Sunday, January 2, 2011

leftover crafternooning.and some blogging tips.

first, let's start with a crafternoon. i have some book paper leftover from my christmas crafternoons and i bet you do to.

let's make a bookmark. for your new blog book that you are SO going to make this year...right?

ok, so we'll make a flower with book paper. i've made this flower before...a million times. once here and once on a pillow. so you can go there for a more in depth tutorial.
i forgot to take a pick of my hot glue gun too. but you'll need that as well. so numero uno: gather materials.
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my fabric backing is a really stiff fabric...you might opt for cardstock/cereal box cardboard if you don't have some sturdy fabric.

so you'll put your flower together using your half circles you cut out. start with 4 big half circles, then layer in the rest. there's no perfect way to do this...just experiment. you'll be fine.
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i put a couple of buttons in the middle of mine
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then glued the flower onto the "stem".
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now, the bookmark would be cute like this. but then i put a piece of ribbon in the middle and sewed the edges.
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then booya, you're awesome. you made a book mark with scraps you had laying around.

ok, so from the last post, i got a lot of questions on how to make your blog look cute. i start with a plain background...but you don't have to do that. there are lots of cute sites that where you can play around with different backgrounds...for free! like here. or you can have someone design your blog-a-roo for you. i think this is awesome if you have some extra cash and you want a certain look for your blog but aren't trained in the "interweb-ee-ness". if you don't want to play around with it yourself, pay someone to do it for you. these people do good work. just fyi.

i would just say, don't fuss too much about the way your blog looks at first. jump in and get started. you can change the background of your blog at any moment you're ready as you learn more about what you want in a blog design. but don't lose time on getting memories down, just because you're overwhelmed with the asthetics of your blog. you'll learn as you go along! we all do...

and fyi, i find out if it's a boy or a girl tomorrow...woo hoo!

linking up here and here

21 comments:

  1. Cute bookmark!! Love it. And you're right about the blog.. Just get started on it and all that stuff comes later. I'm playing catch up on reading my fab blogs..have gotten so behind. Hate that! How was your Christmas? Hope it was great!

    And I'm soooo excited to know the sex! Yay!

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  2. Awww, thanks for the shout out. Have a girl please. We're short around here.

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  3. Just found your blog this week and loved the blog book! I totally ordered one last night:)

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  4. Have so much fun tomorrow! That is definitely my most favorite appointment of the entire pregnancy (other than meeting the little one face to face)!

    Thanks for the inspiration in printing out our memories. I am catching up on a few posts and then my family blog will be off to the printers. I can't wait to get the book back! Priceless! Love your blog!

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  5. woo hoo.
    boy.
    girl.
    yay.
    Um, still have my birds (that I found way after you gave your tutorial) and will get on that some day.
    Mr.Wonderful just went all crazy-let's-purge-the-house-of-stuff so I have 39 books to choose from. Better get crafty.

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  6. man i need to get busy with my paper crafts.

    anxiously awaiting tomorrow!

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  7. resdakvjncjk!!!
    SO EXCITED!! better share the gender of that baby tomorrow, woman!

    :)

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  8. That is one cute bookmark. and after your last blog I am totally getting a blog book printed....thanks for the kick in the butt! ;)

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  9. love the bookmark.. so cute... but..... all i want to know is .... boy? girl?? curious george over here.

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  10. That bookmark is so adorable. I think I need to make one today! And yay for find out about the baby! Can't wait to hear!

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  11. That bookmark is adorable! I've been seeing a lot of crafts made with book paper lately, and I'm loving them. Enjoyed your fun blog!

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  12. i can't wait to see your ass.

    (not literally your ass, but you know what i mean.)

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  13. I know jami, I suck so bad. And your last post about blogging really "convicted" me, as they say. Especially since I'm pregnant and have been lying on the couch eating cheetos. It's still a secret, but this is a safe place, right? Haha!

    CONGRATS on the girl! Sisters!

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  14. you are killing me with all the book page crafts!!!!!
    this is awesome and i will be making one for sure. love it

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  15. Oh, gosh I just read through this project and love it! Maybe I can get to it during nap time today. Here's hoping!

    Congrats on another little one! I'm prego with number 5 (a boy) and I just love it!

    Good luck!

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  16. super crafty and sweet idea. I may have to try this myself since I'm an elephant ear marker and need to stop doing this to my poor books. I've recenlty been following you and love your writing!

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  17. made a rough....oh, my.....oh-so-rough version of this bookmark and linked it back to your post today :) lol. did I mention "rough"?!

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  18. great! I can't wait to make one!

    I'd love you to check out my blog!

    www.uvinyl.blogspot.com

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