Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’

05/21/14

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I found this long roll of thin(ish) kraft paper at a paint store a couple of months ago and started using it to write little notes, along with my weekly to-do list. But since graduation is coming up (and Father’s Day), I thought I would turn the paper into long message scrolls for any occasion.

As you can probably guess, they’re beyond easy to make and more unexpected than a traditional greeting card. Plus, if you had a lot to say, you could make a SUPER lengthy scroll for someone special, which I’m thinking would be pretty fun. I know I’d like receiving a scroll like that, anyway.

Here’s how you can make your own paper scrolls in about five minutes…

How to make a paper scroll

Materials: roll of kraft paper (you can find it right here on Amazon or at a local paint supply store), pastel crayons or white charcoal pencil, string or ribbon

How-To: Measure and cut (or rip for a more organic look) a long piece of kraft banner paper that ranges from 2-4 feet long. Grab a crayon, pencil, or marker and pour your heart out. It is a scroll after all, so don’t be afraid to get longwinded on this one. Wrap it up and tie a ribbon or string around it to keep it tight. Give to recipient, along with a small gift, and you are good to go. Create scrolls for any occasion you can think of – graduation, birthdays, Father’s day, etc. I made a scroll for Mother’s Day too, but didn’t get it posted in time. Whoops.

Easy gift ideas to go with these scrolls for graduation might include a nice journal or notebook or money rolled up inside the scroll. For Father’s Day, one of these scrolls would fit perfectly inside a tool box for Dad or nestled next to a nice set of hand tools. And for birthdays, you could attach a scroll to a few round helium balloons.

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Another idea…It would be cool to write several different scrolls for a friend who needs a pick me up, along the lines of the DIY mailable messages I sent, only scrolls instead of greeting cards. And if you don’t have a special occasion coming up, you could make super inexpensive artwork, by writing out some of your favorite inspirational quotes. Hang them on the wall with a little bit of washi tape and you’re all set.

P.S. I’m doing my best Vanna White impression in the photo above. Can you tell?

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

05/07/14

Mailable Mother's Day DIY to Try

I couldn’t let this last Wednesday before Mother’s Day roll around without putting together one more DIY for all the moms out there. And since my mom lives out of state, I wanted to make something that was easy to mail with just a stamp, instead of having to make a special trip to the post office.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided flat pack gifts would be the way to go. Basically anything that fits in a 5×7 envelope is game. The only catch is, one envelope just isn’t going to be enough. I have a lot of goodies to stuff in there!

So I partnered with Minted to put together a mailable Mother’s Day DIY message, complete with plenty of gifts…and greeting cards.

Loving these Mother's Day cards

Mother's Day cards

Here’s how to make a mailable Mother’s Day message…

Materials:

  • 7 Mother’s Day greeting cards (there’s a big selection of fully customizable cards right here on Minted)
  • paint and paint brush
  • goodies to include inside envelopes, like photos, gift cards and art prints (selection of limited edition 5×7 art prints that fit perfectly inside these envelopes right here)

Psst… I actually picked a few cards from Minted that weren’t Mother’s Day designs (like this one and this one) and added my own M-Day phrases, just to get some different looks in there. You can do that SO easily on their site too – change the text, fonts, placement, etc and save it for later if you’re not ready to checkout. If you’ve never tried it before, you should definitely give it a go.

How-To:

Turn each envelope vertically and paint one letter on each envelope to spell out the message ‘LUV U MOM’ (or some other phrase if you’d prefer). Wait for the paint to dry, then add a greeting card to each one, and fill it with goodies (gift cards, family photos, art prints, small notepads, etc – anything that will fit into an envelope). Then address them to Mom and mail them out. Mail some envelopes on different days so that she doesn’t receive all the cards and gifts at once.

You can also write 1 of 7, 2 of 7 , etc on the back of each envelope, if you want. So that your Mom will know that there are more cards coming and she might want to wait to open them all at once.

How to make a mailable message for Mother's Day

Fun DIY for Mother's Day

The best about this DIY is the surprise factor though, if you ask me…Mom might not even notice that all of them spell out a message at first, especially if you make the letters very large, like I did. They feel more abstract that way – like designs rather than letters. But when she does figure it out, I’m pretty sure she’ll love it.

What do you think? Would you create one of these mailable messages for your mom?

Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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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.

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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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