DIY Planner Dividers: Personal Size

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy paper crafting project for you today!

I recently purchased a kikki.K personal planner!  I love my new planner, but I didn’t love the dividers that came with it.  I’ve seen so many cute handmade dividers online, so I decided to make some myself!

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Here’s a little sneak preview of the finished product!

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Supplies:

  • Large paper dividers or file folders
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue dots
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Dividers that already fit your planner
  • Decorative papers and appliques
  • 6-hole punch (find one here)

The dividers I have came with seven tabs.  I knew I only wanted four tabs for my dividers, so I had to make a few adjustments to make the dividers fit and not look awkward!

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You’re going to start by tracing your first divider onto one of the large file folders.

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Leave a little space at the bottom of the first tab.

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Take the next divider “in line” and scooch it up a little to create a larger tab for your first divider.  Finish tracing the rest of the tab.

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This is actually a picture of the second divider, but you can still see what the divider tabs should look like.

Once you have the dividers drawn out, cut them with your paper cutter.  I cut all the straight edges first.

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At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to cut the tabbed side of the divider.  I decided to cut part of it with the paper cutter and the actual tab area with a pair of scissors.

While using the paper cutter, I had to be very careful not to accidentally slice my tab right off!  To avoid that happening, I stopped the paper cutter about half an inch from the tab on each side.  I then finished cutting it with some scissors.

Getting the inside corners perfectly rounded was pretty tough, but I think I managed okay!

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Here are all the cut out dividers!

You may have noticed that there are five papers in the picture!  About halfway through my project, I decided to make a dashboard to match my dividers!

To make the dashboard, just line up all of your original dividers, trace around them, and then cut it out!  It’s super easy!

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I love the striped, metallic dividers, but I wanted to add a little something else to them!

I found these fun Project Life cards and cardboard appliques at Hobby Lobby.  When I saw them, I knew they’d be perfect for this project!

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I played around with a few different design options.

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Here’s what I decided on!

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I used some adhesive, glue dots to attach all of the decorative items.  I’m rather heavy handed with every kind of adhesive, so you may not find this many glue dots necessary! 🙂

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Now it’s time to punch the holes!  Once all of the holes are punched, your dividers are complete!

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Here are all of the finished dividers!

Aren’t they so cute?!  I love the light pink with all of the gold accents! So classy!

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I absolutely love the way the dashboard and dividers look with my light blue planner and matching, pink planner clips!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial!

Happy Crafting and Happy Planning!

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DIY: Happy Birthday Banner

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy, birthday project to share with you today!

It’s my roommate’s birthday this week, so I made a birthday banner to hang in our apartment to celebrate!

IMG_5404Supplies:

  • 4.5 by 6.5 Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Paint (I recommend metallic!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Something Angled (I’m using a name tag)

Start the project by deciding what phrase you want to spell out with your banner.  I chose “Happy Birthday!”

Once you’ve decided on a phrase, count out the appropriate number of cardstock pages.

IMG_5405Use your angled object to create the shape of each banner piece.

I’m using a name tag I was given several years ago on my Bid Day.

Lay down your angled piece and trace with a pencil.

IMG_5408Cut along the pencil lines.

Go ahead and cut all of the banner pieces now.

IMG_5412Once you’ve cut the pieces, it’s time to hole punch them and then paint the letters.

I painted my letters in a basic font. I didn’t want anything too complicated.  A low maintenance font makes the project much easier to complete!

If you’re not comfortable free handing the letters with your paintbrush, draw them lightly with pencil first and then paint over the lines.

IMG_5414My paper pack came with many coordinating paper options, so I picked my favorites and alternated them for this project.

IMG_5421Now it’s time to string the letters together.

Thread the ribbon in and out of each punched hole. I like to fold the end of the ribbon in half, so it fits nicely through the holes without giving me much trouble!

I would keep your ribbon on the spool while threading the letters.  That way you won’t encounter the problem of too little or too much ribbon on each end.

IMG_5426To make sure that each banner piece stays in its place, I like to add a little bit of Scotch Tape on the backside of each piece.

Once each banner piece is secured, the banner is ready to hang!

IMG_5444I apologize for the weird lighting.  I took this picture three different times throughout the day, and this is the best I could get!

I promise the banner looks fantastic in person though!

I’ve made a few of these over the years for different occasions.  They’re great for any celebration you may have!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy DIY: Floral Monogram Puzzle Pieces

Hi everyone!

For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal.  We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.

They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

IMG_5122Supplies:

  • Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Wooden Letters
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pencil
  • Bowl

IMG_5124Acrylic Paint:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Wedding Cake
    • Chamomile
  • Americana
    • Primary Blue

IMG_5126Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.

IMG_5131After tracing the center, draw some flower petals.  Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.

These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously.  You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.

IMG_5135Painting time!

I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.

I paint right over my pencil lines.  After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.

IMG_5136Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint.  As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.

IMG_5177Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.

There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.

IMG_5180While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.

These will also require three coats of paint.

IMG_5197Now it’s time to add the blue paint!

Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.

I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point.  Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!

IMG_5201I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.

IMG_5204It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.

If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished.  Nobody wants that!!

IMG_5222Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.

When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush.  I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.

IMG_5232Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!

I absolutely love the way these look!

In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect.  I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂

Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!

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DIY – How To Paint an Ikat Canvas

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy painting tutorial to share with you today! IMG_2913Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Flat paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

IMG_3119Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint

  • Hummingbird
  • Twilight Blue
  • Mother of Pearl

Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Sterling

IMG_2916Start with the blue, pearl paint and evenly place little dots of paint across your canvas.  Be sure to stagger your dots!

I squirted my paint dots right out of the bottle to ensure that the dots were relatively even in size.  I didn’t want one dot to have significantly more or less paint than any of the others. IMG_2918Using your paint brush, make a rough diamond shape where each paint dot is located. IMG_2923Continue making the rough diamonds. IMG_2926 Once all the blue diamonds are completed, go over each of them with a little bit of the white pearl paint.

We’re just trying to add a little extra sheen. IMG_2932On the right side of each blue diamond, add a smaller, silver one. IMG_2934 Make the assumption that the pattern continues off the canvas and paint silver diamonds to the right of where the assumed blue diamonds are.  Does that make sense? IMG_2940Continue painting the silver diamonds off the edge of the canvas. IMG_2944Add small green diamonds (the same size as the silver ones) to the left of the large, blue diamonds. IMG_2946Add small, green diamonds on top of the large, blue ones.

The pearl and metallic paint aren’t as opaque as I’d like them to be, so I added a couple extra coats of green and silver paint.

Once, you’re satisfied with the opacity of the paint, the project is complete! IMG_3021I really love how this project turned out!

So pretty!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Maribel the Mermaid

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8955  Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8957DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 995 – dark blue
  • 996 – medium blue
  • 3706 – coral
  • 3770 – very light peach

Not pictured:

  • 747 – light blue
  • 840 – light brown
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the mermaid design we’ll be using for our project.

IMG_8962As usual, we will print out and trace our motif with a Sharpie.

I chose to leave out the blushing cheeks.  If you want to add them, feel free to do so!

IMG_8960Trace Maribel onto your fabric.  Then, hoop your fabric.

IMG_8965Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for her hair.

IMG_8968I’ve been talking out practicing the Stem Stitch for a while now.  I am finally getting around to it!

IMG_8971Use the Back Stitch for Maribel’s body.

You can use whatever color thread you’d like for your mermaid’s hair and skin.  I chose blonde hair and fair skin for Maribel, because that’s what the book shows and it’s what I have.

IMG_8974Continue using the Back Stitch but switch to the dark blue thread for the outline of her tail.

IMG_8978Continue with the Back Stitch but switch to the medium blue for her tail scales.

Use the coral thread and the Satin Stitch for Maribel’s mouth.

IMG_8986I spent at least 10 minutes deciding on Maribel’s eye color.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of my options!

I finally settled on the light brown.

Use the Back Stitch for this portion as well.

IMG_8991Finally, use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the bubbles.

IMG_9004Now our mermaid is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

Happy Crafting!!

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Another Hydrangea Painting!

Hi everyone!

I loved my first hydrangea painting so much that I decided to make another one!

DSCN2335I won’t bore you by repeating the same instructions as before!!

For my original tutorial on painting hydrangeas, follow this link.

DSCN2388Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Poodle Skirt
  • Bubblegum
  • Wild Salmon
  • Green Curry
  • Scottish Highlands

Here are some pictures for you to follow!

Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 1.1 Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 2.2I really love my color choices and how these turned out!

If you have any questions or troubling locating my original tutorial, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy Lilac Painting!

Hi everyone!!

I have another painting tutorial to share with you!!

Today, we will be painting lilacs!

DSCN2343It’s a pretty simple painting, so let’s get started!

DSCN2589Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes (filbert, detail brush, and scruffy brush)
  • Pencil

DSCN2594Marta Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Hydrangea Purple
  • Heliotrope
  • Pesto
  • Scottish Highlands

Folk Art Acrylic Paint

  • Purple

The first step is to paint your canvas.  My canvas was prepainted, so I didn’t bother painting the background.

DSCN2214These canvases came from Michaels.  If you can work with the colors then these are great!! They save quite a bit of time!

DSCN2217Take your pencil and draw the general shape of your lilacs and stems.  It’s okay if the shapes are wonky!! You’ll be painting over them in the next step!

DSCN2227 Paint the stems and leaves with the detail brush.

I used both green paints to add a bit of definition to the leaves.

DSCN2237Using the scruffy brush, dab the darkest purple paint onto the flowers.

DSCN2233Don’t glop on the paint, but a little texture is good!

DSCN2243Once you’ve finished the base coat, it’s time to paint the actual flowers.

We will be using the five-petal flower from my hydrangea and pink bouquet tutorials.

DSCN2420Using a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.

If it helps, you can think of the flower as a little man.  He has a head, two arms, and two legs.

DSCN2600Using both the light and medium purple paint, add little flowers all over the dark purple base.

Overlap the flowers and let the colors mix to add dimension!

DSCN2597To dot or not to dot?! It’s up to you!

Once all the flowers have been added, you decide if you’d like to paint their centers.

I skipped dotting the centers, because I like how my flowers look with out the dots!

DSCN2343I chose to add a third leaf to the right side of my bouquet.

I have a real problem with symmetry and couldn’t handle three leaves on one side and only two on the other!!

Once your bouquet is symmetrical (or not!!), the painting is complete!!

I really wanted to add a bow around the stems but mine were too far apart!!  I will try and add one next time though!!

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Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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Easy Hydrangea Painting!

Happy first day of summer!!!

I stumbled upon a hydrangea painting tutorial the other day and decided to give it a try!!

ImageHere’s my finished product!! I’m very happy about how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever painted something like this!

Would you like to make one too?!

ImageSupplies:

  • Burlap Canvas (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

ImageThese are the Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors that I chose to use.

  • Greek Tile
  • Blue Calico
  • Wedding Cake
  • Pesto
  • Green Curry

No matter what colors you decide to use, I recommend two coordinating shades of green and then two coordinating shades of another color or colors.

ImageThese are the paint brushes I used.  I recommend a large and small flat, square brush, a small rounded, flat brush, and a tiny, pointed brush for making dots.

The actual brush sizes will vary depending on how large you want your hydrangeas to be.

Let’s get started!!

The first thing you want to do is lay out your canvas and draw large circles where you want your hydrangeas to be.

ImageNext, use the lighter shade of green and paint leaves around the circles.

I used the small, flat square brush to paint the leave’s base coat.

This part doesn’t have to be perfect.  We will be going over the leaves with more paint in the next step.

ImageNow, we’re going to double load our paintbrush to add depth to our leaves.

Dip one side of you paintbrush in the lighter green and one side in the dark.

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After double loading the paintbrush, start on one side of the leaf and drag your paintbrush to a point.  The burlap creates some resistance, so this can be a little difficult!  Once you’ve painted one half of the leaf, do the same thing on the other half.

Here’s a video that explains how to make the leaves!  It looks a lot easier to do in the video! Just be patient and you’ll be able to make it work!

ImageAs you can see, not all my leaves are perfect! Oh well!!

Next, we’re going to start our flowers!!

ImageTake both your light and dark blue and paint a base layer.

ImageI painted the tops light blue, the bottoms dark blue, and the middle is a mixture of the two.

Now comes the fun part!!

ImageYou’re going to take your rounded, flat brush and paint little five petal flowers all over the place.

Think of the flower as a little man.  Paint a head, two arms, and two legs.  The first few might look rough but after you paint a few you’ll become a master!!

Alternate painting with the light and dark blue.  Don’t clean off your brush in between the colors, this allows them to mix and create a different shade of blue.

ImageWhen you’re almost done, but still have a few empty spots, start painting three of four petal flowers to fill gaps.  You can also randomly add single petals to fill up any additional spaces.

ImageAll of our flowers have been painted! Now, it’s time to paint the flower centers!

ImageTake your small, pointy brush and use white (or any other color you’d like) and paint little dots in the center of each flower.

This step was tricky for me, because I couldn’t tell where the center of some of the flowers were!  If you’re struggling like I was, just randomly place the dots!  No one has to know that you guessed!

Once your centers are painted, you’re done!!

ImageVoilà!! You now have a bright and fun hydrangea painting!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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