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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DIY Gold Striped Notebook

Thank you Office Depot for sponsoring this post through Socialstars. As always, all pictures, thoughts, and opinions are my own. Share your Office Depot finds on social media with #GearLove. 

As much as I love my phone and my computer and all things gadgety, I absolutely love writing lists, brainstorming ideas, and even doodling in little notebooks. In fact, as long as I've carried a purse, I've also carried little notebooks and pens as well. Usually I use them for me, but my kids also love it when I let them draw or write in one of my little notebooks. Sometimes we even use them to play games when we're out and about.


I found these adorable RAINBOW notebooks at Office Depot, and they are just so perfect for me to carry around in my purse. Plus, I keep a few on my desk next to my computer so that I can write down ideas when they come to me. 


These little notebooks are so colorful too, and since I love to make things, they look like little blank slates to me. I also picked up a bigger pink spiral notebook and a matching pink stapler in this new trendy selection of office supplies by Divoga. I wanted to give it a stripey makeover, but there are so many fun ways you could decorate a simple notebook like this one.


What you need:

1. Solid notebook


3. Inka Gold (or another gold paint)


What you do:

1. Tape off stripes across your notebook with washi tape. 

2. Test your gold paint first to see how it takes to the notebook. The Inka Gold paint sort of rubs on, and at first it wasn't sticking to the glossy cover, but once it started to stick it worked really well. 

3. Let your paint fully dry and remove your tape, and enjoy!


P.S. I picked up all of the supplies used and shown in this post (except for the Inka Gold and brush) from the gel pens to the Post-It flags to the paper clips at Office Depot.

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Turn Your Instagrams into Stickers


It's no secret I've become a little bit obsessed with Instagram lately! I even have a second personal account where I share more unedited pictures of my kids without worrying too much about lighting, or how they will fit into my grid. 

However, sometimes it feels like I put a lot of effort into taking fun pictures, and I should do something more with them. I have listed a few over at Society6, and I've also used some as a part of my web design, and I've even used them in my business cards. But I thought it would be so much fun to turn some of them into stickers. 

For this project, I used the Ink Jet Printable Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl (thank you for providing the vinyl for this project!). This kind of vinyl is permanent, so don't expect the stickers to be very removable. I even printed some more pictures of the kids for them to use to label some of their plastic storage bins.

Now there are a lot of different ways to do this, but since I'm all about short cuts, I came up with a pretty quick way.

How to turn your favorite Instagrams into stickers:

1. Visit your Instagram profile on your computer (for example mine is instagram.com/linesacross

2. Take a screen shot of some of the pictures you want to print. I use an extension on Google Chrome for screen shots, so it's easy for me to snap the picture and crop it at the same time. 


3. Open Word (or Google Docs) and insert the pictures. I was able to fit a total of 12 pictures per page. I also set the page margins to narrow to make the most of the vinyl. (I also added a few cropped pictures on top of another picture in my grid that I didn't want to print.)


4. Print! Make sure that the matte side of the vinyl is facing up in your printer and that the waxy side is facing down. I printed both of the sheets below in high quality settings, but I printed the top sheet standard, and the bottom sheet in photo printing mode. The standard mode made pictures that were brighter and more vibrant, but lost some of the detail. I feel like overall the photo printing mode produced better results.


5. Cut your pictures with scissors or you can use a paper cutter (I LOVE this one), and enjoy.




I've also teamed up with Expressions Vinyl and DOZENS of other talented bloggers who are sharing some fun ideas for making things with vinyl. Check them out below:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Creating a Fun Workspace

I am proud do be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as a part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

Sometimes decorating is difficult for me. I think that a big part of it is that I can be indecisive about design, and choosing just one color to paint the walls, and just one rug, and just one picture to hang is a hard thing to do. So when I saw the way that the Damage-Free Wall Tiles by Command Brand are interchangeable, I knew it would make decorating a little more fun.


This little area used to be just a blank space with an old picture hanging on the wall. I was planning on putting my little white desk there, and using it as a place to sit and work on my laptop, or do other work, and I just love how this whole little wall (that only took me about an hour to put together start to finish) transforms it into my own.


So just to tell you a little bit more about the Damage-Free Wall Tiles: They come with two parts, the wall art piece and the backing. You can attach the backing to the wall with just one special Command strip and a built in level. It was so nice not trying to balance the level on top of what I was trying to hang while holding a pencil in the other hand trying to mark where to hammer into the wall. Then, once the backing is properly hung, the front piece just snaps on magnetically.


The best part is that you can easily switch out the artwork.


These wall tiles are available exclusively on Amazon (my favorite way to shop!), and there are even chalkboard and dry erase tiles as well. I also added some Mini Spring Clips to hang some of the artwork I've been working on, and a little clear hook to hang some clay feathers I made.


I think that the blue coral one is my favorite, but there are so many fun ones to choose from and even some picture frames. Earlier in the day, I had arranged the tiles completely differently. I was able to switch up the tiles and hang something different in the mini clip in about 2 minutes.


And you can check out this simple 40 second video that shows you how easy it is to install, change, and remove these tiles without damaging your wall at all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DIY Gumdrop Paperweights

It’s no secret that I love candy and office/craft supplies (in fact that pretty much sums up my Instagram feed haha). So it’s no surprise that I decided to make something cute for my desk that looks like candy . . .  gumdrop DIY paperweights. I’ve been having a lot of fun with air dry clay recently, and made this pineapple planter, and this geometric pencil holder with it as well.


What you need:

1. Air Dry Clay
2. Paint
3. Gloss Mod Podge
4. Clear or white glitter
5. (Optional - Felt)

What you do:

1. Roll out balls of clay. I made three that were all very close to the same size.


2. Roll the balls into a cylindrical shape, and then slowly roll it so that one end is a little bit larger than the other end. Then flip your clay right side up, and make sure that the bottom is flat. I also rounded the top a little bit. It doesn’t need to be completely smooth and perfect because gumdrops are naturally a little lumpy.


3. Let them dry for a few days. This is the hard part of air dry clay . . . waiting for it to dry!

4. When they are fully dry, paint them with acrylic paint. I used a couple of coats each.


5. Now coat each of them in a thin layer of glossy Mod Podge and cover them in a clear or white glitter. I used a very fine glitter that looks a lot like sugar, but since these are huge gumdrops, a larger glitter would also look great.


6. Let this dry, and then add another thin layer of Mod Podge to keep the glitter from shedding everywhere. You could also add little felt circles to the bottoms of the paper weights to make sure that they don’t scratch your desk or leave marks on your papers.


This post was originally posted at Mod Podge Rocks.

Monday, June 29, 2015

DIY Candy Confetti

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TwizzlersSummer #CollectiveBias

I'm not always one to go all out for parties. I can totally see the appeal and how it's a fun creative outlet for some people, but generally, I like to have just a few handmade touches and colorful details. And July 4th is an especially fun holiday for my family because it's my mom's birthday. We've always had big red white and blue celebrations, and it's extra special to get to celebrate two things. When I was a kid, my mom even tried to convince us that all of the fireworks were for her.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I love candy. It's just so bright and colorful, and I especially love it when party decor can serve two purposes. When I saw the fun summer Twizzlers display at Walmart, I knew that the colorful candy would be a perfect addition to our little patriotic party.


What you need:
1. Twizzlers
2. Blue Twizzlers (found in rainbow bag)
3. Scissors


What you do:
1. Start by cleaning a pair of scissors. I tried cutting them up on a cutting board with a knife, but it was hard. Cutting them with scissors was so easy, and since Twizzlers aren't really sticky, it didn't leave almost any residue on my scissors afterwards.
2. Cut small pieces of Twizzlers and gather them in a bowl.
3. Scatter around the center of your table, or anywhere else to use as decor... plus people can snack on the delicious little bites as well!



I also ended up adding some blue Twizzlers as straws in our berry lemonades. (Thanks Natasha for the fun idea!)


And the Red White and Blue Twizzlers Pull N Peel are also perfect for Forth of July celebrations. (Plus they are really especially delicious) I ended out playing around with them and braiding them into a little candy bracelet. It actually worked surprisingly well, and turned out pretty cute. First get four strands (I used red, red, white, blue). Squish together the tops of all four of them. Start braiding them together fishtail braid style (here is a bracelet tutorial I shared that used this method). When you reach the end, squish the ends together until they are secure. Then wrap it around your wrist and squish the top and bottom ends together. You can stretch the braided piece to make it a little longer. I wasn't sure how well this would hold, but I ended out wearing mine most of the day without even thinking about it. This would also be such a fun craft to do with or make for your kids!


What about you? Do you have any special July 4th traditions? What fun ideas do you have for crafting with Twizzlers?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Color Theory: Blue

Hi! It’s Kristine from Olive Twig Studio again, with another Color Theory lesson. This lesson is on blue. Blue is the most common favorite color of people around the world - so I’m hoping that most of you are extra excited for this lesson.




Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It can symbolize stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, cleanliness, health, faith, truth, tranquility and calmness. Deep blue can represent knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. That is probably why it is the most commonly used color in corporate identity branding.

Blue is beneficial to the mind and body in that it slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. (So - a great choice to decorate with in a nursery or bedroom).

The opposite color from blue on the color wheel is orange, so it is considered its "complement" Blue and orange are my favorite complementary dynamic duo. So, in honor of being the best complementary pairing (in my opinion) I made a bunch of blue and orange pairing suggestions for your viewing pleasure:

This flower crown lady painting is painted with only blue and orange paint (even the green leaves and brown hair is a mix of orange and blue). Blue is a “cool” color, which “recedes” to the eye which makes it the perfect color to mix into a skin tone in the shadowed areas.




This cactus and succulent painting was also painted with only blue and orange. All those pretty, springy olive greens are made mixing a little orange into the blue paint. Blue mixed with yellow makes a classic green color. Blue mixed with orange makes a more muted green which is more commonly found in nature.




A couple fun facts about blue:


53% of the flags in the world contain blue.


Blue is for a baby girl; pink for a baby boy in Belgium.


“Prince Charming” is called “The Blue Prince” in Italy and Spain.


I hope you enjoyed this color theory lesson on blue! My goal is that you learned something new and feel inspired to use color in a new way. I’d love to see anything you create with your new knowledge on blue - tag it #OliveTwigLA and spread the color theory love. If you are a fan of the art in this post, it is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.




You can find my color theory post on red here.

You can find me on IG @olive_twig_studio and my art at http://OliveTwigStudio.etsy.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DIY Eraser Stamps

We made these fun eraser stamps as a part of a sponsored campaign with Socialstars and Office Depot. As always, all thoughts, opinions, pictures etc... are my own. #GearUpForGreat #GearLove

As much as we are enjoying summer (especially not having to wake up super early to get the kids to school), it can be hard to find things to do to fill the time. I'm all about creative play and giving your kids free time to use their imaginations. However, I'm also ALL about being creative with your kids and doing crafts, painting, and making things together.

My 4 year old daughter Lyla especially loves any and all things creative and loves helping me arrange things on my desk and take pictures of them. We actually picked up everything in the picture below at Office Depot together! It's a miracle we made it out of there with only two bottles of glitter glue.


I've seen a lot of fun ways to turn erasers into stamps, but I'm just sharing two that worked well for us. What's great is that you only really need a few supplies, all of which you can find at any Office Depot

What you need:

5. X-ACTO knife (I actually used a clay cutting blade that I already had)
7. Ruler
8. Palette or plate
9. Art Smock (Optional but oh so smart!)


What you do:

1. Use a pencil and a ruler to sketch out basic shapes on your erasers.
2. Use your blade to cut your erasers.
3. Spread different colors of paint out on a palette or plate. 
4. Use your erasers to stamp on a paper.
5. You can create abstract art, spell out words or shapes, or use the shapes to build something like a city. 





Lyla had so much fun stamping with the erasers. I was a little worried that she would mix up all the colors too much, but she did a great job mostly keeping each eraser in the same color. I'd also recommend having some baby wipes nearby!

Another fun version of the same idea is to use pencil erasers to make little round stamps. You could even use washi tape to spell out a word or create a shape, and then stamp around it. When you remove the tape, you'll have some fun art. This works so well because you don't even need a plate or a palette because the little paint pods are just the right size for the pencil erasers.


Do you LOVE office and craft supplies like Lyla and I do? If so you'll appreciate this video.


What are your favorite office supplies? I just can't get enough scissors! 
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