DIY – Memory Scrapbook

DIY – Memory Scrapbook

So I have a lot of random projects going on to fill my time while I’m on maternity leave. Specifically that awkward time where I’m too pregnant to work, but baby isn’t born yet. So I’m at home, not sure what to do. I have been playing games a decent bit, working on another cross stitch project, and other bits and pieces, including this scrapbook.

I got a HP sprocket for myself back in Christmas 2017. I used it in my little zine which I shared a while ago. I’ve also used it to start filling in this scrapbook album that I bought years ago and did nothing with.

scrapbook

I decided to start it from 2012, as that is officially the first full year that Rory and I were together. It’s also my last year of studying music at uni, and also I just don’t have too many photos from before then. I wanted to devote  a year per page. Trips and special events got their own dedicated page though. As time goes on, these years got at least two pages, as extra special moment began to happen. Engagements, weddings, and even more trips.

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I used my sprocket to print out photos, some I would make a collage so that I could have different sized photos around the page, making it look a bit more interesting. Then I looked for inspiration for doodles and frames on pinterest that I could add to the pages. All in all, I love how they came out!

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I’ve now filled up the book up to 2017.  I’ve sorted out the photos, but I still need to add the embellishments. I’m also starting to plot out the 2018 pages. I’m looking forward to seeing it get filled up over the years! I’m hoping I can get up to the year 2022, cause then it’ll have 10 years worth of memories in the scrapbook, but we’ll see!

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Have you guys ever made a memory scrapbook?

Angela.

DIY – Lightbulb Aquarium

I’m back with another DIY post! This one has been on my radar for a while. I first saw this post on Pinterest a while back. It was to make a Marimo moss ball aquarium. What really grabbed me was the fact that they were in lightbulbs!

These easy Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

On further investigation, I realized that the creator had found lightbulb shaped jars to use. I couldn’t find any, so I bought some clear bulbs instead. I then found out that New Zealand won’t allow in marimo moss things, because our eco system is pretty delicate. Customs is very strict on any fruits, veges, or plants, so I had to rethink. I decided on making a lightbulb aquarium with fake plants instead.

Removing all the lightbulb components was fairly tricky, but I did it in the end. I did break one lightbulb because I got impatient and tried to shake the last wire out and it cracked it. So be patient, and look up how to do it online. It’s doable.

Here’s what I used to make my Lightbulb Aquariums.

  • Empty clear lightbulbs
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Sand decor (Blue)
  • Fake aquarium plants (in small sizes preferably)
  • Water

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I funnelled in some blue sand. I stopped when I figured it covered the base pretty well. Then I just cut up the fake plants and used tweezers to drop them in.

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When I was happy with what I had inside, I slowly added some water.

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Ta-da! I really like how these came out. The water makes the plants look a bit more magnified, and since it’s all in a lightbulb, it just looks cool. Aesthetic, that’s all I want lol.

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Getting them to stand on their own is tricky, as it’s rounded on the bottom. I used some blu tac to get them to stay up, but I’ll think of a more permanent solution down the line.

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All in all, I really love how this little DIY project wound up. Not bad for an afternoon of messing around with random objects! I ended up making two, and I still have leftover plants to make a third one down the line.

Have you done a DIY with lightbulbs before?

Angela.

DIY Collection

A few days ago, I shared all the links for the baking recipes on this blog. I thought it would be fun to see all the DIY I’ve done so far as well. This was also something I wanted to do more of this year, so it will be nice to see all the things I’ve made in one post.

Travel Wall

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I recently did an update on how my travel wall is going. I have so much I want to add to it still. In general, I have lots of home decor idea, but I don’t want to run out of wall space haha! Looking at my travel wall definitely helps to inspire my wanderlust.

Travel Scrapbook

scrapbook cover

If you don’t know, I went to Peru a few years back. It was an amazing trip and I made a scrapbook detailing where we went and what we did. I love looking back at this scrapbook, and I’ve been thinking about making one for our recent Japan trip.

Element Jars

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My first Pinterest inspired craft, and it came out really well! I only needed a few items to make these element inspired jars. They still sit on our windowsill today and look exactly the same as they did 6 months ago.

Rustic Wall Hanging Sconce

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This is the DIY project I’m most proud of! I did this as a collab with Sarah over at Vintage Tea Rose. As inspiration, we looked at lots of Pinterest ‘Mason Jar Hangings’, then did our own spin on it. I had so much fun putting this together, staining the wood, attaching the clamps and jars, even buying the flowers!

Marbled Jars

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This little project is easy in theory but tricky in execution. Sometimes you wind up with something incredibly beautiful, while sometimes I end up underwhelmed with the pattern. Either way, it is something I want to try again.

Crayon Art

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This is still by far one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. Melting crayons with a hairdryer on a canvas. I really recommend it, but make sure you protect whatever surface you’re working on.

My “Blue” Zine

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Making this little zine made me so happy. I’ve since made another one for my dad’s birthday, filled with pictures of all of us growing up. There’s an endless list of things to make a zine about!

I have future DIY plans that I’m excited to try. Pinterest has so much creativity and inspiration that I always add more to my boards.

What DIY project have you been working on?

Angela.

DIY Travel Wall – Updates and Plans

I shared a post last year about my travel wall that I made. I’ve since added a few updates which I wanted to share.

Since adding the scratch off map I’ve liked having it as a focal point. I have been considering about changing it to a pin or cork board map though. As I’ve seen a few in stores that I like.

travel wall update 01

I still have the places I’ve visited all around the map. I’ve since added our recent trip to Japan. So now the countries I’ve visited include Australia, Fiji, Tahiti, Peru and Japan.

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I also wanted to add the postcards and letters that some of my blogging friends have sent me. I’m considering adding the Christmas cards as well, but I also want to save them for Christmas decor later in the year.

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I’ve been trying to think of how else I can extend my travel wall. It’s definitely expanded more than I what I originally thought. So I wanted to pick all of your lovely brains a little. Any ideas on how else I could add onto my travel wall? Do you have a similar display in your own home?

Angela.

DIY – My “Blue” Zine

I recently did a letter swap with the lovely Anni over at Glücksgeist. Along with her letter, she also create a little ‘zine’, which is the cutest thing ever. She called it “My Little Book of Positivity”, and it’s filled with so much cute graphics and inspiring quotes! I love it so much.

letter from anni

anni's zine

Over on her blog, she recently created another zine all about her current obsession of anything yellow. I finally decided to create one of my own! I decided to stick with the theme of blue since that’s one of my favourite colours.

zines

I looked up a DIY of how to make these little zines. I followed this how-to post, and I was surprised to see how easy it was to make! I had so much fun making my little zine, and I definitely plan on making more! I used my sprocket to print out photos, as well as washi tape and some cardstock to decorate. I wanted to stick with a blue theme throughout the book, hence the title “My Little Book of Blue”.

The first two pages are all about travel. I used the photo of me in the infinity pool in Fiji on one side. On the other side I put the definition of wanderlust, because it fit the theme.

travel

The next two pages are about love. So obviously, I had to include a photo of Rory and I. I was going to include a wedding photo, but none of them are blue. So I used one from our engagement instead. The quote is one of my favourites from Winnie the Pooh. There are seriously so many amazing quotes from those books!

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I wanted to include one of my favourite quotes from Maya Angelou as well. So I looked around for another blue photo and landed on the one of me at my sister’s wedding. In my blue maxi dress on Waiheke Island, it’s one of my favourite photos.

quotes

Here’s how the whole thing looks when you unfold it.

my zine

I’m so happy with how all of this came together!! I had so much fun putting it together, and now I have two! I plan to make more about all sorts of things!!

Have you guys ever made a zine?

Angela.

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DIY – Crayon Art

Welcome to another little DIY project. I saw lots of these on Pinterest, and there were lots of variations. You can attach the crayons to the canvas to make it ‘drip’, or you can melt the crayon directly on the canvas. I chose to do the latter. Whichever you choose, it always ends up looking like a piece of watercolour art which is amazing!

All you need to do this is crayons, a hairdryer and a canvas.

what you need

Here’s a timelapse video of how I made mine.

That’s all you need to do! I’m excited to try do more with other colours. I ended up sticking to colours that reminded me of ‘space’. So blues, purples, blacks, and a bit of red. I do wish I thought this through more and actually put something to protect my desk from the melted crayon bits that went everywhere. They were really hard to clean up. Anyway, here’s my final piece!

crayon art

It definitely looks like watercolour. I love how it looks, and I really can’t wait to try make more!

Have you ever tried this DIY before?

Angela.

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DIY – Marbled Jars

I went back and forth on sharing this DIY, as I wasn’t 100% happy with how it came out. It has grown on me a little though, so I thought I’d share it anyway!

This is a Pinterest favourite when it comes to DIY’s. It’s a cute way to upcycle a jar, vase or something similar with some splashes of colour! I know Sarah has done it a few times, and hers always come out so beautiful!

The general idea of how to make this is pretty straightforward. You use a container (that you will never use again after this), fill it with warm water, then add some nail polish. Next, you dip in the jars you want, and the nail polish just wooshes on to the jar. Afterwards you let it dry.

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I think maybe the container I used was too deep, and not wide enough, as the effect on the jars wasn’t quite what I expected. Maybe I didn’t swirl it enough, or I didn’t put in enough nail polish. Either way, I wasn’t thrilled with how they came out. I only tried it on the small jars I had, and stopped at that.

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I did this DIY a few weeks ago, but I kept coming back and looking at the jars. They’ve kind of grown on me now.

I’d love to try this again with my milk jars I also have. It’s all about practice right?

Anyway, the jars I have now, I like to store random bits of decor in. Sometimes it’s my fake rose petals in water. It has a nice swirly effect.

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Other times, I like to put the fairy lights in.

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All in all, I’m happy with my first attempt at creating marbled jars. It’s definitely something I’d like to do again.

Have you guys ever tried this kind of DIY? How did it go for you?

Angela.

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DIY – Rustic Wall Hanging Sconce (Collab with Vintage Tea Rose)

My title may have gotten a little out of hand. But first off, I have to introduce my lovely collab partner, Sarah, from Vintage Tea Rose! I had wanted to do a DIY collab, and Sarah seemed like the perfect partner. She has a huge number of DIY posts under her belt, including but not limited to, a terrarium, a desk calendar, marble jars, and more!

We emailed back and forth and landed on this as our inspiration. Be sure to check out how Sarah did hers as well!

DIY Wall Bathroom Decor on a Budget | DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce by DIY Ready

There were no real rules, we just had to do our own spin on the wall hanging. This did require a decent bit of DIY though. I even used a drill. It took a while to plan this out. I wanted to get it as close to the original, but this proved difficult. I didn’t know where to find leather, and then how to use it to bolt the jar to the wood. I also couldn’t find mason jars. So finally, I looked around at other DIY’s. Some mentioned hose clamps to attach them, so that’s what I went with.

Here’s what I used to make my wall hanging.

  • Wood Squares
  • Stain & Varnish in Jacobean
  • Hose Clamps
  • Jars
  • Screws
  • Mending plates

materials

The first step was to get those lids and clamps off my jars, which was pretty easy. The second step was to stain the wood. This took a few days, as I had to wait 12 hours between each coat. I did three coats, and was really happy with the final look!

wood staining

My original plan was to drill through the hose clamp so I could attach it to the wood. But that proved incredibly difficult. We broke through two drill bits trying to make a hole in the hose clamp. Finally, I came across a post that suggested using a mending plate, which was so much easier! You screw in the top part first.

bolt 1

Then before it’s all the way in, slide the hose clamp into the middle. Finally, drill it in at the bottom as well. That hose clamp is jammed in there.

bolt 2

Next, is to add in the jars. Just loosen the bolt, wiggle the jar in, then tighten it, so it doesn’t fall out. But don’t tighten it too much or that could crack the jar.

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Finally, you have to get them on to the walls. We had a whole pack of picture hanging assortments which came in handy. I screwed in a sawtooth at the back, then figured out how and where to hang them. We went with the entrance area in our living room as we had a nice empty space. Here they are on the wall.

wall hangings

Finally, here they are with some nice fresh flowers. I’m really happy with this! I may sometimes put in fake flowers, but mostly I’ll try keep it fresh.

flowers

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It’s a cute, rustic piece of decor in our house. I’m so proud of myself for doing this!!

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Here’s how Sarah did hers:

Sarah's Sconce

Isn’t it adorable?? I love how we each did our own spin on the original inspiration. Check out Sarah’s post if you want to find out how she made hers!

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DIY – Element Jars

One of the most Pinterest thing I’ve ever seen! Presenting, Element Jars! Original post can be found on MomDot. I knew this would be the perfect decor idea for the craft jars I recently purchased.

Element Jars: Create Sun, Moon, Earth, and Sky in these fun DIY Element Jar Necklaces Tutorial, picture instructions, Nebula Jar

So I set off gathering everything I needed, which wasn’t too much. Just paints and cotton balls. Instead of taking pictures, I thought it would be fun to film the whole thing. So feel free to watch me make some cute little element jars!

Here are my final jars!

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I’m so happy with them! The whole DIY took longer than I thought, it’s a repetitive process of paint and cotton balls, but the end result is so worth it!

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They now hang out on the window sills in our living room, and we both love them!

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diy - element jars

Angela.

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