Back to School! : DIY Notebook Paper Shirt

For most of us, the idea of going back to school already can be a cruel warning, wake up call to reality, a painful realization that soon you’ll be put on a strict schedule and all your free time will magically vanish. Maybe that’s just the way I feel. But for an odd reason, my favorite part of being back in school is having a fresh new notebook, turning to the first clean, crisp page and thinking “What will I fill you with?” To me, a blank notebook page is endless room for doodles, poems, lyrics, and occasional notes on whatever subject I am currently ignoring.

Anyway, I love notebooks. I was ecstatic to discover a tutorial on how to make a notebook paper shirt! I found it on Pinterest which led to the tutorial Maybe Matilda. They were adorable, I had to try! Her tutorial is lovely and easy, but it is used if you only have acrylic paint. To follow her fabulous tutorial click here. If you want to use fabric paint like me, here is a quick tutorial on what I did!

Supplies: White tshirt/tank top/whatever, tape that wont stick to the cloth too much, cardboard/foam board/paper/plastic, fabric paint, foam brushes, water, iron. Optional: white acrylic paint and paper plate.
Results: Awesome shirt to show off for the new school year!

1:. Prep

First thing to do is place your card board/foam board/plastic/paper/whatever between the front and back of your shirt. This is so the paint won’t leak to the back of the shirt. Next grab the tape and start creating rows, make them however thick or thin you want. For smoother lines, be sure the tape doesn’t cause wrinkles in the fabric. If you want to make sure each line is perfectly identical, use a ruler.

2. Lines of Blue

Pour the blue fabric paint onto the plate. I wanted my blue a bit brighter, so I mixed it with a drop of white acrylic paint. Carefully dab a little of the paint onto the foam brush and start painting inbetween the tape lines. I held the brush lightly, slowly painting to ensure the paint was even all the way across. Let it dry before next step. In the meantime wash the foam brush before the paint sits in!

3. Red Stripe


Gently peel the tape off the shirt after the blue paint has dried. Check for big blobs, especially in the are where the red stripe is going to go. When the coast is clear, place two strips of tape horizontal on the left side. Again I lightened my red fabric paint with white acrylic paint. I made this line thinner and bolder than the blue lines.

4. Making it Last

Depending on the fabric of your shirt and how thick you painted, drying could take from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. To be safe, I let mine sit over night and by morning it was fine. I turned the shirt inside out and took an iron to it. This helps the paint set into the fabric. And you’re done!

This was easy right? I had no real problems, and this tank top turned out how I expected, sloppy lines and all! I struggled with the option of writing text on my shirt, to make it seem more like the pages of my past notebooks, but decided against it. If I do another shirt I’d like to try that out, maybe make it look like a love letter or something sweet like that.

Tips:
1. Blue painter’s tape is way too thick…I used electrical tape, but probably masking tape is ideal since scotch tape is too thin and packaging tape ruins the fabric.
2. I read that fabric paint works best on cotton shirts. Although, my tank top is mainly nylon (or something along those lines) and so far I’ve had no problems.
3. Caution on mixing fabric and acrylic paint— too much acrylic paint can make the paint stiff when it dries.

 

I hadn’t worn this tank top in over a year, I happily sported it all day today!
Give it a go, I’d love to see your shirts too. 🙂
What are your plans for the upcoming school season? I hope someone else makes this in time for school. Thanks for stoppin’ by! ❤

Lazy Girl Dessert: Brownies-inna-Mug Recipes

“Yum-Yums!”

Baking happens to be another passion of mine. Unfortunate for me, during the summer season the oven is strictly OFF LIMITS. Thanks to the structure of my house, the oven turns the upstairs into a sauna that lasts all day long. With that rule, I’ve been dying for fresh brownies. Thankfully, I stumbled across a quick and easy idea from Ginger Twine‘s blog: Brownies in a Mug!

Her recipe looked darling and she topped hers with marshmallows. I was ready to try but I noticed she has a recipe with sweetened cocoa powder. If you want her recipe click here. I found two different recipes that use unsweetened cocoa powder instead.

Recipe 1:
2 tablespoons Melted Butter or Cooking Oil
2 tablespoons Water
1/3 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pinch of Salt
4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 tablespoons All-purpose Flour

Directions:
1. Grease mug with butter. Add butter, water, vanilla, and salt. Whisk.
2. Add cocoa powder, whisk. Add sugar, whisk. Add flour, whisk.
3. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Center should be soft and not fully cooked.
4. Let it cool a little and enjoy.

Recipe 2:
4 tablespoons Flour
4 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons Melted Butter or Cooking Oil
3 tablespoons Water
3 tablespoons Sugar

Directions:
1. Grease mug with butter. Add flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar together. Mix.
2. Add water and oil, mixing them in well.
3. Microwave High for 1 to 3 minutes.
4. Cool and enjoy.

Recipe vs. Recipe:If you love the soft, moist type of brownies, Recipe 1 will suit your needs. I tend to like that one better because of the softer texture, and also I am a huge vanilla fan and the taste was pretty close to those outta-the-box brownies. Recipe 2 is for you if you enjoy the really chocolatey flavor and more of a cake texture. Recipe 2 can be difficult to stir all the ingredients together since there are a lot of dry ingredients, the texture gets really thick quickly and requires more stirring to ensure everything mixes evenly. Next time I will try adding more oil or perhaps an egg to even it out.

The Tweaky Part: cooking time. Every microwave is different, which yields different cooking times. For Recipe 2 I cooked 2 1/2 minutes and it was too long, even though the recipe called for 3. Recipe 1 called for 3 minutes also, but after 1 1/2 it was perfect. I suggest every 30 seconds or minute stopping and checking until you find the time that fits your microwave and mug size correctly.

Each brownie tasted was unique, but I happily enjoyed them both. This is worth trying, even if it takes a bit to perfect. 😀
Plus prep time at the most is 10 minutes, with a minimal mess, and you won’t over heat your house, who ever made this up is my quick-baking super hero! Has anyone else tried this?

Good days to everyoneeee ❤

Share your Craft: DIY Business Cards

Project: Handmade Business Cards
Supplies: Parchment paper, ribbon, thread, yarn, size D crochet hook, thick paper, stamps, ink pad, hole puncher, box cutter, ruler
Results: Sense of accomplishment!

Being a maker of homemade items, I couldn’t settle for having a fancy-shmancy professional business card. Actually, I was getting so OCD about creating the perfect business card on the computer that I called it quits. Instead I started researching handmade cards and viola! I created these colorful cards and envelopes from simple (and affordable) household items:

Searching for inspiration, I found Pugly Pixel’s homemade business cards that were made from glassine envelopes filled with colorful confetti.  How adorable they were! From there I brainstormed and doodled until I found a design I like, then I was off and nothing could stop me!

Step 1: Tracing, Cutting, Folding

I started by making a few 3.5 x 2 inch cards on thick paper. Next I used this basic pattern and measurements for the envelope. Trace it onto the parchment paper and cut away. Fold the flaps so there is a comfortable fit around the card.

2. Hole Punch!

–in the bottom right corner. Make sure it’s not too high or too low.

3. Ribbon Slits

With the box cutter carefully create two small slits on each side. Pull the ribbon through so on the front side you can make a bow.

4. Time to Sew

This is the part I dread the most! I had to resort to sewing the two ends together since I finally realized that “Hmm, glue doesn’t stick to parchment paper….” Starting from the bottom flap of the envelope, start sewing being very careful that the needle doesn’t break through the front of the card. (I think I used a “back sticth” ? I’m bad with sewing terms…)

5. Handful of Hearts

Now that THAT’S over, time for some crochet! I chose hearts because they were easy, small, and so cute! I found an easy pattern from Little Birdie Secrets:

All stitches worked into the first chain.
Ch 4. Work 3 tr (triple crochet) into first ch, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tr. Ch 3, sl st into center and fasten off.

With thread, attach the heats through the hold on the envelope.

6. Decorate Your Cards

As little or as much as you like! I decided to use these tiny letter stamps for the front  and permanent markers to write my information on the back. And now you’re done!

I only have 10 finished, but I’m satisfied they are exactly how I want them to be. Few last tips:

1. These can be time consuming. I tend to do  max 10-15 at a time then take a break. Pace yourself, and if you can get some worker bees!
2. If you use stamps, make sure the ink is fully dry before you mess with them, unlike me.
3.  Measure your parchment paper before you randomly cut a piece to trace on, this will save you paper and time.
4. For more inspiration on handmade cards, check out this colorful and unique list: 13 Creative Business Cards

I’d love to see if anyone makes or already has made their own cards. 🙂
Other than that, TTFN, Ta Ta for Now!

Ice Cube Painting: A Chilly DIY Project

Project: Ice Painting
Supplies: Food coloring, water, ice trays, small bowls, plastic spoons, paper, popsicle sticks or a good substitute
Results: An easy way to add color to work, especially on hot summer days.

Want to do something new and fun  on these hot summer days? I think this project would be great for anyone just wanting to try something new, quick, easy, and isn’t too messy. Also it’s a great substitute if you want to do a little cheap water coloring effect in your art work. I found the tutorial at Happy Houligans post.

As shown here the supplies are common kitchen items. The only thing I had to improvise on was cutting plastic knives in half since I didn’t have any popsicle sticks. I was suprised that we also had two different sets of food coloring, the regular   4 colors and the bright neon colors. I started by dropping 3 drops of red, blue, and yellow and let the mixing of colors begin!

In a few hours these babies were ready to paint! all the colors turned out pretty good. Well, except the red that turned out to be more pink than anything else.

I felt like a 3 year old again doing this

I have a think for hair coloring, don’t I?

The only down side for me was how fast the ice melted, and the food coloring that still has my fingers stained. On the other hand, when the ice started melting it was great for randomly splattering colors on the page. This is one of those times where I wish I was more artistic! Like those people in my school who are attached to their paint sets and will be seen painting anywhere on campus.

Yup, this is a quick and easy activity. I had fun scribbling, splattering, and swirling water colors!  If you want to try this, check out the tutorial, this would be fun for kids to do. Few quick tips:

1. Mixing colors is fun, but having a lot of food coloring helps
2. Any paper is good, unless you really want a good painting thicker paper is best so it won’t wrinkle. The top drawing was on Epson Matte photo paper and maintained its shape.
3. Best if this is done on a hard surface and towel!

That’s all I really have to say, I tried this when I was half asleep and most of my paper was random nonsense, still worth trying again 🙂