DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies

DIY Ombre Stripe Valentine Office Supplies

I’ve been feeling so inspired by Valentine color palettes lately! This ombre palette wanted to make its way into my workspace, so when ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape wanted to partner up…

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
I’ve been feeling so inspired by Valentine color palettes lately! This ombre palette wanted to make its way into my workspace, so when ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape wanted to partner up on this little project I knew it was the perfect match. These supplies have been cheering up my office for a while now, and they make getting organized just a bit prettier. Let’s make some!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

Before we get started, be sure that you choose office supplies to which your paint will adhere well. I found a few notebooks and a pencil cup with sturdy kraft cardboard covers, and a binder that the paint adhered to nicely.

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To create the striped notebook and binder, begin by masking off the edges (where the holes are punched) with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector for super sharp paint lines. Depending on the width that you’d like the stripes, cut strips of the tape and apply them to the front of the notebook. Smooth down the edges of the tape so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
Apply paint to the un-taped areas of the notebook. I love the ombre stripes getting darker at the bottom, so I used light colors on the top and worked my way down to the dark. Use your imagination!

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Once the stripes are painted, carefully remove the tape from the notebook, being cautious not to rip any portion of the cover. I love this part, because you can really see the beautiful sharp edges that ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape creates.

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For the rest of the pieces in the office set, I used a variation on the technique from the notebook. For colorblocked pencils, tape off the eraser portion of the pencil and paint the remainder one color. You may need a few coats. Once it’s completely dry, move the tape down on the pencil a couple of inches and paint the lower half of the pencil a complementary color. Let it dry, remove the tape, and sharpen ’em up!

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To create a similar look on a pencil cup, paint a whole cup one color. Once completely dry, tape off a one or two-inch section toward the bottom of the cup. Flip it upside down and paint the taped-off lower section. Let it all dry, remove the tape, and add your pencil cup to your office collection.

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And finally, to add a few mini notebooks to your collection, just tape off the top area near the binding and smooth the tape down. Paint the uncovered portion of the front of the notebook. If your notebook covers begin to curl a bit with the paint, never fear! You can mold them back into shape after it’s all dry.

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I just love this collection! It would be an awesome Valentine gift to a co-worker or an organized pal. And the cool thing is that you can vary the colors and customize this project for any day of the year. Sending big Valentine hearts to the folks at ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for helping us organize and craft at the very same time! For more ideas and to follow along, find ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. xoxo

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Anthropologie Valentine's Day Pieces

Anthropologie Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Ohhhhhh my gosh. I’m crazy bonkers excited to share this next giveaway with you lovelies. After we collaborated with Anthropologie for a giveaway during the holidays, it became clear to…

Ohhhhhh my gosh. I’m crazy bonkers excited to share this next giveaway with you lovelies. After we collaborated with Anthropologie for a giveaway during the holidays, it became clear to me that you all are just as in love with them as I am. So I’m incredibly happy that we’ve teamed up again to share some of my favorite Anthro goodies, and give another one of you the chance to win a $250 gift card to Anthropologie!

If you haven’t been toodling around the site lately, you have to get over there and get lost for a while. They have the most beautiful pieces, perfect for a dreamy and romantic Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or a last-minute little giftie, they have all kinds of great stuff. I just love looking through their jewelry section to pick things out, and I give their candles all the time as gifts! They also have a newly expanded intimates collection, which is packed with all kinds of pretty little numbers. Take a peek at a few of my Cupid-approved favorites.

Anthropologie Valentine's Day PiecesDress. Earrings. Bra. Journal. Perfume. Champagne flutes. Bath salts. Heels. Chemise.

Isn’t it all so lovely? I just find their collections so inspiring, and artfully curated as well. I’m loving that couples journal as an idea for a gift — Mr. Lovely and I did one of those a few years back! And that dress, by the way, is begging to make its way into my closet. If I could only wear Anthropologie dresses from now on, I totally would.

So if you’d like to treat yourself or your Valentine, be sure to enter to win a $250 gift card to Anthropologie below! Follow instructions for entry using the Rafflecopter widget. Giveaway will close on Friday February 14th at 5 pm PST; open to U.S. residents only. Thanks, Anthropologie! xoxo

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Who’s Doing It Right // Three

Thanks for coming back for the final installment of Who’s Doing It Right! It has been such a joy to celebrate these makers who are doing their work with integrity,…

Thanks for coming back for the final installment of Who’s Doing It Right! It has been such a joy to celebrate these makers who are doing their work with integrity, passion, and creativity. This last bunch includes more of my favorites (see posts One and Two as well!).

Doing It RightNatalie from Creme de la Craft was such a pleasure to meet. Her business cards were a perfect representation of her blog (they were tiny notebooks made from upcycled cereal boxes).

Danyelle of Dandee had some of my favorite cards at the conference, mostly because of the use of her tagline: A Happily Crafted Life. Even though we only met briefly, it was clear that she truly embodies that ideal.

On the first night of Alt, I attended a sponsor dinner hosted by Red Stamp. I can honestly say that it was one of the best sponsored events I’ve experienced; the Red Stamp team was genuinely happy to be interacting with bloggers, and had taken time and care to know the attendees beforehand. They gave out sweet little swag bags, and made sure to give Mr. Lovely one that was filled with guy-friendly stuff. They were so welcoming, and it was a joy to see them around the conference.

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Melanie of You Are My Fave was handing out business cards with teeny tiny balloon animals letterpressed on the back. Out of control! I’ve met Mel before, but I was happy to spend a little more time with her — she’s got strong, astute opinions without being overwhelming, and I love that.

Doing It RightYou can always spot one of Danni’s packaging jobs right away. Her business cards are like the Oh, Hello Friend blog and shop — little works of art.

Randi from Swoon Studio had the sweetest, most simple little cards and they ended up being one of my favorites. I loved the little wooden flag, and thought that it was the perfect extension of her brand.

Doing It RightOne of my favorite mini parties was the Secret Garden party by Brittany, Alix, Melissa, and Erin. Walking into that party you just knew that some beautiful minds had come together to pull it off. They had this gorgeous handkerchief featuring Brittany’s florals and Melissa’s lettering, which is now one of my prized possessions.

Thank you again for following along this week while I’ve shared these wonderful women with you. I’m so grateful for each of them; they truly made my conference experience worthwhile. These are the people that are making the creative world turn! xoxo

DIY Paint Chip Valentine Garland

Just a teeny-tiny, super-simple little project for you today! If you play your cards right, you can even make it for free. I have this little paint chip Valentine garland…

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Just a teeny-tiny, super-simple little project for you today! If you play your cards right, you can even make it for free. I have this little paint chip Valentine garland hanging up above my desk and I love it so much I wanted to share. Let’s get to it.

Materials

  • paint chips from your local paint store
  • embroidery thread
  • glue gun
  • scissors

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Head to your local paint store and do some browsing. Most stores will allow you to have paint chips for free; these are a few I had collected over the years and finally found a good use for them! Pick a fun palette; if you like the ombre look that I used, get colors that create that effect.

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Arrange the colors in an order that you love (I cut them into little squares first to make sure my hearts were all roughly the same size). Cut little hearts out of each color, keeping them in order. I like the way they look cut freehand, but you could also trace a heart if you’d like a more uniform look.

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Place a dot of hot glue on the back of each heart (in the center toward the top) and sink the embroidery thread into the glue. Continue until all the hearts are in place.

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That’s it! It’s just so stinkin’… cute. I don’t usually go for cute but this is floating my boat. Maybe it’s the slightly funky color palette or something — just a little different for Valentine’s Day than the usual red/pink/white situation. In any case, I hope you love it and I hope you make it! Happy Valentine’s Day, pals. xoxo

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Doing It Right

Who’s Doing It Right // Two

I’m happy to be sharing more today about the people I came across at Alt who truly inspired me. These particular folks struck me as focused and clear-headed about their…

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I’m happy to be sharing more today about the people I came across at Alt who truly inspired me. These particular folks struck me as focused and clear-headed about their work, but not so much that they couldn’t be down-to-earth as well. My exchanges with these creatives left me feeling uplifted and inspired, and I’m grateful for that.

Alix from A Ruffled Life is such a whirlwind ball of energy that she can’t help but take you along with her. I remember her saying to me that she believes in hard work, and I loved that she shared that with me because I do too. (And her deer business card was ridiculously cute.)

Making It Lovely is one of the biggest blogs on the block, but Nicole still always takes a moment to say a genuine hello. I think that speaks volumes.

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Amber is the blogger behind Damask Love (and that rad embossed notebook). This girl is not only a riot to talk to, but savvy and smart about the business — I love that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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You know I’m pals with Chelsey (A.K.A. The Paper Mama), so it’s no surprise that I think she’s amazing. She’s an artist, a maker, a writer, a mom, and comes up with some of the most creative ideas around.

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I met the Shop Sweet Lulu girls in person for the first time at Alt, but they made me feel like we were old friends. Beyond being completely fun, they’ve built a brand that is clear, concise, and kind of brilliant.

Doing It RightMoorea Seal is known far and wide for having fabulous taste and creating beautiful things. On top of that, she’s cool and collected, and talking with her is like a breath of fresh, honest air.

I met Heidi early in the conference, and it was a total treat. Every time I saw her she was smiling. She’s a designer (her company is Idieh Design), and her business cards were killer. Not to mention the fact that they had a little temporary tattoo.

Kelly has been blogging at Design Crush for seven years. As a veteran blogger, she told me that she decided to go simple this year, and hand out a small, round sticker business card. I love the simplicity and the confidence in her choice.

Come back Friday for the third and final group of peeps who I think are doing it right! xoxo

DIY XO Valentine’s Day Photobooth Backdrop

It’s back! The photobooth series has been quiet for a while, but we’re alive and kicking now with a little Valentine’s Day photo backdrop that you can use for parties,…

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

It’s back! The photobooth series has been quiet for a while, but we’re alive and kicking now with a little Valentine’s Day photo backdrop that you can use for parties, photographing Valentines, or just decoration. It’s quick and easy, and you can use a variety of materials that you might already have laying around! And since I sign off everything from blog posts to emails with a little “xoxo” I thought it would be pretty appropriate to make them life-sized on a wall. Let’s party.

Materials

  • paper for x’s and o’s (I used wrapping paper and crepe paper rolls, but you can use just about anything!)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pen
  • double sided tape or glue dots
  • blank wall

Make Time: 1 Hour

Start by cutting out your x’s and o’s. I made my letters 6″ x 6″. Use something round to trace the o’s if you like, and a ruler to measure out your x’s. I made 22 o’s and 23 x’s, which resulted in a backdrop that’s about 5 feet wide and four feet tall.

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Once the letters are cut out, begin adhering them to the wall. We found that double sided tape worked better on the wrapping paper, while glue dots worked well with the crepe paper. You might need to experiment to find the best stick. Start with the top row, making it high enough to be above the tallest person’s head that you’ll be photographing. Ensure that your first row is level, and center the following rows according to the top.

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Continue until all of the letters are on the wall and set up your camera so that the letters carry on out of frame just a bit, to make it look like they go on forever. Get ready for lots of Valentine hugs and kisses, and snap away! xoxo

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P.S. It’s a terrible photo, but I had to include the one of Mr. Lovely wiping off lipstick after we smooched. Bahahaha.

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Doing It Right

Who’s Doing It Right // One

So you guys. I’m about to drop an honesty bomb here, and I’m a little trepidatious about it. You all know I was at Alt Summit recently, and usually when…

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So you guys. I’m about to drop an honesty bomb here, and I’m a little trepidatious about it. You all know I was at Alt Summit recently, and usually when I return from Alt I have lots of stories and tidbits to share. I usually come back pumped and inspired and feeling full. But this year, I mostly just feel… tired.

It’s not that there weren’t wonderful, creative, inspiring things happening. There were. It just lacked something for me this year, and it could be for a million reasons. What’s interesting, though, is that while I was finding myself wanting something a little different from the actual conference, I found myself entirely enchanted and heartened by some of my fellow attendees.

There are some people out there who are doing things so right. And I had the opportunity to meet them, chat with them, watch them work, and see what they’re up to. While so many online folks get caught up in blog politics, or numbers games, or popularity contests, there are still bunches of beautiful creatives out there who are just quietly doing good things. I was so grateful to come across these folks at Alt, because they remind me of the good, the kindness, and the creativity that really does exist in the blog world. Some of them had amazing business cards. Some of them were full of inspiring ideas. Some have super-smart business plans and schemes. Some were just plain kind, or fun, or honest. But I found myself grateful for each of them in different ways, and I think that they deserve to be shared. So over this week, I’ll be doing that.

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Laura from A Girl Who Makes wasn’t at Alt, but we met earlier in the week at another event. She had taken the time to hand-embroider something special for a few friends. So thoughtful.

Melissa of Lulu The Baker handed out these cool, simple little vials of sea salt instead of business cards. The design was beautiful and still had all of her information on the back. Brilliant.

I met Heather of Get Married on the first night, and I was so struck by her happiness! She was truly enjoying her experience, and it was refreshing to be in the presence of such positivity.

Lauren, Sharon, Alexandra, and Jenny hosted one of the mini-parties as well, and their party design was just so cool. Lauren’s calligraphy always inspires me, and her Stay Wild card was beautifully done.

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Jenny  from Hank + Hunt is an old pal, but I’m always impressed by her creativity. She has a knack for taking something very simple and putting a twist on it that you never would have imagined. Her disco ball business card is on my desk.

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A Thousand Threads blogger Laicie’s letterpress business card was so lovely, and she was too.

I’ve long been a fan of Michelle Edgemont, and I was pumped to spend a bit of time with her over the few days. Her honesty and clarity about the blog & design biz was just as inspiring as her work.

Ashley from Sugar & Cloth was a co-host of our mini party, and it was awesome to watch her work. Her commitment to quality and eye for design was indispensable. (The same goes for our third host, Brittni, but in all of the chaos I never managed to get one of her business cards!)

So. There you have it. People who made an impact on me in one way or another. And some of the folks who made the whole event worthwhile. I’ll be sharing more, so please come back later in the week to check these incredible people out. And if you were at Alt, how was your experience? Who did you meet that just made your day? I would truly love to know! xoxo