Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #38

Welcome!

There are no features this week due to a crazy illness going through the family the past few days. I'm learning that it's really hard to take care of a really sick kid when you're really sick yourself, haha. Check back next week for combined features from the past two weeks.

Next week we will have our first co-host. Email me if you are interested in becoming a co-host (linesacross@gmail.com).



 
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1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).
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3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dog and Cat Paper Gift Boxes

The other day I stumbled upon this great tutorial (and free template) from Curbly for a very simple gift box, and I made these out of card stock.

Immediately, when I saw these with the way the little tabs stick up, they reminded me of little animals. So I decided to turn a couple of them into a dog and a cat.



I used the scraps of card stock leftover from the template to cut out little arms and tails for the dog and cat. I attached everything with a glue stick. I added little eyes, paper noses, and details with an ultra fine sharpie. You could have fun and decorate these boxes as almost any animal. They are such a fun way to give a small gift, gift card, or party favor to kids, or grown-up animal lovers like me.



How to make the ears and tongue:

When cutting out the template for the cat and dog boxes, I drew new lines over the tabs (make them longer, NOT wider), in the shape of dog and cat ears. I used red washi tape for the insides of the ears and for the dog's tongue. These gift boxes are also reusable.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nail Polish + Keys...

Here are two fantastic projects involving keys and nail polish.

I've used nail polish to label and identify keys before, but I especially love how beautiful these keys look from A Bubbly Life.



I love this idea from Maize Hutton. These vintage keys, painted with nail polish are gorgeous. They would make such a beautiful necklace, or look great just as decoration.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Posting at Seven Thirty Three

Today I am so happy to be guest posting over at Seven Thirty Three, one of my favorite blogs.

I am showing you how to make gift bags out of scrapbook paper.



Kim also does fantastic blog designs. Check them out while you're there.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #37

Welcome!

Along with my new blog design, I have been reorganizing and rethinking my blogging schedule. Although I still want to consistently post my own tutorials at least once a week, I want to dedicate more and more posts to featuring other blogs and tutorials.

There are 3 new ways to connect and to be featured here at Lines Across.

1. Guest Post. From now on, I plan to have one guest post per week. Either email me (linesacross@gmail.com), or fill out this form to let me know what kind of project you have in mind.

2. Submit a tutorial. Fill out this form (limit 3 per week per person) to submit a tutorial that you would like to see featured. Not only will this bring new traffic to your blog, but it will also help boost your search engine traffic.

3. Co-host the Cure for the Common Monday. As a co-host, I will feature your blog at the top of that week's link party and encourage everyone to stop by and follow you. You will then post the code on your blog as well, and people will be able to add to the link party or view the other submissions from either site. Email me if you are interested.


1.  Turn scribbles into gift boxes with this tutorial from Crafty Journal


2. Paper butterfly wreath from Ashley's Dandelion Wishes


3. Fabric covered boxes for IKEA shelves from Rae Gun Ramblings


4. DVD coloring case from Handmade by Stacy Vaughn


5. Felt Hydrangea flowers from Our Growing Garden


6. Owl first birthday party (with so many fun owl ideas) from Simply Stavish



UPDATED BUTTONS! Sorry about the mix up.



 
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Make Your Own Paper Gift Box


I came across this felt gift box tutorial at Curbly the other day, and I knew I wanted to try making some with card stock.



(Beware, tomorrow I will be sharing a very silly and fun version of these that I made)

I think that you can make this entire gift box in less than a minute.

Go to Curbly and print the free template onto a piece of 8.5 by 11 Card Stock. Cut out the template. (Make sure you cut just inside the lines so that the black line doesn't show up on the box). I used an Exacto knife and a cutting board to cut out the slots. Assemble. I had to fold over the corner of the pieces that go through the slot in order for them to fit. Just fold them back over afterwards.



That's it. You have a cute paper gift box that would be perfect for so many different little gifts, or even a gift card. You can decorate these little things in so many ways (haha, seriously come back tomorrow), but for now I just added a ribbon bow. I punched two small holes, one in each tab, and then I tied on the bow.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #36

Welcome!

This week I've been working a lot on my new blog design... It is still not finished, and there are a few little things I have to still work out. Next week I should have some new buttons to share.



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1. Map Page Roses from Twigg Studios


2. Felt Bead Chain from Moois Van Me (Beauty of 'Me')


3. DIY Washi Tape from Nifty Thrifty Things


4. Shirred Jailbird Dress from Family Ever After





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Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to Remove Shadows from Sidebar Images... (and other blog design issues)

I've been working lately on redesigning my blog. I almost decided to hire someone to do it, but I guess I am a DIYer at heart. It has been fun and frustrating playing around with it, and it is still a work in progress, but I am very happy with the results so far. Here are a few useful tips I found along the way that I wanted to share with you.

1. How to get rid of shadows from your header, post area, and pictures in Blogger

I went with a simple white background where the pictures would pop, but for some reason I could NOT get rid of the shadows around the sidebar images and around the images in my posts.

Makin Cute Blogs |  Freebies, Tutorials, Resources, & Design Elements!Then I found this tutorial from Makin' Cute Blogs (a fantastic site with a lot of helpful tutorials for people like me who only half know what they're doing).

I had tried following other tutorials, changing around the html code, and of course changing the template options through Blogger, but nothing worked. Then I found this tutorial. All you have to do is copy and paste a short code in the CSS section.

If you want to hire someone to design your blog, Makin' Cute Blogs also has a page where you can connect with custom blog designers and check out their portfolios.

2. Make a test blog


My sister-in-law, Jill, gave me the great advice to create a test blog where you can mess around with design and codes without messing up your real blog. Once you create a new blog, go to your real blog and copy the entire html code. Now go to your test blog and replace the code. Some of the gadgets and sidebar images won't transfer automatically, but it is a great way to play around with things to see what you like first. I think that the last time I redesigned my blog, I freaked out my visitors for a few days, haha.

3. How to install social media icons


After I posted the other day about the free social media icons, I got a few questions about how to install these to your site. Basically, you install them just like you would install a blog button (here is a great tutorial from Blogging With Amy). First, download and unzip all of the icons you want to use. Next, upload them to your Photobucket site. Now copy and paste this code, once for each icon you want to use, into the same HTML gadget on your sidebar (You can do this from your Layout page... click add gadget... then add HTML).

<a href="YourFacebookPageURL"><img src="YourFacebookButtonImageURL" /></a>


(Use the same code for all of your buttons but of course put Twitter URL and Twitter Button URL etc.)


4. Buy beautiful pre-made blog designs on Etsy


Did you know that you can buy gorgeous personalized-looking professional blog designs on Etsy? They are customized for your blog and very affordable. I especially love these designs for Blogger or Wordpress from Joy (How Joyful)'s design shop, HJD Studios.


Blogger - Premade Blog Template - Amiga - Customization and Installation included


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Make Your Own Pillow Boxes



Pillow boxes are perfect for so many occasions, whether you are giving a gift, or looking for a fun way to package a party or wedding favor. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own... in whatever color or paper you choose. There are so many fun possibilities.



I made small pillow boxes... perfect for cash, candy, jewelry, etc... but a little bit too small for a gift card. (Scroll down the to bottom of this post for a larger version). You could just print a template, cut, and assemble, but that ends out being complicated and you have to go through more steps that way. It is faster to just make these boxes from scratch.



Step 1 - Start with a piece of cardstock that is 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. (I used 4-1/2 by 6-1/2 Matstack ) Fold creases at 2 inches and 4 inches so that the flaps are 2 inches, 2 inches, and half an inch.

Step 2 - Draw a straight line half an inch from the top and the bottom, so that you now have 2 rectangles in the middle that are 2 inches by 3.5 inches. Use a CD to trace arcs above and below each line segment. Cut around the outside arcs so that you are left with the shape seen above in Step 2. Use a dull knife or a pair of scissors to lightly score the paper across the inner arc. (If you are using scissors be careful you don't accidentally cut all the way through the paper.)


(After I had written half of this tutorial, I searched for pillow boxes to see what else was out there, and came across this great tutorial from I Try DIY which is where I got the tip to use a CD for the arcs)

Step 3 - Fold over the half inch flap and apply glue. Apply pressure until the glue is completely dried. (Make sure that you also cut this flap along the arc of the CD.) Now push in the little almond flaps and your simple pillow box is complete.

Step 4 - Decorate! Be creative. Use buttons, ribbon, twine, thread, scrapbook paper, washi tape, paper punches, stickers, stamps, paint, markers, etc... I used a strip of washi tape, a flower shaped paper punch (like this flower punch), and a button.




You can make these boxes in many different sizes. I made a larger version that worked well. Fold 2.5 inches, 2.5 inches, and half an inch. Then Make a rectangle that is 4.5 inches long, and use the CD to add the arcs. This larger size will hold a gift card.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #35

Welcome!

Happy Easter!




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1. Felt Button Cuff from Het Groene Kamertje


2. Rainbow Headphones from Stars and Sunshine


3. Anthropologie Shoe Knock-off from C. W. Frosting


4. Reversible Messenger Bag from Crazy Little Projects


5. Ikea Bookshelf Makeover from Vixen Made


6. DIY Soda Can Earrings from By Wilma


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1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

12 Gorgeous Tissue Paper Flower Tutorials

Tissue paper flowers are fun, cheap, easy, and they last forever. As a beautiful bow for a present, something fun to wear in your hair, a simple party decoration, or something colorful to brighten a room, I love these flowers.

1. Tissue Paper Hydrangeas via Prudent Baby



2. Tissue Paper Poppies from Colleen's Creations



3. Tissue Paper Carnations from Folding Trees



4. Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms from Sarahndipities



5. Tissue Paper Dahlias (Favor boxes) from Martha Stewart Weddings



6. Tissue Paper Roses from Domesticated



7. Tissue Paper Daisies (A fun spring addition to a simple pair of shoes) from Martha Stewart Crafts



8. Tissue Paper Chrysanthemums from Lilly Ella



9. Tissue Paper Tulips from Silly Eagle Books



10 Tissue Paper Daffodils (Use to decorate straws for a spring party) from Gcdspa Stuff



11. Tissue Paper Peonies from Martha Stewart Crafts



12. Tissue Paper Lilies from Ruffled


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