everyday vita: diy button cards

Opening holiday cards is one of the biggest joys of the season — but buying cards in bulk is so last year.
Why be “mainstream” when you can join the homemade-holiday-card team?
$5.99 for a holiday card that blinks and sings? Although cool at first, the thrill wears off when it breaks and sings unpromted for the next two weeks.

A quiet, homemade card is not only cheaper and less annoying, but it also says “hey, remember me? I’m super artsy and am above the commercial holiday market.” Win-win-win situation!  Take that Hallmark!

Thanks to a glue gun, buttons, and minimalist designs, your cards can look like those $10 boutique cards (not like the ones you made your parents in elementary school). 

To add to the sentimental touch of my homemade cards (and also due to the fact that I’m terribly awkward when writing letters), I wrote a personalized poem in each of my cards.  It’s easier for me to write a two page rhyme than a four line sentimental note (thanks Freestyle Club!).  I’ll spare you the details of my super cheesy poems and leave my “super sick rhymes” to the imagination.  Let’s just say I rhymed “walks” and “Crocs.”  Take that T-Pain!

With love,
Erica

DIY: organize your recipes

a magical berry cobbler i clipped from Living

Whenever I thumb through the latest issue of Living, or Bon Appetit, I say to myself in my head:
“Ohhhhh I’ll make that, and this, oh, and that, and YUM that too, and that would go perfectly with mom’s broiled salmon…”
But in reality, I end up going on Pinterest and printing out most of the recipes I make.
This was largely because whenever I tore out a recipe from a magazine, or snagged a take-out menu from a restaurant, it would end up in a big, expandable folder — never to be seen again.
Yesterday, I took on the task of organizing my daunting pile of recipe clippings, and it turned out to be fun. No, really. I used some of the techniques that I learned at an Art Journaling Workshop about a month ago.
Think more “arts-and-crafts” rather than “organization.”

healthy snacks and dips

You need:

  •  A large notebook (I used a graphing notebook leftover from my trigonometry class this year)
  • A pile of magazine clippings or scans of cookbooks
  • some magazines or odds-and-ends to decorate with
  • tape or glue
  • markers
  1. Gather together all of your recipe clippings, as well as some old, pretty magazines to use for decoration. I also photocopied some recipes that I have wanted to try from some of my cookbooks. 
  2. Sort the recipes into categories such as “tacos” or “healthy snacks”
  3. Start pasting/taping away! There is no wrong way to do this 🙂
i have a page devoted entirely to tacos

homemade gift bag

I have spent way too many hours on Pinterest ogling various DIY crafts. I am obsessed with everything from mason jar candles to newspaper lanterns. Sadly, I seem to spend way more time whipping egg whites than pasting construction paper…

However, here is a craft that even I could complete. A homemade gift bag. I am always shocked at how much they charge for one of those special sparkly gift bags at the store — $3.99 for something I get at Nordstroms for free?! This is a quick and easy way to make your own super-cute gift bag from wrapping paper and an old shopping bag. It’s cheap. It’s eco-friendly. It’s so easy. Check out the tutorial here.  I am never buying a gift bag again!

Wrapping paper: Container Store — Recycled Strawberry Wrap

Handles: Cut from the bag they gave me at Container store.

Tag: Dad’s manila folder

Decorations: Funky paper reinforcements and sharpies