Monday, August 27, 2012

DIY: Back to School Binders

So today I'm doing another back to school DIY which involves binders! Since not all of you have notebooks or use notebooks for school, I'm gonna show you a really quick and easy way to spruce up your binders! To decorate one binder took me literally 5 minutes. So if you have all of the right supplies it really won't take you long at all! Okay, let's get started! :)

What you'll need:
-a binder
-stock paper

Information about the supplies:

Binder: I got this binder at Staples ($6.99) and I really like the bright colours of it. You especially want to get a binder where it has a clear covering on the front where you can slip in papers, or etc. because that is a VERY important part in this DIY!
Stock Paper: You can just pick this up at Michael's. They're really inexpensive ($0.99) and super cute and versatile! For this DIY I would recommend getting some that sort of matches the colour of your binder. As you can see, the stock paper that I purchased has blue butterflies which goes with my blue binder!

Ruler: I just got this from school, but you can easily find these at any office supply store or your local dollar store!

Scissors: I picked these up at Staples but you can get them at any office supply store!

Pencil: I don't think I need much explaining for this one, but I got this at Staples in a huge package!

1. In your binder should be a slip of paper in the front, clear pocket. Place it on your stock paper to make sure it fits!

2. Then, flip over the stock paper, once you've maken sure that the stock paper is big enough for the slip of paper.

3. Line up the slip of paper with the back of the stock paper. Make sure it's lined up almost perfectly! And if your stock paper has something that you don't want to be sideways (like my butterflies, or maybe dogs..?) make sure that you're cutting it the right side up!

4. Once it's lined up, take your ruler and place the edge of the ruler with the edge of your piece of paper, so you can easily trace the side with a pencil!

5. It should now look something like this picture to the right!

6. Now, cut on the lines you have traced, with your scissors! Try to be as precise as possible!

7. You should have a piece of stock paper the exact same size as the slip of paper that came with the binder! Slip the stock paper into the front, clear pocket!

8. You can also do the same thing with the side of your binder (though it depends what type of binder you have, since some binders don't have a side window). There will be another slip of paper in the side.

9. Just take that out and measure the stock paper again (though you can measure it a little smaller than it actually is so it can fit easily into the little window on the side of the binder!

10. Measure and cut the piece of paper out. Slip it into the little window and you're done!

So this is the final product! Transfer your binders from boring to amazing!

I also did this with my 2 other binders and really liked how they turned out! You're ready for school now! :)

I hope you enjoyed this week's DIY and maybe try it out if you have time! It's really quick, easy and inexpensive!

Hope you enjoyed reading and I'll talk to you next week!
-Megan :)xx

Next time: Dotted bobby pins! Check back soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY: Back to School Notebooks

Hey everyone! Today is my second DIY and since school is coming up pretty quick (I know a few people are already back to school), I have decided to do a post on how to make your notebooks look amazing instead of ugly and boring. It's super quick, easy and inexpensive! :)

What you'll need:
-one sheet of 12x12 stock paper
-hole puncher
-paintbrush (optional)

Information about the supplies:

Notebook: I picked this up at Staples, but you can just pick these up at any office supply store! This is a 3 subject notebook that DOES NOT have a coil. The ones without the coil are going to be WAY easier for this DIY!

Stock Paper: I got this at Michael's. These are really inexpensive ($0.99 each) and so pretty! I picked a lot of different patterns when I went shopping but decided to use this ABC one because it's so cute and perfect for back to school!

Glue: I actually used liquid glue. I got this at Michael's ($2.99 for 120 mL), but I would highly recommend using a gluestick instead because with liquid glue, it tends to make little bubbles in the pages when you glue paper together, and eventually creates little crinkles. Unfortunately I was oblivious to this result.

Pencil, hole puncher, and scissors: I'm just using an old pencil, an old hole puncher and some scissors I got at Staples, but you can get them at any office supply store. I think these supplies are pretty self explanatory.

Paint brush: This is an old paint brush, but you can just pick some up at Michael's.

1. Line up your notebook with the stock paper. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but I just placed the stock paper on top of the notebook and lined it up so that it stopped just before the black spine.

2. Then, flip the notebook over, carefully making sure that the stock paper is still lined up. Trace the notebook cover with a pencil onto the stock paper.

3. Don't forget to trace the holes in the notebook! That will be your guide to where you need to punch out the holes with the hole puncher!

4. Cut the stock paper, but don't cut on the lines that you have traced. Allow about a 1 inch strip of extra paper on all sides, EXCEPT for the side that has the holes.

5. Now, punch out the holes with your hole puncher. Make sure you punch them out on the circles you've traced.

6. So now when you place the stock paper on the notebook, the holes should line up perfectly, and there should be an inch of paper hanging off of every side, excluding the one with the holes/lined up with the spine

7. Put the glue onto the notebook and be generous with it, so that it'll stick, but don't put too much that you're drenching the notebook.

8. If you're using liquid glue, go ahead and spread it out with a paint brush. Though as I said, I would highly, highly recommend using a gluestick instead!

9. The glue should be evenly distributed, and make sure it covers all corners and sides.

10. Place the stock paper on the glue and make sure it's all lined up. As I said, an inch of paper will hang off of all edges of the notebook except for the side with the spine. With those sides that hang off, fold them onto the inside of the notebook.

11. Glue the sides down on the inside of the cover of the notebook. Make sure they are all glued down. Wait for about an hour or two for it to dry and leave the cover open, to prevent it from sticking to the inside of the notebook!

12. Then you're done! Hopefully you'll have the best notebook in class! ;)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this DIY and that it helped you add a little more personality to your notebooks! I'll see you next week for another DIY :)

-Megan :) xx

Next time: Quick and easy way to decorate your binders for back to school! Check back next week!

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY: Splatter Picture Frames

Hey everyone! My name is Megan and today I'm posting my first DIY post on this blog and I'm really excited to continually share ideas with you! So first of all, I should let you know that I absolutely LOVE making crafts and decorating, so I think this blog will be perfect for me! I think I'll be pushing out posts every week, but that could always change. I hope you enjoy and let's get started :)

What you'll need:
-Blank picture frame
-White acrylic paint
-Acrylic paint in 2-4 different colours
-Paint brush
-Old Tarp, or any surface that you wouldn't mind getting dirty with paint

Information about the supplies:
Blank picture frame: I bought this at Michael's. It's really affordable ($1.50) and it's something that you can have a lot of fun decorating!

Acrylic paint: I use the brand Americana and I also purchased this at Michael's ($1.99) and I especially love acrylic paint because it dries pretty quick, but if you feel nervous about it staining or getting everywhere, you can always use washable paint instead.

Paint brush: This paint brush is actually really old, (and I should probably buy new ones) but I know that Michael's sells LOTS and lots of paint brushes if you ever need to buy some!

1. Paint the whole picture frame with white paint. I used Americana's "Warm White".

2. Get a lot of paint on your paint brush of one colour. I'm using Americana's "Vivid Violet" in the picture on the left, but you can use basically any colour you would like!

 3. Splatter it onto the white picture frame (though make sure you have a surface under your frame that you don't mind getting dirty, like a tarp, or old table) You can splatter the frame by flicking the paintbrush towards the frame and the paint should splatter easily if you have a lot of paint on your brush! I also did the same thing with Americana's "Bubblegum Pink".

4. Then let it dry for a couple hours (since there will probably be big blobs of paint that will take a while to dry). When none of the paint is shiny, or doesn't look wet, you can slip your picture into the frame!

And that's it! You're done! I had so much fun making this and it doesn't take long at all! This would be a perfect gift for your Mom, Dad, sibling or friend. Just slip in a memorable picture and you're done! Super inexpensive and easy :) I used pink and purple paint, but you can use any and as many colours you'd like! Feel free to comment if you have any questions, comments or requests! Hope you enjoyed reading and I'll talk to you next week!

-Megan :) xx

Next time: DIY back-to-school notebooks! Check back next week!