How to scrapbook a cover for your journal

 

You can make a personalized and fun journal with the help of different types of paper. You can embellish the journal as much as you want to make it look great. Hand-made journals make fantastic presents for people who love writing, doodling and making lists to stay organized. Here are some things you will need to make a stunning journal.

  1. A flat surface
  2. A scrapbook album
  3. One yard of fabric
  4. Two pretty sheets of scrapbook paper that matches with the selected fabric
  5. An acid-free spray adhesive
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Fabric pencil
  8. Ruler
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Pinking shears

Please follow these steps to make your journal cover.

  • Measure your existing album

Remove all the pages from your existing album and spread it out on a flat surface. Jot down its height and length and add about two inches to each measurement.

  • Make your fabric flat

Iron your fabric and make it is flawlessly flat. Afterwards, spread it out on a flat working surface and mark the measurements with a fabric pencil. Use a ruler to draw straight lines for cutting.

  • Pink the straight edges

Pink the straight edges of the fabric and give it a neat appearance. Afterwards, spread the fabric with its right side down on the flat surface and in a well-ventilated area. Now spray the adhesive on the fabric.

  • Neaten up the spine

Apply the fabric on the spine of your album. Press firmly and make sure you leave no bubbles behind. Afterwards, turn the album over and fold each corner in. Press firmly and then fold in the sides neatly.

  • Trim the scrapbook paper

Use pinking shears and trim the scrapbook paper. See the inside cover of the scrapbook and make sure the paper overlaps the raw edges of fabric. Now spray adhesive on the scrapbook paper’s wrong side and apply it to the inside covers. Let your album dry and then replace its pages. You can use the brown Kraft paper envelopes as a different form of paper. You can create lots of layers using this paper. Use recycled cards and envelopes of Brown Kraft to make environment friendly albums.

  • Decorate the album

Use beads, gems, ribbons, stamps, stickers, pearls etc. to decorate the album’s cover. You can also decorate the first page of the album.

 

DIY mosaic coffee table

We all have ready-made dining and coffee tables at our homes. These tables are surely stylish and functional but you may want to make a few changes to them, especially if they are getting old and beat up. Making a personalized coffee table can be really fun. You can remodel an old coffee table or buy a new one for this project. I’m going to teach you how to make a mosaic coffee table. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Take a low coffee table which features an insert. Remove the insert as it has to be used as a pattern in the new mosaic top. Clean the insert and refinish by painting the base of your coffee table. You can choose a table which comes with slim lines, low profile and ample top. Go for sturdy coffee tables as they can give your house a contemporary look. These tables are a great accent piece for your place.
  • Now cut out a piece out of plywood. This piece should be equal to the original insert. Sand the edges of this piece and draw a design you want to use for your mosaic. You can use a permanent marker to trace the outline.
  • Make sure you protect your eyes and body during this project. You can use a bath towel to prevent the tile pieces from flying. Wear safety glasses and take a hammer for the next step.
  • Pick up tiles of different colors, break them in an assortment of sizes and keep them in gallon buckets plastic. These buckets hold all the pieces so that they don’t get scattered on the floor. Available in many colors and sized, they are made of sturdy food-grade high density plastic. You can use these tough buckets for many other purposes.
  • Now you can glue the broken pieces and arrange different colors in the design you have created. Use tile adhesive to glue the pieces.
  • Start making the grout once the design is complete. Mix the colored grout as per the directions written on the package. Spread out the grout to cover the entire surface. Make sure you cover all of the cracks of the table. Now remove the excess grout and wipe off with a damp sponge.
  • You can insert the beautiful mosaic insert onto the coffee table once the table is completely dry.

Making a special coffee table is easy and fun. All you have to do is follow these simple steps, take the important precautions and there, your personalized table is ready!

How to make a recycled quilt

Many people think of spring cleaning as a time to rid your home of excess clutter that’s made its way throughout the years. If you’ve got extra sheets or bedding laying around, you can transform your favorite vintage sheets into a cozy quilt. Recycling your blankets is an easy project that doesn’t require and special equipment or prior quilting experience. If you’ve never made a quilt before, this project is a great introductory to quilting and you can use your finished product to revamp the look of your home interior or room.

What you’ll need:

  • Two sheets
  • One blanket
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and 1 hand-sewing needle
  • Yarn

What to do:

*Before you get started with this project, make sure you have enough floor space around you to lay each sheet out proportionately.

  1. Lay the two sheets out, right sides together. Your blanket (which should be fairly thin) should be hidden in between both sheets so be sure to check for any signs of dirt or rip on your sheets.
  2. Once you’ve placed your blanket atop the sheets, you’ll want to place safety pins on the blanket, pinning all three layers together. Be sure to pin at roughly 3-inch intervals in order to achieve the complete quilted look. Once all three layers are pinned together, you are free to move your piece around to cut and sew.
  3. If you’ve got extra or uneven material around the edges, trim the sheets and blanket to the same size.
  4. Machine-sew the layers together around the sides. These can be hand-sewn but if you’re more machine savvy, you’ll save extra time with this step.
  5. Trim the blanket close to the seam (this will take more bulk out from the seam and allow you to turn the quilt right side out more smoothly).
  6. Turn the quilt right side out. You can easily hand-sew the raw edges closed after and remove all the safety pins.
  7. To finish off your project, you will need to bind all three layers of fabric together. With your piece of yarn, take your large-eyed needle and take a small stitch through all layers of the quilt. Make sure you pass all the way to the bottom sheet.
  8. Once you’re done with each stitch, trim the yarn so you have two lengths of about 2 inches sticking up from the quilt. Tie the ends in a tight double knot and trim to about half an inch.

Keep in mind that you can place your ties in any configuration or pattern you like. The main idea is to spread them in a way to where your blanket doesn’t shift around within the sheets. You can measure the distances between each tie, but I find that lining them up visually works easier and looks just as great! You can design a baby boy blanket personalized out of old sheets or even from purple paisley crib bedding. There are so many options you can create from this project. Happy quilting, everyone!

How to make your own makeup organizer

It is time to do some spring cleaning in the house and get all your things organized and stored. The same applies to your makeup kit as some need to be disposed and replaced with new ones so that it is easier in the morning to find everything within your hands reach and get going. Here is a simple technique you can use to make your own makeup organizer to store your makeup and nail polish in an organized fashion for easy access.

What you need:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun

How to do it:

  1. Measure the bottom of the cookie sheet and cut the craft paper accordingly.
  2. Next, take the hot glue gun and paste it to the edges of the cookie sheet. Place the craft paper delicately and stick it to the cookie sheet.
  3. Now take the hot glue and paste it on the magnets. Spread the glue well and stick it to your make up containers. You can easily place it on glass containers, containing face powder or concealer. In order to place your brushes in an organized manner, you can either use a jar or pouches you might find at home and stick them to the cookie sheet in a similar fashion.
  4. This way you can easily reach and later place your makeup back on the cookie sheet without ever having to dig through your drawer and leaving it in a disorganized manner.

You can also create a simple nail polish storage using a wooden spice rack. You can spray paint it to a fun color you want and Voila! -You have a nail polish organizer and storage unit in a few minutes.

DIY body tracing and painting

Body tracing excites kids because it is a really creative and unique craft. With this craft you can not only have a fun filled time with your kids but you can also teach them about the human body. Once you have traced your kid’s body, you can encourage him to paint it. Make sure you collect the following items before starting this project.

What you’ll need:

  • Wide and long pieces of paper
  • Water colors
  • Black marker

Once you have collected all these items, you can start tracing your kid’s body. Here are some steps which will help you complete this task.

  • Spread a large piece of paper on the floor and ask your kid to lie down on it. Ensure that the paper is either equal or bigger than your kid’s body. The right type of paper will make this project successful. You can choose a long roll of paper for this project. It will give your kids enough space to make distinct postures. Encourage your kid to lie down in a unique posture. It can be a running, straight or curved body posture.
  • Now take a black marker and mark the outline of your kid’s body. You can also encourage his sibling to do this for you. Once you have done this, you can show this outline to your kids and next time they would insist on making an outline of your body.
  • Take a water color set having different colors in it. Encourage your kids to pick some nice colors and make eyes, nose, lips, pants, tees and shoes of the traced body. You can also teach them to draw heart and other vital organs of the body. This will gradually help them learn how human body works. Colors can play a significant role in this project. You can pick some affordable pan watercolor sets from Prang. These sets come with semi-moist transparent watercolor paints which don’t contain wax. They comprise of 8 assorted colors including Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Red, Violet and Yellow. You can also check out pan watercolor sets offered by LUKAS and Crayola.

Body tracing and painting is an educating activity for kids and a thrilling one for adults. You can do this activity on weekends or in summer holidays to make spare time useful. So, pick some nice water colors, a thick paper and start drawing interesting body postures with your kids!