DIY Notebooks {Back to School 2013}

My goodness, how exciting! I get to write a post and publish it when I get done, instead of it being super late at night and I just schedule it for the next day…..

Anyway, isn’t it exciting that school starts up again soon? I start classes next Thursday, and I will finally see what it’s like to work part time and go to school full time (opposite of my dad right now, how funny!). Today, I wanted to share with you the notebooks I finished up a couple of days ago.

You need fabric, scrapbook paper, ribbon, mod podge, a brush, scissors, and any other embellishments you want to use. Oh, and spray adhesive, if you have it. I rarely buy it because it’s hard to find cheap sometimes, but I got it at JoAnn with a coupon since I love using it so much!


I started by snipping the ribbon off of a jelly roll I made months ago. I arranged the strips in a sort of design and used spray adhesive to apply them to the notebook cover. Then, I sprayed some on the inside cover and folded over the excess fabric.




Here are all four notebooks that I did. The top two are fabric, and the bottom two are scrapbook papers.


And now, here they all are with ribbons added. (again with spray adhesive)



Then, I coated the front of each notebook with mod podge. I printed out cute little monogram (made in MS Word), and stuck them to the front of each notebook.


Then I remembered I had this wonderful stuff….


And now, I have one shimmery notebook! The next day, I added another coat of mod podge to all of the notebooks. I did not take a picture of the finished notebooks, because they look like they do above, just with monograms. I used a matte mod podge as well.



My New Pencil Bag!

Update: My pencil bag has been featured as a part of this list!! Go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Hello, everyone! In my last post, I mentioned that I had plans for a pencil bag. Well today, I am going to show you how I made my TOMS bag into a lined, boxy pencil bag! I kept seeing the ones on Pinterest that were just regular flat pencil bags, but I love the box style, so I set out to make it without much of a guide. To make my Lined TOMS Pencil Bag, you will need: a TOMS bag, lining fabric of your choice, zipper, pins, scissors, and a sewing machine or needle and thread.

The first thing I did was square up my lining fabric. The edges were a little uneven, but I couldn’t find my rotary cutter, so I just used shears. I still haven’t found it. And the blade is getting dull. Bummer.

I then centered my lining fabric on top of the TOMS logo so I could cut the bag to size.
I lined up each piece of lining, wrong sides together, with an outer piece and pinned it to keep it from sliding while I pinned and sewed the zipper in place.


It wasn’t until after I stitched the first side that I realized the zipper should have been sandwiched between the lining and the outer piece.

Since it is for my personal use, I just sucked it up and kept rolling with the punches, as they say. I also went ahead and pinned and stitched the bottom since there wasn’t the convenience of a fold. So now we have this:

Then, I moved the zipper pull out of harm’s way, flattened the “bag”, and stitched the “sides”. Cut off the excess zipper, and this could be a finished bag, if you wanted!

But I didn’t. So now, I can measure and pin my edges for the boxy shape that I want. after stitching them in place, I cut off the excess fabric with pinking shears to help prevent fraying. IMG_1656
And here is the finished bag! As you can see, the letters are cut off, but I love this bag. It’s adorable, I made it, and it didn’t cost me anything extra in supplies. The lining fabric is a cotton print from a grab bag I found at Goodwill.



What? You want to see actual supplies in it? Darn…I mean, okay!

Oh, by the way, here’s a shot of my pen collection…most of them, I mean. I grouped them by color just for you, my dear readers! I have a partial pack of pens in my drawer, along with several strays laying around in my room, but this is the bulk of it!


ALSO. I wanted to show you what I decided to put in my “Kit” I was talking about in my last post. Again, go to the link in that post for the full details on it, and I promise, you will love her blog!


Everything fits nicely in this Arbonne makeup bag. I have no idea where I got this from, but I’m pretty sure someone gave it to me.


Thanks so much (as always) for reading!


Oversized Pillowcase Tutorial


Hello! Today, I am finally sharing with you my oversized pillowcase tutorial. I say finally because I somehow kept overlooking it when I was working on photos. Totally went over my head. Up until I made this pillowcase, I have had a plain white lace trimmed sham on my pillow. And since I have this new bed set, it looks very strange. The sheets and pillowcases are a pale yellow, but the white sham makes them look dirty!


So, I set about to fix the problem. The bed set came with the standard two pillow shams.


Oh yeah, and here’s another view of the white sham:


On to the new case! I picked apart the seams on the sides and bottom of one sham. This took FOREVER, it seemed. I had to rip through two sets of stitches, which I wasn’t expecting. The last sham I took apart had one set of stitches and I was done!


Then, I laid it on top of the old sham to figure out how much of the second sham I would need. Just as I thought, I only needed one more panel!


I marked the section from the side with the interfacing since it was see-through, and for obvious reasons I couldn’t just unpick the stitches from this side. More seam ripping!


The section is free! I opened it up and smoothed it a little. A very little….Then I pinned it along the green edge of the other sham and stitched it together!


I matched up the edges as best as I could, and pinned the WHOLE thing together, RST.


Since I left the original opening alone, it ended up in almost the exact same location as on the old pillowcase. All I had to do after stitching was turn it and iron it! I shoved my pillow back in and I was finished! Super easy, right?


Thanks for reading as always!


DIY File Cabinet Makeover


My ugly old file cabinet FINALLY got what it deserved! I mean, I really shouldn’t complain about how it looked. My old cabinet was a dark “wood” color and there was a chunk missing out of the top. Talk about tacky.

Here’s my cabinet, before taking anything off or out of it. See the stickers that I attempted to remove with little success?


Everything that was in the cabinet got dumped into this bag, and then I stacked some of it on the floor to sort through later. I also went ahead and removed the hardware. I couldn’t remember where I saw how to remove the lock, so I gave up after a few tries so I wouldn’t break it or damage the drawer it was on.

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And here’s the cabinet, freshly sanded and cleaned.


After spraying on the two coats of chalkboard spray paint (1 hour in between coats), it looked like this:


After 24 hours, I rubbed the sides and top with a piece of chalk and dusted it off.


Then, I opened up the garage and, using some Target $1 wrapping paper and spray adhesive, I covered the front of the cabinet. I used my screwdriver to punch the holes for the hardware through the paper. Then, I sealed everything with a coat of clear enamel.


Here’s the cabinet after reattaching the hardware. After all this was done, I decided to paper the pink trim as well. It looked more cohesive that way.

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The finished cabinet, in my room.


The hardest part of this whole project was deciding what to write on it first! I decided on a variation of “Keep Calm” and “Welcome to the ChalkZone”, in honor of one of my favorite shows as a kid!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!