Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’
I mentioned the other day, that I recently made some decorations for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, and they were so fun to whip up, I thought I would share the tutorials. The first was this miniature flower arrangement, using vintage baby shoes as vases. And today is the second baby shower DIY: a paper crown garland, made with vintage book pages.
This would be a great project for a gender neutral shower, that’s not overly baby-ish, or a child’s birthday party, etc. As I mentioned, I used vintage book pages as my paper, which added to the charm and toned down the cutesy-ness. After last week’s DIY, I’m kind of on a recycling kick, huh?
The book I used had several missing pages before I picked it up from a book swap a while back, so I was happy to finally be able to reuse it in some way.
Here’s how to make your own…
scrap paper or vintage book pages (from a damaged book that would otherwise not be readable) // glue stick // string // needle // scissors
1. Start by creating a cardstock template that you can use for all the crowns. It’s really easily to do actually, you just draw and cut out a triangle that is the height that you want the crown to be. Then trace that triangle onto cardstock and then move the triangle over 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch to the right (so the bottom will overlap) and trace the triangle again. Do this again and again, until you have seven triangles across. Cut out and that is your crown template.
2. Then trace your template onto decorative paper or discarded book pages and cut out. Repeat this 5-10 times. Each one will create an individual crown.
3. Add glue to the very last triangle on one side of the cut out paper. Then attach it to the very first triangle on the opposite side, creating the crown shape. Repeat with all crowns.
4. Poke a needle and thread through the crown individually and knot each side once in place, before adding a second crown, and a third, etc. Hang and enjoy!
I used some of the leftover crowns I had for decorating the long string attached to giant 36″ round balloons. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it before the balloons deflated (I only brought one back home with me from the shower and when I woke up the next morning it was completely deflated, before I had a chance to take a photo).
But you could also use the extras as tiny, whimsical hair accessories. Especially if you were using it for a child’s birthday party, instead of a baby shower. Although, adults can look cute in tiny crowns too.
Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What else could you use these crowns for? I’m sure I’m forgetting something and I’d love to hear your ideas.
Okay, so now that I’ve had a couple of days to recoup after a long week away from home (thanks for being cool about my ‘day of nothing’ yesterday), I have a handful of photos to share of my favorite business cards from Alt Summit (and the #explorecricut event).
As usual, there was no shortage of amazing cards. There were some that were elaborate, some non-traditional, some irregular-sized, and of course a whole lot of letterpress…
I’ll start with Danni from Oh Hello Friend because she always has such a great business card/promo pack. This year, she had a mini sticky note pad with temporary tattoos and a diamond paper clip. So perfect!
And finally, a few extra promo goodies… A notebook from Lauren of A Fabulous Fete // and a print from Nan Lawson (which was a takeaway from the I Wish I May, I Wish I Might Party – hosted by Danyelle Mathews, Danni Hong, and Kelly Smith)
Looking for even more business card inspiration? Visit this link to see all my past biz card roundups. Pssstt…This particular biz card post is one of my absolute favorites, if you’re looking for a place to start.
I’m in the midst of redesigning my business cards at the moment because as much as I love my letterpress ones from last year, half of the info printed on it no longer applies. And I’m headed to Salt Lake City for two business events in less than a week. So, I don’t have much time to finish the new ones. Bummer. But as much as my procrastination sucks at this point, I’m enjoying it (kind of) – Always up for a challenge. Trying to see the positive here.
So as I’m hurriedly working on my new cards, I thought I’d roundup some biz card inspiration for anyone that is in the same boat as me, and could use a little inspiration. Procrastinators unite!
(above) I’m pretty sure these are the most gorgeous business cards I’ve ever seen.
These cards prove that a great logo and simple color scheme can go a long way.
And that goes for this one too.
Oh, goodness! The edging on these biz cards. I could drool.
These are great too.
Can’t go wrong with black and white, especially with these black business cards with white text.
Look how thick these biz cards are. Amazing.
What do your dream business cards look like? Any fun ideas that you’re dying to execute?
We are only one day away from Halloween, but I couldn’t resist squeaking in one more last-minute idea for the spookiest holiday of the year. DIYs are great, but with less than 24 hours left before Halloween, you might not have time to tackle a craft project at this point (if you do, check out this list of Halloween DIYs).
So I worked with designer Jordan Brantley again and she created this set of Trick or Treat Halloween candy and bottle label printables for you. Just print them out, cut ‘em out and glue or tape them to bottles, gift boxes, wine & beer (or soda) bottles, etc. They’d be great for a Halloween party or attached to candy for Trick or Treaters.
Over the weekend, I was in Orlando to speak at Blog Fete. I met some really cool ladies (everyone was so nice) and, as with any conference, passed out a bunch of business cards.
I also collected a descent amount of cards from the people I met (along with an amazing amount of swag). I really need to Instagram some photos of the giant collection of goodies we all went home with. So I thought I would round of some of favorite biz cards from around the web for another round of business card inspiration.
(above) pastel cards with a bold typeface by Mildred and Duck
a card that keeps it simple (and awesomely stylish) by Mash Creative for Tom Solo
gold edge business cards with metal heart detail from Sarah Hearts *I hung with Sarah at Blog Fete and she is the sweetest (and is also October’s BHG blogger of the month. go girl!). Also, her cards are super thick/ really nice quality, so I asked where she had her cards printed. Answer: Luxe by Moo.
scallop edge business cards for The Millswyn
cool clean design for UPP (Unique Position Pictures)
another awesome business card design by Mildred and Duck (for Heart Affair)
Want more business card inspiration? Visit past posts in the this series here.
P.S. On a completely unrelated note…thank you to Daily Buzz for naming me this month’s blogger to watch.