crafts

Instagram scrapbook

Here’s a great scrapbook idea. Make a scrapbook using your Instagram photos!

I love Instagram photos because they have that square shape that, to me, looks very crisp and appealing. I finished my Instagram scrapbook in just a couple of days. It was fast and easy because I used only stickers and washi tape throughout the whole book. It’s not perfect and I know I could have been more creative, but my goal was to get it done. I was finished in no time with this simple procedure and I was quite happy with the results. Now that I think about it, despite this fast and simple procedure, I was still able to get creative with what I had to work with. The washi tape brightened up the white background of the scrapbook page and the stickers added nice accents throughout the page.

I printed my Instagram photos from 2013, 2014 and 2015 using Foxprint.com. I used Foxprint.com because they have square sized prints which is perfect for Instagram photos.

I referred back to my Instagram feed to put the photos in chronological order. I also journaled in my scrapbook to give it that nice personalized touch. What I wrote in my scrapbook under each photo was the same thing that I wrote on my Instagram for each photo (minus the #hashtags).

Easy, simple, done.

Happy scrapbooking.

Today I am grateful for wonderful memories.

Valentine’s day LOVE tiles- A Fun Tutorial

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These scrabble love tiles are a great DIY Valentine’s day project. It’s also a great way to upcycle those “extra” scrabble tiles. These tiles can be used for anything. You can make one as a pendant for a necklace, attach one to a scrapbook or attach one to a Valentine’s day card for a little pop!

You can use any small photo for these tiles. For my love tiles, I used some old thumbprints of photos. You know, the kind that you get from Target, Walmart or Costco when you order photos. They fit perfectly on the scrabble tiles!

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For this project,  you will need:

-Scrabble tiles
-thumbprint photos
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer (optional)
-scissors or square paper cutter
-decorative stickers or paper
-nail file

Since the thumbprint photos didn’t completely cover the scrabble tile, I used a sticker as the base. Luckily, I had a square hole puncher that was almost the same size as the scrabble tile. I used this to punch out the sticker to fit perfectly over the tile. But if you don’t have a square hold puncher, scissors and a steady hand work just as well. I placed the sticker on the scrabble tile first. Then I used modpodge to glue the picture on top.Then I used a nail file to file the sides down since the sticker went a little over.

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I made some tiles without photos. Basically, I did the same procedure minus the photo (and the modpodge for sticking the photo on the tile). When I was happy with the finished product, I brushed on modpodge over the whole tile after I had placed the sticker and/or photo on it.

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I placed the tiles on wax paper for easier removal after drying. I let the tiles dry for about 20 minutes, then I sprayed acrylic sealer to give it a glossy finish. This is optional. Sometimes, the modpodge is good enough, especially if you don’t prefer a glossy finish.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Valentine’s day love tiles. I hope it inspires you to make them. Better yet, I hope it inspires you to create your own work of art or handmade treasure for your loved ones.

Today I am grateful for things handmade with love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

 

How to make a Valentine’s day coupon book

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Here is a fun and quick handmade project that you can make for your loved one. A Valentine’s day coupon book is a fun way to show your love.

For this project, you will need:

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-Hard cardstock paper for the front and back cover
-Construction or scrapbook paper for the coupons
-Valentines day stickers
-Paper cutter or X-acto knife
-Rubber cement or padding compound

First, cut the hard cardstock and the scrapbook paper so that they are all exactly the same size. The hard cardstock will be the front and back cover of the coupon book. The scrapbook paper will be the coupons for your book. Decorate the front of your coupon book with the Valentine’s day stickers.

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You can also use the Valentine’s day stickers on the coupons.

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This coupon book is for Josh’s big sister. I wrote “This coupon is good for:” and had Josh write the rest based on activities that they already enjoy together.

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I used rubber cement to bind one side of the book. You can also use padding compound. Spread a generous amount of rubber cement to bind one side of the book together.

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Let dry overnight using a clip to hold it together.

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The finished product! A homemade Valentine’s day coupon book for Josh to give to his big sister on Valentine’s day!

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Sabrina is going to love this Valentines day gift from her brother! Wishing you a Valentine’s day filled with Love.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Today I am grateful for Valentine’s days filled with love.