DIY Valentine's Day card with minimal supplies

Hey guys! Today I have a REALLY fun tutorial for some DIY Valentine’s Day cards! Or any occasion really - you can see I actually created multiple kinds of cards with this technique. This project reminds me of one of my favorite things growing up - my Crayola crayon maker. You would melt down little bits of crayons and create your very own tie-dye crazyon! Did anyone else have that thing?? It was amazing.

Anyway, today’s card is going to use very minimal supplies - things you probably already have around the house or are very easy to get. You’ll need:

  • Crayons

  • An iron

  • Cardstock

  • Wax paper

  • an old tshirt or a dish towel

  • X-acto knife

To start off, you’re going to cut your cardstock into the shape you want. Since this is for Valentine’s Day, of course I went with the classic heart!

Then, pick a few colors of crayons you want to use. I made a couple of hearts in traditional pink and red colors, but I also made a version with yellows and greens and I LOVE how that one came out. One thing I would suggest is to use just a little bit of white with whatever color scheme you choose. It adds so much to the contrast and values of the colors and creates more dimension.

Using your xacto knife, carefully create small shavings of wax from your crayons and sprinkle those over your shape. You’ll want to cover most of the area, but don’t worry about covering it up completely. When the wax melts, it’ll spread out a little - and you can also add more later if you want to.

Then I placed my shape in between a folded double layer sheet of wax paper, which I then placed inside a folded dish towel (or place it in between the layers of your old tshirt). I ran my iron (set to low) over the area for a few seconds, using more tapping motions than gliding motions.

After the first few seconds, I like to check on my piece and see how it’s melting. Usually, the wax will start to melt towards one side, so I’ll cover it back up and run my iron over again, this time using firm pressure to push the melted wax the OTHER way so that the entire shape is covered. Try to do this in as few passes as you can, because it creates a more distinct marbled pattern. Or if you want it to look more smooth, you can let it dry for a bit and then melt it again later.

Set the wax sandwich aside for a few minutes to dry and harden. When it’s done, you can peel back the wax paper to see the beautiful design underneath! There will be wax hanging off the edges but it’s easy enough to just run your fingers over it to break it off.

I finished off these simple cards by mounting them to card bases. For one, I just wrote the sentiment in script and for the others, I used a sentiment stamp set from My Favorite Things.

So easy and fun, and you get such unique results! I hope you try this technique out, and let me know how it goes in the comments or on Instagram!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

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Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

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Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

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Precision Tip Glue Bottle
Precision Tip Glue Bottle

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

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My Monthly Hero - April 2018
My Monthly Hero - April 2018

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My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments
My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments

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February Plan With Me with FREE Printable! | Bullet Journal Setup

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be showing you how I set up my bullet journal for February.

This month I actually created TWO printables! The first one is free and you can find it here (you will receive an email that has the download link. Make sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it!). The second one is available for purchase for just $2 - and the PDF will also include a version of the artwork without a February calendar in case you want to use it for a different month or just as artwork to hang up!

As you can see, this month’s theme is a moon and stars theme. I wanted to pick one that was easy to replicate for beginners - everyone can draw stars, and the moon is pretty easy as well!

For the monthly layout, I did a slightly more involved layout than usual by drawing a box for every single day (instead of a simpler grid). It’s more work, but I really love the look of it. Feel free to simplify the grid if you’d like! Another new thing I included is a section for “next month” because I always find myself having future notes or to-do items that I’m not quite ready for yet but don’t want to forget.

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I tried another new weekly layout because I’m experimenting each month to find what works best. For this month, I created four large squares on each page - seven are for the days and the extra one is for meal planning. Along the top, I have a to-do list and on the right side, I have a condensed version of a habit tracker.

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Instead of doing a complete habit tracker spread this month, I’m choosing five things I want to focus on most and including them in my weekly spreads instead because I find it hard to keep up with monthly habit trackers.

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As usual, I created all my weekly spreads for the month in one sitting so I’m all set for the month. And I decided not to preplan any other spreads that I usually do (gratitude, favorites, habits) so that I can decide what to do as I go.

That’s it for my February setup! Pretty simple this month, but I had fun experimenting with some new setups!







5 Tips for your First Bullet Journal

Wow, can you believe January is already almost over? 2019 has been flying by! How have you all been doing on your resolutions this year? I know that this might be a time when we are all losing some steam on our goals and if you just started a bullet journal this year, you might be struggling with how to keep it going. I hope that these 5 tips I have for you today will help you stay on track!

1. Always keep your bullet journal with you.

If you don’t have your journal with you, you simple won’t use it! If you’re not used to using on a planner, it might be quite an adjustment to remember to refer to it or use it. But if you always have it with you - even if you’re not expecting you’ll need it - you are bound to use it more. That way, the next time you have a few minutes while waiting for an appointment, or have some quick thoughts while on the train, you’ll actually have a place to write it down! And maybe soon, you’ll be like me and start freaking out when you DON’T bring your journal out with you.

2. Don’t get too caught up in the supplies.

I say this with a caveat, because if stationery and pretty pens are what truly bring you joy and you are picking up bullet journal mainly as a creative outlet, go for it! But if you are way on the other side of the spectrum, don’t believe you are creative (which, by the way, I truly believe you are!), and are totally new to the whole crafting scene, then all the supplies available might just be overwhelming. All you really truly need is a journal and a pen. That’s it. And you can do SO MUCH with just that - so many lettering styles and simple illustrations, and even just drawing boxes with some drop shadows.

3. Practice pages before/separately.

Ok, again, a caveat - I know that some of you might be thinking, “This chick is crazy. Not only am I supposed to keep a bullet journal going, but I need a SECOND journal just to practice??” No, you don’t. BUT - if you are a bit of a perfectionist and find a blank page to be intimidating (it often is for me), it can be so reassuring to just sketch out a layout you’re thinking of first before you go in and draw it into your journal. Or line it in with pencil first. Not everything has to be perfect on the first try in scary black ink as I’m sure it seems everyone on Instagram and YouTube shows it!

4. Make all your weekly spreads for the month at once.

If you’ve watched any of my Plan With Me videos, you know that I always do this. I find it so much more efficient to do all your weekly spreads at once rather than one at a time. Sometimes we simply don’t have the time or inspiration at the end of the week to draw all those boxes and grid lines. Plus, it makes planning much easier because you can plan a few weeks ahead of time instead of just a few days.

I also like to stick to just one layout design for all the weeks in a month - it makes the setup go a lot faster, which is great because sometimes I find these pages to be very tedious to draw in. It will also make your journal look a lot more cohesive when you’re flipping through it later on.

5. If something’s not working, ditch it or change it.

In the end, bullet journaling is about finding a system that works for YOU. Just because everyone else’s journals has certain spreads doesn’t mean yours has to if it’s not relevant or helpful to you.

For example, one type of spread I’ve tried to force on myself for months is habit trackers. I love the way they look and the idea behind habit trackers. But when it comes to the day to day of using them, I just find it to be so tedious. I don’t really want to be going through a checklist of 15 things every day, and if I skip a day or two, just forget it because there is no way I’m going to be able to remember what I did three days ago.

For a few months, I just completely stopped trying to use habit trackers and I just felt so much freer when I was journaling. I didn’t have to worry about keeping track of things just for the sake of keeping track of them. After a few months, I decided to revisit the idea but with a twist - I turned the tracker into an illustration that wasn’t so nitty-gritty. It refreshed the idea and was more tailored towards my own style.

So think about any spreads you may be using that you’re not completely enjoying - is there something you can change about them to make them more fun or effective, or is it worth it to just ditch it for a bit?

There are my 5 tips for bullet journaling! I hope this helps you to stay on track with your journal because once you get into it, it can really improve your life. Comment below if you have any other helpful tips!

Small Space/Apartment Craft Room Tour! | Storage on a budget

Hello everyone! Today I am excited to show you my first ever craft room tour!

I’ve moved around a good amount in the last few years, so this is the first time I’ve had a semi-permanent place for me to really settle my craft space. The benefit to having moved many times is that I’ve had lots of different setups and now have a better idea of what works for me.

My space is relatively small - half of a small room, which I share with my husband - so this might give you some storage ideas and inspiration if you are also in a small space. Even if I had the option of having a larger space, it probably wouldn’t work as well for me because having too many supplies is sometimes overwhelming. Plus, if your space is bigger, things are farther away so you spend more time getting up to find or grab things!

You can watch the video of my craft room tour here, and I’ll point out some of my favorite storage solutions in the post below:

One of my favorite parts of my crafting space is my ink and washi storage wall. It’s functional, but also decorative! I love storage solutions that put your supplies on display, because then you’re not “wasting” precious space - and also, craft supplies are naturally pretty so you may as well show them off! I was able to find this ink cubby at a secondhand store for under $10, but I know there are companies that make special ink storage compartments like this (Etsy is a good place to look).

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Underneath my ink storage, I have a DIY solution for washi tape. I went to the hardware store and grabbed two hooks and a dowel, and that makes a super easy washi holder! Iove this because it’s super easy to do, holds a ton of washi, and is budget friendly. You can easily add a second or third row of this if you have more washi - maybe even a whole wall of washi! That would be beautiful. 😻 I love having all that pretty washi on display, and I find that I’m using it a lot more because it’s easy to access. Win-win!

These ideas also bring me to another tip in general, which is to use vertical space. I try to hang things on my wall that are decorative but also provide lots of storage. On another wall, I have this trio of cubes. It hangs above my desk, so I keep my most used supplies on there such as adhesives and my favorite ink pads. I love that this also give these supplies a space that is within easy reach and OFF of my desk, because I’m sure you all know how messy a desk can get when you’re in the middle of a project!

As for my actual desk, it’s a pretty small one that I found on Craigslist. My favorite part of it is the little compartment for you to plug things into, and my heat tool fits perfectly in there so it lives in there all the time! Having places like this for anything with wires automatically makes your space look neater. Wires are a total eyesore and also tend to get in the way. If you can find a desk like this, definitely get it! If not, another solution I have that I used to do is to attach a command hook to the leg of your desk and to hang your tools from there. Easy access, and you don’t have to bother with plugging in any time you need to use a tool which makes a huge difference.

My locker unit which holds many of my supplies is from IKEA, and I love the clean but unique look of it. Inside, I have some fridge bins and other baskets to organize my supplies.

The clear drawers I have for my mini ink pads are makeup organizing drawers that I got from Amazon - it is the largest piece in this set.

Finally, of course, the IKEA Raskog cart. This is something that you probably see in 95% of all craft room tours, and for good reason! This bad boy holds SO MUCH!! I actually only just got mine recently and can’t believe how much of a difference it makes. I can basically hold ALL my markers/pencils/other media, lots of precut cardstock and card bases, and still have room to spare. I also love that it is easy to wheel around.

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That’s pretty much it for my room! I’m sure it’ll change in time, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! And what are some of your favorite storage ideas for your craft room?






10 Washi Tape Ideas for your Planner/Bullet Journal

Ahh, washi tape. I know we all have it. I’d guess that we all have too much of it. Wait, no. I take that back. No such thing as too much washi, right?? They’re very affordable, each roll lasts you forever, so versatile, and of course, CUTE! I even keep many of my washi tapes out as decoration around my craft room.

Because each roll of washi lasts forever and I know we all need more ideas of how to use it, today I have 10 tips for how to use washi tape in your bullet journal or any other type of planner/journal! For a more in depth look at each of these, watch the video below:

1. Make an easy page header.

If you’re in a rush, or have trouble creating headers for your planner, this is a great way to make your headers stand out. You don’t need to do any fancy lettering and it’ll look great! I find Sharpies to be the best pen/marker to write on top of washi tape since they often have a slightly slick surface. Any width washi works for this, but I would stick to basic patterns like solids, stripes, and polka dots so that it’s still easy for you to read the writing on top.

2. Call out a block of text.

I will often write down quotes I like from books that I’m reading, but then later on, I can’t find the quotes among all the other writing on my journal pages. Instead, I now create a frame around the quote or text I want to call out with some super skinny washi so that I can easily flip through my pages later on and find them. This is also a great tip when taking notes for class to highlight due dates or key topics!

3. Divide sections on a page.

Similarly to the last idea, if you have a whole page of text or ideas, it can be very helpful to simply add a thin border of washi in between sections to separate different topics. It stands out a lot more than just drawing a line with your pen and breaking up information visually can help you skim through your notes later. Any pattern works, but I find that thinner washi tape works better for this.

4. Highlight a block of dates.

Oh my monthly and weekly spreads, I love to use washi to highlight blocks of dates - these can be for vacations, travel, events, and "no-buy” weeks for me.

This is my favorite way to highlight dates because I can still see my grid and box lines underneath since washi tape is translucent. It is also easy to move around in case travel days change around. I like to stick to skinny-medium widths of washi in basic patterns for these.

5. Fill in and decorate empty spaces.

When you have an empty space on a page, this is a great place for you to decorate and play with your washi collection! The best part is, you can go crazy with the patterns and colors you use, because this is the decorative part of your page! I like to layer different widths of washi to create a collage-like effect.

6. Create an easy monthly cover page.

If you’re not great at illustration, or like a more graphic look for your bullet journal, you can create a really easy and fun monthly cover or decorative page with your washi! The simple pattern below uses different widths of washi in two color families. I like to stick to a limited color palette and patterns so that it creates a more plaid-like effect, but play around and have fun with it!

7. Line your page edges.

This is one of my favorite tips because not only does it add some color and pattern to a long but subtle part of your page, but it’s also very useful!

Since you fold your washi tape over the edge of the page onto the other side, this creates a thin strip of color that you can see when your book is closed. This creates something like a divider so that you can easily find a spot in your journal! I think this would be great to do on all your cover pages for each month so that at the end, you can easily flip to whatever month you’re looking for. For this technique, I would use medium-thick widths of washi so you have enough to fold over the edges, and have fun with the colors/patterns!

8. Create divider tabs.

This is similar to the last suggestion, but this time, you’re creating dividers that stick out like little flags. You’ll fold over a length of washi on itself around a page, leaving some sticking out, and then you can write whatever section you need - this is a great way to divide months, or to create sections such as classwork, finances, etc. If you plan to write section titles, make sure you use simple patterns.

9. Make a corner bookmark.

This is especially helpful if you have a notebook that doesn’t come with ribbon bookmarks! My Leuchtturm1917 notebook actually comes with three, but these are more fun anyway! ;) All you need is a regular envelope. Snip off the two corners on the non-flap side so that you have a nice little triangle. Then decorate with washi! I make same design on both sides so that the edges look neater, and go crazy with the pattern! I pulled out one of my absolute fav washi tapes which has gold foil cats! Isn’t it adoooorable!?

10. Spruce up some ordinary office supplies.

Dig through your office supplies and pull out those binder clips, clothespins, and even paperclips! You can easily turn a boring supply into a cate accessory that you would find in a boutique stationery store by just adding a strip or two of washi!

Having clips like these on hand are great for keeping your pages down if your notebook doesn’t lay completely flat, but let’s be honest - we all want that extra cuteness for those Instagram flat lays haha!! ;)

So there you go, 10 ways to use that washi in your bullet journal! How big is your washi collection??

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey

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Micron Pens - Variety Pack
Micron Pens - Variety Pack

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Sharpie Fine Tip
Sharpie Fine Tip

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