Update! Winners have been chosen and will be contacted individually! Thanks to all for playing along.
Have you ever worked on a project that was really important to you, and in the end been so happy with the result you can’t stop looking at it? Working on my business cards with Rachel from Lupa & Pepi kind of felt like that! It actually sort of felt similar to when we got our wedding photos back — I just kept flipping through them over and over.
We met Rachel last year at Alt and became buddies right away. She’s got a fantastic papergoods shop and an eye for awesome design, so Mr. Lovely and I were stoked when she agreed to design our business cards! (Roundhouse Designs also did her website, so you should see what they put together.) If you have a sec, you should read the story behind Lupa & Pepi, because it’s kind of adorable.
Rachel nailed it on the letterpress that I was looking for, and I want to hand these things out like candy! For Alt, I jazzed up the cards a little bit with a handmade sleeve. But the best part was a little leather and gold leaf heart clips that I made to go with the cards! By the end of the conference, I was seeing those little hearts on sweaters, in hair, and on bags. I loved that people loved them.
So you want one?! I’m giving away five of them — one each for the blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Here’s the deal:
- To win one here, just leave a comment.
- To win one on Facebook, make sure you like Lovely Indeed and write a note on the wall.
- To win one on Twitter, follow and tweet at me.
- To win one on Pinterest, follow me there, pin one of these photos, and tag me in it.
- To win one on Instagram, first follow me, then Instagram a heart shape and tag me in it!
Easy peasy! Entries will close Sunday the 3rd at 6 p.m. PST and the winners will be announced on Monday. Have fun! xoxo
Hey! In case you missed it, feast your eyes on my latest DIY for Poppytalk! It’s a fancy little photobooth backdrop. Head to Poppytalk for the full tutorial, and some more photos of me and Mr. Lovely making fools of ourselves. (You know you love it.) xoxo
So yesterday, a gaggle of bloggers descended on Salt Lake City and the poor town never knew what hit it. No joke, you can spot one of us from a mile away, and it’s kind of fun to play “Find the Blogger” out on the street. (Colored jeans and a topknot are a dead giveaway.)
Yesterday was a day of getting-to-know-you events, and I may or may not have attended four parties. Four! I have to say, it was a fantastic day, but I do get a little shy sometimes and it’s hard to keep pushing yourself to make introductions and be part of every event that happens. So I’m deciding to take things as they come and just do the best I can.
Today I’ll be speaking on a panel about DIYs and Pinterest, so cross your fingers for me! I think the panel is going to be pretty killer — I’m speaking with some amazing folks (I’m still pinching myself to be alongside Melissa, Chris, Jenny, and Jill!). And here’s just a quick peek at the dinner that I styled yesterday for MSN. We’ll have a post after Alt featuring some of the DIYs we created for the dinner, and lots more photos! xoxo
I am seriously decking myself out in Lovely Indeed DIYs for Alt Summit. (If you missed it, you can see last week’s DIY business card holder here.) Today, I’m whipping up a tote bag to haul around my computer, notebooks, and other essentials — but the awesome part is that it’s got Lovely Indeed’s logo on it.
We’ve used this technique before, but we’ll go over the specifics if you need a refresher. For starters, grab your materials:
- blank canvas tote bag
- black craft paint
- freezer paper
- sponge brush
- cardboard scraps
Start by printing out this file of Lovely Indeed’s logo. Trace it onto your freezer paper and cut it out. Iron your tote bag to rid it of any wrinkles. Next, put your freezer paper stencil onto your tote bag shiny side down. Make sure that it’s straight and aligned, and iron it so that it adheres to the tote bag.
Insert the cardboard into the tote bag to ensure that no paint seeps through. With the sponge brush, gently paint onto the exposed areas of the stencil.
Remove the freezer paper carefully and let the bag dry completely.
Bam! You’re repping this awesome blog all over town. And when people ask where you got it, you can say you made it yourself! xoxo
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m waaaay into gilded leather these days. I’ve got all of these awesome materials in my DIY supplies, just staring at me, waiting for me to make something awesome out of them. So I kindly obliged. And now I have the cutest notebook in town! Wanna make one? Gather your materials:
- a piece of soft leather, 8″ x 5 1/2″
- about 15-20 pieces of paper, 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (I used a mix of lined paper, graph papers, and blank paper)
- upholstery thread
- sturdy needle
- 2 small paintbrushes
- gold leaf
- bone folder
Start by folding the pieces of paper in half so that they create the shape of the book. I folded mine one by one using a bone folder so that they had nice clean edges.
Thread your needle with the upholstery thread and wrap the leather cover around the pages. Insert the needle through the leather and the pages, from the outside in. Make a large knot on the outside of the leather to hold the thread in place. Continue sewing the binding with stitches about one inch long. Depending on how much paper you use, you may need something to help the needle through all of the layers. (Pliers may be useful in either pushing or pulling the needle through. Just be careful!)
When you reach the end, knot the thread around itself, again on the outside of the leather.
Fold the pages under so that the front cover is isolated. On one edge (or in any design you like), paint on a layer of ModPodge. Gently lift a piece of gold leaf with the tweezers and set it down on the ModPodge. Allow it to grab on, and use a clean, dry paintbrush to pat the gold leaf down. Let dry for 20-30 minutes, and use the dry paintbrush to gently brush away the excess gold leaf.
Ta-daaaa! Now when you jot down notes, people will wonder how you got so cool as to have a golden notebook. This thing is going with me everywhere. Have fun! xoxo
So I have this iPhone case that my sister gave me, and I love it. I love it so much, in fact, that I used it until the design started chipping off.
So instead of tossing it and looking for a new one, I obviously bought an inappropriate amount of rhinestones and got to work. This DIY is so simple you hardly need instructions, but just in case, here we go.
Grab an old iPhone case, rhinestones in various sizes, tweezers, and Liquid Nails. Spread a thin layer of Liquid Nails over a small portion of your case, and go to town! It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together, so it helps to have lots of tiny rhinestones to fill in gaps. The tweezers are great for dropping tiny rhinestones down and not getting glue all over your fingers.
Let it dry for a good 24 hours or so before popping it onto your phone. Now, let it be known that this case is not for the faint of heart. I took it out with me on New Year’s Eve, and have been giving it a rest ever since. But if you’re up for some attention, rock it out! xoxo