DIY Monochrome Wrapping Paper

I decided to do something a little different for my school books this year – making my wrapping paper so I can have prints I love. Since its the festive season too, and wrapping paper is expensive, here are a few fun ways with brown paper that are cost-effective and classy.

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You will need:

  • Eraser
  • Craft knife
  • Paint (I chose black acrylic)
  • Paint brush
  • Brown paper
  • Leaf
  • Newspaper
  • Tape

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Lay down some newspaper before you start – brown paper is quite thin and the prints you make may bleed through onto the surface under your paper.

Splatter

Tape your sheet of brown paper down. Mix the paint with a little bit of water and load your brush. Flick the brush and the paint should leave splatter prints on the paper. Leave to dry.

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Triangles

Carve a shape out of an eraser. A potato works fine too. Paint one side and press it onto the paper to make a print. Leave to dry.

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Leaves

Choose a leaf that has a definitive vein pattern. Paint the back of it, and gently press it onto the sheet of paper. Repeat it in a pattern you like. Leave to dry.

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Its really quick and simple. I love the monochrome, but if colour is your vibe, use different paints.

Hope you’ll try it out!

Nabeela x

Huge thanks to Imán Cassiem from Aesthete’s Perception for shooting for me! Check out her newly launched blog and Instagram account. 

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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. 
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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. 

 

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

 

(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

DIY Minimal Wall-hanging

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I have been wanting a more simple wall hanging in my room for a little while now. Previously, a dream catcher was hanging there but it started to bother me and made the wall feel a little too busy for my liking. I wanted something simple, beautiful and functional.

I did some searching on Pinterest and made a simple hanging based off inspiration I found whilst searching. Mine holds my favourite Instax Mini prints, so I can admire them every day.

Its quick and easy, so lets jump right in.

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You will need a bamboo chopstick, a bit of string, a few mini pegs and some mini art prints, photos or Instax prints that you love.

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Cut a piece of string and tie it to each end of your chopstick, leaving the same sized gap on either side. Make it as long or short as you like. It all depends on how low you want it to hang.

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Cut three separate lengths of string. Feed one through each of your little pegs, through the little spring part in the middle.

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Tie a secure knot.Tie each of the strings with the threaded pegs to the chopstick. I tied mine at different lengths, but you can do it however you like. (Also, you can add as many pegs and strings as you like. I just thought three worked well).

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Peg your art prints or photos onto the hanging.

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Find a good space to hang it and admire the minimal beauty of it!

Have a go at making one. They’re easy to make and are simple, but beautiful.

Nabeela x

PS: Summer holidays are here and I have some exciting content to share with you! Stay tuned!

Made in SA / Mocho Loco

Mocho Loco | Graphic Design | Wedding Invitations | BrandingHello

Today I’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! I’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, it’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 you’re done using them. They’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 wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use myself. Also, thank you Vicky for these simply wonderful things!}

DIY Fabric Printing Idea

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Today’s post is a quick and easy idea. Lately, I’ve been quite into sewing and stitching, especially embroidery, as you’ll know if you follow me over on Instagram. I have been wanting to stitch other things too, like pouches, but I’ve held back because I haven’t found any fabrics around the house that I like enough to go through the effort of making something out of it.

I remembered pre-school days, when we used to use potatoes to make patterns and prints on paper. I thought I might use the idea to print onto a blank piece of fabric I had lying around. I tried it, using a potato and gouache (although I imagine fabric or acrylic paint would probably work better, but I didn’t have any) to print onto the fabric. You can literally carve ANY pattern into the potato, so its really versatile. I cut a triangle out of the potato and used gouache to make a triangle pattern on my piece of fabric, making the triangles tessellate. I also kept adding white to my paint, to get an ombre effect. It’s a very quick and easy DIY that requires minimal supplies, too! Give it a try.

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written here. I’ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. It’s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and I’m visiting it over this weekend. It’s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. I’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. 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts. 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left. 

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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. 
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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! 
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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. 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too. 
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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 wrote 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. I’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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I’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. 

Here’s some step-by-step shots of how a spread 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… 
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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