Saturday, August 27, 2011

Easy & Beautiful Home Decor

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These ornate candle labels from the Dieline were the perfect inspiration for my project today. Calligraphic ornaments and beautiful penmanship are always an instant draw for me. A combination of fantastic typography and carefully crafted calligraphic images can become decoration for a multitude of items around your house. With fall quickly approaching in my part of the world, I am bursting at the seams with ideas for decorating my house. I am going to show you how to create a great paper garland that can be used in any room of your house for everyday decor or a special event!

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Materials needed:

Paper
Photo Editing Software
Label Shape
Calligraphic Swashes
Serif Font
Scissors
Ribbon


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Fill your label shape with the color you'd like your background to be. Create a border around the outside edge and a narrower border about an 1/8 inch from the outer edge of the label shape. Place your calligraphic swashes along the edges of the top and bottom. I added some texture and grunge with some Photoshop brushes. Once you have the label looking the way you'd like it, duplicate it three times. (or as many times as the number of letters you need) Place the letters of your word on each of the labels and print the sheet out.

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With very little effort and really no money at all, you now have the perfect addition to your fall decor.
Add it to your mantle as I have shown above or above a window, etc. I would really love to see what touches you add to suit your own personal styles!













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Friday, August 12, 2011

M-M-M Mobile

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It's a well-known and documented fact, that I love the letter M. I've got a whole wall of them, as well as any kind of knick knack I can find with a letter M on it. A long time ago, I purchased a mobile kit with clips, intending to make my own mobile out of M's, then I forgot about it, until I ran across this DIY video on making the cutest bird mobile, and I was reminded that I had a project to do. I like this bird one so much I will probably make one of them too, but for this blog I'm making the M-mobile I've had on my to-do list forever, giving you another idea for a child's room, or possibly for your own obsession with your initial.

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I used a variety of fonts that I already own, this project doesn't require specific fonts, just variety. The ones I used are (with links to those that are available for free):
Deming
Zitti
• Base Nine
• Engravers
Saracen
Birch
Adam Gorry Inline
Coquette
Big Top
• Archer
And of course, if you know me, you knew it would have to use green...so green paper, a sheet of heavy card stock, and a sheet of patterned paper.

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I made sure that each letter was either 3" wide, or 3" tall, to give consistency in their variety. I filled the page with 10 letters, one for each of my clips. I printed it on my green paper. (I think there's only one that the solid green will show because of its inline, but that's okay. I wanted it to be green.
I adhered the printed page of M's to one side of the card stock, and the patterned paper to the other side. I used rubber cement (use on each surface for strongest bond), then put weight on it while it dried.
Next comes the cutting. I used sharp scissors on the curves and a sharp exacto knife and straight-edge for the straight lines.

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There it is, my M-M-M mobile! One of the fonts ended up being too frighteningly skinny strokes, so I replaced it with a heart. Kinda love the serendipitous result!





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