Do you like reading? Like, physical books. Not just ebooks. Me too. I also keep a planner to help with organization. That’s why I love the idea of these magnetic bookmarks. Especially since they’re easy DIYs.
Regular, rectangular bookmarks are great, but sometimes they fall out, or it’s difficult to find them in the pages. The magnetic bookmarks are easy to find because they wrap around the top or side of the pages. They won’t fall out either since the magnets hold them in place.
So, if you are interested in something different to help with your page marking and organization, follow along with the tutorial below to make your own.
Materials needed to make magnetic bookmarks
- glue stick
- cardstock paper
- scrapbook paper/ribbon/Washi Tape
Step 1: Cup strips of cardstock
Cut a few strips of cardstock (for however many bookmarks you want to make).
They should be about 2-3″ tall and 4-5″ wide.
Step 2: fold the cardstock in half
Fold one of the cardstock strips in half.
Step 3: decorate
Measure your cardstock and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the same size.
Glue it to the cardstock.
Step 4: make it magnetic
Cut the magnets to size and glue them onto the bookmark: one on each side.
Make all kinds of magnetic bookmarks! Use scrapbook paper, ribbon, Washi Tape…. whatever you like decorate yours.
They’re great because they fit over several pages so I can bookmark 2 pages at once. Or use more than one to bookmark a few pages.
Use them for planner organization too! I know there are a good many of you who are planner users and bullet journalers who would appreciate these.
I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Christmas. I’ve had this one planned for a month or so and was excited to get started on it. Shadow boxes are so neat, but I never could think of something to put in them. So, why not Christmas ornaments?
Door decor materials
- Shadow box
- Christmas ornaments
Note: I started with a cheap frame from the Dollar Store, but decided to switch to a much more stable shadow box from Michael’s.
Step 1: cut the ribbon
Cut a few strings of ribbon, preferably multiple colors, to different lengths.
Step 2: string the Christmas ornaments
Use the ribbon you just cut to string the Christmas ornaments.
Step 3: tie the ornaments to the shadow box
Pull apart the shadow box and tie the ornaments around the inner frame.
Tie them at different lengths to add some additional visual appeal.
When you put the box back together, be sure to move the tied ribbon as close together as possible so that they’re centered.
If they’re different lengths and you get diverse styles, you’ll end up with something like the above image.
When you’re finished, hang it on your door and enjoy the holidays!
this blog post is part of The Craft Challenge. Be sure to check out Emily’s Christmas themed craft over at A Pop of Red.
As I mentioned last week, my mom was putting together a card shower for my Grandma’s birthday. She asked if I would make a sign for the foam board she was going to display all of the cards on. Sounds like a Make Something Mondays craft, right?
It took some time to get everything together but it turned out well. Keep reading if you’d like to make you’re own. I made a template which is available below for you to download.
Paper flag banner materials
- my templates below
- scrapbook paper
- glue stick
I suggest using scrapbook paper with a variety of designs. It makes for a fun banner.
Step 1: Download and print the templates
Right click on the images below and save. All three files are 8.5×11″ so you will be able to print on regular printer paper.
The larger flag on the template above is for the scrapbook paper cut outs.
The smaller flag is for reference. When you print the templates below, they should be the size of the the small one above. Or should at least fit within the scrapbook paper template.
Print all 3 templates.
There are a few extra letters, just in case you need them.
Step 2: cut out the paper flags and pair them
Use the larger flag template to cut make the flags with scrapbook paper like the pink flag in the image above.
Step 2: glue them together
Glue the lettered flags inside of the scrapbook paper flags.
When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the banner in the image above. You can punch holes in each flag and string them together, or you can glue them to a foam board. Whatever you like.
Hope you liked this project. Happy crafting!
There’s a special person with a birthday coming up! It’s my Gram. My family is throwing her a card shower this year. I had no idea what this is, but apparently you ask a bunch of people she knows to send her a card. (It’s ok, she doesn’t even use the internet so she’ll never know I’m talking about it.)
I’m not a big fan of the holiday card thing unless the card is unique. What value is a piece of paper with a saying from some stranger? Meh. I like to personalize cards, and the best way to do that is to make them yourself.
Homemade Birthday Card Materials
- Hole punch (round)
- Scrapbook paper
- Glue stick
- String or a pen
Step 1: make the balloons
Hole punch the scrapbook paper into circles for the balloons.
Step 2: glue on the birthday balloons
Organize the circles onto the cardstock paper. Glue them in place when you like the way they look.
Overlap them for the appearance of depth.
Step 3: balloons need strings
Either glue on your string or draw them on with your pen.
I chose the pen because I wanted to add the “happy birthday” to the middle balloon string.
And you’re finished! Flip the card over and write your message on the back.
I’m going to bet that many of you have a bunch of scarves, or know someone who has too many. I have about 10, which is getting to be too many for me.
Hanging the scarves over the top of the closet door wasn’t working anymore. I’d grab one and they would all come down with it. I needed a better solution. I looked online for organizers and decided pricing plus shipping wasn’t worth my effort.
Of course, I ended up making my own. To the Dollar Store I went. With the materials listed below, I made my own scarf organizer for less than $2 and in less than 5 minutes. Success!
Scarf Organizer Materials
- shower curtain rings
You probably have an extra hanger in your closet.
Step 1: attach your rings to the hanger
Connect your shower curtain rings to the bottom of the hanger.
String the scarves through the rings and you’re done. Easy peasy!
Now you won’t have random scarves hanging all over your bedroom.
I did a really bad job keeping up on the last two weeks of InkTober. I also forgot to post them. So here they are. I missed a few days.
Inktober day 30 – zentangle
I was just doodling to occupy myself.
Inktober day 29 – you are my sunshine doodle
More doodles with some typography.
Inktober day 24 – Jessica Jones
This was my terrible attempt at Jessica Jones from Marvel. I’ll make a better sketch of her someday… one that does her character justice.
Inktober day 22 – Halloween decoration
This is a very creepy halloween decoration that my neighbor puts out every year. If the kids are brave enough to reach in, they can have the candy in the pumpkin head. This thing is about as tall as they are while standing.
Inktober day 20 – personal helicopter
Inspired by my drive home from work in an absurd amount of traffic. Even if I can’t have my own helicopter to avoid it, I can draw my own and pretend I do.
Inktober day 19 – crappy Trump drawing
I am not getting into the political topic, I promise. I was watching the debate and drew Trump ONLY because he has more entertaining facial features than Hillary. I should’ve made him orange…
Inktober day 18 – Maleficent
Because, who doesn’t love Maleficent?
Inktober day 16 – cartoon octopus
I have no idea where the idea for this came from.
Inktober day 10 – Walle and Eve doodle
Ohhh Walle. I love Walle.
Inktober day 9 – Doodle feather
I’ve been traveling a lot. Not to any place exciting, though. But when I am on the go, I often have to bring clothes to get dirty in and clothes to dress up in.
I take my flat iron a lot too because I have a habit of sleeping with my hair in a bun. I know, I have bad hair habits. Back to the travel…
I’m usually in a hurry, so wrapped up my hot flat iron and throwing it in my bag isn’t an option. I needed something safer. Which is why I needed some sort of travel pouch. Of course, I wasn’t about to buy one if I could make one that’s cheaper.
Want one? Keep reading.
Materials needed for a DIY Flat Iron Pouch
Try to get a hot pad with a loop at the top for hanging. You’ll be able to pull the cord through to hold it in place.
Step 1: sew the hot pad
Fold the flat iron in half.
Sew up the bottom and side. Leave the top open.
When you’re finished slide your flat iron through the top pocket.
You can use the loop to hold the the cord in place.
Hopefully this quick sewing tutorial can save you some money and make traveling with with your hair accessory a bit easier.
This post is part of The Craft Challenge.
Be sure to check out Emily’s craft over at A Pop of Red.