DIY Birthday Card

DIY Birthday Card

I always hate buying birthday cards for people. What is the point of buying a card with someone else’s words in it? It is like a happy birthday from a complete stranger. So, I’ve been inspired by other kinds of holiday cards and decided to create my own. I think this card took about 10 minutes to make and almost looks professional. It is also cheaper than buying cards in stores.

DIY Birthday CardThing You Will Need:
Scrapbook paper (12″x12″)

*Optional- pencil

DIY Birthday CardStep 1:

Fold two facing sides inward to meet in the middle.

DIY Birthday CardStep 2:

Repeat step 1 on the opposite sides so that your folds make a smaller square in the middle.

DIY Birthday CardStep 3:

Cut out all 4 corners of the paper.

DIY Birthday Card

DIY Birthday Card

Step 4:

Cut a half circle into one of the tabs. Use what you’ve cut out as a stencil for the rest of the tabs so that you have something like the above photo.

DIY Birthday CardStep 5:

Fold the tabs in towards the center of the square with one tab under the other, so that they stays together.

You can add a ribbon if you want to add another decorative element.

DIY Birthday CardWrite your message on the inside in colorful ink and you’ve got yourself a lovely personalized birthday card (or a holiday card of some kind). You have to be able to come up with something more creative than the birthday cards at Walmart. If not, a simple “Happy Birthday” will probably do the trick.

Happy crafting!

Inspirational Quotes

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor


“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” I love this quote. It reminds me to keep pushing because I will never get where I want to go by taking things that are handed to me. It is a reminder that something will always stand in my way. You always become a better person if you can overcome those obstacles.

I’m not one for inspirational quotes. I like learning from my own mistakes and most of the time, those quotes don’t inspire me. I found this blog post today called 25 Awesome Thoughts and I really liked it. The quotes here are inspirational but not like the average inspirational quotes you see daily. Not like the one above. These quotes are from people with a past that aren’t trying to inspire you. There are a few very moving quotes on this post and some disturbing ones. If you have time, check it out.


Illustrations of Gabriel Moreno

Artwork of Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno is an Illustrator in Madrid. He graduated from the University of Sevilla with a Fine Arts degree. Since his graduation in ’98 he has worked in several different types of work environments like design studios and ad agencies. In 2007 he began a successful career as an illustrator with the reputable magazine Computer Arts.

Gabriel’s art is unique and exciting. Each piece of work begins with a black and white base. As Gabriel works, he layers on color, people and places.

Artwork of Gabriel Moreno

Artwork of Gabriel Moreno

Artwork of Gabriel Moreno

Artwork of Gabriel Moreno


All images copyright © Gabriel Moreno

DIY Shadow Box Memories

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesMost of my readers know that I spent all of last week at the beach. I knew I was going to miss it as soon as I got home so I prepared this Make Something Mondays (I guess Tuesday in this case) as a way to remember it. I decided to make a shadow box to preserve the memory. It is always a great way to remember a vacation or event.


DIY Shadow Box MemoriesThings You Will Need:
Shadow box


DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 1:
Pin the picture to the top of the back of the shadow box.


DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 2:
Add the sand and shells to the bottom of the shadow box.


DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 3:
Reassemble the shadow box and shake the sand and shells around for a more natural look.


DIY Shadow Box MemoriesThis is, by far, the best way to preserve memories.

A few years ago a coworker of my mom’s asked me to draw a picture of his family and add roses (from a wedding) to it. So I made a memoir box, similar to this one. The drawing is not a good one but he seemed to like the final package. It is more about the event and the memory than the  drawing itself.