Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Reuse last year’s wrapping paper

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

It’s that time of year where I become a wrapping fiend! I love finding gorgeous wrapping paper and I can’t bear to throw out any scraps! A few years ago I found a great way to use those little pieces of paper left over that won’t wrap anything but a thimble.

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Below are instructions to my DIY recycled wrapping paper holiday cards:

Materials needed:

1. Round or square shaped die-cut punchers
2. Glitter pens
3. xyron sticker machine or a glue stick
4. Blank folded card

STEP 1:
Punch as many circles or squares as you can with the left over wrapping paper.
STEP 2:
Feed the shapes through the xyron machine to turn them into stickers
STEP 3:
Peel stickers and space out shapes on front of a blank card
STEP 4:
Use the glitter pen to draw on ribbons and bows to turn circles into ornaments and squares into presents

Seriously so cute! And if you are like my mom and you carefully unwrap gifts given to you to save the pretty paper, then you will have even more for next year!

If you like these but don’t feel like making them, I’ll make them for you! Click here to order some from my Jenuine Paper Etsy Store.

A DIY bride

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I recently had a client ask me to create a template for her wedding invitation. She and her fiance wanted to print their invitations at home and do their own assembly. They had 2 wedding receptions planned and needed flexibility to create 2 separate invitations easily. They asked for a modern looking victorian design that they could alter wording and details for each version.

When I saw the final product of the invitation they assembled, I was very impressed! Take a look at their craftiness below:

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Time to crank the press

Monday, November 16th, 2009

In addition to my wedding invitation, I created matching letterpress menus and thank you cards. Since these were less complicated, I decided to print them myself. I rented a Vandercook press at the SF Center for the Book where I learned to print a few years ago.

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For the table numbers, I decided to print the design on my inkjet onto the same pale blue from the menus and calligraphy the numbers over the design in a chocolate brown.

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