DIY Smashbook Cover

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.

I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.

But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.

Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.

 

Smashbook cover supplies

Smashbook cover supplies

  • glue
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • blank journal or sketchbook
  • stickers (totally optional)

Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.

If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.

Smashbook ideas

Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer

Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.

 

Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper

Continue this process until you have something you like.

I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.

 

Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Step 3: title your smashbook

Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! ūüôā

 

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!

I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.

Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

 

 

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DIY Paper Bookmarks for Page Corners

DIY page corner bookmark

I read a lot. Most of the time, I’m reading 2-3 books at once because I¬†like to soak up a lot of information. Topics change a lot too. Sometimes I want to educate myself¬†but other times I’m in the mood for¬†some mindless¬†fiction. It depends on the day.

Regardless, books in-progress need bookmarks. I love the elaborate fun markers, but I can never justify paying for something like that. So, I make my own. And I can make them as exciting as I want them to be.

This week, I’m working on some bookmarks for the corners of the pages. It works really well. They just slide on one of the corners and it’s easy to find your place whenever you’re ready to start reading again.

If you’re interested in making your own, keep reading and I’ll show you how I made mine. Oh, I also have some bonus templates for you to download to make the process easier.

 

Materials needed for paper bookmark for page corners

Materials needed for paper bookmarks

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper
  • My downloadable template (below)

 

paper bookmark templateStep 1: download the bookmark template

Right click the image above and click “Open image in new tab”.

Then, print the image. (file > Print.)

 

Step 2: cut out the template

Cut the template out. You can do this by printing the template I provided and then tracing it onto your scrapbook paper.

Or you can print it directly onto your scrapbook paper.

Your call.

 

bookmark paper folds

Step 3: fold the paper

Place the scrapbook paper face down so that the pattern you want displayed on your bookmark is against the surface you’re working on. I want the green flower design, so that is against the table.

Fold one of the legs inward so that it follows the contour of the diamond shape.

Repeat that on the other side. Glue the second leg on top of the other one.

You should have something that looks like this.

scrapbook paper origami bookmark

I used double-sided scrapbook paper, so I hope the image¬†isn’t confusing. I apologize if it is. Please leave a comment if you need further instruction.

 

paper bookmarks for page corners

Repeat that as many times as your would like. I made an extra one, just in case I find another book I want to read in the next day or two.

 

DIY page corner bookmark

Now you can slide your new bookmark¬†onto the page you want to come back to. ¬†It’s so cute and minimal. I love it. It doesn’t stick out from the pages, so the book fits in my bag¬†without any worry of bending or destroying my bookmark.

I have another goodie for you!

If you like to color, download my coloring-page bookmark templates below.

color your own bookmark templates

Follow the same steps I provided above and then color til your heart’s content.

For example, I used the pattern in the first template design in a drawing recently. It turned out like this:

abstract doodle art

I’d love to know what you think and I’d love to see what you make.¬†Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

If you’re interested in some other DIY bookmarks, check these out:

DIY Doodle Bookmarks

These are made from paint samples and Sharpies. The project is super easy and you can turn them into anything you want. I especially enjoy the gradient created from the paint swatches.

diy doodle bookmarks

 

DIY Glass Orb Bookmarks

If these didn’t stick out from the edges of the pages, they would be my favorite bookmarks ever. I made these years ago and still use them for books that sit on my nightstand. Not so much for the ones I carry with me.

diy fancy glass orb bookmarks

 

DIY Autumn-Inspired Leaf Bookmark

I was a bit more in the Fall mood when I made these bookmarks. The leaves were beautiful… all different colors and not quite crispy yet. It was the perfect time to make them into bookmarks.

diy leaf bookmark

 

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

These were very enjoyable to make. They’re similar to the doodle bookmarks above, except with these you would use thick paper and watercolor paints. Oh, and a marker. You can write or draw whatever you want on them.

watercolor bookmarks

Enjoy.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Box

diy scrapbook paper gift box
Scrapbook paper has become a love of mine in the past few years. It’s so versatile when it comes to crafting. I’m sure you’ve seen a few examples on the many craft blogs out there. Decoupage, origami, decorations… You name it. You can even make gift boxes with it, which is what I’m going to show you how to do today.

It’s really easy and only take about 15 mins. It’s great for holding little trinkets, candy, notes or whatever small objects you might want to gift.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own.
materials needed for scrapbook paper gift boxesDIY Gift Box Materials

  • Scissors
  • Template
  • Glue stick
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Embroidery thread

You can ignore the hole punch. I’m not sure what I was thinking there.

 

scrapbook paper gift box template


Step 1: print the template above

Click on the image of the template above to expand it to size. Then print it.

If you’re using regular light-weight scrapbook paper, you can print it directly onto the paper.

paper gift box template
Step 2: copy the template onto the scrapbook paper

I used cardstock scrapbook paper (thick paper) so I can’t print the template directly onto it. If you’re in the same boat, use your cut-out template to trace the template onto the scrapbook paper. Then, cut it out.

 

folded scrapbook paper
Step 3: fold your scrapbook paper

Use the dotted lines on the template as a reference for where to fold. Make those folds on your scrapbook paper like in the image above.

DIY gift box out of paper
Step 4: glue the tabs to form the box

The sections you folded have created tabs. Fold both sides inward and glue the tabs to the inside of the box. As you can see, the largest sections have become the top and bottom of the box.

DIY scrapbook paper gift box
Step 5: tie it together

To keep the box closed, tie some embroidery thread or ribbon around it and fasten with a bow.

Now you have a uniquely patterned gift box to hold gifts or for storage. So cute!

Please leave your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Geometric Pen Holder

DIY geometric pen holder

I was really excited for my craft this week. I recently started a new job, which means I have a new desk in a new environment. I wanted to spice up the space a little bit with a fun pen holder.

I knew I wanted it to be geometric, but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. So I googled “geometric 3d design templates” and found¬†this site called korthalsaltes.com. It¬†has templates for a ton of 3D shapes. I decided on a dodecahedron template.

There are two templates for the design I wanted, but the ones available were either too large or too small for my preference, so I made my own. You can use my template if you want. All you have to do is print and cut it out.

 

geometric pen holder materials

Things You Will Need

Pencil
Hot-melt glue
Cardstock paper
Pentagon template
Scissors or X-acto knife
Paint or scrapbook paper
*Cutting mat
*Ruler

*Optional but useful

 

pentagon shaped cut outs

Step 1

Print your template on a piece of cardstock and cut out the shapes. You should have 12 shapes in your template but you should only use 11 of them. You’ll be leaving the top of the 3D¬†shape open.

pen holder first steps

Step 2

Glue two of your pentgon-shaped cut outs together.

3D pen holder

pen holder in beginning stages

Step 3

Continue gluing the rest of the cut outs together until you have something like the above.

All of your edges should be the same length so don’t worry about whether or not they will fit a certain way.

mod modged scrapbook paper pen holder

Step 4

For this step you’ll either use the paint or the scrapbook paper.

If you’re using paint, go ahead and do your thing.

If you’re using scrapbook paper, use the same template to cut the same number of shape out of your paper. Then Mod Podge¬†the shapes to your soon-to-be pen holder. Let that dry and add another layer of Mod Podge to the outside to seal the paper and add a protective layer.

3D pen holder on my desk

Plop some pens into your new, beautiful pen holder and enjoy!

DIY geometric pen holder

I am planning to make a few more of these with different designs and in different sizes. Maybe they won’t all be pen holders. Who knows? I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas! Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper

DIY paper gift box

I was trying to think of a good craft to make for Make Something Mondays earlier in the week and I thought of this paper box. When I was a freelance graphic designer and was regularly looking for new clients, I would make these boxes and fill them with tidbits about myself along with my résumé. It usually worked and I would at least have a call with my prospective clients.

I like these boxes because they are easy (and affordable) to make, and people always react positively to them. They make great gift boxes for candy or other small things and can made with any kind of paper or card stock.

I’ve made these boxes two different ways, and will show you both.

DIY paper box materialsThings You Will Need
Pencil
Paper
Ruler
Scissors
Glue stick

Paper Box Option 1

paper layout

Step 1
My paper is 12×12 inches, so I marked every 3 inches and drew lines to show the area. So the bottom¬†of the box will be 3×3 inches and the walls of the box will be¬†a little bit shorter than 2 inches.

paper cutsStep 2
Make cuts down the sides of the soon-to-be walls like in the image above.

paper box bottom

Step 3
Use your glue stick to adhere the cut pieces to the inside of the walls so that you end up with a shape like this.

Decorative box bottom

Step 4 (optional)
Cut out a 3×3 square and glue it into the bottom of the box for a nice decorative element.

**for the lid, you want to make sure that it’s 1/2″ larger than the base. Since my¬†base was 12×12 inches, I would make sure the lid was 12.5×12.5 inches.

Paper Box Option 2

fold in half

fold paper diagonally

Step 1
Fold the paper diagonally that one point meets the point directly across from it.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have folds that criss cross in the center.

fold paper in half

paper folds

Step 2
Fold the paper in half.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have fold similar to the above images.

fold side to center

Step 3
Fold one edge of the paper into the center.

Repeat on the other three sides.

fold edges inward

fold in side of paper

Step 4
Fold two of your points inward like in the image above and glue them. This will start one side of your box top.

Repeat on the other side.

paper box lid

You should have a box top that looks like this.

DIY paper box

DIY paper gift box

Add some ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top for a fun accent!

Happy crafting!

DIY Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

So many friends and family members are¬†getting married or having birthdays and¬†I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.

You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.

diy gift bag materials

Things You Will Need
Tape
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Scrapbook paper

paper gift bag directions

Step 1
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.

fold over paper

Step 2
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.

folded bottom of paper bag

Step 3
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.

Taped bottom

Step 4
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.

Top of gift bag

gift bag with bow

Step 5
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.

DIY Paper gift bags

The¬†thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s DIY project!

Happy crafting (and gift giving)!

DIY Toilet Paper Holder

DIY Toilet Paper HolderToilet paper in plastic is ugly, right? I think we can all agree on that. We can’t make the TP look better so my plan is to make the presentation look better. For this DIY project I made a TP holder for the bathroom. Since my bathroom is mostly green and blue I chose a striped green and blue scrapbook paper. You can use whatever you would like, but make sure the paper is thin. No card stock for this one.
 

 
DIY toilet paper holder materialsThings You Will Need:
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Oatmeal container
 

 
scrapbook paperStep 1:

Remove the lid. Then, Measure your oatmeal container so that you can cut your scrapbook paper. Make sure the paper fits under the lip of the tin.
 

 
Brush on Mod PodgeStep 2:

Brush on a very thin layer of Mod Podge from the bottom to the top of the oatmeal container.
 

 
scrapbook paper additionStep 3:

Place one side of the paper onto the line of glue. Press down on the paper with your finger (from top to bottom) to make sure it adheres without bubbles.
 

 
Mod Podge layerStep 4:

brush a thin line of glue up the container where the paper ends. You want to make sure it will stick.
 

 
scrapbook seamStep 5:

roll the paper around and brush another thin layer of Mod Podge on the under side of the paper (where it meets the other edge of the paper). Let it dry. Then, add another thin layer to the top where the paper meets.
 

*If your paper wasn’t long enough to meet the other edge, then glue it to the oatmeal container and repeat with a second sheet of scrapbook paper until the container is covered.
 

 
oatmeal bottom

Step 6:

Turn your oatmeal container upside down so you are looking at the bottom of it. While ignoring my chipping fingernail polish, look at the area of the paper I’m pulling at. You are going to want to add a very small amount of glue into this area (or the whole way around the container if necessary). The paper doesn’t have to be plastered against the edge, but you don’t want it to rip because it is too loose. Let it dry.
 

 
toilet paper rollsStep 7:

Grab two rolls of toilet paper and drop them into the container. Reattach the lid.
 

 
DIY Toilet Paper Holder

Lovely! It looks so much better than rolls of toilet paper in a plastic bag. AAAANNNNDDD you have to eat a whole container of oatmeal to get it. See, my crafts are contributing to your health ūüėÄ
 

Happy crafting!