DIY Gold & Leather Office Supplies

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Downloading fonts.

Cutting coupons.

Wandering the back to school aisles.

If I had to guess, I’d say that these take up about 30% of my life…probably more, but I refuse to admit it. Recently, the back to school aisles have been calling my name. It’s the same story every year when fall comes around. I just can’t say no to pretty notebooks, pens and office accessories. I just can’t. I know you have the same problem. I know it.

Thankfully, my penchant for DIYing means I can make most any of those pretty back to school products right here at home…and today I’m doing just that with the help of the nifty Cricut Explore. I’ve had my machine since January and I’ve used it way more than any other electronic cutting machine I’ve owned. And I’ve owned them all. My favorite feature of the Explore is the huge range of materials it’ll cut…including leather. Yep, leather. Thick leather, too!

With my love of school supplies in mind, I used my Explore to create a duo of super stylish notebooks and a monogrammed leather business card holder. I can’t wait to hear what you think of these pretties.DIY Stylish Gold & Leather Office Supplies with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

{1} Since the Cricut Explore will cut your .svg files, I designed one of my own. Once I created the cut file, I uploaded it to Cricut Design Space  and cut it from tooling leather, which is a firm leather that you can find at your craft store. The Explore offers a ton of custom settings and one of them is for “Thick Leather.” I used this setting along with my deep cut blade to cut through the leather.

{2} With the cut finished, I wanted to open up the tiny holes along the edge of the leather. I used a small hole punch to poke these out.

{3} Last up, I stitched the two panels together with some bright pink embroidery floss.

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I added a simple leather monogram to the card holder. This particular monogram measures about 3/4″ high. I was really happy with how the machine cut a leather shape this small.

Now of course, I could not leave well enough alone and stop there. Usually once, I start Cricutting, I don’t stop. This time around, I pulled out my favorite: gold glitter iron-on. I keep at least three rolls of this stuff on hand at all times. No joke. I decided to use it in an unexpected way …DIY Stylish Gold & Leather Office Supplies with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Not sure if I’m the first to think of this…and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner, but I’m oh so happy I did! The adhesive from the iron-on glitter works beautifully on paper, making it really easy to create a full sheet of glittery polka dots like this one.

DIY Stylish Gold & Leather Office Supplies with Cricut Explore | Damask Love How to create notebooks with perfect binding | Damask LoveYou can follow THIS tutorial to learn how to add a colorful elastic closure to your finished notebook. It’s easy. I love how these neon elastics pop against the kraft and gold notebook cover.

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And now that you’ve created these pretty notebooks and card holder, you may be in the mood to make something for holding everything. I’ve got you covered. Check out the monogram pencil pouch tutorial from the archives!

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Crib Meets Craft: Inspiration

 

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I wasn’t sure if I’d do it, but after lots of emails and questions I decided I would. Most days you’ll come here to the blog for a crafty tutorial, but there is so much more going on over here…namely baking up a baby. For the last few months I’ve been carefully planning out the nursery space, and I’m gonna share this not-so-little project with all of you.

We are already so in love with this little guy, I think we’ll go ahead and let him stick around for a while…which means he’ll probably need somewhere to sleep and eat. I think we can handle that. This nursery is far from your typical baby room. Here’s the thing, we live in a condo in an area that we absolutely love. My commute is super short. You can sneeze and hit 30 different restaurants. The post office is down the street. I can walk to the grocery store. Oh…and Starbucks is a stone’s throw away. It’s awesome. Which means we do not want to move. Not now. Not ever! Condo living does come with it’s sacrifices, though.

Until now, our second bedroom has served as a craft room/guest room. You can check it out HERE. The time has come to renovate this room into something more baby friendly…but I still need space for completing all my blog work. Over the years, Damask Love has become a huge passion of mine..as well as my second job. This means, I’m not ready to give it up.

Enter Crib Meets Craft. My creative solution for combining baby with blogging. The space is going to be fun and functional, colorful and creative…and I can’t wait to share the process with you (and of course the finished product)! I’ll be posting my projects here along and you can also follow along on Instagram where I’m using the #cribmeetscraft hashtag. You can also visit me on my Crib Meets Craft Pinterest board to see what’s inspiring me. Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces for the #cribmeetscraft room:

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Of all the pieces that I’m planning to have in the room, I am most excited for that rocking chair and the new crafting furniture! I can’t wait to get them all here and start putting everything into place. In the meantime, I’ve got lots of shopping and planning to do. If you wanna see the play by play of this project, come visit me on Instagram…and if you find yourself in Miami, feel free to hit me up and come over to put together some furniture! ha.

 

Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 16

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This week in baby news: our child is a serious busy body. And he’s not even born yet. I went in for a routine ultrasound this week and this kid moved and kicked and swirled and punched for an entire 45 minutes. The ultrasound tech had to chase him around in order to get all the measurements she needed. He definitely made her earn her paycheck that day! Pretty sure he’s gonna grow up to be a member of Cirque du Soliel…or maybe a ninja. Whatever he grows up to be, I know that I’m in for years of staying very busy with this guy. I’m totally fine with that, but I’d better familiarize myself with super simple craft projects that I can complete before he gets himself into anything too dangerous.

Today’s project fits the bill. With back to school season in full swing, projects like this will be great as a last minute gift for your favorite teacher…because everyone loves a gift card. Especially when it’s packaged up as adorably as these.

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{1} You’ll need an 8.5″ x 4.25″ piece of cardstock that is scored at 3″ and 6.5″

{2} A  4″ x 3″ piece of cardstock

{3} A ruler

{4} A tape runner or other good adhesive

{5} A 1/2″ circle punch

{6} Craft knife

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All that’s left to do is dress up your envelope with a little ribbon and a tag. This project only takes minutes! Gotta love that, right?
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Summery Citrus Treat Boxes

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I might be a little obsessed with today’s DIY. Ever since I saw THESE adorable coasters, I knew I wanted to create something similar…minus the sewing…because I’m not so great at sewing. Paper though? That I can handle… and I’ll bet that you can too, once I walk you through the process.

As a lucky member of the 12 Months of Martha team, every month I get the chance to play with my Martha Stewart supplies and create something to inspire you. Recently, I received a bunch of their paper punches …and you know how much I love paper punches! So today, I’m using basic shapes to create something stellar. I’ve made treat boxes in the past (here and here) and the technique is the same for this project. Here we go:

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Martha Stewart Extra Large Circle Punch | Fiskars Scissors | Circle Cutter | Large Scoreboard

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QuickTipUsing a circle cutter to create leaf shapes is very easy. Check out this post on DIY paper flowers to see how it’s done! It’s easy and quick.

Summer Citrus Treat Boxes | Damask Love Once my boxes were assembled, I glued a baker’s twine bow to the leaf for a little added embellishment. If you’d like, you can also add a cute tag, like I did to the orange treat box.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No.15

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Most recent pregnancy craving: cherries.

Ranier cherries.

The ones from Trader Joe’s…and only the ones from Trader Joe’s.

Thing is, Trader Joe’s is a 30 minute drive from our house, so I have to stock up everytime I go. And, every time I walk in, they know exactly what I’m looking for! I can finish off a 16 oz container is a day, no problem. I can only hope that excessive cherry consumption is not some sort of health hazard. I like to think it’s giving the baby super brain powers or something.

Sadly, cherry season will end leaving me high and dry and forced to move on to the next craving. French fries are a strong contender. When that happens, I’ll have this cute paper project to remind me of my cherry-loving days. Here’s how they’re made:

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{1} Baker’s Twine: I’ve got a ton of this  stuff! Take a look. You can add to your own collection by stopping over to Baker’s Stock where they are offering 50% spools of baker’s twine to Damask Love readers. Just use the code DAMASK6. For this project, I suggest brown and white twine.

{2} Craft Knife: I’ve had this one for years and I love the feel of it in my hand. You can also use one of these, which is great for precise cuts.

{3} A Black Pen: I love my fine tip sharpies!

{4} White Gel Pen: I’m due for another one of these gel pens. I’ll probably order a bunch…that’s how much I love em!

{5} Circle Punch: I used this punch for this project, the size is perfect.

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Can you believe that you can make these with just baker’s twine and a circle punch!? To make the baker’s twine a bit sturdier, you may want to utilize a simple technique that I frequently use for projects like this one where the twine needs to “stand” on it’s own.

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By stiffening the twine, your cherry stems come to life and are easier to adhere to the final project, like a card or a tag.

Easy Paper Punch Cherries | Damask Love

Easy Paper Punch Cherries | Damask Love

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