Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’

04/10/14

DIY Paper Goods Ideas

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon and a whole lot of thank you cards to write, I thought it would be fun to come up with some DIY ideas for cards. So I teamed up with The Paper Mill Store to bring you 5 do-it-yourself ideas for decorating and making cards for any occasion. Use them for holidays, birthdays, thank you cards, etc.

Supplies and Other Info: The main supplies I used consisted of standard sheets of paper, in various thicknesses and colors. All from The Paper Mill Store. If you don’t know about this online paper shop yet, they offer a huge variety of papers, card stock, envelopes, and more. Be sure to check out the site when you get a minute.

As far as folding techniques, for the most part, I used a combination of folding my paper once in half, like a hamburger, and folding it a second time in the opposite direction for the smaller cards (unless otherwise noted).

Tip: I’ve been using samples that I ordered so I could try out the papers in smaller quantities before buying a larger package for printing and craft projects. But if you want to buy more than a sample size right off the bat, my favorite from the ones I’ve tried is the Eames paper, it’s like canvas in a paper (and basically awesome).

Here are 5 DIY ideas for embellishing notecards and greeting cards in a hurry…

DIY // Hand Lettered Hello Card

Hand Lettered Greeting Card DIY

DIY Idea // Hand Lettered Greeting Card

1. Hand Lettered DIY Cards: Grab a marker and some colorful paper, like BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper. Then, hand letter a message on the front of your card and you’re done.

If you like the look of calligraphy, check out this tutorial for the quick and easy way to fake it.

ombre spray paint greeting card DIY

DIY Greeting Card #3 // Ombre Spraypaint

2. DIY Ombre Spray Paint Cards: Create this set of ombre cards for any occasion with a can of spray paint and this Eames white paper (which has a little texture to it).

Fold the paper in half and focus your spray paint toward the bottom of the card. Continue building up the color at the bottom, while occasionally misting upward to bring more of the color upward. Wait for it to dry and you’re good to go.

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3. Spotted + Dotted DIY Cards: Using basic circle stickers from an office supply store, you can create a fun card like what you see above with a simple peel and stick technique. So easy!

I used a thicker 160 lb Astrolite paper for these cards and just folded the paper in half, like a hamburger, and cut it down to a standard notecard size.

DIY Embossed Notecards

DIY // Embossed notecards and greeting cards

4. Gold Embossed DIY Cards: This one is super fun. I love embossing. The process is actually really easy. You can follow this tutorial from my embossed party bags for an in depth tutorial.

The only thing I did different was use a VersaMarker instead of a stamp. So I hand drew the elements that eventually became embossed. Other than that, it’s exactly the same process. I used a combination of royal fiber kraft paper, BrightHue sea blue paper, and 160 lb Astrolite paper for this set.

DIY // washi tape greeting card

Easy DIY // Washi Tape Color Blocked Cards

5. DIY Color Blocked Washi Tape Cards: And finally, color block a set of playful cards with a little bit of washi tape, applied in strips.

Next to #3, this is the easiest one of the five. I used the BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper for this project.

So, that’s it! All five greeting card decorating projects.

Which one is your favorite? I’m curious to know which one you’d most like to try, if any.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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03/24/14

Watercolor Menus + Mini Art Prints from Minted

A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Palm Springs, we threw a dinner at the Ace Hotel, which is definitely a place you’ll want to visit if you ever find yourself in Palm Springs.

Kelly and Chelsea had both been there before, but it was my first time, so I was really excited to explore the grounds a little bit and have some tacos on the stargazing deck. Have you been to the Ace in Palm Springs?

Of course, we couldn’t let a dinner go by without some bells and whistles, so we partnered with Minted to bring our idea for a non-traditional modern fiesta to life, and make things a little bit more special. They hooked us up with menus, gifts for our guests, a custom photo booth backdrop – the whole shebang.

Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Interior of Ace Hotel in Palm Springs

Ace Hotel // hanging rope and beads

Modern Fiesta at Ace

We knew we wanted to do something a little out to the ordinary – not your typical fiesta, so we decided to pair down the color scheme, going with rich blues, neutrals, and a few pops of warmer pinks and reds to liven things up.

We decorated the table with cacti and flower arrangements (including that gorgeous pineapple arrangement from Jenn), along with cracked cascarones, confetti, and a few blooms scattered around the table. A few cacti were planted in tiny seedling containers with fresh flowers attached, and the big guys flanked the arrangements.

To bring some color to each place setting, we chose these blue ombre watercolor menus, which matched the DIY confetti and cascarones perfectly. And then we set up some goodies for everyone to take home:

I love that the three of us were able to work together on this dinner to choose everything. It’s always fun to work with other people on projects like this, especially when they’re your buddies.

Watercolor Menu

Cacti + Flowers for Modern Fiesta Dinner

Minted Prints // Styled by Brittni Mehlhoff

Cactus with Fresh Flowers

Modern Fiesta // artwork from Minted dinner

Kelly made the lapel picado garland with some of our extra ombre cards and her Cricut. That thing is magic, I tell ya. And Kel also made over a crazy colorful piñata into this toned down, ombre gem. Which of course, matched our menus and pretty much everything else. She shared the DIY here for anyone who is interested.

And I styled the table and place settings.

Fiesta Dinner at Ace with Minted

Mini Art Prints // from Minted

Modern Fiesta Watercolor Paper Garland

Ombre Piñata for Meet/Make/Do

colorful flowers for a modern fiesta dinner

Minted Confetti

We kept the vibe casual with a DIY taco bar, and a giant pitcher of margaritas pretty much sealed the deal. It was so nice to sit down for a few hours after a very full day of projects, and just chat with everyone. These girls are seriously the sweetest (and cutest) girls are know.

Ace Dinner with Minted in Palm Springs (group photo)

Placesetting for Modern Fiesta Dinner

It was a lovely night (the weather was awesome that day and night) and I seriously can’t wait to go back there again. Hopefully with all of these amazing ladies.

Photography by Mary Costa Photography // Group photo by Chelsea Foy

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03/11/14

DIY // unique, folded business cards

I’ve been meaning to post this for weeks, but better late than never, right?

When I was at Alt Summit this year, I really wanted to try something different with my business cards for a few reasons. 1) My old cards had information about the exhibition site on them, which isn’t relevant anymore. And 2) I am a little bit over letterpress. I said it. Eeek.

I collected a bunch of gorgeous letterpress cards from people at Alt last year (and this year) and was super proud of the ones that I had Jordan design for me last year. But this year, it just didn’t feel right for me. We all know how expensive letterpress is and to be honest, it is pretty much a standard amongst bloggers at this point. So it’s not unexpected…it’s just a super expensive, well-done card that is (semi) similar to everyone else’s. There is an exception to this rule and I found some really beautiful letterpress cards this year at Alt, but for the sake of this post, I’m just kind of generalizing.

So anyway, I decided to skip letterpress and do something minimal and different. I’ve had this idea in my head since last year’s Alt that I wanted to make a folded poster and that that would be my business card. To be honest, I didn’t think I would have the guts to ever do it because it’s kind of risky. BUT I did! Sort of…

super minimal business cards

black and white business cards

folded business card + poster

I went with a super minimal black and white business card, which I had printed from Luxe by Moo. Jeff designed them for me, so I could focus on designing the folded poster part. I wanted to be able to include a personal note to each person I gave a card to, so Jeff added long blank boxes to the back of the card, where I could write a message about where we met to remind that person later if they forgot (you meet so many people at Alt, it’s almost impossible to remember everyone).

As for the poster, in an ideal world I would have made this huge (like 18×24 or larger), but I couldn’t figure out how to fold the paper properly at that size AND it would have been extremely expensive. So, I opted for a normal size sheet of paper, professional printed on matte paper.

Then I folded every single sheet, so that my business card could rest inside and create a black triangle that slightly resembles the shape of a house. It took a while to create a design that would line up perfectly, but eventually I figured it out. The poster included an image of one of my most popular DIY projects and some info about me, along with a sentence or two about the party I was hosting at Alt Summit later that week.

Here’s the step by step process of how I folded the posters…

DIY folded business cards

And here’s a video version if you want to see the step by step process all the way through. It’s only 20 seconds, so it won’t take long to watch…

 

Although there would have been some things I would’ve changed, had I started all over again, I was happy with how they turned out. If nothing else, I can chalk it up to doing something outside of my comfort zone that was a little different that the majority of the business cards I collect at these kinds of things.

What kind of business cards do you dream about creating? 

Photography and video by Sarah Eddy

02/26/14

DIY // paper crowns

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.

crown garland made out of recycled book pages

paper crown garland for baby shower

Here’s how to make your own…

Materials:

scrap paper or vintage book pages (from a damaged book that would otherwise not be readable) // glue stick // string // needle // scissors

How-To:

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!

tutorial: paper crown garland

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.

how to make a paper crown garland

paper crown as a hair accessory

make these tiny paper crowns

DIY // paper crown garland (close up)

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.

01/28/14

Alt Summit // business card roundup 2014

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…

Oh Hello Friend business card 2014

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!

Alt Summit 2014 // business card roundup

And I loved all of these… Rachel of Handmade Charlotte // Janette Crawford // Moorea Seal // Chelsey of The Paper Mama // Chelsea of Lovely Indeed // Natalie of Creme de la Craft

business cards from Alt Summit (The Period Store)

The most delicious treat award goes to Rubi from The Period Store, who gave me a bag of papabubble with her card.

Alt Summit 2014 // biz card roundup

A few more favs… A Thousand Threads // Lesley M Graham // Amy Sage Demik // Goods by Grinn (which came with lip balm) // The Period Store // Janette Crawford // Michelle Edgemont // Oh Hello Friend

business cards from Alt Summit - A Fabulous Fete & Nan Lawson

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 MathewsDanni 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.