Easy DIY Bookmarks!

I love to read and I do it frequently. You can only imagine how many bookmarks I have gone through in my life. The paper ones tear, the metal ones discolor the pages, the wooden ones break… I had to come up with a better idea because these are just not working out for me.  So, I’ve seen people make magnets using this same technique and I decided I could use it to make bookmarks.  It is super easy and only takes a few minutes (excluding the time you are waiting for the glue to dry.)

diy glas tile bookmarks

diy bookmark supplies

DIY bookmark supplies:

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diy bookmark instructions

Step 1: cut a circle in your scrapbook paper

First, you are going to need a pattern or design.

I made mine with Photoshop but you can search the internet to find some cute ones to print out. I’ve also seen people use scrapbook paper, which always looks cute!

Cut out the design. Make your edges are neatly trimmed and that it does not extend the edges of your glass tile.

bookmarks made with scrapbook paper

Step 2: glue the design to your glass tile

Flip your glass tile over so that the round side is face down.

Add a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the back side of the glass tile and press your fingers from the center outward to ensure the glue makes its way to the edges.

Then, add a thick amount of Diamond Glaze on the back of the design like in the picture above. Make sure you cover the entire surface so that the design does not lift. This is our sealer.

Wait for the glue on the back of the tile to dry. This will take around 30 minutes.

At this point you glue should be dry. When you flip over the tile it should look something like this.

Step 3:

Get some hot melt glue and and adhere the paper clip to the back of the glass tile.

At this point, I am regretting not adding the paper clip in the last step because the hot melt glue is looking pretty messy. Note to self.

paper clip bookmarks

The finished product looks cute and functions the way I want it to.

glass tile bookmarks

I really enjoyed making these and the results make me happy as well. The one on the far left is my favorite!

I am sure you will see plenty more of my crafts using this technique. If you decide to make any of these I would love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram or twitter if you post them. You can also use #makesomethingmondays to get my attention!

DIY iPhone Case Design

DIY iPhone Case Designs

I’ve been wanting to make my own cell phone case design for a while now, but I had a good case and didn’t want to replace it. Well, it broke last week, so I took my chance.

I love this craft because there are so many options. You can use a drawing (which I plan to make later), photography, scrapbook paper, Instagram photos, etc. Whatever you can make or find will work!

DIY phone case materials

iPhone Case Design Materials

Printer
Pencil
Scissors
X-acto knife
Clear phone case
A design on paper

iphone case template

Step 1

Make a template.

I traced my phone on the paper I wanted and just added tabs to the edges so that the paper will wrap about my phone and stay in place.

Cut it out.

Place your cut out inside of the clear case and trace around the section for the camera.

Use the X-acto knife to cut that part out.

You should now have something like the above image. This can be your first design option and your template.

DIY iPhone Case Design: leaves

Step 2

Put the design against the back of your clear case and place your phone against it.

DIY iPhone Case Design: Abstract 1

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

diy iPhone Case Design: Abstract Version 2

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

These two designs were made from this gorgeous painting on Wikimedia. I printed out the original upload, then used my template to cut out 2 more designs from the left and right side of the painting.

There are plenty of places to find images under the Creative Commons license. Check them out if you’re thinking about making your own phone case design.

I’m planning to make a few more designs and will upload them when I finish.

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

Some Of The World’s Most Creative Sculptures

Wire fairy sculpture

Wire Fairy by Fantasy Wire (in the UK)

When given the time, people can be SOOO creative. I’ve always been amused by sculpture because I’m not very good at making 3D art. I took some 3d modeling and paper art classes in college, but that’s about the extent of my experimentation.  Because of my lack of three-dimensional skill, I gravitate toward the people who can successfully accomplish those designs.

Earlier today, I found this post called 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World on Distractify and was so amazed at the talent and creativity that went in to each of them. These are my favorites, but you should definitely check out the blog post for the full effect. They’re all beautiful!

cartoon paper sculpture

Cartoon Sculpture by Neil Dawson (in New Zealand)

giant clothespin sculpture

Giant Clothespin by Mehmet Ali Uysal

life-like sculptures

Lifelike Sculptures by Ron Mueck

break through sculpture

Break Through From Your Mold By Zenos Frudakis (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Amazing Design Inspiration Website: From Up North

I found this website today that I’ve never heard of before. It’s called From Up North. I have no idea how I’ve never heard of it because it is a GREAT site for design and all types of creative inspiration. You’ll never have a problem becoming inspired again.

From up North is a design blog focusing on promoting and inspiring creatives all over the world. We deliver inspiration within Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, Motion Graphics, Print & Packaging just to name a few.

It’s filled with images of great typography, photography, graphic design, traditional art, and just about anything you can think of. I found the images below on a blog post of theirs, but there is a ton of work to check out in the Discover tab and the Inspiration Galleries. You’ll want to check out the articles too! Good stuff.

The Girl With the Headphones Ice cream lips illustration Amazing celebrity illustrations

#onething Creative Challenge

You’re busy. You have so much to do every day and I can totally relate. But when do you find time to do something just for you? Creativity is a massive energy booster and it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished more than just your daily schedule, so I am urging you to take the #onething creative challenge.

#onething creative challenge

The challenge: create one new thing every day for one year. The idea came out of the re:Design community in Google+ and has flourished ever since. It is a personal challenge to be true to your passion whether it be drawing, painting, cooking, writing, or anything else. Create something. Create anything. If you can’t do it every day, commit to once a week. Whatever works best for you.

Whenever you create something, post a picture of it on Google+, and tag it #onething. You will have a bevy of supports and a endless stream of creative projects to observe for inspiration, or just for fun.

Are you in? I am. You can follow me here.

These are just a few examples that I pulled from the stream:

rain drops on flowers #onething

By John Prothero

Create Light Painting #onething

By Katherine Tattersfield

banana graffiti #onething

By Matthew Price

turning trees into glass #onething

By Paul Biedermann

cabbin in the woods #onething

By Drew Myler

 

5 Great Gifts for Artists

As you know, I am a big fan of Etsy. I have my own shop and always support other artists if possible. When I can buy something from Etsy, rather than another website, I do. So, I was doing some of my own holiday shopping on there the other day and came across some great gifts for artists. There are so many people that tell me buying for an artist is really difficult, so I am going to help you out, assuming you are one of those people. If not, you might find something new and exciting. Click the images for a link to the Etsy page.

sketchbook

Leather sketchbook via FanyToshkovJournals $40.

I know the price sounds steep, but for an artist, price is nothing for a sketchbook. It has to be great quality paper. It also helps to have a pop of color and some leather!

eat, sleep,create,repeat mug

Eat, sleep, create, repeat mug via simplyprettyprints. $18.

Eat, sleep, create, repeat. As an artist, this is my whole day. And, typically, I start it off with coffee or tea, so this is perfect.

leather quote bracelet

Leather quote bracelet via belmonili. $20.

I love this one. I’m not crazy about leather bracelets, but I would definitelu buy this one, especially for the quote that is on it. This shop also takes custom orders so opportunies (for quotes) are limitless!

Coloring book

Coloring book via inkbook

I’m sure it sounds stupid, but coloring books are amazing. Think about every artist you know. Aren’t they constantly doodling? We do it to open our minds and get inspiration. Sometimes, though, the best place to get inspiration is in the world around us. Ink Book creates coloring books like the above images and they are a great way to open one’s mind. Give it a shot. Seriously.

Andy Warhol Clock

Andy Warhol Clock via AmericanDreamy. $10.99

Not all artists are Andy Warhol fans, but some are. And for those people, this is ideal. It is a unique gift!

It doesn’t have to be Andy Warhol though, there are plenty of these floating around on Etsy. You just have to look for them. This shop seems to have a few artists and musicians available.

 

Hopefully these few gift ideas helped you out a little bit. If you are still struggling though, try making something yourself. I know, you’re thinking I can’t make something for an artist because their work is better than mine. Don’t think like that. It isn’t “better”. It is different, and all artists have different ways of expressing themselves. We love handmade gifts!

DIY Digital Camera

BigShots DIY Digital Camera

This is one of the best design ideas I’ve seen in a long time: the DIY digital camera by BigShot. It was create for children and adults and was designed for learning. When you buy the camera, it is disassembled like in the image below.

 

Digital Camera parts and pieces

In order to use the camera, you obviously have to build it first. The mission behind this idea is that a camera designed for learning needs three things:

  1. kit assembly
  2. Creative features
  3. Low cost

When you finally get the camera built, it is fully-functional.

We live in such a demanding society where we want everything and we want it now. Yet, we typically know nothing about the  things we want, i.e. a car, a computer, and even a house. There are specialists we call, and companies that take care of our problems for us. Think about it, when something goes wrong with your car, you take it to a mechanic. When your computer gives you the blue screen of death, you take it to a computer center. And, in most cases, when something malfunctions in your home, you call a handyman (unless you are that person).

The BigShots digital camera is $89 and part of its creators’ proceeds will be used to send Bigshots to children in under-served communities around the world. That alone make me want to buy the camera.

It is a great idea to teach people about the products they use. What better way is there to learn about a digital camera than to assemble it yourself?

The experience

 

Images © 2013 Kimera LLC.

Duct Tape Prom Attire = $10,000 Scholarship!

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Content

This is the coolest scholarship I’ve ever seen! Students are encouraged to create prom dresses and tuxes with duct tape. If they had this scholarship when I was in high school (provided I knew about it), I would’ve been all over that! Anyway, the winner(s) receive $10,000. You can apply solo or as a couple. Applicants have to submit a photo of themselves in their prom attire to be considered. The finalists are chosen based on workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories, and use of duct tape. Check out the rules if you are interested. Warning, they are a bit lengthy.

Let’s get to the fun part… The duct tape prom dresses and tuxes!

blue and zebra duct tape prom dress leopard and blue duct tape prom dress and tux blue and black duct tape prom attire purple and blue duct tape prom wear matching duct tape prom dress and tux pink and black glow in the dark duct tape prom attire Pastel colored duct tape prom dress and tux

Chevron patterned duct tape prom dressIt is unbelievable, the talent that goes into these prom outfits! Take a look at the gallery; there are a ton of couples and singles that have created dresses and tuxes for the scholarship.

What a way to bond with your prom date. Not to mention, these kids probably saved themselves, or their parents, hundreds of dollars. Who needs designer dresses anyway?!

 

 

 

 

Creative Wedding Invitations

Do you remember what your wedding invitations looked like? How did you pick which ones you wanted? Did you make them yourself? if so, where did you get the idea? If not, where did you find them?

Several of my friends got married last year. One of those couples had an anniversary this weekend and it got my thinking about all of the wedding invitations I’ve seen in the last year. They were all so different. Some were more standard and elegant while others more creative and unique. It made me wonder about all of the other wedding invitations out there. I’ve never really delved to deeply into the wedding circuit so I wanted to see what I could find.

To those of you who are getting married and looking for wedding invitations, I hope this helps. Unfortunately, it probably won’t if you aren’t as geeky as I am.

Click the images for links to the original.

Pac Man wedding invitation

Adorable! Pac man wedding invitations! Great idea for the geeky couple.

 

Creative wedding invitationThis one is elegant and creative. I love the cut outs.

 

Film inspired wedding invitationsAarika, I hope you are reading this post because you would LOVE this invitation. Too bad you are married already 😉

 

View finder wedding invitationsView finder invitations! How creative is that?

 

purple-wedding-setThis purple wedding set is kind of fun. I like the simple design paired with the while chandelier. Something different.

 

chartoon-like wedding invitation

I like this card. The cartoon-ish aspect is adorable for a wedding. I wish the designer would’ve used 2 fonts instead of three though. The red one throws off my view a bit.

Let me know what you think. If you had some creative invitations, feel free to send them to me. I will gladly post them and link back to you!

 

 

 

 

Creative Packaging Design

I found some more fun packaging designs via DailyDawdle!! I hope you enjoy them.

Creative Vodka Packaging

Creative fruit-flavored vodka packaging. I think this would be irritating to take it out of the packaging but I like the idea of it peeling like fruit.

Paint brush design package

I don’t think I need to say anything about the mustache packaging for the paint brushes!

Watch packaging: engineered for water

I can’t tell if the watches are actually submerged in water or if it is just supposed to look like water. I would be more likely to buy something like this if it was actually in water though.

Coke cup design

Coke cup packaging. Inventive!

creative cheese shredder

Now this one is crafty! A cheese grater that peels like a pencil. awesome noodle packaging bread packaging Fit Buns packaging

This one is my favorite: Fit Bun packaging is designed to look like abs. Ha!

creative packaging design

I’m not 100% sure what this is supposed to be but it amused me so I shared it. Any ideas?