Bringing watercolors to an envelope liner near you, with this morning’s DIY. I’ve never really done anything with envelope liners up to now because it never felt necessary. But I’m now realizing that I like the idea, I just never saw any that I actually liked.
SO, I made my own. And they’re super easy. You won’t even need a liner template kit or anything fancy. Just your envelopes (any size is fine), some card stock, and watercolors or acrylic paints.
The full tutorial is over on Project Wedding, but here’s the gist to get you started…
And here’s how the finished liners turned out…
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
These liners would be perfect for Mother’s Day cards (which is right around the corner), birthday cards, wedding invitations, etc.
Inkblots are on my radar right now, in a big way, and I had a pretty large stack of fabric napkins laying around from last month’s workshop. So, I made these easy inkblot napkins…and they took all of 5 minutes to complete (not including drying time).
They’re great for everyday entertaining, but I was also thinking they would make a nice hostess gift or a Mother’s Day gift if your mom loves entertaining (or has a thing for napkins). You could try the technique on other textiles as well, depending on what you’re looking for…tea towels, blankets, pillows, etc.
Are you convinced yet? You totally need a set of these right? Right! Here’s how to make your own inkblot napkins in about 5 minutes…
1. Squirt paint onto a fabric napkin at random. You can do long lines, dots, etc. If you concentrate the paint toward the center, you’ll get a more solid shape, like the example tutorial. But if you’re looking for more organic allover patterns, I would recommend staying away from the center for the most part with the paint.
2. Then fold the napkin in half and push down / smooth out. I found that after doing the first napkin, it’s actually better to unfold the entire napkin and then fold it over from there. I seemed to get more intersting patterns that way (which you can see in the second photo below).
3. Open up the folded napkin to reveal your inkblot design. If necessary, you can remove excess paint with a paint brush. Or just push the paint around so that it’s more even throughout.
4. Wait for the paint to dry and you’re good to go. Pretty simple right?
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. I think that you can safely assume that I have a little bit of a DIY napkin problem now that I have an entire drawer (a pretty large drawer at that) dedicated to ‘em. BUT I can’t help it. More DIY napkin ideas.
Last week, I spent the majority of my time hiking around Yosemite Valley and though it’s not the type of vacation that’s filled with ice cream cones and colorful walls (like this trip) it was completely amazing. I don’t talk about it much here, but growing up we would do outdoor family excursions pretty frequently. And it was really nice to be back in Yosemite for a few days to remind myself that there is more to this world than typing away on the computer.
This trip was different than any one Jeff and I had taken there before because we stayed at one of the lodges… Jeff had a conference to attend (yep, a tech related conference inside a national park), so I tagged along. And I had plenty of time to wander around on my own and take pictures, in between group activities.
But I’m getting ahead of myself because before we even made it to the park, we started taking pictures. The scenery was too good to pass up. We stopped in Copperopolis (yep, that’s a real city) to hang out in the wheat fields for a little bit. The sound of the wind going through the grass was pretty awesome. Definitely got me excited about the trip to come.
A couple hours and some very steep terrain later, and we were in Yosemite. I fell asleep in the car (like I always do), but Jeff stopped to take a picture of the sign as we came in.
We pretty much hit the ground running from the get-go. But rather than give you the play by play, I thought it would be better to give a few recommendations for things to do and see instead.
So, if you’re headed to Yosemite in the future, here are a handful of things I’d recommend. There are plenty more things, but it’s too many to list, so here’s a handful to get you started…
Glacier Point - You can see the whole valley floor from this spot and it’s seriously amazing!
Hiking along the Merced River - There are plenty of trails along the river and it’s an easy walk, which you can cross over and head to El Capitan. You can also do some rafting on the river. I think in the spring it’s only open for that kind of thing on the weekends though.
Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - This last trip we just did the lower and it was super easy and fun. There’s a trail off the beaten path, left of the bridge, where you can climb up closer to the falls. There was no one else there when we went, so it felt like a little secret spot. So fun.
Vernal Falls - We didn’t do this on this particular trip, but I’ve been twice on past trips and it is definitely worth it.
Ahwahnee Hotel - My dad recommended Jeff and I visit, but I didn’t think much of it. We ended up having some extra time, so we checked it out…If you like colorful Persian and kilim rugs along with giant fireplaces (like ten people could stand inside them fireplaces), definitely check this place out. It’s pretty pricey to stay there, so I recommend just walking in for a visit on a rainy day when you don;t want to be outdoors.
So that pretty much does it for this trip.
Big thanks to Poler for sending a ton of gear for our travels. I basically lived in the birch jacket (gotta have layers if you’re headed to Yosemite, the weather can be a little bit unpredictable) and got more than a few compliments on the camera cooler bag.
Complete source list, in case you’re interested: Poler Camera Cooler Bag // Poler Rolltop Pack // Madewell Chambray // Black Hi-Rise Jeans // Poler Birch Jacket // Black Hat (Similar) // Poler Huntsman Beanie // Blue Plaid Flannel (Similar)
Have you ever been to a national park? What’s your take on outdoorsy vacations like this? Do you leave feeling recharged or exhausted? Would love to hear your thoughts.