Storage problems solved

Every time I go to the store (Target, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ikea etc) I look at the plethora of storage boxes. Canvas, leather, paper, wicker, plastic… the options are endless. The problem? None of them fit the spaces I want to put them in (10×10 and 10×14) or were the wrong color. Then a few months ago I discovered Make It and Love It and her tutorial on >> Continue reading

Origami + frame = affordable art!

Buying art can be expensive, but if you have a picture frame and scrapbook paper you can create fun affordable art. This is a personalized piece by creating my name using the alphabet instructions. Great for a baby’s room! The possibilities are endless though with’s great diagram or animated instructions. You could make flowers or animals or even landscapes.  [6-13-13 edit: the English page seems to have stopped working, >> Continue reading

Rosettes of encouragement

My daughter is still too young for these but I thought that when the time came they would be a great way to help encourage her. The nice thing about making them is that you can write anything on them to suit the occasion. (I see “great pooper!” on one when potty training time comes along, hehe) These also would be great for parties as place cards (minus the ribbon) >> Continue reading

3-ring binder binds find new life

As a knitter I have tons of patterns that hope to make someday printed and organized into 3-ring binders (this was the days before Ravelry!) They were looking a bit uninspired and plain on my bookshelf. To give them a new look I cut scrapbook paper to size and tucked it in the bind. Rather then trying to remember which color binder was which I stamped the words “PATTERNS – >> Continue reading

Pretty paper dress up

During one of my “let’s get organized” moods, I discovered that I had a ton of craft supplies, especially paper goods–note cards, design paper, wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, and even origami paper. They’ve all been sitting in a bin hidden away in the basement. I decided that it was time to put them to good use and turn them into something that I would actually use. I write notes all the time, whether it’s a sweet note >> Continue reading

Dress up a printed calendar

I’m a sucker for making the small things look pretty. At my old job I even decorated my pen/pencil holder (ie. a paper cup!) by drawing on it with a sharpie. Print-it-yourself calendars are often plain to look at. Why not dress them up by printing it on decorative paper? These are the basic steps if you already have decorative paper: Step 1: Select your paper. Step 2: Open the calendar >> Continue reading