a marriage timeline is my fave

August 29, 2013

On Monday Ryan and I celebrated seven years of marriage (hip, hip!). Months ago we were reminiscing and it was hard for us to remember what events happened when so Ryan suggested we create a timeline. He probably quickly forgot the idea but I put it in my back pocket and an anniversary seemed like the appropriate time to whip it out.

diy marriage timeline

diy marriage timeline

diy marriage timeline

I used this accordion kit and printed the events from each year on flat cards (thanks to my friend Kirsten for designing it all), using pva glue to adhere them to each page. Then I covered the bead board with fabric. Needless to say, it was a hit. Even if some years I couldn’t remember anything memorable so I had to improvise with events like Ryan getting a professional haircut (instead of cutting it himself). My hope is to add a page each year.

PS The last event listed for 2013 is The Trip. We’re headed to Europe tomorrow! This is major for us since we’ve only been on one real vacation since we’ve been married and that was our honeymoon. Wish us luck for the long plane ride with Beck in tow and check out my instagram (so I can feel like Carmen Sandiego).

homemade push pops are my fave

August 28, 2013

homemade push pops

I guess if the beginning of summer deserves a party, the end of summer should too. One last hurrah before we’re bombarded with pumpkins. I will call it the end of summer bummer (thanks for the idea Topaz and Arrow) and it will involve these two step homemade push pops.

homemade push pops

Step one: Fill push pop containers (I found these in the cake section of Michaels) with icy treats of your choosing and throw in add-ins if you’re so inclined.

homemade push pops

Step two: Cover the outside of the containers with patterned paper backed with double stick tape then freeze those puppies until party time.

homemade push pops

a pop art portrait is my fave

August 27, 2013

diy pop art portrait

Ah, decoupage. One of the first craft supplies I experimented with when I was a tween (and made something pretty tragic with I’m sure) but it still holds a fond place in my heart. And now Martha Stewart Crafts has introduced a premium multi-surface decoupage product line so now I can experiment all over again. Here’s the first of my projects, a mini pop art portrait.

pop art portrait

To make your own you’ll need:
– a small canvas (I used a 5×5)
– fabric
– a photo (a favorite human, animal or object)
Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage, Fabric to Fabric
– paint brush
– scissors

Step one: Trim your fabric down to roughly the size of the canvas, leaving edges to wrap around the sides. Brush the entire front side of the canvas with the decoupage glue and adhere the fabric. Smooth it out to get rid of any bubbles. Then top with a layer of glue. Wrap the edges of the fabric around canvas and adhere with glue too.

Step two: While waiting for the fabric to dry, edit your photo by using the threshold feature in Photoshop (or use the free online editing program, Pixlr). Adjust size, print out, and trim.

Step three: Brush glue onto the fabric where you want the image to go and add the image. Top with a layer of glue to seal. Let dry completely before displaying prominently in your home.

diy pop art portrait

diy pop art portrait

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line. 

watercolor favor boxes are my fave

August 23, 2013

favor boxes

Apparently it’s food and favors week here on yamf. I have no fine art skills (7th grade art class was one of my worst grades) but I made these favor boxes presentable in about 3 minutes flat. Good thing watercolor is so forgiving. Get the three step tutorial right here on Julep.

PS If that’s not enough watercolor action for you, here’s a roundup of diys using the same palette.

cookie favors are my fave

August 21, 2013

Today’s tutorial was created by the talented Alana of Humunuku. If anyone can make chocolate chip cookies look even more delicious, Alana can.

chocolate chip cookie favors

Just like Melanie, I’m a fan of the edible favor. Here’s an easy way to package a cookie for the next occasion that calls for a little takeaway.

chocolate chip cookie favors

To make your own you’ll need:

– white card stock
– knife
– ruler
– cellophane cookie bags
– string or ribbon
– waxed paper
– cookies

chocolate chip cookie favors

1. Print pdf at full resolution and use crop marks to cut out squares.
2. Cut waxed paper in the same sized squares as your designed cards. (About 4.5″)
3. Place waxed square over patterned square and slip into cellophane cookie bags.

chocolate chip cookie favors

chocolate chip cookie favors

chocolate chip cookie favors

4. Fill each bag with a cookie & seal bags by folding adhesive flap to the back.
5. Using a string or ribbon adorn each bag as your wish. I tied a bow to each one with black string. Simple and delicious.

chocolate chip cookie favors

chocolate chip cookie favors

See more from Alana on her blog or shop (whale onesie!)


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