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Marbled Paper: Boxes + Ideas

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with the patterns in marbled paper.  I recall making it as a kid in art class years ago and now it has reentered my life as I’m currently fixated on its random medley of swirls, stripes, and colors.

I made these marbled paper boxes for office supply storage in my oldest daughter’s room last week, but now I’m so crazy about them, I want to make more just for me!   Good news though, they’re incredibly easy to make.

diy stacked marbled paper boxes cg

 

This is an simple DIY project that adds a lot of panache to a plain box or magazine file.  You’ll need a few boxes and some sheets of marbled paper (sources below) plus cutting tools and glue.  I worked mostly with spray adhesive and a little craft glue too (not shown).

supplies for marbled paper boxes

 

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Computer Armoire Makeover

Monday, August 20th, 2012

We’ve had this computer armoire for over ten years, we bought it when we were first married and it used to sit in the corner of our family room and hold our huge 300 CD stereo equipment and speakers, remember those days before the iPod?

A few years ago we got rid of the stereo equipment we weren’t using and started to use the armoire for its intended purpose – as a computer station.  It’s a fantastic piece I scored on sale at Macy’s furniture store years ago, but sitting in front of it felt like staring into a cave, it was dull, dark, and unorganized.

This year, I’m determined to be as organized as possible when it comes to all the activities, from school to extracurricular sports and lessons.  I thought it best to keep it all housed in one place, so the computer armoire has now become family organization central.

 

Goodbye dark and dreary interior.

 

Helloooo cheerful bright blue!

 

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The Dog Eared Pages

Friday, June 15th, 2012

I have a confession to make and I’m sure it’s a common affliction among some of you.  I am a magazine hoarder, I repeat, I am a full fledged 100% magazine hoarder.  Who shall join me in this self inflicted misery?

I’ve subscribed to many publications for many years, always looking forward to them arriving in the mail every month and I love them and won’t end my subscriptions anytime soon, but what happens is as you know is they stack up quickly and soon you’re left with a pile of paper to either keep or recycle, and I much prefer the latter, but my “Oh there was that great article about boxwood hedges” or “I can’t throw that issue away, that amazing kitchen is inside!” takes over my brain and the piles ensue.

piles of magazine

I decided at the beginning of the year I’d be much better, oh yes I would!  I’d cure my magazine hoarding problem once and for all!!  (insert culturally relevant female empowerment song).

I’ve always dog-eared my favorite pages in the past for reference but what to do with all those articles/spaces/nifty ideas on pages that add up and up and up to piles of magazines filled with ideas and information that I cannot part with?

the dog eared pages

Pinterest has made it easier, now I know I can usually find a space online within a month of publication but I’m forgetful and rarely look for them that way.  I’ve struggled with what to do with all these dog eared pages for years.  Throw them in a binder?  Sure, I guess, but it has always seemed too utilitarian and this is where the practical side of me loses out to the “Why can’t it just be pretty?” side of me and a battle rages within.

As I was strolling through Michaels the other day I spied some simple and affordable white canvas bound sketch books and thought, hey, those would make great “books” to help me solve my “hoarding of the dog eared pages” problem, and an idea was born.  These things always happen if you casually stroll the aisles of Michaels, but I digress.

sketch books

 

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