Bookbinding and Papercraft

Spring Craft 2016

Spring is keeping us waiting a while longer where I live, although there were a few warm days between all the cold and rainy ones. In anticipation of warm and sunny weather, and because I had so much fun with this last year, I decided to do some more spring crafting.

In 2015, I made this cheerful company consisting of a sheep, a ladybug, a sun, and a frog.

This year, I added 4 more motifs to my collection.

As I found it very suitable last time, I used 135 grams paper in various different colors. For these projects you’ll need: darker and lighter brown (or beige), red, white, black, yellow, darker and lighter green.

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DIY Vintage-Looking Paper

Fall is approaching with rapid strides, which tells us that Halloween is near! Time for a little creepiness…

Last year I discovered Halloween bookbinding but didn’t get around to actually making anything. That I want to change this year. For the Halloween booklet that I’m planning to make, I first had to make sure my paper looked all old and worn. It is a little time consuming but actually very easy to make.

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Faux Leather Cover for Blogger’s Notebook

When making covers for often-used notebooks that you carry around with you, not only looks should be a consideration but also durability. I had to make that experience the hard way with my blogger’s notebook cover.

It had a very nice look to it, but it was just not suited to being carried around in a small handbag all day long, 7 days a week. Continue reading

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Back To School DIY – 3 Ways to Decorate Your Notebooks and Folders

It’s back to school time and shops abound with back to school supplies. While there are many pretty supplies for sale, why not jazz up and personalize your supplies to your taste?

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DIY Calendar / Weekly Notebook

All the bookstores are cramped with calendars at the moment. Is it me or do you also get the feeling that calendars come out earlier and earlier every year?

Usually, I wouldn’t be thinking about calendars yet for another half year—until mine is used up and they are mostly sold out ;-).

However, I’m currently in the midst of improving my time and self management with a vengeance. And calendars play a vital role in good time management.

In my quest to a more organized and relaxed life, I’ve come to a point where I have to ditch my beloved tiny pocket calendar and instead go for something I can do my weekly planning in while commuting.

I’ve found that daily planning does not work for me. If I schedule a particular activity for a certain day, very likely I won’t do it. If I schedule activities for a week, on the other hand, I can very well motivate myself to do things from the list if I have time.

I looked in several shops and did long searches on the internet. As usual, it was exceedingly difficult to find a particular thing on the net if you don’t know precisely how it is called.

The closest thing I found to what I wanted was a so-called “weekly notebook” or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers. It has a double page for each week: the weekdays are on the left to note down appointments and there is an entire page for week notes on the right.

I really liked some of the ones I saw, but with all the categories I had that I wanted to take notes for, I could be sure that only one A6 page for notes was just not enough space.

After a while I realized that what I wanted didn’t exist and that I’d have to go and make it myself. Continue reading

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Make Your Own DIY Planner

Today I’ll be sharing how and why I made my own DIY planner and I will show you step by step how to make your own.

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My Creative Month – June 2015

This has been a month dedicated to improving my organization. I’ve always been a decently organized person without having to do much about it. Recently, however, I find myself having too much on my mind, too many projects I’m working on, and having too much to think of at work and at home. The result was that I started forgetting things or getting stressed. Add my ever-growing frustration that I feel I don’t get as much done as I’d like, and you know that I needed an action plan.

DIY Planner + ToDo Lists

I’ve never really been a planner person, that’s for sure. I’ve tried it, bought some bigger calendars and ended up never writing much in them. I have a tiny calendar with two weeks on a double page where the most important dates go in and that’s it.

The main problem I have with store-bought planners is that I seem to work in a very different way than the people designing these planners.

So, I was naturally excited when, at the end of last month, I ran into basically a whole community on the web designing their own DIY planners. And I decided to make my own. There are awesome templates out there. But again, I felt that I needed to do my own VERY PERSONALIZED thing if I was ever going to use this. Continue reading

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Spring Craft Ideas

After only having some time on longish bus rides to look at other people’s spring crafts last month, I finally got around making some of my own. I started out adapting two ideas that I found on the net but very soon started making my own stuff. Paper craft is a brilliant creative outlet!

Since I sucked so much at everything art in school, I didn’t expect much but they really turned out so cute! Just goes to show how the way we do in certain school subjects tells us nothing. But don’t get me started on education again, 😉 today is about fun paper craft… Continue reading

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DIY Blogging Notebook

Around the turn of the year, while others were coming up with their New Year’s Resolutions, I was busy reflecting on my blog and brainstorming a list with post ideas and topics I’d like to write about in 2015.

Some already went with a time plan when they should be published. For one clear insight and one resultant resolution came out of this reflecting process: In the past, more often than not, it took me way too long to write up seasonal posts (e.g and especially my Halloween posts). When they eventually did come out, the season was mostly already over, so the interest in those posts was understandably lower than it might have been.

My second resolution for this new year, next to being more creative, therefore: I’d like to get to a point where I manage to upload seasonal posts during their respective season.

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Easy DIY Photo Cards

I prefer making cards for people rather than buying them. Be it for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or other special occasions, a handmade card is always so much nicer.

This photo card is very easy to make and does not require much skill in drawing or cutting. 😉 And, if you want, you can insert a flat gift (tickets, money, vouchers etc.)

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