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diy place mats

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

When I hosted a birthday gathering for Taylor last year (which was before our blog started, a.k.a. no photos), I knew I needed to add some pops of color to my very boring and very neutral table situation. I thought about just laying some paper down from my favorite paper shop, Willow Papery, but I didn’t want to be wasteful. So, I decided to laminate them. And, I know just how much Taylor loves all things laminated.

Torn between all the beautiful paper available, I also opted to make the place mats double sided for optimal use. This is a great gift idea, and you can easily theme these place mats to holidays, seasons and other occasions.

If you’re not feeling like using a paper cutter, also check Layla Grace place mats. They are adorable!

This project takes about 45 minutes total (if you make eight double sided place mats like I did).

materials
  • large pieces of paper (at least 11×17) of your choice — check out a local stationery store, or grab some cute wrapping paper
  • paper cutter
  • ruler or yard stick
  • pen or pencil
  • laminator (or a local office store like FedEx Kinko’s, or if you’re in Ketchum, Business as Usual)
instructions
  1. Cut the paper into however many place mats you want using the ruler or yard stick, pen or pencil, and a paper cutter. I recommend at least eight.
  2. Laminate with a thick laminate. Many places have a pre-cut 11×17 sleeve, which made the process go much faster.
  3. Enjoy! They are easy to clean and store.
reversible!

reversible!

I use this a versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

I use this versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

I can't decide which one I like more!

I can’t decide which one I like more!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

cheers krista
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handmade birthday cards

handmade card

handmade card

I make handmade greeting cards whenever I get the chance — I’ve loved crafts ever since I was a little girl, and many times the card is a gift in and of itself.

There are two important parts to each card I create:

  1. A pretty presentation
  2. A sincere, heartfelt message

Each card I’ve ever made has been unique, but here are a few guiding principles if you’d like to give a handmade card a try for the next special occasion.

materials

  • card stock
  • elaborate printed paper found at a specialty stationary store like Paper Source
  • printed gift wrap
  • Le Pens or another nice, fine tip pen
  • Sharpies
  • A ruler
  • Rubber cement
  • A square or round stencil and a pencil
  • Any other fun details — ribbon, glitter, stick-on pearls or gems, etc.

instructions

 

  1. I usually pick one specific component that I want to incorporate in a card — a color, pattern, or accessory that reminds me of the recipient — and then work the card around that inspiration.
  2. I prefer using a circle or square shape, or occasionally a rectangle. I also often opt for a two sided card without a fold. That being said, trace a perfect square or circle using a stencil and pencil onto your paper of choice.
  3. Trace a slightly smaller circle or square on card stock — that’s where you’ll write your message.
  4. Add a nice detail on the front like “happy birthday” written in gold, the first initial of their name, or the age they are turning.
  5. The most important step, the message: My cards have a  bit of a reputation for making people cry, because I really think about who the recipient is. What do you love about this person? What specific character traits to you most admire in them? What do you hope for their future? What do you know they are capable of? Tell them. Tell them how thankful you are for them, how much you love them, and how you would literally kick someone’s ass to protect them.
my go-to birthday present combo — a handmade cards, prosecco, fresh flowers, and a pretty package

my go-to birthday present combo — a handmade card, prosecco, fresh flowers, and a pretty package

a card I made recently for my friend Kyleigh

a card I made recently for my friend Kyleigh

the most important part — the message!

the most important part — the message!

happy birthday card for Rachel from the other night

happy birthday card for Rachel from the other night

a birthday card for taylor!

a birthday card for taylor!

a card for one of my favorite people!

a card for one of my favorite people!

cheers krista

 

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