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Friday, August 29, 2014

New felt book cover

Ok, so I'm back from our (too short) vacation and while I'm still taking some downtime to prepare the new school year and plan the development of a series of new ideas, I'm taking the opportunity to share some pre-vacation projects.

One of those projects was a new book cover.

book cover, felt


The one I made back in January was already in a poor condition since I throw it in my bag everyday when I go to work and take advantage of every minute available to read a couple of lines, so I decided I needed a new one to take to the hotel for my pool side quiet moments (not many, unfortunately).

This was the old book cover (when it was new):

book cover, felt

And this is the new one:

book cover, felt

I didn't take a lot of pictures because I basically followed the "5 minute book cover tutorial" I posted a while ago (if you missed it, you can find it here), just embellished it with beads instead of ribbon and buttons.

The "5 minute book cover" is the easiest and fastest way to make a custom book cover the exact size you want (this one is paperback sized) and you only need a piece of felt slightly larger than the book and whatever you come up with for embellishment.

book cover, felt
  
The tutorial is fairly easy to follow, but let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

This week's bloghop (sharing)

Sharing this week's bloghop @ Clairejustine oxox. She has joined the Creative Mondays, the Wordless Wednesday and the Weekend bloghops all into one fantastic linkup, so basically anything goes.

bloghop

Link your favorite posts and join the fun! Linkup is up and running until Sep. 2nd.

Click below to linkup or go directly to Claire's blog but don't miss the party!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday 27/August

fox, arrábida

Young fox on the road. Arrábida, Portugal.
(the picture is a little fuzzy because the sun was setting and we were inside the car)




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to school custom (boy) name tags (free printable)

In between packing for our vacation and actually going on vacation (this is a scheduled post), it has taken me a little longer than expected to finish the boy version of the name tags (I call them "boy tags" because I made them for my son, though I really think they could perfectly be used for a girl).

Back to shool custom (boy) name tags (free printable)


To make your own custom tags, download the .pptx file, enter your name in the text box (edit font type and font size if you want/need), then print the tags on adhesive paper and cut around the border.


printable name tags

It's easy, does not take a lot of time, the tags are custom made and still cheaper than store bought tags. And if you don't have adhesive paper you can always print them on regular paper and glue them in place.

printable name tags

Another little step towards the new school year completed.

 Enjoy,

keeping it real, craft blog



 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

By this time tomorrow...

...hopefully I will be looking at this view...


We are going on vacation for a few days. I have some scheduled posts but should only be back to active blogging by the first week of September.

In the meantime, if anything comes up you can send me an e-mail to keepingitrreal@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

See you soon,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 19/August

Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings



Join the fun!

Back to school: custom (girl) printable name tags

While I was packing our bags to go on vacation I suddenly remembered we will be returning just three days before the start of the new school year so I decided to get some name tags ready.

Since I made them using Powerpoint, I'm sharing here the custom version.

Back to school: custom (girl) printable name tags




All you need to do is to download the .pptx file here, enter the desired name onto the text box (edit font type and font size if you want/need), then print the tags on adhesive paper and cut around the border.

printable custom name tags

The page allows you to print ten tags at the same time, though you have to manually add the name to each of them (there is probably a way to do this automatically but I'm not savvy enough to do it, and copy/paste does the trick anyway without much effort).


printable name tags


It's easy, does not take a lot of time, the tags are custom made and still cheaper than store bought tags. And if you don't have adhesive paper you can always print them on regular paper and glue them in place.

I'm working on a boy version for my son and I hopefully will be able to post about it soon.

Enjoy,

keeping it real, craft blog



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Upcycled: plain mail package to cute gift package

This is rapidly becoming the week of paper crafts around our house and while I'm still working on a couple of projects I decided to share my latest upcycle: an embellished gift package.


A couple of weeks ago I received the package below at the office (sorry for the blurred section, it's just covering the sender information for privacy issues).


It came from a lawyers office with some original documents but once the documents were securely filed away I could not bring myself to put the package in the waste basket, deciding it was perfect to use for one of my homemade gifts.



So I stored it for a couple of days below my desk and on Friday I brought it home. After some brainstorming, I decided to use my Sizzix to cut a series of flower shapes from two different colors of plain wrapping paper and glue them onto the package in a way that covered both the sender information and the place where I took out the tag with the recipient's address (and which had left the surface of the package with some imperfections).


As a finishing touch, I also added a little pink flower to the closure thread.


And now I have a very cute package waiting for a very a cute gift at zero cost, which just shows again how a little inspiration can lead up to something wonderful.

Enjoy,



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Princess cupcake toppers (free printable)

Yes, I'm again planning a birthday party. My girl is almost 4!

(side note nº1: where has time gone? she was a baby just yesterday)
(side note nº 2: I'm really getting old...)

Remember the Mario Kart cupcake toppers I made for my son's birthday? They were a huge success so I decided to come back to that idea. In a girl version, of course. Actually, in a princess version, since it has been decided that we will have a princess party in September.

So I bring you the double sided Disney Princess cupcake toppers:

princess cupcake toppers free printable


They are very simple to make and just the same as the Mario Kart ones, but in case you missed that post, I took some quick pictures of the process. The printable document can be downloaded here.

There are two pages with the cupcake topper shapes:

princess cupcake toppers free printable


Cut the cupcake toppers all around but don't separate the two halves: 


Spread glue on the back and put a stick in the middle of one of the halves (see below):



Fold over the other half over and press it. Let the glue dry.



Repeat for all other toppers or choose your favorite and go have a party!


Download here in case you missed it above.



Enjoy,

keeping it real, craft blog



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Mondays bloghop 11/August

Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxox

bloghop


Come link-up too! Join the fun!

Reuse & upcycle: water bottle to pencil holder

 reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

Ok, after the pants and the pillowcases, I'm still in closet cleaning mode, hoping to either find new uses for things that have been stored for a long time or to just toss them and reduce clutter.

I could not, however, bring myself to throw away this water bottle.

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

It was the first water bottle we purchased when my daughter went to pre-school, but either the plastic was poor quality or it degraded with time (or both) and a couple of months ago we noticed the water acquired a plastic taste after being in the bottle for a few hours. We bought a new water bottle and put this one aside.

After some brainstorming, I finally found a way to reuse it. First, I cut the top half of the bottle, and then punched several holes around the (new) rim, at regular intervals.

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder
 
reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

 Once this was done, I crocheted around the rim, inserting the hook in each of the holes successively.

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder
reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder


After a first row of single crochet I added a second row for a bit of flair (four sc in one hole, slip stitch in the next hole and so forth).

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

And the water bottle was turned into a cute pencil holder:

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder


reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

Here it is already in use at my daughter's "work" desk: 

reuse, upcycle, water bottle to pencil holder

This shows that most things can be reused or upcycled if you put your imagination to work. And that sometimes the simple ideas are truly the brightest ones.

So, what items do you have in your closets that could really use a second life?





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