Posts Tagged ‘small’


…Because sometimes all you need is a tiny bit of inspiration to get your creative juices going, here’s a list of ten teeny tiny DIYs you should try this weekend. If it doesn’t fit in the palm of your hand, it isn’t in this roundup….

1. (above) how to make a geometric necklace with shrink film from Ambrosia Creative

2. diy watercolor magnet shadow boxes from I Still Love You

3. laced up bookmarks with a cereal box from Handmade Charlotte

4. diy metal flower brooch from Fellow Fellow

5. get your hoop on with these diy beaded earrings from How About Orange

6. studded diy jewelry and accessories from Martha Stewart

7. get ready for fall with these autumn hair pins from Wild Olive

8.  sequin heart zipper pouch project from Lovely Indeed

9. color block gift tags diy from me

10. make block birthday candle holders from Hank & Hunt

(this one is especially fitting because Jeff’s birthday is this weekend!)

P.S. I also write for Curbly. Here are my posts from the week…

Have a great weekend!



Today, lets celebrate the small…because tiny things can pack a big punch!

1. Marblellous

This shop is so cool. Pass miniature sweets and yummy treats on handcrafted, marble plates and platters from Marblellous at your next dinner party.

(above) handcrafted marble platter + handcrafted small marble cloud plate

handcrafted marble serving platter

2. Michelle Starbuck Designs

Balancing organic and geometric design, Michelle Starbuck makes some really interesting and unique jewelry. I want that tassel necklace…

tassel necklace + tetris necklace

curved bar earrings + metal lace necklace

3. Urban Bird & Co.

Browse screen printed pillowcases, kitchen towels, market totes, prints, and brooches at Urban Bird & Co. I really like the new totes and pouches for back to school.

gift wrap set

mountain canvas tote + arrows pencil pouch

4. Callaloo Soup Vintage

Shop the France flea markets without leaving the house. Callaloo Soup Vintage features carefully selected vintage collectibles, craft supplies, and more. Enter code PAPERNSTITCH15 for 15% off your entire order. Code will be valid until August 30, 2012.

vintage green alarm clock

french vintage tin

5. 3 Girls + a Goat

And finally, pick up limited edition paper goods from 3 Girls + a Goat: cards, tags, postcards and paper garlands made of new and recycled materials. Use the coupon code PNS2012 to receive 20% of your order at the checkout.

paper garlands

metallic gift tags

How will you celebrate small things today?



One of my professors in college said something to me on my first day of class that I still remember today. She said, “In reference to scale, if it’s not tiny, tiny or huge, HUGE it’s not important.

Now, I am sure there are plenty of people out there who don’t agree with what she said, and honestly I happen to love medium-sized paintings because they are perfect for our house, but I know what she meant.

If you want the viewer to have to “do something” immediately, scale is a good way to evoke that in a person. Whether they have to go up to a drawing and almost put their nose to it to see what it is, or step back so far from the piece they are practically in another room to get the full scope, both require interaction from the viewer. So I like that rule of thumb.

And towards the realm of tiny, tiny are these micro-mini paintings from Caroline of Oh Chalet. Many of the pieces in her shop at the moment revolve around winter themes, and they are so cute. I mean how can you not love a painting with a fox in it?

Special Promo: Use coupon code PAPERNSTITCH upon checkout to receive free worldwide shipping! Visit Oh Chalet on Etsy now to check out more of Caroline’s work.

And after you’ve browsed her work, I am curious to know your thoughts on what my professor said to me those years ago. Agree / Disagree?


These small scale artworks speak volumes. Collage creations, mixed media paintings, and original illustrations all flowing from the hand of Michele Maule in her Portland, OR studio. Influenced by little pieces of her history or her heart, Michele employs such tidbits as vellum, thread, found papers, and pine panels to create her tiny masterpieces.

Visit Michele Maule on etsy for a tiny treat of your own.



Today, I have a super cute guest post/ tutorial to share from Caitlin of the blog Packagery. Caitlin also runs an adorable packaging supply shop by the same name; and she created this fun diy with just a handful of materials. Its a mini library card notepad tutorial. These notebooks are perfect for jotting down short little notes or lists. And is a great way to recycle some of those paper scraps you may have lying around. So, let’s get to it. Here’s Caitlin’s project…

items needed

Materials: 1. a stapler (make sure it has staples) 2. scrap paper (graph paper, handwriting paper, etc.) 3. cardstock (library cards, index cards, old postcards, etc.) 4. paper trimmer (or scissors, x-acto knife, etc.) 5. bone folder (or a spoon) optional extras: 6. embellishments such as stamps, stickers, labels 7. corner rounder

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Step by Step Instructions: 1. Trim your paper the same size as your card. I used a 3″ x 5″ card, with 6 sheets of scrap paper cut down to 3″ x 5″. This will give you 12 sheets/24 pages per notebook. You can also tear your paper down to size, for a different look. To do this, lay a ruler on top of your sheets and tear along the edge of the ruler.

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2. Fold paper in half and crease with a bone folder. Do the same to your card. Place the folded paper inside the folded card, and crease again.

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3. Make sure everything is lined up and folded nicely. Then carefully unfold your notebook and staple once or twice along the outside folded edge.

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4. Done! You can round the corners of your notebook for a neater look, or add some cute stamped images.

*If you’re looking for library cards, you can find them for sale in my shop here.

Tips: To make your notebooks flatter, stick them under a pile of heavy books for a day or two. Where the heck do you get a corner rounder? I got mine here from amazon. It’s a Zutter Round-It-All and it’s a pretty neat tool. You can’t trim a ton of paper at once like you can with a (very expensive) commercial rounder, but it handles these notebooks just fine.


Thanks so much Caitlin for sharing this tutorial with us! For more inspiration, visit the Packagery blog and Caitlin’s packaging supply shop.

And for more quick and easy project ideas, click here to visit the tutorials page.