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DIY Fail: Gilded Business Cards

diy fail cards to spray

George is starting his own business and is looking into ordering business cards with his new logo and information. We love the look of Moo cards that have a stripe of color in the middle of the card. It’s a really nice way to add a pop to your business card. The only problem is they can cost over 50 cents a card!

On Pinterest I saw someone who had spray painted the edges of their business cards in order to get the gilded edge look. I thought this would be an excellent way to add  a bit of color and interest to his cards without shelling out major cash for fancy cards. We gave it a shot on George’s old business cards, and it did not work out!

diy fail cards to spray

Wrapped Glass Bottles

Wrapped Glass Bottles

Wrapped Glass Bottles

I am still working on making my jewelry storage wall. Part of it will obviously need to store and display bracelets. To handle that task, I decided to make wrapped bottles.

bottles with peeled labels

I collected four bottles of slightly varied shapes. Before I got started, I removed as much of the labels as possible. I started to get really crazy trying to get the labels completely off, soaking them and using Goo Gone, before realizing that it wasn’t necessary for this project. Just do the best you can removing loose labels.

DIY Magazine File

Messy dining room table

I would not describe myself as a neat person. I like when things are put away, but my default is leaving items where they land until I decide it is overwhelming.

Messy dining room table

This has become problematic in my current apartment. The first room you enter is the dining area, and all my mail and papers accumulate on the table. Then I don’t end up eating at the table because there’s all this stuff covering it!

I am in the process of rearranging my desk area in the living room, and I decided to make some upright storage to deal with incoming paper. I didn’t want to spend money on something that I might not use in 3 months, so I didn’t make a single purchase for this project.

boxes for magazine file

A Week of Love Notes

pill organizer for love notes

For Christmas in 2012, George and I spent the holiday apart. We normally spend a lot of time together, so I knew I would miss seeing him on Christmas. I decided to make a special gift for him- a pill organizer filled with love notes.

pill organizer for love notes

This project is so simple, yet is perfect for long distance relationships or those times when you’ll be apart from your honey. I purchased a weeklong pill container from CVS. Inside each day’s container, I put a special note or quote.

I also stepped it up a notch for Christmas. I enclosed a small flash drive that had a video message from me. It was a simple movie I recorded on my computer, but it was a special and goofy message. For the following day, I enclosed an SD card filled with music for George’s car so he could listen as he drove to come meet my family (!).

Permanent Daily Journal

Supplies for permanent journal

I am someone who has a terrible memory. In the past I’ve tried journaling to record my daily activities, but I can never stick with it. I saw some journal alternatives on Pinterest and decided to start off the New Year with one of them.

Supplies for permanent journal

The idea behind this note card system is that every day you write down a small summary of what happened on a dated card. So on January 1st, I had a surprise overnight visit from my two cousins. I wrote that down along with 2013. You continue this tradition year after year. So next year on January 1st I will get to remember what happened exactly a year ago, and will also add a new memory.

Permanent Journal in strawberry crate