Eyelet Bound Notebooks

IMG_5143 Project-Ranking-FormatSeriously, when will she run out of ways to make a damn notebook?

Not today, people. Not today.

You can stitch em, you can glue em, or you can just staple them. Well today we’re adding eyelets to the party using one of my very favorite tools, the Crop-A-Dile. Now there is a good chance you have no clue what I’m talking about. Here’s the rundown.

Anatomy-of-a-Cropadile

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with this almighty tool, here’s a look at how I used it to make these little notebooks. Trust me, you’ll be happy that I’m making another notebook…or maybe you can just lie to me and say that you are.

Eyelet Bound Notebooks | damask loveSUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
  • Embossing Stylus
  • 1/2″ strips of colored cardstock
  • Eyelets
  • 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ text weight paper
  • 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ patterned paper
  • Crop a Dile

INSTRUCTIONS:

{1} Adhere strips of cardstock to the edge of the patterned paper

{2} Score the patterned paper right next to the solid cardstock edge

{3} Place a small stack of paper between the covers

{4} Use the  3/16″ hole puncher to punch the center of the notebook edge

{5} Place an eyelet inside the punched hole

{6} Use the eyelet setter to clamp this center eyelet close

{7} Punch holes on the top and bottom of notebook edge and secure with eyelets

Eyelet Bound Notebooks | damask love

At this point, you’re pretty much done, and you’re saying to yourself, “thanks, amber for another notebook tutorial!” Right? Humor me.

Eyelet Bound Notebooks | damask love

Eyelet Bound Notebooks | damask love

Eyelet Bound Notebooks | damask love

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Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Baskets

Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask Love Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask Love

 

There is tiny. Then there is teeny-tiny. Then there is today project: the cutest little easter baskets you ever did see.

With only a few more days before Easter, you may be in need of some last minute treat ideas for friends and family. Good news : I’ve got you covered. You can create these cuties with supplies that are available at most craft stores …or of course you can order from the almighty Amazon Prime and the goods will be on your doorstep after just two sleeps.

Here’s how it’s done – just beware – you’ll want to make more than just one.Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask Love

Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask LoveSUPPLIES (product links at the end of the post)

  • Martha Stewart Glitter Shaker Set
  • Martha Stewart Iridescent Glitter
  • Paper mache egg
  • Martha Stewart Satin Paint
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

{1} Use scissors and/or a small serrated knife to cut away the sides of the egg as shown

{2} Paint the egg in your choice of color

{3} Brush glitter glue onto the egg

{4}…making sure to cover the entire painted surface in glue

{5} Place the egg into the glitter shaker and shake glitter over the egg.  Close the shaker and shake it until the egg is completely covered with glitter.

{6} Set the glittered egg baskets out to dry until the glitter is securely in place and the glue has set.

Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask Love

These little baskets are seriously cute and so tiny. I finished them off with a small bow of twine around the center and a teeny bit of green paper shred to stand in as grass. If you are in need of something cute and easy for your Easter table, these would make for adorable place cards. Just add a tag or slip of paper with the guests name.

Itty Bitty Paper Mache Easter Egg Baskets | Damask Love

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 11

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Envelope Gift Bags |  Damask LoveProject-Ranking-Format

 

Every crafter needs an arsenal of last minute gift packaging options, right? I am pretty well versed in the art of “procraftination” and this project is perfect if you’re anything like me. Today’s project is also great for mass produced gifts and favors for your table settings or parties. A few years ago, I actually shared this project with a Halloween spin on it but I figured it needed a little revival as part of the Easy Like Sunday Morning line up, so here we go.
Easy Like Sunday Morning: Envelope Gift Bags |  Damask Love

The trickiest part of assembling this envelope is Step 4, which requires you to open it up at the folds you created. To make sure you get the hang of this, go ahead and start with a “test” envelope to make sure you’ve got the technique down.

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Envelope Gift Bags |  Damask Love

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Envelope Gift Bags |  Damask Love

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Envelope Gift Bags |  Damask Love

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Simple Watercolor Sentiments

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Watercolor is the new “it” look in crafting. Or at least we’re gonna pretend it is because that makes today’s post way more “trendy.” I’m guessing that the whole appeal of watercolor is the fact that you can be a little messy and still end up with a beautiful finished product. Such is the case with today’s project. I literally put this post together in the twenty minutes I had free between laundry, writing a manuscript for work and finishing up my Home Depot Style Challenge Patio assignment. It was a busy day. I only have enough time for watercolor. Turns out, twenty minutes is plenty. Here’s how it’s done:

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{1} A watercolor palette {2} Notecards made from watercolor paper {3} Post-It Craft Paper cut to the same size as the notecards and die cut with sentiments using the Memory Box Large Alphabet Dies {4} Bone folder (I highly recommend this Teflon bone folder which is quite possibly my most coveted craft item!) {5} WPlus9 Quite Like You Stamp Set {6} Inkpad (I’m currently jonesing over the Wplus9 Pure Color Collection which stamps beautiful & crisp on watercolor cardstock). {7} NOT SHOWN: a heat gun

NOTE: All supply links are at the end of this post

Simple Watercolor Sentiments | Damask Love{1} Adhere the Post-It Craft Paper to the card front and use the bone folder to ensure that all the openings are well adhered to the paper. This way – no color will seep through.

{2} Begin applying watercolor. Do this in dabs rather than with a swiping motion.

{3} Continue adding watercolor until most of the sentiment is covered. A few empty spots goes a long way to making the finished product look a little more handmade and artsy.

{4} Use the heat gun to dry the watercolor immediately. This is great for impatient crafters like me!

{5} Peel off the Post-It Craft Paper to reveal the sentiment.

Simple Watercolor Sentiments | Damask Love

Simple Watercolor Sentiments | Damask Love

 

3You can have a lot of fun with color combinations. I love this card which I created with shades of orange and red. There really is no going wrong! Just have fun with it. Simple Watercolor Sentiments | Damask Love

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 10

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Paper Strawberries | Damask LoveProject-Ranking-Format

 

We’re in double digits, people! Ten weeks of easy projects and so many more to come. From what I can tell, this Sunday morning post is quickly becoming a favorite so I must say “thanks” for all the support and comments! You guys are great.

So far in the Easy Like Sunday Morning line up, we’ve tackled cupcakes, watermelon and donuts. Can you tell I have a thing for food crafting?  With spring in full swing and summer on the way, today’s project is perfect for dressing up gifts, favors or placecards.  They are so easy to make that I created a pile of them in just a few minutes!

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Paper Strawberries | Damask LoveWhen you’re done assembling this basic shape, just add some “seeds” with the white gel pen and some shading…Easy Like Sunday Morning: Paper Strawberries | Damask LoveEasy Like Sunday Morning: Paper Strawberries | Damask Love

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