DIY Lunar Garland

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I could feel that I was getting bored of my workspace a little while ago, so I decided to make a garland to add some visual interest to my space again. I love the graphic look of the lunar cycle and so the good ol’ moon was the inspiration for this DIY.

You will need:

  • About 1-1,5 metres of string
  • White cardboard
  • Black paint
  • Brushes
  • Anything round the trace around
  • Little wooden pegs (or alternatively, tape)

 

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First, draw out 8 circles on your piece of card, tracing around a round object to ensure uniformity.ย 
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Next, cut them out and sketch the phases of the moon in with pencil.
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Paint the appropriate areas black.ย 

 

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Once dry, peg the moons onto the length of string.ย 

 

(If you want it to be in the correct lunar order, it is: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent)

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Hang it up and admire your creation!

I love having mine in my workspace. It makes it interesting and fun.

Happy New Year, too!

Nabeela x

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Made in SA / Deerly Studio

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Today, Iโ€™m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces.ย I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!

 

 

Notebook

The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)

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Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!

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Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If youโ€™ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.

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List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. Itโ€™s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!

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I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldnโ€™t write about products that I wouldnโ€™t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

Made in SA / Mocho Loco

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Today Iโ€™m excited to be sharing a bit about the Mocho Loco stationery products that are fun, eclectic and modern, as well as colourful! Moco Locho was started by Vicky in 2009, who is originally from Buenos Aires. Mocho Loco was mainly specialising in branding and illustration, but this range of stationery recently launched and I LOVE it! Iโ€™ve got a few things from the Confetti and Home Flora ranges to show you today! Everything is designed and printed right here in Cape Town, too!

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Notebooks
The notebooks are fun and colourful with wonderful prints and patterns on the covers and just the right amount of paper. I simply love confetti and geometric shapes and these are used so beautifully in this particular range. The pastel colours are also lovely. The paper inside is quite thick, too. (These notebooks come in a pack of three).

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Greeting Cards
The greeting cards are colourful and vibrant, as well as versatile, as they can be used for any occasion. The Home Flora cards are especially versatile because the can be used for anyone. I love the modern use of plants on these cards. They also come with a brown paper envelope.

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The confetti greeting card is a really cute size and I love the pretty little envelope it comes with.

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Gift Tags
The gift tags are SO cute. They are such a lovely size, and they, too, are extremely versatile. I used one of my gift tags in one of my scrapbooking layouts. There are SO many purposes for gift tags, itโ€™s almost crazy! They can be used in journals and planners, (obviously) on gifts, in scrapbooks and I sometimes even use gift tags as bookmarks.

 

Party Toppers
These are such wonderful little things. They are made out of veneer wood and they are perfect for popping in cupcakes at any party. They are easy on the environment too, as you can reuse them many times. All you have to do is wipe them off when youโ€™re done using them. Theyโ€™re so pretty and very sturdy. I also used one of mine in a plant that lives in my room!

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I simply love these bright, fresh and funky products! If you love any of these things, you can find them all and more on the Mocho Loco website. You can never have too much stationery and these fun ranges are sure to brighten up your workspace as we head into the heart of winter!

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I hope you are enjoying these Made in SA posts. I have a few more planned!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all photography and opinions are my own. I wouldnโ€™t write about products that I wouldnโ€™t buy or use myself. Also, thank you Vicky for these simply wonderful things!}

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

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Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve written here. Iโ€™ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. Itโ€™s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and Iโ€™m visiting it over this weekend. Itโ€™s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. Iโ€™ve taken some shots of a few of the latest pages in my journal. I hope you enjoy flipping through the pictures.

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Uh, yes, my cactus obsession is real.ย 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts.ย 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left.ย 

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This is probably my favourite page in my current journal. The quote on the left I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I L.O.V.E it! The page on the right was inspired by a rainy day, as you’ve probably sussed out.ย 
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I love the right page. I did it by using the straw technique. Just make your watercolours quite wet and drop it on. Then, whilst its still wet, blow it with a straw and watch the colours take over your page!ย 
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Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot.ย 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too.ย 
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As you can see, my journal is getting really full!

Have a fabulous weekend! Good luck to everyone writing exams at the moment! Keep warm, Southern Hemisphere peeps.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

How I’ve Been Crafting Lately

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A little while ago, I wroteย a post about my midori journal and it was quite popular, so I decided to go into a bit more depth as to how I journal. Lately, my favourite method of crafting has been, well, journaling. Iโ€™ve been experimenting with different forms of art journaling, collaging and midori-style journaling.

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This is the Midori I’ve been using. It’s A5 size and was custom-made for me. I love it!

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This is the notebook I’ve been using. I kinda love the cover.

 

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Iโ€™ve also been playing around and trying to make my own inserts for my midori. This one turned out pretty cute I think.

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I keep a box of scraps of card and paper to use for layering up my journal. I use normal notebooks from the grocery store so the paper isn’t very thick, that’s why I prefer to layer.ย 

Here’s some step-by-step shots of how a spreadย come about in my journal.

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I started off by layering with the paper I wanted.
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Next, I added washi tape and some stamping for my heading.
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Then I added some more stamping, as bullet-points and a decorative border at the bottom. I love that hexagonal stamp! Its an acrylic stamp from the Docrafts Papermania Geometric Mono range. LOVE.
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Lastly I added some writing…ย 
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This is how it turned out. I really like doing these kinds of things. They make me think and reflect a bit, you know? But believe me, some of my journaling pages are VERY impulsive.
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I’ve also been painting, L.O.T.S. Watercolours are my absolute favourite medium at the moment. So easy to use, fast-drying, no smell and quick clean-up. Its a joy!
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Lastly, I thought I’d share a shot of my desk. I don’t usually share pictures of my workspace because I do most of the shoots for these posts in our patio room because of the divine natural light. But I thought it was about time.

Some great journaling accounts to follow on Instagram:

I could go on, but those are the ones that came to mind.

Lastly, I visited Decorex Cape Town last week and it was amazing. I came back feeling inspired and so in love with home decor. Don’t forget to spoil your mums for Mothers Day on Sunday! And if you are a mum, I’m sure you’ll get spoilt x.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

DIY Blog Journal

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One of my new year’s resolutions (even although I don’t fully agree with only making fresh starts in a new year) for 2016 is to carefully plan and curate my inspiration and ideas into output as creative projects. More often than not, ideas stay at just that. Ideas. Because inspiration isn’t organized meaningfully, its hard to use it constructively.

I decided to make a ring-bound note-book to store my blog ideas, plans and inspiration so its easy to go back to. Here’s how I made it:

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You will need: paper, scrapbook paper, rings for binding, stamps
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Step 1: First punch holes through all the pieces of paper

 

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Step 2: Slide the rings through all the paper
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Step 3: Stamp your cover. (You can decorate it however you like).

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I know it’s really simple to make, but its so great for storing anything from quick ideas to magazine clippings and polaroid print-outs.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Art of Crafty Card-Making

Hey there!ย  Lately scrap-booking and card-making have been my form of escapism.
It requires you to think creatively and use what you have to create something that matches
the theme of your photo or the personality of the person you are making a card for. Here are some ideas on card-making,
along with some of my favourite techniques, methods and supplies…

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My Supplies

I use a variety of supplies when creating my cards. Some of them include stamps, watercolours, papers, pens, and stickers.

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Stamps

Another one of my favourite techniques is stamping. It’s easy, fun and if done properly can, it can look beautiful!

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cardstock, washi tape and stamping.
 
 
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can look highly professional.

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And last of all, some colour inspiration! Never be afraid to use colour!

Use all those tips and tricks and voila!

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I hope these tips were helpful! Be sure to try some card-making yourself! 

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx