Friday, July 29, 2016

DIY: Sewing Storage Book

Hello Everyone!

If you're like me and save every little scrap of fabric, then your fabric stash may be growing to an abnormal amount! Along those same lines, if you don't have a proper place to store your fabric, you may have a furry four-legged tail-wagging friend who may run off with your fabric scraps (I personally would know nothing about that) lol.  

With that thought in mind, today's project is going to be about creating a fun sewing storage book! Now today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker and the Xyron® Wedge Shaped Glue Stick. I've talked about the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Waffle Flower! If you have never heard of Waffle Flower, they are a company which produces cute stamps, die cuts and inks. There produces are designed to be used in a variety of projects and the selection they offer to their customers is really big. For example, you can buy normal die cuts or buy 3D template die cuts (which look really fun)!

Before we hop into the project, I wanted to mention two fabulously giveaways that are going on right now! One is on Xyron's Facebook Page and the other is on Waffle Flower's blog. Below I listed the details of the prizes that you could win and what you need to do to enter both giveaways!

Xyron Giveaway:

Prize: A Prize Pack from Waffle Flower 

How to Enter: Go to Xyron's Facebook Page and like" and "comment" on any or all of the Waffle Flower project posts.

Waffle Flower Giveaway:

Prize: A Creative Station Lite + 3″ Refill   

How to Enter: Go to Waffle Flower's Blog and comment on all of the Xyron project posts!

Now that you know all about the giveaways, let's hop into the DIY!  

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Binder (mine is a 1 inch)
Clear Binder Protectors
Scrapbooking Paper: I'm using Light Blue from DCWV's Doubled Sided Cardstock Stack
Scrapbooking Paper: I'm using Jade from DCWV's Jewel Toned Textured Cardstock Stack
Colorful Stamp Pads
Acrylic Block
Scrapbooking Letters

Step 1: Cut your scrapbooking paper down to the size which will fit inside the main cover of your binder. In this case, I decided to cut a larger piece of scrapbooking paper (the jade) and then a smaller piece of scrapbooking (the light blue), to layer on top. Then cut additional pieces of scrapbooking paper to fit inside your clear binder protectors. 

Step 2: Now, grab your stamps, acrylic block, and stamps pads. Then grab a piece of your scrapbooking paper either for your binder cover or for your clear binder protectors and begin stamping away. Keep repeating this process until you have all the stamp pages that you need. 

Step 3: Grab your scrapbooking letters and spell out the phrases you want to add to your pages. Once you have your phrases laid out, take each letter and slide it through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. In the above photo, you will see how I ran the ''s'' in sewing, through the sticker maker. 

Keep repeating this process until you have run each letter through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Step 4: Add you're now scrapbooking letter stickers to each of your pages. Before adding them through, make sure you rub each letter while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing.

Step 5: Depending on how you designed your cover, you will want to grab the smaller piece of scrapbooking paper and glue it (using your Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick) to the top of your larger piece of scrapbooking paper. 

Once this page is dry, slide it inside your binder cover, organize your pages and you are done!

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Has you can see, this sewing storage book allows you to organize your supplies by having that main title page, then your actual supplies. The clear binder protectors did a nice job holding those scraps of fabrics and even those fat quarter pieces of fabric. Personally, I think having this system would be nice because you could easily store the book on a shelf and know exactly where your sewing pieces are at. 

Besides fabric, you could also store button cards, embroidery thread, patterns and even needle books by using this binder system!

If you want to see more fun projects using Waffle Flower's products, then check out their adorable blog

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration

So what do you think? Do you like this sewing storage book?

xo Katie

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mix n' Match Dining Chairs With Chairish

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Hello Everyone! 

Recently I was contacted by a company named Chairish to participate in a fun mix n' match challenge which involved dining chairs! Now usually I don't do these types of challenges since I am a craft blogger. However, I thought the mixing and the matching of dining chairs was a very DIY type of thing to do and I thought the post could provide you guys with some fun home decor inspiration (which we all know home decor, crafting wise, is my jam). Also, since I'm currently living at home finishing up my degree, I thought it would fun to imagine my future dining room! ;) 

For starters, Chairish is a website that helps ''design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor to one another'' (Source). On their website, they cover design styles ranging from Asian to Traditional and have decor pieces to decorate every corner of your home! For this particular challenge, I was asked to put a mood board together which included the trend of mixing and matching dining chairs. This trend of mixing and matching dining chairs has become extremely popular in recent years. Personally, I like this trend because it's a budget-friendly way of putting a dining room together, whether you go the DIY route or the shopping route. 

In my mood board, I decided to go with all mid-century modern pieces, since that is the style I LOVE! Before starting, I thought it would be good to pick a color palette for the chairs. I decided to go with a turquoise/coral like combo and then set off to find some dining chairs! In the end, I picked some Chet Beardsley Swivel Dining Chairs (1), a Turquoise Mid-Century Scandinavian Cocktail Chair (6), and some Mid Century Tangerine Chairs (11). I thought the color combo along with their unique round shape, complimented each other quite well. With that being said, I stopped at 3 chair styles because it seemed like the ''right number'' when combining different chair styles together (we don't want to go too crazy). 

To go along with my mid-century modern chairs, I picked out other pieces which fit with the style. Besides the chairs, I added other items which could be found in a dining room / dining area. My favorites in regards to the smaller pieces would have to be the art print (4), the coasters (3), and that orange glass set (8). 

In the end, I probably had way too much fun with this challenge and probably took it way too seriously. This can be seen if we consider the final addition of the harvest gold fondue pot (12)! With that thought aside, I personally have always been a fan of the mix n' match dining chairs look. Especially, if your crafty or artisty, I think finding those chairs which do mix n' match, adds more character to your home.

Now if your looking for that special little home decor piece or furniture piece, then I would definitely check out Chairish. There sale section alone is pretty amazing for legit pieces of vintage furniture! 

So, do you like the mix n' match dining chairs look? Also, what is your favorite item from my mood board above? 

xo Katie

Thursday, July 14, 2016

DIY: Laminated Paper Boxes

Hello Everyone!

A few of you Xyron lovers may know that besides making permanent adhesive, repositionable adhesive, and magnet cartridges, Xyron also makes laminating cartridges has well! Specifically, they made three types of laminating cartridges. The first is the laminate + magnet, the second is laminate + permanent adhesive and the third is the double-sided laminate (aka two-sided laminate).

The reason why I'm telling you all of this is because the design team members were challenged to create a project using the lamination cartridge! Now before this project I had never used any of the laminate cartridges, so I wanted to do something that was not traditional in terms of laminating projects. So I came up with these laminated paper boxes which can be hand sewed together! 

I know you're thinking sewing and laminate don't go together, but they do in this project. Also, the nice thing is that you can make these boxes in almost any size you want, depending on the Xyron machine you are using. 

In this project, I will be using Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. I've already talked about this machine and all the awesome stuff it can do, in a previously post. So you if want to learn more about the machine, then check out this post here

Now if you're ready to make your own laminated paper boxes, then keep reading below! 

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White Background Flower Paper from DCWV's DIY Project Stack Mini Albums 
Sewing Needle
Embroidery Thread
Ruler (not pictured)

Step 1: To make a tall skinny box, cut out 4 pieces of paper which measure 2 ¾ inches by 6 inches. Then cut out 1 piece of paper which measures 2 ¾ inches by 2 ¾ inches.

With that being said, you could make this box and length and width that you want. 

Step 2: Grab all of your paper pieces and begin sliding them through your Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. Once all your pieces have been run through the machine, cut around each of your laminated pieces, leaving about a quarter of an inch of laminate on each side. 

Step 3: Thread your needle with your embroidery thread and grab your bottom piece (which should be the smallest paper piece) of your box. Then grab one of the side pieces and sew them together using a whip stitch. I recommend poking your needle through the bottom piece first, so your knot will end up being on the inside of your box. Also, while sewing, make sure you sew below you laminated edge. This is because if you sew closer to the edge, your laminate may rip. 

Keep repeating this process until all four sides are connected to your bottom piece. 

Step 4: Fold two sides of your box up to form a corner. Then sew them together using a whip stitch. You will want to repeat this step to finish up the other 3 corners of your box. 

Once all your corners have been sewed up, then you are done! 

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I loved how these laminated paper boxes turned out!

As you can see above, I made two other boxes to show you that you can create different sizes and shapes. The pink square box ended up being about 4 inches by 4 inches and the small blue rectangular box ended up being 4 inches by 2 ½ inches. 

Since these boxes are laminated they can be used to hold a variety of things, without the fear of them be damaged by water and so forth. Also, since I used the two-sided laminate, that means both sides are laminated and can be seen. This is important to consider because you will see the other side of the paper you are using. So if your scrapbooking paper has a pattern side and a white side, you will see the white side. This is why I used double-sided scrapbooking paper, so from any angle, the box is pretty. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like these laminated paper boxes?

xo Katie


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