29/08/2014

A Few Favourites From Around The Web.

A Few Favourites From Around The Web.

Here's a few things from around the web that caught my eye this week.

(clockwise from top)
1. Pretty 3D Bright Paper Stars from A Subtle Revelry.

2. Clever Watercolour Mugs using nail varnish from The Merrythought on Poppytalk.

3. How tasty to do these Caramelized Peaches and Cream from Creature Comforts look? It's that toasted crumble almond topping that really makes it.

4. Over on The Proper Pinwheel you can find these sweet Fabric Inspired Macarons decorated with food colour pens.

5. Fall For Diy makes working with concrete look easy with this Diy Chrome and Concrete Planter.

6. I think we all know how much I like making things out of clay so there was no way I wasn't going to love Diy Clay Bead Necklace from Design Love Fest was there?

How about you? What's caught your eye this week?

26/08/2014

Diy Notebook: Perfect Binding.

Diy Notebook - perfect binding
It's amazing what you can learn on the internet, isn't it? Until last october when I stumbled across this tutorial and made this perfect bound notebook I had no idea it was possible to make your own professional looking notebooks. I've made a few since and thought it was about time I shared how on this blog.

Perfect binding is when you use pva glue to bind the spine of a book instead of stitching together signatures (groups of pages). It's mostly used in magazines or paperback books but is also a really quick and easy way to make your own notebooks. This is a great project way for using up or recycling bits of paper you have lying around from other projects.

Things you'll need to make your own perfect bound notebook
Things you'll need to make your own Diy Notebook using perfect binding:

Scrapbook paper,
Pva glue or elmer's glue,
Ruler,
Craft knife,
A cutting mat,
A paintbrush or foam brush,
A pencil,
Binder clips,
Scrap paper.

How to make your own perfect bound notebook
1. Select and cut your paper to size.

You can use any paper to make your pages, old books, graph paper or even maps but it's important to think about the size of notebook. Whatever you use as your cover needs to wrap around the front and back of your pages with a little bit over on each side.

I used 6 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper to make my pages and cut them each down to four 5.5 inch squares pieces. This meant that I could use a pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper to make my cover and still have half an inch spare on each side.

Don't forget to use binder clips to hold the paper in place as you cut it. Use a bit of scrap paper under each clip to protect your pages.

2. Stack your paper and line up all the sides by tapping the stack down against the table top.

3. Secure your stack of paper using binder clips. It's important that the edge you are going to glue is completely flat. Any pages not flush with the edge will not get glued.

4. Use a paint brush or foam brush and apply a thin layer of pva or elmers glue to form the spine of your notebook. Let the glue dry and repeat. I applied four layers of glue before I was happy with the results.

You may find that as your glue layers are drying your paper begins to bow a little. I found the best way to fix this was to press the paper under some heavy books as the last layer dried.

Diy notebook using perfect binding
Making the cover.

5. To make the cover, glue 2 pieces of scrapbook paper together, plain side in. Doubling up the paper will help make the cover sturdier. Apply a thin layer of glue to the paper and leave to dry flat under some heavy books. Depending on the type of glue used you may need to leave it overnight to dry.

6. Take your stack of paper, line it up with the edges of what will be your cover and trace around it. You want the cover of your notebook to be the exact same height as your paper stack. If you don't want any pencil marks on your paper you could use an embossing tool like I did.

7. Place your stack on the cover. They should now be the same height but with a half inch extra on the right hand side.

Take your embossing tool or pencil and lightly trace down the spine of your stack. Lift the stack up on it's end and trace down the other side as well. Using a ruler and an embossing tool score your 2 lines. This will  be where your cover folds over the glued spine of your pages.

How to make your own diy notebooks
8. Next you need to take your ruler and measure out a 1/4 of an inch from each of the two lines you've just drawn and score. If you have a scoring board now is a perfect time to use it.

You should now have 3 sections made by your 4 scored lines. This means that when you open your finished notebook the cover will fold back in a crisp line.

9. Crease and fold your cover. Your pages should now fit neatly inside your cover.

10. The next thing you need to do is trim your cover to size. Line up your pages with the spine and trace down, do the same on both sides and then cut using a craft knife.

How to make your own notebooks using scrapbook paper
Gluing in your pages.

11. Open up your cover, take your paintbrush or foam brush and apply some pva glue to the center of the 3 sections. You want the most glue to be where the spine of your paper stack will go. Spread the rest of glue out to the 2 sections being careful not to go over your scored lines.

12. Press your stack of pages into the center and fold your cover around. Use scrap paper and bulldog clips to hold it in place and leave to dry overnight.

13. Once dry, decorate your cover and start filling your notebook.

Diy Notebook - using perfect binding

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15/08/2014

Lovely Links 07.

Lovely Links 07
This week has been a good week, although I suppose any week that starts with sugar dipped french toast is bound to be. I've been trying to soak up as much summer sun as possible. It's hard to believe september will be here in just a few short weeks.

Here's this weeks lovely links.

I can't get enough of the Diana photo app. I used it to make the image above.

Pretty amazing illustrated gifs by Rafael Varona on The Jealous Curator.

10 dos and don'ts for a simpler life on Clementine Daily.

Crafty paper flower goodness.

I've been following along and joining in with Poppytalk's annual colour week. You can check out #poppytalksummercolours on instagram to fill your feed with summer colour goodness. I think the golden yellows have been my favourite.

Got 5 minutes? Hop on over to youtube and watch 73 questions with Sarah Jessica Parker. That house, wow.

I loved seeing the colourful photos from Bright Bazaar's recent trip to Cornwall. So much blue.

More clever people making their own stamped clay bowls. Shira at Even Yaru // Heather at Woods of Bell Trees.

And finally thanks to Apartment TherapySweet Tea & Saving Grace,  Ftiaxto, Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus and Top Inspired for sharing some the things I've made.

Have a great weekend everybody.

13/08/2014

6 Diy Wall Art Projects.

6 Diy Wall Art Projects
Have you ever wanted to have a go at making your own wall art but didn't know where to start? These 6 diy wall art projects might be just the answer.

(clockwise from top)
1. Brighten up a dull wall with this graphic diy modern quilt art from A Beautiful Mess.

2. Poppytalk shows us how to make our own diy buffalo print.

3. Soft spot for metallics? Try this diy geometric wood art from clad and cloth.

4. Check out this simple yet effective fiber wall art by The Merry Thought. Clever, right?

5. Download these fantastic prints for free over on The Lovely Drawer and then hang them using customised trouser clamps.

6. Not sure what to do with all those instagram pictures? Why not have a go at this diy instagram wall calendar. How great would that look above a desk or on an office wall?

11/08/2014

Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers.

Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers
Today I wanted to share these amazing sugar dipped french toast fingers with you. I had them for lunch and let me tell you not only are they delicious and taste just like doughnuts, they're also really easy to make. All you need is stale bread or brioche in this case, eggs, milk and sugar and you're all set. A perfect decadent breakfast treat.

Ingredients for Sugar Dipped French Toast Doughnuts
Ingredients needed to make your own Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers:

2 large eggs
60 ml semi-skimmed milk
Brioche buns
Caster sugar
25g butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil

How to make Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers
1. Slice your brioche into 2 inch fingers.

2. In a bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.

3. Soak your brioche fingers in the egg mixture.

4. Add the butter and oil to a frying pan and heat. Fry your egg soaked brioche fingers until they are golden brown on both sides.

5. Dip your fried french toast fingers into the caster sugar and coat evenly.

6. Serve while hot.

Recipe adapted from here.

Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers
What do you think? If you wanted you could even try adding cinnamon to the sugar like I did with these pastry stars or maybe just drizzle them with some strawberry sauce, either way I'm sure they'd be delicious.

Don't forget to follow me over on pinterest for more sweet treat ideas.

Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers
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