets opened to reveal a poem, image or small gift.  Look at how elaborate or simple they can be.  

{Above} An empty wall becomes an instantly festive calendar with white paper bags hung with colored tape.  Chipboard numbers can be found at your local craft or party supply store.

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{ } This forest of paper cones is not only simple to make but becomes a great display as a tabletop centerpiece or on a mantle with your gifts hidden under each.  Click here for directions and cone templates. { } I absolutely love this charming makeshift tree branch with wrapped packages tied to it.  A hiking trip or your backyard should find you a selection of good sturdy branches.  Mix the numbered gifts up, and make it a fun “seek ‘n find” game each night.

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If you want to save time, this handmade Advent calendar set from Etsy comes with everything you need: assortment of 25 miniature envelopes, baker’s twine and 25 tiny clothespins. 

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Do you know what makes up this calendar?  Twenty-four rolls of toilet paper!  I love the idea of punching through the paper to reveal the gift.  Click here for the complete how-to.  By the way, Erlend, who runs this DIY blog must dream in DIY technicolor.  Very talented and industrious!

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Construct your own village as an Advent calendar, and then use them as a toy play set after the holidays.  Click here to download and print out the houses in your choice of color or black and white. 

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November 12, 2013

Holiday Cards have arrived

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Look what arrived in the mail!  I ordered family holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods, and they look fantastic.  I wrote about them here, when I was making my decision.  My photo and the design I chose are printed on a sliver of eco friendly birch wood.  You can smell the wood.  Take a deep inhale.  The sensory experience just adds to the holiday thrill.   

Thank you Night Owl for stepping up my “nature chic.”

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