August 19, 2014

Custom Notepad at Craftaholics Anonymous

I love customizing everything - and recently I had another chance to customize a notepad for my fiance. Do you want to know how to customize one? I swear it is the easiest thing ever. Check out the tutorial over at Craftaholics Anonymous!

Yep friends - that's a dollar store notepad prettified. Isn't it awesome? Plus you can decorate it anyway you like - you can use the technique I used for this notebook or the technique I shared in the tutorial.

I can't get over how awesome it is! I need to make more notepads from different scrapbook papers. Anyway, don't forget to check out the tutorial by clicking any of the photos above or the handy link below:

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August 11, 2014

DIY: Funny Tampon/Pad Pouch and Sweepstakes!

Let me tell you something. When I was younger (and still in school), I never really took note of when it would come, let alone be prepared for it. Soooo... I'd almost always get caught off guard, and I wouldn't have anything in my bag for it. Plus I felt lugging pads/tampons around is kind of embarrassing, specially since there was always a chance boys may be snooping inside my bag (oh, grade school / high school days). 

Now I don't really care about other people seeing it, after all, it's a part of life isn't it? I always make sure to have some on hand for emergencies - since without it, I wouldn't be able to move comfortably wouldn't I? (like this time I ran out of it.....) I figured it's high time I make a special pouch for it. And of course, it had to be funny (I am easily amused though, so forgive me if it's not funny or if it's disgusting). 

Ready-made pouch or sew one yourself
Template - my graphic is downloadable at the end of this post
HTV or Printable Heat Transfer Paper
Parchment paper

If you're doing your design using HTV, cut and weed out excess material. If you're using printable heat transfer material, just print and cut around your design. 


Prepare your pouch by ironing the creases out. I sewed my own - and actually felt pro enough to do some top stitching (which didn't turn out well, I might add).

Position your design - I always do this before ironing because it kills me to have a design that isn't centered (yes, I'm somewhat a perfectionist).

Use parchment paper to protect the surface of your HTV/printable heat transfer from the iron and iron your design, making sure to follow the right instructions for your chosen material.

Peel off your plastic backing if you're using HTV material. At this point I actually liked it the way it is - it looks like a monster pouch! And I dig that VERY MUCH. Unfortunately, my fiance commented that it looked like a vampire with buckteeth.... so, I had to add the wording. 

And here's the final result! I love how it looks - don't you? But I'm planning to make some more without the wording and less buckteeth.

I craft funny stuff when I'm on my period, it's just what makes me feel better. I hope I inspired you to try your hand at making your own tampon/pad pouch!

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August 08, 2014

DIY: Easy Cotton Book Tote

Sometimes when you get discouraged by failed projects and difficulties you tend to put off trying it again - that's what happened to me the first time I made a bag. Granted, it was a bit complicated and certainly not in my skill level, but I was still disappointed. I put off sewing anything complicated for a while - I've been sewing just pouches for a long time - no, never a tote. But I came across this really simple tutorial and decided to make it (sans the bow).

I've wanted to make a cotton tote for the longest time - all the ones you can buy at craft stores have too short handles and are too.. squat. Add to the fact that they're canvas fabric (which I don't really have an issue against, but I love the feel of cotton more). 

So why don't you try your hand at making it? You can find the tutorial from Elm Street Life here. The only things I changed from is that I added an inch of strap length (making mine to a total of 24") and also made it a bit narrower. I really love how it turned out - so much so that I think I'm into sewing again. Maybe. I feel like making a few more totes!

The only thing left to do is decorate it - there's so many ways to do that! You can apply HTV, or a printable iron-on, paint it, dye it, screenprint it - so many options I'm not even kidding. I've thought long and hard what I want to put on it - since it's my first tote in a very long time that turned out neat-looking. I eventually decided on this quote you see above since I do love that quote. I was thinking either that, or 'Will Work For Bacon'.... but I've got so many funny pouches I decided against the bacon phrase.

It's easy to design and make your own quote layout - just play around with the words! If not, there are a lot of ready-made quotes online that you can download or purchase. 

Here's another photo because I'm in-love with my new tote. so love Heat Transfer Vinyl. It makes everything I make look professional even though I am not. Anyhow, this would be a perfect gift for a teacher, or a bookaholic like myself. 

What are your favorite quotes/phrases to put on a tote? Hit me with your answers - I would love to know! 

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August 06, 2014

DIY: Multicolored Crystal Necklace

I am fond of interesting jewelry pieces - I'm not big on statement necklaces, not at all. I focus my attention more on simple necklaces with unique elements. And this one definitely is unique in my humble opinion. I've seen countless of necklaces with raw crystals, but rarely with one so full of color. I had to have it, so I looked for materials for it because, as you know, I always want to make my own. It's my perfect accessory for neutral-colored outfits. 


  • Multicolored quartz crystal
  • Jewelry wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Chain
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

When I bought my crystals, they came with holes pre-drilled. Remember me telling you about my tendency to not look at the measurements when buying things online? That happened again and I ended up with big crystals. I originally wanted to make earrings or a multi-crystal necklace, but I feel a single crystal is good, too.

Loop one end of your wire and insert onto the hole of your crystal - cut the excess and loop the other end to close. This one was a bit tricky for me since the crystal was flat and wide on each side but I was able to do it - the key to this is estimating how much wire you need for the loop, cutting it and then looping it with round nose pliers.

Assemble your necklace - I tend to not use jump rings to connect my chain to my pendant as seen here since I use non-soldered chain links, but you may if you want to. If using soldered chain links, you will need to use jump rings to connect your elements together. Finally, add you lobster clasp and jump ring as well.

It's that easy! I really love how it glints and changes color at every angle. I made mine extra-long to be worn layered with other charm necklaces. 

To give you an idea of the size - here's a photo of it in my hands. It's not so big but definitely not earring-material, not for me anyway. Would you wear something this big as earrings?

What kind of necklaces are you into?

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