Crafts & DIY Projects

Quick & Easy Washi Tape Projects

Washi tape has become incredibly popular in the last few years. The inexpensive decorative tape can be used for an endless amount of projects. Take a look at fun crafts to make with any washi tape you may have.

  1. Flag Topped Toothpicks

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2. Light Switch Cover

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3. Greeting Cards

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4. Washi Tape Clothespins

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5. Paper Clip Flags

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6. Frame Art

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7. Scrapbook Flag Banners

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8. Decorative Bookmarks

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9. Colorful Drink Coasters

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10. Decorate your Happy Planner/Bullet Journal Lists

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11. Mark off trips and decorating your planner.

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12. Spruce up your charger

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13. Turn Your Ordinary Clipboard Into Extraordinary

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Crafts & DIY Projects

Turn Your Ordinary Clipboard Into Extraordinary

I have a couple clipboards in my office and I got to thinking the other day, how can I easily transform my clipboard from boring to dramatic…? Duh! Washi tape! Decorative tape that doesn’t cost a lot and that you can get at a variety of stores in the craft department. Simple, easy to find and inexpensive!

What Do You Need?!?

  • Washi Tape or Decorative Tape
  • Boring Clipboard

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For this project I used 7 different tapes found at Michaels, the Dollar Tree and Walmart.

I didn’t start with a plan. There is no pattern and I didn’t actually like it until the very end, hah. BUT! I didn’t stop and remove any of the tape or question how it looked, I just went with it until it was finished. Then I loved it!

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Walmart had a handful of designs at a low price, like maybe $.50 which is so cheap! I’m a huge holographic fan and this crazy roll caught my attention immediately. Too bad you can’t see it in person because it is way cooler than what these pictures show.

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I spent the whole gloomy day working on DIY washi tape crafts and projects and I can’t wait to get all the photos together to share with you. Have any crafts using washi tape that you’d like to share with us?

 

 

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Crafts & DIY Projects, Jamberry

Easy DIY Banner for Your Office

Yesterday I mentioned in my post called Organized Space Increases Your Quality of Life, that I spent a few days cleaning my spare bedroom/office/scrapbook room. Well during that process I managed to find myself ‘organizing’ by using up some of my scrapbooking stuff to make small banners for my desk. Basically I kept taking breaks to be creative and use things around my office to help declutter, which in turn made some really cute stuff! One of my favorites is this Jamberry banner I made for my desk in my office. It is adorable!


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I recycled the packaging from my Jamberry headbands to use for the background. It was the perfect shiny gray color that I was looking to match with my letters that I used. It is really easy to make and the possibilities are endless.

You can use any kind of letters that you want, whichever letters that you like best. For the first project, my letters happened to be thick cardstock/cardboard style cutout because I wanted dimension and texture.

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Thick cardstock letters came in 52pcs for $1.50 at Michaels.

If you only have flat letters that will work too, check out this one I did with black sparkle sticker letters, still really cool looking. See I told you, you can do anything with these. Here are some other ideas: a person’s name, a team, favorite band, holiday themed, special day/date. A whole lot of things you could do.

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Black sparkle letters on the thin headband packaging.

 

What You Need:

*Letters   –   whichever works best for your project.
*Glue   –   Elmer’s or a hot glue gun.
*Cardstock   –   or scrapbook paper, recycled cardboard, something that will hold the letters well.

I gathered my letters and laid them out how I wanted them before I started gluing them down. Sometimes just going for it and winging it works and other times it doesn’t. This wasn’t a time I was willing to test that theory, so I planned the look and layout before I started gluing.

You could always lightly trace the letters with a pencil if you want the placement to be specific and accurate. I personally made mine jagged so they didn’t sit together perfectly and looked a little more choppy.

If your letters are stiff and you’re trying for the level look like mine has, I recommend not even trying it with a glue stick. It doesn’t work great. I mean you can try it if you want to… in fact, I bet there are some of you out there reading this right now saying, I bet I can make it work with a glue stick. *Long Chuckle* If you get it to work with a glue stick, great! Mine didn’t when I tried the first time – so I used a hot glue gun. I really didn’t want to at first and that’s why I used the glue stick since I was thinking I’d conserve my last glue gun stick because I’m cheap like that. It was all good at first, I was so happy with it and then I hit it. I can’t honestly tell you how but I did and of course, popped off some of the letters.

The glue stick was good for the trial and error and being able to share a tip from the experience but using the glue stick was a waste of time.

Here is my final project. Again you can make these into anything. Since it was a Jamberry package at first and our Brand Values at Jamberry include Be Creative, I thought I’d reuse them and make my own DIY Banners that incorporate Jamberry to keep in my office.

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Crafts & DIY Projects, Organization

Organized Space Increases Your Quality of Life

Having a clean living space and an organized workspace will completely change your mindset and how you feel about getting things accomplished.

If your desktop on your computer has a ton of  pictures and files and programs covering it then good luck with it processing quickly – because it won’t. If you have so many things covering your workspace then how are you able to get anything done?

Clean your surface off whatever that may be and start with an open space, free of stuff. Throw some shit out. LOL! Yeah I said it & you know it needs to happen. I actually did it which make me realize how much crap I had. Before, I thought I was sure that I needed everything and the only issue I was dealing with was need more storage for organization. HAH! Wrong! I took my time going through and organizing everything and at the end, I tossed out two 13 gallon sized garbage bags. I had no idea! To think the things you accumulate over time.

I spent 3 days, a total of about 16 hours, cleaning my spare bedroom/office/scrapbooking space. It was horrific. I don’t have a fancy office (yet!) but it works. Now that I did a number on it, it’s a major difference. I’ve been making my own DIY storage by using cardboard boxes and unique ways to convert a blank space into an organized space.

 

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Left: My Jamberry starter kit turned into a brochure, card and envelope shelf. Above it is a shipping box turned into a file divider. Middle: Old shutters now hold postcards, pictures and things. Right: My Jamberry Conference swag box is now a corner bookcase and JamCon shrine.

As you can see from the pictures and caption, I did a few different things to convert the space to something useful and clean. It’s not cluttered and works well.

The crazy thing, after all that and by having an organized and clutter free space, it really does make all the difference. I immediately felt refreshed. It was exhausting but having the tables cleaned off and things put in their place, was amazing! I felt like I was instantly able to get things done and actually think without feeling overwhelmed and bogged down. Now I feel excited and energized and I’m more engaged. It’s a lot more inspiring than a pile of junk.

So… I want to share an organizational quote from an amazing lady! I think everyone needs to hear it, well read it and I think you’ll be surprised how honest it is.


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“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”    – Christina Scalise


Organized space increases your quality of life. I challenge you to test this out for yourself. Think of a mess you have. Maybe it is your office, your bedroom, the laundry, or even the desktop on your computer. Throw things out that you don’t need to keep. Anything you can let go of or get rid of will help you. Dwindle down your mess and organize your space and see what impact it makes on your mindset and your life. Then, report back here and share with us a mess you cleaned up and how it made you feel. Little steps to big things.

Crafts & DIY Projects, Jamberry

Stormtrooper Cell Phone Case Cover

I am always excited to hangout working on craft and tackling DIY projects. As a fan of Star Wars those crafts are my favorite. Last year I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s cutting out Star Wars Snowflakes but that’s another post.

I’ve been wanting a Stormtrooper Cell phone case for a long time. I’ve looked online numerous times for one and never found something that I honestly liked. I need something different and the current case I have is plain.

So, I’ve accumulated a lot of scraps from my left over Jamberry nail wraps and at one point I stuck a bunch on the back of my cell phone case. It’s been about a month since and a quarter of the wraps have come off. Last night the idea hit me… Turn the scraps into art. A Stormtrooper cell phone case!! Awesome right? Just wait till you see it!!

I have 4 coats of Mod Podge over top. I wanted to “preserve” the design and wraps against my case in hopes it will last longer.  This thing is a beauty and I’m thrilled how it turned out! Overall time about 2 1/2 hours. If you’re familiar with Jamberry you should notice some retired designs that you may consider unicorns… But… that may just be me. LOL!

Pictures below show the case before Mod Podge and during.

My boyfriend wants Yoda on his cell phone case. Which sounds like a perfect idea! This year’s Color of the Year is Greenery and Jamberry will be releasing the COTY wraps throughout the year so I’m gonna stock up on those greens for him.