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October 30, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Yippeeeee! Look what just arrived a couple of days ago…

FF Business Cards

Mmmmm… kraft and metallic gold.  I’ve been itching to see how these would turn out ever since I sent them off, and finally I’ve got them in my hot little hands (literally – look at my creepy hand in that photo below!). They really didn’t disappoint, I can’t stop turning them around and ooo-ing over the gorgeous metallic-ness.

FF Business Cards

They look lovely in real life, but I struggled a little to capture the gold in the photos, so you’ll just have to imagine :)

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October 9, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Ah business cards. I haven’t updated mine for quite some time, so when I realised I was going to be needing some later this week, I figured I’d better get on it! Previously I’d just printed them myself, but this time I thought I’d go pro and actually get them professionally printed. So I designed them and handed them off to the printer last week. So excited!!

Unfortunately though, it looks like they won’t be ready until next week, so I’m going to have to stick with self-printed cards for the time being. Not to worry, I think they still turned out ok :)

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Once I’d finished them I was looking around my studio wondering what I could put them in to take them with me, and guess what my eyes landed on? Yep.. such a handy little pouch, the cards fit perfectly! :)

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DIY Book Jackets

July 18, 2013 | DIY

DIY Book JacketsI have so many little notebooks floating around the office that are only partially used, but are starting to look a bit worn on the outside thanks to being pulled in and out of bookcases countless times.

So I figured I might be more inclined to keep using them if they had nice, new looking covers again.. you know, giving them a fresh, new lease on life ;)

They’re dead simple to make, and fun too! So let’s go…

Materials

All you really need is:

– Paper or thin card in colours of your choice
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Notebook you’re wanting to cover (easier if it’s just a stitched or stapled spine)
– Scissors
– Sewing machine and thread

Step 1.
Measure and cut your card. Start by measuring the cover of your notebook when it’s spread open. I then took those measurements and added approx. 8mm (1.2″) onto the height, and approx. 80mm (3 1/4″) to the length, and measured out that rectangle onto my card. Cut it out.

For example: 
Notebook Size: 140mm x 180mm
Card Size: 148mm x 260mm

*Alternately, instead of only adding 4mm each side of the height (8mm total) you can add the usual seam allowance of 1.5cm to the height (3 cm total) to make it easier to sew later down the track. Then, once you’ve sewn the edges you can just trim off the excess.

Step 1

Step 2.
Gently fold your card in half and crease lightly, but don’t make it a sharp crease. Place your notebook spine into this crease.

Step 2Step 3.
Holding the cover of your notebook together with the card, and keeping the spine in line with the crease, fold the excess card over the cover and crease it using a bone folder or your finger nail. Keep the book as closed as possible when folding the card in. If you keep the notebook spread open when folding, once you close it again the jacket will most likely be too small.

Step 3Step 4.
Repeat Step 3 on the back cover.

Step 4Step 5.
Using a sewing machine to sew straight down the two longer sides of the card being sure to catch under the flaps. Make sure that the distance in from the edge that you sew is between 1 – 3mm from the edge (as we’ve only allowed for 4mm extra height on each side of the card).

*Note: See Step 1 for alternative to sewing so close to the edge.

Step 6.
Trim off all the treads, and try it out on your notebook!

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As an added extra, I also carved some stamps to look a bit like labels and then stamped them on the covers. You could create any stamps you like though!

StampingStampedFinished!These were on a fairly small scale because they were the notebooks I had, but you could also use this technique on school exercise books, journals etc. if you like.

Have fun! And for more DIY ideas, don’t forget to check out our DIY section!

DIY Berry Boxes

June 13, 2013 | DIY

DIY Berry BoxesIs anyone else loving berry boxes and baskets as much as I am right now?? There’s something quite charming about them, so simple and useful. I’ve even got some pretty ceramic ones sitting on my desk :)

I decided some paper ones would be cute too, and super easy to customise (think of all those paper and pattern combinations!), so I’ve put together this DIY for you all. I hope you like them and will make some for yourself!

Lets get to it!

MaterialsMaterials:
– Light cardboard in 3 colours/patterns.
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Ruler
– Stapler

Note: Once you know the general makeup of the boxes, you can create any size box you like. To get you started, I’ve put together 3 fact sheets explaining the dimensions and fold lines of the boxes I made. They’re not to scale, but should help you when you’re measuring out each piece :)

You can find the fact sheets here:
Small Berry Box
Medium Berry Box
Large Berry Box

Step 1.
Measure the ‘Outside’ box shape (see fact sheets above) onto the card you want on the outside of your box. Make sure you draw it on the wrong side of the card. Cut it out.

Repeat with the ‘Inside’ box shape on the card you want on the inside of your box. Again, remember to draw it out on the wrong side of the card. Cut it out.

Step 1

Step 2.
Measure the ‘Top Strip’ out onto the card you want for the band running around the top of your box. Don’t forget to mark the fold lines as you’ll need them soon.

Cut out the Top Strip, and mark fold lines.

Step 3.
– Take your ‘Outside’ piece and fold along the dotted lines. Make sure that any pencil markings are on the inside.
– Take your ‘Inside’ piece and fold along the dotted lines. Make sure that any pencil markings are on the outside.
– Take your ‘Top Strip’ and fold it in half all the way along the length, keeping any pencil markings to the inside. Then fold the strip at the places you marked before (you’ll have to peek inside the fold to see these lines). Always fold in the same direction.

Once you have these three pieces, put the ‘Inside’ piece into the ‘Outside’ piece. If you want to, you can secure the two pieces together with double sided tape, but I didn’t find it necessary.

All folded!

Step 4.
Take your folded ‘Top Strip’, and slip it over the top edges of the box (wedging both layers of card inside). Once you’ve gone all the way around, overlap the ends and staple. Add more staples around the top if you want extra strength.

Stapled!And that’s it! I know the instructions sound a bit complicated, but it’s really quite easy.. and they turn out really cute!

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