Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pretty Me up: DIY Envelope Clutch!

Give an outfit that extra oomph with this ridiculously cheap and easy envelope clutch made right out of an ethnic cushion cover!


1.A Pair of Scissors
2.Ethnic Cushion Cover, I got it for really cheap from a discount store, so be on the lookout! (about 5$)
3.Fabric Glue or needle  thread
4.Accent buttons (optional)
5.Press buttons
6.Gold Ribbon (optional)
7.Ball pins (not pictured)


1.Here's my cushion cover's view from the front. Place it diagonally because that's how we will be working on creating the clutch.

2.Now turn it over.

Make sure that the zipper is on the lower half of the cover diagonally.We'll keep it that way because we don't want it on the flap of the clutch since that's where you keep inserting your hand from. :)

3.Here's a close up on the zipper which we'll seal with glue.

4.Dab a thin line of the fabric glue on the edge, ease out any wrinkles, and let it dry for a while.Mine hasn't dried down up completely but you get what I mean :) BE SURE TO LET IT DRY COMPLEEEETELYYY.!

5.Now take two opposite corners and bring them towards the center. Secure them when their placement looks perfect with ball pins!

6.Now take the corner underneath and bring it towards the center too.Secure again with ball pins.You might wanna make a few adjustment before it looks right and you get the idea of how it's gonna look later.

7.The previous steps were to give you a hint at what your clutch should look like after it's done.Then unsecure the ball pins, lay out a thin even streak of fabric glue on the edges of those 3 little triangles ^ above (left, center and right) and place them back in the center. Let the glue dry nice and sweet!
Or, if you'd like added durability, go ahead and stitch the corners!I feel that's better unless you are a sewing newbie!

8.When the drying/stitching's done, you should end up with this!

9.I'm sorry I forgot to take the picture for this step! (It's usually towards the end of projects that my adrenalin gets so blissworthy, I just race towards the end!) BUT here's what you do, at the corner of the flap, which goes towards the center again, sew on press buttons, so all your pretty clutch contents don't fall out!
And ta-da! You are done!

This a wonderful last-minutes gift idea, easy to do, glamorous to gawk at and conveniently oversized to chuck in sunnies, lipgloss, a handy mirror, bla bla bla..

Hooray for thrifty party accessories!

You can braid the gold ribbon and loop it at one corner of the clutch.I didn't do it....yet.

The best part is that you can try out fabric from tonnes of variations, nautical stripes, color block, floral, sequins, velvet, GLITTER! (maybe I should try glitter, hmm..)

Oh look, finally, you can see how I sewed on the press buttons up there! Oh-kay, I don't feel as guilty now for missing that step!
And for extra bling, add an accent button on the flap!

See you next time with truckloads more eye candy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Freebie Jubilee-Fun and Funky Digi Papers!

Bring an outrageous pop of color to your creations with these six chevron, Hawaii and doodle themed digi papers!

Click here to download!

 Here are the .jpg files as well, just right-click and save!

To view my other collections, click the links below:
Free Deco and Giftwrap Sheets!
Free Vintage Trance Collection Digi Papers!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Decorista Chronicles-DIY Cubby Shelves!

Are those little beads and glitter caskets getting lost all the time? What about those bobby pins, cotton balls and makeup sponges?Here's a nifty, easy and simply gorgeous way to sort all those itsy bitsy dainty things out, save decent counter-space, and get ready for your next project or dolled up hassle free while doubling up as beauuuuu-tiful statement shelves at the same time!

But first, let's see an overview of what we are aiming over here,and all there is to it is clustered in this picture below! So simple and such a cute, fresh addition to my craft nook!

STEP 1:Gather your supplies!

A pair of handy scissors, pretty wrapping paper (download pretty ones here and here),plain white paper, craft glue,white spray paint, empty cardboard boxes and mounting tape(not pictured).Here's a hint, if you do online shopping you'll probably have a lot of discarded boxes which may not always be pretty to look at.In the picture, you can see my box (and the lid!) housed a watch once, it's small but sturdy, so choose those which are nice and sturdy, not flimsy!

STEP 2: Spray spree!

Time to spray paint them all over carefully in the color you want and let 'em dry a good while.I like white cuz it goes with my room and looks nice.tidy and fresh!

Don't worry about any rough edges, we'll fix that in a while.For now, make sure the paint coats are uniform.If not, go over them once again!

STEP 3:Template twist!
Now cut out a sweet, chic heart template to use as the guide to cut the wrapping paper for the side of your boxes!

Fold your white sheet in half, draw as neatly as you can half a heart, unfold and cut out!

STEP 4:Using the template!

Impose the template on your wrapping paper and cut it out.Cut out as many as the boxes you are using for cubbies. Keep them aside for a bit and proceed to step 5!

STEP 5:Wrap in a snap!

Go over the inside walls and the middle front of the base of the box.If you want you can do the top and bottom too, I went for white sheet though!When you are all done, make sure those rough edges are dealt with, they should be if you've wrapped fine enough, if you made a few glitches, go over in those spots with a bit of white paint.Paste on your cut out hearts too on the sides!
STEP 6:Wall 'em up!

Time to mount your cubbies on the wall!Use a generous amount of masking tape and tape horizontally or vertically at the back of your "shelves".

Make sure they are held firmly to the wall.The more the quantity of mounting tape, the better!

STEP 7:Sorted!
Fill 'em up, flaunt your teeny jars of beads, glitter, hooks and needles! Or use miniature colorful disposable cups or trays and fill to the brim with bobby pins, cotton balls and hair bands!

I organize my tubes of sequins and glitter in the two cubby shelves I made, and some washi tape that couldn't find place in my DIY washi stand!
Remember, weight of the items you put in the shelves depends on how sturdy the boxes are and the quality of mounting tape!
So remember to go easy on the load if you are not sure of how much your cubbies can withstand!

Eye candy anyone? Here we go!

Oh, and just in case you happen to be wondering about the huge flowers, dancing stems and leaves beside the shelves, that's the decal on my wall :)

Hope you give it a try, and do let me know it this inspires you to do anything else! I would love to know your ideas too!
Till next time,
xoxo, Nash :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Decorista Chronicles- DIY Artsy Caddy!

Spruce up your hobby space with this fun and functional DIY project.Just grab some used up tins and jars (pasta sauce, corn, mixed fruit, milk powder you get the gist!),the more varied sizes, the better! You don't really need a detailed tutorial for this, (pictures are worth a thousand words?), but I've added tips along the way!

Here's what you need:

1.Nail varnish
2.Craft Glue
3.Tins/jars of assorted sizes
4.Pretty papers/scrap fabric
5.A pair of scissors
6.Lazy Suzan
7.Glue pads (optional)
8.Waste Plastic bottle caps (optional)
You musta noticed my tin cans are sealed, well, that's cuz' I was too excited to take pictures during the project and took this afterwards!

Cut the paper/fabric to size,glue it on to the surface of the can,make as many as you want, fill 'em up!

The jar is taller, which is why I store my paint brushes in there.If you have longer rulers, Pringles cans are perfect! (oh,and those tags from a website I can't remember, I'll post the link here as soon as I find it!)

I use bigger cans (coffee cans, oats cans, milk powder) to store craft glues and bigger marker pens.

If you want to give the larger cans which I kept in the center a lift, glue plastic bottle caps upside down to the bottom of the cans and that should do the trick!
And oh yes, it looks wayyyyy better if you line a third of the inside of the cans with the same paper!

This project was originally inspired from the amazing Cynthia Shaffer here and I added a few additions and touches of my own, so you can customize it too! You should check out Cynthia's version too!

Finally, I didn't glue down my cans but if you are afraid of them toppling over, you can add repositionable gluepads to their bottoms. That way you don't have to worry about them tipping them off and you can pick up a single can and carry it out n' about! :)

               If you want similar papers or the ones I used on my tins, you can find them here and here!

See you with another su-weet tut soon!
Gocreate! <3
Nash :)



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